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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #78

Hey there everyone and welcome back to Good Morning Mondays.

What a great weekend we had celebrating our no 1 son’s 21st birthday.

First of all though we celebrated our no 2 granddaughters 2nd birthday. She just so enjoyed getting to blow her candles out and it was a great time with her dad and mum and her other grandparents, great grandparents and her aunts and uncles. It is so wonderful when family come together to celebrate like this.20160526_190355_001Our No 1 son was home all week which was such a blessing. We miss him so much and we are so happy to be able to spend some quality time with him. He is such a great young man and we are both so honoured to be able to call him our son, he is a special gift from God that is for sure.

Our son-in-law and daughter and their children came down on Thursday night to help us get ready for the party. They are such a help to us and we wouldn’t have achieved everything if it wasn’t for them.

We then had a friend and her 3 youngest sons stay on Friday and Saturday night. This friend is the mother to the young people that our son now works with. She is such an inspiration and encouragement to us and she shares her heart so openly and challenges us in our walk with the Lord.

After cooking the pig on the spit on Friday we sat around the lamb on the spit on Friday night. We had a wonderful time of fellowship and singing. There were accordians and a guitar and some lovely voices, it was great fun.

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My husband and our no 1 son enjoying the warmth on a cold night.

By lunch time on Saturday the young people that he works with turned up and we had another 8 to feed for lunch. I had made a big batch of vegetable soup which we all devoured and it warmed us up nicely.

They are such a wonderful bunch of young people and we are so pleased that our son is working with them in a Godly environment. They challenge each other to keep their eyes fixed on God in all that they do.

By 4 pm most everybody had turned up and they had started the clay bird shoot by then. Most everybody got to have a go and I hit one of the clays first off but my aim when down hill after that. I really enjoy this sport and it is a lot of fun.

We had the roast pork and lamb for tea which was accompanied with scallop potatoes and various salads. For desert we had pavlovas, mini cheesecakes, a most delicious trifle and cake. There was enough left over to feed us all on Sunday lunch and a few more meals this coming week. I like leftovers!!!

Our no 1 daughter made her brother a birthday cake and it was just wonderful.20160528_192740If you look closely, you will see a very bogged 4wd ute and a caricature of our son shooting. She had even put on trick candles that wouldn’t be blown out – the young children had great fun with this.

The speeches were just lovely and those that spoke talked about our son’s soft heart and caring and generous nature. His friends told of his commitment to them and his sense of humour.

After nearly everyone had left, we brought out the instruments again and had another praise and worship session. It was so encouraging to see the young people openly worshiping God around the campfire.

So all in all a wonderful night was had by all.  We went to bed at about 1 am but some of the others didn’t get there until after 3 am.

Our no 1 son left with all his work mates on Sunday afternoon and we probably wont see him now for at least 3 months. So this weekend was very special for us all.

On another note I finished the beanie I was knitting for our grandson and it was a perfect fit and I think he likes it.

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He is such a cutie.

Last but not least here is granddad with his granddaughters. They have a lot of fun together.20160528_102238

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…thmb574199537b0e2Z is for Zacchaeus by Debbie at Bible Fun For Kidsthmb57421ee153fe6Educating Girls by Jo at Stop Have A Chatthmb5742d74f6ad6b (1)Making Pumpkin Seed Packets – Happy Harvest Gifts by Jes at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth

Thank you for stopping by and linking up, I really appreciate it.

This week we have to get the house back into order. There is only 7 days until the eisteddfod so we will be doing piano practice and school as well.

Not much else is happening this week. It is getting quite cold now and it has been raining so everything outside is a bit muddy.

I am starting on another cardigan for our other granddaughter and I need to sew some jumpers for our children.

I would love to hear how God is challenging you at the moment and what you have been up to.

I think of you all often and I pray that you are all well and that God is working in your hearts and lives.

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 to you all dear friends xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #77

Hey, hey, hey!!! everyone, welcome back to Darling Downs Diaries and our weekly Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

How has your week been??? Is it cold and wet or hot and dry where you are???

It has been wet but at the moment it is a bit warmer and drier but there is rain predicted for later in the week.  Actually the prediction is for cold and wet weather and right on the day of our son’s 21st birthday party.

We will be getting a fire going and putting up shelter around the place to keep everyone nice and warm and the wood stove inside will be roaring as well.

I really like our wood stove it is just great. It is our only heating and I also really like that we can stay warm without it costing us an arm and a leg. Power is very expensive these days!!!

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We put this stove in when we first moved here about 6 years ago. There was a freestanding wood heater here and we sold that which helped us get this lovely cast stove.  We made scones in it the first night we lit it this year and they were delicious with jam and cream.

