Late autumn, winter...aah, my favourite time of the year.
No more spring/summer/most-of-autumn stinging heat, but a gentle cooling that is still quite temperate but oh so welcome. No more air conditioning, the windows are open wide, and any time of the day is the best time in the garden.
I'm so grateful to have colour bursting forth because you know how much I love flowers, and it adds vivid hues to the dominant green of herbs and vegetables that are found across the front and back yards.
I pruned my rose bush right back mid autumn and here we are in the first week of winter and it's flush with new growth, beautiful leaves and plenty of rosebuds.
Pottering amidst raised vegetable beds, a front yard of pumpkins and numerous tomato plants scattered all around I'm getting quite excited about harvesting crops for the dinner table.
We have a LOT of different tomato plants, most with plenty of green fruit right now, though I do find a touch of impatience waiting for them to ripen.
This is our first year growing capsicums and whilst the regular red variety are being quite slow to kick off, these 'chocolate' capsicums are very happy and heavy with plenty of fruit. They turn brown like chocolate when ripe, but I do not think they taste like it.
One of my pumpkins is almost ready to pick and both Blossom and I are eager to make a few pots of spicy pumpkin soup before too long.
The herbs are thriving now the weather has settled to a fairly stable 26-27 C (around 80 F) during the day.
We've had dozens of rainbow lorikeets in the garden every day lately and not seen much of the cockatoos but today they returned and the yard was a sea of white for hours. One always sits watch at the top of the clothes line...
Princess Sophie got a bit of disturbing (to her) news this morning. Bob-the-dog is moving back home after being at Blossom's the past few months.
You know, he adores her, but she's such a princess and likes her sovereignty in our home. I just laugh.
She on the other hand laments. Silly Sophie.
Today I did a big tidy up around the house, lots of those often overlooked 'little' jobs. Felt good to draw a line through each of my tasks listed on the to-do sheet so my reward was Greek take-out for dinner (thank you sweet husband) and time to reorganise my office space.
It's almost mid-year and with everything that's gone on so far in 2020 I lost a bit of momentum and enthusiasm, mostly because I haven't been as organised with my planning, time, paperwork and correspondence as I usually am - and I thrive on organisation and lists. Getting my office area scrubbed, the layout changed around, old files and paperwork shredded and a fresh new to-do list started was wonderful!
And my final finish for the day was sewing the buttons on Cully May's completed cardigan...
It's been decades since I knitted a child's cardigan and there's a few mistakes here and there but nothing that impacts it's wearability. In fact, I think those small blips just add to the handmade homeliness of this knitted-with-extra-love gift for our sweet granddaughter.
Tomorrow morning I'll be taking it over to her so expect a photo or two very soon.
I was asked by a few ladies how I make the porridge that my chickens enjoy each morning.
Well it's nothing special, just mix 1 cup rolled oats with 1 cup of water and 1 cup milk in a saucepan, bring to the boil before simmering for two or three minutes.
Remove from the heat and pour into a bowl, add another 1/2 cup cold milk and mix well. Once the oats have cooled to lukewarm take it out to your hens for them to enjoy.
I hope and pray that your days offer peace, especially in those areas of the world where unrest has taken hold and things can feel quite unstable or scary. In the midst of trouble Christ can still hold you - seek His arms and His Word for your strength, comfort, hope and assurance.
I'd like to share this free pattern with you today before I sign off, because I believe this is what we all need right now, what we always need regardless of where we are in the world.
HOPE, sweet friend, Hope in the Lord always for only He has the power to save.