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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #136

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Hi there all! and welcome back to our weekly link up. How have you all been?  Has your week been productive???

We’ve had an averagely busy week. The children had their piano exams today so we have been busy practicing and memorising the technical work. Monday was a hard day, we were all so tired after a busy weekend, but my awesome husband struggled on and went to work.

I managed to get some dehydrating done this week. Our no 1 daughter gave us some carrots and artichokes, so I grated them up and dried them. They gave us carrots last year and I really liked having them on hand so it’s nice to get some more put away.

I only dehydrated the bigger artichokes and then I’ll plant the smaller ones so that we can get a crop of our own. They are delicious roasted.The garden is growing slowly and it’s been very cold this week. We are already talking about our spring vegetable garden and what we want to plant and where.

My husband is getting ready to put in more fruit tree root stock and he and our no 2 daughter will be attending a grafting day in a few weeks.

We had pottery classes again this week and I managed to turn up 3 bowls and our no 2 daughter did 2 but I forgot to take a picture. This is extremely satisfying and so much fun.After they are turned and dried for a week we then put them on a wheel and trim them. I did this very cautiously because I didn’t want to damage my bowl. Now it waits to be fired and then we glaze them and fire them again. It’s a long process and I can’t wait to see the finished products.The finger bowls we made the first week had been fired for us and we glazed them this week so they should be ready to take home next week if our teacher gets time to fire them again.

Saturday my husband and our no 2 son went to a class on cutting up sheep. Although we do this twice a year ourselves, it is great to get some hands on experience with the advice from a professional butcher. You are never too old or too young to learn. Our no 2 son had a ball and I’m sure he will be on hand when we do our spring butchery again in October.

As I said, Sunday was piano exam day and it was great that they weren’t until after church. We had a fellowship luncheon at church which is always a good time to get to know people and then they had their exam. All their hard work comes down to this. We will probably know by the end of the next week how they went but it’ll be fine, they were well prepared.

Okay, that’s our news for this week…

Onto our link up…Love One More – We’re Adding On! by Lisa Notes… Tree Bench Made From Kitchen Chairs by Penny’s Vintage HomeWe finally got our hanging barn door up! by Grandma’s House DIY

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, it is such a blessing.

What’s on for you this week?? With exams finished we can take a little break until we get new pieces in the next week or so. The children are excited (and so am I) to be playing (hearing) something different.

Our friend’s son Jotham is now home and has been for over a week and he is doing well. There are still the same issues but he has gotten on top of his pneumonia. Please continue to pray for him and his family as they work through his health issues, please pray for the doctors to have wisdom. Thank you.

We are still working our way through Hebrews at church and then following up with the same scriptures at Bible Study during the week. To say we are challenged weekly on our faith walk is an understatement. We need to have our own relationship and faith in Jesus and that has been the topic of conversation around our house over the past weeks.  It is wonderful to hear the children talking about it too, but it is challenging to walk it as well as talk it.

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 #135

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS LINK UP

Hey there all, how have you been??? Our internet is still playing up but I managed to get in and get the link up sorted while it was going okay. So I’m glad to say that we are back…

We’ve had a good week and it has been full of piano practice and school work which has been good. Our no 2 son’s reading is really improving and our no 2 daughter’s math is starting to make sense. It’s great when you see your children “get” something, it is such a joy.

We are only milking one cow at the moment but she is still giving us plenty of cream when we separate so I was able to get some more butter in the freezer this week. I am going to keep going with making it so that I have heaps in reserve to share and for when the cow dries off.Last weekend we got all our onions in and some more veg and it is looking very productive. My husband got some more seedlings on Saturday so I’ll put them in this coming week.  The weather was very windy and wet here on the weekend so everything in the garden had to hang on tight.We had our usual bible study on Tuesday night and we are still working through Hebrews. This week we discussed what it was like for the people once they came to Christ and how they were treated and how their lives changed. Very interesting.

Friday we attended our second pottery class and we both got the chance to play on the wheel. It was very good fun although it was quite difficult. I managed to get one bowl looking reasonable and will get another chance next week. Next week, when the bowls have hardened we will clean up the bottom edge and then they will be fired. After the first firing they will then be glazed and then fired again. I’m excited to actually see something finished, but the teacher needs to wait until she has enough to go in the kiln.

We also worked with terracotta and made slab pots. Terracotta is a firmer clay and works well this way and also for bigger items on the wheel.

