A journal of my favourite pastimes gardening, farming and sewing.

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Catch Up

So, another bleak day - feels like we're really getting our share this year.  Still there are a few bright spots in a day like this.

First, a great little woodstove to keep the house warm.

Some delightful bulbs flowering.  These are originally from my grandmother's last home, she had moved them with her and when she passed, my cousin and I lifted the bulbs to continue on the tradition.  Fortunately my mother was growing them too, because when we moved out here, my bulbs did not survive and she came to the rescue with these.

Of course, on a wet windy Sunday, there are the workers...Peter pruning and relocating blackberries.

Billy out and about.

And then there are the supervisors....


Days like these are a good opportunity to get some inside work done.  Overnight I made some more vegetable stock in the crock pot.  This morning I started freezing lemon juice.  We have an abundance of lemons at the moment and because we are going to Tasmania later this week, I doubt I'll have time to use the juice for lemon butter or lemon cordial.  So freezing is the best option for now.

The other thing I have done this morning is start off another batch of citrus cleaner.  These pieces of peel are orange, but when I prepare the lemons for juicing I'll peel them and add them to the mix.  This citrus cleaner is great for all sorts of surfaces and leaves a very nice sheen, and smell too.

The rest of the day I plan to do some tidying up (preparing for a visit from my mother!) and perhaps some sewing - I need to make another infinity scarf for Tasmania.  

So to work....

Monday, 24 June 2013

Scenic Rim 4 Real Milk

We have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Scenic Rim 4 Real milk which is produced right here in the Scenic Rim by a brave family who are fighting back against the demise of the family dairy farm.

So, the product hit the shops last week and interest has been high.  We finally got our hands on some of the milk late last week and I can say, we think it is delicious.  The milk is pasteurised but not homogenised and the result is a fully bodied, creamy milk, just like when we were kids.  Peter said his first taste took him back to the parade ground at primary school when we had the small glass bottles from the steel crates.

At the moment only full cream is available - in a 2 litre plastic bottle and a 750ml glass bottle - but they also expect to produce low fat milk in the future.  Whilst we have not regularly bought the $2 milk available at the supermarkets, we are definitely proud to be supporting our local farmers.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

A Cracking Winter's Day

We are so very fortunate to live here, even in winter our temps are in double figures and it is usually sunny.  While it gets cold at night, the days are glorious.

No doubt it will be a different scene when we head down to Tasmania in 2 weeks.  Temps there are much lower.

There is not much flowering in our garden at the moment.  Other houses around town have lovely grevilleas flowering but we don't have success with them here.  Callistemon and lilly pilly are much better for us as we have the heavy black soil clay.  We have had some very nice flowering of the callistemons in particular and of course they are very popular with the birdlife.  We recently bought some more tubestock from Mole River Station nursery http://www.molerivernursery.com/ when we attended ttp://www.farmonline.com.au/ earlier this month - we have been every year since we moved here in 2009.  Always a great, if tiring day.