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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #125

Hello from Australia and welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up and my usual “what’s been happening” update!

We are still on standby, awaiting the birth of our newest grandchild. I am writing this post a bit early in case we get a call but at the moment it’s the status quo. Please pray for a safe and painless delivery for our no 1 daughter if you can.

We’ve been doing a bit of kitchen re-arranging this week and managed to get this beautiful old kitchen buffet into the kitchen and the cupboards around it moved. I have lost a little bench space but gained more storage for my dehydrated food and a few more cupboards. This is just the beginning and we have a stove to put in and we are thinking of doing a major reno but it’s still in the planning process.

My husband has a few jobs on at the moment and this week he got back to one of our neighbours to fix a tractor. This camel below was his work mate on the day. The neighbour keeps camels because they eat the thistles and he’s certainly not the average farm animal in this area. There are quite a few camels that roam free in outback Australia Our no 2 daughter blessed us this week with a lovely dinner of beef stroganoff, rice, pappadams and yoghurt. It was just delicious and she is starting to do more and more cooking.
On Wednesday we had the morning out and treated ourselves to a lovely breakfast and a bit of shopping in Warrnambool. The children both needed shoes for the Eisteddfod (and other times). We took a drive around the beach area and it was cold, windy and cloudy. Sometimes I think these are the nicest times to visit the water. It was nice to get out and about together and do something different.

I have been making sourdough bread for ages now and I have been using a recipe in the bread machine. I haven’t really been happy with it so I reverted back to my original old recipe where you make a sponge at night and then mix it up in the morning.

The first time I did it, the dough took all afternoon to rise, the second time it only took 2 hours. It is a nice bread, a bit heavy but so delicious. We usually buy a bit of bread for something different now and then.

Part of the raised beds are ready to plant and I manged to get some rhubarb plants and some more herbs to put in. I’m hoping to get these sorted this weekend, if we aren’t called away. Either way it’ll be very soon and it’s good that there is a bit of moisture around to keep the seedlings comfortable in their pots.
I have finished the other rag quilt that I was making for our 2nd granddaughters birthday next week, and I’m onto the sock that I need to finish to make her a pair. I’ll hopefully get that done this weekend. I still have a bit of time before it needs to be gifted so I should get it done.

The children have been keeping up with their piano practice and they are only 3 weeks away from the first Eisteddfod. They sound good and are just perfecting their pieces now. They are both such different children. No 2 son can play all his 6 pieces from memory which is pretty amazing but he does struggle to do his sight ready. No 2 daughter isn’t great at memorizing but her sight reading is really improving.

They both work hard at it and the results are good and we often talk about using this gift/talent to bless others so it was a real pleasure to see them playing for the residents at the local Nursing Home the other day. That’s what it’s all about really.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…Has Wondering Led to Worrying? by A New Lens How To Keep Deer Out of the Garden by Feathers in the WoodsUnpaper Towels: A Simple DYI Project by 15 Acre Homestead

Thank you for stopping by and linking up everyone, it’s always so good to see you here.

This coming week is most likely much the same as last week. Music, school, waiting for the phone call, preserving.

I am almost through all the apples we picked and should hopefully get them done this week. I now have no 2 daughter keen to learn about preserving so she is going to be a big help.

I want to get the garden planted and do some mending and some baking as well.

What’s on your agenda for next week???? and what have you been up to??

Thank you all for your support and may God bless you all.

Keep on keeping on my friends…

Have a great week!!!

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings my friends xxxx


 

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #124

Welcome back everyone and I hope you enjoy this weeks Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

It’s good that I keep a diary because I get to the end of the week and forget what I’ve been doing, but then life just seems to roll along some times.

We are counting down the days now until we all meet our new grand baby. Our no 1 daughter is due on Monday but we all know that babies come in their own time. We are just prepared to get going when the call comes. I missed out last time because I broke my leg but I’m not planning on doing anything like that EVER again.

I’ve been busy at nights with a gift for the baby and I will hopefully be able to gift it next week and then show you all, but we’ll see. Once I’ve finished that I need to move on to our 2nd granddaughters birthday present. She will be getting a quilt like her sister and I’ve sewn all the squares together now I just have to assemble it all. I also have to make another sock for her too, so she has a pair.