Saturday was our usual town day and then we had some friends from church out for tea. It was a great night and we all had fun together.

Sunday was church and then the children had an extra piano lesson just to consolidate some of their work. They are doing really well and there is only a week left until their exams. They are both looking forward to having them completed and moving onto something new.

Okay that’s all our news for this week.

Because our internet was down we didn’t have a link up last week so not top three, but that’ll be back next week.

This week is once again school and piano practice, the usual bible study on Tuesday night and pottery on Friday.

I want to fit in some vegetable gardening and maybe some mending as well, oh yes and some book work.

I’m looking forward to seeing what you all have to link up this week and also hearing what you have been doing.

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 #134

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS LINK UP

Hi there everyone, it’s good to see you here again this week. I’m looking forward to seeing what you have to link up this week and also hearing how you are going.

I’ve actually had a busy week and it has been great. The first part of the week was at home and quiet with the children doing their school and piano practice.

On Tuesday night we joined a bible study group from church and it was good to go over the scriptures that our pastor preached from the week before. We are still on Hebrews and it has been fascinating. I always found it hard to understand Hebrews but now it is making a whole lot more sense.

On Wednesday and Thursday we had the privilege to look after our three oldest grandchildren. We had a good time together and as usual I took heaps of photos.

They all had a great time with their aunt and uncle and especially their grandpa. He’s a tickling grandpa and one in particular loves being tickled and the other ones just like to watch.Grandpa is also becoming a favourite story teller and whenever he sat in his chair he had three extras with him.

Our no 1 daughter and their youngest.

Our youngest granddaughter is now 2 months old and she is definitely a cutie. I finished a beanie for her and her brother and I completed the two cardigans I was making too. The cardigans are a good fit but the hat is a little big, but she’ll grow into it. On Friday our no 2 daughter and myself started pottery classes in town. It runs for the school term, so about 10 weeks and this week we did hand work making pots. Next week we may get to try our hand at the pottery wheel so that should be fun, or not!!The weekend was the usual, music lessons and gardening. We managed to get our onions planted and some more garlic, cabbages and lettuces. The garden is coming along really well at the moment.

Okay that was our week, how was yours??

There will be no top three this week as our internet is really, really slow at the moment, so I apologise.

THERE WILL ALSO BE NO LINK UP THIS WEEK

AGAIN I APOLOGISE AND HOPEFULLY OUR INTERNET WILL BE RIGHT BY NEXT WEEK.

This coming week is a bit quieter. The children’s piano exams are in two weeks so that is our focus. Scales, pieces and technical work.

We have our bible study on Tuesday night and then pottery again on Friday and music lessons on Saturday. Just the usual.

We are still working through Hebrews at church and as I said before it’s really helping us understand it. There have been lots of questions raised and it is a great learning point.

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 #133

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Hello all, how are you going??

It’s been a cold week here and we even had some rain which has made the ground nice and wet and boggy.

My husband has been working really hard so he took Tuesday off and we went to town and had breakfast and did some op-shopping. The children really love it when he comes with us and he usually finds them something they like.

He’s been busy trying to get some hay for the new vegetable garden and he managed to get in 5 trailer loads which equaled 10 big squares.Here’s the hay laid out in rows which will he will run a bed former over, once it’s settled down a bit. All our big crops eg: tomatoes, corn, etc will be planted in these beds this coming spring. He wants to do another 5 loads and even more. There is a lot of hay around that is no good for stock feed so we are really blessed to be able to use it in the garden.

Some of the pigs have been busy digging up last year’s vegetable garden area and they are doing a fantastic job, and the little piglets are so cute.As I said it has been so cold this week and with my husband home for lunch one day I made some chicken soup from one of the roosters we butchered last weekend. The flavour was really lovely and I made some cheesy scrolls to go with it.
I found some great books from Answers in Genesis for our no 2 son. He got one on dinosaurs and one on geology. He was so excited when they arrived and it’s so nice to know that he is reading the truth about all these things and not the world’s million of years theology.Saturday we did some gardening and sorting some pigs out and then in the afternoon we had a lady who knows heaps about orchards and permaculture stop in to see how everything was going. You are never too old to learn. Our no 2 daughter has gotten quite keen on grafting and the fruit tree side of our operation so she was all ears during her visit.

Sunday was church and a rest in the afternoon, to be ready for the new week.

