Sunday, 29 December 2013

Busy days

A busy few days with a few snaps from my phone.  I love to get out and about and visit local attractions, below is the lake at daylesford such a beautiful spot for a picnic , there is a cute little book shop to browse through while your there. 
      We visited a couple of local lavender farms, Yulong above .
We had barbecues with relatives 
I have never been this close to the wind farm we stopped to listen if they made noise, we could hear a light noise but not much there were so many turbines. 
Beautiful sunsets
Naughty puppy dogs who are told to get of the new couch so just to let me know who is boss they climb on table instead and sit and stare at me as if to say so there.
My cousin on the left had a new baby girl Madisyn PInk and she is just the cutest 
Local Spanish cafe I found serves churro's yay. 
This is the second lavender farm we visited lavendula.
Also collected mineral water from Hepburn springs 
Lavender drying, I watched while they picked lavender today as last year I killed most of mine as I pruned them way to hard. So this year I'm planting all new bushes, I love lavender maybe next year my pergola will look like this with lavender drying from the roof

Yep I can see it now 
Happy holidays everyone x

Monday, 23 December 2013

Merry Christmas to all

 I just popped in to say Merry Christmas to my bloggy friends hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy and safe New Year. Here are a few pictures from around my home the last week.
We had a beautiful full moon, also some very hot 35 degree days.
 This Christmas cactus my Mother gave me it has flowered every christmas, I dont even know how old the plant is but Mum has been gone 2 years now and she was sick for 5 before that so its doing pretty good , the flowers are huge.

 Now once again my eldest daughter is back home and in earlier posts I have probably mentioned that she is a tad on the lazy side. Well I dont know what has happened but she has had a turn around, she now is cooking meals, cleaning helping with the kids and low and behold look what she did for me for Xmas {its not finished} she bought a pond and dug it into the garden for me....... please pick me up of the floor. This is a girl who has never been into the shed .

 Apples forming, this tree I dont want to prune as I use it to shelter the chooks to keep them cool on those hot days.
 It shelters the whole pen its wonderful
 Cats sure do have a life, laying around just waiting for food.

 Little Milly always at my feet.
 Im having a problem with little beetles eating my strawberries, Im not happy.
Although the whole top of my freezer is full of loganberries and Ive given containers away of them.
 I have tried to stay in hibernation this last week, Im not fond of Christmas crowds and shopping the car parks are insane. My father had to get his brakes done on his car so I had to take him to do a couple of messages , on my way I stopped at the opp shop and picked this up brand new for $4.00 I know my kids love these and it was a hit for the breakfast sleepover.

 Those hot days we had I bought our rabbits inside and Miss Neve had 4 baby bunnies in the kitchen.
Photos will be in later posts.

 Now , see this garlic HANGING from my balcony. Well my Dad was telling me he heard on the radio how hard it is to get Australian garlic in the supermarket.
I was telling my eldest daughter this , I said I dont know why as its so easy to grow, she then said " yeah how do you grow yours so well from the roof"......... um you didnt just say that nooooooo
from the roof,  I could not believe my ears. I said its hanging there to dry out didnt you see me platting it lol.
 With Christmas comes visiting friends and family. recently we went to visit a friend who had some new pets.
This little piggy "George" was adorable, he is house trained , sits on your knee, opens the back door himself. He is the most beautiful little pet.
 India loved their turtle Sheldon, I think I would rather the piggy.
A friend also bought over one of their little puppies for us to watch , aw how sweet is she. 

 Christmas ham just glazed with lime and macadamias
 One of Teneales delicious dinners she has been cooking, marinated lamb, pilaff, and fresh freens
 Trifle ready for Christmas
 Chicken sausage rolls for nibblies Christmas Eve.
 Gladi`s in abundance at the moment

 Grape vines, does anybody preserve these, I think I would like to give it a go.
 Samson is getting a tad noisy. these belgiums are great free rangers they havnt destroyed the garden at all. I think their fluffy feet prevent them from doing so.

First time ever I made egg nog, this version is alcoholic, and extremely yummy.
I made non alcoholic for the kids.
Well thats my week, no rushing around in supermarkets, I did and early shop yesterday so no crouds.
No last minute gifts, this year is much more simple and stress free, pottering around at home.
Im of to do some cooking, so I hope everybody enjoys the next few days xx

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

So Proud

 My Baby graduated from grade 6 yesterday, it was hard to hold back the tears. I told him in the morning I may cry, his comment oh no how embarassing.
He did such a good job of his speech and spoke clear and loud, we were all shocked how well he spoke.

 Tyler and India who graduated the year before.
Tyler has had an awesome year at primary school this year, he has made so many friends and is quite sad to move on to secondary school as they will be all going to different schools, but I said not to worry there will be weekends of sleep overs and pool visits [ he spends all his summer at the pool he loves it}
 My little family who I adore, my Mum would be so proud.
 Tyler and his little friend who we helped to get ready, my two girls are a wizz with hairstyles.
He is such a gentleman with the girls when I was taking Maddi home he opened the door for her. I thought aw how beautiful {and thats how it should be} I think living with three girls he has picked up how to charm them, and he certainly can.
 He is a bit a clown, but charming and he is also a handful at times and can really drive you bonkers

 I love that he has made such lovely friends that Im sure he will always have
 Congratulations my beautiful boy, onto the next chapter of your life..... secondary school

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