Boy, these holidays have been busy. I had grand plans to spend some serious time decluttering the spare room, and cleaning out the kitchen cupboards (I did do a light cull of the tupperware and cookware), but alas, I ran out of time. We’ve had friends and family to visit, a trip to town to do a big shop, and a beach break as well, so I’m hardly in a place to complain, but we have only had q three days all holidays with nothing on. We need a break from our holidays!
Our garden has all but finished it’s summer harvest. We dug out the potatoes over the long weekend, and Hannah collected the worms. We have several boxes of potatoes sitting on our outdoor shelf ready to eat over the coming months! I think potatoes are my favourite vegetable.
Speaking of our beach break, it was lovely! We stayed in Narooma and got upgraded from the standard cabin, to the 3 bedroom deluxe spa model. We lived it up with the kids enjoying a deep spa every night (no tank water to worry about). One of the downsides of farm life is that there isn’t much down time, so a few nights away is always welcome.
We went for a drive down to Tilba one day so that the kids could fan girl about River Cottage Australia. I bought some cheese and we enjoyed a cheese platter for dinner that night. On the scenic route home, I saw this super cute roadside store. I really wish we had a little more through traffic here so that we could set up something similar.
Our good friends down the road have a lot of ducks that need eating, and we have a few pigs that need eating, so we are planning a sausage making day once the weather gets colder. Pork and duck sausages. I’m thinking up flavour combinations to go with them such as ginger and five spice for a slight asian twist, or sour cherry for a more european vibe. Last time we made sausages we bought a pre mix seasoning, though it turned out too salty for our liking. This time I’m thinking we will go completely from scratch. So many fun ideas!
It has rained! I probably should have written that first, because it is such a relief. The land has gone from dry and dusty and brown, to green and muddy. What a transformation! Our water tanks are getting fuller too!
We have been talking about building a wood fired pizza oven and a fire pit behind our house. We’ve walked around the yard trying to find the best spot to put it, and are debating the set up. Next up, I need to research the best way to make the pizza oven. It should be a fun project to get going.
We are heading into a few busy weeks again, but I’m looking forward to cosy evenings in front of the fire. I’ve finished reading Harry Potter number 4 to the girls. Hannah has taken on number 5 herself. I will have to find another book to read to them. It’s such a good thing to do together.
What have you been up to lately? Got any sausage making advice? Made a pizza oven? What should we read to the girls next?