Life is short.... Occasionally bend the rules.... Forgive quickly.... Kiss slowly.... Love truly.... Laugh uncontrollably.... And, never regret anything that made you smile....

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Georgia Michelle

Welcome to the world baby Georgia Michelle... Beautiful baby daughter for Karina and Lee, and little sister to Maddison and Mitchell. With lots of love from your Great Uncle Dig and Great Auntie Rosie...
Looking forward to meeting you soon...Born today....

Orange Marmalade

Marmalade making yesterday.. The rain knocked a lot of ripe oranges off the tree, so I made another batch of this recipe which I found whilst browsing here. It's easy and delicious!

Sweet Orange Marmalade

4 oranges
juice of 2 lemons
4 cups water
4 cups sugar

Cut the oranges and lemon in half and squeeze out the juice.
Keep the pips and tie them in a muslin bag.
Thinly or coarsely, depending on how chunky you like your
marmalade, chop the skins.
Put the cut oranges, juice and bag of pips and water into a
saucepan, bring slowly to the boil and simmer gently for
approx. 2 hours or until the skins are tender.
Add sugar and stir until it dissolves, remove bag of pips and
boil rapidly for approx. 15-20 minutes or until a little will set
on a chilled saucer.
Remove from  heat, allow to settle, then bottle and seal.

All the bottles need now is some swish labels!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Driving into the sunset

Today was the first day in years that I have driven our truck to the sale yards. Prior to now I have been nursing and unable to take the truck. Getting my truck licence was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, surpassed only by going back to acute nursing after over twenty five years of aged care. Because Dig was unable to drive trucks anymore, I was booked in to get my heavy rigid, non-synchro truck licence (which is just boy speak for learning to drive with big truck gears!!). Because most girls don't follow through with their truck licences once they have them, the instructors give us a hard time. I was told DECA stands for DON'T EVER COME AGAIN! When we all know that it is really Driver Education Centre of Australia...

We loaded up 'Old Bull' into the old Bedford and I headed off into the sunset, literally, with the old fellow. He behaved like a perfect gentleman. Took notice of everything around him and stood still most of the way. If a cow moves around a lot in the back of the truck or trailer, it makes the driver work harder to keep their vehicle under control. When we arrived at the sale yards, 'Old Bull' became very excited at the pretty 'old ladies' he could see over the fence. He unloaded easily, with a real spring in his step, even though it was a limped spring - hence the reason the poor old fellow had to make the journey. My last sight of him was as he excitedly went down the pen towards the old girls!!

The old Bedford is a dream to drive. Very sturdy, the gears change easily. I just love it. If I had lots of money I would get this beautiful old truck botoxed to within an inch of its life!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Blogging Friends

This post is written with many thanks for blogging friends.. I am so new at this and learning every step of the way. I am so appreciative of advice that is given so freely and willingly. Some things work out when I try them, others I will have to work at.

Last pictures of bibs, had far too many already! Must show some other baby stuff, just ready and waiting for that precious little person..

the backs of menagerie bibs

Internet connection

I'll try and post some more bib sewing, it the internet connection lets me. That is one of the frustrating things about living in the country in a black spot. When the kids were living with us while their house was being built, they were soooo frustrated. They came back to the country after living in a provincial town and really noticed the difference... So here goes!!

Nope, I've sat here for half an hour waiting for a picture to load and it hasn't yet, so I will try tomorrow. I am going to have to try and find a time when no one is on the internet I think. Still LOVE the country though!!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Back to Bibs

  It's been freezing here today, a good day to stay inside and sew. Muff needs baby bibs so I tried out a few different patterns. The first I found whilst browsing spoonfullofsugargirls blog. They have a terrific tutorial for  'Boutique Baby Bibs"
        The little lacy applique bibs I used to make for a market stall years ago. I can't remember how many I have made. Bib styles have changed over the years and you don't see as many tie around the neck ones now, but this style is so pretty. These two I made with ' Menagerie' material for backing, a lovely bright fabric range by Melanie Hurlston. The appliques on the front echo the material on the back.These could be for a boy or a girl.

More pictures tomorrow when I have some more service...


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sadness today.

It's been a sad day. Little Billie has been unwell. I thought I had him over the hump which many pet lambs reach, particularly when they haven't had their mum's colostrum. I tried everything I could think of today to reverse the symptoms, but I don't think we will have him in the morning. I will so miss his soft little head which I loved to stroke when he came up for a cuddle. He is such a gentle soul. Millie is strong and boisterous.
Gentle Billie
Just received a phone call to let us know that a friend has passed away, he was only sixty seven. We must all learn to do the important things in life, let our families know how much they are loved. Go for that holiday we have been putting off. Go to town and have that cup of coffee, or a meal, even though we don't need to go for anything else. No one knows what is around the corner.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sally's Sauce

I wish there was smell-a-vision... Our tomato bushes continue to fruit, so another batch of Sally's tomato sauce has been made. It comes from the book "From My Kitchen to Yours" which I mentioned last post.The smell as it cooks is incredible. This sauce is so nice I use it as a base for my home made gluten free pizzas.

tomato sauce ready to be cooked

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Coeliac Awareness Week

It has recently been Coeliac awareness week, and as I am a coeliac I thought I would mention a fantastic book which a friend gave me for Christmas. I would highly recommend it to everyone. It is full of practical recipes which are easy and delicious. I am so enjoying trying them all out and have favorites already.
"From My Kitchen to Yours" is written by Sally Wise and is published by the ABC.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Birthday presents

Birthday presents from my beautiful mother...

