Lots and lots of gardening going on here at Kainga. The perfect weather for it. We even saw our first Bob Tail Goanna on Saturday afternoon. I was scattering some snail pellets amongst some Nasturtiums that are growing near some roses and I saw him. I stopped putting out the pellets immediately as Bob would do a good job of eating the snails that are there. I just hope he didn't digest any of the pellets.
We have several types of flowering prunus. This one is out the back, hard to believe that less than a week ago it was just bare sticks.
Telstar Blue Dutch Iris.
Each year we purchase some new Dutch Iris Bulbs, this variety is called "Telstar Blue" There were supposed to be 26 in the packet, ours only had 25. Which is actually a better number as plants are meant to be planted in odd numbers.
We have several patches of potatoes planted, I picked this lot last weekend. I can't remember the variety as it is a patch that just seems to come up each year. I leave enough in the ground and plant other plants over the top and next Winter they come up. The everlasting potato patch. Please note" the green part of the potato that you can see will not be eaten. This is poisonous. It went green because it wasn't covered over by dirt or straw and the light got to it.
The Broccoli plants did very well this Winter and continue to do so. One advantage of growing your own is that we know nothing has been sprayed on them. Completely organic plus this year we had rain in July unlike last year.
I love that within 5 minutes from picking veg in the back yard a bowl of soup can be made from the produce.
Each day I have been making soup in the Vitamix. It only takes 5 minutes and I have piping hot soup. I change the recipe around a little each day. This one contained several stems of Silver beet and a couple of florets of Broccoli plus some Rice Milk, Chicken Stock Powder and some Lemon Pepper. Today I used up some leftover Potato Bake and Cauliflower fresh from the garden, Chicken Stock Powder, Skim Milk and Chinese Five Spice.
I planted one punnet of Parsley in different spots in the garden. Each and every plant has blossomed. Last week I decided to dry some using our dehydrator. It took two loads two dry this lot. I have enough to last quite a while. I filled up one of those 1 kilo plastic flour containers.
These are the flowers near the kitchen window. Stocks, I can't get enough of their perfume, Lavender that just seems to keep popping up all over the garden. The Mint on the left I purchased as a reduced item at the shops. One of those little packets of herbs that are ridiculously priced but are often reduced because no-one wants to pay that price. I got a packet for 90 cents. Roots are forming on the stems already. A great way to get herbs growing at a reduced price.
I would love to hear how your garden is treating your soul, waistline or hip pocket.
Do you remember the garden panel that Cheryll sent me?
I did some basic quilting around some of the design with clear thread.
Added a good bug in the bottom corner.
I had to add a rabbit, we seem to have them visiting quite often making their presence felt in the front yard. A few extra gardening tools come in handy and the bees are always welcome here at Kainga.
Scarecrows, birdhouses chickens and flowers are scattered around the garden.
Come Spring time we will welcome the ladybugs and dragon fly's that buzz around. Extra blooms amongst the garden make the bee's very happy.
Thanks so much for this panel Cheryll, I had a lot of fun adding to the panel. I chose the same fabric for the backing,border and binding.
I made a few more of the hexagon balls that I made previously for Jacob. I also super sized the pattern and made a bigger one. These are very addictive and I have made a promise to the family not to make anymore. Last week I made one each night! The pattern is available in the February Homespun Magazine from this year.
A friend purchased this fabric from Bali years ago and wondered if I wanted to make something for Jacob from it. I gratefully took it. I machine embroidered some Teddy's and now Jacob has two more cot sheets
Not the clearest of photo's but I did get the cross stitch back from the framers and had it up on the wall straight away. I chose a brown frame with a bit of a distressed look about it.
I made up this little cushion , filled with some Lavender of course. The brown thread that is holding the ric-rac down is very old, it either belonged to my Nanna or Auntie. I used up strips of pink toned fabrics for the backing.
The roses are blooming so well this year. These are some of them in the back yard, in this bed is Saint Cecelia in the back, the yellow ones in the middle are Happy Child and the front bright pink ones are Charles Rennie MacKintosh. These are all David Austin bread roses.
This is one of the beds in the front garden, once again mostly Austin roses. I have decided to not prune them this year, just a decent dead heading. They are so healthy at the moment it seems a shame to cut them back.
Joining in with all the ladies who decided to spend Friday night or day sewing was the perfect time to get out a quilt that had been waiting to be hand quilted.
The reason I had taken a while to get the quilting done was finding a suitable way to mark the top without using a marker pen that could possibly leave marks on the quilt. After reading about Hera Markers I thought this would be the way to go. I went to a couple of shops looking for them but to no avail. I then thought as this marker leaves a line after pushing it along the fabric a hard spatula would do the same thing. The Vitamix spatula was perfect.
Speaking of our Vitamix it makes some lovely meals, this Strawberry Ice cream was made in less than a minute. Lucy made this one with frozen Banana's, frozen Strawberries and some Almond Milk.
This week I finished two cross stitch designs.
The rose design is a freebie which I changed around a bit. The "A" was originally charted amongst the rose. As I had changed some of the thread colours it didn't really show up
The Quaker Medallion was a pattern that I won from Clare earlier on in the year.
Both these designs are stitched on 28 count Cashel Linen.