I know I’ve been very quiet on the crocheting front but, believe me, things have been happening but I haven’t been able to post as they’re special gifts that I can’t disclose as yet 🙀 Hopefully I’ll be able to post soon.
In the meantime …..
After a very wet Sunday the sun came out today and lit up our lives and I was reminded of John Denver’s lovely song.
The grass looks greener, the colours of the flowers brighter and the world feels fresh and clean.
As autumn slowly makes its presence felt, the nights and mornings have had that nip in the air that encourages us to look for warmer clothing and think about finally putting summer clothes away.
Our solar hot water system has been cooling down overnight, giving us the hint that it’s time to light the slow combustion wood stove in the kitchen to boost the water temperature. The wood stove is connected by copper pipes to the solar system and works as our booster when there isn’t enough sunshine. It also works as our internal heating system as once we light it up it burns 24 hours a day and warms right through the house. There is nothing more comforting on a cold, wet winter’s day than to walk into the toasty warm house after being outside.
Usually we get a permit each year and collect our own wood, but over the past two years the location has become further and further away and the quality and quantity of usable wood has reduced. We decided to add the cost of firewood into our budget this year and had two tonne delivered a week ago. It took us two days to move it from the front yard in trailer loads and stack into the carport and into the covered area alongside. Hopefully it will be enough to get us through winter as the cost was a lot higher than we expected 🤔
With the sun shining brightly this morning I stepped out with my trusty camera ….
My Mother’s Day flower gifts from the past two years are both flowering, my pink birthday flowers are still producing, Gordon’s pansies have settled into their new beds in the courtyard, the bonzai azaleas are just starting to flower as the sunshine filters through the falling autumn grape leaves, lovely yellow grapefruit look as if they’re just about ready for me to turn them into delicious marmalade and the Washington Navel oranges are just starting to change colour. The fig tree, that decided it wants to grow under the grapevines, has pushed its way up and through the top of the pergola but still neglects to give us any figs. Each year Gordon says he’s going to cut it out, but it’s still persistently hanging in there. We also have another orange tree and a mandarin that will ripen over the next few months and take us through winter. The orange tree is a Valencia and it’s a great juicing orange that provides us with enough juice for homemade orange cordial for 12 months. I’m down to my last three bottles, which works out perfectly for this coming crop.
I didn’t take photos of our pears as they’re under insect/bird netting, but both trees have produced excellent crops this year (although somehow several birds have still found a way in to have a taste 😋) and they’re deliciously crisp and juicy. Have you ever eaten a pear straight off the tree? There is just no comparison to what you will buy in the shops or even at a local farmer’s market. Despite the work that’s involved (thank you Gordon!), that is the great thing about growing your own fruit and vegetables … the taste is amazing.
Gordon is currently planting his spring/summer vege garden with peas, beetroot, leeks, garlic, onions, cauliflour, broccoli, silverbeet, broad beans, potatoes, turnips, radish, lettuce and carrots. We also have an ongoing rhubarb patch which is looking bright and perky after this rain. Time to make an apple and rhubarb (or perhaps a pear and rhubarb) pie 😋
I ❤❤ the colours of autumn in our garden.