Okay, onto our link up…

Our top three this week were… Introducing…..Baby Eli!!!! All Glory to God!!! by Homespun Devotions Red Velvet Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting by Marilyns Treats Living the Chinese Dream by Living Our Days

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who stopped by and linked up. I hope you enjoyed your visit.

I have a prayer request: Please pray for our friends little boy Jotham. I have mentioned him before, requesting prayer and he is still having some health issues. At the moment he is in hospital with Pneumonia and he has also been struggling with Infantile Spasms. Please pray for the doctors to have wisdom and for the spasms to stop and for his health to be restored.  Please also pray for his parents and brothers and sister that they may be at peace with all that is happening. Thank you all.

This coming week is much the same as the last :-), school, music and work. At the moment we are babysitting three of our grandchildren later in the week for a couple of nights, so that should be fun.

I’ve finished knitting a couple little cardigans for our newest granddaughter and now I’m onto a little hat. I’ll post pics next week when it has been gifted. Then I might start on a vest for our no 2 son as I have some spare wool that would be nice used that way.

What have you been up to? What is your weather like?

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 #132

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Hi all, how have you been and what’s been happening in your lives this week???

I had another one of those quiet at home weeks where it’s hard to remember what happens from day to day.

My husband has been really busy with work which is such a blessing but makes him tired at the end of the day. We look forward to Saturdays when there is no music lessons and we can sleep in a little bit before getting the day started.

We did go to town one day to do some banking and groceries and the children and I enjoyed lunch at one of our local bakeries. The cakes and slices on display are always very tempting. I’m not usually a sweets person but I couldn’t resist this delicious looking Rainbow Cake, and it was definitely worth it.I managed to get some more seedlings into our nft system on the aquaponics. I’ve filled all the holes now and we are going to do some more pipes in the coming weeks.This time I planted rocket, spinach and tatsoi and I’m looking forward to harvesting the rocket and spinach. I haven’t grown rocket before and I really enjoy the taste in salads so it’ll be nice to have our own.

The raised beds are doing great as well and the broad beans are going great guns and look really healthy. It’s been extremely dry and cold here lately but that seems to be doing them good.

On Saturday we butchered 5 rooster and 3 ducks. The ducks belong to friends of ours and we helped them out by doing them. I don’t think we’ll go into growing ducks as they take a huge amount of time just in the plucking.

No 2 daughter is just like her older sister was and definitely enjoyed getting her hands dirty and helped her dad gutting the birds.They all did a great job and we were really pleased with how easy and clean the roosters ended up and they will definitely be enjoyed in the coming weeks. They may not taste like KFC but I’m sure they will still be okay.

By the end of Saturday we were rather tired so Sunday afternoon was a chance to rest and catch up and prepare for the coming week. We enjoy a quiet Sunday afternoon.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…

An Open Letter To Young Women by Simply Living the DreamFriday Finisher 6/30/17 by Strength and Sunshine
6 Books I Still Think About – Part 2 by Thoughts on Books

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, I hope you enjoyed your visit.

This coming week is another quiet one with school, music and probably a trip to town for groceries.

I have onions to plant in the raised beds this week and I need to get some mending done as well. There’s always plenty of things that need to get done.

We are still working through Hebrews at Church and that is still very enlightening, I’m looking forward to what book our Pastor takes on next.

What’s on your agenda this week???

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 #131

Hey everyone, welcome back to a new week at Darling Downs Diaries and our next Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

Where is the year going, it’s half over all ready. I’m thinking back to what has happened over the last six months and what stands out.

On the farm we have been busy making garden beds and planning and planting our orchard. Earlier in the year we harvested what vegetables that grew after a very wet winter and spring. Next spring we are all prepared with our raised beds and growing our kitchen garden in them.

My husband has been busy laying out hay for our permaculture vegetable patch and is looking at getting that finished in the next month or so.  It’s been a dry winter so far so we aren’t under water like we usually are this time of the year, but August is usually our wettest month.

One of the biggest things for us this past 6 months is that we changed churches and we are now going to our another fellowship. We changed because the church we were attending were not standing on scripture and were allowing certain things to be voted on and this just didn’t sit well with us.  As parents we wanted to show our children that it is so important to stand on scripture and not be swayed by the worlds thinking.

This change has challenged us deeply and is strengthening our faith and our resolve to stand on the Word of God. We are making new friends and really re-looking at everything we’ve assumed to be right. It is always good to be challenged to think about what God wants us to be doing.

We’ve also been blessed over the last couple of months with an amazing amount of work for my husband. We truly see God’s hand on our lives and thank Him with a sincere and grateful heart for all He does for us. We are very unworthy recipients of His love.