My husband has been busy at his work this week with a couple of big jobs so he hasn’t been around too much but we managed to have a morning together with the children on Thursday which was nice.

We had a beautiful moon this past week and each night was quite light because of it. It was just so bright but unfortunately the photos don’t totally show how nice it was.

On Friday my husband was busy digging and building this dam out the front of our property. He managed to get it all dug out and now he’s lined it and will fill it and tidy up around it. He is looking at it being a place for us to gather and keep cool in and around during the summer. We’ll plant trees around it and it’ll be just lovely.Our sows and the piglets are starting to roam around and we need to get some electric fencing up to contain them. It’s quite fascinating watching them get around and there are 25 little bodies moving en masse  as well.Today is Mother’s Day and I hope all you mothers out there felt the love of your family. I definitely did and the children were busy a few days before. I got a lovely cooked breakfast and some other gifts including this lovely little plant below. I am so blessed.

Okay onto our link up…

Out top three this week were…God Makes Flowers and Plants for Preschool by Bible Fun For Kids & More
Risking by A New Lens Can I Catch Histoplasmosis from Chickens by Murano Chicken Farm

I love the variety we have on this link up and I want to thank you all for stopping by and sharing your wisdom with us all.

Well the new week is here already and I’ll just keep on with the usual. Lots of piano practice and school. I think my husband is home for a couple of days so there’ll be plenty of outside work happening. Hopefully he’ll be able to finish off the garden beds so that our no 2 daughter and I can get some veg planted.

Hopefully we’ll be heading to our son-in-law and daughters place this week to babysit and meet the new little one, if not then maybe the week after.

I’m struggling with finding time and motivation to write on my marriage series and I apologise again. I had some feedback on my site and it’s sort of made it difficult to write with having to watch what I say and I’m trying to work through that one at the moment.

I will endeavour to get over this bridge and continue on with my writing and I ask for your prayers if you have time.

Thank you all for your support and may God bless you all.

Keep on keeping on my friends…

Have a great week!!!

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings my friends xxxx



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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #123

Hi all, how is everything going?? and welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

It’s been a quiet week at home for me except for music lessons but it’s been a busy week for my husband work wise. He’s busy but that is such a blessing.

My husband has been wanting to build a chicken plucker but just hasn’t had the time yet. One of his friends went to a farm clearing sale and bought this for him. It’s not exactly the same as what he was going to build but it’ll do the job just fine. We have a few roosters that are destined to try it out shortly.

Chook plucker

We’ve also been busy milking and separating and making butter. I’ve got a few in the freezer now and want to get a few more. Butter prices have risen so this is saving us buying it.

Two more blocks of butter for the freezer.

I’ve also got some cream on the bench fermenting and then I’ll make it into butter tomorrow. This was a suggestion from someone on Instagram and it sounds quite interesting.

I hadn’t  done any canning this year yet because I’ve mainly been using the dehydrator but I managed to make some tomato and pork hock soup this week and canned it. It’ll be great for lunches this coming winter.

Tomato Soup

My husband got the tractor fixed and has finished filling the raised garden beds. He’s got to add manure and rotary hoe it and then we can start planting. I got some purple garlic in the mail this week so I’ll be planting that first and then some seedlings of broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. There’ll be more to go but I’ve got to order some more seed next week.

Purple garlic.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…

A Week of Homestead Photos April 23rd – 29th by The (mis)Adventures of a Born Again Farm GirlEvening Song – Deep, Deep Love by The Cotton Apron
Visiting Over the Garden Fence by Living Our Days

Thanks everyone for stopping by and linking up.

My husband has a busy few days this week and then I think he has time to do some work around here. So we’ll be busy planting veg and doing some tidying up around the garden.

The children are busy practicing the piano for the Eisteddfod and it’s only a few weeks now.

We also have a new grandbaby due in a weeks time so we’re all very excited about that and I’m looking forward to going and looking after the other children for a couple of days. Our no 2 daughter will come with me to help and the men will stay home.

So another quiet week for me, I still have some apples to bottle up and I’m hoping to try some pickled egg too. I’ve started the other quilt for the next granddaughters birthday at the end of the month so I need to sew that together and also finish a sock for her as well.

School has been going well so we’ll keep on with that too.

Keep on keeping on my friends…

Have a great week!!!

