As our last lockdown ( hopefully ) come to an end, we've been busy trying to finish up a few projects before we go out and about. We've done as much as we can in our garden using what we have on hand. A trip to a couple of garden centres is high on our priority list to buy a few more plants.
Darren has installed a few new internal doors to the spare bedrooms. These were given to us almost a year ago for free. Now we need to do a bit of sanding then lots of painting.
Here's what else we've been up to -
* Baked three loaves of wholemeal bread with extra goodness.
* Made up a batch of dried seasoned bread crumbs. I added a small bag of extra crunchy corn flakes that were gifted to us. Hopefully the bread crumbs will be extra crunchy.
* Fed lots of garden snails to the chickens. I go snail hunting almost every day and seem to find so many. Better in the chicken's tummies that the snails eating my plants.
* Picked silverbeet, sugar snap peas and parsley from the garden.
* Found lots of self sown seedlings growing in the garden. I dug up quite a few forget me not seedlings and replanted them to fill in gaps around the garden.
* Filled up a thermos with leftover boiled water from the kettle when we boil it for our breakfast cuppas. This gives us enough boiled water for morning tea and sometimes afternoon tea. If we don't use it all for cuppas, it's used to cook veggies for dinner.
* Once again Woolworths over charged me for packets of tissues. When I pointed this out they gave me three packets for free and charged me the correct price for the others. I was also over charged for a 5 kilo bag of rice. When I returned it they gave it to me for free. That was worth $20 ( not that I would pay that much ). It certainly pays to check your receipt after shopping.
* Used cut up old socks to tie our standard roses to their garden stakes. The socks are sturdy but have some give which reduces damage to the plant stem.
* Over the last few weeks we've been mulching our garden for free. I asked on a local Facebook page about sourcing mulch that wasn't full of weed seeds. People gave me a few suggestions but they were out of our price range. A man who follows that page contacted me and offered as much mulch as I needed for free. He'd just had a tree chopped down and mulched by a contractor. We estimate the mulch we took was worth over $200. We've mulched just about all our garden beds and still have 8 big bags left. Such an amazing blessing.
* Darren juiced the last of the lemons off our tree. We've frozen the juice in ice cube trays.
* Baked whole orange cakes using oranges from the freezer. I made the cakes in various sizes to suit the occasion. Small ones are great for the grandbabies or to take to my card making group. Medium size is great for Darren and I over a couple of days. The larger one is good for having visitors or for when we visit other people.
|Sugar snap peas from the garden|
|Making my own from scratch.|
|Whole orange cakes|
|The apricots are growing fast.|