Feather your Nest Friday, 12th March, 2021.

 It has been a week of gorgeous Autumn weather.  Good weather makes live so much easier and nicer!  

I am happy looking over my weeks photos and the list I keep on the fridge.   That is my "things to remember I did" list and it takes me a few seconds to jot things down.   When I review it the goodness of my week often surprises me.  

Last weekend Mum and I headed off to see Lucy and her family.  We never head off without cooking!  

I made little plain cakes but added some apple puree into them for goodness.

Plus pureed apple and lamb and veggies for Sidney and Peanut Butter biscuits for the girls.

There are a good protein biscuit and filling.   They are also great to make anyone who is gluten free.   It is just a jar of peanut butter, one egg and one cup of sugar.  I used the big jar peanut butter.   Mix this together.  Leave it 15 minutes to thicken and roll into balls.  Press out.  Bake about 15 mins until just a little colour on them.    They keep quite well too.   Anyway the kids love them.
That was a lovely day.   On the way home we stopped at one of the apple trees we keep an eye on.   The apples were big ones, not perfectly beautiful but still good! 

So more apples....  each day I use some.   Any that are not great I give to the cows.   They weren't sure at first but now they know about apples they go crazy for them.   They are so fast I couldn't get a one handed photo with an apple still on my hand.   It is like feeding a horse, you keep your thumb out of the way.

As it turned out it was a week of produce.   My sister in law asked if I would like to pick figs.   Of course I said yes please!  

It was beautiful out picking fruit in the sunshine.   It happened I knew someone who was looking for some fig trees to plant.  So I took the spade.   Sure enough some of the low branches that were on the ground had root systems if I dug them up.   After I found one like this I kept finding more.   I tried to get as much of each root system as I could.   The tree is enormous.    I got six good trees and the back of my car looked like this...

At home I put them into buckets of water.  Eventually I plated out two into my orchard.  

I did cut off the figs and most of the leaves after the photo.   I gave two to my friend and two are in water still.   And they are looking good! 

The same friend was after Hydrangea cuttings so I pruned my Hydrangea and gave her half the cuttings and put the other half into water to see if I can get some going myself.

Someone else sent me a bag of home grown Bok Choy and a bag of brown and also red onions.   LOTS of onions!    Twice I had sent this lady eggs.  She is the neighbour of a friend and we haven't met.   Now she sends me produce.  So what do I do?  I send her more eggs! 

This week I used some of the pesto I had made.  This is something Lucy taught me.   You simply fry some chopped up chicken,  when it is cooked add pesto and stir, turn it right down and add a carton of cream.    Let that all blend.    I like a lot of pesto in this.  I serve it with rice, broccolini and carrots.   It is yum!  

At the op shop (thrift store) I had luck.   I almost didn't go as I was low on time.   So glad I did!   I found skeins of pure wool.   There was a lot of yarn this day.   The lady working there knows me a bit by now.   She helped me to work out what was what... I don't buy acrylic, I look for pure wool or cotton.    She was so helpful.   I ended up with two huge skeins of pale blue 4 ply,  2 of brighter blue 4 ply and a giant cone of a denim blue as well.   It is a fair bit of yarn! 

I also left with a pure wool queen size blanket in baby blue with satin binding.   I have now washed it up in homemade wool wash and dried it in the sun.  It is soft and smells lovely.   I am putting this in my chest of drawers that is full of things for Grandkids as they need them. 

One more thing... I found a dinosaur puzzle and stashed that away for the boys too.

Even though very cheap I consider the wool yarn and the blanket to be investments.    I also invested in new hair cutting scissors.   I want to consider this each week.   Saving something and investing in something.    

Many things are such amazing investments that pay you back 100x.   What have you invested in that has needed up saving you a fortune?    Hair cutting scissors have saved us literally thousands over maybe 35 years!   

I consider some of my best investments of all time to be my chickens,  slow cookers,  dehydrator, sewing machine,  generators, thermo's to keep drinks hot and essential oils.   To name a few at least! 

