Not much to blog about this month :)

I have little to report on the garden, except that it’s muddy as anything. The weather has been cold and wet, Roger has been pruning back fruiting trees and bushes and pulling out very dead plants. There are piles of spent plants everywhere.

I turned on my camera this morning to take a few photos but it’s flat – so, a short post!

We have just harvested our pumpkins but haven’t counted or weighed them yet. We have around 30 which is less than we were hoping but enough. There are still carrots, silverbeet, leeks, beetroot, broccoli, beans, lettuce etc growing. We have just had the last of the zucchini.

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We have been keeping a journal of harvests from the garden this year including weights etc. We have just reached 6 months and so far have well over 600 kg of food recorded from the garden, that includes eggs. We have had some great harvests this year but also some flop crops. Potatoes failed to do anything, from all that we planted with high hopes something happened to them and we only got 16 kg. Peppers and Chilli didn’t do great but I think Roger’s mammoth tomato plant prevented them from reaching their potential greatly 😦 Peanuts were planted and just disappeared.

We are still harvesting feijoa and figs. Did you know you can freeze figs whole? Just top and tail and freeze on a tray then bag. These will not keep there shape or texture but as we use them mostly in smoothies these are fine.

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I bottled the apple cider vinegar. This time I had a most wonderful “Mother” on top. I haven’t taken the time to find out what I can do with this but if anyone has any ideas please do let me know. I had a quick look and understand I can use it to make more vinegar but no-one really said HOW? so it’s sitting in some of the vinegar still waiting to become something new.Image

I bought a large box and a supermarket bag of walnuts for $30 from a friend.Image

I have been making soups galore. I could live on soups though Roger does not like them, my son loves them too so pots of it get dropped off to him. This one Pumpkin and Bacon.Image

Home:

After we finished painting the lounge we painted the porch which sorely needed it. To replace the large heart on the wall Roger made me a rusty barbed wire one mounted on a piece of recycled wood. I just love it but unfortunately can’t get a photo today. I also changed the little cupboard I was painting. I used to do alot of folk art but have discovered my hands shake too much now (I turned 55 on Saturday, I guess that’s just where age is getting this woman!) I was really unhappy with it so have decoupaged it. It’s very cute but no photo of that either today. I made my own Mod Podge as it’s $20 for a small jar of it here – how on earth do people afford that??!!

I am also making some velvet patchwork cushions, hand sewing them because my friend has borrowed my machine. I searched the op shops for old velvet and beaded clothes… and acquired some great ones but have just started them so I don’t imagine there will be any photos of them for a lonnnggg while πŸ™‚ I am really enjoying having the time to just sit by the fire and listen to music and do something else other than food! I have also still been working but that will be ending shortly, winter at home is sounding truly good.

A photo of my shabby sideboard for Pauline (as requested)Β Image

And finally, I took some photo of Roger with Syd the other day without them realising – I thought I would share one on here because I love it (*whispers* don’t tell Roger!) Man and his best mate.

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Β I hope you all had a lovely Mother’s Day!!!

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55 thoughts on “Not much to blog about this month :)

  1. What a refreshing post! The idea of living connected to nature & as a result live off the fruits of your labor is (as the city person I am) what I dream of πŸ™‚
    I’m sure it entitles a lot of hard work but the feeling of satisfaction when you sit down at that table & eat the food you’ve grown of your own two hands is worthy of a poem πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing this delightful day!

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      • I wish I could as it’s a subject that is very close to my heart…practically therapeutic for me but in poetry I am not the one dictating the words, they pop into my head at first then lead me by the collar so to speak till the end, from the start I’m in unknown territory, the Muse is my boss πŸ˜‰
        But only speaking about it might awaken the “taste buds” you never know if that’ll be the trigger!
        Have a good weekend!

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      • I hear you πŸ™‚ I used to write alot of poetry but not for quite a few years….you started me thinking πŸ™‚ I would sometimes come up with very funny ones that would have me in fits of giggles but rarely came up with deep and meaningful ones. Interesting what the “Muse” can create within.

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  2. Sounds much like what’s going on here. Successes and failures in the garden. Summer crops out, winter in. Lots of matter for the compost. It’s been cold here but the days are mostly gloriously full of Autumnal sunshine. Not so much rain although there is a heavy dew or frost most nights and things are thriving on that water.
    Love the sneaky photo making its way in there of Roger and Syd. It’s a great photo.
    Hope you enjoyed both Mother’s Day and your birthday (happy birthday for last Saturday) – what a full on weekend that must have been. Enjoy your winter time of burgeoning. πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks for the birthday wishes πŸ™‚ We have had glorious days but they are coming to an end….I have to admit to being glad to just be able to sit and relax lol.

