Sorry that I have been missing in action for the last 6 weeks or so, we just haven't seemed to have come to a standstill yet since we returned from Tasmania.
When we were driving in Tasmania we noticed a noise in the front wheel of our car , so on our return we immediately took it to our local Ford service centre, they required us to leave it there for two nights while the problem was attended to under warranty( our car was a 2014 Ford Territory, the love of my husbands life...the first new car we had ever owned)........Unfortunately the 2nd night it was there 4 young teenage hooligans decided they needed our car more than we did, broke into the yard, smashed into the office, grabbed the keys and stole our car, smashing out through the big metal gates.
They then proceeded to drive it to Canberra and back( 1000 klms) and were involved in three police chases that had to be called off due to their erratic and dangerous driving.
It was dumped after 48 hours but not before they had caused $17,000 worth of damage( mostly filthy obscenities to the police carved with a knife into every seat and panel in our car).
So immediately this happened the service centre contacted us and delivered "Clancy" to our home(an hour + away). A loan car for us to drive while it was all sorted out.
We also received a fine in the mail for speeding, apparently the thieves were clocked at 175 klms per hour through a camera and the fine was for $2,306.00 ( it was immediatly waived from our record) The police said our car was treated extremely badly during the chases.
So. the insurance company refused to write off the car and we legally were obliged to take it back, but we made the decision even though it was going to cost us we would not have it back and decided to trade it on another car. Brian was so adamant that there would be damage mechanically and structurally underneath that it would only be problematic down the track.
We thoroughly enjoyed "Clancy" while we had him and gave him a good test, as we had many trips to the service centre and to police ect, so when the time came to decide what we wanted to buy we decided to buy one the same.
We had only been back from Tassie a short while and the volunteer group we work for , our local heritage rail barracks accommodation , had an open day/market day.
I spent a lot of time making chilli jelly, mano habanero sauce and tomato habanero sauce for the stall I was running. Hubby worked on the BBQ with other men and we also did Devonshire teas with scones/jam/ cream and served mugs of my hot home made soup.
Hubby has been flat out as well, between the car issues, helping at the open day, he has spent weeks everyday up the back replacing the old boundary fence between us and our new neighbours behind us. He had to virtually clear a roadway up and along beside where the new fence had to go, he had to remove trees and worked tirelessly driving in new posts and erecting the fence. I am so proud of the man he is, he will not let things beat him, and he is such a great bloke. The new fence looks brilliant.
I made 4 big pots of soup with veggies that I simmered away all day 2 at a time on the lounge room wood fire,
They got in a good store of wood, did a few repairs, planted a new area of oats and grasses for the sheep and also just hung out together and talked cars and watched footy together which was nice.
We are now actually making reasonably edible bread and buns, we probably are not making it according to the true ways, but are just doing it our way and having fun with it.
The starter has also produced some great bread rolls as well,
Hubby also decided to rotary hoe down in the orchard where he had vegetables growing last summer, as he turned the beautiful soil over the chooks raced in and scratched away like mad for the rest of the day, they loved it. He will probably give it a few goes ready for the next planting after winter is over.
I will endeavour to update again soon, today was good, we had rain, glorious rain ( 40 mm so far and still raining lightly) and it forced us inside, so time for once was on my side.
So, until we meet again down the track,
Take care of yourselves and each other,
Jane :-) :-) :-)
I am just adding to this , as The recipe for my zuchini pickle was requested and I can't seem to add it to the comments as a photo...