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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #66

Here we are again another Good Morning Mondays Link Up and another week gone by.

Welcome back everyone and I am so pleased to see you again.

It is nearly March and our summer is easing here and we have only had a couple of really hot days this month. The tomatoes are slowly ripening and the zucchinis are slowing down. We think the corn will be another couple of weeks and then it will be full on processing it because there is a lot out there (like at least 400 cobs).

I normally can my corn but this year I will dehydrate some as well as canning some. I am having a ball with my dehydrator and I am really pleased with the results.  I am dehydrating some pureed tomatoes and zucchinis at the moment.

It has been a good week, and my husband was able to be home on Monday to sort some stuff out around here.  We had piglets going everywhere and they finally caught them and put them into the wool shed were we feed them.  We have 12 weaner pigs being fattened at the moment and they will be processed in April along with a cow. This will keep us all going in meat until hopefully August. We may even sell some pigs if we can, but we will see.

Mostly we put the pork into sausages but this time we will make proscuitto and some bacon.  This will be a big job and requires all hands on deck. Our son-in-law and daughter and children come down to help which is just wonderful and it takes us a couple of days to get it all done and in the freezer.

Then we do the whole process again in August/September to keep us in meat over the summer period. We are so blessed to be able to do this and it saves us a heap on our grocery bills. The only things we are buying each week at the moment is mushrooms and bananas and toiletry items.

The apples are just about ripe and I am keen to get these processed before the corn starts but we will see. Our own tree is nearly ready and we are picking them at the moment before they fall to the ground. The roadside apples will be ready in another week but we normally stew these so it doesn’t matter if they aren’t super sweet.

I am definitely going to dry some apple slices as well, some plain and some with cinnamon, I am looking forward to seeing how these taste.

Now back to our week… we had no violin lessons as the teacher was away and my husband has been busy working long days. Our No 1 son has been home working on restoring his ute (single cab with tray 4×4) and it was great having him home. Relationships with our children are so important no matter what age they are so if I get less done because he wants to chat then that is okay.

He has done a great job spray painting his ute and it is now a vibrant blue colour – we will definitely see him coming.

He starts a shed (shearing) on Monday so he won’t be around during the day for a couple of weeks and I am not sure what work he has after that but I have enjoyed his company.

On Friday my husband and I went to Melbourne to pick up some aquaponics stuff from a guy who was moving to another state. My husband picked up a lot of great things and is really pleased to be able to start expanding our system a bit more.

We are now picking more tomatoes from in there and have just planted some more seedlings. We are picking up Rainbow Trout fingerlings in a couple of weeks to add to the system and they say they should be plate size by Christmas. Maybe we can have smoked Trout for Christmas dinner.

Trout don’t like hot water so they need to be outside the hot house and the water needs to be cooled over the summer if you keep them, but we may just eat them all instead.

While we were in Melbourne we stopped by the bay for some lunch and had a delicious fish and chip meal, sitting in the park.

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This is our lunch, gummy shark and really great chips
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The grass was so beautiful and green, it made you forget it was summer.

It was lovely just sitting there enjoying the cool breeze and chatting. We got home late but it was a good day.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…thmb56ca1eb99c8a2Name Above All Names — Deliverer by Beth Willis Millerthmb56ca81e33e06825 Easy Ways to Save Money by Debbie at Simple Joys of Home
thmb56cb280522b40Strength Training for Countercultural Women by Michele at Living Our Days

Thanks again to everyone for stopping by, the link ups were down in number and I apologise if I made an error with anything.

My husband is off again this afternoon to Melbourne for the Gideon Bible Blitz. He is going down with a fellow Gideon for a couple of nights and will be home on Tuesday afternoon.

If you get time please pray for doors and hearts to be opened as they hand out scriptures at the Universities and Colleges.

We have violin lessons this week and we are hoping to catch up with a guy who has a great aquaponic system in Warrnambool to see how he keeps his trout. The rest of the week is at home and just doing our school thing.

I was blessed to be able to spend a few hours with our friends Mr and Mrs H.  Mr H is back on experimental drugs for his cancer and is having some struggles with the side effects. Please, if you can, pray that God will give him strength and also that he will be able to handle all the issues he is having. Please also pray for his wife that she can be strong and supportive for him and that she doesn’t get worn down with all she has to do.

May you all have a great week, may you be blessed and may you take the time to give and share your faith with others.

