Thursday, December 27, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Cinnamon thought impersonating a panther was a good idea...... Nutmeg wasn't so sure.....
Put the two together and the tree became a wonderful playground! But not for long, I have my trusty "Puss Off", a concoction of citronella oil and water in a spray bottle designed to repel even the fiercest panther...... My real Christmas ornies are too precious to be hunted by this dastardly duo. The girls may adorn my bed instead......
BTW I made a raggy tree skirt! Turned out pretty good I reckon....
The best fruit went to making dried apricots, gotta love the dehydrator! Lots of work but well worth it for the tart yummy treats.....
There's plenty more where that came from, we'll be picking apricots for weeks, and then there's the plums and figs, not to mention the peaches Mum grows...... There's something very satisfying about looking at a cupboard full of hand made preserves.....
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Love that hat K!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I also have pak-choy, rocket and herbs ready to eat, and have loads of seedlings in. The kids can't wait for the watermelons and rockmelons, but aren't so keen on the idea of pumpkins lol...... The beans are up, and the tomatoes are starting to flower, zucchini are fruiting, and everything has just taken off with the warmer weather. I am busy seed saving radish seeds for sprouts, and chive and onion seeds for future plantings.... very satisfying to sit back at the end of the day and survey our efforts. Hmmmm, now what's for tea?
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Cut a hole for a PVC "tunnel" between the two sinks and used silicone to seal it.
Added lots of bedding, we used straw and horse dung, other alternatives are shredded paper etc....Bought some composting worms, these are not the same as garden worms, and are great little workers.
Added some food and the worms to the sinks and covered with damp hessian. I have spared you the pics of the food as we are using our worm farm to dispose of dog poo! This means we won't be able to use the castings or worm wee on our vegies, but it will be fine to use on the flower garden. A great way to fertilise the garden, clean up the yard and reduce flies.
A lick of paint so it is less visible in the yard and a piece of tin for a lid and it's all done! The cupboard below provides great storage for the bucket to collect the worm wee. Shame I forgot that dog wormer kills all worms, so I will have to wait for a while before feeding the worms their special food.... until then it's kitchen scraps!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I have acquired quite a few cream stoneware pieces so I put them all together with a few cinnamon sticks and some antique egg-beaters.
These tags are great, my friend Ang made them and I have been trying to find a spot for them to show them off properly. I joined a few sticks together with the hot glue gun and some calico strips, and put them in a rusty tin with a rusty pie plate. I put in some gravel to give it stability.
Monday, October 1, 2007
We salvaged these great weatherboards from our old house. They still have some of the original green paint on them. Ian cut them to size for me and fitted them as a shelf for the table.
A good drink of linseed oil to revive the timber and it was all done! We think the table came from an old school house, it is covered in kids names lol..... I love having bit of history like this in our home.The table is in my kitchen, we have so much more serving and preparation area now, it's fantastic! Please excuse the washing up on the bench lol, I was a bit busy lol...... No doubt the stuff I plonked on the shelf below the table will be rearranged, but for now I reckon it looks pretty good! Not bad for $55 and a couple of hours work.....
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
The old cheese grater has a tea light candle in it and looks really pretty when lit. I picked up the shortbread press (centre bottom shelf) from an op-shop a couple of weeks ago, it has Scotch thistles on it. The spice carousel came from an oppy too!