Here it is April and is there any point posting my monthly nine for the last two months? I decided I would, for my own records. I am surprised by how quickly I forget what happened, when. I am not linking this post with the others but Linda from Greenhaven hosts the monthly nine round-up, having taken over from Christine who began the series a number of years ago and thought up the nine categories.
Rhubarb from the garden is always a delight to me. Mostly I bake it in the oven and serve it cold for breakfast – with yoghurt and seeds or rice porridge. Gluten free pizza is also a popular menu item at the moment. Valentine’s Day called for a heart shaped pizza. Perhaps the favourite ‘thing’ over the last two months has been capsicum stuffed with grated cheese, grated carrot, chopped tomato and some cooked or canned corn kernels, then baked in the oven until the capsicum looks cooked. Red capsicum is best but any will do. It is really delicious! We enjoyed various salads on the last warm days in February – and on a couple of occasions, carrot fritters, a tabbouleh made with brown rice, hummous and lovely in season watermelon. Talking of ‘in season’ I purchased superb organic unwaxed apples at local farmers markets during February and March. Cool nights in March inspired the making of soups. One weekend it was pea and bacon bone and another it was pumpkin, with enough of each to put some in the freezer.
in February we had the hawthorn bushes from along the front fence line of our country house removed. The photo shows a before and three after. In March we met with a garden designer and began planning our garden. We learned about the trees that are already on the property – and that they need a lot more water. A Chinese Elm, if watered well should help to provide some shade on the western side of the house, and some Manchurian Pear trees on the eastern side will do the same. By the end of March though, we had instructions for how to draw a plan, lots of ideas about what to plant, and some tips for soil preparation. So a long way to go yet.
We decided that the old tank we were going to dispose of would serve as a shelter for firewood. Some Besser Bricks were purchased, then placed inside the tank and covered with old iron that had been left on the property – all ready for a delivery of firewood. I also looked at my stash of fabric scraps to see what I could make with them and made a quilt.
At the country house I planted spinach, parsley, sweet peas and daffodil bulbs. All things I hope might survive and thrive without my having to be present everyday to water and nurture them. The city garden is in need of a tidy up. Some herbs are getting a bit rambunctious and lettuces have gone to seed. And the raspberry canes need cutting back.
We had lots of extra insulation put into the ceiling and under the floor of our country house. Ceiling fans with LED lights were also installed in four rooms. Solar panels are also being researched and costed and we applied and were successful in gaining permission for the maximum amount of solar panels allowed for our house.
I enjoyed making two outfits for two little sisters. The jacket was made from lovely soft Nani Iro knit fabric. This was lined and bound with a Cloud 9 organic cotton. Another fabric from this Cloud9 range was used for the front buttoning shirt. Pants were made from soft wide wale corduroy that I have been hoarding for a long time. Both were scraps left from other projects but were just enough to make these little duds.
I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon discovering the delights of Sydney Road, Brunswick, including live Italian music at the cafe were we lunched and a very pretty little french cafe that served delectable mini macaroons – I chose violet flavoured. YUM! I loved looking in the window of the Moroccan shop, and spent a long time browsing in a bookshop. I did wish some more of the fabric shops had been open but it was probably just as well they weren’t as I might not have been restrained enough to ‘just look’.
Thanks to my local library, I also discovered Instagram and got hooked.
Saturday mornings at Farmers’Markets have very much added to my sense of being part of a ‘community’. I really appreciate that they exist and hope to do my little bit to support the local growers and makers. Besides the produce is so much better quality than available in retail stores.
The birth of a new baby (end of Feb) and a birthday (March) were both causes for celebration. Meals out and with friends were enjoyed. Autumn is a beautiful time of year and it seemed that it came early this year. Before February finished we were well into an autumn weather pattern. I can take a lot of cool crisp mornings and sunny days!