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 #65

Here we are again, another Good Morning Mondays Link Up. Welcome and thanks for stopping by.

How have you been and what have you been up to this past week??

We have had a busy week and I am glad that this coming week will be a bit quieter.

As last Sunday was Valentines day my lovely husband got me some beautiful red roses delivered during our morning cuppa after the service. It was a lovely surprise and I was very touched.

Sunday afternoon we visited our Uncle and Aunt in Portland and the men and children went fishing and I spent some lovely quality time with our Aunt. We get on so well, and have a good time together. We had only an hour together when they came home from their fishing trip. There was too much weed in the water and they didn’t even wet the lines.

It was a late night by the time we got home and it was definitely hard to get going on Monday morning.

We had our Bible Study on Tuesday night and then we had violin lessons and tea with our friends of Wednesday night.

By Thursday both children were very tired so we took a day to recuperate and managed to get some music practice done and a bit of house cleaning. No 2 son has picked up a cold so it was hard again for him on Friday so he took it a bit easier.

Saturday was piano lessons as usual and I got another lovely surprise, that was two for the week.

As it was my birthday our lovely son-in-law and daughter and their children came down and were waiting for us at the cafe where we had breakfast. What a lovely gift to see them and spend the day with them.

Now I don’t mean to brag, but I am very hard to get, I normally sniff something out before it happens, but I didn’t this time and I was totally surprised to see them sitting there with a sign that said Happy Birthday Grandma.

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Here are our lovely granddaughters colouring in after breakfast.

Then they all came out home for the afternoon and we had a good time just chatting and talking. I definitely had a great birthday and was very blessed by my family. Our younger two children and their dad went shopping and bought me some lovely little gifts. I got some chocolates and a beautiful scarf and a couple nick knacks to put on my windowsill.

After all the excitement this past week I was really happy just to have a rest on Sunday afternoon and I know the rest of the family was too.

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Isn’t he just lovely, he has the best smile.

We have started picking some tomatoes this past week and although there aren’t a lot going red yet it is wonderful to see them starting.DSC_2286By Sunday afternoon there were even more there. We have had very mild weather this past week and even a whole day of drizzle. The next week is going to be warmer which is great for ripening tomatoes.

We even picked our first one out of the hothouse and I took the photo using the same lens that the real estate agents use to make rooms look bigger. This tomato was quite small, not a cherry but a little bit larger.DSC_2287

Okay our top three posts this week were…thmb56c0131ce2a85 7000 Reserved by Cheryl at Homespun Devotionsthmb56c00b08b8eccA Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #54 by Laura at Harvest Lane Cottagethmb56c193b516660The Art of Home-Making Mondays by Jes at Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth

Thank you to all of you for linking up and sharing your posts with us all. What a wonderful blessing to be able to share part of our journey with others.

This week is definitely going to be a quieter one and I am looking forward to being home everyday.

Both children have new piano pieces to learn and they are always excited when they get new music and it keeps them interested.

My husband is busy at work this week fixing a board in a wool shed and I think our No 1 son will be home for a few days before starting another shed. This will be nice, it is good to have him home to talk too.

As usual I am interested to hear how you are going and to hear how God is working in your lives.

I am planning something new to start in the next few weeks, and I am just ironing out the wrinkles.

Have a fantastic week with whatever you are doing and may you all be blessed.

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 #64

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

What a great week we have had, I must remember to always tell you in BOLD CAPITAL LETTERS what I want to get done because it seems to work :-).

We actually achieved 5 whole days of school and although it wasn’t always fun, it was good to sit down and get started.  The highlight of our school days was definitely our new Bible Road Trip Curriculum by Danika at Thinking Kids Press. Bible-Road-Trip-TallIt was so wonderful to discuss the parables and explain them to the children, to see them understand and then to practice our memory verses together. The memory verses were challenging for me (grandma brain) but doing it together was such fun.

So I would encourage any of you looking for a great fun way to learn about the Bible to stop over and have a look, I am sure you will be impressed.

It was definitely good to get back into it and get a routine happening. Piano for no 2 son first and then into the books. We are just doing a few subjects at the moment, of course the Bible (most important), reading, english and math.  We will do more as the year progresses and I am looking at the notebooking method for different subjects, but I will keep you updated on how that progresses.  There are so many different things we cover, just by going outside and doing our chores and living our life on the farm.

It is a pleasure and joy to see no 2 son actually reading and writing and really wanting to. This is a first and I don’t think he has been really ready until now, so off we go, no holding us back now.

