Monday, July 8, 2013
Well I finally get a spare moment to say Hi to Everyone again. Been ages since I last posted, so much has happened since then. Our beautiful little grand daughter Elena has had her first treatment for her little club feet starting the first consultation with the Specialist. They put casts on changing them every week for a new set. and then Drs did the little operation and put the next lot of casts on. By the 3rd week they had her in the boots and calipers. According to Mum she cried a lot that day which would have really unsettled everyone. Elena has to wear her boots 23hrs a day, only getting 1 hour to have her bath and a cuddle without the boots. Elena is looking more like her Italian side of the family with every photo I see of her. I finally have finished her Granny square baby blanket and a zigzag striped blanket and just need to give them a good wash and send them off to Brisbane. Never taken me this long to finish anything, lucky winter is not over yet. We did a quick trip up to the farm this past weekend, It sure was colder up there than here in Mulgoa. The frost sat on the windscreen you could not even see through it. We had to pour water over it to clear that up and turn the wipers on. The blades of grass were covered as well. no wonder I had to get an extra blanket out in the early morning. Having curtains up would have helped to but I feel while people can see in they are less likely to want to break in and steal as it looks like it's just a bed with a really long cover over it. It's what they can't see under the bed ... And as always I brought a few more supplies up and 20 bags of mushroom compost. I was hoping we would have stayed another day but no, he had appointments for Monday that could not wait. On Friday night just as we walked in from work and running around the whole afternoon with shopping, our neighbour/landlady was going into a panic again. One of her ewe's lamb was stuck in the birth canal and she was frantic yelling at her husband to do something. Poor bloke had to assist me pull out another of their lambs the week before too only the ewe would have no bar of that one afterwards, and so we learn from our mistakes. But hey Fernando had to help pin this one down for me again, first he had to set up some lights cause the ewe had chosen the worst dark spot to deliver her lamb. The feet and head were in the correct position and had been poking out just enough for me to grab hold of one leg first and pull a little to release the position just a little then grab both legs and pull him out. And what a whopper, he was huge no wonder mum just could not get him out by herself. Sy took to him straightaway ... So far they have 3 sets of twins and 4 singles and 2 ewes to go. We sold 2 and lost 2 old girls last year so this year we should only have 4 lambs with is just fine by me. Mr Rowan sure did a fine job servicing the neighbourhood's girls first before he made time for his own girls. So taking that into consideration we should start having babies by the weekend coming. There is a few more things I would like to share with you but that will have to wait till next time Hope everyone is keeping well Rina
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Sadly there comes a time for a send off for us all, nothing we can do about that. Here it is no different, animals are born and animals die, those are the facts of life. Harrry the rooster I blogged about a while ago passed on too. Now Dennis rule and Clyde the 2nd, being only a little silky rooster has to take second place. He has his two girls to look after. Sadly we said good bye to Remi the pony this morning. He was a gentle boy who love his carrots and apples. Remi was just a 12 hands tall if that. I found him standing inside the dam where he was halfway sunken in the mud and freezing water. Exactly how long he had been there was not known. But I know he was absolutely frozen. The Blond One with her long legs dragged him out with a rope and a material sling around his bum, a lot of shoving and pushing we finally get him out and walked him to the sheep shed. She washed his legs and belly, dried him off with old towels and wrapped him up in an old blanket taped up with packer's tape. I had by that time returned with 2 borrowed horse rugs/blankets that a kind hearted customer from our produce store, which she took out of the back of her ute, when she heard what had happened. Remi was very cosy with the rugs on and had by morning warmed up nicely. Remi had recovered enough to chomp on some apples and his Lucerne by night time. But when I visited with him the next morning he had a huge temperature and was down on his side, eye's glazed over and gasping for breath. It was over even before the vet had arrived. So all things come in 3's, and sadly that was once again proved correct. Friday evening Honey the tabby cat suffered a stroke, her back legs were affected and the emergency vet explained that it was really best to put her to sleep. And that was what The Blond One decided to do, it was her cat. Let's hope that all is well for a while:))
Sunday, April 28, 2013
. Welcome to Elena Grace, is she not the cutest little bub you seen for a long time. Not even 2 weeks old yet and already creeping into our hearts. What a peaceful little baby, she loves feeding time, and a light burping session, pooping and sleeping. Enjoys her bath time too. We drove up to Brisbane just to meet Elena and her Nonna Rina, yip Nonna is Italian for Grandma and would you believe it we even share the same name. Mom and Bub are doing well after a difficult birth. Dad Is taking it all in his stride, lending a helping hand with changing diapers, burping and soothing bab to sleep. One of Elena's favourite spots is sleeping on her dad's chest.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
How about 2 birds with one stone ... Easter weekend friends of our joined us at the farm with their 10 year old , which was great cause our grandson Luke is here for the holidays from Brisbane. Very little work got done for a change, except mowing the property and enclosing the doggie deck and bathroom for extra sleeping space. Turned out a very enjoyable weekend I must say. On the way back to Sydney we stopped off and did a spot of strawberry picking, yummm fresh strawberries. The boy's and myself went looking for fat earthworms for bait and I was impressed just how fat the worms were in the veggie patch. We went down to the river around 5pm not quite sunset when the water just came alive with fish. That gave Luke lots of time to learn how to cast his line thanks to Grandpa showing him the ropes. On his best cast he caught the first fish a small bass which was a kiss and release cause it was undersize. I caught a fair sized bass which we kept. in total 3 returned fish will have the chance to grow big. Luke was doing real well, we did have the odd sinker and hook get stuck in a snag and lost them. Today Luke and myself went fishing again at the Nepean River. We bought a packet of prawn bait to try out. And we used a float after Luke lost the second set of hook and sinker. But not to many nibbles at the bait , Except this Eal which was the last thing I wanted to catch. It was a lovely few hour we spent together with a packet of lamingtons and chips and a cold drink.
