It took me a while to get to sleep last night, bed just seemed too empty.
I finally cried myself to sleep.
Then I was woken at 2:30am by Jynx scratching at my bedside.
Darned cat should’ve been outside.
I got up to let him out my door but he took off into the living room and wouldn’t go out any doors except the fartherest one by the pantry
Read for a short time until I fell asleep again.
Then up before 7am, into the spa and then made a couple more cards.
Got back in to the kitchen early.
I needed to get things organized enough for me to be happy to leave Mahalia in charge of feeding the shearers.
It is a big ask for her, she’s only 13.5 and is very capable, but it is a big job to have things all prepared and ready on time throughout the days.
That is why I am doing all the prep work now.
I cut up the bacon & egg pies and the cake and put them in the freezer.
Everything is labeled well for her – with some instructions written on as well to be sure 😉
I then decided to make some more things just to make sure there was enough.
So I put a curried beef casserole on to cook in the slow cooker and made up a curried sausages & egg casserole too.
Made a carrot cake, potato salad, and then a layered aubergine stack for our dinner tonight.
Managed to intersperse some office work and phone calls with Ross in between all of this.
Gave me a chance to sit for a few moments 😉
Mahalia went off to find Olly, who I had seen with his backside in the garden gate early this morning!!
She took him for a short ride with Alex accompanying them.
Shoshannah planted out some flower plants and did some other gardening.
Even though she does not want to do the vege garden anymore she cannot help herself – she wants to get the vege plants in the right places, so is replanting a few of them 😉
Alex helped with vege prep, and fed the pigs and folded washing.
Her last day here so she was taking lots of photos and enjoying the moments until she returns.
Anson was out mustering and getting stock work done reading for shearing.
He was pretty hot and tired when he stopped by later in the day.
Finally Seb & Carl got a good day in for doing some mussel work.
It was indeed a glorious day, wind came up later in the afternoon.
The mailboat arrived just after the kids decided to go swimming.
It was a glorious day and Azzan had been champing at the bit to get down there.
He was very good though and worked all morning to have his bedroom incredibly tidy – all finished in fact!!
I looked out just in time to see Azzan leap off the wharf as the mailboat approached.
Thankful Jim was taking care and looking out for him as they got to the wharf.
Nothing like a native water boy to entertain the tourists 🙂
Mahalia took the opportunity to do soak in some Vitamin D.
I had been waiting all day for Anson to come by and cut up the mutton so I could get a roast in the oven.
He literally dropped it in around 3pm 🙂
I got it in the oven asap and it is still roasting away there through tonight.
Should be lovely and tender tomorrow.
We had our dinner 7pm – Shoshannah made a delicious salad which we had with the aubergine stack.
Then I made some butter icing for the carrot cake and we had some for dessert.
It was really good.
One of the best carrot cakes I have made!
This is my head chef taking selfless while we were watching Mama Mia and eating dinner 🙂
I sat with her after dinner and went through the food list and we made up a menu.
She is all set to go, so now we just have to wait for the weather to settle and the shearers to arrive.
It is now after 10pm.
I am finally getting through everything done that needs to be done.
Just have to go pack my bags as I am leaving early tomorrow with Alex.
It rained all day today.
So good 🙂
I enjoyed a spa just after 6am with the rain falling on my shoulders – lovely.
Then made a few cards for an hour or so before having not just one but two bowls of porridge for breakfast.
I usually don’t manage to get to breakfast until much later, but I must have known that my day was going to be too busy to stop so I needed the extra nourishment to begin with today.
I began by raiding the freezer and then working out what meals I could create.
Anson has organized the shearers to arrive tonight – but actually because of the rain they will be delayed until the sheep dry.
As I am not going to be here during shearing now I am leaving Mahalia in charge of feeding the crew.
So to make it easier for her I am precooking & freezing loads of food for her to thaw and heat as needed.
Once I got started the kitchen turned into total chaos.
It was organized chaos as I did have a plan.
But as I was making many things at once it was pretty crazy for a few hours.
I had Alex and Shoshannah helping me.
Mahalia prepared some of the smoko and breakfast things and delivered them to The Cottage and woodshed.
Azzan helped in many directions, getting wood, doing dishes – like huge loads of pots and pans etc, he was a brilliant and very entertaining help.
This was the bench to begin with – I just wish I had taken some photos a bit later on as there was no bench top to be seen and in some places it was 3 stories high!!
But as Alex just commented – we were a bit busy to be taking photos just then 😉
Alex did the pumpkin, peeled potatoes, carrots & onions, succeeded in cutting herself while trying to cut potatoes with the knife upside down – the things some people do to get out of work 😉
I made a chicken and olive casserole for our dinner.
Anson came round to cut up the muttons so I got some mutton bones to add to the beef casserole I was making in the slow cooker.
Seb & Carl came in for a visit – nice to have some visitors on such a grotty day.
Todays word of the day was helpful to keep in mind 🙂
And beside my daily calendar resides this memory to Tim – thanks so much Conny for making this for me.
It sits on our kitchen windowsill.
I took out 3 containers of pumpkin that had been frozen with the skins on (not by me!!), cooked it up and then Alex removed all the skins.
It was a very tedious job and if anyone even thinks of freezing pumpkin like that again I will scream!