Now I know I have been showing you heaps of photos of our vegetable patch and our current harvest so I thought I would give you a break and show you a picture of our son-in-law and daughter’s instead.

I had actually been complaining to our daughter that we hadn’t been getting and photos of the grandchildren, just of their harvest so she sent me one of both.

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Our oldest granddaughter with their watermelon harvest.

I definitely have watermelon envy and especially when you see the children enjoying it so.

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I started driving this week, only a short distance each time, but now I remember why I would rather not drive and I would much rather sit beside my beloved while he drives. Driving really is overrated, but I accomplished it which is good and now if I really need to, I can drive.

I don’t know if I have let you know or not that my leg is going really well. I don’t have to see the surgeon again and we came to an agreement that we were happy to never meet again.  I am now getting around the house on no crutches and I am endeavouring to walk without a wobble or limp – this may take some time, but I’m okay with that, really!!!

We didn’t get to our violin lessons as our violins didn’t arrive in time and the teacher’s family was sick. The violins have arrived now and we are all set for this week. These were the same friends coming for tea this week and they had to cancel so we are getting together after the children’s violin lessons this week which will be nice.

We had piano lessons and our weekly trip to town on Saturday morning, I sure could have stayed in bed but it wasn’t to be. My husband has been really busy at work and is only getting home around 7 pm each night and then it is often 8 pm before we have tea. I am looking forward to putting the clocks back an hour in April when daylight saving ends.

Saturday afternoon my husband and no 1 son were busy fixing up fences to keep the pigs in and they found a short time to play ball with us all in the back yard.imageMy husband used to play volleyball but it has been quite a few years and he doesn’t often have time for this and we all really enjoyed it and it was just lovely outside.

It is that time of the year again where our local fire brigades burn the sides of the roads and ours got done on Friday.

imageThere was heaps of smoke, this photo above doesn’t really show how much there was. They were passed our place before I realised they were there and that we needed to get the washing in.  At least the wind was blowing in the right direction to not taint the clothes.imageThis is what it looks like now and although it is black it wont take long for the green grass to come through and then it will look just great.

And now just because I can, here are some adorable photos of our grandchildren.

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Our two lovely granddaughters having some fun.
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Our adorable happy grandson.

Okay that’ll do, onto our linkup…

Our top three posts this week were…
thmb56b743bc377d6What to do When You are Married to An Unbelieving Husband by Stephane Singletary featured by Ifeoma at Purposeful and Meaningful
thmb56b885cd5ffe9My Trouble With Rosemary by Kathi at Oak Hill Homesteadthmb56bb720bc8bafFence Post with a View #24 – An Eagle’s View by Anna Pearl’s Attic

A big thank you to you all for stopping by and faithfully linking up each week. I have realised, since I broke my leg, how much time I actually spent reading and commenting on all your posts. I just haven’t been able to do that lately so I apologise but I am also grateful for the realisation of this. I definitely don’t want to put this blog over my family and my responsibilities to them.

I pray that you will all understand and give me the grace to get back on track over the next few months.

This week is a bit busy, and starts with a visit to our Uncle and Aunt in Portland Sunday afternoon and evening. The great thing about this visit is it is a fishing trip as well and hopefully we will be blessed with a bountiful catch.

Our Bible Study is on again this Tuesday night, violin lessons this Wednesday and then tea with our friends, and the rest of the week is as normal, school etc and it’s my birthday on Saturday.

Something that really has helped us this week, has been to pray before we start school and before no 2 son and I do his piano practice. We pray and thank God for the wonderful gifting He has given our son and we also pray for patience.

This has been a wonderful blessing and joining of like minds for our son and myself each morning and I can tell from the look in his eyes and the hug he gives me, that he really appreciates it.

Have a great week, and I so look forward to hearing from you all.

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

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


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #63

Hi there everyone, welcome back to another Good Morning Mondays link up.

How has your past week been??? What have you been up to???

I am going to admit to you all that I am struggling with my motivation levels.  I didn’t get school started this week and we only did a bit of music practice so I am looking for any advice on how to kick start myself.

I need to get to bed earlier and then it will not be so hard getting up. I am grateful that my husband is an early riser and he is good at getting us all going.

He has been working long hours this past week, trying to get on top of a job he has on at the moment.  He has nearly finished and hopefully he will be getting home earlier than the 9 pm that it has been lately.