We had a good week this past week and we have finished moving the rooms around. I still have a bit of sorting to do in my sewing room and our no 1 son has some stuff to go through but we are really pleased with the results.

It is so nice to have a whole room to store my stuff and not have it going from one end of the room to the other.  I haven’t finished getting the quilting frame together as the sewing machine on it needs to be looked at but I am looking forward to getting back into quilting as well.

My husband and the children picked our pumpkins today and they are now stored in a trolley on the front veranda.20160521_145610

I will need to keep an eye on them each week and make sure I sort through them and keep any rotting ones and use them first. I even thought that I might grate and dehydrate some when they start to turn, but we will see.  I have put some of the smaller ones aside to sell out the front and will get them out there this coming week.

Our front yard is looking very green at the moment and my husband is mowing the lawn as I type this. We need to get it into better shape for next weekend. We are so blessed to have lovely grass for the children to play on and this stays green all summer, with a bit of watering.
20160521_144124 I finished the vest I was knitted for our No 2 son and it keeps him lovely and warm. He seems to be growing up so quickly and I don’t think this will fit him next year so I have told him to make sure he wears it heaps.20160515_211143I have moved onto knitting some beanies and the first one is for this son to match his vest and then one for our grandson. I really like knitting for the grandchildren, it makes me feel like a real grandma.

Okay enough about me, onto our link up…

Our top 3 posts this week were…thmb57392751ba903Monday of Many Blessings Link Up from Our Home of Many Blessingsthmb5738d30ec8bb0Busy is not a badge of honour by Jo at Stop Have a Chatthmb573dd19c99729On My Bookshelf (May 2016) by Debbie at Simple Joys of Home

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and link up, you are all such a blessing.

Our No 1 son is coming home on Monday night (yay) and we are all looking forward to that.

We will be spending the week getting ready for his party and we will put a pig on the spit on Friday and some lamb in the smoker and then just reheat it on Saturday night. This saves having to clean up all the mess when everyone is here.

It is our 2nd granddaughters birthday this week so I am going to try and make her a dress and even maybe a hat to match, but we will see.

Our son-in-law, daughter and their family will be here maybe Thursday night but definitely Friday so that will be great and we also have another 10 odd people coming to stay Friday night as well. There will be a couple of caravans and some swags lying about and it should be great fun.

I am going to make some mini cheesecakes and some pavlova nests as well as some other sweet delights for desert and my daughter is going to make some delicious sausage rolls to have for afternoon tea to keep us warm.

Hopefully there will be left overs and I won’t have to cook much the next week.

It is only 2 weeks until the Eisteddfod so the children will be doing plenty of practice for that. They are looking forward to it and it is the musical highlight for them each year. Then after that it is only 6 weeks until their exams so we will be focusing on their technical work then.

All right I think that is about it for the week and next week. I would love to hear how you are all going and what you have been up to if you have time and I think of you all often and I pray that you are all well and that God is working in your hearts and lives.

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 to you all dear friends xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #76

Hi there everyone and welcome back to Good Morning Mondays.

We have had a good week and time just seems to be flying past so quickly. It’s almost June and the year is almost half gone.

I have been busy moving the boys stuff out of their old room and my sewing stuff in. I have a heap (and I mean heap) of sewing and craft items, lots of fabric pieces.

I joined a quilt group on Facebook and I have been getting lots of inspiration. I found this wall hanging on the group page the other day and I think it is lovely. I would love to try and make it one day.FB_IMG_1462843160299[1]

The younger children have been helping me move the rooms around and they have been a fantastic help. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them or my husband. They all moved the beds and the quilting frame for me.

The weather has definitely cooled off enough to slow down the tomatoes. We are only getting a 1/2 a bucket every few days and they are very soft. We need to pick the pumpkins and store them now and we will probably sell some as well. We have had an amazing year with vegetables and our store house is full for the coming cold months.

Our no 2 daughter is doing a great job cooking and she made a delicious bacon and vegetable soup for tea the other night.

20160512_171538[1]The only thing that we had purchased to put into it was some little number noodles and a packet of french onion soup mix. All the vegetables were dehydrated and she used bottled tomatoes and our own pork hocks. It was delicious and very filling.

I am often amazed at how much our younger children can do if we train them. I wasn’t trained to really do anything around the house and this made our early married years at times very interesting. I learnt to cook when we got married so for me it is wonderful to see our daughter doing it already.

She has learnt so much since I broke my leg and she is still keen to help so we let her, she is such a blessing.

My husband has been away all weekend at his Fatherhood training course. It sounds like it is going great and he is learning lots, both from the course and from the other men involved.

