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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #143

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

I usually start this post off with the weather and it’s unusual habits for each time of the year, but the weather has been usually unusual so I won’t go there :-).

As I say each week we are going through Hebrews on a Sunday morning and it has been eye opening.  Each week we learn more and more about God and His ways for us and His plans and are thankful for the Word that He has given us to follow.

Our children have been attending Bible class and the discussions we are having are amazing. We are reading to them from the book Trial and Triumph about early church history and we are all learning so much.

Apart from all that we have had a quieter week due to the fact that my husband has had the flu and the children have had colds. Our routine has been all out of whack but I’m looking forward to next week when we get it all back again.

My husband and our younger two children have been working on getting the orchard sorted and have planted the apple root stocks. There are pear and stone fruit root stocks to go but they are well on their way. My husband has been busy getting it all documented and it’ll be a plan that we build on.He has them sorted into fruiting periods – early, mid and late. We are all excited about this orchard, it’s finally all coming together. The weather dried up enough later in the week for the men to put posts out for berry trellising and fences and again that is something that has needed to happen. We had our last pottery session for the school term and we were able to bring home some of our finished items. Our daughter is really getting the hang of making bowls but they are still drying and awaiting the kiln. Our early pots look basic but it’s nice to bring them home and use them.

I was excited to finally get onto my butter dish and it turned out really well. Below is a picture of the lid and I made the handle to look like a curl of butter (hopefully).  I am making this out of terracotta clay which is stronger and holds it’s shape really well.The base is looking good too and I’m hoping that it all holds together until we get back next term. If it all works out I might make another couple (because we have enough bowls coming) and I might try a vase or two in the terracotta as well.

We had a young people’s BBQ and Bonfire night on Friday night after Bible Class and the children really enjoyed that. It was a lovely warm day and a bonfire is always exciting, especially with marshmellows.

Saturday was our last piano lesson for the term and that went well and Saturday afternoon the grass was dry enough for my husband to get some lawn mowed. We had a couple from church for tea on Saturday night and we always enjoy the fellowship of like minded people.

These friends need your prayer if you can. The husband has lung cancer and starts radiation and chemotherapy on Monday in Melbourne. It will be a full on six weeks of treatment for them and we ask that you pray that they will feel God’s peace and comfort at all times, we also ask that God be glorified through all of this. Also pray for us as a family to know how to help and when to stand back.

Another prayer request is for the Same Sex Marriage Plebiscite that is happening at the moment in Australia. The voting papers are out and we are praying that Christians will rise up and vote no on the papers. This isn’t the time to be silent, and we ask that you pray and stand with us during this time. The battle is fierce here in Australia at the moment.

Okay, onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…

Cost of Setting up a Homestead by Our Simple Homestead Put the Decision Behind You by Lisa Notes…Money Saving Adventures For Last Week by Blessed in Bowie

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up and if it was your first time here, welcome to Darling Downs Diaries.

So as I said this week I’m hoping to get our routine back, school and music practice. Although it’s technically school holidays we won’t be stopping but pushing on. We’ll do other stuff as well, like make a volcano for Geography (all outside).

We have small cauliflowers forming in the raised beds and the cabbages are starting to come together. The broccoli is heading in the aquaponic system so it’s all go. We are now starting to think about our spring garden and what we are going to grow but we need to be careful because we can have frosts here until November. We may put some seedlings until plastic to protect them until then.

My husband will be back at work this week and hopefully the weather will be conducive to working outdoors otherwise it can be difficult.

We have a curry night this week at church and we are looking forward to that. We are all taking a curry and we have a lovely Indian couple who will make some authentic Indian meals. My curry will probably be a typical Australian one and hopefully it will be tasty.

All right my dear friends that’s all for this week, thank you all for your support and may God bless you all.

Keep on keeping on my friends…

Have a great week!!!

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

Blessings my friends xxxx


 

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #142

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

Although it’s spring here, it’s been a cold and wet week again. The ground had just started to dry up a bit and now it’s all boggy again. My wonderful husband had to fix the back veranda roof but now we don’t have any holes and the veranda stays dry, that’s a plus.

We’ve been busy doing school and just all the normal stuff this life brings, cooking, cleaning, gardening.  We started this past Monday a bit tired after a busy weekend so it took a bit to get us started.

We had our usual Bible study on Tuesday night, and we are enjoying the study and the fellowship with like-minded believers. This week we discussed the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.