He took some time off on Wednesday though to take us to Warrnambool as I wanted to get some fabric from Spotlight and he needed a new seal for his milking machine.  We did have a lovely time and managed to run around and get a few errands done.

I got on top of our book work this past week, which is great. I was a bit behind so it definitely took some concentrating.

We had music lessons and we all went in to town for that, even our no 1 son was able to come with us. He hasn’t done that for ages so it was really nice to spend some time with him like this.

I spent Saturday afternoon sewing a dress for no 2 daughter and she was so thrilled with it. I wasn’t entirely happy with the collar but you can’t see the mistakes unless you are really close up. I bought a couple pieces of fabric and made the cheaper piece up first in case I had big troubles. I even made her a matching ribbon for her hair.

Below is a picture of her in the new dress, it actually looks better in real life, the photo doesn’t do it justice.  DSC_2273I know I say this every week, but our vegetable patch is looking really good.DSC_2265The tomato bushes are laden and the corn cobs are starting to form, there are even pumpkins on the vines and they are the size of a soccer ball.DSC_2264Last year we had good corn, but everything else was pretty dismal. We are picking at least 20 zucchinis a week and I am busy drying them. I am so impressed with how they dry and then how they re-hydrate, very exciting, the possibilities are endless.

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Another jar of dried zucchini
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Zucchini re-hydrated

The tomatoes in the aquaponics are still going great, but we are struggling with the other vegetables. We have found that we need to have our seedlings and seeds planted before it gets too hot, otherwise they just burn off. Our fish are growing and hopefully by the end of this year we should be able to start eating some.

DSC_2270I am sorry if I am causing those of you in the Northern Hemisphere to have vegetable garden envy, I sort of have a bit of that with regards to your cooler weather. Actually the weather has been very pleasant and the nights cool and we even had an inch of rain in the last week, we are so blessed.

Okay I will stop now, and get onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…thmb56aea3b672e44When Life is Hard by Donna at Soul Survivalthmb56ae8be1ee3458 Do’s and Don’ts to Remember During Your PMS Days by Tehila at Women Abidingthmb56ae7e15d6c46Monthly Goals: February by Emily at Morning Motivated Mom

Thank you to everyone of you for linking up. I know I say it every week but it is true, I appreciate everyone of you and you bless me so much when you take the time to stop by.

What plans do you have for this week??

WE ARE DEFINITELY STARTING SCHOOL ON MONDAY and WE ARE DEFINITELY GOING TO DO MORE PIANO PRACTICE THIS WEEK.

There you are I said it in bold capital print – so I must mean it!!!

The children are starting violin lessons this week with a lovely home schooled young man. They are both excited and looking forward to it. I am hoping my husband will be able to help them with this when he can as he has an amazing ear, which I don’t, but we will see how we go.

Otherwise, there isn’t too much happening other than the above mentioned school. We have a new Bible program that we are starting and it looks great so we are all ready for that.

We are having friends over next Saturday night for tea and we are all looking forward to that.  They are a lovely family with heaps of children, which our children just love getting together with.

Well that’s it for me this week, I hope and pray that you are all well and that you are using your days to bless each other.

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

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


 

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #62

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

Phew what a week we have had, a very tiring but very enriching week.

We left on Sunday for Melbourne and we managed to catch up with my brother and his son at the Queen Victoria Market for lunch.  We haven’t seen my brother for over 12 months so it was wonderful to see them. From there we headed out to our homeschooling conference where we stayed until Wednesday evening.

We had a great time and it is always wonderful to spend time with like minded Christian homeschoolers. We were challenged by the teaching, we caught up with old friends and made some lovely new ones as well.

We were challenged to think about why we homeschool and what should be our aim. Our one aim of homeschooling is to teach our children about God. What a simple statement. We get so caught up in everything else when the one and only thing we need to teach them about is God. If we fail in this, we have failed our children.

One thing that really impacted me as well as the above statement was that our children aren’t really ours. They were given to us by God and they are His. This has given me a whole new perspective on how I deal with our children, very challenging.

We didn’t get much sleep during our time away but the tiredness was well worth it for all the talking and laughing we did. But this has meant we haven’t really achieved a heap since we got home and we have just spent time catching up with washing etc.

We did heaps of walking from conference rooms to dining rooms to bedrooms during our time away and I really felt my leg got stronger while we were there.

Our son-in-law and daughter did a great job of looking after our farm for us. Everything looked great when we got home. Our vegetable garden is going amazingly and my husband and I really enjoy going out after tea each night and just looking at it.

