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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #105

Hi there everyone, welcome back to our weekly link up, I hope you will be blessed by your visit

What’s been happening in your lives??

Christmas is fast approaching and it feels like it is almost upon us. There are so many projects I want  to complete that it’s a little overwhelming.  I just need to sit down and write a list and then prioritise them all.

This past week has been good, but once again nothing is really standing out concerning what I achieved.

It was my husband’s birthday this week and even though we all got together last weekend we still had a special tea for him.  He ordered pizza and trifle and I think he enjoyed it all. I’m still cooking as though everyone is here, so we had heaps of leftovers, so he enjoyed his birthday food for a couple of days.20161130_183219He’s a fantastic husband and father and I am so blessed to be going through our life’s journey together.

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Our orchard and part of our veggie patch

Our chickens are growing and are now 5 weeks old.  We also have 5 bigger roosters in the pen and it’s starting to get crowded.  We’ve been discussing options of what to do with them next and that’s something we’ll be working on this coming week. 20161202_155838The veggie patch is going well and my husband has been inter-row weeding this week.  I still scratch around the tomato seedlings every couple of weeks to keep those weeds at bay, because they can get out of hand very quickly.

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Our orchard and some of our veggie patch

Sometimes it just amazes me how easy some things are. I usually make my feta and cheddar cheeses with rennet and starter culture but I ran out of rennet this week and made a farmers cheese with vinegar instead.  It worked really well and this may be another option, I actually prefer the taste because it’s milder but I need to add more seasoning next time.20161202_174729It’s so nice to be able to do this and I love giving it away and sharing the bounty from our land.  We are so excited with our orchard and veggie patch this year and look forward to what we can share from that.

And just because I can, here is a pic of our eldest granddaughter, she is such a happy little girl and it just warms my heart when she calls me grandma. 20161126_180928Okay, enough, onto our link up.

Our top three posts this week were…thmb583ae40384de0

MYO Sweetened Condensed Milk by Taylor Made Homesteadthmb583b897b25663

A Week of Homestead Photos November 20th – 26th by The (mis) Adventures of a “Born Again Farm Girl”thmb583f9eafe8323Follow Thou Me by Annie Johnson Flint from The Cotton Apron

Thank you for stopping by and sharing a part of your lives and thoughts with us here.

A prayer request please.  My mother in law fell on Saturday morning and has broken her hip badly and she is in a lot of pain, please pray that they can get her fixed up and get her moving again. Thank you my friends.

What happens this week will depend on how my mother in law is doing and maybe a bit of driving to take my father in law around a bit. He can  drive which is great but it will be hard for him, i guess more prayers are needed for him too, thank you.

I would like to get some weeding done and Christmas cards made and addressed. I’m working on hand made Christmas presents too so I will keep on with that, and of course school and piano practice. We only have one more lesson and that’s it for the year and it’s up to us to keep up our practice.

Also a reminder about our monthly link up…

wisdom search4This months topic is TAKING OUR THOUGHTS CAPTIVE.

Also remember you don’t have to link up, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section, so stop over if you get the time.

I pray that you will have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

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.”


 

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #104

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

Have you had a great week??

We started our week attending the funeral of our dear friend Mr H. It was a great time of remembering him and his humour, a sad time to realise we won’t see him until we meet in Heaven. Our pastor preached a powerful gospel sermon and it was just wonderful.

It was a really hot day and we finally got a reprieve with a cool change mid afternoon which was really nice. Since then the rest of the week has been much cooler. It’s so hard and we try not to complain but when we haven’t had hot weather for such a long time it is hard to adjust – but we will, eventually.

Our vegetable garden is going well and the corn is coming up nicely.20161123_155745I have been out with my hoe and I have been scratching around all the tomato seedlings so that the weeds don’t get away on me, and it is working well.

We had a magnificent sunset the other night and it was on to see who could get a better photo, me or our no 1 son. He did win but mine looked pretty awesome too.img_20161121_204129We’ve been doing school as well this week and have moved on now to Jacob and Leah and Rachel in our Bible program. I’ve read these chapters before but when you read them to your children and need to discuss it, it really comes to life and we are enjoying it.

We have a few birthdays around at the moment. Our son-in-laws was on Thursday, our no 1 daughters is on Tuesday and my husbands is on Wednesday, then in a couple of weeks we have our no 2 sons birthday. So we all got together in Halls Gap on Saturday afternoon for a BBQ and a game of mini golf. It was great fun and a wonderful time together.

