Saturday, 22 October 2016

Our busy last week in review

It has been a busy week here and away from the farm, I have still been recovering from a nasty cold, and Brian unfortunately caught a dose of it also.
We had  a lot on our schedule this week  with quite a few volunteer jobs at our rail barracks and camp grounds.
We had two complete turn overs of the barracks beds which involves  stripping and making 22 beds each time, vacumning,  scrubbing the two bathrooms, the kitchen and dining room and laundering of all the linen.
We all get together and the old phrase "Many hands make light work" certainly rings true, and we  enjoy the social aspect of it all.
My sister in law Kerry  who lives next door is an avid Gardener and she gave permission for me to  show a couple of photos of her yard( this is only a tiny glimpse of the entire garden).
They have a lovely home  surrounded by shaded verandahs and many an enjoyable time has been spent there in their company having a cuppa or happy hour.
She has a wide range of plants. preferring the natives but  is happy to mix and match natives and exotics which to me produces a lovely garden. The last few  years of drought has been a struggle, but this year with such a  wonderful season, everything is looking  very picturesque .
On Friday I had a very rare day on my own in Dubbo shopping, normally we rush over, run around like crazy people, catch up with relatives for a meal, do any other business needed and rush home.
This time I went over solo, had the day completely alone, hair cut, clothes shopping, sushi for lunch and a long list of things in Bunnings and pet barn.
I then surprised my Mum for dinner   who was at the RSL  at her regular meat raffles( very serious business these raffles ) and we  enjoyed a very successful night ( winning 8 meat trays between us)
I had told Mum I would arrive the following day as  Mum, my sister and I were attending an annual luncheon  put on for all past recipients of honour awards( Mum was awarded an OAM in 2012 for 50 years of service to the RSL ladies Auxillary.)
We had a lovely lunch , and were thoroughly entertained by the guest speaker( the current head of the NSW Homicide squad), who spoke with such passion and dedication  of the amazing and difficult job that he does)
This is us and the next photo is a gathering of all the recipients past and present  at the luncheon.
After lunch we  then went  to the Dubbo embroiders guild quilting and embroidery display.
The theme this year was "Remember"
My talented  Sister in Law Pam  made and decorated the cake which was a raffle prize.
There were lovely quilts on display,
Gorgeous  cushions and  framed pictures of  beautiful embroidery,
There were all sorts of displays,
and this one a  photo of my sister in laws mother in her wedding dress, printed onto material, then the veil,headress and bouquet hand embroidered and then framed by my brother with an old antique frame he found in a garage sale.
But to me the most poignant  part of this display was the inclusion of all the  surpurb WW1 hand embroidered silk post cards.
This is just a small snippet  of what was on display, they were so  stunningly beautiful, such small personal treasures.
We had a lovely afternoon, which included  a Devonshire tea and a chat to some old familar faces from  my past, which was a real treat.
My sister, mother and I then dined out for dinner  and rolled into bed exhausted and full at my mother's small flat at her retirement village.  My big  sister and I giggled half the night like children  which was such fun.
I returned home the next day  and started to catch up on a few things around home.
My  new refrigerator began to lose the  black glass inserts on the fronts of the doors ,
We contacted the company, and were advised to tape up the glass for safety reasons and   the repairman replaced both of the doors this week.
While I was away, Brian  butchered 3 sheep, a male turkey and a rooster and hung them in the cool room.
The sheep were for us and two other  neighbours and the poultry was ours.
Out of the Turkey I managed to get 9 bags of 500grms of stir fry meat and I bagged the carcass and bones to make turkey soup at a later date when I have more time up my sleeve.
I made a lovely turkey,bok choy,Cauliflower stir fry with Habanero chilli sauce ( all  home grown) for  dinner that night, it was delicious.
Our poultry are continuing to thrive, the young chickens are growing fast and now look like nice   birds, only  time will tell what ratio of male/female we will have.
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Our  baby turkeys are going ahead in leaps and bounds, enjoying a feed of spinach and Bok choy each morning and afternoon, Brian adores them.( I have tried to upload a video, but not sure if it will be visible, so I apologise if it's not.)
We knew that the turkey had a new nest and this morning found in in my iris garden,
Brian also found the latest guinea fowl nest  this week too, all three guinea hens are laying in it, so the numbers are adding up quite quickly.
Hopefully one of them will go clucky soon and begin to sit on them.
Our Iris's are beginning to bloom,
So far only 5 have flowered, and are the same as these, I am hoping that a few more colours begin to  bloom , as I originally had a lovely selection of  them on the coast and totted them up to transfer here  and this is their first blooming..
Overnight and this morning we have had  another 22 mm of  beautiful rain,
The garden is doing well, the paddocks are   green and  full of lovely feed for the sheep and they are becoming fat and lazy, such a beautiful sight to see.
The signs are all great for a  wonderful productive summer ahead of us,  this will be the first for many years, and so we are really enjoying it.
Hope you all are also living the dream, or at least dreaming about it,
Take care,
Cheers,
Jane.

13 comments:

  1. looks like you had a good time with mum & sis, lovely photos of the quilts & embroideries, am always in awe of those who make them
    hah those turkeys are so noisy! glad he's enjoying them
    your iris' are stunning! can't wait to see more of those
    great post
    thanx for sharing

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    1. We did have fun Selina, it's great to get together,it was a shame our other sister wasn't there with us too, maybe next time.
      I admire the crafty people as I have no real talent like that,sometimes I am a little envious.
      Take care
      Cheers.

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  2. Clever you inserting a video. I have never once been successful.

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    1. Oh, and i love that cushion.

      When i played the video my little Tilly scrambled out from beneath the cover to see what all the chirping was about. She was so funny, we played it several times.

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    2. I have tried several times to insert a video Lynda, and this is the first time it has ever worked....it took ages and ages to upload and then took forever to publish...At first I thought it didn't work and then it just appeared..
      I agree that cuahion was really pretty.
      Cheers
      Jane

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    3. I have tried several times to insert a video Lynda, and this is the first time it has ever worked....it took ages and ages to upload and then took forever to publish...At first I thought it didn't work and then it just appeared..
      I agree that cuahion was really pretty.
      Cheers
      Jane

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  3. Love the intricate floral quilting. Sounds like you are enjoying life and keeping busy. Best wishes Lillian

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    1. It was an amazing display, this was just a tiny view, we spent ages there in awe..such talent.
      We are enjoying life ( although both a little out of sorts health wise at the moment, but I am sure we will improve.
      Cheers Lillian
      Jane.

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    2. It was an amazing display, this was just a tiny view, we spent ages there in awe..such talent.
      We are enjoying life ( although both a little out of sorts health wise at the moment, but I am sure we will improve.
      Cheers Lillian
      Jane.

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  4. It's good to see you out and about enjoying time with your family and volunteering. What poultry do you have? There are turkeys, guinea fowl, do you have chooks? It's good knowing there is fresh meat in the cool room. And how wonderful to have a husband who can butcher and hang meat. I hope you're both feeling better now.

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    1. Message toyou below Rhonda ((n a bus travelling and messed it up)

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  5. Sorry I hadn't responded Rhonda,
    We have turkeys, guinea fowls and chooks.
    We have a mix of light sussex and a few isa browns and a few cross breds as well.
    We love the poultry. We are very lucky tgat Brian can kill and butcher, it's not everyones cup of tea, but he doesn't seem to mind and it certainly helps with tge food bill.
    Cheers
    Jane

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    1. late response. It was nothing for me to come home from school and find half a beast on the kitchen table (large with family of eight) and Mum swinging a cleaver above her head. That was normal, wasnt it?

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