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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #108

Hey  there everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up and our new year 2017.

How was your Christmas and New Year?? We spent time with our family and as always it was a great time together. The children are growing up and we bought them a trike and wagon to line up with our daughters desire for less stuff. It has worked out a great gift and they use it often.
IMG_1775Our lovely no 1 daughter made me some really nice new oven mitts as mine were pretty bad and raggy. These ones are inspirational as well and keep my mind focussed on God’s word, and I have used them even though I struggled to not want to get them dirty.
IMG_20161231_105911We’ve been to the beach a couple of times and have enjoyed the cool water. We got together with our daughters family and had a great time with the grandies.

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Granddad with the girls

Our chickens have been growing and needed a new pen and this is what my husband and no 2 son came up with. They did a great job and the chickens have much more freedom now.20170113_185456I’ve been busy sock knitting and completed a pair for a friend for Christmas and then this pair for my husband. I am keen for him to wear and wear them to see how they last, so far so good.IMG_20170104_212219The vegetable garden is going well and the weeds are growing quickly.  There are tomatoes on the bushes but they are a long way off turning red.

The tomatoes in the aquaponics are booming and we picked our first one this past week, we are looking forward to many more.20170119_212215

We’ve just been to our annual home schooling conference so we’ve come back ready to get started again, so this coming Monday is it. We will have plenty of music practice to catch up on and book work to do. There will also be time for weeding and managing the garden as that’s very important too.

What have you been up to these past few weeks, I would love to hear??

Okay, onto our link up…

Thanks to everyone for linking up last time and I’m looking forward to seeing what you all have on offer at the moment.

I’m looking forward to the new year and new things to learn.

May God lead you and guide you as you focus on the New Year, may your plans be His plans for you.

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.”

 


 

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #107

Hi all, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up.  How has your week been, are you ready for Christmas and all the it entails???

I must admit that I am not as prepared as I like, but in the scheme of things it’s no big deal.

For a woman who only goes out to music lessons and church and is home the rest of the week, I haven’t been home one full day for a fortnight. But in saying that I have been so blessed to be able to be there and help my mother-in-law and encourage her in her physio each day.  She isn’t walking yet so there will be more physio in the new year to get her up and walking and caring for herself a bit more.

My mother-in-law is being moved to a nursing home on Monday afternoon so our hospital visits will cease now. We’ve built up a great rapport with the nurses and it’s always cheery and nice in the rehab unit.

I hope to still be able to visit my mother-in-law a couple of times a week.  She is going to a Nursing Home that has church services and bible studies, and our no 2 daughter is going on the church playing roster there once a month from February 2017 which will be a good opportunity for her and also for us to see Grandma.

Thank you to everyone who has been praying for my mother-in-law and our family, your prayers have been appreciated.

On Monday it was our no 2 son’s 9th birthday and we spent most of that at the hospital, but our No 1 son took us all to the beach for a swim and late tea after work.  It had been a warm day so it was nice to get away and get some fresh sea air. We enjoyed a BBQ and a rather whacky trip home which was just delightful.

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They had a great swim, but it was far too cold for me to even put my toe in the water.

Our aquaponics system has been producing heaps of broccoli at the moment and although the heads don’t actually form big, sort of side shoot stuff we have been enjoying it.
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Our no 2 daughter added it to some noodles with pork and eggs and it was delicious.

On Saturday morning our no 1 son took me to Warrnambool for some Christmas shopping. I actually had most of mine organised, we do a fair bit of making ourselves, I’ve still got a couple things to finish though.

So he got most of his done and I got a couple extra things and we had a lovely time, and some very good talks too. He is such an amazing young man and I enjoy his company very much. He is kind and caring and deep thinking.

On the way home we picked up a couple of kittens that I found for free. We already have cats but these were so cute and I just wanted a ginger one, the other one is a grey tabby. They aren’t quite settled in yet but they will and hopefully they’ll get on with our other ones. This one’s name is “Garfield” – very original.
img_20161217_150451It was an interesting trip home because we didn’t have a box, and we laughed and laughed, it was definitely good medicine after the week we had.

My husband had a week off work when my mother-in-law first went into hospital but now he is mainly back working. It is hay and harvest season here so he is busy keeping tractors and balers together, and working a bit later when necessary.

The farm stuff is moving along nicely, the chooks are laying and the little chickens are growing quickly. The rabbits haven’t had babies but we may leave them now until after summer. It hasn’t been consistently warm yet but it may get very hot after Christmas.

We still have one more cow to calve, our Scottish Highland cow Mildred had a bull calf this past week and he is so cute. He’s a little flighty and hard to photograph.

We have sold most of our piglets, only a few left to go and we have a sow due to have more in a few weeks.

Okay, enough about me onto our link up…thmb584db45fd1568 Not arguing aver the Word Of God by Finding Joy In The Every Day
thmb584ec28dd3900On the Verge of Collapse by Journey Of The Wordthmb584e0c05bcd47Environmentally-Friendly Gifts Can Be FUN by Taylor-Made Homestead

Thank you everyone for linking up and bringing such interesting topics for us to read about. There is so much we can learn from each other.