Okay onto our link up…

thmb572faa34e867aGrieving For My Niece & Trying to Forgive Her Killer by Cheryl at Homespun Devotions
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A Life Only God Could Have Dreamed by Lydia at Journey of the Worldthmb5730bba45f023I Fell Off My Bike by Sharon at Sharon Sharing God

Thank you again for stopping by and linking up you are all such a blessing to me.

This week we will be doing school and music practice. Our no 1 son is turning 21 in a couple of weeks and we are having a party for him so I will be starting to get my thoughts together about what we are going to do.

We will be enjoying our time with my husband after he has been away and I am sure the children will want to spend some time helping him around the place.

We have our bible study on Tuesday night and violin lessons this Wednesday.

Now that I have started spring cleaning I have a few more cupboards to do before I am finished. I would like to do these this week.

What is happening in all your lives? I would love to hear.

I think of you all often and I pray that you are all well and that God is working in your hearts and lives.

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 to you all dear friends xxxx

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


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #75

Good morning and welcome back to our weekly link up. I hope you all have had a good week and I am glad to be back after our weeks break.

My husband took me to the lovely town of Warrnambool to an apartment. It was quite wet but we really didn’t mind because it was just great relaxing and doing not much of anything.

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This is the inside of the resort from the car park. The units are quite nifty and painted and built to look like beach shacks. They are lovely and neat inside.  There is a day spa attached to the resort as well but we didn’t go there.

They had a great buffet breakfast which we had the two mornings we were there and we ate up which meant we didn’t need too much food for the rest of the day. We definitely know how to holiday on a budget.

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My husband enjoying his buffet breakfast.
Our son-in-law and daughter looked after our younger two children and their older brother took them up there on the Saturday.  He then headed off again on his work travels and he won’t be home for a month.

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A mother / son selfie before he left.
It was an emotional farewell again and we had a wonderful week together even though he had to work. We spent the nights talking and sharing and it was great. As I said he will be back in a month and then we will be celebrating his 21st birthday. They grow up so quickly. We are having a pig and sheep on the spit and a clay bird shoot, so it should be a fun night – hopefully it doesn’t rain.

I managed to get some more tomatoes processed before I left and did another 8 bottles. Our son-in-law and daughter also blessed us with a box of carrots that they had grown and I managed to get the whole box dehydrated.
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I grated them before drying and they went really well. I can now use them in soups and stews and cakes. I re-hydrated some for a casserole and they came back really well. I am amazed at how well this system works, and I am enjoying using it.

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Re-hydrated carrot and zucchini.
I finished the cardigan I was knitting for our oldest granddaughter for her birthday. I was a week late but I think she was okay with that. I finished it while we were away and it turned out very nicely and fits her really well.

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I am now finishing a vest I started last year for no 2 son and have started on the front after finishing the back.

This weekend my daughters and I catered for our aunts 70th birthday. She had a BBQ and hot vegetables.  It went really well and she had a great time. Our No 1 daughter made her a crockenbush cake and it was magnificent and delicious.

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We are moving our son’s bedroom up into our top room which is a really large room with all my sewing stuff, quilting frame and a heap of junk. This is a big job both cleaning up their bedroom and my area. I hope this means that I can keep all my sewing stuff in the cupboards and it will be able to be kept more contained. At the moment there is no cupboards and there are heaps of plastic crates.

It is turning out to be a bigger job than I thought but once it is done it will be good. I am hoping to finish it next week, but we will see.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts over the past two weeks were…

thmb571c7dab3cdf7Grandmother’s Aprons by Daniela at My little old world
thmb571e5a3523de23 Steps to a More Natural Lifestyle by Debbie at Simple Joys of Homethmb571e544c07c94

Rest in Peace, Sweet Baby Brody by Cheryl at Homespun Devotions

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up. I know that I haven’t been as active as I should be on this blog and I am struggling to get to it each week but please don’t desert me. I so appreciate everyone of you and the time that you take by stopping by here and linking up and encouraging me with your kind words. This means so much to me and to my husband, you are all such a blessing.

Well, what’s on this next week, I hear you ask??!!!

My husband’s fatherhood course is still going and he will be off to that on Monday night.

I will be schooling the children and finishing off the room moves and getting my sewing room up and sorted.

The children’s eisteddfod is in 5 weeks so piano practice will definitely need to happen and we will also have violin lessons again on Wednesday.

We are starting to clean up around the house for our son’s birthday party and I am starting to plan that all in my mind at the moment. After this coming week I will start writing things down.

My husband is off next weekend to do the training to run this Fathers course himself. There are 4 men from around here going and they fly out on Friday afternoon and get back late Sunday night.

