GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #70

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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One of our trout in the bag.

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

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

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

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

Okay onto our link up…

Our top three posts this week were….thmb56ef6ab0db72f

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

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

30 Day Spring Cleaning Printable by Emily at Morning Motivated Mom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings to you all dear friends xxxx


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17 thoughts on “GOOD MORNING MONDAYS #70”

    1. Thank you Laura for your kind and encouraging words, you are so right we are so wonderfully and richly blessed. We had a lovely Easter as I hope you did too. Blessings to you this week. xxxx

  1. Terry, I hope you and your family were blessed over the Easter week-end. I guess it will be turning colder there soon just as our trees are leafing out and my roses are blooming. It was a lovely Easter week-end although we do get a lot of wind this time of year.

    Thanks, as always, for hosting. Blessings!

    1. Hey Donna, lovely to hear from you as always. We had a good Easter weekend and are so blessed and in awe of God’s goodness to us. It is starting to get cold here and the warm days are few and far between. There is still enough warmth to ripen tomatoes so I am still getting heaps of them. I am looking forward to some cooler weather and our daylight saving finishes this weekend so the nights will be closing in earlier. Enjoy your spring weather. Blessings to you and yours. xxxx

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