With it being so wet my husband was home on Thursday and managed to get all our berry plants in the ground. We are hoping to have a pick your own, but we’ll see how that pans out as the berries grow.  We still have quite a few root stock to get in and that will hopefully happen next week.

Friday was a busy day for us with pottery lessons, dentists and bible class but it’s always nice to be together. We only have one more week of pottery left before holidays and then we’ll reassess our attendance for next term.

On Saturday, after piano lessons, we headed to our son-in-law and daughters place for our grandson’s 2nd birthday. He is such a little boy and a real joy and we had a great time with them all. We haven’t spent much time together over the last month or so due to other commitments so it was really nice to finally be together.

We bought him a truck and I also knitted him a pair of socks. I also knitted my husband another pair and there’s definitely a size difference. Just think, this little man will one day wear socks the same size as his grandfather, amazing how they grow. The raised garden beds are going well and we managed to spend some time weeding and mulching them again this past week. The onions are soldering on and so is the garlic. Everything is a bit slow growing due to the weather but it won’t take too many more weeks for the weather to turn around.Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…Overnight Monkey French Toast Casserole by Lamberts Lately
Daily Cleaning Schedule – Step-by-Step by Our Simple HomesteadLessons from the Vineyard – 1 by A New Lens

Thank you everyone for taking the time to stop by and link up.

This coming week will be much the same as last week. We have our usual Bible Study and Friday activities with the addition of a bonfire on Friday night as a young people’s event. The children are looking forward to it and we are looking forward to the fellowship with others.

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

Keep on keeping on my friends…

Have a great week!!!

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

Blessings my friends xxxx


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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #141

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

I’m not sure if my week has been productive but I think that most homeschooling mums would think the same. Sometimes it doesn’t seem that you get anywhere but I know that what we are doing is more valuable than anything else that we do.

So our week consisted of schooling and music practice, we had our usual Tuesday night bible study and it is always so eye-opening. This past week we looked at Moses and his life up until he fled from Egypt. It is so wonderful to dig into the scriptures and understand more and more of what it means.

Wednesday is usually a bit slower because of our later night the night before and dad was home for the day so that was an added bonus for us. Our no 2 son just so enjoys helping his dad outside and at the moment they are cleaning out the workshop so that they can get some wood work done in the near future.

My husband is also busy preparing a patch for berries and has been trying to get the fencing in order to keep our stock off of it.

On Thursday afternoon he took our no 2 daughter up to Ararat to pick up the fruit tree root stock that he had ordered and was blessed with more berries. We already had raspberries to put in but now we have others as well.  So instead of 1 run we will now have 3. He will plant the root stock this year and then graft onto it next year. There is apple and pear and stone fruit I think.

This year we have grown out day old chicks and we have now officially sold all of them. It has been such a blessing and our no 2 daughter is enjoying looking after them. There are heaps of lessons to learn when you look after animals and it is teaching her so much.

The chickens that we got late last year are back in the swing of laying and occasionally we get this huge egg. We often get double yokers and big eggs but this one is far bigger than any. We only get one of these every month or so but it is amazing.Pottery lessons are still going and we have 2 more left until school holidays. Our no 2 daughter is really starting to get the hang of it and managed to get some nice bowls made this week.Here she is above at the wheel with her finished bowl. The skill is in not fiddling with it too much and then having it fall out of shape. You just have to get to a point and say “that’s it, I’m not touching it again”. Then there is skill in getting it off the wheel without warping it. It’s definitely keeping us on our toes.

I managed to make this one below and it’s the best one so far. I was so pleased with it and it even came off the wheel nicely. I’m looking forward to using this as a pasta/dessert bowl in the future.Unfortunately a couple of my items cracked this week so I had to make another vase. We’ll see how this next one goes.

On Saturday after music lessons we managed to get outside and get some weeding done in the raised beds. It has been so wet and the area around the beds is under water and it’s difficult to get around because it is so slippery. We got the strawberry bed finished which is great and the strawberries are starting to take off and are flowering. The broccoli and cauliflower and cabbage are all looking really healthy but are really slow coming to head. I guess they will probably all come in at once but I’m looking forward to doing some more dehydrating.

We have too many bugs here to be able to grow these vegetables in the summer.

Saturday afternoon some of the men from church went and did some work for a single lady and her sons. My husband went and helped out so the children and I got the house clean and around the back verandah sorted out a bit. We’ve had roof issues and my husband and our no 2 son have fixed it to a point that it won’t leak now so it’ll be nice to have it all dry.

