Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
I took Emma shopping yesterday as she had grown out of all her summer clothes from last year. At 12 1/2 she's at that in-between age which makes it difficult to find suitable clothing for her. All the children's departments in Target and Myer had clothes which were way too young looking and then you move to the ladies department and they all look too old!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Our first stop was the Vienna Patisserie at Yackandandah where we had a lovely morning tea in a very cute Austrian timber chalet. It was then off to Schmidt's Strawberry Winery to taste some of their wine and liqueur and salivate over their nice, ripe strawberries in the field.
We then ventured off to Beechworth where we had a look at the Beechworth Honey Experience. It's a very informative and interactive shop all about where honey comes from. Our accommodation for the night was at The Old Priory which is a wonderful old rambling building that used to be a convent and boarding school. We had a great time investigating all the rooms.
Some were up bright and early Thursday morning for their morning walk while others lazed around in their nice warm beds! The famous Beechworth Bakery was next on our itinerary and we actually had a talk from Tom O'Toole the owner. He's a very positive and inspirational speaker and we all came away in a much more positive frame of mind.
The Beechworth Blackworm Farm was also very interesting and Mal, the owner was very informative and passionate about his worms. The very quaint Stanley Pub was our choice for a very yummy and relaxed lunch. The photo of the hessian potato bag is bit risque, but we were all jealous of her abs and jugs!
A peaceful walk was then had around the gardens and buildings of the old Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum site. We were all in awe of the massive old trees. A quick final stop at the Beechworth Sweet Co. for some treats for the kids, big and small. On our way home through Albury, we stopped at Adamshurst to view some artworks painted by one of our members.
As you can see, we had a very busy couple of days. Now it's school holidays for 2 weeks, so we can all relax and unwind properly.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Tuesday's are a bit of a busy day for me.
Monday, September 22, 2008
I just wanted to show you what ridiculous weather we've been having lately. No wonder the poor farmers are tearing their hair out in frustration.
Gosh, what a weekend we just had! It flew by very quickly because we jam packed it full of stuff to do! Birthday boy, Ryan had a great night camping out with his mate Jack in their swags. The motorbike shows all the junk they had for it.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
This is what we've been up to so far today - spray painting a bike, lazing around in our pj's watching DVD's, and baking birthday cakes.
This is what Farmer Phil has been doing every morning this week - loading a truck with canola hay. This is hay that we baled last year after the season turned bad and we had to cut all the canola crops to make into hay instead of harvesting them for the grain. The trouble was that we sold all 600T to a hay dealer and he defaulted on the contract and didn't pay up. Luckily we still had all the hay stacked in our sheds, it's just taken us almost 12 months to find another buyer.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
My eldest son, Daniel left home in February 2007 to pursue a career as a jackaroo on a wheat/sheep property in south western NSW. He says that he likes his job, but more importantly he loves the area where he lives. I think that has something to do with his girlfriend, Ange!!
I wanted to show you some more of the menagerie here on the farm. These animals are VERY domesticated, as you can see from their sleeping arrangements on my bed! I've got 4 cats. They are Bella, Charlie, Poppy and Daisy.
I've had a few issues today trying to publish posts on Blogger. I made a mercy phone call to my big sister, Lisa to help sort it out. I'm glad she's been blogging for a while now and can tell me what I'm doing wrong. Here she is doing her thing on our recent holiday to Merimbula together.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The first picture is our outdoor setting with a glass table and the second is one of the lounge room windows. The picture of Jack in the previous post at the back door also shows some of the dust.
As I said in my first post, the BOM (Bureau of Meteorology) promised that we'd get between 10 and 30mm of rain over last weekend. Well, we ended up with 1.5mm in the rain gauge!! How wrong could they have got it!
All it did was make a huge mess. In the local newspaper today, there was a picture of all the townies lined up at the car wash to get their vehicle cleaned!!
I'll have to crank up the pressure cleaner tomorrow and get the house cleaned up.