      Do you grow much over winter? We aren’t able to grow alot.

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      • We do grow a fair bit. Lots of garlic, lots of potato onions and brassicas but that’s it. I’ve got some golf to tennis ball sized cabbage heads in the garden at the moment, lots of alliums, brussels sprouts, broccoli (leftover summer ones dribbling into flower which I’ll keep for seeds) and purple sprouting seeds sown but far too late for them I fear. Not much variety but lots of food still. Oh, and broad beans. I also have a bed with radishes, turnips and spinach with peas up the trellis. They may not work if the frost hits the flowers but it was worth trying.
        The greenhouse still has lots happening as I have heaps of open and closed tubs of water for thermal mass. The banana is keeping on, sweet potatoes vining their hearts out (but the leaves touching the walls are dying from the frost) and a few tomato plants going feral in greenery but only the yellow pear still fruiting. I’ve moved my chillies in to overwinter and dug up 2 yacon into pots to do the same. My taro are doing a Lazarus trick back from the neat powerfeed death my kids gave them and I’ve apple, almond and orange seedlings going crazy next to the 2 mango seedlings.
        It’s all experimental in there and I will see what works and what doesn’t. I plan also to try potatoes in pots on the back deck which will hopefully soon be enclosed in glass.
        I love winter gardening. No watering, a few weeds to pull at most and little insect damage too. Much easier. πŸ˜€
        And yes, Winter is a wonderful time to just sit and relax from food prep!

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      • That’s about what we have in ours over winter too but our glasshouse is not nearly as big as yours sounds.
        Interesting you are growing Taro, I can’t bear the stuff but it would be a great staple if you enjoyed it.
        It IS nice not have to water and weed, and have no insects lol

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  3. Thank you Wendy for the sideboard photo – it is just gorgeous and I love how you have all the beautiful and practical items arranged on it – and those tins! I love those tins!! I wish I lived closer to you so we could go bargain hunting together, I never get scores like that!

    Happy birthday for last Saturday – you align nicely with Mothers Day so ought to get doubly celebrated πŸ™‚ Remember though, age is just a number, the soul is eternally young πŸ™‚

    I love that shot of Roger and his best friend – blow it up and frame it and put it on that gorgeous side board, or beside the rusty heart he has made you. I love this man, he is one in a million and I am so happy you have him there beside you!!

    I’ve been enjoying the longer nights too. Like you listening to music [no fire though, but still nice and cosily warm] I’ve been crocheting like crazy and am finally back in the art room making those organisers – post soon!

    You deserve a nice quiet month or two after all your hard work. Have a great and creative time – I’m so looking forward to seeing all those shots that will get posted when the camera is no longer flat! xoxo

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    • Oh, I love this man too Pauline, he’s a darling πŸ™‚ There is another photo which I haven’t put on here which is just beautiful.

      Our “sideboard” is a cabinet we picked up for $30 and had nowhere to put it for 3 years, then a garage workbench we paid $20 for at a garage sale. It weighs a ton but we both really like it though Roger did think we were buying it as a workbench until we got it home πŸ™‚ It would be neat to go bargain hunting with you, we would have alot of fun!

      Enjoy getting back to your art, I look forward to seeing. I for one am happy to see this winter, I have great plans for it – all of which involve very little effort lol

      xx

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  4. Quiet time by the fire and I believe you deserve it since you have been working fo rmonths! Your sideboard is beautiful!! Aww…a wonderful picture of dog and man:-) I can’t imagine not having a dog in my home:-) I am very busy getting everything outside since we are in the spring of our growing season. I am so happy to see green + starting to eat fresh from the garden again! Happy Belated Mother’s day to you:-)

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  5. With the vinegar mother my guess is it’s like booch (kombucha) and you would just assemble a motley crew of apple peels etc. together and add water and float mother vinegar on top to hasten the process. I adore soup. My son calls it “foods last chance to be eaten” so I guess he is with Roger when it comes to soup ;). Looks like you have your Winter all planned out and I hope that you enjoy every minute of it, warm and blissfully happy with Syd and Roger. That last photo of them both is gorgeous. They say that you can tell a good man by how dogs, kids and old ladies react to them. Roger has a HUGE tick in the dog box already πŸ™‚ Hugs from frigid Sidmouth where I am attempting to hibernate pathetically and Earl and Bezial are doing the cold weather justice by hogging Brunhilda. Good to see (lazy) Pauline is back on those organisers… her give-away will be something to get excited about soon πŸ™‚

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    • Yes, I thought I could just throw more apples in and let it do it’s thing. I haven’t made enough but was also interested to see if I could use it for anything else (I suspect not, vinegar is vinegar!)