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings my friends xxxx


 

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #122

Hi all, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up. It’s good to see you here.

Our farm is very productive at the moment with 2 of our sows having piglets this week. One had 15 and the other one 10, so 25 little piggies will be running around the place soon.I was blessed to see one being born and I thought it was dead but it lay there in the sack for a little bit and then it broke free, shook itself off and stood up. When they are up they start to look for mum’s milk and it all on with lots of pushing and shoving.

We also had a meat rabbit give birth but she wasn’t looking after them so now they are nesting under our wood stove. They get fed 3 times a day and I must admit that we are amazed they are still alive. Our no 2 daughter is diligent in her feeding and it must be the way she talks to them that keeps them going. God’s creation is amazing.

Our son-in-law and daughter in Melbourne.

Last weekend we went to Melbourne with our son-in-law and daughter to a family wedding and I thought I’d post a pick of our travelling companions. We had a great time together and they both look great.

On Tuesday we had a friends 50th birthday party and caught up with them again and the grandchildren. Here is our no 2 son and his niece enjoying the afternoon together.I managed to finish the rag rug I was making for the gift and I was really pleased with how it turned out, the colours were lovely.Apart from all our partying and birthing it’s been a normal week. Our no 1 daughter blessed me with a huge bunch of parsley so I dehydrated it and now it’s ready to use. At the moment I am drying more apples as well with cinnamon. The tomatoes are about finished but there are still a few to pick and we are still enjoying eating fresh ones in our salads and sandwiches.

The raised garden beds are still at a standstill but my husband has almost fixed the tractor so hopefully this week he will be able to finish the beds as well. I have ordered some garlic and I’m looking forward to planting that and some other winter vegetables in the coming weeks.

Our no 1 daughter is due to have their baby in a couple of weeks and then it will be the children’s piano Eisteddfod. It’s amazing all the things that are going to happen in the next four weeks, we also have our 2nd granddaughters birthday, so I want to finish her socks and quilt for her.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were… Friendship is… to Share a Cup of Tea by My Little Old World Slow Cooker Vanilla Coconut Granola (Gluten – Free, Vegan) by strength and sunshineMini Instant Pot Freezer Meal Boot Camp by Lamberts Lately

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, I hope you learnt something new and met someone new as well.

Our music teacher was ill this week so we will most likely have catch up lessons this week. Apart from that I’m home all week and I’m looking forward to doing some sewing and knitting and getting the rest of the apples stewed and bottled. I also want to make some bone broth and can it.

I thought about getting a couple of meals in the freezer for when I go to grandbaby sit, so I might do that as well. With our no 1 son away I am still tending to have leftovers so I might pop them in the freezer.

I apologise that I haven’t put up my next post on marriage and again I hope to get it out this week.

We’ve been challenged a lot lately with our need to forgive when we are hurt, forgiveness is imperative. I’m finding that it’s something I have to keep working on and then I need to ask for forgiveness for not forgiving. Life can be a bit of a merry-go-round.

But keep on keeping on my friends…

Have a great week!!!

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings my friends xxxx


 

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #121

Hi all, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

How has your week been?? What have you been doing???

On Monday we said goodbye to our no 1 son. He has headed back up north to work for 6 months. It is always hard to say goodbye and the house feels very quiet without him but it is good for him to spread his wings and stand on his own feet.  He is an amazing young man and we are so blessed to be his parents.We will see him again before the 6 months is up but I’m not sure when.  We have a new grandbaby due in 4 weeks so maybe around then.

The vegetable patch is still producing lovely fresh tasting tomatoes and we bag them into 1 kg lots and sell them out the front of our property at our roadside stall.  We also sell our eggs as well.
The children had their piano lessons early this week as we were away for the weekend and the pressure is on. There is only 6 more lessons until the first Eisteddfod. They have been practicing hard this week and have almost got their duet together. They really enjoy doing their duet and they have a lot of fun (most of the time).

We had our oldest granddaughters 4th birthday on Friday night and I managed to get this rag quilt finished for her. I was really pleased with how it turned out but it took me ages to clean up all the fluff, hopefully it won’t give her mother too much grief.
It’s made from velvet that I bought from a women who decided that she didn’t have time to use it. I was blessed to get it at a great price. I didn’t add any wadding because the fabric is thick enough and I had to use the walking foot on my machine.

