On Friday night we had friends over for our daughters 10th birthday.

We had baked potatoes with bolognaise sauce, coleslaw, grated cheese and sour cream.

They were delicious and everyone really enjoyed them, and they were so easy.

We had cooked potatoes and sauce left, which is great for the next day.

On Saturday night we had some more visitors and we were just going to have baked potatoes again but my oldest daughter suggested we should turn the left overs into a baked potato casserole.

This was a great idea.


We sliced up the potatoes and layered it with the bolognaise. We covered the whole lot with grated cheese and baked it in a moderate oven for about an hour.

We served it again with the coleslaw and sour cream and was it delicious.



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Well howdy all and welcome back to another Good Morning Mondays. I hope you have all had a good week.

What a week it has been and we have enjoyed time with family and friends.

Monday night my daughter and I cooked for the Gideons. That went very well and I think that they liked the food. I served them a beef and vegetable casserole and a mild chicken curry with rice, then apple crumble and cream for dessert.

It was good and we had leftovers for the next days lunches, which was very handy.

My husband went fishing with Mr H and his son-in-law, they didn’t catch anything other than colds,but I think they had a good time together.

Friday morning the children had a drive in our brigades fire truck with their father, you can tell by their faces it was fun.


During the winter months each member (who can drive) is rostered to take the truck for runs and to make sure that all the equipment is working properly. This week was my husbands turn. CFA stands for Country Fire Authority.

Our No 2 daughter turned 10 this week and boy she is growing up fast. I don’t know where the time has gone.

Friday night we had some friends over and our son-in-law and daughter and their girls as well. We enjoyed a lovely meal together and the children had a great time as well.

Our daughter is the girl on the right and the one on the left is her sewing buddy.

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It is always good to spend time with these families.

Saturday we spent the day with our daughter and her girls as our son-in-law had an appointment in Melbourne. We had a lovely day just taking it easy and chatting. The girls were really tired and slept well in the afternoon, and I must admit I could have gone with them.

Here is our youngest granddaughter. She is really a character and we are developing a great relationship with her.


This is our oldest granddaughter and she had a lot of fun with her uncle and aunt. They pushed her around in the wheel barrow for ages.


We had some disappointments this week with our cattle, loosing two calves as they were born, we thankfully had one born fit and healthy

This is just after she was born

She looks like a little teddy bear when she dried up.

My husband and No 1 son butchered a cow today so we will have a freezer full again in a couple of weeks, the freezer is almost empty.

I have been having lots of internet issues this past week and it just wasn’t going well enough for me to read all the post you linked up, so I apologise again.

I know I have said it before but I will say it again, thank you to you all for taking the time to link up and leave comments. I am really enjoying our new friendships and I love getting to know you all.

I don’t know whether the internet problem is a weather thing or something else, but I hope to be on top of it this coming week, as I really do enjoy reading all the posts.

So onto our link up.

Our top three posts for this week…

thmb55743174aeafdCathy’s Corner: Week 8 by Debbie at Bible Fun For Kidsthmb5574c62a95867Why some women dislike the tag “Lady” by Jo at Stop…Have a chat.thmb557514ef783eaAre You a No Reply Blogger by Laura at Harvest Lane Cottage

Well done ladies and thank you again to everyone else who took the time to link up. If you didn’t get a chance to read these posts, pop over when you can. You will really enjoy them.

This coming week is looking cold and busy again. The children have music exams in about 7 weeks, so we are working hard on their technical work and site reading stuff. This can be very challenging but I think we have plenty of time to get on top of it.

We have our Revelation study on Tuesday night and then our children are doing another Eisteddfod this time in Warrnambool on Thursday morning.

It is good for them to play in front of people and this time they are playing with some other homeschooling friends that live down there. It will be wonderful to catch up with them as we haven’t seen them for ages.

Our son-in-law and daughter and girls are coming this time and then they are staying with us for the night, so we will get to see them again and this is such a blessing.

I only got 1/2 my sewing done this past week, so I need to get more of that finished and I am starting a schedule for doing school and I am trying to be more organised.

Thank you for your prayers for our friends last week, Mrs E didn’t have to have a new stent put in and Mr H is going along okay. God is so good.

I have another request, if you could please pray for Mr G, he had a melanoma removed and has been called back to the surgeon in the morning. Please pray that God will be with him and his family.

I hope you all have a great week and that you will 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.”

Love to you all xxxxx



To my dearest daughter,

Today you turned 10, what a wonderful age, although it can be difficult.  You are caught between being a little girl and being a young lady.

