Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter in the Australian bush, so many things to be grateful for...

 
We spent Easter camping!
 
 
We had a fantastic time, just being together and enjoying each others company. It was such a reminder of all the beautiful and wonderful things I have been blessed with as a wife and mother, and I am so very grateful for them all...
 
 
Card games at night by the campfire.
 
 
A husband who gets up at 4.30am in the dark to start a roaring fire and make a cooked breakfast so the children and I would be warm ( the nights and early mornings were FREEZING!)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Teenage boys who don't consider themselves too big or too cool to participate in games and Easter egg hunts with their little sisters, who are fantastic leaders and are always offering to help..
 
 

 
That we live in such a beautiful country with gorgeous animals that visited our campsite daily. ( Except maybe the moth, I kid you not it was the size of a bird and possibly could have carried off a small child...maybe...)
 
 
I am grateful that my family didn't make a fuss when we realised I have no experience cooking on a fire and though I had high hopes and was very enthusiastic, the only successful meals I produced were a chicken stew and a salad. We will not mention the cremated potatoes or the bread incident again...
 
 
Cuddles in the cold, by the fire...
 
 
This precious ray of sunshine, Who never fails to brighten our day!
 
 
Our gentle little sweetheart looking after everyone..
 
 
 
 
That at least one of them has the good sense to stay on the ground and keep their mother company. ( who happens to be terrified of heights)
 
 
And last but not least, I am grateful that after 18years my husband is still the love of my life and my very best friend...
 
I hope you all had a wonderful and truly blessed Easter...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Autumn in the garden...

 
We all spent a lovely day today in the garden, Autumn is underway and the weather is turning cooler. It's time to prepare the garden and vegie beds for our winter crops.
 
 
We pulled out the last of the rainbow chard, celery and basil. we also pulled up all the tomato plants saving the green tomatoes that wont ripen now, I think I'll make green tomato chutney!
 
 
Such a good helper weeding!
 
 
Collecting the green tomatoes before daddy pulls up the plants..
 
 
Turning over this bed with manure and compost, in a few weeks we will put broccoli here!
 
 
A little artistic inspiration from the outdoors!
 
 
Pat hard at work planting out the calendula seedlings we propagated along the sideway fence..
 
 
I cant wait to see them in a month or two!
 
 
Keeping it all neat and tidy...
 
 
Benjamin Bunny...
 
 
Our raspberries are an Autumn fruiting variety, we cant wait to eat them!
 
 
So many pumpkins! They should last us through winter. I love this time of year, the leaves will be turning very soon, and we can look forward to cosy afternoons with knitting or a book, evenings of family card or board games in snuggly pyjamas, hot water bottles in the beds and old fashioned, comforting home cooking...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Devonshire teas at the fair...

 
After baking hundreds of scones yesterday, the ladies of  the Country Women's Association Queanbeyan branch provided Devonshire teas at the local school fete, where they were celebrating their 150th birthday.
We worked so hard I am exhausted!
 
 
After several days of rain the weather was perfect for the day...
 
 
 
 
Mrs Evans looking ever so lovely, and Mrs Hamilton and Mrs Raine looking just as lovely working hard to serve so many scones it was ridiculous!
 
 
 
 
Someone I cannot forget to mention is my darling biggest boy, who volunteered his day to help us.
He was such a help, and worked so hard clearing and cleaning tables, refilling sugar bowls and milk jugs also lifting and carrying equipment.
Thankyou Josh...
 
 
We are so pleased, we raised a lot of money for C.W.A and were able to offer a generous donation to the school...