More Gratitudes....

Just spent a wonderful day with my beautiful parents. We don't plan these days, just ring and say can we come, we'll help with tea. They are both such an inspiration. Dad is eighty five and so very fit and alert. We share a love of the country and growing things. I came home with some little flowering gum seedlings, which, if I don't kill, will be treasured. Mum shared generously with her gene pool when she made me! She has my love of craft, and my love of being at home just doing. She taught me how to preserve fruit and vegies, how to make something with nothing, how to put away for a rainy day. We are both farmers wives.

It's not my birthday, but yesterday mum gave me an early birthday present of a beautifully embroidered needlework basket, embroidered pin cushion, which is too pretty to use, and a Cath Kidston book which I have been coveting for some time! We are planning a trip to the Quilt Show in Melbourne next month if things work out for us.

Grand baby- to- be is thirty one weeks today, and his poor mum is back at work. Glad the other girls are looking after you sweetheart, but I will be glad when you finish! Nursing is a tough job.

No photos this post, the internet is cutting out all the time...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Stitching

It's another perfect day here in the Goulburn Valley. Autumn and Spring are my favorite seasons. Summer here is usually very hot and dry, even though this year was an exception to the rule. Sunday are usually lazy days, a day to catch your breath. So once I have checked the mothers and babies I will get some stitching done. At the moment I am appliqueing some baby bibs from a pattern in the latest Handmade Vol 28 No 11.

Tiny baby bibs

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Millie and Billie

Meet Millie and Billie my  pet lambs. They have filled a big hole in my life since the kids moved into their own home. I was suffering from a bit of empty nest syndrome, it was so very quiet. Now, it's definitely not! The lambs are under the misconception that they are either human babies or cats! Millie is growing rapidly, little Billie not so fast.

Billie was very sick when I picked him up out of the paddock, I really didn't think he would make it. Now he totters around on little bowed legs, so cute. He lived the first three days in a cardboard box in our kitchen. When I took him out and put him outside he cried and cried, his security box had gone!

Billie in his box
One of the best parts of farming, animal babies....

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I am laughing at myself! GRATIDUDES! As opposed to GRATITUDES! Not much different, just more manly!! Because I am learning I can't find out how to change it, but Rome wasn't built in a day..

There has been very little crafting mentioned since I started, if any at all. The days are perfect for being outside so it is only late at night when a little stitching gets done. At the moment I am working on a free block of the month stitchery by Willowberry Designs called "Under the Sea". This lady is so clever and her designs are a pleasure to do.

Today I was able to get to craft group for a couple of hours. I haven't been since I started my new job in town, so it was great to see the girls again. Lots of lovely quilts in various stages, I should have taken photos, I will try and remember for next time. This post I will cheat and include some photos of a nappy bag I made two years ago for a special niece. It came from one of my craft magazines, can't remember which one.

My Family and Gratidudes

It is yet another beautiful day, a day in which to count your blessings. As I ride around the farm on my trusty Big Red (Honda motor bike), the sun is shining, it is neither to hot nor too cold and a gentle breeze brushes past me, how could life get any better. I am out looking for weeds as I check the lambing ewes and the heifer who hasn't calved yet.

In my previous job as a nurse, I was stuck inside all day, mostly all night, and didn't get to experience the blue sky and breezes. I took time off from nursing to have a break and see if we could manage without my income. It has been a very positive experience so far. I am needed more than ever at home and have had the kids staying for eight months while they built their house. I would not have managed them here if I had been working. The stress levels have fallen and everyone is much happier. Money is not everything in this world.

I count my blessings for two kids who are so happily married and creating wonderful lives for themselves. Our son, who has now left home again and is now in his own brand new house! And my beautiful daughter who is now expecting her first child. You two are such joys.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Learning and a days work.

There is so much to learn about blogging, especially for someone who is computer challenged. But I figure that there is only one way to find out and that is to start.

It is a glorious day here in the country. My pet lambs are calling out to be fed. One, who was very sick has appeared to have turned the corner so will be able to be named now! It has been a bad start to lambing this year with the death of two ewes and of many lambs found around the paddocks. We are questioning the possibility of toxins in the water weeds. Normally we lamb down when the paddocks are bare with dry feed, but this year, due to the rain all summer, we have every water weed known to man. Lets hope I find all well when I do my round.

We also have to spend the day fixing a high fence because Romeo the bull is upset at being taken away from his girls and has jumped back in with them. Now this behaviour on our farm is totally unacceptable!! It usually involves a ride in a truck to the sale yards!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The First One

This is my first attempt at a blog. Come take the journey around the farm and craft room with me.