I think of you as a young lady, because little girls don’t do all the ironing, and sweep the floor, and make us wonderful cups of teas.

Little girls don’t manage the chickens and hang up washing on their own clothes line. But although I think of you as a young lady, there is still a little girl in there, who likes to giggle and run around outside and get dirty. A little girl who likes to cuddle her Dad and get razed up by him.

You are growing up so fast and are such a big help, what would I do without you?? I never want to know.

There are definitely a heap more things you will need to know before you are grown and I want you to know that your father and I will do our best to teach you.

We are trying to teach the young lady in you to be modest, and thankful, and caring, and loving, and mostly those characteristics are there, they are in making mode, slowly growing stronger each day.

We want you to know and understand that being a wife and mother is the greatest role that God has given you and that is is okay to be this.

We don’t want you to listen to what the world says you should be doing, we want you to spend the next 10 years or however long it is before you are married focusing on your relationship with God.

We pray for you and your future husband, we pray that his parents are bringing him up in the knowledge and love of the Lord. We pray that he will be a Godly young man, capable to lead his family and capable of keeping you in line, with love.

You see my daughter, us women need keeping in line at times, and if you take after me, you will definitely have traits that need to be tamed. You need to watch your attitudes and your moods.

I want to apologise to you for the days when I am grumpy and not very patient. I want you to understand that I am sorry and that I love you no matter what you do or how you are.

There is nothing you can ever do to stop that love.

So as you now head to being eleven know that God has a great plan for you. He created you and He knows all about you and will always be there for you.

Your father and I love you very much. xxxxxx


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Just a quick update to keep you all informed because I am sure that you are just hanging out to know what is happening :-).

Everything is growing really well, I think we have seen a transition from struggling to succeeding. This means that the fish are growing and their output is increasing.

Below are the broccoli seedlings.


The tomato seedlings that were surviving are now booming ahead and there are three of them.


We continue to pick off the green spinach and it just keeps coming back.  The picking seems to be doing it good.DSC_1567The Patchoi seedlings are really starting to take shape and it won’t be long and we will be picking and enjoying them also.

We picked our first beetroot from the system and it looks just great.


Friends of ours bought a banana plant and when we saw it we thought it was such a great idea. We didn’t think bananas grew this far south. Our friends ordered us a couple and we have put them into pots in the hothouse next to the aquaponics system.


DSC_1521So hopefully they will grow nice big juicy bananas.

I will keep you updated.



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Welcome back to another Good Morning Mondays. I am looking forward to hearing from you all this week and would love to hear how your week has been.

Ours started off with a whole day at our local Eisteddfod. I know I have been talking about this for a few weeks, well the day finally arrived. The children were all practiced up and ready to go.

We spent the whole trip in talking to both of them about humility and as I have said before these competitions are great for character growth.

It was a big day but the children did really well. No 2 son got one First Place and an Honourable Mention and No 2 daughter got two Firsts Places.

They were thrilled and received medals and a small cash prize as well.DSC_1548

Here they are with their medals. No 2 daughter is wearing the dress I made her and she was really thrilled with it. It turned out very well.

After such a big day out I was really tired for a couple of days but I seem to be on top of it now.

My husband and I were able to go out for tea before our Revelation Bible Study. It was lovely to go out together as we haven’t been able to do that for months.

Saturday we went on a tour of some historical sights and I will put up a post about that hopefully later in the week. We counted it as a history lesson and it was very interesting.

Our No 1 son and our No 1 daughter and her family have gone camping this past weekend so they stopped in on their way and of course it was great to see them. The girls are growing so quickly and are just so cute. We had a lovely lunch together and then they headed off for the Otways which is about an hour and a half drive from here.

It is a long weekend here so they are only getting home on Monday night but from what we’ve heard so far they are having a great time.

Sunday afternoon was lovely, it was cold outside and we were able to have a nice restful afternoon.

Okay onto our link up…

I know that I normally only feature the top three posts but because the top three were all written by the same lady I decided to feature the top six.

thmb556af2f44dfa3You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone by Glenys from Sacrificial Home Keeperthmb556b0588bc8ca

God Willing, Tomorrow Will Be Better by Glenys from Sacrificial Home Keeperthmb556af36530697A House Blessing by Glenys at Selah Christian Musings

thmb556b78112b0e7The Most Amazing Story by Jo at Stop…have a chat
thmb556b79d29c545Are Blogs Unrealistic by Jayne at Adventures At Tiny Toadstool Cottagethmb556c44914b3d4

Classically Teaching, Latin Introduction by Jennifer at Grammerlings

And my personal favourite was….thmb556ccc9375f6eGod’s Plans, My Life by Aimee at A Work of Grace

Wow there were some great posts linked up this week and it was hard to pick a favourite but Aimee’s post really hit a chord with me.

