A couple of weeks ago, in the middle of a Monday night, I woke and decided that now is the time for me to retire from my paid employment.
No, nothing went wrong at work, I still enjoy my job, but it hit me suddenly that now is the time for me..... to slow down and allow myself some time.
Due to living a simple, rich and frugal life for the past decade, (yes those two words rich and frugal can belong together) we have no debts, so we are perfectly placed for me to step down.
So it's official, and after a few more weeks of fulfilling my work commitments, I shall be a retiree.
It's a wonderful feeling and I'm so very grateful that my life's path has led me to this point!
Life has been so very full these last few weeks (what's new?) and this post is long overdue.
I really don't know where to start. Can you sense that rushing sensation coming through my writing?
A few deep breaths, perhaps a cup of tea.....
So I'll just run through what we've been up to lately with a few pictures.
I could get quite used to having a day away a bit more regularly.
I'm completely in awe of people who have great talents, and here are a few of her pictures that she has hanging around her home.
That was a test of my patience I can tell you.....
But I hadn't been to an auction for years, and it was good fun. The large items that Brian was keen on, fetched higher prices than he was prepared to pay, but we fluked a few very cheap purchases.
I couldn't resist offering $1 for a few lots of odds and ends that no-one wanted.
So many treasures in this tub for $1
This was also in that $1 lot. I'm a sucker for a pretty jug, and I reckon we can never have too many!
And so was this pile of plates and bowls.
Glass cups and saucers are sure to come back in vogue some day! ;)
Brian picked up a gas heater for his shed for $1, and I got a little two burner gas camping stove with small gas bottle included for $2..!! We came away happy. We caught up with our neighbors during those long waiting around hours, saw some rather interesting sights, and as far as a cheap, half day's entertainment goes, it was a cracker!
Both Brian and I, over the space of two days, sighted three small Brown snakes a bit too close to our living areas for comfort. I'm most concerned for the safety of these two precious members of our family; Alan loves to play with lizards, so an encounter with a snake is quite likely. Meg would probably just stand and bark, but it's possible she could also get excited and go for a grab too.
One snake was located and dispatched, but I placed this net wrap from our large round hay bales along the snake access areas, so they will get caught if they try to slither through.
We're not irrationally fearful of snakes as such, and have total respect for them if they would just keep away from where we and our animals are moving about.
Hay bale net wrap around the base of this compost bin where I saw a Brown snake.
There have been two birthdays in the family during the past two weeks, so dinner in the dining room is called for on these special occasions.
Special guests from Victoria stayed with us for a couple of days, but it wasn't for long enough, so we talked and talked into the small hours each night.
Lots of cooking and meals preparation.
We're picking a half case of tomatoes almost every day now, so some are bagged and put into the Farm-gate shop.
Some are washed, put into 2kg lots, and into the freezer until I have time to do something with them.
Two big batches of Jembella Farm Tomato Sauce have been made and are still waiting for the labels to be stuck on.
There was a hot spell in the past couple of weeks, but on this 41 degree day, cooking tomato sauce on the stove top was no issue. The smells and heat went straight up the chimney.
In fact, lots of my summer time cooking happens on this gas hotplate on top of the wood stove.
These plums from Brian's roadside foraging, made a big batch of plum jam.
Plums also provided the fruit element in both batches of Jembella Farm Tomato Sauce
Last week Brian received a call from one of our Beekeeping Workshop attendees. Ray had inherited some hives on his property but doesn't have the equipment or experience to look after them, so Brian went to check it out and show him what to do.
As it turned out, Ray and Lynne are happy for us to maintain the hives for them, in return for a small bit of honey, and as they are located over the ranges, more than forty minutes away, their climate and flowering patterns are different to what we experience here.
This season has been a tough one for our local area, but over there at Ray's, it's a different story.
So Brian took a day off work last Monday and we spent all day sorting hives, cleaning them out and collecting honey.
It's good to have some honey in the storage cupboard again.
And now, back to the serious business of preparing my entries for this year's annual Angaston Show on Saturday.
Yoghurt and soft cheese are both in progress on the kitchen bench.
I've gathered all types of various jams, sauces and pickles, honey, eggs, apples and tomatoes to add to the entries for displaying in the beautiful historic Show Hall for celebrating this 120th Annual Show.
Oh dear, this has turned into an epic, and there's still so much to show and tell..!
So for now, I look forward to slower days ahead....maybe! :)
The raspberries need picking, and so do the nectarines, before the birds take more than their fair share.
Cheers for now and thanks for visiting.
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