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Our Patti Pan vine has been producing the most divine squashes. I leave them to grow until they are quite large in size, then roast them along with, red peppers, onions, tomatoes, cubed cooked potato, carrots, marrows and celery. When Erin came home from her hike a couple of weeks ago, she only wanted to eat grilled veggies! I could hardly believe it but she said she hadn’t eaten any veggies all weekend and she was really looking forward to a huge serving. I was thrilled to hear these words, or do most children tell their parents how much they have missed eating vegetables??? Not wasting any time, off we went, down to the veg garden and picked the largest patti pan we could find. We cubed it, sauteed some onions and garlic in olive oil in a pan and then added everything including the above ingredients to an oven dish and let it all roast slowly, mixing occasionally until cooked. It was scrumptious!


Planting, Dyeing, Baking, Knitting etc…

This little flower pot used to be filled with spinach and various bulbs, I thought a change would be nice so we planted the pot with two different varieties of lavender, I think Charlie approves… (Photo taken with Instagram)

Now for some early morning baking with Kye…

I just used a simple butter biscuit recipe and we made 1 kg of dough into plenty of little shapes. I decided to bake in bulk and freeze into rolls whatever was left, but we baked it all. I have plenty for our family and have given some away as gifts already… I love to eat a biscuit with my tea don’t you?

That onion dye bath dyed up quite a few skeins of wool, this is the last one drying, it is a super wash Merino and I am going to knit a cowl with it.

Can you spot the colour variations, the skein on the right was done in an exhaust onion bath, that’s why it’s so light, I am really happy with the colour.

I knitted up Henry the Camel over the weekend, thank you all so much for the name suggestions. We have called him Henry because when Richard was travelling through Egypt quite a few years ago, he bought a beautiful wooden, carved camel and named him’Henry’. This time spent overseas was a special time in his life and I wanted to honour that, so ‘Henry’ he is.

Henry will also be available in the E-Book, ‘Knitted Animals from Africa’ that will be published soon. Just a hippo and I think a snake to go and please I am open to suggestions, if there is an African animal you would like to see in the book, please post your suggestions in the comments for me:)

Enjoy your week!

PS If you haven’t entered the wonderful Armadillo Dreams giveaway yet, it is still open.



I am still finding it hard to believe that we are in January 2012! It is amazing though, isn’t it? The year is new and holds so much promise and happy expectation. I really do feel that this year is going to be a good one. I am definitely going to spend much more time in the veggie and herb gardens and try to grow as much of our own food as possible. How wonderful it is to cook with one’s own produce and know where it has come from and that it has no harmful chemicals on it.

This is also going to be the year that I finally learn to crochet, I have tried a few projects, small ones and then after a few weeks, I forget all about the stitches and once again this beautiful art become a mystery to me. So I am really going to try my best to follow through and crochet something worthwhile and stick with it, because I do love it so…

As for the six of us here, there has been baking, cupcake icing, planting, drying of oranges for kindling and rose petal drying going on here. I also discovered a new type of tomato growing in our veggie garden, I don’t remember planting it and can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Hope you are having a lovely day where you are.

Sandy after a swim, she has also collected her toys…

Orange kindling and rose petals drying in the kitchen…

A wonderful tomato discovery, please do tell if you know what variety this is:)



Today has been a lovely, easy day. We built a quick reed fence to stop the chickens from flying over the wall to the back garden. This is where the dogs live and for some reason the chickens try their best to reach this part of our property. I am so relieved the fence is up and they are all safe and sound in the front garden now.

We are also having heavy rains tonight, it’s actually wonderful, don’t mention this to Richard, it has been raining for a few days now and he hasn’t been able to ride his bike, so he isn’t too thrilled about all the rain, (my poor love). Jenna and I made a delicious Jamie Oliver pasta recipe for dinner. It’s off of his Jamie Oliver Food Guide App, amazing and well worth it!

I also picked some Canary Yellow Spinach and cooked it up stalks and all with some coarse salt, pepper and fresh cream, yum! Can you believe how yellow those stalks are, just love it. These were from some heirloom veggie seeds I planted a few months ago.

Well, I’m off to bake a chocolate cake for my dad’s 83rd birthday tomorrow.
What have you been doing today?

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