There are the investments also of time to learn something, practice a skill,  listening and more.   Many things are good investments!  Thinking of this possibly investing in research and medically, investing in a second opinion, have paid the biggest dividends of anything I have ever known!   (as in life saving!) 

How did you build up your home, pantry and garden this week?   I hope there were opportunities that came your way.   Have a lovely weekend! xxx


  1. Wow. You sure have wisdom to do and try things. I think it might be a good idea for me to write down when I do accomplish something like you do. Might be encouraging. Beautiful color of yarn. I have seen that recipe for the peanut butter biscuits but wondered about the calories from the sugar. Of course the little girls would not have to worry about that! Love how you are starting things in water to plant. Does Scout eat Apples? I think I read the seeds are poisonous to dogs. Our dog loved apples but I cut the seeds out.

    1. No Scout doesn't eat apples but she will pinch them and pretend they are a ball. Nancy it really is a good idea to keep a list of journal of what you accomplished. You really do feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the week or even the end of the day. I worked out my savings too each week for several years in the Vicky Challenge and this was enlightening too! I think protein fills you up so if something doesn't contain flour that to me helps. I dont count calories but I do watch carbs as they are my problem. For the kids through they are growing and burning it off like lightening!
      I hope you have a lovely Sunday and good new week! With love Annabel.xxx

    2. I make that recipe using powdered Swerve. 1 cup Peanut Butter, 1/2 cup powdered Swerve, 1 egg. Tastes amazing and texture is spot on using the powdered version without the calories or carbs.

  2. Once again I think I need a cuppa and a lie down after reading how busy you have been. I am amazed at the amount of produce that you have picked up. The fires on Fraser Island meant that the fruit bats were coming over the Bay and raiding all the fruit trees here. As a result no lychee, mango or guava survived in my garden. Hopefully next year the fruit bats will have enough to keep them fed and at home.
    This week I made Katie three dresses. These will fit her for the last three months of her pregnancy and also will be good for breastfeeding. She is happy with them. I made our son a fleece vest for his Birthday this month. I also made a Birthday cake for Bluey.
    I have started knitting up a jumper for Tilly out of the yarn that I have spun up. I also have a small blanket for the new baby being crocheted up.
    This week I was very pleased to get my tax return. I am using this money for new glasses and for hearing aids. I have known that my hearing was getting worse but hadnt realised just how bad it was till the audiologist commented. He wondered how I had managed for so long. He then observed me for a bit and realised I was quite good at lip reading. Well new eyes and ears are my major investment for this week
    I see seeds, compost bins. mulchers and quality gardening implements as investments worth spending the money on. These pay you back many times over with healthy gardens leading to wonderful produce. Fruit trees are another wonderful investment that I will spend money on.
    I am looking forward to some cooler weather here. It has been a hot and dry summer. Our rainy season is summer and for our area, this year has been another drought year. We go up another level in water restrictions at the end of the month unless we get some good rain.
    Life is a bit dry, with brown and crunchy lawns, but it is good.

    1. Dear Jane,
      I didn't think of the fruit bats at all! Oh wow yes they would have been driven off the island. We had those in Adelaide but they flew over and never stopped at our place. They went into the old fig trees etc in the botanical gardens. That is one place I know of!

      I thought the dresses for Katie were beautiful. You are a wonderful Mum. I would love to see how the jumper from your homespun wool looks. A big accomplishment from raw fibre to finished garment!
      It will be really interesting, when you have the hearing aids, how much more you hear and realise what you weren't hearing! Yes, good investments.
      I agree with you about the gardening investments. Improving the soil is a good investment... very often a time investment with mulching and composting etc but it adds up over time to much better soil.
      Hoping you do get some good rain. This would make a big difference. I will look at your weather when I look at the weeks forecast for us. We want to see rain on the horizon too.
      Have a wonderful new week Jane. Happy Birthday to Bluey! Love Annabel.xxx

  3. I agree with saving lots of money doing home haircuts. Many years ago I invested in the best dog clippers I could afford. My little dog Millie is 13 years old and has never been to the groomers. I bath her myself and give her about 4 clips every year. In W.A. dog clipping costs anywhere between $70 - $90 so that has been a huge saving. I use the same clippers to cut my husbands hair, saving $15 plus every time. I joke with my husband that I clip Millie dog first then Trevor afterwards, I don’t want her to catch anything from him. Thank goodness he has a great sense of humor.

