I've been tagged by the gorgeous Karen from the wild backyard!
These are the rules:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog
2. Share seven facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird
3. Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
Sounds simple enough and, as my camera is still in Hawaii with Possum, a good excuse for a blog!
1. I can start a loaf of wholemeal spelt bread in less than four minutes, including wiping over the bench afterwards - but I have to rush. The breadmaker takes five hours to do the rest.
2. All five of our children were born in bath tubs.
3. My mother used to practice the Grieg piano concerto while I lay underneath our grand piano. This may explain more than just why I know the Grieg piano concerto off by heart.
4. I love vanilla rooitea so much that I buy it in bulk.
5. My roomba is my most beloved household machine.
6. My LG washer/dryer combo is my most regretted household machine.
7. I have five children but, in general, find the thought of caring for anybody else's pre-verbal and/or non-toilet-trained child remarkably unappealing!
1. Camilla (My sister)
2. Jenn (My other sister)
3. Nicole (in Canada)
4. Sue (Another sister)
5. Allison (A cousin)
6. Lorraine (My MIL)
7. S (A friend)
Back to awaiting the return of the camera...
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I confess to a slight feeling of nausea as I cornered him and insisted on a relatively prompt removal (OK, so I grabbed the camera before the removal equipment), but with the aid of a nail file and leverage principles it was all over quickly. Briar Rose was standing by with the Triguard and band-aids, but it was a little anti-climactic.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
The apples were boiled for an hour, by which stage they were very soft and the house smelt delicious. I strained them once through a colander, then again through a doubled over teatowel (that had been boiled up with the jars).
So, the children are just going to have to climb the crabapple tree again for me...
Monday, March 10, 2008
It will be powered by coke and menthos - I only hope the paint lasts long enough for the desired effect!
Seriously - what a great solo homework effort. I'm so impressed!
The other five hens seem healthy, although they still have fungal spots on their combs. I've only found one egg (in the middle of the lawn!) so suspect they're off the lay, but should probably check in the bushes!
Saturday, March 08, 2008
I used the Little Turtle Knits Longies Pattern which was a little long-winded (and, at 18 pages, a lot of printing!) but the conversational style and multiple options in the pattern worked for me.
Although it's probably a case of bolting the stable door after the horse has bolted, I've put lavender cuttings in the nests and on the floor in the hen house. And we're going to let the hens risk roosting loose in the garden tonight rather than putting them back into the mite-infested house.
The mites are utterly horrible - we're all changing clothes frequently after handling the birds, but dh has found himself hosting a bunch of them just from wheeling the henhouse flooring around to the front of the house. The frequent showering is going to wreak havoc on our water conservation efforts!
Imagine my delight when a handwritten recipe was faxed to the clinic from her farm! How truly generous and kind!
I bodged some of the proportions, but will give the original ones below:
Mix 6lbs pears chopped in squares (scrubbed, blemishes removed but not peeled) with 3 1/2 lbs sugar and let stand overnight. The next morning add 1lbs preserved ginger, 1/2 green ginger and a pint of cold water. Boil until thick (which I took to mean "reaches setting point") and bottle. Leave for at least 2 weeks.
Two weeks? I can't stand the suspense!
And Ms K - there's a jar of jam waiting here with your name on it, but no rush to collect it because you can't try it for two weeks! (I also have a box of assorted roomba parts for you :) )
Sadly, other things on the domestic front are not so happy - the chickens have a mite infestation that has already killed one lovely chook. The Ginger Ninja and Possum, while initially reluctant to help, chipped in a lot of muscle once they actually saw how sick our hens were and gave the henhouse a good scrub out yesterday.
Today I'm planning to ask the girls (Briar Rose has a friend sleeping over) to collect some lavender clippings to mix in with the straw bedding, then the boys and I will spray the infected sites with Triguard and cover the rest of the chooks with a good spray of lavender oil.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Time to try out the new Grandma L shaggy blue edition - but still fixated on his lion rattle. Thanks, Justine - I thought we had enough rattles, but he's definitely found his favourite! He can shake it all around and it doesn't hit his head too hard!
It's a miracle! Finally, a food that pleased all members of the family dinner eating club! And it was almost an accident - one of those nights where, at 5pm, I still had no idea what dinner would be, Ginger Ninja had to be at flute, and The Little Prince and Ginger Rose were very high needs. Out of desperation, Google, and the only package of unfrozen meat bought at Aldi earlier in the week on impulse came - chicken rissoles!
Mix 500gm chicken mince, one grated onion, one peeled (to hide the green bits) and grated large hunk of zucchini (about 1 1/2 cups full), some leftover wholemeal breadcrumbs and an egg. Form into patties and coat in a mixture of sesame seeds and wholemeal flour. Fry in olive oil then leave in a hot oven until everybody's ready to eat. Simple but effective!
As usual, more of the peas were eaten frozen than cooked...
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Where did my tiny newborn go? At least I can still browse in the baby section - but not for long if he keeps growing at this rate! He's finally conquered the art of rolling over in a well padded cloth nappy - you just need a little momentum...
With three birthdays in March, I start assessing birthday party options about now. The stakes were raised on Friday night when a friend of Briar Rose's held a Cupcake Party. The Year 4 girls spent 4 hours decorating cupcakes, eating dinner, watching a movie and playing party games - and returned home with the pictured goodies, which included an apron, gorgeous plate, and professionally packaged cupcakes. Brilliant party idea, but how can the domestically challenged possibly compete?