Okay that’s enough for now…

Onto our top three… September Intentions by Setting My Intention what wrecks you… by Beth Willis MillerIt Is Jesus – A Poem by Annie Johnson Flint by The Cotton Apron

Thank you so much for stopping by and linking up.

This week is much the same as last week, with school etc. The fun and exciting thing is coming on Saturday. It is our grandson’s 2nd birthday and we will be going up after music lessons on Saturday to spend the day and then the other grandparents and aunties will come up for tea.

We haven’t really spent much time with our son-in-law, daughter and their family over the last couple of months so this will be really nice and we are all looking forward to it.

I’ve been busy knitting socks and I’ve finished a pair for his birthday and I’m now finishing another pair for my husband. I’m starting to think of birthday and Christmas gifts now and what with pottery and knitting, I think we’ll have it covered.

We’ve been doing lots of thinking on Hebrews lately and we haven’t quite finished it at church yet. The fact of what Jesus has done for us is becoming an amazing reality (even though we knew the fact) and something that we ponder on a daily basis – so amazing His love for us.

Okay my dear friends, I pray that you are all well and I look forward to hearing from you again this week.

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

Keep on keeping on my friends…

Have a great week!!!

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

Blessings my friends xxxx


 

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #140

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

It’s been a good week in our household this week, we are all tired but I think that might just be the winter weather. This week we saw the first day of spring and we’ve had some sunny weather and the days are lengthening but there is more cool weather and rain coming next week.

We’ve managed to get a good week of school completed this week and are finding our routine again. We had our usual Tuesday night bible study and we are really enjoying that. This week we talked about Abraham and Isaac and all that surrounded that story – fascinating really. It is good also to spend time in prayer for our church family and friends.

Wednesday we went and visited some friends, actually my husband is doing work for them so we went with him for the day. It was so lovely to catch up after not seeing them for a few months. They are the family with the little boy Jotham who has had health issues. These are still continuing and they are facing many tests but he is back home and it’s nice to see him sitting up and enjoying his environment. He is such a cute little boy and such a blessing.

I managed to find time to do some gardening this week and I continued weeding the strawberry bed. The other vegetables are growing well and the garlic is coming through and looks good.Our no 2 son and I even got some beds cleaned out in the aquaponics hot house. We planted rockmelon and watermelon seeds as well and it’ll be interesting to see how they come up.We had our usual pottery lessons this week and although I didn’t go too well on the wheel our no 2 daughter went great and managed to turn up 2 really nice bowls. I worked on some hand crafting and made a plate and this vase. It’s upside down for the week until it dries then I will smooth up the edges and tidy it up a bit before it gets fired for the first time. I’m thinking I’ll make a few of these, because if they work they’ll make nice gifts. Next week I’m going to make a butter dish with a lid so that’ll take a bit of thinking out.  We only have 3 more lessons this term so I’m keen to get a few items made. We will need to go back next term for a little bit to finish off some stuff but I’m not sure if we’ll do the whole term or not.

Friday night we went to a Scripture Union fundraising progressive dinner and that was good fun and we caught up with some friends that we haven’t seen for a while. Saturday was the usual piano lessons and then church again on Sunday. We had a fellowship lunch on Sunday as it was the first Sunday of the month, then we came home and the children lavished dad with love because it was fathers day.

Okay that was our week…

Onto our link up… Canning Spaghetti Sauce – Step-by-Step Instructions by Our Simple HomesteadQuestions All Bloggers Need To Ask by Marilyns Treats
Homesteading Alone: The Pros and Cons by Annie

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, it is appreciated.

This week is another one at home doing school and work around here. We have bible study, pottery and music lessons and our no 2 son has another dentists appointment (he had one last week).

It’s only another 4 weeks and our no 1 son will be home again and we are all looking forward to that.

Okay my dear friends, I pray that you are all well and I look forward to hearing from you again this week.

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

Keep on keeping on my friends…

Have a great week!!!

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

Blessings my friends xxxx


 

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #139

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

The first half of our week was very quiet with our no 2 daughter away with her older siblings skiing at Falls Creek. They go each year and our daughter goes with her son-in-law’s sister. That sounds confusing but we are blessed with this relationship and the fact that they take our daughter with them.  They always have a great time and there was heaps of snow again this year and our daughter is getting quite good on her skis. Unfortunately for our no 1 daughter’s father-in-law, he slipped and broke a bone in his lower leg so he is in plaster for 8 weeks. If you can please pray for quick healing for him.