I’m not very keen (and neither are the children) about him being away for two nights and we all miss him terribly but it is so important that men are trained to be the best husbands and fathers they can be.

I think of you all often and I pray that you are all well and that God is working in your hearts and lives.

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 to you all dear friends xxxx

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


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #74

It’s that time of the week again so I can say welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

We have had a good week and have enjoyed various activities.

My husbands Fatherhood course is still going and that is each Monday night.  Each week he gets home later but I am sure that the conversation at the end is as good as the whole meeting.  He had a great time away with the other fathers and their children camping last week and it was wonderful for them all to bond together a bit more.

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Granddad and our second granddaughter. They have a lot of fun together and heaps of tickling.

Tuesday night we had our regular Bible Study. We are working through a commentary on Timothy and Titus. We have only just started and with the way we are going it is going to take us ages to get through the book. There are lots of discussion points and it can lead us off track very quickly, but it is all very good.

Once again this week I have been busy bottling tomatoes. The children pick them and then I sort them and put the good ones out for sale and process the not so good ones. I now have over 120 bottles of tomatoes in my pantry which is definitely a record year. I don’t think I have every done more than 70 in the past.

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Another pot of tomatoes. That’s the second one for this week.

I will just keep going I suppose until they run out. Last week we had a really warm day for this time of the year and there are another couple 25 degree (C) days this week so the tomatoes should keep on ripening.  The children picked some on Saturday afternoon for us to take to church to share there, especially those little yellow ones.

I also dried some more watermelon and some beetroot chips. The watermelon is really nice but I’m not too sure about the beetroot. It isn’t my favourite vegetable so I’m not that keen.

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Our cute little grandson.

Wednesday we went to Warrnambool for some lunch and then my husband was able to go with his parents to a specialist appointment. It was handy that it fell on the day we were down there. We then had violin lessons and that will be our last for a couple weeks as their teacher and his older sister are going on a mission trip to the Solomon Islands to launch a New Testament translation. I am definitely looking forward to hearing how that goes.

Thursday was back to work and school and music practice. We only have 6 weeks left until the first Eisteddfod and then only 12 weeks until their exams so the pressure is on a bit.

Friday we got ready to head to our son-in-law and daughter’s home for our oldest granddaughters 3rd birthday.  We had a lovely evening and her other grandparents, an aunt and a family friend joined us all. We had a delicious meal and a most yummy yellow birthday cake.

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Our granddaughter is very excited that it is her birthday.

Of course we ate too much and talked too late but it was so worthwhile. Our son-in-law, daughter and myself had a deep discussion session last weekend which was great but this time we dragged my husband into it as well. We didn’t stay up quite as late but it was late enough. We then got up a 6:30 am and headed back to Hamilton for piano lessons. We were all a bit bleary eyed when we arrived.

Now the exciting news is that our no 1 son came home on Saturday afternoon, yay we are so happy to see him.  He hasn’t been home for 3 weeks and he will be gone again next weekend but it is great to catch up face to face.

He is having a good time working with the people he is at the moment and it is comforting for us to know that he is with a Christian family business.

Okay that’s it for this week, onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…

thmb5714e236e3c1cFamily Time by Alisa at Flourishing Todaythmb57155557a7715Quilting Little Pieces Part 2 by Angie at Sunny Patch Cottage
thmb5714d7f64e929Do Not Resuscitate by Rosie Jensing – Forgiven Much, Loves Much

Thank you to everyone for taking the time to stop by and link up. What a joy to see you all here each week.

We have a rather normal week this week. Fathers course on Monday night, no violin lessons, so home on Wednesday. Hopefully we will be able to get heaps of school and piano practice done.

Monday is a holiday here in Australia so my husband and our son are both home that day which is nice, but they are both back to work on the Tuesday and they have work to do around here on the Monday.

Next weekend my husband is taking me away for a couple of nights which will be lovely and we have been blessed with an apartment not far from the beach. We will be able to have nice walks and drink coffee together and talk. Our younger two children will be looked after by their brother-in-law and their sister which is such a blessing.

As I am away I won’t do the link up next week but I will keep this week open for 2 weeks.

During our late night discussions we have been talking about the way we deal with different situations and whether we respond in a biblical way or in an emotional, our own idea way. It is so important that we keep our eyes on God’s word so that we know how to respond to different situations in life or so that we know what advice to give if asked. God’s ways are so much better than ours.

I pray that you are all well and that God is working in your hearts and lives.

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 to you all dear friends xxxx


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

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #73

Hey there everyone, welcome back to Good Morning Mondays.

What have you been up to this past week? We had a great weekend away last weekend and it was nice to get away for a couple of days. We don’t really do holidays at the moment but a couple days here and there are just lovely.