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I also got the okay from our son-in-law to try and find our no 1 daughter a milking goat. I was so excited and it took some searching, some disappointment and a wonderful connection with a lovely christian lady.

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Our daughters milking goat “Coco” and her kids

She had exactly what we wanted and even delivered it for us. We are looking forward to seeing how it all goes.

I have been busy trying to figure out sock knitting and I finally did it. The picture below is the first pair I made for my husband out of some wool I had here. They are pretty thick but it was a great way to learn and follow a rather easy pattern.  I’ve just finished another pair for our son-in-law for his birthday and they are thinner. 20161118_224222I really enjoy these old crafts, it makes me feel very pioneering.

We have had some issues with a bearing in the front wheel of our car and my husband managed to get it fixed this week. Our no 2 son really enjoyed helping him and having a go of the raddle gun.  He is learning so much from his father and it’s wonderful to watch it.

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On Sunday we went to church with some homeschooling friends and then got together for a lunch and afternoon of fellowship. It is wonderful to spend time with like minded people and the children love catching up with all their friends.

Okay enough, onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…thmb5832ebb251eedThe DIY disaster by Maidservants of Christ thmb58332e4bd9a84A. W. Tozer’s Thoughts on… by Thoughts on Booksthmb5831c9e923feaThe Inner Views of Caroline Harries by Homespun Devotions

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up.

I hope you all had a magnificent Thanksgiving. We don’t typically celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia but it’s a wonderful tradition – to take time to be thankful for all the Lord has done for us.

This coming week is a nice home one and hopefully a quiet one. We need to start making Christmas Cards and get them written out and addressed and sent out in early December. I don’t want to get behind this year.

I have a few Christmas gifts I want to make in the coming weeks and there is always plenty of baking to do as well. I’m not sure yet what we are doing for Christmas, we are just waiting to hear what our son-in-law and daughter are doing.

We will be keeping on with school and music practice and I’m hoping to not take too much time off this year, hopefully only a couple of weeks. I say this every year and it doesn’t always happen, so maybe this is the year.

Also a reminder about our monthly link up…
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This months topic is TAKING OUR THOUGHTS CAPTIVE.

Also remember you don’t have to link up, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section, so stop over if you get the time.

I pray that you will have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

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.”


 

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

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #103

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

We had a busy gardening week and the weather is finally warming up some. When I see all you Northern Hemisphere folk starting your wood heaters and using your vegetables to make comforting warming stews I feel I small jolt of unbelief that our winter has gone.

I try and enjoy all the seasons but I so enjoy winter and keeping warm and cosy and being able to do heaps more inside jobs. Summer is good but it is definitely an outside time of the year.

We’ve been planting our tomatoes this week and managed to get them all in by Saturday afternoon. We also put in about 30 capsicums and 30 celery seedlings as well. I am hoping to dry the produce from them this year as it was great just grabbing a jar of dried vegetables and using it in soups and stews in the winter.

img_20161115_175506Here are a couple rows of tomatoes, in the end we had 6 rows, that’s almost 500 tomato seedlings. We are hoping to preserve heaps again this coming year and sell some at our roadside stall. The season is late and there is talk of rain right through January but only God knows what is going to happen so we put them in with hope and prayer.

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Our 2nd granddaughter

We spent last Sunday with our son-in-law, daughter and their children and we had a great time. It is always fun to get together, eat, talk and play.  They always enjoy having granddad around to tickle them.

I have been having a craving to use my dehydrator lately so I dried some of my sourdough bread into crumbs. This was just great and now I have them on the shelf ready to use whenever I want them.
img_20161115_140920I mentioned a couple weeks earlier that I was crochetting a bathmat for us out of fabric scraps, well I haven’t finished that one yet but I finished a rug for a friends birthday. So it is finally gifted so I can share it.20161116_132523I was really pleased with how it turned out and the colours look great, the photo doesn’t really do it justice. It is only a smaller size one for maybe beside her bed, but I’m sure she’ll find a place for it.  I so enjoy making things for gifts and I especially enjoy giving them.

Last Sunday’s message was on Jonah, only half the first chapter but we have been discussing this during our nightly studies. It’s an amazing story and I know I said to the children that it’s only 4 chapters in the bible but Veggie Tales got a whole 90 min DVD out of it. They thought this was funny.