Our zucchinis are producing well and no 2 daughter went out today and picked six of them which was great and she has made her first zucchini quiche. She is really coming along well in the kitchen.

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The quiche was for a luncheon at church today and I’m sure it was enjoyed by all who tasted it.

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were…
thmb56a606097a56c (1)10 Things You Should Never Throw Away by Tracy at Our Simple Homesteadthmb56a53bc55c1faStories from the news: Growing number of de facto relationships by Jo at Stop…have a chatthmb56a7af93f29aaLink Up Party by Chris at So Much at Home

Thanks again to you all for taking the time to stop by and link up. I am so grateful to you all and appreciate your lovely, encouraging comments each week.

This week coming we are starting school and we have a new Bible program that I am very excited about starting.

Our bible study starts this week on Tuesday night. This year we are studying 1st and 2nd Timothy and Titus. We are looking forward to this and are keen to get back into it.

My husband has a lot of work at the moment which is such a blessing and he feels God’s hand on us with this provision.

What has God been showing you this week??? I am eager to hear how He is working in your lives.

Another thing that really meant a lot to us this past week was that everything is God’s, everyday, every minute, every gifting. This is so important to remember as we face each new day.

Have a wonderful week and may you feel His hand on your lives.

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

Blessings to you all my dear friends. xxxx

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


GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #61

Hi everyone, welcome back to our Good Morning Mondays Link Up. What a blessing you all are to me and I so appreciate it that you stop by each week and link up or just leave me such encouraging comments, these comments bless me so much.

It has been warm here again this week and it amazes me how much the vegetables are growing each day.  It was warm enough here to head to the beach after my husband got home from work this past week. We headed down to Pt Fairy and the children went for a swim.

The picture below shows my husband paddling while he watches the children.DSC_2369I was going to walk down but I only took one crutch so I watched them from the car. It was lovely and cool and after they had a swim we had fish and chips for tea. It’s great to only live 45 mins to the beach, it is quick and easy to go after work when it is still warm.

My birthday is next month and my wonderful family have bought me an Excalibur Dehydrator. I am so excited, they are amazing and I have had one on my list for a few years now.

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Tray of grated dried zucchini

I started with some zucchinis and some peas and it works great. I grated the zucchini first and it didn’t take long at all. The trouble is it goes down to nothing but I re-hydrated some and it actually works. DSC_2368I think this will be great in soups and stews and even the odd zucchini chocolate cake.

Apart from this our week has been relatively quiet.  Our No 1 son has been away shearing so it has just been the four of us at home. We sold some sheep on Wednesday night and my husband has been busy working.

Our Son-in-law, daughter and grandchildren came down on Saturday night as they are farm sitting for us next week as we have a homeschooling conference in Melbourne. It was nice to spend some time with them before we left.

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Our beautiful grandson

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts were…thmb569c3f4561893 How to Homestead Where You Already Live by Mindie at The (mis) Adventures of a Born Again Farm Girl

thmb569c0122c6dc0Is This Soup Worth $150? by Mountain Top Spicethmb569c010a8fa8cStories from the News: Rent a Mum! from Stop…have a chat

Thank you everyone for stopping by and linking up, what a wonderful mixture of posts we have and there is definitely something for everyone.

As I said, we have a homeschooling conference this week and we are all looking forward to it. We have met some great people and it is always good to see them again. Some of these families come from interstate so we only see them occasionally.

We get home on Wednesday night and I need to spend the rest of the week getting ready to start school and do some more music practice. I want to get into school the following week and I am starting to get excited about some new stuff we are going to be doing.

Something we have been discussing as a family is how we handle tough situations and do we learn through them or do they destroy us. This has definitely given us lots to think on and we want our children to look to God as their strength and rely on Him and realise that He is in control and that He is taking care of them.

Once again I come to one of my favourite scriptures and that is:

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.

What an amazing scripture and so comforting to know that when we place Him in the centre of our lives He will direct and guide us.

What have you all been up to?? I am looking forward to hearing from you all.

Hope you all 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 to you all my dear friends. xxxx


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

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #60

Hi all, another week gone and another Good Morning Mondays. Welcome back and I hope your past week has been good.