Monday, March 4, 2013
. Got the recipe from my friend Carelene, it is in afrikaans but below I have translated it for you. Now what is vetkoek I hear you say and how is it made. Wel it's very traditional for us South Africans and it easy as pie my friend assures me Using the same bread dough below or your own bread dough recipe. You need to deep fry small handfulls of dough you pinched off, pull and stretch it this way and that a little, drop it into hot oil and fry it until its just golden on oneside before turning it over on the other side. Drain on a few sheets of paper towel. you may serve it after it cooled down a little, with a curry savoury mince. Or with a little jam or marmite. A tip I always have a little oil in a bowl just to smear on my hands, it helps the dough not to stick to you. PETRA SE "GEEN KNIE"BROOD MAKLIKE ROER WITBROOD Jy kan sommer met jou huiswerk aan gaan met die brood ! Hier is die resep weer ... Toe verander my hele lewe met die resep! 7 koppies meel (Dis presies 1Kg)(Koekmeel) 4 Koppies Water(lou water) 2 teelepels sout 1 Pakkie suurdeeg.(10g) Meng alles goed deur, gooi in panne, laat rys, bak vir omtrent 1 uur tot gaar by 180°C Dis dit, niks knie, af knie nie, net meng goed deur, laat rys en bak. Ek gebruik nie heeltemal 4k water nie, anders is die deeg te loperig.... Okay nou for the english version of it NoKnead Bread/vetkoek 7 cups (1kg) of all purpose flour 4 cups of warm water 2 teaspoons salt 10g yeast Mix all the dry ingredients very well then add the water cup by cup stirring it in as you go. Work it a little to get all the dry ingredients blended in. I covered the bowl with cling wrap and folded it all nicely in a warm towel/blanket and set aside for 1 hr to rise. Meantime you could make a savoury curry mince and have it cooking and ready. Add oil to a big pot and have it just heated enough before you open the dough mix. saves time trying to do it all at once. turn the heat up to fry testing the heat with a little dough it should bounce right up when it's warm enough. (That last bit was for anyone not so knowledgable as some of you lovely ladies.) Hope you all had a lovely weekend Rina
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Black feathers tinged green in the sunlight, red comb redder than red, a fine specimen deserving a fine name Harry. His harem of assorted Matildas gathered close, submitting to his every whim, in return protected under black beaded eyes. Strutting around the place like He own it. Who could crow louder and clearer than Gentle Harry. Matildas have eggs to lay and chicks to hatch and bugs to catch. Life was just right here in his backyard. One fine day a new rooster peeped from under his mother's black wing, a whole new world out there Halve a dozen fluffy chicks learning the ways of being a chicken under Matildas watchful eye.Nothing rocks Big Harry's world
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sES6_OXPwOU Every person should take note and just have a listen to this video. it would be great if you could post this and pass the message on. and yes preppers are mentioned so they must also know who we are? are we on their list? We all know China has a one clild policy right sp how do the plan on reducing the population? http://joemiller.us/2012/10/lawsuit-epa-conducted-gas-chamber-like-experiments-on-elderly-infirm-at-university-of-north-carolina/ Old folk did seldom live to be "Old" and but with the medical help available now days they can easily fill up the aged care facilities and then they need care. Don't get me wrong I like oldies Or is it the homeless they are going to get rid off, the ones on the streets? the ones on deathrow? so who are these people. https://www.freeconferencecallhd.com/playback/?n=86-17-65-6733-49-12455777573-17-65-67-17-65-6793056-17-65-67%3B0NTk3Nzc0NTM%3D1 Chemtrail: Australian & New Zealand Geo-Engineering Protest shared a link. Sunday.This is a Must listen radio interview with Dane Wigington regarding the Methane release from the East Siberian Ice Shelf caused by Geo-Engineering - There is no greater issue facing mankind right now - We must ban Geo-Engineering now to give the planet a chance to heal itself. http://www.ameg.me/ Arctic Methane Emergency Group - The Arctic Sea Ice is collapsing as AMEG predic...ted. The heating implications are now massive for the region & for the whole planet which means we have a planetary emergency
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Apricots are in season here in Australia ATM and they are at a really good price too. We (I) just love jam made of apricots, there just has to be chunky bits of golden fruit in it. Spread on a little toast or a dollip of jam on a bread roll cut in half and baked in the oven till light golden yummm. As if I don't have anything better to do right now, when I should be cleaning the house, washing the last few loads and packing to go on holiday. Well I have decided to make us stick to the original plan and leave on Friday, Giving me enough time to make my jam and dry another batch of onion in the dehydrator and bake a tray of biccies to take with. Not head off half assed as hubby suggested as he has now finished what he had to do. Well that was an post I had started just before we left on our working holiday. And in all this rush I forgot to save the recipe, now I can't find it ... THAT WOULD BE RIGHT!!! ( you could wonder what the pic below has to do with any of this, well she's blabbering on sounds just like these rainbow lorikeets) UPDATE found the link ......
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
here And then another window had to be installed in the bedroom, it was 45 degrees and we were dying cause there was no breeze through the bedroom. Once again he wanted to go the easy way but then the window would not have been centre. I won that one. The red cedar cladding had to come off and replaced with cypress cladding. How we managed to get through all this work in 10 days I don't know but we did it.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013
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