So it was just the 3 of us at home for 4 days and we really didn’t do much school, but we did heaps of jobs around the farm. My husband and our no 2 son have been working on a new lego creation and I believe this is as good as school. It is amazing how much this young man knows about hydraulics and motors and gears just from building lego with his dad. This is his treat while his sister is away skiing. Next year it will hopefully be his turn to go, so he’s excited about that already. It has been very wet here lately and the ground is very boggy. The raised beds are going well and the onions I thought were dead have perked up and are growing nicely. I have added a few more and there are still a few to plant this week.

The cauliflower in the nft system in the aquaponics has started to head up and that is so exciting. We didn’t know whether this would work so this is a good sign. It will be interesting to see how the head develops. I can just imagine how nice it will taste with cheesy, white sauce.Pottery was fun again on Friday and our no 2 daughter was home to join me. I brought home this little bowl that I’d made a few weeks ago and it looks really nice. I’m really happy with the colour and it is on my window sill in the kitchen with a bar of soap in it – just perfect.I was trying to turn up a cylinder this week and the three attempts I tried didn’t turn our very well. If they dry and seal I’ll have 2 unique vases and maybe a jug.  They might collapse or even crack in the kiln but nothing ventured, nothing gained. Because of the weather the pottery is taking at least 2 weeks to dry out enough to fire and I’ve still got 5 bowls to trim up next week.

I got my plate with the leaves on it painted and glazed and a couple of other little bowls glazed as well. I’m not sure when they will be fired, it could be a couple of weeks yet.

Pottery has been something I have wanted to try for years and I feel very blessed that my husband has agreed to us doing it and that he stays home and looks after our son.  I don’t know how long we’ll go for but I’ll cherish the time and enjoy while I can.

Saturday my husband had a men’s conference so the children and I hung around and caught up with some washing and ironing. Our no 2 daughter is still tired so she’s resting up to get back into school next week.

Okay onto our top three… Tying Up Loose Ends in the Family Room by Penny’s Vintage Home already – not yet by Beth Willis MillerWriting Challenge #7 by The Cotton Apron

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up and sharing with us. I appreciate the fact that you take the time.

What are you up to this coming week??

We are back to school and music practice here. We have the usual bible study on Tuesday night and then pottery and music lessons later in the week.

We’ve got some seed planting to do in the hot house and more out in the garden beds outside.

I ask for your prayers as Australia comes up to a postal vote on same sex marriage. Please pray that people’s hearts will turn back to God and that the vote is “no” so that marriage stays between a man and a woman. This is a major issue in Australia at the moment and it’s so very important that we take a stand, it’s okay to vote “no”.

Okay my dear friends, I pray that you are all well and I look forward to hearing from you again this week.

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

Keep on keeping on my friends…

Have a great week!!!

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

Blessings my friends xxxx



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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #138

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

We’ve had a very cold and wet week here, and the paddocks and garden are full of water. It’s full on mud once you step off the concrete, and it’s this time of year that we remember that we don’t have enough concrete.

There’s been snow on the mountains as well and our no 2 daughter is excited and happy about that because she goes skiing with family this coming week.

So considering the weather, most of our week was spent indoors. We’ve done school and music practice and card making and knitting and lego building  all good things.

On the way to town last week these clouds were just crying out to be photographed. The children thought they looked so interesting. When you see a sky like this you are reminded of God’s amazing creation and design. We had a calf born on the farm this past week and it’s a little bull. He is so cute and with those eyelashes you’d think he was a heifer. He came right up to my husband as he was taking photos, but his mum was close by keeping an eye on things.  Life on the farm means he will be marked and fattened up to eat but he’ll live a nice quiet life until then.We had our usual Tuesday night bible study and this week we talked about Noah and the ark and God’s bow of promise. It’s an amazing part of history and definitely more than just a story.

Pottery was fun again this week and I managed to get another couple of bowls turned up. I’m trying to get enough to re-supply our own cupboard. Some bowls will be for holding nuts and chocolates but my aim is to make pasta/soup bowls.I also got a bit of time to be creative and made these little critters below for our kitchen window sill. This coming week I’d like to make a couple of butter dishes and a artsy vase or two, but we’ll see. I’m also trying to master a cylinder type vase, but it’s eluding me at the moment.Friday afternoon we managed to catch up with our son-in-law, daughter and their children for a little bit. It was so nice to see them all.

Saturday was the usual piano lessons and then I did some baking and helped our no 2 daughter pack for her ski trip.

