Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Any-one still there...........


If there is any one out there 
Hello.



I couldn't even begin to catch up on all that has happened since I last blogged.
So I will not even try..


 We have had some good rain this year so the garden is looking green.
The herbs are doing well in the vege patch but it is too hot to grow any thing else really.


We did get a wonderful crop of grapes this year, green grapes are my favorite.
There was plenty to share as well.


I have been filling in gaps in the garden beds....Lots of cuttings in September saw me able to start filling them up.



My favorite thing at the moment is edging...
I have always done the edges with my shovel and it is hard work. When we visited Tenterfield in September, we were visiting a garden and I asked how she got her edges so perfect.


Well she got her petrol edger out and showed me
and it was love at first sight.
Thankfully I have a son that works in a mower shop that was able to get one for me.
And I love it.....so easy to use...
I think those edges speak for themselves....hahaha


We are still doing markets and had a lot at the end of 2016, no
more now until March as we are having a break from them.


Opening our shop back up here has also kept us very busy, as 
it has been very busy. We only open 3 days a week...
Friday-we still have craft as well here
Saturday
Sunday.....I also have a business partner and she works Sundays for me.
Loving having my shop open again and sharing all I make and vintage treasures that I find.


Life is good and I am enjoying 
my little shop, my family is growing all the time.
We have 3 grand babies due this year.
God is good and has blessed me in so many ways.

Thanks for dropping by......

Mandy

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hello!

Spring is nearly here and I have been spending a lot of time in the garden.


Also taking cuttings and getting a head start with them in the glass house.


Bruce has been busy putting windows into our out door area. They can all open and will keep the rain out so we can still use this space.


We did a market in our little local town last week end.
It was a Heritage festival and there was lots to do..Bruce enjoyed taking the grandies on rides..
I think Harry loved it as well.



  I have had the crocheting bug and making every one rugs..
The one below I made Chloe for her birthday.



I prefer the long ones my self as I can use them more, but the round is very popular.


We had some great rain last night so I'm out to weed the garden....

Enjoy your week...
Mandy

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Welcome Phoebe.....

We welcome

Phoebe Margaret Storey
to our family....Sister to Mason, who thinks she is pretty special...

David, Karen, Mason & Phoebe

 Grand daughter No 4 and No 8 grandchild....Yep I'm pretty good...
hahaha



I tried to get in as many cuddles as I could while I was there
because I don't know when I will get back.
Look at that little rose bud mouth.


This boy here....what can I say!
So much like his Father....cheeky but yet so dam cute...


We did the tourist thing while in Charters Towers and went out to see the long horns....



A couple of cowboys I found....



Charters being a Gold mining town we thought we should give it a go...
And yes they found gold..


We went to Magnetic Island as well on the weekend...
Did I mention we had wonderful weather the whole time.




William and Mason love the beach and being able to swim in winter.


Then it was time to head back on the ferry, which Mason loved taking the car on the boat....


David sure is a proud Dad of his new little daughter and son......I am so proud of the Father Davis is and the caring husband he is as well, I know his Dad would be very proud of him as well.


 All too soon it was time to go home....



I guess I will have to plan another trip to see all my children again sometime.....

Until then I better look after the ones still living at home.....

Blessings 
Mandy

Monday, July 18, 2016

Where have I been the last 6 weeks

Not home...
The last 6 weeks has seen me out and about
a lot.


First I spent a couple of days with my Mum.
We went to the open gardens in Maleny. This was a feast for a gardeners eyes.


All these photos were taken in the one garden, after that I was so busy looking I forgot to take some photos.


Then we headed out to visit the girls out west.
First a overnight stop at Alanah & Cams in Dalby


And Charlie of course...This one is so cheeky, and look at those 
Blue eyes..


Then we moved on to Glen Morgan to Cassie and Ben's...
To what is my dream house....hahah.
We took over Ben's saddle making studio.


To the scapbooking studio... I took all my supplies out and Cassie and I had a great time getting some much needed scrapbooking done. I just happened to leave it all out there when I left, guess I will have to go back.




We got the old wood stove working as it was cold and wet out there.
I taught Cassie how to cook on the stove and it has been going since..


 Love these old stoves for cooking.


Jessica came for a visit to Cassie's as well.

Henry


Henry is growing so fast as are the girls.


Abby


Abby and Grace doing some painting like there Mum.

Grace

Hid and seek is always a favorite game with Uncle Will in the old homestead as there is so many places to hide.

Hide & seek

 Soon it was time to say goodbye to Cassie and head back home.


Another stop at Dalby on the way home for a couple of nights.

Charlie

Morning cuddles 
then back home for a little while...

Before long I got the phone call 
That number 8 grand child was here...
William & David

But you will have to wait to meet her until the next post.

Blessings
Mandy

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Food Forest...

I woke up to the sound of rain last night.
Not a lot but still better than none. It is so dry here that there isn't even any green pick for my chickens. Each morning I go out and weed and take them down so that they are getting there greens. We get 10 eggs a day from our 14 girls so I need to keep them happy.



We sell 3 cartons a week which pays for the grain so our eggs are free.
I am thinking we have to fence of the food forest and let them go in there where it is still green.


Well greener..
This area is slowly coming along and the trees getting some height on them.


We have at last count I think 36 different fruit trees/vines...The passion fruit has fruit on it and the citrus trees are loaded.


This is our 1 lonely pumpkin from a self set vine....we have already had 2 frosts so the vine isn't in good shape.





This mandarin tree has never done well, this year the fruit is dying on the tree..
Any suggestions at all? I think we may have to cut it down..

























I can't wait till the day when we won't have to buy any fruit at all....The fruit I do buy I get from our farmers market each Thursday when I'm there....At the moment we can't get enough of the Stanthorpe apples. Plus our bananas, which are the best of coarse....


Well I better be going and packing for the markets.....

Blessings
Mandy