Thank you to all of you for taking the time to link up and thank you for all your comments, you don’t know how much it blesses me.

I have a couple of prayer requests and I ask that you remember Mr H and his wife and family in your prayers. He has started chemo again and is struggling a bit. Also Mrs E is having a new stent put in her heart this Thursday morning. Please pray that God blesses her and keeps her well so that the operation can go ahead.

I have a bit of a busy week. We are cooking for the Gideons on Monday night and they are coming here which will make it easier.

No 2 daughter is turning 10 this Wednesday and we are having a bit of a party for her on Friday night with a couple of close family friends.

Between that I need to sew a couple of sleep suits for some friends for their son, and some curtains for the boys bedroom, to keep out the cold.

I am so sorry that this has been such a long post but I wanted to show you one more picture.

This is a picture of a paddock that we pass on our way to town and the swans have arrived.


They say you can tell how high the water is going to get by how high the swans build their nests. I just like looking at them because they are beautiful.

Well that’s all or enough for this week, and I hope you all have a blessed week and that those of you in the Northern Hemisphere are enjoying your summer and those of you in the Southern Hemisphere are keeping warm and cozy.

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.”’

Love to you all xxxx


I was going to write a post about loosing my “mojo” and for me that meant my motivation.

I have heard the word mojo bantered around about the place but this morning I thought I had better check that I was using a word that wasn’t inappropriate.


Well guess what??? It was.

I was a bit shocked to think that I had been using this word, without really realising what it meant.

Just type in “Meaning of Mojo” in the search engine and it will come up with enough meanings to put you off, well it did me.

Then this got me thinking of how innocently we use words and phrases that we hear without really thinking about it.

We become accustomed to what the world says that we hear these easy to use terms and they start to roll off our own tongues. They sound so trendy.

So instead of just using some catchy phrases to attract you all to my blog posts I am definitely going to check them out first.

I definitely don’t want you to think that I have lost my magic charm or sex appeal (mojo).



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Have you had friends let you down??? Have you had people in authority let you down??? Have church leaders let you down???

I can say that as a family we have experienced all 3 of the above, and when it does happen it leaves us feeling like the floor has opened up under us and we are hanging by a thread.

Now is the problem with the ones who we feel have let us down, or is our problem with us.

I think the problem is with us.

My husband’s favourite saying is:

“We can only rely on God, man will let us down, but God never will”.

And one of my daughters sayings:

“it is our expectations that lead to our disappointment”.

So you see the problem isn’t the people who let us down, but the problem is our expecting to be able to rely on them or our expectations of them.

We expect people we admire to be people to admire, but we forget that just like us they are human and they sin.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.

Did you read that?? It said ALL, not some, but ALL have sinned and we ALL come short of the glory of God.

We have had Church leaders, who we admired and expected great things from, fall from grace. It hasn’t just destroyed them, but taken a bit of the congregation with them, but again we have forgotten that they are human and Romans 3:23 stands for them as well.

We have put them in a place that no one other than God deserves to be put. We sometimes forget that God is God and not man.

There have been posts put up lately about issues happening in the Christian world and the falling from grace by certain people and I feel the anger and frustration of fellow Christians regarding these matters.

I get it, I really understand the issues and the frustrations but once again I come to Romans 3:23 and stand next to those who have fallen and state again that I am just like them. I and them and all of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

So let’s take our eyes off those who have fallen and stop putting these people in places they shouldn’t be put and keep our eyes on the one who should only be put in that place.


Mankind will always let us down but JESUS never will, he is the only one to be exalted to a higher place.

Philippians 2:9-11 “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father




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This is a delicious creamy pasta and so easy to make.


  • homemade sourdough noodles (or any other pasta)
  • 1 x 375 gram tin of salmon
  • 1 x 375 gram tin of coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 1 cup corn kernals
  • chicken stock or 1 packet chicken soup mix
  • pinch salt
  • 5 boiled eggs

Peel and cube sweet potato, boil until soft.  Drain off liquid and add all other ingredients except eggs.

Meanwhile boil noodles and drain. Add cream mixture to noodles and lastly add chopped boiled eggs. Stir until combined.

Serve while still hot.



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