This past week we had another eisteddfod, this one in Warrnambool. We enjoy this one especially because we get to spend time with some friends down there and our son-in-law, daughter and their children usually come. We finish the night off at our friends house for tea and the children have a great time and we enjoy catching up and the fellowship.

The children’s awards.

The children each received two first placings and both also got other placings as well. Once again they did a great job and our no 2 daughter also got an encouragement award which will help pay for her lessons.

Our son-in-law and his oldest daughter and his new jumper.

I also finished the jumper I was making for our son-in-law and it fit. I’m so happy with how this jumper turned out and he really likes it and that makes me very excited.  I’ve got a new project on the go now and it’s something a bit different for me and a wee bit harder so I’ve got to concentrate when I’m doing it.

I also enjoyed spending some time with our grandson over tea the other night. He was really tired and didn’t feel like having his photo taken. Onto some farm news, I thought I’d include a picture of our saddlebacks. They are really growing and are probably our nicest natured pigs. This past weekend we also had my husband’s Good 2 Great Fathering Course Graduation. We shared a meal and the fathers and their children each did an item. It was a lovely night and it was enjoyed by all.

We also had a luncheon after church today and that is always a good time of fellowship as well. It was nice to get home and chill out for a bit too.

Okay, onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…The Beauty of a Modest Soul by My Little Old World Updates – 6/21/2017, Prayer Requests, & More Arsenal Scriptures by Homespun DevotionsFaux Jack In The Box Tacos by The Bearded Hiker

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up.

This coming week will be back into school and the continuing of piano practice for the exams in about 4 weeks.  It is technically school holidays here but we’ll be using the time doing school.

I’m hoping to do more planting in our aquaponics system this week and some weeding in the raised beds as well.

What’s on your agenda this week???

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 #130

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

I’ve had one of those weeks where I don’t remember what I did, it was quiet and homely.

On Monday my husband stayed home and the children helped him plant our new fruit trees. It went so well that they dug up the ones that we planted last year and put them into the new orchard.The orchard is now set up and will be planted as follows:

Apple / Accacia / Another fruit tree or nut tree.

The Accacia is a nitrogen producer so that puts into the soil what the fruit trees need. All the early producing trees are in one area, then the mid to late and then the late. This is all very exciting and there is enough room to plant 500 trees (not that we have near that many yet). My husband will be incorporating an apple library as well. He will be putting in root stock and grafting old varieties onto them. At the moment we really only have a few heritage trees all the rest being new varieties.

On the weekend we were able to pick up the next Lego construction pack and our no 2 son was so excited. This is a Bucket Wheel Excavator and has over 4000 pieces.He was allowed to start it and finished the dump truck very quickly. He’s amazing with his Lego but now he needs to wait for Dad, but he’s really busy work wise at the moment so hopefully they can get started soon.On Monday when they were doing the fruit trees I was able to plant some more seedlings into the nft system of the aquaponics. These seedlings are looking great and are standing up nicely now. I ran out of baskets so I’ll be ordering some more shortly because I have more seedlings. Our Pastor blessed us with some of his excess ones.
Below is one of the seedlings planted a few weeks back and the roots have grown amazingly.
We will be putting in some more nft’s very shortly and growing a lot more of our seedlings this way in the future.

I have been busy knitting and I am nearly finished our son-in-laws jumper and I want to give it to him this coming week, then I’m onto my next project.  I have a bit (fair bit) of mending to do so that will need to fit into my agenda very shortly.

On Saturday my husband and our no 2 son went on their Fathers weekend and they went camping at a hall up in the Grampians. There were 4 other fathers and their children as well. Our no 2 daughter decided that she wanted to stay home and keep me company so we had a girls night in and ate chips and watched a couple of dvds. She’s already been on 2 camps so her dad didn’t think it would be an issue that she stayed home.

Okay, onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…

Don’t Take This Personally By Lisa Notes
7 Lessons Learned From Hard Times by Dr Michelle BengtsonSummer Porch by Penny’s Vintage Home

Thank everyone for taking the time to link up and I hoped you got a chance to look around at someone else’s post and blessed them with an encouraging comment. I really appreciate any comments I get and feel so blessed and encouraged by you all.

This coming week we have the Warrnambool Eisteddfod and our son-in-law, daughter and children will be coming with us. So that’s 2 exciting things at once.