Actually, I have a funny feeling it was Tim that did it
I pureed it and added coconut cream and spices.
Then boiled up carrots and onions and fried capsicum and added it along with tomato juice to the pumpkin.
Made up 12 litres of delicous soup.
Then I made a double mixture of flapjack slice and another of chocolate crackle slice.
Then I made large dishes of Cheesey Potato Bake, Easy Lasange, Apple & Kiwifruit Crumble, Apple & Plum Crumble and a humungous Chocolate cake.
All the above is now in the freezer along with some others that I made last week.
I do not think the shearers will be going hungry!
I was absolutely exhausted so took a break and ate my lunch.
Had a movie date with Shoshannah and watched ‘Love Comes Softly’ – the first in the series of the Janette Oke dvds.
After our rest I was able to tackle the bacon & egg pies.
Shoshannah had made the pastry for me earlier so it had sat well and was ready to roll.
Alex & Shoshannah helped with the preparation while I rolled out all the pasty and constructed them.
The new large wooden bench is fantastic for rolling out pastry on – makes it so easy.
I was feeling a bit sad that Tim wasn’t here to have his share of the pies.
He loved bacon & egg pie and I was never very confident about making it cuz I thought they were difficult to make.
So I hardly ever made them and since he has been gone I have made quite a few – sorta feel a bit bad about that really
The day has been a real team effort – thanks team 🙂
Time for selfies and fun now the work is almost completed 🙂
Three baked bacon & egg pies and a very delicious pumpkin pie which we demolished for dessert.
Shoshannah was wanting to watch another of the Janette Oke dvds so we took our dinner into my bedroom and watched the second in the series.
It was 9pm before the kids cleaned up the dishes.
I didn’t want to come out to a pile in the morning so insisted they did them.
Alex took this lovely photo of Mahalia with her nail polish collection – cute photo 🙂
Alex having a goodnight cuddle with Jynx.
The rain has eased and there is a light southerly blowing tonight, the waves are rolling onto the beach a bit more gently tonight.
Maybe the sheep will dry enough to begin shearing on Saturday.
I am not worried.
The food is prepared and we are very thankful for the rain.
Two years ago today we were celebrating the marriage of Sebastian & Phoebe.
Happy Anniversary to you both xxx
Such a short time, but also such a long time – so much has happened in those years.
Some good stuff, but some damned hard stuff.
Please God, let the next two years be filled with positive and productive stuff 🙂
Mahalia is still not well.
She just cannot seem to throw off the cough she has had for weeks now.
I am filling her up with Vit C and SystemWell Immunity, she is doing tea tree inhalations and rubbing Vicks on herself to try and help her breath.
She doesn’t have a cold as such, just a disabling hacking cough which hits her suddenly & randomly when she is talking or eating.
Last night her throat was quite sore so I gave her some Disprin to gargle and swallow which helped for a while.
At least she could eat her dinner!
End of a long day.
I was tired and waiting for dinner to finish cooking so I could serve up when some random person clicked the camera.
Alex did all Mahalia’s bed making chores for her today so she could go back to bed.
I am trying to keep her quiet and resting.
Azzan came to me last night, quite concerned, asking if is was wise for Mahalia to be swimming while she was sick?
Very good question Azzan.
She finally conceded today that it probably was better if she stayed out of the water for a wee while.
Quite a difficult decision when you are part fish 😉
Ido & Adi were all packed up and ready to leave by 9:30am.
I took some last minute photos.
Because they are so small and Mahalia is tall there was some fun going on as they tried to fit themselves into the photo 🙂
Bent knees and tippytoes to even the heights!
Alex did Mahalia’s bed making chores for her so I could keep her resting inside.
It was a glorious day but the forecast was ominous.
Mahalia lay in Azzan’s bed and watched movies.
Azzan was supposed to be cleaning up his room but having his sister invading his space was quite off-putting so I sent her to her own room after lunch to allow him to get on with it!!
Any excuse thwarted I reckon 😉
Anson is continuing with the woodshed, it is pretty much all done now, he just has to swing the gates and get the last few things tidied up.
He has also been getting the pre shearing mustering underway as he can.
Alex brought me some dvd’s from the UK.
One is ‘The Paradise’ which I began watching while resting this afternoon.
It is really great – set back in the late 1800’s in a fledgling department store.
Really hope that TVNZ will screen it as it is a great period drama.
Definitely up there with Downton Abby – it just hasn’t had all the money poured into the marketing of it.
In fact I might go as far as to say it is better than Downton!!
Had to begin thinking about providing food for the masses – so tedious
I put on a corned beef to cook all day in the slow cooker.
Azzan & Alex did potatoes and carrots, and steamed broccoli.
Jan & Talbot arrived just before dinner and brought in lots of fresh fruit so we had a delicious fresh fruit salad with ice cream for dessert.
Had another disturbing phone call about some mussel stuff that happened last year while our ex skipper was contracting from our barge.
Nothing I can do now, but just cements that we made the right decision to do without him.
Went to bed around 9:30pm and was watching some more of The Paradise when the phone rang.
My new phone in the study is incredibly quiet so I nearly missed the call.
It was Cat, good to hear from her as I hadn’t talked with her since she left Kordia.
We chatted for 15 minutes, great to hear her sounding so happy and adjusting to her new job.
Fell back into bed, but was too wired to sleep for ages.