We’ve gone from Abraham who was so obedient in taking Isaac to be sacrificed and Jonah who ran from God because he didn’t want to deliver the Lord’s message. Such good discussions this brings up.

Our dear friend Mr H passed away on Tuesday night. I want to thank all of you who have been praying for him and his family. His funeral is on Monday afternoon so I ask that you pray for comfort for his family and friends at this time.

My husband saw him on Saturday week ago in hospital and he was going to be coming home on the Monday but by Tuesday night he was gone. He went really quickly but we are glad that he didn’t have to suffer in pain for long.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…thmb5829ca757e992Just Keep Sinning by Lydia at Journey Of The Wordthmb5829b57362478Gratitude When You’ve Got A Bad Attitude by Nicki at Showered In Grace thmb5829be47c8cdcThe Lie: You are Good Enough by Helene at Maidservants of Christ

Thank you for stopping by and linking up. What a great array of posts there are to enjoy.

Okay this week is the usual although we have our friends funeral on Monday afternoon.

I have been trying to clean up some garden beds around the house and we have been doing a bit most days and they are coming along well. I need to start keeping an eye on the veggies and keep the weeds under control out there and not let it get away on me and then it is a huge job.

The children are coming along with their piano so it’s more practice and more school. I was thinking of changing our days around as it warms up and get outside in the morning and back inside in the afternoon for book work, but we’ll see.

The chickens are growing and will soon out grow their pen so my husband and I have been thinking of where to put them.

Everything is on the move around here and it is exciting, everything is growing and changing.

I hope this week to move on with our Bible program and see what happens next to Jacob and Esau and we might do a bit more on Jonah at nights too.

Next Saturday we are meeting our son-in-law, daughter and children in Halls Gap for a BBQ and maybe a game of mini golf. We have 4 birthdays in the next few weeks, our son-in-law, no 1 daughter, my husband and then our no 2 son in mid December. So it’s a birthday get together.

Also a reminder about our monthly link up…wisdom search4

This next months topic is TAKING OUR THOUGHTS CAPTIVE.

Also remember you don’t have to link up, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section, so stop over if you get the time.

Also another update and thank you for those of you who have been praying for Jotham. He came home from hospital in Melbourne on Saturday. It seems his issues were medication related. He has some improving to do but God is definitely in control and cares for that little boy and can do great things with him. Please continue to pray for his improvement.

I pray that you will have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

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.”


 

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

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #102

Welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.  How have you all been going and what have you been up to this past week???

I’ve been sitting here wondering what I have been doing all week and I can’t think. I know we did piano practice and my husband was home for a few days so that sort of mucks me up a bit, not that I mind having him home, it’s great, but my routine sort of goes wonky.

The children’s Bible program has been working through Genesis and we are up to around chapter 22. We’ve read about Abraham’s total faith and trust in God when he was asked by God to sacrifice Isaac. We also read about the favouritism that Isaac and Rebecca had regarding their sons Esau and Jacob.

It led to interesting conversations around the tea table at night as we re-read each scripture and discussed it as a family. We have our no 1 son home at the moment and it’s great to hear his opinion on these scriptures as well.

Things around the farm are motoring along and our rabbits are going well. I am becoming quite fond of them and enjoy visiting them a couple times a day to check their feed. img_20161110_224243This is one of our bucks and he’s been named Gilbert. He’s probably the most friendly.

My husbands big job this week was to get the crop in and he achieved it. He’s planted barley and rape (summer feed) so that we will have green feed for our stock during the summer. We used to bale hay but have decided to do it this way to see how it goes.20161110_170704We are blessed to have tractors and machinery so that we can get these jobs done.

It was also one of his aims to get the tomatoes in but due to cold, wet weather that didn’t happen but we got the area prepared so we will be ready to go this coming week. The ground is all worked up and he managed to get the mesh fencing completed too which will support the tomatoes as they grow. img_20161111_154407We got some strawberries planted in our aquaponics system. Some have been planted in the grow beds and some in horizontal pipes with water flowing through them. They are standing up nicely which is good, we have lost a couple but that seems to be the way.img_20161109_090103

We’ve been milking full bore lately and I’ve been making cheese to catch up on our stores. Our no 2 daughter has been giving her dad a hand each morning and she is really starting to come along with the cattle and enjoys working with them. She even names them all and remembers their names. 20161107_071931She is growing up into a lovely young lady and is very helpful around the house and the farm.  Our no 2 son is in charge of the eggs and it is his job each evening to collect them and make sure everything is going okay in the chook house. He helps get the cows in too and always remembers where things are, quite amazing really.