On Saturday we headed to Melbourne with our son-in-law and no 1 daughter for our niece’s wedding. It was a great road trip and we had a ball together.  We came home on Sunday and picked up the children from the good friends that were looking after them. The children had a great time as well and enjoy their young friends and playing with them.

Because we were away I didn’t get to do the top 3 but it will be back next week.

Thank you everyone for taking the time to link up and leave me encouraging comments, they bless me so much.

This week we have a 50th birthday party so I’m busy finishing off a rag rug as a present. It was great to have so much car time over the weekend and it’s nearly done.

Then the rest of the week is at home, schooling, music and I’m hopefully going to be able to get some vegetable seedlings in.  The raised bed building came to a halt when the tractor broke down, but my husband will have it fixed this coming week so we can finish the beds.

It’s been damp and cool but the moisture is welcome and everything is so nice and green.

I apologise that I haven’t put up my next post on marriage and again I hope to get it out this week.

With things going wrong all around us and living in an very ungodly world we have to remember to trust God in all things, even the smallest of needs, He cares for them too.

Have a great week!!!

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings my friends xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #120

Hi all, how are you all going?? Welcome back to our weekly link up and a blessed Easter to you all.

We’ve had a blessed week with different things happening. My husband was home for a couple of days and managed to help our no 1 son work on his vehicle to get it ready for him to leave today.

We all visited some friends for lunch on Wednesday which was wonderful as we haven’t caught up for ages. The children enjoyed playing together and my friend and I did talk a bit.

The vegetables are slowing down but there are still enough tomatoes to sell out the front and the chickens are still laying beautiful big eggs and they are going very well on our stall.

I managed to dehydrate the last of the capsicums that our no 1 daughter gave to us and I blended them up with celery and tomatoes and dehydrated them and made them into vegetable powder. I really like these Ball Mason jars but they are so expensive here in Australia but I was blessed to be able to get 12 for$14 which is great.

On our trip home from our friends place my husband transported this silo home. He is going to turn it into a pantry for all our preserving jars and butchery equipment. It will be wonderful to have a place for all this stuff. It was a blessing how well it traveled home.

Our chickens are growing quickly and are going very well. We haven’t lost any yet and they are often seen outside enjoying the autumn sunshine.  My husband and no 2 son have been busy this week again building our raised garden beds. They are hoping to have them all finished off by Monday night because the loader has to go back on Tuesday. They finished the first one before we did our butchery last week and it looks really good. The whole area out there is changing and it will be wonderful to grow our winter vegetables and not be under water this spring when we start planting.Our no 2 daughter is keen to grow some herbs so I’m sure she can fit them into our plans for the beds. Along with the two long raised beds there will be 3 smaller round ones. One for potatoes and one for strawberries and another quite small one for some herbs too. I was hoping to grow some heirloom potatoes in this round bed and then more bulk ones out in the paddock.

One of our dairy cows had a calf this week too but I haven’t gotten a photo yet. It’s a boy which is good and will be great meat in a year or two.  That may sound callous but they have a great life here before we eat them and that is how it works. We farm to supply our food needs.

I have been in awe of God’s blessings on us this week with a couple of smaller things that have happened. He cares for all our needs and His blessings are abundant.

Romans 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were… Homestead Cakes, A Round Up by Oak Hill HomesteadClutter Free Gifts to Give Mom by Setting My Intention
6 Ways to Prep for Your Work Week on Sunday by The Real Unvarnished

Thank you all for turning up and sharing your recipes, thoughts and moments from God with us all.

This week I’m wanting to get back into bottling all the apples we picked and finish drying more vegetables as well.

My husband has a couple more days home to get the gardens finished and then it’s back to work and school for us all. It’s hard to school when dad is home because there is so much work outside that they can learn from as well.

We have our oldest granddaughters birthday this Friday night and we are meeting everyone in town for tea. I’m nearly finished her socks and I’m nearly finished cutting out the rag quilt I want to make her, so I’m a bit under the pump at the moment but I’m determined to get it finished.

Music lessons start up again this week and it’s only about 6 weeks until the first Eisteddfod, so plenty of practice coming up.