My husband has been busy working this week and is getting lots of phone calls from his clients wondering what he is up to and if he has time for their work. This is such a blessing because we can have some months where the phone barely rings at all. Good thing God is in control and not us.

We had a funeral on Wednesday for a lovely old gentleman. He was 93 and the funeral was really a celebration of his life and how he shared the gospel with so many family and friends. We were sitting in the church and our no 2 son leans over to me and says is Mr N going to Heaven. It was wonderful that I could say to him that yes he was and that boys face was just so happy.

The aquaponics system just seems to be buzzing at the moment and my husband is constantly cutting back the tomatoes so that they don’t touch the plastic.20160415_073639You can see just the side of them in the photo above.  The weather is really cooling off now and my husband has been planning on closing the end in shortly. The new Rainbow Trout we got a month ago are growing very quickly and I hope you can sort of see this from the photo below.  They are a very active fish too.20160415_222556We still have tomatoes to process and I have another batch on the stove at the moment. We are selling quite a few out the front and what we don’t sell I bring in and preserve.  We cut our first pumpkin this week and it was a lovely, tasty addition to our evening meal.

We won’t pick all of them yet as the vines haven’t died off fully but they are definitely on their way.

My husband has taken our younger children camping this weekend as part of his Fatherhood course. The children were so excited and couldn’t wait.  It was a lot of work packing everything they needed to take and as they took my husbands work vehicle he had to empty out a lot of tools.
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They left Saturday morning after their piano lessons and got home late afternoon on Sunday, dirty and tired but very, very happy.

I spent the time on Saturday knitting and blogging and drying apples and cooking tomatoes. Our son-in-law, daughter and children came for tea on Saturday night and then spent the night with me and we talked into the wee hours of Sunday morning. It was so nice that they were able to do this otherwise I would have gotten quite lonely.

Below is a picture of our three grandchildren and as our daughter says they are the future leaders of our society.IMG_7115[1]Our oldest son has been away for 2 weeks now and we still miss him. I’m not sure whether that feeling will ever pass but I’m sure it will soften somewhat. He rang me on Saturday afternoon and we chatted for quite a while which was really great. Just another week now and he will be home for a week. (no early nights that week).

Okay that’s enough about my week, onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…thmb570a601b76fc9Lord, I Give You My All by Ifeoma at Purposeful and Meaningful
thmb570b17bb3c242Beware of Bible Journaling by Lydia at Journey of the Wordthmb570a5d6bb1180How Minimalism Has Made Christmas More Peaceful In Our Home by Cheryl at Homespun Devotions

Thank you to you all for taking the time to link up, once again it is so hard to put into words how grateful I am to you all.

This coming week is back to normal somewhat. We still have about 6 pieces of bacon to smoke and I need to finish doing that and then slicing it and freezing it.  The 2 legs are still sitting in salt in the coolroom in town and will be there for another week before we bring them home and then hang them up.

My husband is busy at work and he also has his Fatherhood course on Monday night and we also have Bible Study on Tuesday night.

We will probably have violin lessons on Wednesday afternoon so that will be good and we will be doing school as usual. I am finding it hard to get back into school routine but the children are keen to get back to their Bible program so that is a great sign.

I have a cardigan to finish for our oldest granddaughter this week as it is her birthday on Friday and I want to give it to her on Friday night. I have almost finished the second front and just have the sleeves and collar to go.  I am really going to have to focus on that this week.

Well happy planting to my friends in the Northern Hemisphere and happy getting ready to winter down to my friends in the Southern Hemisphere.

I pray that you are all well and that God is working in your hearts and lives.

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 to you all dear friends xxxx

 

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

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #72

Hi everyone, welcome to Darling Downs Diaries and our weekly Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

Where are the days going I find it hard to fathom that 3 months of the year have already gone and we are already in Autumn.  The weather here has definitely changed with our warmest days being somewhat cooler than what we experienced in the summer.

The nights are cool bordering on cold and I think I may find our big quilt (a gift from my sister-in-law) for our bed.  Daylight savings finished last Sunday morning so the nights are getting darker earlier and we are adjusting to that now. It is hard during summer to eat our tea before 7:30 pm but now we are back to 6:30 which is so much better for us all.

Now that the nights are getting darker earlier we have time for some family music nights. That involves, accordians, a flute, a ukulele, a harmonica and lots of noise and fun.

This past week has been good and we finished cutting up and bagging the last 5 pigs on Monday. Mr and Mrs H came out to help us and they took some pork home for their freezer. We had pork chops for lunch and they were just beautiful, but I am now trying to get some beef into us to give us a break from the pork.

