Sunday, May 31, 2020

The last of the autumn sunshine

The sun was shining today and it wasn’t too windy so I decided I’d tackle the roses 
They bite so I always have to work myself up 
So I turned this 

Into this 
Also weeded as we went along 
It definitely needs a new layer of mulch 


Meanwhile hubby weeded the veggie gardens. 
The first garden is going fantastic and I’ve been harvesting greens for our dinner now for over a week 


The second planting. The plantings of leek have disappeared 
I think birds scratching for bugs either ate them or just dig them out and they died. 
I might try again if the seedlings are much bigger. 
There was such a rush on veggie seedling they were selling them very small 


The first batch of the broccoli is ready for harvesting 


The cabbage is coming along soon will be ready 


The camellias are all still alive and doing well 
There is even new growth so that’s a good sign 


A bowl of mixed greens 
There’s is the broccoli, kale, silverbeet and some beetroot leaves 
I’ll blanch them and make them into a kind of warm salad 


So that was our day today 
It all took longer than it used too and I even had hubby to help me 
But I guess I just need to admit defeat and listen to my body and do it as I can 

Hope your all safe and well 
See ya xxx


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Today for lunch

Got up early today 
Would of been lovely to head off to the pool but still 
Not able too 
So decided to start the process of making the dough for the boys lunch 
Got the rising happening in front of the fire 


Then made the focaccia filled with cheese and salami 


Now being enjoyed in front of the wood fire outside 


The boys really enjoyed it. 
I’m the best boss ever! 

See ya xxx


Sunday, May 24, 2020

Experiment baking

I’ve started back on my ketosis diet. 
Not really a diet. Just the way I will eat. 
I went off it while in iso because it was just easier, or so I thought 

I started to gain weight 
And I have a nagging feeling I have more pain and inflammation when I eat carbs 
Not a scientific explanation but just how my body reacts 

I know since I started to eat this way again the swelling in my hands has subsided 
And the weight is slowly moving down again 

But I really missed bread 
So I found a recipe for keto bread and today I made some 

It looks like bread and sounds like it when tapped to see if it’s cooked 
And it slices nicely as well. 
The eggs I used were from a local egg farm and a few of them were double yolks 
So it smells eggy but it didn’t taste like eggs so that’s ok 

I didn’t have almond flour. Just almond meal so I used that 
And I didn’t have the Xanthan gum
But it has stayed together well 

I sliced it still warm and had it with butter. Yummmmm
It freezes well so I’ll freeze some and keep some in the fridge for me to eat over the next few days 


Here is the recipe I used. 
I got it from the net 
If you give it a try.  Post it and let us all know how it turned out 


The sun is shining today although it’s been wet and cold 
The craft room is progressing 
I’ll post about that in the next day or two 
Hope your all well and safe 
See ya xxx


Friday, May 15, 2020

The week that was

Happy Friday everyone. 
What a week we have had 
I’ve been and got my results of my scans I have a bulging disc, fractures in the spinal bones and nerve damage
And they have been there for a while 
I knew this already but it’s nice the doctors now know 
So a care plan in now in place and we will do what we can to bring my pain levels down 

It will all get much better once pools open and I can swim daily again 

Mean while
Hubby had an accident and has broken some ribs 
So we are both hobbling around like two old cripples right now
Feeling very sore and sorry for ourselves 
But as always we will survive it’s going to be a hard few weeks I guess 

On other news fronts 
My roof is going on my craft room as I type  
Hopefully it will get done before the next lot of rain 


Still working on those baby blankets for charity number six is almost finished 
Pink diamonds I really like this pattern. Not hard at all and I can listen to my audiobooks 
While I crochet 


Just finished book one of the Belgariad and about to start book two. 
Love these books and can read or listen to them read time and time again 


Today I made more soup and a rosemary focaccia to go with it 
The rosemary is from my garden. I love when I can use ingredients 
That are home grown always taste better I think 



That’s the latest news from the nest 
The weekend looks promising. The rains have stopped for now 
We won’t be doing anything strenuous just resting and recovering 
But you never know what the days will bring 
Enjoy your weekend
Stay safe and well 
See ya x


Saturday, May 9, 2020

Current news

Currently we have the bones of a new craft room 
It’s getting exciting now. We can see it taking shape 
There have been some modifications which will reveal themselves as we continue the build 


The underlay is dry. 
The really soaked stuff was taken out 
It will be replaced and carpet laid properly when the carpet man comes to do the craft room 
But for now it’s fine and I can use this room again 
Which is great as it’s cold and wet again this weekend 


Not being able to swim or have my therapeutic massages for a few months now my back is
The worst it’s ever been. 
I’ve had to resort to using a Cain as my legs give was while walking and I fall 
If I have to use a cane I think I nice bright pink one is the go. 



