The weather has been quite warm and humid over the last couple of weeks. During this time I try to find less strenuous jobs to do like decluttering, filling up cleaning spray bottles and tidying up a cupboard or two. At the end of the day I get great satisfaction knowing I've made my home cleaner, tidier and a little more thriftier.
Here's what we did this week around our home and garden -
* Scraped out some of the dirt from the chicken run and added it to a veggie garden bed. The soil level in the chicken run was getting too high. The dirt is a combination of grass, chicken poop and kitchen scraps that have composted down over a long period of time. I'll be letting this veggie bed rest for a while in case the added dirt is too strong for seedlings.
* Gratefully received a box of mixed lettuce. We gave lots to our chickens and the rest went into the compost bin.
* Sold a dishcloth to one of Jessica's friends.
* Gratefully received about 3 kilos of plums from my Dad. The weather was too hot to make them into jam so I frozen them for future use.
* Made two jars of pita chips using pita bread from the freezer.
* Gratefully received an ergonomic office chair and face masks from a friend. Darren is using the chair for his new job.
* Picked raspberries, a couple of lemons, beans, a zucchini and tomatoes from our garden.
* Dug up 13.3 kilos of potatoes from our veggie garden.
* Took up 3 pairs of jeans ( the legs were too long ). I also converted an old pair of jeans into shorts and added a decorative stitch to the edge of the shorts.
* Planted more bean and tomato seeds with the hope that they will grow and it's not too late for another crop. I've also sown lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprout seeds for Autumn planting.
* Made a quadruple batch of choc chip biscuit dough and a double batch of ANZAC biscuit dough. Some biscuits were baked to have with cups of tea and the rest of the dough was frozen for future baking.
* Gratefully received a tray of sausages that were leftover from a community meal. Darren cooked them on the bbq last night. Today I have both slow cookers going to make lots of sausage casserole. We will be having some for dinner tonight and the rest will be frozen into portions for 2 people.
* Darren and I tied up the raspberry plants growing a little wild behind one of our sheds. Now it's easier to pick the fruit without getting caught on the prickly canes.
* Darren fed the compost bins with kitchen scraps. He churns the contents quite often to help everything break down quickly.
* Picked up quite a few 500g trays of beef mince heavily reduced to $1.60 in Coles. Their regular price is $8. Each tray was divided in half and frozen. Each half ( 250g ) will feed 4 people or give us 2 meals. Such a blessing as I was getting low on beef mince.
|Our raspberries are finally ripening|
|World's smallest tomatoes - Tom Berries|
|The beans are growing.|
|The corn growing in leaps and bounds|
|Our meat bargain.|