We are spending Sunday with our son-in-law, daughter and their family. We will go to church with them and then spend the afternoon together. I get to a certain point and I’ve got to see them all because I miss them and the grandchildren are growing up so quickly.

Okay enough about our goings on, onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…thmb581f8ca8b8b35A Time to Be Thankful by Kathi at Oak Hill Homesteadthmb581fdce060141How to Store Garlic, Onions and Tators by Mindie at The (mis) Adventures of a  Born Again Farm Girlthmb5820b193ed7deA Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing by A Narrow-Minded Woman

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, may you be blessed by your visit.

I’m asking again for you to pray for our friends little boy Jotham. He is still having some difficulties and is in hospital at the moment. Please pray for the doctors and his family as well.

Thank you for your prayers for Jotham and his family, they are appreciated.

Just a reminder also about our monthly link up…wisdom search4

This next months topic is TAKING OUR THOUGHTS CAPTIVE.

Also remember you don’t have to link up, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section, so stop over if you get the time.

This coming week we hope to get the tomatoes planted. We will do school and music practice and hopefully heaps more. I don’t have to go out which is great.

I am busy making Christmas presents at the moment, but I won’t share just yet because they are a surprise.

I pray that you will have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

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.”


 

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

 

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #101

Hi there everyone, welcome back to another Good Morning Mondays Link Up.

We are excited here at the moment, the sun has been shining, the tractor has been working and our no 1 daughter has grown our tomato seedlings (and some others as well) and we can get them in the ground this week.20161104_080839We have 500 tomato seedlings hardening up outside and 50 capsicum seedlings as well. It has been so wet here we wondered at times if we would ever get anything planted, but God is good to us and it has dried up enough to get the ground worked up.

Friday was an absolutely beautiful day, the sun was shining, it was almost warm but with a pleasant cool breeze.

We moved the little chicks onto the lawn in a bigger pen, they are growing so quickly. We still have lights on for them because the nights are still quite cool and it was really quite cold on Saturday but they are still enjoying the ability to move around and get out in the sunshine when it is there.20161104_105040We were also blessed to be able to purchase some pure bred roosters on Saturday morning.  There is this boy in town, I would say he was about 11 or 12 and he is incubating eggs and selling pure bred hens and roosters. There isn’t much call on the roosters so we get them at a very reasonable price but he can’t keep the supply of hens filled.  20161105_115439We got 5 white leghorns and 1 australorp and they are nice healthy birds.

My husband has been home most of the week and has been able to get lots of work done around the farm.  Our no 2 son has been sick all week and it only just starting to improve. It was unusual for him to still be in bed at 9 am and not wanting to eat but hopefully he will keep improving over the coming week and we can get some school work done.

At nights I have been working on my rag rug and I am really enjoying it as it grows. I like the randomness of colours and patterns, and this one is in blue, pink and white tones.20161104_165948I am hoping to use this as a bath mat and I want to make a couple for Christmas presents as well.

With our no 1 son home for a few months my husband and I have been able to get out occasionally for a cuppa. We tied a trip to town to pick up tomato seedlings and a cuppa this week and it was nice to just be together and chat. We spent some time on our front veranda on Friday enjoying the sunshine and watching the chickens on the lawn, we enjoy these times together.

We had the children’s piano lessons on Saturday morning as usual and they are going really well. Our no 2 daughter is starting to show maturity in her playing and her teacher has been very pleased. They have lovely pieces this time as well and they are nice to listen to as they practice.

I am now on Instagram and if you would like to follow me over there just look up @country_homeschooling_grandma. I’m sorry but I haven’t figured out the buttons to put on the blog yet, but I’m still there if you are interested.

So enough about our week and onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…thmb581655cf21f89How to Turn Free Pumpkins into Pumpkin Puree by Kathi at Oak Hill Homesteadthmb581666c8718fcStress Less This Christmas! by Laura at Harvest Lane Cottagethmb581793c9c28d2The Best Place to Focus in Changing Seasons & Trials by Dr Michelle Bengtson at Hope Prevails

Thanks everyone for stopping by and linking up, I hope to see you all here again next week.