Hubby has been very busy at work all week
And as I’ve been totally useless all week the new plants haven’t been planted yet. 
So this morning hubby is taking charge and planting in the rain 
He says it’s actually pleasant and it’s making the digging easier 
I feel bad. But I just can’t help it. 




I think they are going to look stunning once they all grow and flower 
It will really brighten the yard 
Notice the swing set. I got it from a friend. She was getting rid of it as her grandchildren 
Have outgrown it. 
So now my grandkids will be able to use it 
It has a slide too. But we will keep in storage  for now. As it’s pretty high
Give them a couple of years to grow a little more before bringing it out 

So that’s been my week
I’ve not done much. Even crocheting has been slow as I can’t sit for long without pain 
So I’ve just been walking slowly annoying the boys both working on the room and working at the shed lol 
Hopefully I’ll be back to my normal soon 
Stay safe and well
See ya xxx



Monday, May 4, 2020

My weekend

It was a lovely weekend of rain, wind and bitter cold here at the empty nest
So I finished off four baby blankets 
All the white is gone now except for half a ball. 
Starting on the pink sparkly yarn now 


Decided to walk to a friends house for an iso coffee and got hubby to pick me up 
Not a bad walk. 
I was hoping it would help ease the back. 
Didn’t, but at least I had burnt off some calories 


A couple of the locals I met along the way 




Yesterday bought ten Camilla plants. 
Will plant them along the fence in the back yard  


How did your iso weekend go 
Stay safe and well 
See ya xxx


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

There’s always a spanner

The weather here has turned very wet again 
And up until now when the back concrete floor was put it in was in a room 

But now that room is gone and a new room is waiting to come into the world 
But there’s always a spanner in the works 

The floor outside is a tad higher than the one inside and it’s very flat. 
Great for a floor but water pooling outside has seeped inhere and 
Under our almost new carpet 

As you can see. The carpet I chose has a plastic backing. So that if there are any accidents the liquids don’t run into the underlay 
And then you get that constant seeping of Stains 

Well it worked in the reverse 
The underlay is saturated but the carpet is mainly fine. Just a little wet right at the edge 

So the carpet has been pulled up and the wet underlay has bee taken out 
Our carpet layer was rung and he will come and replace the underlay and relay the carpet 


We have put sandbags outside and my nephew has silicone the inside. 
So now hopefully that will keep the rain out 
What a palava. So today’s actual progress on the room was hampered not only by the weather. But by the added work that had to be done 
Hope your all faring better under isolation 
Stay well and safe 
See ya xxx


Friday, April 24, 2020

Current happenings

It’s been all go go go here in the empty nest 
I finally finished my blanket. It’s huge. Again. Much bigger than I expected 
But I’m happy with it. 
It’s nice and warm 

I took this cabinet from out of my craft room and decided to sand it down this is a before 
Shot. 


It now looks like this 
Less antique dark wood and more early settler I think. 
I just wanted it to be lighter for the craft room redo 


Current state of craft room 
The water damage was way worse than first suspected 
So my nephew suggested the easiest and best way to deal with is, was to just rip it down and start again 
So a new craft room is coming 
With a few changes 



So now I’m concentrating on feeding the workers and crocheting blankets for charity 



Today the sun is shining, and it’s lovely outside 
But after working hard on that cabinet for two days I’m too sore to enjoy it 
So I’m staying inside resting and keeping an eye on everyone 

Hope your all staying safe and well 
See ya xxx


Sunday, April 19, 2020

Pasca



Christ has risen 

κρίστος ανεστί

It’s Orthodox Easter Sunday 
Usually we would all go to my parents house and have a traditional 
Lamb spit 

