Well I’ve had a break of a few months from writing here, so easy to get sidetracked with life really, and so many lovely things happening….
I went on a wonderful 7,000km road trip with some great girlfriends up to Australia’s Red Centre and back – camping and backpacker lodges mostly.
Fantastic trip, but no matter how beautiful the country is up there, and so different from where I live, it’s always nice to return home. Even though home over the past few weeks has been quite cold! We are well and truly in Winter.
Pleased to say that the house and cottage are lovely and warm though, split system heating to all the rooms, plus a gas fire in the lounge to stand in front of when I come in from the cold.
The exciting news that’s keeping me busy is that my eldest son has decided to have his wedding at Marita’s Place! So much gardening needing to be undertaken to have it looking at its best for October!
New flooring has been purchased for the cottage, now I just need to get it laid at a time between visitors, and then I’ll post some photos. 🙂
That’s two mornings in a row now that have been cool, and I mean the temperature has been lower and more comfortable, although it is pretty ‘cool’ to also be living here surrounded by the beautiful mountains.
A light breeze filters through and around the house, gently swaying the bushes and trees in the garden, the water from the sprinkler reflects the early morning light like diamonds cascading to the parched earth. Even the birds seem louder and more active, hopping around the lawn, drinking from the birdbath and playing in the water. It’s beautiful to sit on the verandah and just take it all in….yes, there’s still a bit of smoke haze around the hills – but nowhere near as heavy as last night where there was a glowing red sun amidst the smell of thick smoke blowing in from fires burning in the bush 60km away. The helicopters have been flying over the house and back for a few days now, carting water and firefighters to the mountainous terrain where the fire tears its way through the bush. It’s easy to feel safe here, confident in the abilities of our wonderful firefighters.
It’s also good weather to restock the snack foods, raw chocolate balls and mini mango cakes (world’s easiest recipe, flour free and dairy free – thanks to my sister Jacinta for sharing it with me).
There’s also nothing better than to be able to wander across the back lawn to the vegie garden and pick fresh ingredients for my morning omelette. Knowing there’s been no chemicals anywhere near them, spinach, basil, chives, chillies, zucchini, and this morning the first tomato of the season 🙂 I, of course, won’t be eating the tomato raw – never been to my taste, but I will bottle them for using in casseroles and pasta sauces later in the year. And the lemons are falling off the trees, trying to make room for the second crop of the year which are just starting to grow….so might be making lemon cakes later – and will freeze some of the juice for making raw vegan raspberry mousse cake later in the year!
A few more days of this cooler weather is forecast, and then back to the more usual hotter weather that we enjoy in Summer here!
A recent guest suggested I start a blog, which I had thought about off and on but this last nudge pushed me over the edge….might be quite a lot of boring stuff, in which case you don’t have to read it!
Today it’s a good excuse to sit in front of the air conditioning. It’s cooled off a little since yesterday – after a week of above 40C temps (that’s over 100 F), today it’s only in the high 30s – just peeking under the 100 F. The dogs are flaked out on the floor just inside the front door, which at least stops the Willy Wagtails from stressing out about them outside near the two new fledglings they’re feeding.
While bushfires have been (and still are) a major concern in many parts of Victoria, we’ve been lucky – although last night the smoke from both the Benambra fires and the one at Jingellic did finally impact here with the smell and haze. We’re in no danger. It does make the washing smell a bit smoky though, so another good excuse not to do that yet!
I might go and pinch another homemade raw organic chocolate from my fridge….but I used up the last of my ingredients making this batch so need to eke it out until I can get some more….can’t be without chocolate, that’s just not right.
I still have a bit more work to do before tea time when it’ll cool off enough to water the garden – until dark anyway, after that I’m not too sure about the location of tiger snakes so all walking outside on the grass stops until daylight 🙂