I have another quiet week again this coming week, I really enjoy my time at home and not having to be running around in town.

I’m hoping to get some school work done and we obviously have heaps of tomato seedlings to plant and we want to do that this week also.

Thank you for praying for our friends little son Jotham,  your prayers are appreciated. His problems are still continuing and now he needs to go to Melbourne to see doctors there. This is hard and very unsettling for their family and children and I ask again that you pray for them all and their doctors so that they can get things sorted.

I have still been thinking on CONTENTMENT and look forward to hearing from you at our monthly link up …wisdom search4Also remember you don’t have to link up, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section, so stop over if you get the time.

I pray that you will have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

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.”


 

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

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #100

Hey there everyone, welcome back to our weekly link up. This is link up 100 and I am so blessed by your support. Thank you so much for continuing to stop by and bless me with you sweet words and encouragement for each other.

It’s been over 12 months now since I broke my leg and I also want to thank you for all your support over that time and since then with your prayers for my healing. You are all such a blessing to myself and my family.

I was home all week until Friday and my husband was home for a couple of days too. It’s great when he is home but I don’t get much school work done because our no 2 son just wants to help dad. There is much more he can learn outside with his father and we will get to the books on the days when dad isn’t home.

Some of the men our no 1 son worked with for 6 months have been doing a job not far from us so one night they all went 4WD. My husband and our no 2 son went also, our youngest was so excited and had so much fun. It was more mud bashing really because it is still so wet down here.

On Friday we went to Mt Gambier to pick up some day old laying chicks and we took advantage of the day off and did some sightseeing.

We went to the Princess Margaret Rose Caves and the children were fascinated with all the stalagmites and such. Mt Gambier is home to many caves and sink holes so we saw a couple of them too.

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Here’s the gang having their lunch.

We also enjoy a picnic lunch on the shore of one of the crater lakes there. It was an absolutely beautiful day and the sun was very warming.

Late afternoon we picked up our chicks. They are New Hampshire cross with a White Leghorn. We like the older breeds and find that the White Leghorn are good layers.

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Chicks in the brooder under heat.

We usually buy our chickens at point of lay but have decided to raise them ourselves this time and will continue to do this each year.

On Saturday we managed to get our meat rabbits and cage. The friend we got them from does such a great job raising them.  They will take some management but I’m sure we can do it.

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This is great for the children, and they learn so much helping out with the animals. Our No 2 daughter informs me that the bucks are named Fred and Gilbert and the Does are Dianna and Anne (we’ve been watching the Anne of Green Gables Series lately).

So 4 rabbits to start with and in time we will bring in another buck and doe from another line and raise some does for breeding as well.

So now we have beef, pork, lamb, fish and rabbit to eat or eventually to eat. We haven’t eaten any fish yet but hopefully in the coming months. It seems to take a fair while to get the aquaponics system up and sorted, but we’ll keep pushing on with it.

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My husband has been working up ground between our fruit trees to plant peas and it has come up nicely. We decided that we are going to plant our tomatoes here instead because our other veggie patch is still under water. Our No 1 daughter and her husband have been growing our tomato seedlings for a couple of years and I think they will be ready next week.

Our season is running so late and we really haven’t had any hot weather yet.  We seem to get a couple of warm days and then a couple of cold ones. We have lots of blow flies on the warm days and lots of mosquitos too and they say it’s because of the water lying around.

We finally managed to get all the bacon smoked, sliced and packed this week and it is in the freezer, so our last butchery session is finally completed for another 6 months.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…
thmb580e0c31744ffGrit For The Oyster: 250 Pearls of Wisdom for Aspiring Writer by Susan B Meadthmb580e3bea69d36-1Happy Homemaker Monday by Colletta’s Kitchen Sinkthmb580d18e3dfc50Ways to help those who are dying or sick by Finding Joy In The Everyday

Thank you everyone for linking up and stopping by. I suggest reading the post on Ways to help those who are dying or sick, it was full of great ideas and advice.

There are so many people who are suffering around us, cancer seems to be rife and people are looking for something or someone to rest on. What a great way to share our Lord’s love with them by maybe making them a meal or helping them out somehow.

Okay this week I have a bit of running around to do earlier on, a couple of trips to town, and music lessons on Tuesday morning (lessons were postponed this week).

Then it’s home and back to normal. I am hoping to get some seed potatoes in on the weekend in straw and maybe we can get some corn and pumpkins in as well. Our tomatoes may need hardening off but they’ll be in the ground soon.