Saturday we head off with our son-in-law and daughter to a niece’s wedding in Melbourne. Our youngest two are staying with friends and they will have a great time.

So I’m going to cherish the days at home this week and I look forward to being productive – hopefully.

Also a reminder that I won’t be doing a Wednesday Wisdom Searching for a little bit while I am posting my marriage series. I’m still working on the next one and I apologise it’s taking so long to get out but other things are requiring more attention at the moment.

Another reminder to trust God in all things, even the smallest of needs, He cares for them too.

Have a great week!!!

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings my friends xxxx


 

You will find me linked up at some of these great blogs.

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #119

Hey there all, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

How has your week been?  I hope it’s been good and encouraging and filled with God and family.

My husband started out the week doing some shed work for crutching. Our no 1 son was crutching and my husband was sweeping and dealing with the wool. On the second day our no 2 son went with and became quite proficient at doing the sweeping. It’s great that he gets the opportunity to do this work and spend time with his dad, brother and other men.

Our no 1 son on the far right crutching and our no 2 son is manning the broom.

It’s been a bit of a little critter week here with out no 2 son finding a heap of frogs and then our no 2 daughter finding this huge caterpillar .

We get these caterpillars occasionally and they are really big and green and squishy. Such a great learning time to have a look at how they work.

Then later in the week our son-in-law, no 1 daughter and their children came down and we cut up our 2 cows and 5 sheep and made sausages and filled our freezers.

It is a big job but with all of us working together it makes it much easier and fun. We are all pretty tired by the end of it, and we only finished the sausages at lunch time on Saturday.

The mincer went for most of Friday afternoon and we managed to get all the beef and lamb done and seasoned before tea. We always like to leave the meat sit overnight before putting into the skins.

Mincing the beef and lamb

We splurged and had eye fillet steak for breakfast and sausages for lunch and then on Saturday night we finished off with creamy chicken and bacon sour dough pasta (to give us a change from beef and lamb). Meal times with family are always the best and there is lots of laughter and ribbing.

Our grandson who is about 18 months old, he’s so cute.

So by Sunday we were ready for a kick back restful afternoon.

So that was our week, I’m looking forward to a more uneventful one next week.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…

A Book Worth Reading by Finding joy in the everyday
Links, Books, and Other Things I Love – April 2017 by Lisa NotesMonday’s Musings #260 & Watching Our Tongue (Don’t Cuss) by What Joy Is Mine

Thanks everyone for stopping by and linking up, it is a blessing to have you all here.

This coming week as I said should be more uneventful, though maybe a bit emotional.  Our no 1 son is getting ready to leave again on Sunday afternoon to head up north for work.

It’s been great having him home and I think we are even closer now which is just so special. So I have some mending to do for him and my husband this week and I think we also have a trip to Warrnambool maybe Thursday to do some clothes shopping. We enjoy these trips together and it’s lots of fun.

Of course it’s Easter this week but apart from sevices we won’t be doing anything else. My husband would like to keep working on the garden beds and dam that he is building before the loader has to go back.

The tomatoes are still fruiting and there are apples to can and dehydrate, so that will keep me busy as well.

I want to get some school done and find somewhat of a routine again and we have our granddaughters birthday this month and I’m busy knitting some socks for her.

So heaps to do but I want to make sure that my focus is still on God. I find that I get so task orientated I forget to slow down and listen to the children, so I want to do more of that this week and have some fun with them.

I hope you are all good and I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Also a reminder that I won’t be doing a Wednesday Wisdom Searching for a little bit while I am posting my marriage series. I’m working on the next one and it should be out shortly.

Have a great week!!!

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings my friends xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #118

Welcome back everyone to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

I’ve been watching on Instagram the changing seasons both here in the Southern Hemisphere and the Northern. We are having quite cool autumn weather whereas our friends up north have spring slowly returning.

It seems that seasons are something that we will always have to deal with. Seasons in the weather and seasons in our lives. At the moment you may have little ones that seem to take all your time or you may be finished with that and there’s other things that are keeping you busy.

Rest assured that whatever season you are in you are there because that is where God has you. I often think of that phrase “bloom where you are planted” and it’s a constant reminder to be happy in the place you are.

