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.


Floral Gingham Applique

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