Where is the time going??? January is almost over and our warm weather here is continuing. Our vegetable garden is going well and we have nearly finished picking our peas. Below is a picture of the gang getting into it, we start at about 7 am so it is over before it gets too hot.
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I have already podded, blanched and frozen the picked ones and we ended up with 14 litres of peas in the freezer. Really that’s 3 1/2 – 4 litre ice cream containers.

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Peas ready to go into the freezer

We have also starting picking zucchinis and we planted three different types this year. These are my husbands favourite, cooked on the BBQ.DSC_2360

The aquaponics is going well and we have just got some new fish, 100 Silver Perch fingerlings. The whole system seems to be going well although we had to get rid of our cabbages due to caterpillars eating them.  The whole thing with the system is that you can’t pull everything out at once, you need to plant and harvest gradually.

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My husband and our no 2 son planting more seedlings

Our tomatoes in there are just booming and they even have fruit on them.DSC_2365It has been hot and cold this week, we reached 42 degrees on Wednesday and then only had 20 on Thursday, which was a wonderful change.

On the hot day we had a trip to the specialist in Geelong about my leg. More x-rays which proved that my bones are healing nicely and I don’t have to see the surgeon again. It’s just me and the physio, working to get my leg stronger each day. God is so good and I am looking forward to using only one elbow crutch and then hopefully shortly, none.

We celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary on Thursday and we feel so blessed to be more in love now than ever before. We went out for tea on Friday night and we went to a country pub about 30 mins drive away. It was just lovely and they were very welcoming and the meal was delicious.

The rest of the week was just normal stuff, and my husband has been working hard on a couple of jobs that he needs to get finished for his clients.

Sunday lunch we had a family from church over and had a nice time getting to know them. We had a BBQ and our no 2 daughter is getting a real expert at making potato salad and what we call a garden salad. She is really so helpful and is doing a wonderful job around the house.

We find the best way to get to know people is to have them over for a meal. It really opens the door to good conversation and fellowship.

Okay that was my week, so onto our link up…

Our top three this week were…

thmb569319c4b131c2016: In With Hope Out With Despair by Aimee at A Work Of Gracethmb56930c1693692Homestead Hack – Cheaper Bird Seed by Tammy at Taylor Made Homesteadthmb569262b671775A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #49 by Laura at Harvest Lane Cottage

Thank you everyone for taking the time to stop by and for your link ups.  I appreciate everyone of you very much.

I started this link up with very few rules, maybe that’s because I don’t like being told what to do (will have to analyse that one at a later date), and I know that everyone is very busy with their lives but if you can please stop over at some of the link ups and leave an encouraging comment for a fellow blogger, that would be lovely. I know comments just make my day and I am sure they make yours too.

This isn’t a rule, just if you have time.

This week is looking at being a nice, quiet home one. I don’t have to go out at all this week and I am hoping to get some skirts made for our No 2 daughter.  Our No 1 son went through his clothes and was throwing out some nice shirts so I thought that I would rework them into skirts. Not sure yet how, maybe some patch work, they are mainly blue checks and stripes.

Of course this week we have music practice and I have decided not to start school for another couple of weeks.  We have a homeschooling conference next week and we are away for 4 nights so I will leave it until after then.

Our son-in-law and daughter and family are coming down next weekend and they are going to house sit for us while we are at the conference. It is so comforting to know that they are to be here keeping an eye on things and of course it will be great to see them all.

Well that’s it for me and I hope that you are all well and feeling God’s blessings surrounding 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

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #59

Welcome back everyone to our first Good Morning Mondays for 2016.

I hope you all had a blessed and joyous Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

We had a lovely, although very hot Christmas with our son-in-law and daughter and their children. We went to their Christmas Eve Service and then nibbled our way through the rest of the evening. It was just lovely to be together and share this wonderful time with them.

Below is a picture of our granddaughters unveiling their gift from us on Christmas morning. We bought them a table and chairs and they really enjoyed sitting at it. They sat there and opened their presents and had breakfast and lunch sitting there as well. It was definitely a worthwhile gift for them.DSC_2314We all had a lovely time opening our presents but first our son-in-law read from the Bible to remind us of the real reason that we were gathered together.  My husband’s parents joined us for lunch and then we all had a little snooze in the lounge and then had tea. It was wonderful and relaxing.

We stayed there for 2 nights and then came home again to make sure everything was going all right without us. We have had a few power outs the last few weeks and this means that we need to run our generator to keep the pumps and air going in the aquaponics system.  Everything was okay when we got home and we got back to normal, you know washing, cleaning etc.

