31 Jul 2019

Peanut Butter Cookies

I'm not prone to making a short post with a picture but I had a jar of peanut butter that had to be used and PC had eaten all the biscuits I'd baked previously.

He keeps saying "those darn ants they'll eat anything!".
It's a bit of a joke between us.

I've never baked peanut butter cookies so I found a recipe and tried it out this afternoon. I added my own touch by adding a chocolate drop to the centre, as there's only a few of these left, and they need to be used as well.

Here's about half the quantity baked as the others needed to cool more before I removed them from the baking tray. They taste as good as they look 😋.

Try not to gobble them up too quickly.

Robyn Louise xo

28 Jul 2019

Gardening in Winter

It’s been a strange Winter so far.

There have been some quite warm days, at 20 deg Celsius, but also cold nights down to minus 3 Celsius a few times. No wonder the plants are confused!

In the few weeks I’ve been pruning roses a couple of them have put out new shoots, even though there has been heavy overnight frost.  

The bed of stinging nettles hasn’t died off. The bed is on the north side of the yard and, due to the fencing, they are in a warm micro-climate but I am surprised the nettles have remained alive let alone continued to grow.  
The garlic in the front row is an experiment and, if it succeeds, I'll have around 30 heads.

Due to the warmer weather I am still able to grow some loose leaf lettuce and radishes. I have planted some broccoli and roquette(arugula) seedlings that will feature a photo when not so tiny! The leafy vegetables are sheltered by suspended shade cloth to prevent the frost from being in direct contact with them. 

Even the Tahitian lime tree hasn’t suffered this Winter, though that may change.  

Now is the time of year I feed the cherry tree in preparation for flowering/fruiting in October/November. I’ve forked the ground to loosen it, mulched/fed it with horse and matured chicken manure, added a sprinkle of lime, then watered it thoroughly. Mulch straw needs to be purchased to form the final layer. We’ve been doing some burning of dead wood so wood ash will be collected and stored to use on any cherry slugs that appear when the leaves have grown. 

The apricot tree will need a chainsaw pruning this year. This photo was taken last year. I've posted it, rather than a one of a bare tree, as the apricot branches are difficult to see against the plethora of eucalypt trees in the background. The branches were so heavy with fruit last year that a few broke.

What grows in your garden in Winter?

Robyn Louise xo

20 Jul 2019

Blogging Mixup - Part III

Are you bored with this yet, readers?

I think I've corrected it. 😏
I'm not as IT deficient as I thought I was!

I searched the Blogger Help Community pages and tried some suggested changes, including deleting some HTML, that had a 404 error, when viewed through the developer tools option. Changing some of the settings in the dashboard seemed to make a difference, as well, and I am now able to reply to individual comments under each of my posts.

Unsure why the notifications began coming through on my email again but it could just be that I deleted then re-entered my email address and it somehow rebooted the comment notifications. I'm just pleased to have it functioning again.

Now to decide the ordering of my future posts as this mixup has messed up posting in chronological order!

RobynLouise xo

11 Jul 2019

Blogging Mixup - part II!

Gee, I have to laugh or I'd stress out or cry. Blogger has decided that it won't publish my answering comments to any one.

I have a personal situation to attend to at present so  I don't have the time, or mindset, to research how to correct this via Blogger help/forums. I do appreciate those who read my blog and enjoy the comments from those who post them. I'm aware there are readers who are not blog commenters, and I've been a "fence sitter" at times, but enjoyed the information a blogger has shared.

Bear with me everyone. When I have the opportunity I'll wrangle this internet beast and persuade it to comply.

Meanwhile, I shall continue to be more consistent with my blog posts and update my blog to suit what I need it to be now.

Thanks for your patience.

RobynLouise xo.

10 Jul 2019

Blogging Mixup

I’ve only just realised that Blogger has been keeping post comments “safe and secure” for me. In other words, the notifications had ceased – which I’d previously tried to correct a few times – and there were no entries in the awaiting moderation section of the comments. I thought, after my long previous absence from blogging, that followers had ceased to read my blog but suddenly, last Sunday night, I had a flood of notifications going back to, and including, the post at the end of 2018. I did a quick review of all the comments and then published them.  

It was heartening to discover the supporting and encouraging comments that were posted. Nice to know I have persistent friends who don’t abandon me when life throws a few curves in my direction.

I have enrolled in this course, which started recently, and am hoping I can upgrade my Blogging abilities.

Thanks to the consistent readers who post comments. This wouldn't be much of a blog without the reader communication. Time to write some personal replies.

RobynLouise xo.

3 Jul 2019

Reduce, Repair, Reuse

This has always been an ongoing project of mine as I really dislike clothing going in the trash, or even going to an op shop if I can still use it.

It reduces the amount we purchase if I can repair the item and reuse it.

Over the last 3 months I have rescued the items below from the rag bag or the trash by performing the following repairs:
  • 2 Men's flannelette shirts - one had  torn cuff repaired and the other was a collar reversal and repair (photos below).
  • 2 Men's long pyjama pants - one needed waist elastic replaced and the other required mending of a seam and the drawstring replaced.
  • 4 pairs of Men's pants - a zipper replacement in workpants, a hem stitched on casual dress pants, a large leg patch on thigh of jeans and finally the major patch-up and trim and bind hem on PC's favourite workpants (photos below).
  • 1 pair of farm jeans, that are too small for me now, I patched a leg rip and gifted them to a friend of mine and her teenage daughter now wears them as farm jeans..
  • replacing stretched elastic on a mattress cover.

My first ever collar repair! Quite proud of this as it was a collar turnover repair and a new top piece for the inside of the collar stand. The rest of the shirt was fine and my thrifty heart wouldn't let me throw it out, or recycle it into something else, when it could still be used for it's original purpose.

PC loves these pants as they have lined knee sections, lots of pockets big enough to shove spanners/screwdrivers  tools in, and they are comfortable.

There are still a few items I want to repair before the end of this month:

  • 2 pairs of Men's farm jeans to patch, one of which is a major undertaking like the photos above, and
  • 1 pair of track pants that need ribbing for the leg cuffs.
RobynLouise xo