The heat and the dryness have hit with avengence and the pump control panel on our solar bore died so we have been doing a lot of hand watering and carting water from the Brother in Laws spring fed dam for which we are eternally grateful.
The control panel was covered under warranty and so after an inspection and waiting for it to be ordered and delivered the pump people came and sorted it all out.
We put our Christmas tree up in early December, it started to make it all feel real.
The young apricot tree in the new orchard bore half a bucket of apricots which we were surprised to get,
We returned home and that night attended our local town Christmas get together down at the local oval. The Lions club do a massive amount of fundraising through out the year and donate to wonderful causes, but they also fund this evening as well each year.
At the conclusion of the evening each year the Lions put on a spectacular fireworks demonstration for all to see. I took many pictures and video but will just post one photo here.
We were telling another friend about it the next day when we were overheard and this person told us he knew of a tree that we were welcome to pick, so we did. They were a green variety that I made fig jam from. This was the first time I had ever made fig jam, something my mother is well known for.... I borrowed her recipe, so am hoping mine is as good.
We picked Mum up from her home about an hour away on the Friday afternoon and brought her to the farm.
We went into town to the bowling club for dinner on Friday night where she caught up with some of her friends( Mum has been gone from here for about 22 years now and most of here friends have either moved, are in care or have passed away, there are not many left.)
On Saturday she asked to be taken to visit a fiend who for many years was a neighbor and also they lawn bowled together.
Joyce( on the left of the picture) is an amazing 98 years old and Mum is 92.
They had a lovely catch up. The are both amazing women, both living independently and are reasonably healthy for their age and are quick witted , smart and humorous. I only hope I am half as good as they are when and if I reach their ages.
The brother in Law next door offered me a bucket of plums on Christmas eve( probably the last thing I needed at that busy crazy point before Christmas) , but I gladly accepted and got busy and made a batch of plum sauce. The BIL has a great recipe that he makes annually so he passed that to me and I got busy.
My Brother from Sydney also joined us for Christmas which was lovely.
We had a very quiet Christmas day with just the four of us, I missed being with the grandchildren but felt it was much better to spend some quality time with Mum, you never know how long we will have them.
Christmas lunch this year was a traditional baked affair with plum pudding( cooked by Mum) ,icecream and custard to follow.
I hope your Christmas was as joyous as ours and that the new year is a happy and healthy one for us all.
Take care until we meet again down the track,
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone,
Jane and Brian.