On New Years Eve we went to church and then spent a couple of hours with our good friends Mr and Mrs H. We hadn’t been able to catch up before Christmas so it was lovely to sit down and chat with them and of course nibble our way to 12 midnight. We actually didn’t last that long, all of us being tired because it had been so hot that week.

Mr H is still dealing with his cancer and is now on some experimental treatment, so I ask that if you can, please pray for him, that this new treatment goes well and for his family as they help him through this time.

We then had a wedding to attend on the first Saturday in 2016. Our son-in-law’s brother got married to a lovely girl. It was a beautiful day with a very Christ centered ceremony and very little glitz.  It was a great reminder that two become one with Christ as their head.

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Here is our beautiful granddaughters at the wedding in their matching dresses that their mum had made for them.

Our no 1 son was best man and he looked great and did a good job and didn’t lose the rings and did a lovely speech. It just brings such joy to our hearts to see how he has grown into a wonderful young man.

This past week, once again things returned to normal. I haven’t started school yet and we haven’t done piano practice for a while so that’s what we will be focusing on this coming week.  I don’t think I will start school just yet, I might leave it another week and see how we go. Traditionally school starts at the end of January, this being our summer break, but I always try and start a bit earlier than that.

The vegetable patch is going great. I have even been able to get out an do some weeding which is wonderful. We have just picked our first zucchinis and our crop of peas is ready for it’s first harvest.

DSC_2309The tomato plants are flowering and growing well but there is no fruit on them yet.  The plants are growing in amongst the wires on the trellis so there isn’t too much work tying them up at the moment.

We took a run to Warrnambool the other day as my husband had a gift voucher to spend. We had a nice lunch and the children had a walk on the beach.  I don’t know if you have all heard of the movie “Oddball” but that was filmed in Warrnambool and the island below is where it was based around.DSC_2350

A friend gave us a sow that was due to have piglets and she had them about a week ago. She had eleven little pink pigs, even though she was black. The father was a large white and they look so cute, but we are used to having black piglets so they look quite different. They are pink with a couple having some black spots.
DSC_2340Well that’s about all our news for the moment. I am looking forward to hearing how you have all been.

I haven’t done the top three this week so we will just get onto the link up.

Hoping you are all well and that God is working in your lives.

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

Blessings to you all my dear friends. xxxx

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

GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #58

Hello there everyone and welcome back to another Good Morning Mondays.

It has been very hot this past week and we even had a fire scare on Saturday afternoon. We had lightning strikes just north of us which started a fire, thankfully it was under control before it caused us any issues, though it was the closest fire we have ever had. In some ways this was a very good exercise for us as it made us get our fire plan organised and things in their right places.

My husband has been very busy this past week and has been here, there and everywhere fixing things up for people. It is full on harvest time here at the moment and machinery is always breaking down.

He was able to take our younger children with him for a day each this week and they always love spending time with dad. Our no 2 daughter even got a movie of a snake swimming across a dam where my husband was working. Don’t worry she kept her distance and took the movie on the highest zoom setting.

I have had a quiet week here at home but I was blessed to be able to go to town with our no 1 son and help him with some Christmas shopping. Actually he had it all organised and I just encouraged him from the sidelines. I really enjoy spending time with him, we have a lot of fun and some great discussions.

We sold some more sheep this past week and it was hot work getting them in and then tagging them, but we all worked together to get it done. It is wonderful to have the children home and have their help when we have work outside to do, and they are learning so much.

We haven’t done much school this past week or so and I think I will leave it until the new year and then get stuck in. I sometimes find that a break really helps get everyone motivated for more work (well I hope and pray that is the case).

Our vegetable garden and fruit trees are coming along nicely. We even have an apricot tree which is fruiting for the first time. Even though the weather has been hot it is good for our vegetables and my husband has been watering them at night. We are blessed with a good bore which is wonderful.

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Some of the apples on one of our trees.
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There are peas growing on the right, then zucchini and cucumber plants and then the 3 rows of tomatoes. On the far left hand side is some pumpkins and corn.

Our cauliflowers were growing really well in the hot house but unfortunately they didn’t come to much and the head had leaves growing through them, we probably should have picked them earlier and smaller.

They went from this below…DSC_2213[1]to this…DSC_2287We are learning so much with this aquaponics system and sometimes we make mistakes, but I suppose that is how we learn, isn’t it.