    1. Hi Marilyn,
      LOL That is wonderful. Millie dog first and hubby second.

      Blessings, Laura

    2. Dear Annabel,
      Hmm, somehow my comment disappeared in the middle of my typing. I'm not sure what happened and I can't type it all over. I'll just say that I'm so happy for you on your lovely and productive week. i enjoy the encouragement you and the other ladies provide each week. Blessings, Laura

    3. Dear Marilyn, That is funny. I cut Andys hair and I never thought of how clippers could be used for a dog as well. Scout has short hair so so isn't much of a candidate. Maybe Eddie could have a haircut!

      Dear Laura, Thank you so much! With love Annabel.xxx

  4. Dear Annabel
    what a lovely post this week : lovely wool skeins from the op shop and the colours are so nice . I loved the idea of keeping a record of what you achieve through your week . So many times I feel that I haven't achieved much but if I take the time to write down what I did do through out the week, I am pleasantly surprised.

    1. Dear Virginia,
      I am so glad you are taking notice of what you did get done and your progress. it feels good and it is like positive feedback... we all need that! Somehow if I made progress it encourages me to keep going. At the end of the year I also write down the big things we achieved plus the big events of the year. Thanks so much, I am so pleased with the yarn and I think I will wind the skeins into balls so they are easier to crochet from. With love Annabel.xxx

  5. Hi Annabel,your cooking is making me hungry ,,I am on a diet at present,but I will make those peanut butter biscuits when my diet is over lol,i discovered we have an apple tree to up here,too but tiny apples? when I went back to look at them they were all gone birds maybe possems, john is the keen gardener around here and so far we have
    Pumpkins,zucchini,potatoes all growing nicely,the way things are going around here
    we could start our own fruit n veg market
    i made up some more miracle spray,& it feels good to have veggies growing.you too have a wonderful weekend x

    1. Dear Melissa,
      Birds and possums are quick. They beat me to many things. I lost a crop of pears this way. Not happy! The veggie garden sounds really good! I hope you get a great harvest. Miracle spray is fantastic. It works and it smells good. Have a very good new week! With love Annabel.xxx

  6. Dear Annabel, well done on finding those apples and picking those figs. I love how you took up those fig cuttings and have put them to good use. It must have been lovely to see the girls and Sidney. How nice that you always take cooking. I love your finds at the op shop. I had a little luck at the op shop. I got some old children's classics Robinson Crusoe, The Secret Garden etc all for 50c and some shorts a few sizes up for the little ones. I also want to hem up some more handkerchiefs with a flannelette sheet that I bought. Thank you for this idea. I got some bread rolls for $1 pack and last week I trialled making a few sandwiches in advance and they are fine! I find them good for super quick toasties or days when we are busy and lunch is made. I planted some seeds, I hope that they sprout. I think seeds are a good investment. I also think any fruit tees are too. Thank you for everything that you do, Lily.

    1. Dear Lily,
      I love that you buy the children's classics. I watch for them too. Thinking first about the girls as they get older, now thinking for the boys too. I got Anne of Green Gables and Black Beauty. Also for the babies I got Beautrix Potter and Winnie the Pooh. I keep my eye out!
      The very soft flannelette handkerchiefs are something where you dont know how good they are until you have a cold or the flu. Then they are so soft you can never use anything else again! I think your books were a good investment, yes and seeds for sure! I agree on fruit trees also! What an investment for the future!
      Some investments are more long term so we need to think ahead.
      Now I think making up rolls and sandwiches in batches and freezing them is so good. We do some that go into the sandwich toaster too and no one would ever know they were frozen. Any time I have left over roast meat, ham etc I will make up a stack. Very very handy when you need them! With much love Annabel.xxx

  7. I love the idea of a list of things you have done for the week. With my husband working away for long periods of time I don’t think he has any idea of how much I do, as so many jobs are ongoing or not really noticeable. He is due home Sunday so I will see if he notices anything.
    I have many things that were a great investment from a food processor bought in 1982 and still working, the best education I could afford for my kids, decent shoes, time listening to friends, my sewing machine and just about every book I have read. This last gym membership has been great for keeping me active and making friends in a new town. I am sure there are many more and it is something I will keep at the front of my mind as we prepare for retirement.

