We have had beautiful Autumn weather here in Melbourne this week. Our fruit trees are gradually losing their leaves and I've started feeding them into the compost bin.
Here's what else we've been up to -
* Dried all the washing on the line and clothes horses.
* Made a bottle of double strength Miracle Spray.
* Decanted a large batch of homemade laundry liquid into 2 litre bottles and diluted it ready for use. I have a couple of people saving their vinegar bottles for this use. It makes it so much easier to use the smaller bottles than going outside to the large bucket, stirring it, getting my hands all soapy then decanting. If I get enough bottles I should be able to decant it all the next time I make it.
* Picked silverbeet for quite a few meals as well as lettuce from our garden. I also found another 3 feijoas on the ground. You can bet I really enjoyed eating them and will have to wait another 11 - 12 months to taste them again.
* Saved the shower warm up water, washing machine water and drink bottle water to reuse around the house and garden.
* Mended a pair of rubber gloves I use for my cleaning jobs. They developed a small hole that was letting water in ( not good for toilet cleaning ). I turned them inside out and placed a couple of pieces of duct / electrical tape over the hole. So far it's worked really well.
* Gratefully received cherry tomatoes and limes from a couple of friends.
* Turned our landline phone handset off at the power point overnight. It was fully charged anyway and doesn't need to be plugged 24 / 7 to work.
* Dug up the last of the potatoes in our veggie garden. We didn't get as many as expected but are very grateful for the 2.1 kg. We haven't needed to buy potatoes since December last year and this latest lot will last until the end of the month. We can't wait to plant many more next Spring.
* Poured the contents of travel sized shampoo and conditioner bottles into our large ones. These little bottles were from our trip to Tasmania last December.
* Fed lots of weeds, old bread and a very deformed pear to the chickens. They've are a little on the fussy side when it comes to kitchen scraps but they have taken a liking to pears.
* Cooked a double portion of tuna pasta bake which usually serves 8 people. The plan was to eat one meal for the 2 of us that night and put 3 meals ( 6 portions ) into the freezer. I added a couple of finely grated carrots and 3 large silverbeet leaves to make it a more well rounded meal. When I portioned it all out, I ended up with 11 serves, 9 of which went into the freezer. I guess I won't need to cook tuna pasta bake for a while.
* Darren emptied a compost bin into the veggie garden and also placed some around the base of a few fruit trees.
Here are a few photos from our garden
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