My husband has had a few days home this week and has been busy with our no 2 son preparing our raised beds and they have almost finished one. They need to finish the first one before they can start the second. It is looking really good and it is the perfect height for me which will be great. I’m looking forward to getting it planted with some winter vegetables in the next week or so.

Our no 2 son helping his dad by raking the soil.

Our no 1 daughter sent me home last weekend with some beautiful capsicums which I dehydrated earlier in the week. They retained their beautiful red colour and I’m looking forward to using them.

I also managed to get some apples stewed and bottled and more dehydrated. The last load I did with cinnamon and they taste amazing. I’m still working on tomatoes as well, so those that don’t sell out the front go into our pot and get stewed, de-skinned and then bottled.

Skinning the cow.

It’s that time of the year again for our next butchering session and my husband and children have been busy at that the last couple of days. We are doing 2 cows and 5 sheep this time.  It brings such joy to watch my husband and our no 1 son work so well together to do this job and the younger 2 children are also learning so much as well.

In the midst of the butchering we headed to Mt Gambier to pick up our next load of day old chickens. They are cosy and warm in their pen and have settled down nicely. Okay enough about us, onto our link up…

Our top 3 this week were… Sunday Supper Suggestion, Hamburger Pie by Our Sunday Cafe Friday Finisher 3/24/17  by Strength and Sunshine Encouragement, Introducing Kristin Pace by Maidservants of Christ

Once again I thank you all for stopping by and sharing your ideas and wisdom with us and I hope you are blessed by your visit.

Okay, this week I will be getting ready to help cut up the meat. I want to get a couple meals made and the house tidy so that it’ll be okay while we are busy outside. It is meant to warm up later in the week but that should make it very pleasant (at the moment it is really cold and blowing a gale).

Our son-in-law, daughter and their children will be down to help us and although it tires us out we have a great time together, and we are all looking forward to more meat in our freezers.

My husband is keen to get the raised bed finished before then but he has work this week so we will see.

We are now on school holidays (or the schools are) so we don’t have music lessons but that doesn’t mean the practice stops and we will keep on schooling as well.

Well that’s about all our news for the week and I hope you are all going well.

Also a reminder that I won’t be doing a Wednesday Wisdom Searching for a little bit while I am posting my marriage series. I’m working on the next one and it should be out shortly.

Have a great week!!!

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings my friends xxxx


 

You will find me linked up at some of these great blogs.

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #117

Hey there everyone, welcome back to another week of link ups at our Good Morning Mondays Link Party.

Wherever you are I hope that you have had a good week. We have had beautiful Autumn weather this week, some warm days but beautiful cool nights. It’s warm again this weekend but back to cool and damp next week.

We had a heap of rain earlier in the week which was just lovely and they are saying that it was our autumn break, which usually happens around mid March.

I managed to get some apple slices dried this week and I worked it out that I dried around 40 apples. That means that there is still a heap to go, but I’ve made a start.I’ve also been working on my sock knitting for our granddaughters for their birthdays in April and May. I did one to get the size right and then I found some more feminine wool and started on another. I’ll make sure that they get pairs of both.

I was also blessed with some bamboo/wool from a friend and I’ve started a special project, but I’ll show you when it’s gifted.

The beautiful bamboo/wool I was gifted this week.

My wonderful husband and our no 2 son have been busy with work in the vegetable garden area this week and have almost finished one of the raised garden beds. The wet weather stopped him digging out the front for a little bit so he transferred his attention to the beds. We are already thinking about our winter crops and I’ll plant some broccoli, cauliflower and cabbages as soon as the first bed is finished.

I really enjoy the change in seasons, we’ve had a very mild summer but I’m still pleased to see autumn and winter coming. At the moment the season has us busy preserving our harvest and then it eases and we turn to inside work. More school and sewing and hopefully knitting.

We got a busy month coming up with April. We are needing to do a butchery session and it is planned for earlier in the month. Our freezers are almost empty. Then we have a niece getting married in Melbourne and shortly our no 1 son will head off again.

The school holidays are almost upon us so we get a break from early Saturday mornings but I think with the butchery they will be busy anyway.

This past weekend we spent with our son-in-law, daughter and their children. The men went to a tractor pull on the Saturday and us girls (and our youngest grandson) stayed together and had heaps of fun, talking, preserving, cooking and snoozing.