We smoked all the hocks on Tuesday and they are bagged and in the freezer. They smell delicious and are a great addition to soups and stews.DSC_2438

I have still been busy bottling tomatoes and we are still able to put fresh ones out the front on our stall. The corn has finally finished, although my husband has been watering it again to see if we can get any more out of the second cobs. I spent some time this past week making some tomato sauce which I put into jars, it tastes quite nice.

DSC_2435We had Mrs S’s funeral on Friday and my husband was able to help out by reading the eulogy, he did a really great job.

After the funeral we headed up into the mountains to Halls Gap which is in the Grampians. We spent the weekend there at a camp site and we had a wonderful time as usual. No 2 daughter got to help in the kitchen this year, which is great and she really enjoyed that and the other ladies are lovely.

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I got pretty close to this kangaroo
The atmosphere is great at the camp and we had an excellent Bible Study Leader this year. There are kangaroos and emus around and the bird life is interesting.

So that was our week. I didn’t do the top three this week as we were away so I apologise for that.

Next week is back to school for us and back to music practice. We have lessons this coming week so we are going to have to put our noses to the grindstone.

There will be more tomatoes to process and I will be starting on the apples now. Our no 1 daughter is going to do our bottles this year again and I am going to dry some. They are so lovely, the only problem with them is they don’t last long enough because we all enjoy them.

My husband is taking our children away camping this weekend. This is in conjunction with the other fathers from the Fatherhood course that he is doing. I get to stay home and our son-in-law, daughter and family are coming to keep an eye on me. That will be nice and somewhat comforting as I haven’t stayed home alone since we have been here.  So I definitely won’t get lonely on Saturday night.

To my friends in the northern hemisphere is it planting time yet, or is it still too cold??? I would love to hear how you get ready for your spring plantings.

We have been so grateful to God this year for our abundant harvest and I pray that we never forget who gave it to us and also that we remember to bless others with it.

I pray that you are all well my friends and that God is working in your hearts and lives.

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 to you all dear friends xxxx


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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #71

Hello all and welcome to our weekly Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

How has your week been and what have you been busy at???

We have had a busy, tiring and emotional week.

The first half of the week was all right and my husband and children managed to butcher a young bull and hang it in the cool room. We have been busy preserving tomatoes and corn and drying apples in slices. These apples are so delicious and I am going to try and get heaps of them done for snacks.

Wednesday night our son-in-law, daughter and children arrived, all ready to get into our butchering session.

My father-in-law came out to help us Thursday and Friday and we also had another friend come on Friday and he will also be helping us on Monday.  We did have lots of laughs together and we all managed to work together well most of the time.

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Cutting up the pork ready to mince.

On Thursday we butchered 10 pigs, and minced the meat. On Friday we butchered 5 pigs and they are hanging in the cool room to be cut up tomorrow.

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Pigs in the cool room ready to cut up.

These will be made into bacon, proscuitto, chops and roasts. We are excited with these ones as they are lovely and big and my husband has been feeding them grain soaked in our own milk for months and they have a lovely layer of fat which is so necessary for flavour and tenderness.

We made over 1000 pork sausages on Friday which we flavoured with different herbs such as garlic, chives, mixed herbs, and italian spices.

Thank you to all of you who were praying for our neighbour Mrs S. She passed away early on Friday morning. We were able to help out by looking after her grandchildren again on Thursday and Friday and they were such a help and blessing to us.

They are really great children and are so willing to do whatever we ask of them. On Thursday they all picked our tomatoes again and I now have another few buckets to process. On Friday they baked biscuits and then in the afternoon helped me make the sausages. They did a really great job and the oldest daughter helped me to twist them which saved me a couple of hours of work.

We finally finished up the meat on Saturday with the divvying up and labelling of the bags. Our son-in-law did a great job of stacking our share in our freezer and I am so pleased that I will be able to get to it a bit better than I normally can.

Even though we were busy we still had down time to socialise and play with our lovely grandchildren.

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Granddad enjoys playing with the little ones and tickling and hugging them.

Our week was emotional because our No 1 son left on Saturday morning to go working in NSW.  He is away for 3 weeks and then home again for a week, then he is gone again for another month and back for his 21st party and then he is off again for another 5 months.

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Our No 1 Son ready to go…

As I said last week it is a bittersweet thing for us. We raised him to be a man and now that he is and going off, we are finding it hard. We love our children and are so blessed with the relationships that we have with them and our son-in-law. We all have a great time together.

So after all that has been happening this past week, I had a rest on Sunday afternoon to catch up and get ready for the coming week.

