Stay In

 

Cool and Calm.
It was hot outside, stay in the house was the answer for me. It is good to be an elderly person, the job is looking after oneself, a luxury that I could easily afford.

Looking at the outside was very sunny, the heat was so intense and dry, all the flowers were hearting and looking sad. Before the hot heat got worst I decided to save some roses. They are so beautiful for cut flowers to fill my vase.  I could not help it to cut fresh parsley as well,  they are plenty in the garden now.  It is a good time to be busy in the kitchen to make herb butter to keep for winter time.  They freeze well, and on the cold days cooking with sauces are always a treat and the herb butter will make the dish.

The freshly cut roses and the green herb-parsley

The making and preparation of the herb-butter.

It is wrapped individually in a plastic glad wrap, place all of them in a container and freeze.  They are ready for me to make any sauces or add in cooked vegetables for a delicious garnish to meat or fish dishes.

It was a rather productive day and enjoyed to stay in the house away from the harsh heat.
What would you do if the day is too hot and not wanting to be away from home?
A lot of things we could do, say: light reading, learning and research what you may like to know.  Catching up with letter writing which is very seldom to do these days as  Email takes over the classic job.  Just sent notes/letters to my grandkids and hope they get there soon.  Since last year I have been learning about the sourdough bread baking, that is occupied my days but loving it.  So far is so good in term of answering my curiosity, my new book about it helps me to understand better about what it is and how to make the starter, the leaven, the baking and so forth.

Today was hot but not a wasted day, I loved to be inside and busy in the kitchen, also sitting, resting in a room enjoyed these beautiful cut roses from my garden.

Summer can be very hot in this part of the world, but we could make the best of it simply doing good things whatever it suits us all.  Today was hot and the choice was to Stay In.

 

Until Next Post

Susi

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New Year In The Garden.

It is time to visit the backyard, I am sure a lot of happening out there. Indeed there are, but not all are good. Old flowering plants need to be pulled out, another plant needs to be replaced and a couple of potted plants are ready to be repotted.  That means I have to go to the shop to get a potting mix, new seedlings and a new plant for the replacement which is I am not sure that I need to get one after all.
You know what I am ready to work in the garden this time, and I shall be wearing my new hat the give of my Secret Santa, and the new apron was the belated birthday gift from Jane

Bunnings we went and was lucky enough to get beautiful potted plants and vegetable seedling as well. As the potting mix was overlooked, I had to go to another

Ready to work, to plants these fellows, and hoping they will grow well and flowering soon.| Two red Mandevilla Sanderi are potted and now they are sitting among other plants.  It was a busy day, preparation for the flower bed took enough time, but it’s all good.  All the plants are at their own places, the right area, I am sure they will be happy and growing fast.

 
Not far from what I have been working, Rayner decided to cut the grass, indeed it is needed.  We are both working in the same place, but seldom talking to one another,  to engross for what we are doing.  It is a good thing, we got the job done in time.
I am so pleased that the Espalier Fuji apple has been repotted as well as the standard Dipladenia Sanderii.

Long enough we were gardening, practically I spent the whole morning and afternoon there and finished around two.

So good, after a shower, feeling fresh and clean,  looking out and checking to what I did was very satisfying.  Resting on my favourite chair was good and I could not help myself thinking what I have to do next.   Gardening is endless as you know.

It has been a good start for the New Year, I am sure it will be more good thing coming to us.  I am so ready what 2018 brings.

 

Enjoy the first month of the New Year

Susi