Alrighty that’s enough about us…

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were… “Laundry Is My Overflowing Inbox”: Working within the Home by Living Our DaysSnake Trap Success by Oak Hill HomesteadMango Cheesecake by Marilyns Treats

Thank you everyone for stopping by and sharing your wisdom and ideas with us, it is much appreciated.

This coming week will be a bit quieter with our daughter away but I’m hoping to get some school done with our no 2 son. He might even get to go to work with his dad as well, but it depends on the weather.

We have our bible study on Tuesday night and the usual pottery and music lessons later in the week.

I have been working on a little baby jumper for a friend and then I need to finish the socks I’m working on for our grandson’s 2nd birthday in a couple of weeks. Boy they are growing up fast.

After hearing of the death of a young married couple in a car accident a couple of weeks ago we are reminded that our time here on this earth is fleeting and that we need to stay vigilant in a corrupt world and be reading God’s word so that we are guided in the way He wants us to live.

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

Keep on keeping on my friends…

Have a great week!!!

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

Blessings my friends xxxx


 

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #137

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

We spent the first three days of the working week away in Ballarat at the South Street Eisteddfod. This is the last Eisteddfod for the year and was one that we hadn’t done before. It was a really good experience for us all and a sort of mini holiday.

We left on Monday and got back late Wednesday afternoon. The children did well and both came away with medals. Pictured below is them with their medals for first prize in their duet section. We are blessed by how their diligence in practice is turning out. They didn’t win every section they entered which isn’t really an issue at all. It is good to learn to not win all the time, teaches us all humility.

Before we came home we stopped at the Gold Museum to get a bit of local Australian history under our belt. It was quite interesting and it was a nice break from playing the piano.The rest of the week was on playing catch up which I finally did (with the housework) on Saturday.  We had our pottery classes again on Friday morning and we both managed to get some more bowls done on the wheel. Our other ones were still too soft to trim up and some were in the kiln and will be ready for us to glaze next week.The first ones we did were ready to come home and they turned out really nice for our first attempt. These were all hand made (not on the wheel) and were a good place to start. I really like the watery blue colour and they look lovely on our kitchen window sill. The onions that I thought wouldn’t grow are going quite nicely, although some of them haven’t survived. I’ve been given some more to plant and I will do that this coming week. I also been told it’s time to plant carrots so I’ll do that also. The weather is almost spring like at times and I’m looking forward to eating from the garden when the broccoli comes in.We were given some tickets to a local school production of Mary Poppins for Saturday night and my husband and our no 2 daughter were able to attend and really enjoyed their time together. No 2 son and I watched a dvd that he’d gotten from the library.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were… August Intentions: Hitting The Restart Button by Setting My Intention The #1 Location To Spent More Of Your Time by Women AbidingMoney Saving Adventures for the First Week of August 2017 by Blessed in Bowie

Thank you everyone for taking the time to stop by and link up, I appreciate every one of you.

Well this coming week is back to normal, school etc. It’ll be nice to get back into a routine for a little bit. Then the following week our no 2 daughter goes skiing so it’s just our no 2 son and us for 4 days.

We got new piano things to practice and gardening to do, our weekly bible study on Tuesday night and pottery and other lessons later in the week.

We are still working through Hebrews at the moment and we are still being encouraged and challenged each week. Our faith walk has to be that “ours” not the faith of our parents or the tradition of a denomination.  We have to encourage our children in their own relationship with Jesus and to not rely on us, they need to rely on Jesus.

Well my friends another week has passed and I enjoy catching up with you all here each week. May you be blessed as you go about your daily happenings and may you feel God’s presence in your lives.

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

Keep on keeping on my friends…

Have a great week!!!

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

Blessings my friends xxxx


 

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #136

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Okay, that’s our news for this week…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep on keeping on my friends…

Have a great week!!!

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

Blessings my friends xxxx


 

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #135

WELCOME BACK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Okay that’s all our news for this week.

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

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

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

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

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

Keep on keeping on my friends…

Have a great week!!!

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

Blessings my friends xxxx


 

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #134

WELCOME BACK

to our

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS LINK UP

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

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

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

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

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

Our no 1 daughter and their youngest.

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

Okay that was our week, how was yours??

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

THERE WILL ALSO BE NO LINK UP THIS WEEK

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

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

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

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

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

Keep on keeping on my friends…

Have a great week!!!

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

Blessings my friends xxxx

 

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