Saturday, September 11, 2010

Back to Basics Challenge - Week 8

What's happening in the garden
  • Planting - Apricot tree (half Moorepark and half Trevatt), Crabapple tree (Malus Gorgeous) , Grapes (red emperor, emerald seedless) and final spuds - fruit trees and grapes Father's Day pressy for Hubs
    • Us getting the apricot and crabapple home - neither children nor apricot were happy at above 60kmph

  • Harvesting - spuds, broccoli, carrot, lettuce
    • lettuces and cherry tomato in tub at back door 



  • Observing
    • Slugs eaten all basil seedlings, most of watermelon and several of rockmelon (gutted does not begin to describe it.  Have retaliated with layer of multiguard)
    • Self-seeded chrysanthemums looking wonderful, with pansies
  • Egg total : 13 - Pecky still broody
What I've been doing
  • Planning for The Future
    • Weekly menu plan / shopping list
    • Budget 
    • Getting organised for overseas visitors
  • Working for the Future

Fun Stuff
  • Building Community
    • Went to coffee with kindi mums reeking of petrol (full explanation up tomorrow morning)
  • Learn a new Skill
    • Old skill reused:  scattering snail bait and knitting dishcloths
    • Did not shout at Hubs for mowing hose
Becoming less porky
  • Present weight  73.8kgs - which means I've lost 10% of my bodyweight in last four months, also am 1.1kgs off 10kg goal (I want to get me a kindle) which means I'm nearly half-way there
Week Summary
  • Cooked and cleaned like a fiend - house looking spectac (well it was until Saturday started and then it got trashed)
  • Coped well with news guests are imminent (kinda)
  • Been experimenting with new recipes on family - noticed kids getting really receptive to new foods and tastes
  • School term coming to an end, kids tired and crabby, me over all the driving

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Kirsty said...

No wonder you're tired, look at everything you've done the past few weeks! Well done you.

Now, crabapples. What do you do with them? I remember trying some as a kid (there was a tree at school) and they were kind of bitter and chalky - was this right or was it just a crap tree? Do you eat them raw or are they supposed to be cooked/jammed etc?

Caitlyn Nicholas said...

Hey Kirsty, love your blog :)

Crab apples make the most perfect golden jelly. We live on it. I'm going to put up a post about what I do with crabapples on Monday (well that's the plan)

Cait

Kirsty said...

No wonder you're tired, look at everything you've done the past few weeks! Well done you.

Now, crabapples. What do you do with them? I remember trying some as a kid (there was a tree at school) and they were kind of bitter and chalky - was this right or was it just a crap tree? Do you eat them raw or are they supposed to be cooked/jammed etc?