Winter Greens

We've had some interesting weather of late. Just before the big rain came in and at the end of autumn I planted half a row of beans and half a row of peas from seeds. Now I have baby peas and beans!
I'm looking at a lot of ideas for canning and for future canning projects I have been saving jars. But for now I'll admire how far the seeds have come and hope they grow more.

I also planted out winter carrots and these onions. It will be interesting to see how these grow too.

Speaking of things growing, I have been working away on my crazy quilt, piecing the foundation and I have one more row to finish. Then it is onto the equally longer task of stitching all those seams. I am glad I can do this tucked up in bed underneath the multicoloured quilt where I can stitch away on it and be warm at the same time. The book, I found at the thrift store last year, the pictures in it are lovely to look at and the story tells of two elderly sisters who embroider and applique a white cover on their bed.

Handy hints:
To discourage a new baking tin from rusting, rub it inside and out with lard and place it in an oven at moderate heat for forty-five minutes. When cool wipe thoroughly with a paper towel.
To remove rust from tinware, rub with half a raw potato that has been dipped in scouring powder. Rinse and then dry – ideally in an oven.


  1. Shiralee, we certainly have had our share of rain but it has made my cabbages and broccoli grow well so that is an upside of the rain I guess. Keep warm!


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