That’s later in the week so we’ll be spending the first half of the week at home practicing and doing school. Then going to the Eisteddfod and also catching up with close friends for tea that night. It is becoming a Warrnambool Eisteddfod day tradition as we catch up each year.

Music lessons are on Friday this week so Saturday we get to sleep in and hopefully on Friday (with the help of our visiting family members) we will be butchering some ducks and roosters. So the following week I will be busy making chicken stock and canning it.

I’m also hoping that we can get to Bible Study this week as my husbands fathers course finished last week. My husband has heaps of work on at the moment so we’ll see how it goes.

What’s on your agenda this week???

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 #129e

A warm welcome to you all as we meet together this Monday morning at Good Morning Mondays.

What a nice restful, quiet week I have had, nothing much on and getting back to normal after the last couple of weeks.

Our no 1 son was home last weekend and as usual we really enjoyed his visit and he got to meet his newest niece as well

Our no 1 son and his niece.

Because it was a long weekend here he only left on Monday so it was a bonus to have him around for that bit extra and hear about all that he is doing while he is away.

I also want to show you the amazing birthday cakes that our no 1 daughter and her husband made and decorated for both their sisters birthdays last weekend.

These cakes were amazing and there are 6 cakes in each tower. They had to bring it 150 km to the party and that didn’t happen without incident, but they made it and looked and tasted great. We have some in the freezer for lunches in the coming weeks.

We really didn’t do too much after the weekend until Wednesday and then we got back into school and piano practice. Scales are the order of the day at the moment.

We managed a trip to town on Thursday with my husband and did some groceries and filled the larder again.

Our little chickens have now graduated into the big girl pen out in the vegetable garden area.  They are enjoying the extra room to flap their wings and dig in the grass. We will keep them locked up for a while and then let them roam a bit during the day. They must be locked up at night otherwise the foxes will have a feast of them.As I said last week our fruit trees arrived on Tuesday and my husband had already worked up the area for the new orchard but did a bit more work out there this week. We will be moving our original trees that we got last year out there as well but this weekend we managed to get in all the new trees. We’ve had some cold days but not much rain lately and the sunshine has been just lovely. The vegetables are growing and so is the grass and it’s a nice time of the year at the moment. Hopefully by August it will have gotten wetter but we’ll see.

So all in all a quiet week at home and nothing terribly exciting to report, the weekend was the usual music lessons and church.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were… And Our Valley Sings Its Summer Song… by My Little Old World Please Pray for Kristen & Baby by Homespun DevotionsEleora – A Fantasy Fiction Book by Susan B Mead

Thank you all for stopping by and linking up, I hope you were blessed by your visit.

I’ve got another quiet week coming up and plenty of time for school and piano practice. Next weekend is the Fathers/children camping trip and they are all looking forward to going away together.

I’m excited to get our son-in-laws jumper finished and I’m hoping to spend a bit of time at this during the week.

We are still studying Hebrews at church and it is always such a blessing to have that time with the Lord. I have been thinking a lot on reconciliation and forgiveness even if there is no reconciliation.

There is no getting around it – forgiveness is a very important part (a necessary part) or our Christian life.

How do you deal with forgiveness especially when you aren’t or can’t be reconciled??

Okay my friends 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


 

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

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #128

Welcome back everyone to another Good Morning Mondays Link Up at Darling Downs Diaries.

Wow, we’ve had a great week starting with the Eisteddfods on Monday.

The children did very well and all their hard work for the past 12 months paid off for them. They weren’t always easy wins and the competition was stiffer than last year. They both came away with some firsts and a second each and honourable mentions.

The picture shows them wearing their medals and this was taken late on Tuesday night so they were very tired.
We always tell them it’s not about winning it’s about doing your best and blessing the audience with their performance, so when they don’t win it isn’t a big problem for them. They have good friends that perform with them as well and it’s nice to see them happy for them if they win instead of them.  This is such a great lesson for us all to learn and sometimes it is hard but definitely worth it.

The next eisteddfod is in a couple of weeks and this on will be in Warrnambool. They will play the same pieces and this is all good practice for their exams in August. It’s good to get the adjudicators opinion as well and all this goes together to perfect their pieces.

We had some absolutely awesome pianists play over the two days finishing with the under 16 and open sections and these young people just left us awe struck. It was great for our children to see what happens when you put in and practice.

