Woke at 5am, gave up trying to sleep at 6am and had a spa whilst chatting to a special friend in the US on Facebook messenger.
Love that iPhone app 🙂
Anson wanted the crew ready for work at 8am so I was up and had breakfast out for them.
He was running a bit late so they were hanging around waiting
Marlon & Tim were set to graveling the paths.
They look heaps better now 🙂
Anson & Johan fixed the wood splitter and once it was all done Johan got to work splitting wood.
I got Sarah & Andrej to remove the small tree in front of the aviary, demolish the concrete and tidy up the area.
It was quite major to begin with as Andrej doesn’t have the skills or strength to know how to tackle such a job.
But he tried his best and that was the main thing.
I showed him how to dig the earth away from inside and then smash the concrete from that angle instead of just pounding away on the outer edge and getting nowhere.
I got Anson to come and apply some muscle and get the process started and then they were away.
The small tree had very tough entwined roots so took quite a lot of joint effort to remove.
Mahalia went out and helped them too.
Good to see her getting into it willingly without being prompted 🙂
So now we have several bins of plants to sort through and plant around the place!
Another job for another day.
Clemence set to work in the rock garden, pruning & weeding.
Whatever she does is always done with a cheerful smiling countenance 🙂
Morning tea – My chocolate, carrot and cherry cake was a big hit 🙂
This is a very small piece of the original – it made a humungous cake!
I have managed to squirrel half of it in tot he freezer for another day 😉
Afterwards the Tim & Marlon went up to help Johan with the wood and the others carried on with their respective chores.
Sarah & Mahalia took the blackboy peach trees that Bri had sent up with Nick to the orchard and sorted out where to plant them while Andrej got a barrow of sheep manure.
After they had them in the ground I got them to reuse some of the old aviary timbers and netting and build small fences around each tree – very necessary structures to protect them from invading stock.
Andrej was finding it quite difficult to achieve what I was wanting.
He came down many times with other ideas of what he should do but finally got it all done with the help of Johan.
Somewhere in the midst of all this there was lunch – soup and bread and left over desserts.
I spent some time in the kitchen.
Made a sweet & sour sausage casserole for another night.
Anson had plans to go out in the boat for the day tomorrow so I was keeping the breadmaker cranking along to get a few loaves in reserve plus keep up with their usual breakfast and lunch intake.
It is probably going to go into shock at being used so much.
When it is just me and the kids we only make about one loaf a week!
And now I am making at least 3 a day.
Shoshannah, Prisca & Mahalia went off for a walk with Marah & Eden.
The wwoofers all went back to work for a couple more hours.
Sarah peeled potatoes and got them ready to roast before she headed outside.
Once everyone was gone I decided to make myself a decent lunch.
I have been so busy feeding everyone else that I have not been eating properly for a while.
I fried up some wiener schnitzel, and boiled a couple of small potatoes.
While they were cooking I made a ginormous salad.
Took it all and watched ‘Miranda‘ while I ate and rested.
Decided I needed to find out first hand what she was all about as I have been hearing several quotes over and over for days from Shoshannah which for some reason have tickled her fancy 🙂
I must admit I was laughing along – she is very funny.
Azzan was feeling somewhat frustrated with the girls, esp Mahalia.
He was bemoaning the fact that he is the only boy in the house.
I tried to console him by saying that I was the only girl in my family for quite awhile.
He responded with a gut wrenching reply,
‘Yes, but you had your Mum.’
He is missing his Dad so much but doesn’t say a lot.
It just periodically surfaces briefly
Got up feeling somewhat restored so got to cooking.
Mixed up 3 batches of flapjack and while the oven was hot I made a Mega Mud Puddle Cake for dessert.
While I was cooking Azzan was sitting at the table.
He was so entertaining.
Just wish I could’ve recorded him but he wouldn’t let me.
He was practicing being a radio announcer.
He was doing a ‘Fact of the day, day, day’ for his new radio station.
He says it is going to be called VocalFM cuz it is a cool name with a cool sound 🙂
He was working really hard at not using ‘um’ and reducing the use of a foreign accent.
Which seems to come naturally to him when he is ‘broadcasting’. 🙂
Anyway, I just want to go on record and say that I think he is pretty darn good and if at 11 years of age he can carry off the show I am sure he has a good future in broadcasting!
The girls returned and when I had finished baking Shoshannah made up a batch of wheat free flapjack.
Some of the wwoofers were having cups of tea so I gave them some flapjack to try – went down very well.
They were browsing the old wwoofers photo books so I joined them, put my feet up for a few minutes and and had a mug of caramel latte and the last piece of carrot cake.
Discovered Sarah had given her instep a nasty blow sometime earlier and has quite a swollen bruise so I got her to ice it several times throughout the evening.
Everyone enjoyed the beef casserole which I served with roast potatoes and stir fried courgette & broccoli.
I didn’t eat dinner as I was still full from my lunch, so I cleaned up the kitchen and washed pots.
Put the flapjack into containers
If I don’t then it all gets eaten so fast as it is just so more-ish!
Began getting food etc ready for the troops picnic lunch.
Then served up the dessert – it was a hit, they loved it.
And after Shoshannah put some aside for tomorrows lunch this is all that was left!
Azzan is enjoying playing games with some of the wwoofers.
After dinner he played Chicken feet with Clemence, Johan & Sarah.
Shoshannah packed up some more stuff into chilly bags for tomorrow.
Everyone headed off to bed but Azzan lost his iPod so there was no peace for me as he paced the house trying to find it.
I was busy doing my stuff so left him to it.
Concentration was quite difficult as he was moaning to me every few seconds that it wasn’t anywhere!
It was about 10:30pm when I was just about to get up in desperation and help with the search when he appeared at the door with it in his hand.
He had found it in his rubbish bin!!
Thankfully it was soon all quiet as he joined the sleeping masses.
I went through the food bags and repacked and added some things to them.
While waiting for the bread to finish baking I sliced up a loaf ready for breakfast and used the two fresh crusts for my supper.
Spread them with avocado, salmon & tomato.
They were delicious 🙂
Seems no one here at present eats the crusts of the bread.
I hate throwing them out but I don’t eat hardly any bread myself except for the very rare occasional late night feast 😉
Watched some more of Miranda and then to got the loaf of bread out at 11pm.
I hate to put bread on over night as there have been too many fires started with bread makers not turning off once they are finished, but decided tonight I would risk it, so put one on and set it for 5:30am.
Off to bed and crashed out somewhere around 1am.