Okay, onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…

thmb56f90a54dbdc5“Intimate Issues: 21 Questions Christian Women Ask About Sex” + LINKUP by Donna at Soul Survival thmb56f91018be8dcFree Ancient Greece Lapbook by Tina at Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
thmb56f96ac6d2d50 Talk To Me by Sharon at Sharon Sharing God

Thank you to everyone of you who took the time to link up. Thank you also to those of you who encouraged someone else by leaving a comment. Please know that your comments mean a lot to me as I am sure they do to others.

This coming week is somewhat quieter after Monday. Monday we are finishing off the pigs hanging in the cool room. Then it is back to work for my husband for the rest of the week.

Friday we have Mrs S’s funeral and then we are heading away for a couple of days to a Men’s Fellowship Camp. We go to this camp each year and enjoy the Bible studies and fellowship with the other people there.

It know it is a men’s camp but the wives can go as well and seeing as we are the youngest couple there we bring our children too. It is good for them to learn to talk to all different age groups and not just be peer socialised.

Our stall out the front is going well and our corn is just about finished. We have sold tomatoes and apples out there as well and once the pumpkins are finished we will probably sell some of those also.

Well my friends I pray that you are all well and that God is working in your hearts and lives.

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 to you all dear friends xxxx

 

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #70

He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed.  A Blessed Easter to you all…

Hi there and welcome back to Darling Downs Diaries and our weekly Good Morning Mondays Link up.

It is so lovely to get together each week and share our thoughts and I so appreciate each one of you and feel so blessed and encouraged by your lovely comments.

It has been a busy week dealing with all the produce that God has blessed us with.  We have been wanting to set up a roadside stall for ages and we finally did it this week.DSC_2383[1]We live on a very busy major road and we are blessed with a very wide nature strip with a good gravel base. This enables cars to pull in right off the road and turn around without any worry of being hit. We sold corn and tomatoes and we have now put some apples out there as well.

The good thing with our farm is that there is never any waste. If we don’t eat it, preserve it or sell it we give it to the pigs and they get fatter eating it. What a blessing.

I canned corn this week and have been able to get around 30 jars done. I also preserved some tomatoes, and dried some as well. We grew some little yellow pear tomatoes and some little red ones and I have cut them in half and dehydrated them. (FYI make sure you read the instruction booklet before laying all the tomatoes out and finding that you should have put them up the other way 🙂 )DSC_2392I am really enjoying my Excalibur dehydrator, it works really well and it goes most days. 

I put the little dried tomatoes in olive oil with garlic and rosemary. I am looking forward to tasting them in a couple of months. They look so pretty in the jar and so colourful.DSC_2393You might remember me mentioning a couple of weeks ago about our neighbour who had a stroke. She is still in hospital and has been taken off all medication and life support. She is still managing to eat a little and talks somewhat which is a blessing for her family.

We had eight of her grandchildren here for a day this week while their mum spent time with their nana. They are such lovely, hardworking children and we were happy to be able to have them. The children (including our two) picked all our tomatoes and it was great to see them working so well together.

We had some old neighbours visit us for an hour or so this week and it was wonderful to catch up with them as we haven’t seen them for a couple of years.

We went to Ballarat on Saturday morning to pick up our Rainbow Trout. The Fish Hatchery was set up to re-stock the local lake after a big drought.

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One of our trout in the bag.

It is all run by volunteers and they do an amazing job. They bag the fish up and then oxygenate the water so that they can travel distances without dying. We now have 80 happy trout in our aquaponics system and we are enjoying just watching them swim around.

Our No 1 son has been away working and he is now home for a week, so it has been just wonderful catching up with him.

He is going to be spending quite a bit of time away over the next six months so we are having to adjust to that emotionally.  It is so bittersweet when our children grow up, we are blessed to see them turn into adults but it also means that the dynamics change around the home. We are happy to know that he is working with lovely Christian people who’s standards are so similar to ours.

Well that’s another week for us, I hope yours has been good too.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were….thmb56ef6ab0db72f

Oatmeal Breakfast Bites by Mindie at The (mis) Adventures of a “Born Again” Farm Girl

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John 3:16 For God So Loved… by Karen at Switchbacksthmb56eef0c014b8a

30 Day Spring Cleaning Printable by Emily at Morning Motivated Mom

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up. I look forward to  catching up with you all again this week.

What’s happening in your corner of the world????

I will still be working on putting away fruit and vegetables this week and getting ready to butcher our pigs and a steer.

Our son-in-law, daughter and family will be down later in the week to help us do the butchering so I am going to try and organise some meals early in the week so that is one less job to do while we make sausages.

