Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Saturday, March 19, 2011

apple cider & dishcloth nearly done

It's absolutely pouring buckets and buckets of rain today. There was no point going to the local markets today. The 3 water tanks are over flowing. In the midst of the heavier downpours the tanks cannot cope and the overflow is pouring and going everywhere. While I like the thought of the tanks being full to the brim, I also wonder about the younger seedlings in the garden....so today the rain is bittersweet. 

On a plus, because of the rain, I am staying indoors, and because of my aches and pains today has been one of those slow days. However, I did make an apple cider ..not starting from scratch, but one from a 2 litre bottle of Apple Juice......

It is so simple.....
Take a 2 litre Apple Juice, pour yourself a glass of juice to drink.....leaving space in the top of the container. With a soda bottle lid, carefully just cover the base of the lid with bakers yeast. 
I poured mine into the teaspoon to show you, just how little amount you need....
Now pour that yeast into the apple juice.
Put the lid on the container, give it a shake to dissolve the yeast, 
and store on the cupboard for a day or two...If it is a warm day, I would check the cider the following day...Yes, it can be that quick. If the weather is a bit cooler, you may need to wait another day or so, 
but do check it daily.
 Remember, yeast ferments and eats away at the sugars......the longer you wait, the dryer the cider. 
If you prefer a sweet cider....only leave it a day or two to ferment.
 If you prefer a dryer cider, wait a week or so, but I warn you, It will be dry dry dry!!! 

The family all love this sweet cider drink....if you leave it to ferment, it will turn alcoholic, but we like it as a young brew...You will not know the difference from the shop Sparkling Apple Cider or Sparkling Apple Juice...In the shops its name is something like that.
I challenge you to make you own
Quick Sparkling Apple Cider....
and come back and tell me all about it. 

A day of not achieving much, but sitting watching an earlier recorded program called The Victorian Farm. I love this documentary. If you get a chance, you should look it up. It's an excellent program based on living the life of a Victorian farmer in the Victorian period.

I bet your wondering, when is she going to show us that dishcloth she is making? Well the time has come......it's not finished, as I pre-warned....it's not perfect, but I wasn't aiming for perfect. I think it's going to be a good dishcloth, especially for a first knitting project.

38 rows finished

Mum also took up the challenge
and is inspired  making her want her own dishcloths
for her little unit behind our home.
Below is the one she has knitted.
Dishcloth completed by my mother


  1. What a good job Narelle! And good on Narelle's Mum.

  2. Thanks Rose, I'm trying, and that's what counts....I will make more, because I know how long they are going to last...Another step in the right direction!!


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