Actually it was more than a tractor pull, they had heaps of stuff and it went until Midnight. They had a great time together and it was one last bash before our no 1 son left again.

Okay, unfortunately due to our dodgy internet I’m not able to do the top three this week so I apologise, but it’ll be back next week.

Thanks everyone for stopping by and linking up each week.

This coming week will be more of the same, preserving, gardening, school and music practice oh and knitting. You can see I’m enjoying my knitting !!!

I also need to get into my sewing room and mend some work clothes and start on some new projects. I would like to make our granddaughters a rag quilt each for their birthdays and the first one is at the end of April so I need to get moving.

I’ve been almost keeping up with my scripture writing and I do enjoy it. It’s so busy at the moment but it’s so important to read God’s word otherwise I know for me I start to feel parched and distant from God. He never leaves us, but I’m sure he spends heaps of time waiting for us to come to Him.

Well I hope you are all going good and I just wanted to remind you all that I won’t be doing a Wednesday Wisdom Searching for a little bit while I am posting on my marriage series.

The first one came out this week and I hope to get the next one done in the next week or so.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings my friends xxxx


 

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #116

Hi all, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up. Another week has passed and it’s mid March, the year sure is flying by.

We are in Autumn now and the days are warmer than summer, but the evenings are beautiful and cool and we have only had a couple warm nights all year.

Our tomatoes are now in full ripening mode and so we are in full picking, bagging and selling mode. We’ve opened our road side stall again and are selling our fresh tomatoes and eggs.

Mid March is also when we pick apples from the road side trees and we picked over 100 kg the other day. The apples are really big this year which is great for drying and preserving. They are still a bit sour but once you process them they sweeten up nicely.

Father and son apple picking bonding time.

We’ve been blessed to be able to borrow a tractor with a front end loader to do some heavy work around the farm. We are putting in raised garden beds for our “kitchen garden” crops and also re-doing some of the garden around our house.

The tractor we borrowed.

When we moved here there was a huge garden and there just isn’t the time for it and we like an easy garden. So we’ve been digging out beds and moving stones.

Raised garden beds marked out.

Our raised beds are going to be 1.5 metres wide and 20 metres long. At the moment we are definitely making 2 of them maybe more. We will have a separate bed for potatoes and for this we are using an old tank that has been cut into rings.Our chickens are laying well and are fit and healthy. We have put our Australorp rooster in there with them to keep them company and hopefully we will be able to incubate some eggs over the winter months.

So it’s been a busy week with the tractor work going on and the children have had a great time helping their dad do things around here. Later in the week though it was back to school work and music practice.

I’ve been experimenting with my cream cheese and have decided not to let it drain quite as much. It’s normally a bit crumbly but this week I made some and ceased draining after a few hours and it was smoother and creamier. I turned it into some dips using the onion power I made and some corn relish from our no 1 daughter. These dips and bikkies went down very well.

Onion dip on the left and corn relish dip on the right.

Saturday my husband and I went to Ballarat to get some more Rainbow Trout fingerlings for our aquaponics system and our no 1 son took the two younger children to music. It was nice to have a couple hours alone but even better to get home together again.

Our no 1 son is only home for a few more weeks and then he’s off working up north again. It’s been such a blessing to have him around and we will miss him once he is gone again.

Let’s talk link up…

Our top three posts this week were…Start Where I am. Use What I Have from Living Our Days
What Shall We Have For Dinner from My little old worldThe Art Of Home Making Mondays Link Up from Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth

Thanks all for stopping by and linking up, what a great range of links we have each week.

This coming week is more of the same…. garden work, tomato work and starting on apples, oh and of course school work.

I’ve managed to get back on track with my scripture writing and I’m enjoying that again. I have a few days to catch up on but doing an extra couple each day works well.

I like to talk about what God has been challenging us with each week and I guess this week it’s just about life, and dwelling in His presence daily. This is so challenging when there is so much going on but life is futile if we don’t put God first and take the time to listen to Him through His Word.

Well I hope you are all going good and I just wanted to remind you all that I won’t be doing a Wednesday Wisdom Searching for a little bit while I am posting on my marriage series.

The first one was suppose to be out last week but I didn’t get to it so this is the week.  I’m looking forward to hearing from you all in the comments section.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”

Blessings my friends xxxx


 

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