Gosh, it’s nice not having to go to work, but I have been very busy! My house was a mess and this past week I have been tidying, cleaning, sorting…purging. I have alot of stuff I no longer want so one double bed is covered in boxes of STUFF, from books to china, ornaments, clothes. After four years of working in a tiring job while struggling with fibro, and months of preserving like crazy there has been such alot needs doing.
We actually went for a drive last Sunday to have a break from routine. We headed 100 km South to a town called Kaikoura, famous for it’s whale watching and seal colonies. It’s a beautiful place but not alot of shops to browse. We found 2 apple trees on the way, they didn’t belong to anyone and were well off the road and we got about 30 kg of apples, leaving heaps for others. Today I have made a large pot of apple sauce for freezing, unfortunately there is still a heap left I have to deal to tomorrow! I have a large bucket in the pantry full of apple cores and peels I am really hoping will turn into a successful batch of apple cider vinegar – I have never made it before and pay $5 – $6 a bottle for it.
I’ve made 2 large jars of sun (actually dehydrator) dried tomatoes in olive oil because the tomatoes just keep coming. The plants are dying off and there are still heaps to pick.
We have just planted our broad beans and have been covering alot of the garden with pea straw for wintering. There are brussell sprouts, broccolli, leeks, silverbeet, beetroot, onions, carrots, lettuce and parsnips in. No cabbage because neither of us likes it, no caulis because we don’t seem to do well with those. Pumpkins have been stored along with onions and potatoes and the rest of our vegetables will come from what has been preserved.
I’ve still been madly drying and preserving figs, as well as tomatoes, more sauces and chutneys. The fiejoas have just started ripening and falling and my husband has his eyes on a pear tree at work that is dropping fruit everywhere no one seems to want. As yet we have been unable to find any field mushrooms, waiting…..waiting. We also have been trying to find walnuts, every other year we have had a bin full from a friend but he moved so I need to find a cheap source of them.
We have a new addition to the family, my husbands new farm dog Syd. He gets lonely in a kennel at the farm so spends the days there and comes home with Roger. At 10 months old he’s a big dog and very lovely. However he has managed to destroy 5 of my birds nests off the porch, a gumboot full of flowers, a doormat, plus the blanket we found him. He is not supposed to come inside but comes in for wee visits – well I sneak him in with the man of the house is not around. He had never been in a house before and crawled in on all fours, I think he must’ve thought the ceiling was alot lower than it is 🙂 After seeing himself in the window and spending ages watching himself I got a mirror out. He stood there for ages just staring.
Those beautiful tulip were a leaving gift from work along with a very nice voucher for art gear which I spent the next day. I may get time soon to actually use them 🙂