Wednesday, 20 September 2017

A walk in the park


The wartime rations continue, porridge is the staple for morning breakfast. I did some researching on line and during the 1940's, war in Australia, we weren't as harshly rationed as the Brits.  However, every one wanted to do their part for the war and agreed to do some rationing. We also had more choice as Australia did, at the time, grow a lot of it's own food and wasn't reliant on other countries to bring in food. 


While out and about, I managed to take a walk to one of our local gardens. We are currently in school holidays and the carnival of flowers is on show. This peacock display looked very fancy with all flowers.


They had a band playing some old time music and places where you could sit out to have a nice cold drink, which was needed today as the day did warm up.

I also was over at my garden 'lottie, and they were having their annual plant sale too. I didn't buy anything. There were a lot of people having a look as it was obviously a good day to be out and about. 


The carnival of flowers will run all week, so there's plenty of time to go and see all the flower gardens and displays. Just watch out for the Magpies.


I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.


Saturday, 16 September 2017

Mixed days


Spring has finally arrived here, although we did have some windy days at the beginning. I've dusted off the blog for Spring cleaning to start posting again. A lot has happened of late, although not much has changed.

I haven't been keeping track of the no spend challenge as there were a couple of weeks when I fell off the no spend wagon. I was mostly good and didn't spend too much but there was a little bit of 'comfort spending'.

With Spring around I decided I would try and finish my crazy quilt I've been working on for ages and ages, there's still plenty of embroidery to be done on it. I think it reflects the state of my life at the moment. 


I've been down to the kitchen garden 'lottie as much as I can be. I have harvest a few things from the plot, baby spinach leaves, and a row of baby beets. There's still cabbages and tomatoes growing and some carrots and radishes but I don't think they will do too well as the soil isn't that great so I might get some wonky looking carrots. 


The main new thing I've been doing is following the wartime rations from world war 2 during the 1940's. The meals have been very frugal, like this Oslo meal meant for lunch.


In other news, sadly, I had to give up Hilda and Lillian the chickens. Lillian turned out to be a rooster! Oh well, you live and learn, they both went to good homes. Lillian is now called Lee, which is hysterically funny as Lillian ( my grandmother and dad's mum) son is called Lee; he is dad's older brother. So funny. Hopefully one day I will be able to get more chickens. This time I know what to look out for to make sure I get Hens! 


I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

In and out

The living without challenge:  The challenge did have it's up and downs the last month, but I have managed to not spend unnecessary.



The past month I've been quiet, mostly driving around doing errands. 
The chickens are doing well and I am now letting them free range.  Although one of them has droopy tail and sitting, so it looks like she may be trying to get an egg out. I'll have to keep an eye on her.



I changed my allotment garden, which I think I'll just call the Victory garden for now. I had a path up the middle and all the plants squished in at the side. I spent the day filling in the path, levelling out the ground and planting everything in nice rows. This was before I watered everything and a few plants look a bit wilted. There's cabbage, beets, calendula's, tomatoes...tommy toe variety, carrots, zucchini, sweet potato, and some lettuce mix variety right at the back. I think planting it in rows looks more like a wartime victory garden. I also plan to plant flowers in between.



Back in the house... I've  been trying my hand at doing some different crochet projects, this is a new born baby sweater. I just have to get the sleeves finished. And I'm auditioning buttons here.  Not bad for a first effort trying to crochet a clothing item.


Although the weather has been unusually warm for winter, we did have a few days of cold. Cold enough for baked apples with hot custard after a dinner of silver side in white sauce and steamed vege. Old fashioned comfort food, nothing fancy.



I hope everyone has been having a good day or evening where ever you are.



Thursday, 22 June 2017

Cottage days



Day 62- Day 67: Living without. 
Although I have been buying necessary things for the chickens, I haven't broke the challenge by buying books and such. So I'm going okay so far. This far into the living without challenge has taught me it is impossible not to spend money. But it is possible to not spend on frivolous things.

Here, where I live, the days of Autumn have finished and we are moving into Winter. There have been some early frost on the ground and the temps at night have dropped. It’s not too cold but I suspect it may get colder eventually. I haven’t had a chance to get up to my ‘lottie to work on the ground but I hope to get there to plant out some winter crops like beans.