This will be the last link up for the year and I will be taking a break until the 21st January 2017. Our next Good Morning Mondays Link Up will be on the 22nd January 2017.
There will be no Wednesday Wisdom Link Up until the 15th February.

As I said we will be moving my mother-in-law to a nursing home on Monday afternoon and I think I will be home a bit more this week. I need to get some baking  and cleaning done before Christmas.

Our son-in-law, daughter and family will be spending Christmas day with his parents and will come to us on Boxing Day.

So on Christmas Day we will go to church at the nursing home with my in-laws and then come home and probably chill out for the afternoon. I was hoping to talk everyone into watching “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

After Christmas and New Year I would like to get on top of things around the house so I’m prepared for our new school year. Maybe some deeper cleaning and planning and there will be weeding to do as well.

Also don’t forget out monthly link up…wisdom search4This next months topic is…DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE.

So if you get a chance pop over and share your posts or just a comment. I would love to hear from you.

So I will say a fond farewell for a few weeks and I pray that you all have a wonderful, safe and blessed Christmas.

May we all remember the real reason and not get caught up in all the hype that this season brings.  JESUS IS THE REASON.

May God lead you and guide you as you focus on the New Year, may your plans be His plans for you.

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 my dear friends. xxxx

PS: I will leave this link up open until our new one on the 22nd January 2017.


 

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #106

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

Is it a good Monday morning for you??? It’s actually Sunday night here but I’m hoping for a good Monday morning.

Really it’s up to us isn’t it, to how we deal with our mornings?? I’m not a morning person, I’m a night owl but I have worked on turning that around. I have gotten better but I really only kick in after 9 am and it takes a while for my eyes to focus properly and I guess if I’m honest with myself I need to focus my eyes on Jesus each morning to start the day fresh.

We have had a “way out there” week. As I mentioned last week, on Saturday morning my mother-in-law fell while in respite and broke here femur or thigh bone below her left hip. She was transferred by ambulance to another hospital on Saturday afternoon and underwent surgery on Sunday morning.

My father-in-law was away in another state with his brothers and sister at the time and didn’t make it home until Sunday night. Let’s just say it was a little stressful.

We had fantastic friends look after the children for us for a couple of days so that we could be with her as the hospital was about 50 mins away. She was transferred back to our local hospital on Tuesday night which has been much easier. I spent every day with her and the children have just been fantastic. Our no 2 daughter came with me and our no 2 son went with dad. Later in the week we were all at the hospital, talking to the necessary authorities about a nursing home and what that entails. My husband had already done some work on this but now it looks a definite.

My mother-in-law and I haven’t always had a good relationship and it has been really good for me to be able to help her.  Our whole past since we met has been a quagmire and really something I have wanted to write about – not to dishonour her – but to help others, so that’s why our next monthly link up will be on “dealing with difficult people”.

This won’t be a post on “she did” or “I didn’t” but I want to write about how we need to forgive even if we can’t always reconcile. I know that we have already talked about forgiveness but I think this is such an important topic.

So apart from my time at the hospital I have really only managed to cook and clean this past week. The children have made some Christmas cards and I am going to try and send them later this week, especially the further away ones.

Saturday we were able to stay home so the house got a clean and I almost caught up on the washing and my husband was able to tidy up the grass that is growing so bountifully since all our rain this past winter.

We visited my mother-in-law after church on Sunday and then we were able to come home and have a rest, which was nice.

I am busy knitting some Christmas presents and still have one more to make and a bit of shopping to do but I’ll hopefully accomplish all of it this week.

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I don’t have any photos this week but here’s a great one of our 2nd granddaughter and my husband when we played mini golf a few weeks ago.

So that’s been our week… onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…
thmb58449ba9c02f12017: Why Read through the Bible in a Year? + FREE Devotional by Donna at Soul Survivalthmb58460db110fbbChristmas & the Christian by Hebrews12Endurance.comthmb58441d8c841caA Very Tozer Christmas by Michele at Living Our Days

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, what a great variety of posts we have each week. You are all such a blessing.

This coming week will be busy, for a woman who never goes out, I’m getting my fill at the moment. We have a family meeting on Monday morning at the hospital with doctors and physios and occupational therapists etc. Then I think I may do some op-shopping after that for the children.

I won’t be at the hospital all day now probably only in the mornings so that I can catch up with doctors and see how physio is going. Then I will come home in the afternoons and do the usual, school and music and maybe even some Christmas baking.

Thank you for your prayers for my mother-in-law, they are appreciated and I ask that you could keep praying for her and us as it comes to mind.

We will have a music lesson because we cancelled our last one on Saturday so that will probably line up well with a hospital visit.

Also don’t forget our monthly link up which is due this coming Wednesday…wisdom search4

This next months topic is…

DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE.

So if you get a chance pop over and share your posts or just a comment. I would love to hear from you.

May God be with you all this coming week and especially as we focus on Him this Christmas Season – remember Jesus is the reason.

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 #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