What have you got on this coming week, have you been going well???

Also a reminder about our monthly link up…wisdom search4This month’s topic is on CONTENTMENT and I hope to hear from you over there.

Also remember you don’t have to link up, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section, so stop over if you get the time.

I asked last week for you to pray for our friends little son Jotham and I ask again this week. He is still having issues and is in hospital, please if you can remember him and his family in your prayers it would be appreciated, thank you.

I pray that you will have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

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.”



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

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #99

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

I’ve had a nice, quiet week at home and it’s been good to catch up after such a busy weekend butchering.

We have started smoking the hocks and bacon and will hopefully have that finished by mid week.

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Hocks nearly finished smoking.

All the other meat is put away in the freezer and now I’m having troubles deciding what to eat each night for dinner – haha not really. It’s just so wonderful to have such a choice.

I ran out of wool for my husband’s jumper and they didn’t have any left in town but I managed to find some online. I ordered a couple of balls and finally finished my it. It is a great fit and it’s been so cold here this weekend he was able to wear it and it kept him lovely and warm.img_20161021_203732I am now knitting a jumper for our no 2 daughter and will be making our son-in-law one for Christmas, but I won’t get it finished by then. I found the pattern I want to make, now just to get a nice colour wool for him.

I’m thinking of crocheting some rag rugs. I was given a heap of quilting fabric pieces, and I think I will cut them up and give it a go. It will be fairly multi-coloured but I’ll try one and see how I go. I will keep you all updated.

My husband spent some time on Friday cleaning up the fish tanks in our aquaponics system. Now the water is really clear and we can see the fish swimming around.
20161021_152059This is a Silver Perch. We have about 80 of them, they are really slow growing but their manure feeds our vegetables.
img_20161021_131747Hopefully we will harvest this broccoli soon as it is looking really good.img_20161018_180429They also did some stock work this week and moved all our cattle into the one paddock so the dairy calves can be joined again. It took them a while to settle down but now they are all happy.img_20161020_102437Everyone was home every night this week and I only went to town for piano lessons and church.

We are getting meat rabbits this week, hopefully the weather will clear up enough for us to get out and set the area up for them. We have had over an inch of rain this and it is cold again. We have days of lovely weather but the talk is it is going to rain until mid January, so a lovely green summer is on it’s way.

Okay enough, onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…

thmb5804b6612f97bHelp! I’m Drowning & Need Jesus! by Nicki at Showered in Gracethmb5804bf36235fdN – Now Is Where God Is from by Lisa Notesthmb5807b2f90b071True Blessings of Fall from Floyd Family Homestead

Thanks everyone for stopping by and linking up, I hope you were blessed by your visit.

I have another quiet week this week, I’m not planning on going out at all until the weekend. We don’t even have piano lessons on Saturday because our teacher is away but my husband is thinking of going to The Lake Goldsmith Open Day which happens twice a year. It’s a great event with old motors and displays, lots of fun.

Also a reminder about our monthly link up…wisdom search4

This month’s topic is on CONTENTMENT and I hope to hear from you over there.

Also remember you don’t have to link up, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section, so stop over if you get the time.

I have been doing a lot of thinking on contentment and I guess that’s why it is this month’s topic. Are we always looking at what we want or are we content with where God has us??

Our friends little boy Jotham has some health issues and is in hospital at the moment and your prayers would be appreciated at this time for him and his family.

Thank you and I pray that you will have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

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 xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #98

Greetings and welcome back to our next Good Morning Mondays Link Up. This Link Up has been going for 98 weeks, imagine that, so much has happened in those weeks it is amazing.

What have you been up to this past week?? Has it been warm or cold, wet or dry?? Funny how we always start conversations with the weather, seems to be a universal topic.

Well to start off we have had a damp and cold week but by the weekend it was drying up and getting warmer. Our weather this time last year was already far drier and far hotter than what we are experiencing now. The weather reminds me of those many scriptures that tell us to be thankful in all things and I’m sure that means weather as well.

We people are funny, it’s either too hot, too wet, too cold, too dry. When it’s wet we want it dry and when it’s cold we want it hot and so on. Us people on the land are even more difficult as well, seems to me we worry about so many things that we have no control over, we should just throw our worries on God and let Him have control of them. I find this so easy to say but it is hard to do because we like to have control.

