Thursday, January 18, 2018

Setting up the Vegepod...and a lovely gift in the mail...


(web pic of Vegepod)
Sunday, 14th January - Gus assembled the Vegepod for me.  I think it took around 3 hours all up.  There was a bit of swearing and skun knuckles but otherwise it went smoothly.
Once he’d finished, I filled it with bags of potting mix and cow manure...
...then I planted (from back row) green peas, Lebanese cucumbers, beetroot and in the front, strawberries.
It has it’s own spray watering system.  Simply connect to hose and water for about 10 minutes each day.
I put it out in the sun then wheel it in under the pergola each night, as we have auto sprinklers that come on early each morning.  Please disregard all the dandelion weeds in our lawn! 
These are the bags of soil I used...
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With this hot spell of weather, I have left it in the shade today as it’s meznt to reach 43C today. Eek!
More flowers on my rose, but no more shoots yet for more buds yet...
Yesterday, I received this box in the mail from Annabel at The Bluebirds are nesting ...
She very kindly sent me some succulents to plant out from her collection.  Also included was a nice card, some magazine pages showing ways to make succulent wreaths and some parsley seeds too! 
I also moved my succs into the shade for today.  I know they like warm temps but I’d hate to lose them.  How berserk has the chamber pot on the right gone?
Hmmm, this is what we face today.  Hot again tomorrow before cooling off a bit on Saturday.  I hate this hot weather.  I think it’ll be a Woolies chook for dinner tonight!

Cheers - Joolz xx

End of December 2017 photo dump 2...


27/12/17 Beautiful sky, view from our back yard....
Dinner outside after a hot day...
Cous cous with orange, currants, capsicum and mint...
Dukkah crusted lamb cutlets...
29/12/17 Aperol Spritz

Relaxing at our beach house rental...
Egg & Bacon McDonald Muffin...
Chilling on the deck...
Barbecued smoked hotdogs...
30/12/17 - We had Angus's family Christmas at his sister's beach rental house.  We took these yummy little morsels.  Puff pastry, shredded cooked chicken, a small cube of camembert cheese and a dob of cranberry sauce.  Bake until puffed and bubbling.  Delicious!

We had oysters kilpatrick...
We had barbecued lobster tails!
Kirby and I made these desserts.  Whipped cream, smashed Gingernut biscuits, caramel sauce and almond praline on top...served in plastic wine glasses...
They went down a treat!
31/12/17 We drove around to the Five Mile...
Suspect clouds...it kept sprinkling with rain, then the sun would come out, then it would rain...
This is further around the beach where Brianna's boyf, Michael, was setting cray pots with his family.
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More to come...

Sunday, January 14, 2018

End of December 2017 photo dump...


As you know, Christmas day was a sad day for us as my mum passed away but we did have a nice few days up until that point...
Barbecued lamb...
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The chef in his spotted pinny! 
The cutest registered nurse you’ll ever see - she did 4 night shifts straight, over the Christmas weekend.  She’d brighten up any ward! 😘

I gave Gus a BBQ Smoker...
Haha! This pair (in Michael’s newly built home) - she bought him a drone and he bought her an R2D2 robot.  Tech nerds!
The look on Michael’s face was like an 8 year old boy! So happy!
We dined out for our Christmas lunch, just the four of us...
Back home after lunch, I iced the shortbread biscuits that had taken so long to finish.  I made the dough on the Sunday, a week before Christmas.  Mum got more unwell so baking was put off.  I baked them on the Wednesday before Christmas but didn’t ice them...

So they got the royal icing treatment and I threw coloured sugar, sugar balls and other Christmas crap at them...
...and they turned out perfect!  Delicious too...
Hot spinach dip in cob loaf....
We returned home on Boxing Day and I was thankful that I hadn’t put up my tree this year.  I pulled down the few ornaments I had around the place. Job done.  Back to work on Tuesday for a bit.  The staff sent this lovely bowl of flowers.  It is in a ceramic pot and saucer that I can plant more succulents in....
Kirby and Nate arrived home on Wednesday and it was a warm day so we did Weber pizzas that night and sat around the fire when the night cooled off.

....to be cont...

Friday, January 12, 2018

Busy week...

Ugh, we’re in for a sticky day here...it’s hot and windy outside already and I think there’s rain coming.

I was given some rhubarb by a client so I shared half with a staff member and stewed the rest.  

It stewed up beautifully, a lovely bright red colour.  I sweetened it just a bit with sugar. I have frozen it to make apple and rhubarb crumble or pies later.

Corn on the cob was out for .99c a cob so I grabbed 4 to pop in the freezer.  Much better than corn which has been canned overseas. 


I have discovered these little cans of sparkling water which taste like sparkling water but have a hint of lime. Very refreshing!


This morning, I made a banana, frozen blueberry (I froze several punnets that I got for $1.99 on special - they’re normally $3-5/punnet), medjool date, organic cacao, skim milk smoothie. Delicious!

That has got to be good for you!


Ominous clouds heralding a windy, dusty, muggy, messy day.  There’ll be lots of sweeping to do later!  Our lawns are looking lush - it’s amazing what working pop up sprinklers will do!  We had several that were broken and the grass was dead in patches.  We paid for a guy to come and repair them and hey presto! Green grass!  If you stand there long enough, you can watch it growing!

I hope you are able to stay cool today, wherever you are.  I can’t wait for the weekend - to set up that Vegepod!  I have bought beetroot, strawberries,  green peas and lebanese cucumbers.  I realise the peas and cukes may take over but it’s all about learning what’s good and how long it takes from planting to harvest.  I will also sow carrot seeds...

Cheers - Joolz xx
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