Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A Day Out.......

Yesterday (Tuesday) I went out to
Jimbour Homestead
for the 
Women in Ag Day.


It rained all the way out there and home again.
But yet not once while we picnicked under the fig tree in the gardens.

We had a fashion parade, and the guest speaker was very good.
And I am so sorry I have forgotten her name. We sat at the same table and had a good chat and I still can't remember. Well she was inspiring...




What an amazing day this was.
I met up there with all 4 of my daughters which made it extra special.


My eldest daughter Jessica had a stall out there as well with
her candles.


I must say that her stall was the most pretty there.
This girl has style, took some greenery and transformed the gazebo.
The table Jess made all on her own as well.
Jess's range of pure soy candles are called Jersey. The name was a nick name from her friends
as a child.


Vegetable Garden
The vege garden was inspiring but a lot of work as well I bet.
This is the entrance and the hedge is Olives.....
Loved that and really want a hedge of olives now....hahaha


I also love the way they have trellised the tomatoes
How easy would these be to pick, and you could plant lettuce under them mid summer.
..



 Billy and I enjoyed this part of the garden the most...He loves eating and I love growing things.
We are a perfect team......



Such an inspiring day...
Felt good to get out with my girls, enjoy good company meet amazing people.
And drink good wine hahaha


Blessings to all

Mandy

Thursday, October 11, 2018

SPRING IS HERE....


Hello and welcome to those still here....



 Winter has been very dry with not much rain at all, but Spring has lived up to it"s name.
We have now had 50mls in the last 2 weeks.
There is new growth every where and the grass is turning green once again...


This year we entered our garden in the Lockyer Valley Garden Comp. 


We were so excited when we came 2nd in two categories..
Large rural garden
and
First time entrant.
It sure made all the hard work worth it....I am already planning next year......


With Spring comes Spring cleaning. I remember when all the kids were little and at home it was a real ritual here. September holidays we would clean the house from top to bottom. 
Now I have to do it myself hahaha.


This was the first room to get done. The spare room.
We also now rent this room out on 
Airbnb
Through the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers both our Airbnbs were booked out 10 days straight.
A nice way to make some money that I must admit I spend most of it on plants.


How is all your spring cleaning going?
Below are the Elder flowers. They have been in since Jan this year and boy o boy are they growing.
I will be giving Elder flower cordial a go soon with all those blooms on them.


The veranda has had a good clean as well.
I love my dog but Molly sure does leave a lot of hair around...
Today she gets a hair cut so that should help with the shaggy rug.


I hope you all enjoy your day..

Blessings
Mandy

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Winter time.....



Well it's that time of the year when the stove is lit and keeping us warm....

Something about Winter makes me all homely and content to stay indoors baking.



I have my sour dough up and going and baking bread every day is a job I love....
So do my hips!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Heading out to visit my girls after work today and will be taking my sour dough with me...
Really can't trust the boys to feed it.



This photo is all about love.
Cousin love 
Friend love
and Grandma loves it..


 Every morning I enjoy a cuppa with the crazies on the farm....
These 2 aren't sure what the are.
Human
Dog
Cat
duck
but surely not chooks, so we won't tell them.
They roost at the top of the orange tree every night, chickens are rain forest animals.
So apparently trees are where they feel safe. I can not keep these two in the hen house so the yard is there domain.




I hope you are enjoying the slower rhythm of winter, and enjoying the
cold nights by the fire.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Easter......

I'm sure every blog starts the same....It's been awhile since I was on here....
Hahahaha true though...

This Easter 
Bruce, Robbie, Will and myself drove over night up to Charters Towers
to see No 1 son....We got there in time for Breakfast Good Friday...





Had a wonderful time having all 3 sons together, this is something that I love and never happens near enough..
Phoebe and Mason are growing up so fast, and I had lots of granny time with them.
My little Mason is the most lovable affectionate little boy, he always is giving me cuddles and I miss them already.


This one is the spitting image of her Dad..And only has eyes for her Dad as
well....So much fun to be able to spend time loving on grandchildren isn't it...


Maddy turned 1 in March


I still call her our Miracle baby, not a day goes by when
I am not thankful for how perfect she is.
God is good.


And in exciting news
I got a new car....The kids nearly had a fit when i got it
and still tease me about it....This is not a people mover its a furniture mover hahaha.
With The Old Dairy shop jumping ahead in leaps and bounds I needed a bigger vehicle to fit
more in....It will get its first real road test this week as hopefully we are heading down to Tenterfield.



The gardens are looking lovely though dry, Bruce put a little tank on
the cubby to catch more rain water. It is so cute looks like it's always been there.


The Elder flowers are doing so well, can't wait to make elder flower cordial next summer.
And wine too..


Until next time...

Mandy

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Christmas 2017

Wow 2017 is nearly gone.....


Christmas has been and gone, the children have all packed up and gone..
We had a wonderful Christmas, wish I had more photos to share but I was having too much fun and forgot to take many photos. I know my girls took heaps so I will have to wait until they send them too me.


It was so lovely to have all my children and grandchildren here together for the first time in a very long time.


The outdoor bathroom got a real work out and is now a great addition to the farm here.
As you can see the tub fits 7!


Christmas day was very hot so lunch was set up inside.
23 adults
and 11 children


Now the house is too quiet with every one gone...
I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas with family and friends.....


Mandy

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Welcome Billy.........

This day last month I was on the road to go and be with
Cassie who was due to have her first baby..
Time flies



We welcomed William Reginald Robinson(Billy)
7lb 14oz on the 5/10/17 


Very proud and very tired parents.


William is a family name on Ben's side, we also have our William.
So Billy it will be.


Billy is number 11 grandchild...
Yep proud Grandma here....


Cassie is very lucky to have her eldest sister living only 45mins up the road.
So I also got to hang out with these ratbags while there....which was crazy and a delight.


 Grace turned 6 while I was there and I got to go to see 
her at school. Grace is my eldest grandchild Wow these kids have been busy
in the last 6 years.


October came and went in a blur what with going in and out to Cassie's, this month will
be much quieter I think...Lots of time in the garden and looking forward to all being together at Christmas...


Have a blessed week
Mandy

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Around the house....

We have been busy catching up on odd jobs around the house.
This area between the tank and house is where we decided to keep the wood.



Cleaver husband made a gate under the house so the wood can be stored out of the weather and out of site, yet close for us to bring in.
Bruce hung some old stove doors on the house as this is the stove recess after all...and when
the gate is closed you wouldn't even know the wood is under there.



Bruce has also put irrigation to all the fruit trees, as this year with not much rain we
didn't get a very good crop of anything...
I just have to get in and mulch them all. It is so dry that we are spending a bit of money this year on mulch so we don't have to water as much.
Lots of work but worth  it in the end.






The geese do a good job of keeping it clean but they don't seem to like the marshmallow weed and it is a bitch to pull out...




A old bed we got from Chloe is starting to look nice now that the flowers are all coming out.
A play on Garden bed..


Mulch mulch and more mulch.


I have planted some grasses along the front of the clothes line deck to soften the edges
and pretty it up a bit. They will grow quite large and make a nice little spot for the birds to hide in.




Also been making some garden art....A large Angel.
Not a good pic sorry


Well it has certainly warmed up here now, Spring is here...

The vege garden has been planted up and seedlings on the go in the green house.
I will share that another time.....

Enjoy your week.

Mandy