I am writing this early this week before we start our butchering session on Friday. I will include some photos as we go along before I put this up on Sunday but just wanted to get it written before then. I am hoping for a couple card nights and lots of talking.

The family meal table
The family meal table

Our son-in-law, daughter and family are coming tonight and then tomorrow the work begins. Cutting, chopping and mincing then on Saturday we will make sausages. We usually do about 80 kg of sausages and even have mince left over just to use normally.

Some of the sausages
Some of the sausages

This butchery session will keep us in meat for 6 months and is such a blessing and help to us during that time.

Our no 1 son managed to get a couple of days shearing in this past week and due to wet weather he managed to spend a night with a good friend to catch up with him.

My husband has been busy working and seems to be over most of his bronchitis but is still struggling with his asthma but he is a real trouper and keeps on going.

We were able to have a bit of a date night on Wednesday night and went out for tea. We haven’t done this for ages and it was really nice. After tea we popped around to see Mr and Mrs H. Mr H is really declining fast and seems a former shell of himself. We try and talk normally because we know he prefers that but he struggles to keep up with the conversation now. Please if you can remember them all in your prayers.

We have been discussing raised beds for our veggie patch this year and are hoping to be able to get them completed for the coming season but we’ll see what happens.

On Sunday my husband’s fathers course had their graduation, certificate presentation a fellowship luncheon and a variety concert. It was a great afternoon and we all enjoyed getting together and being thankful for our wonderful husbands and fathers.

The graduating group
The graduating group

Okay enough about us, onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…thmb57fa774a7af45The Inner Views of Zachary Smith by Cheryl at Homespun Devotionsthmb57faa2d4b9358To Be Content 24/7 by Finding Joy In The Everydaythmb57fb54e14669fWhy Covering Our Body Is Important by Children Are A Blessing

Thank you everyone for stopping by, I hope you were blessed by coming here.

Well this coming week we are back into normal, so school and music practice and all that usual stuff. Actually there isn’t anything else on that I know of at the moment and that’s okay, a quiet week will really be great after our busy weekend.

I am being challenged by scriptures that talk about giving our worries to God, giving our cares to Him who created us, resting in His plan and being content where we are.

How is God challenging you??

Also a quick reminder about our monthly link up…wisdom search4This month’s topic is on Forgiveness and I hope to hear from you over there.

Also remember you don’t have to link up, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section, so stop over if you get the time.

Our next month topic will be on CONTENTMENT, this will be posted on Wednesday morning.

Have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

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 xxxx


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #97

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

Right now I’m feeling really tired, it’s Saturday night and I just feel like sitting on the couch and chilling out.  My husband and no 1 son and a friend have just finished butchering 9 pigs and 4 sheep. The cool room is full.img_20161008_1830371

What a blessing this meat will be over the summer. My husband didn’t think that we would get the sheep done but with the help of our friend they had the pigs done by lunch time.

Although I didn’t help with the actual butchering it was full on doing lunch and afternoon tea. Then we had another two lots of friends turn up, one came to pick up some innards to make some interesting dishes – haggis, and something else that you do with the caul, lungs and liver, and another lot of friends to pick up some car parts.

It was a full on afternoon but full of the blessings of friends.

My husband is going to kick over the BBQ very shortly just after he has a quick kip to catch up, then it’s tea and maybe a movie.

What have you been up to this past week???

Our No 1 son arrived home on Monday night and it has been great to catch up with him and all that has been happening in his life. He is such a generous hearted young man and it is a pleasure to have him home and he is always so caring.

We took a quick trip on Tuesday up to our son-in-law and daughters place to pick up a vehicle and so there was time for Grandpa cuddles. It  was great to all be together again and we had a lovely catch up and a really nice meal together.

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Grandpa cuddles and tickles

I have tried to get some school done this week  but didn’t quite manage it the way I wanted to, but we still achieved some. We started music lessons again this week so practice was on the agenda.

We needed to go and get some milking machine parts so we all (my husband was working) went down for a drive and a coffee. Here are our two boys together, there is 12 years between them.