Saturday night we have a family fun night to attend, this is in conjunction with my husbands Fatherhood course and should be interesting. Each family has to put on an item so we will be working on that this week as well.

If you can, we would appreciate your prayers for our neighbour and her family as they face the next few days. Please pray for God’s comforting and peaceful presence for them as they face the loss of their Mum and grandmother.

May you be blessed and feel God’s presence in your daily lives.

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 to you all dear friends xxxx


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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #69

Hey everyone, welcome back to another weekly Good Morning Mondays Link Up and what a week it has been.

It started last Sunday with our trip to the Port Fairy Folk Festival. I mentioned last week that my husband was asked to join a group playing his accordion.  Our younger two children joined him, no 2 son on his harmonica and no 2 daughter on her little accordion. They had a great time and everyone was really encouraging.

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My husband and our no 2 son doing their thing!!!

I can play the accordion as well but I am not an ear player and I need music. This group goes from one song to the next, they are amazing.

Down on the farm it has been busy with one of our sows having 8 little piglets. They are so cute and it is amazing how they know what to do the minute they are born. We still have one sow to go and we will really have heaps of pigs then. I think we already have heaps!!!
DSC_2356Our oldest lot will be going into sausages and bacon after Easter when we have a big kill up. I know this doesn’t sound too great but it keeps us in meat for months and months. We are so blessed to be able to do this for ourselves.

The vegetable patch is going really well and I managed to get some corn done this week. I blanched it first and then I cut it off the cob. DSC_2366Some I dehydrated as you can see below and some I canned.DSC_2367I found I still have quite a few jars of corn left from last year, so that has all been brought inside to be used first. I have an outside pantry and an inside one and I tend to forget about the stuff outside. My husband is in the process of re-working a shipping container to make me a bigger storehouse for all our produce. We will be able to store potatoes and hang up our curing meat. It will be a few months before it is finished but the thought processes are working overtime at the moment.

We were also blessed with a bag of pears and I have been waiting for them to ripen. Finally they were ready on Saturday so I peeled them and cut them up and bottled them with cinnamon sticks, a little raw sugar and some red wine – I suppose my version of drunken pears. Hopefully this will give them some more flavour.

We have had some warmer weather this week and then it turned cold, wet and windy. We had a big gum tree branch fall on our bird aviary  narrowly missing our shed and hot house. What a blessing it didn’t fall on the shed, that would have been terrible. The roosters that were in there got a bit of a fright but they were not hurt.

DSC_2374My husband and no 2 son spent Saturday afternoon cleaning it all up. I suppose we get some firewood out of the tree for next year, which is another blessing. The only heating we have is a wood stove so firewood is very important.

I have a feeling that our warmer weather has passed and we are definitely in Autumn. Hopefully there are a few sunny days left to finish off the tomatoes. This year has been our best tomato year since we moved here nearly 6 years ago, so a new record has been set.

I didn’t achieve much school this past week, only piano, violin and processing fruit and vegetables. We have our Easter break and 2 weeks holiday coming up for school children so we will probably work through that if I can get on top of the corn this week.

I love homeschooling, there is so much children can learn and do without the confines of a school room. I understand it is not for everyone and that is okay, but it suits us really well.

We had our last piano lesson for the term on Saturday morning but I don’t think that means that we get to sleep in next week. We are off to Ballarat to a trout hatchery to get some Rainbow Trout for our aquaponics. This is an expansion for us and we are also looking forward to eating them as well.

That’s about all for me but I thought I would show you a picture of our little grandson who is about 6 months old now. He is so delightful, just like his older sisters.
DSC_2350Okay, into our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…thmb56e5888a7e1afAn Amish Market – A Collection of Four Novellas – Review by Laura at Harvest Lane Cottagethmb56e5ecf0d35a8Bookcases Going Green for Spring by Patti at Old Things Newthmb56e62d9f0d4e2Leftover Mashed Potatoes into Potato Cakes by Tammy at Taylor-Made Homestead

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to pop over and link up, you are all such a blessing to me.
This coming week is going to be filled with more preserving. I need to get the corn done and I think we are going to pick it all as it is just about all ready.
Monday night my husband is starting a Fatherhood course from Good to Great and he is very excited about this. It goes for 10 weeks and covers heaps of different topics, so it should be good for him and all of us.
A proviso for the course is that he takes the children away camping for a weekend and then he is to take me away as well. The children are really looking forward to this and our son-in-law, daughter and family are going to come and granny sit me for the weekend.
That won’t be happening for a few weeks yet, we have Easter to get though, a big butchering session the next week, wow the next couple of months are quite busy.
What have you all been up to??

May you be blessed and feel God’s presence in your daily lives.

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 to you all dear friends xxxx

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