Along the way, we had butchered our surplus roosters and after sitting a while in the freezer until I got time, I decided to turn them into Apricot Chicken.
While unpacking a few more boxes the other day, I came across a box in which I had safely stored away my grandmother's wedding dress many years ago.
My grandparents were married in 1919 and this truly represents the style of the times.
Also with it are the lace hanky that Ma carried and the camilsole that she wore under the dress, also mostly handmade.
Our summer garden has come to a fairly abrupt end, extended heat periods with no rainfall, pretty well brought a stop to it, we had a good supply of watermelons, rockmelons, zuchini, cucumbers, a small picking of green beans, but a good amount of beetroots, which I cooked and pickled.
Hubby has been busy building the new enclosure down at the orchard, he now has all those big poles up, wires strung across the top to take the mesh covering and has enclosed a smaller area for the second chicken coop to be built.
He decided that the doors would make excellent laying boxes, with the hinges working in perfectly for the lid.
The girls seem very happy and the four Isa Brown hens are already giving us four lovely eggs a day, and the light sussex won't be too long before they begin laying as well.
We are heading off on holidays tomorrow, we are doing a driving holiday around Tasmania for a few weeks. My family many generations back came to Tasmania as convicts and I want to see where it all began.
Our house/farm sitters are arriving this afternoon, hubby will run them through the things that will need attention and hopefully all will run smoothly while we are away.
We are so looking forward to this trip, when we first retired and moved we allocated 12 months to the renovation and set up, now we have reached this point and are well and truly ready for the break.
I will be taking many, many photographs (which will be no surprise to those that know me) and will do an update of the trip soon.
Take care everyone, until we meet again a little further down the track of life,