20161006_1147511We’ve had some beautiful spring days, but it is still very wet under foot. My husband is hoping that he can get the tractor out in the veggie patch this coming week and start preparing some ground for the coming planting season.20161006_1447261I changed the button on our sons jumper and I’m much happier with it now. It fits so well and it feels very achieving to have finished it. I am onto the last sleeve for my husbands jumper, I had hoped to finish it this week to show you but I will post it up next week.20161004_1101041

Okay, that’s another week gone by, so onto our link up…

Our top three posts were…thmb57f355d4c051fWildflowers and Herbs Unit Study by Royal Little Lambsthmb57f26e34778fdGrin and Bear It by Sharon Sharing God
thmb57f0e9cd65c28Bread of Life by Beth Willis Miller

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, it is such a blessing to me and I just so enjoy putting this link up each week.

The first half of this coming week will be quiet and hopefully we will achieve some school work. Later in the week we will be cutting up and processing the pigs and sheep that we butchered today.

Our son-in-law, daughter and children will be down to help and it will be a great time. Hopefully there will be plenty of time for fun and games after tea each night.

This coming Sunday my husband has the graduation of his fathers course and we are having a luncheon and family concert.  The graduation will be carried out during our usual  church service and then the families will gather after for  the presentation of certificates, lunch and fun.

Also a reminder about our monthly link up…wisdom search4This month’s topic is on Forgiveness and I hope to hear from you over there.

Also remember you don’t have to link up, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section, so stop over if you get the time.

I’m still working on my verse by verse study of Jude but unfortunately I don’t get to it as much as I’d like. Been thinking about God’s refining fire today and what it takes to refine silver, very interesting.

Have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

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 xxxx


 

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

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #96

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

What’s been on your agenda this past week??? We have had quite a productive week with our school.  My husband had to leave quite early a couple of mornings so we had our school done well and truly before lunch.  It’s been hard in the winter to get up early but with spring here it is getting easier.

It is still wet and we are probably a month away from getting on the ground to get the spring vegetable garden in.  We are talking about putting in raised beds this year and we are both very excited to get going. Our garden is literally under water and we can’t risk getting the tractor bogged at this stage.

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Cabbage, broccoli and silver beet in the grow beds.

Our vegetables in the aquaponics are coming along and we are about to harvest some cabbages. We have broccoli, tomatoes, silver beet and celery growing at the moment and have just put in some lettuce seeds.

We had another calf this week and she was born to Old Crooked Horns. This is my husbands name for this cow.  We are so blessed to have so many calves.img_20160930_180217

I finally managed to finish the jumper for our No 1 son and he even stopped in on his way back to NSW to model it for me.  I’m not 100% sure about the buttons yet, might change them to plain grey ones.20160928_171038After I finished his jumper I started darning socks. I really enjoy darning socks and it’s one of my favourite jobs, and it’s a great job to do when watching a movie or just chatting after tea.20160928_204355The children’s cat had kittens earlier this week and they were so excited. These little ones would have to be their favourite.  She is a very good mother too, and always lets you have a cuddle.20160930_121331Our No 1 son is due home on Monday and we are all excited to see him again for a few months. He has shearing jobs down here until after Christmas, so we will have him around for a bit.  He’s home just in time to help with our next butchering session which is happening at the end of next week.

Okay enough already, onto our link up…

Our top three posts were…

thmb57e7a43cd18a4The Eternally Valuable Practice of Becoming a Minimalist by Women Abidingthmb57e7d2a450e35Crazy Canning Lady: Canning Successes and Failures by Taylor-Made Homesteadthmb57e910173a0c5From Beautiful Books to Blueberries – A “Shabby Chic” Frugal Farm Lifestyle – Entry #3 by Strangers & Pilgrims

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, I look forward to seeing you again this week.

Well this coming week is the usual stuff for us, school, work etc. We are butchering our pigs on Saturday and then hanging them in the cool room to be cut up the next weekend. I think we might even try and do a cow, but I’m not sure yet.

We have Bible Study this Tuesday night. We haven’t made it to the last couple so hopefully we will get there this week. Music lessons start again on the weekend, so school holidays are over.  I really don’t do school holidays, except around Christmas time, because every day can be different around here so we just keep motoring with our school when we can.

I have been doing a word study on the book of Jude and I am really enjoying that. Our No 1 daughter gave me a few ideas and told me about an app to help with Bible study and that has been great.

Also a reminder about our monthly link up…wisdom search4This month’s topic is on Forgiveness and I hope to hear from you over there.

Also remember you don’t have to link up, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section, so stop over if you get the time.

Have a blessed week my friends and may God lead and guide you in your everyday life.

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 xxxx


 

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