      It’s freezing here today too so a catch-up day with housework….all very exciting πŸ™‚ And making lots of things with eggs after discovering Roger left the freezer door ajar last night for the night….grrr! He is getting quiche for tea!

      I am looking forward to seeing her organisers too!

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      • You had frozen eggs? Sounds like Roger is going to get quiche for the next week ;). Pauline is very talented isn’t she? I am thinking about sending her those ribbons as I have no idea what to do with them (aside from wrap Earl up in them πŸ˜‰ )

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      • Try thawing them a few times and then re-freezing them and maybe dehydrating them after that…I will save them should I ever need to kill someone in a hurry πŸ˜‰ Don’t panic about the beans just yet…it isn’t as if our weather is conducive to beans on either side of the ditch at the moment πŸ˜‰

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  6. RT says:

    Despite the change of season, it seems as though you are busy as ever – just at different things! A bit of a slower pace after the action-packed harvest is welcome though.

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  7. What a lovely post! I can just imagine you out in the garden harvesting and then preparing food for storage as well as for meals. We are just entering spring as you are pulling up your garden. Stop by if you wish to see our garden as it grows.

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  8. I am sorry your peanuts didn’t take I know you were looking forward to seeing them grow. I love your sideboard! Enjoy the break from all your hard work you deserve it. It’s time to start planting here, June first, but like you it’s a muddy mess at the moment.

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    • Hi Lois πŸ™‚ Yes, I was looking forward to them but that’s the joy/frustrations of gardening I guess!
      I like my sideboard too but it wouldn’t be everyone’s taste I am sure πŸ™‚
      Enjoy your garden and brighter days, I know how much you will be looking forward to it.

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      • What I love about your sideboard is how natural it looks. Rustic yet so useful..

        I am looking forward to my garden and summer days. We planted peas and carrots on Mother’s Day and already the peas are coming up. You should have seen the little one when she saw the garden she began jumping for joy and had to drag everyone to the beds to show them. πŸ˜‰

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      • Those deer lol. I think each year I get better at keeping them away from my food. Hanging the old CDs and DVDs worked really well this year. I added lime to the garden beds and my granddaughter asked me why. I told her it was to add calcium to the soil and that it had an added benefit of keeping the animals from eating the plants. She looked and asked me why I didn’t put it on the hosta. Duh. We went right down and sprinkled lime on them. Of course then it poured but maybe I can save them this year by keeping them dusted.

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      • Wendy, you are very lucky not to have wildlife wanting your garden, but while they are a challenge to me I can’t wish them away because I enjoy seeing them. Just last night I sat outside in a bit of drizzling rain to watch a young doe sampling the wild weeds and some wild strawberries. She kept looking over at me but wasn’t in the least bit afraid of my presence.

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      • I would absolutely love to watch them too Lois and I envy America for it’s squirrels. I love squirrels and to have them in my garden would be wonderful!! We love the birds that come but there are only birds. Roger’s sister is a Nun in Brazil and she has wee monkeys and tortoises in her garden πŸ™‚ Unfortunately she can’t grow anything because of them just lots of banana trees.

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      • Wendy, each area has a downside to it. I can’t imagine monkeys in my yard but how cool that would be. I wouldn’t mind having banana trees though.

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      • Much more rewarding. πŸ™‚ I have been weeding the area in and around the bird feeder and there is one red winged black bird who will come over and sit on a branch above my head and yell at me because he wants to eat. It’s so funny watching him I usually end up moving back a bit so he will jump down and eat. I don’t want to think of how easily I would be manipulated by monkeys. πŸ™‚

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      • Oh god, so would I lol. I would be the neighbourhood crazy monkey lady!

        I love the fantails in the garden, cheeky friendly wee things. There used to be one that would follow us around leaping from branch to branch and coming very close to us but he moved on to better things, nicer garden maybe πŸ™‚

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  9. Dear Wendy to say you have nothing much to blog about this month.. Well you have been very productive.. Loved this post.. I love to see produce .. and hope the rain has dried up the mud… I know so well how constant rain ruins crops..
    Loved the photos.. of Man and his Best Friend… Shussssh I promise not to tell πŸ™‚
    And Can not fault you on the soup… Love home made soups…
    Enjoy your week… Hugs Sue

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