We’ve had a couple of cold mornings last week and here is our no 2 son with the ice from on top of a puddle on the track. He was amazed at this and it was fun for them to see this.The autumn colours have hung around and I took a picture of this beautiful tree last week at music lessons. The sun was in just the right spot and the colours were just gorgeous.I managed to finish this rag rug for a friends 30th birthday that we celebrated on Saturday.  I really enjoy making these rugs and I also really enjoy giving them.
So on Saturday night we had a bush dance 30th birthday party. We all had a great time and our no 1 son was home for the weekend too. We celebrated our no 2 daughter’s 12 birthday as well, so it was a weekend of celebrations.

It was nice for us all to be together and to catch up on our son’s news and what he has been doing. It’s always nice to have him home even if it is for a short time.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…10 Questions That Foster Thriving Friendships by Living Our DaysWhole Grain Baked Pancakes with Warm Apple Sauce, Yoghurt and Granola by Our Sunday CafeDIY Cleaners For The Home That Save Money by 15 Acre Homestead

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up. Each week this link up is filled with such good ideas and Godly wisdom.

Okay this week it’s back to normal routine, that is the week starts on Tuesday as we’ve got a long weekend holiday here. Normally my husband would work on the Monday but with our son being home it’s nice to get as much time together as possible. He will head back up north on Monday afternoon.

We have our fruit trees arriving on Tuesday so we need to go to town and pick them up. There is over 40 this year and we have moved the orchard and changed things up a bit. I will explain a bit later once we’ve got them planted.

With music exams only 7 weeks away we will be concentrating on our theory work and oral work over the coming weeks as well as keeping our pieces together.

Back to school work too will be in order and just general work as well.

Our raised beds are growing really well and my husband and I need to catch up on some work in the aquaponics system this week too. Some needed pruning and planting to keep the system balanced.

Our pastor has been preaching on Hebrews each week and it has been amazing. I always struggled with the book but he has just opened it up for us. It is our sin that separates us from God but Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, the last sacrifice.  Last week he talked about whether we actually understand what sin is and I guess I’ve been thinking on that a lot this week.

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 #127

Hey there all!! Welcome back to Darling Downs Diaries and our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

After the excitement of our new granddaughter it’s been a almost quieter week.  We celebrated the 3rd birthday of our second granddaughter on Monday evening and it was a lovely night of fun and fellowship.

Here she is with our no 1 daughter – her mum with the delicious birthday cake she made her.

She was a very blessed little girl, receiving presents from grandparents, aunts and uncles. Now she has plenty of paper and pens to draw with and some lovely stickers.

We’ve had some crafty children this week with our no 2 daughter completing the rug she was making for her friend’s birthday. She wove the individual pieces on her loom and then sewed them together. This rug is just lovely and warm and was appreciated by her friend.No 2 son has been busy knitting himself a scarf.  I tried to teach him last year but it didn’t click but he has it now and is keen to get it finished in the hope he might get to go on the ski trip this year. It’s quite good motivation!He’s changed colours again now and has added a yellow and I think green will be next – it will be colourful, that’s for sure.

We haven’t milked as much this week due to my husbands work commitments and the fact that he had to leave extra early most days, we even had to buy a bit of milk to get us through. He milked later in the week though and the two cows gave us almost 40 litres, so I stocked the fridge and made butter.The butter is going well and it’s nice to share it around the family and have some in reserves. The separator that was given to me for my birthday has been such a blessing.

That’s about it for our week, except for piano practice – the first eisteddfod is on Monday. We managed to get some gardening done on Saturday afternoon and all the vegetables are growing well and the snow peas and broad beans are sprouting nicely.

Okay enough about me, onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were… The Softer Side of Patriotic Decor by Penny’s Vintage Home At Home and Bored by Finding joy in the everydayPerseverance Part 6 – Turn & Face The Changes by Old Things New

Thank you everyone for linking up, you always bring such interesting topics.

This week is Eisteddfod week with us being out all day Monday and the children playing in the morning, afternoon and evening sections. Our no 2 daughter will also be playing on Tuesday night as well. We are all looking forward to it and especially since dad comes and we spend the time together.

I’m not sure yet but I might go up and see our son-in-law, daughter and family this week.  Then we have our no 1 son coming home this weekend and we have a close friends 30th birthday party on Saturday night.

Our no 2 daughter also has her birthday on Saturday so we’ve got a busy weekend coming up. The party will also be a bush dance so we’ll be looking for country gear to wear on the night, and polishing our dancing shoes.  I might just sit and cuddle our newest granddaughter instead though.

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


 

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