But not today 
Today we will just ring and use the traditional greetings and look forward to next year 
Today we will just be glad we are all healthy and happy 

If you celebrate have a lovely Easter Sunday with those you can see
And count the blessing you have 

Stay safe and well 
See ya xxx

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Saturday’s doings

Today we got up and hit the ground running 
We emptied most of the stuff from my craft room 
It’s going to be guttered, and all water damage is going to be repaired. 
New guttering installed, so we no longer have water coming into the room
And then painted and new carpets 

I’ll empty the cupboards and then on Monday when the boys are here. They can help move the big items 




Started to split the wood hubby bought 
There’s lots there. Should do us for a few seasons 
And yes the steer was there the whole time wondering what we were doing 


Second garden bed has now been planted out with vegetable seedlings. 
You can hardly see them through the cane mulch but they’re there. 


The first garden bed is coming along nicely. 
These seedlings were about the same size as the ones we planted today, when they first went in 
Soon I’ll have yummy beetroot, silver beer and kale to eat. 


Hubby is still going. He’s outside on the ride on mower trying to keep the lawns down while the sun is out 
Me. I’m exhausted 
So now I’ll get my craft on and continue to sew my squares together 
Hopefully I’ll be able to show you the finished blanket 
Enjoy your day
Stay safe and well 
See ya xxx


Thursday, April 16, 2020

Pitas



Got up early this morning 
A painful body just wouldn’t let me rest 
So once hubby had gone to work I started making pita 

I use bought puff pastry so it’s quick and easy 
I made one using ricotta cottage cheese feta and eggs 

I then too half to my daughters house along with other yummy foods and some dvds 

When i got home took the other half to the boys 

Hubby had a big piece and asked was there more 

So I’ve made two more. 
Another with the cheeses and eggs 
And one with spinach feta and eggs 










Both are now cooked and ready to be devoured 
Should keep the boys happy for a little while 

On the way home I stopped at Bunnings and got more vegetable seedlings 

So I’ll be planting them this afternoon 

Hope your keeping well 
Stay safe 
See ya xxx 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

How’s the serenity




Sitting outside enjoying the peace and tranquility 
And the last of the mild weather 
Feeling very blessed 
How are you all going? 
Hope your all well 
See ya xxx

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Another day

After yesterday’s mammoth effort planting all those trees 
I decided I was going to take it easy today 

So I’ve baked brownies, and apple&pear slice 


I’ve got meatballs and veggies in the slow cooker 


I’ve folded two loads of washing and one is currently in the washing machine 
Cleaned and disinfected doggie toilet 
Trixie is scared of the dark so at night she uses a doggie toilet lol 
Made bed 
And walked over to to say hi to the boys. Keeping a safe distance 

Good job I decided to take it easy lol 
Once the washing is done and hung to dry 
I’ll continue with sewing my squares together while listening to the rest of my audiobook  


What are you up to today? 
Stay safe and well 
See ya xxx




Monday, April 13, 2020

Tree planting

The south side of the house is feeling very bare. 
We used to have one huge tree on that side of the house but last winter it came down and landed on our home 

Now we don’t want a repeat of that incident 
But we do want trees to look at and act as windbreakers for that cold southerly wind 

So we went to a local nursery that was open and purchased a variety of natives 
We got about twenty but we needed a few for the row of eucalyptus we planted around the workshop 
To fill gaps. 



We placed all the tree were we wanted them mixing the varieties so we can get a nice view out from the backyard and 
My windows 
As you can see were were being closely monitored by the livestock 




And here they all are planted and tree guards put around them all 
17 trees planted today 
Hubby has four to plant on the other side of the property 

Might do that tomorrow we are exhausted lol 

Luckily hubby has a petrol augur to dig the holes with. 
Would of taken much longer digging by hand 


It was lovely out in the sunshine 
People were walking and riding their bikes everyone said hello 
And one of our neighbours walked over to offer encouragement while keeping a safe distance 

I can’t wait until they all grow and flower and the birds all come to feast 
Hope your all keeping well and sane in isolation 
See ya xxx