Now we don’t really go in for Christmas decorations, we usually put a Nativity Set out and put our presents around that but this year we are spending Christmas with our son-in-law, daughter and their children so I haven’t even done that. There are lots of people in town who do Christmas lights and sometimes they are pretty amazing.

Here is one below that I took a picture of the other night, I wonder how they sleep with all the lights on??? Pretty amazing and what a lot of work.DSC_2270

Okay, I know enough, enough, onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were….

thmb566ec29190ebd Increasing Hits on a Single Blog Post from Giftie Etceterathmb566f8e3b559c5(mis) Adventures Mondays Blog Hop by Mindie at Born Again Farm Girlthmb566eb603d5861Can Child Training Actually Improve My Relationship With My Child by Anastasia at Anawins

Thank you to everyone for taking the time to link up. It is amazing to me to see this wonderful community of bloggers stopping by each week and sharing their thoughts and ideas, it is so special.

I have some thoughts and plans for something new next year, it’s still in the pipeline (that means I am still having discussions with my husband and no 1 daughter) so I won’t spill any beans just yet, but I hope it will be good and challenging for us all.

I am going to take a two week break from the link up. I hope you all understand and I will see you back here on the 10th January 2016.

May you all be blessed this Christmas, may you find the love of God filling your hearts and may you find the time to share this love with others.

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

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GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #57

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

You are all such a blessing to me and I am so pleased to see and hear from you all each week.

How has your week been???

We have had a busy week, but really only our nights I suppose. Monday night we had music lessons and then Tuesday night we took some lambs to market to be sold on Wednesday, and then some sheep on Wednesday night to be sold on Thursday. We also had a Christmas break up dinner for our Gideons Camp on Wednesday night.

Thursday night was spent at home (lovely) and then Friday night we had a Leadership Christmas dinner at our Pastor’s house. It was lovely to be able to chat to those that we don’t always get time to after church on Sundays. Our Pastor’s wife did a lovely job of setting all the tables and we had bon bons and candles, it was a great atmosphere.

Saturday morning was music lessons again, the last for the year, but that doesn’t mean that we can slack off on our practice.  Saturday was also our no 2 son’s 8th birthday, so we had a lovely day with him, and his choice of pizzas for tea and a 4wd dvd as well.

Sunday was church and it was a special service for all fire fighting volunteers and a lovely morning tea was shared afterwards. Sunday afternoon we went to our good friends home for the afternoon and a most delicious evening meal. Fellowship with other like-minded Christians is always wonderful.

Phew, that was our week but I did spend most days home, which was nice and I really needed too, to keep up. My brain just doesn’t seem to be working as well lately, but I am praying for a big renewal over the Christmas break and hopefully ta dah, it will all come back.

My lovely husband bought me some little Zebra Finches to go in our small bird aviary I have been wanting some for ages so he and our no 2 daughter bought me three females and a male.  They make such a lovely sound outside our back door, and they are so cute.

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Our tomato plants out in the paddock are looking really good and some are even flowering. My husbands pumpkins have germinated and I believe there are at least 1500 plants out there. We are hoping to have heaps to sell at our road gate next year and I am sure there will be heaps of pumpkin soup to can as well.

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Okay onto our linkup…

Our top three posts this week were….thmb5665004a72c8cHandwritten Letters: Keeping The Tradition Alive by The Farmer’s Wife at Grace Garden and Homesteadthmb56644b81f1f4cMy Christmas Bucket List 2015 by Laura at Harvest Lane Cottage

thmb5664efcb0d39fWe all need common-sense by Jo at Stop…Have a Chat

Thank you all for taking the time to link up and I am hoping you are getting a chance to have a look around at some other posts, although I understand how busy we all are.

This coming week is quite quiet again, which is good. I still have a few Christmas presents to make (all hush hush) and some cards to do and I want to get them done this week.

We are hoping to visit our Uncle and Aunt in Portland to see how they are going since our Aunts by-pass surgery a few weeks back and maybe have some time at the beach as well, but we’ll see about that one. Portland is a great town to drive around and it is always great to sit and look at the big ships that come in too.

We need to start tying up some tomato plants soon and my husband is going to get me a tool so that I can scratch around the little plants and help with the weeding from my gopher.

Well that’s about all for me this week. I am hoping and praying that you are all well and that you are able to think about the reason for the season we are about to celebrate.

It is so easy to get caught up in the commercialism and the “I wants” at this time of the year, but I encourage US all to sit back and take stock of what Christmas is really all about.

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


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