Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Tea Mouse Giveaway






One of my all-time favourite blogs, Foxs Lane is giving away one of my Tea Mouse Knitting Kits this weekend! The winner will be able to select whichever colour they would like from the range of kits.
The giveaway is open to Australian residents only and ends this weekend, so make sure you hop on over and get your entry in today!
Best of luck!
xx





PS Overseas? You can still purchase the PDF Tea Mouse pattern from Ravelry for instant download and create your own unique Tea Mouse! Check it out here.





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Monday, May 11, 2015

Lately







Lately the mornings have been freezing, foggy and very beautiful. I'm up before the birds every day without fail since Bambi came home, so I get to enjoy watching the world wake up with a cup of tea in hand. We've just weaned the calf off Missy too, so now we're milking in the morning as well as evening. Missy likes to be milked early and it's the best way to start the day, I think.

Lately there has been a milk flood in the kitchen. We've made cheese and as a result there has also been a whey flood. We've been feeding the whey to the pigs, chickens and have been using a small amount in baking. I also used some the other day in my first attempt at lacto-fermented pickles.
Over the weekend we made two batches of Halloumi, another Pepato, and a batch of Fetta in which two blocks were left plain and the other two flavoured with cumin seeds. A few days before we'd made a big pot of whole milk Ricotta.
We're receiving 8-10 litres of milk a day at the moment. We've used 40 litres across 4 days purely in cheese making, and we've been drinking hot milk cocoas almost daily. The fridge is still stuffed with milk. I see another cheese making day coming up tomorrow.
I wanted to write a dairy filled In My Kitchen post this month but alas time escaped me and the cut off date has been and gone.

Lately I have struggled to keep things organised. I feel like the house is on the edge of chaos and everything is being held together by a tiny thin thread. I'm trying to find ways to keep things organised throughout this busy time of year.

Lately I've been spending lots of time in the veggie patch. The Zucchinis are blooming well, and all of the winter veg is beginning to take off. The potatoes and beetroots are looking particularly happy.
With this cool weather change I've stopped planting tomatoes and capsicums and started planting things like kale, cauliflowers, carrots and broad beans. I've never grow broad beans before but was intrigued to try them after seeing several people on Instagram growing them over summer. In our climate they are a strictly winter vegetable.


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What have you been up to lately? Do share in the comments below.
Here's to a new week, I hope it is a good one for you!



Sarah x



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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Meet Bambi






Little Bambi arrived on Saturday afternoon, after a huge day of travelling, which included a 3 hour flight. She was bewildered and terrified when we got her off the plane, and once she was in my arms she clung on for dear life. After about 15 minutes in the car, snuggled in a cosy blanket in my lap, she relaxed and settled, and spent the following hour's drive home asleep.
Despite her big journey here she's settled in super fast and is an absolute delight. I haven't met a puppy before that enjoys having her belly rubbed as much as Bambi, or one that at the age of 8 weeks old likes to offer her paw as a greeting.
She's confident, content and so very gentle, besides being completely adorable and entirely spoilt.

Rilla is getting used to Bambi; she's not the kind of dog to get jealous but she is always timid of puppies until she gets to know them. She's beginning to try to play with Bambi though, and I know that in a week's time Rilla will be completely relaxed around her, and they'll end up being good friends. In the meantime she's happy to share her bones, toys and bedroom with Bambi, and when the little pup grows up Rilla will no doubt share her sheep with her too.

Border Collies are such delightful dogs, it's lovely having two around. Bambi is similar to Rilla in so many ways, but so different at the same time. They may be from different bloodlines and be different colours but they do share lots of breed traits, and I think Rilla will enjoy having someone around who understands her peculiar ways of playing.

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What did you do on the weekend?
Was yours full-on like ours or a relaxing end to the week?
I feel rather in need of a holiday after the last few hectic weekendless weeks we've had....since holidays don't happen around here, not proper ones, (try getting someone to babysit this large menagerie!), we're on a go-slow this week. Amidst the busyness, tiredness and chaos there are puppy cuddles, another clutch of newborn baby chicks to admire and there is always tea.

I hope your week is a good one!


Sarah x



PS Do you remember Meeting Rilla back in August 2012?

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