I've also received some snail mail from Texas to brighten up those chilly Winter days. Thank you, Michelle H.



One of the main things I did this week was to construct a bigger chicken run for Hilda and Lillian. I didn't want to pay out another $180 for a run to add on to the coop they already had. So I did a little thinking and then took a trip to my brother's place. He gave me an old plastic table...and the plan grew. I took a trip to bunnings and brought some chicken wire, which matched the wire in the chicken coop.


Then with some wire cutting, and help from my Aunt who lives across the road, we managed to get a cute little chicken run up for the girls. To make the run work I cut out a wire panel from the coop they already had so it could be placed into and just under the table. The entire finished coop isn't only cute but also pretty sturdy against predators.


They even have some fancy bling on their chicken cottage now. I plan to put some pot plants up on the table to weight it down and make it look pretty. I think the girls are happy with their deluxe chicken run. All up, the wire and ties cost me $25. Everything else came from my Aunt's shed.

In other news, I've also started to write in a journal again. I think it is important for me to write down things and get them out of my head. It's also good to record my days as well. Hopefully, one day, I can also record my egg collection, my garden harvest, and eventually what produce I can for my own one-day-home pantry.



I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.




Sunday, 18 June 2017

Days past


Day 40 - Day 62: Living without. 
I spent $246 this month. The largest expense being for a chicken coop for my chickens and a garden plot at the local community gardens (An allotment)

There were smaller expenses too for the chickens, including their feed and bedding.


We've had rain on and off this month, making the weather turn cold and more Winter like. I don't think we are going to get much of a cold Winter unless it turns. 
Most of the month began off hard with the flu hanging around and I had to have a couple of trips to the dentist. Let's just say that was rough.



During this time I had my first Etsy sale at Hilda and Lillian. Etsy took a long time to process the order and I couldn't send the order until they did. Still, it is my first sale.




One of my major buys this month was for a small garden plot at the Toowoomba Community Organic Gardens. I've attended a couple of meetings and find the group very helpful.


I've even dug up the plot and planted a few things out. At the moment I'm focusing on just turning the soil and getting it ready for planting.


The baby chickens I got in may are now big girls and I brought a coop for them. The coop is smaller than what I thought it would be, but it will do them for now.


I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.


Sunday, 28 May 2017

Little enjoyments


Day 30 - Day 40 : Living without.

The days have been particularly warm of late although the nights have been dropping down in temps. It's still been good weather overall and not at all like Autumn weather.

I'm still doing the Living without challenge and had at least two days where I had to stock up on a couple of craft items for the shop - some card blanks and more glue. Which was around $5 worth.

I also made up a frankencoop to put the chickies in out doors during the day.  The chicken wire and fencing came from the aunt who lives across the road. I already had the shade cloth. It works for now until I can buy a proper coop.


I've also been doing a bit of hand embroidery for the Etsy shop Hilda and Lillian I hope to have these up in the shop soon. I also have some new cards as well, of course all made from scrap and made with love. 


I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.


Friday, 19 May 2017

Rainy days


 Day 25 - Day 30 : Living without

I've spent $13.90 this week.  I posted an overseas letter. Brought some baby singlets on special to go in the shop at some point and paid Etsy for the shop listings.  This is the most I've spent since starting the Living without challenge.  I probably didn't need the baby singlets but I want to try something different with the shop and they were on special. 

I've updated my Etsy shop: Hilda and Lillian with practical but pretty items to use in the home and to send to friends.  All of the items use up scraps I have and items from my craft stash. As always  everything is handmade with love.

We've had some rain and it is supposed to be heavy until the weekend. Which means it is a good day to stay in doors and work on sewing projects. 


Also I'm now officially a proud chicky momma. A friend of my niece was giving away baby chickens (girls) to good homes and of course I said yes.  I'm not sure how I will go with them, it will all be a learning curve. This is there temporary home until I can get some proper bedding for them. 

Now what to name them? Hilda and Lillian? Lavender and Rosemary? We will see. Feel free to share any chicken baby raising tips with me if you have them.


I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.



A walk in the park

The wartime rations continue, porridge is the staple for morning breakfast. I did some researching on line and during the 1940's, w...