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.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Things are happening here!

Wow! What a week we've had here so far.

Hubby has finally found work again....He was originally successful for a similar position at the same mine he was laid off from working at in Mackay...and would be starting soon....but the very next day he received a phone call from Ulan Coal Mining to ask if he was still interested in the Mining Trainee-ship (the one he turned down 3 months ago because he already had a plane ticket to go to Mackay for work). The gentleman said that the Trainee-ship was still available for him...If he wanted it! ...

Of course he was over the moon and accepted it immediately, and to top off the good news.....our neighbour across the road has already arranged accommodation with her best friend. (At least until he finds a house with other work mates)......It just doesn't get any better than this. Thanks Maureen! Thanks Ulan Coal man!

To think it all began like this.........Saturday started with attending the gardening course.....Sunday meeting up with Rose who has her own blog called Greening the Rose, AND is another Down to Earth forum Moderator like me. Rose had a special friend all the way from Cornwall for the weekend.....I have known Pippa for a while now through the same forum, but never imagined I would be lucky to meet her in person.

Pippa, Rose and me
Monday was a total wash for me struggling with pain....but with rest after my new medication was doubled...I was able to cope better. I hate changing medications and trying to find the correct dose....it really upsets all the things I need to be doing.

Tuesday (today) has been a bit of a breakthrough with meds, as I baked Rhonda's Whole Orange Cake into muffin sizes for the community garden...but done a double batch so I had some for home too.

 I also peeled and chopped a triple batch of tomatoes and onions for Aunty Shirl's Tomato Relish (another post to come).......
The beginnings of Aunty Shirl's Tomato Relish

.......and that was all before going to our local Community Garden and planting out a bed of Banana Capsicum.....some Apple Cucumber plants and some Strawberry runners....and once home I finished making some fruit cordial......which I will strain tomorrow.......
Fruit cordial
Then preparing tea without going for a lye down beforehand.....
Oh, and after tea....I blanched the beans I got from the garden.

Yes! Today was definitely a good day.......Lets hope the rest of the week is the same or even better!


  1. Yeah! I am super grateful for ya'll that hubby has work! Looks like you are one productive lady! Melissa

  2. what a lovely photo of you, Pippa and Rose. That's wonderful news about your hubby too.

  3. That's great to read about your hubby's new job! Nice photo of you and your friends. I see you've been busy in the kitchen again :).

  4. Re Aunty Shirl's Tomato Relish

    Have you already posted the recipe or is it still to come.
    I would be very interested in seeing it.

  5. Congratulations on the job - excellent news. It must be a relief. I have to say, you totally amaze me with how much you get done. Look after yourself, xxox

  6. Thanks everyone....the Relish is almost cooked, once it is bottled, I will do a post on it with pictures included. I also have a very small trial batch of Strawberry Guava Jam happening too...so check back soon.

  7. Wonderful news of your husband´s job. You certainly had a busy and varied day.

  8. OH!!! Such a beautiful picture! What I wouldn't give to be there to have a cuppa with you all :) XO

  9. gosh - sometimes I am exhausted after reading all you do in one day! so glad your hubby's work is sorted out.

  10. sounds like a very productive day! looking forward to the relish recipe :)

  11. I am so glad your man has found work again, and closer to home.. I'm tickled pink you got to meet Pip, something a wee bit special. Now.. this is the pot calling the kettle black, but just because you have one days break through with the meds, doesn't mean one does everything in one day :-)

  12. I'm glad everything is falling into place for hubby. It must have been so nice to meet Rose. She seems like a good person to know!


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