This was going to be a weekending post, but since I have no weekend pics – literally zero, zilch I decided to make it a ‘things Ive done’ post instead.
Things I do that me me, well, me. Bits of my life that define me and how I live.
I love to cook, Im not sure I’m a great cook, serviceable for family meals may be. We are passionate about trying to make our foods wholesome, tasty and healthy. And budget friendly. We are not vegetarian but we do aim to be low gluten wherever possible. I have a Thermomix which I love. Its not a ‘solve all’ that many expect but it does exactly what it says it can do and within those boundaries its great. I’m particularly fond of its risotto making capabilities!
So yeah, I cook (and currently take bad Instagram pics as I’m still sans camera) In order you are looking at; Crockpot cooked chicken, the stock made from it, banana apricot cake, black bean brownies – which are madams current favourite sweet treat.
Hubbies favourite healty treat – raw food date and coco balls
When I’m not toddler wrangling I can be found in the garden and I also try to run at least twice a week – try being the most telling word in that sentence. Before you go away and go ‘wow she runs’ I will admit I’m no ‘runner’. I jog at best and its a slow huffy puffy affair where I look like Im working extremely hard while not really going anywhere. Low points include realising that the dog is trotting, really trotting – no panting or tongue lolling in sight, along side me, and being overtaking by a 60+ something OAP who politely encouraged me to ‘keep it up girlie, your doing great’ as he sailed past.
The garden is a happy place for us all. We have a decent sized plot which keeps us (me) busy. We are extremely fortunate that we have enough grazing for our mini – supplemented by a little feed and occasional visits to friends for R and R. Since we moved in 3 years ago there have been loads of changes and hubby built 5 raised veggie beds out the back as well as 2 by the back door. We inherited a lot of ‘borders’ which I’m learning to fill in and look after in a low maintenance high colour way (its a steep learning curve that Im not on the top of yet!).
Some of our other garden projects include re-seeding areas of muddy/weedy grass, re-stoning by the sleep out and moving the path boundary. Not to mention relaying and edging the driveway.
I have firmly advised hubby that the edging (with washed river boulders) is his job!
This weekend we had a lovely morning at the local wildlife park on saturday (in between rain showers) and a quiet afternoon as hubby was working. On sunday Moo and I drove out to Oxford for the weekly market and a garage sale trail which was a great laugh. She behaved so well all morning, tripping form one garage sale to the next, looking for treasures. Our haul included a couple of wicker baskets, a bread board, tray and lovely table centre with hand embroidery.
I do love a good garage sale/bargain hunt. After mum died I realised that despite the best efforts of myself while I was there to see her (for a week with a high needs baby) and by my awesome uncle and his wife after her passing, many of the ‘treasures’ that made up her home had found new homes with other people, bypassing them and me completely.The family china and silverware included.
It doesn’t bother me in the sense of possession. It just saddens me that some of the ‘old’ and ‘loved’ bits and pieces I remember from her home have missed out on furnishing our cupboards and tables. So I’m trying to rectify that in the way my mum did for so much stuff. Little by little finding treasures for a bargain. Bits and pieces that remind me of my childhood. Not to mention finding our own new treasures and memories.
Oh and in other news …. we are going to be going to Fiji on holiday in September, YAY. Can’t wait!
Sorry bombshell to end on, more later 🙂