    1. Dear Barb,
      Some jobs are only noticeable if you DONT do them! Then everyone notices!
      Laine used to write that she would show Art some of her work of the day when he was home. Like if she planted a garden patch she would show him. He would see what she had achieved besides all she usually did and be so pleased. So I learned to do that a bit and keep track of what I did. Partly also because people would say to me hello, what have you been doing lately type questions... and I would go blank. So finally I learned to keep track. Last year several people made nosies as if I must do nothing out here on the farm. I was able to say how I have developed gardens and an orchard and am renovating a cottage and rearing calves and lambs. For a starter!
      Good education is for sure on the list of good investments. I think good shoes too and back ups. I thought I should have included the freezer on my list but the sewing machine was a great one. Anything we can do for our health is a very good investment. Friendships too. It is a god thing to think about. With love Annabel.xxx

  8. What wonderful blessings you received again this week. You bless others as well. I just love that.

    1. Thank you Cheryl. It is great to have opportunities to help. I already had some more produce blessing in the new week. I dont think it can last much longer as we are in Autumn now. But this gives me time to work on what I have. I hope you have a good new week. With love Annabel.xxx

  9. i love these posts, thank you! Could you please tell me how much peanut butter is in the jar you use?

    1. Dear Debbie, The jar I used is 500g but you can do it with less. I like this though as it is lower sugar with the big jar. Sorry you might have to convert this but it will give you the idea, there is a bit of flexibility and it still works. Thanks so much. With love,

  10. Hello! Have had a productive week here! Worked on my food storage area and put some food items in
    Long term storage buckets-also getting ready to can 30 pounds of ground beef-prices continue to climb. Glad you were able to visit your grandchildren -I have 12 and they are a pure joy ! Has Laine written anymore letters? So enjoyed the ones you posted a couple months ago❤️

    1. Dear Becky,
      Well done on working on your food storage. It is so wonderful you have 12 Grandchildren! Laine has two sick Daughter in laws and one of them is in hospital and Laine is caring for a new born baby. And homeschooling. So she is just snowed under and could do with some prayer. Her daughter in law in hospital could really do with some prayer as well. This explains ... With love Annabel.xxx

    2. So sorry to hear this-Will be praying for the family. I had a daughter-in-law that had cancer when her baby was 8 days old-I had to take care of him for awhile. I know how stressful it is.

  11. I love the eggs for produce swapping. That benefits you both! My Mom fell and broke her hip and had hip replacement surgery this week. We did not travel there because only one can visit and that needed to be my sister who lives there. We were at the lake house when this all happened. When we are here we are constantly having to stop in town and buy bread. This always makes us appreciate our bread machine back home. For only sixty cents a loaf we make wonderful bread any time. The machine has paid for itself over and over. Our hair cutting clippers and scissors are another investment that has paid us over and over. Perhaps our biggest investment is our essential oils and herbs and homeopathics that keep us well. A friend called from Africa this morning to talk about what to use for a particular illness as they want to avoid big medical bills, too. We also consider our house at the lake an investment. Over twenty years ago we paid cash for a one twelfth share of this house. We have four weeks a year of time away for only the cost of the maintenance fees which are tight now $480 a year. We have saved thousands over paying for accomodations to get away each year. And one day we can sell our part for way more than we paid for it.

    Happy weekend all!

    1. Dear Lana,
      Oh your poor Mum. I really hope she is doing well now. A fall and a break are not good but they are very good at fixing hips now. So I pray she is ok.
      You really got me started so much in essential oils, I mainly order from Hopewell because of you. These are a good investment plus the knowledge and the learning process has been an excellent investment. Also I still drink my water! So I have things to thank you for!
      The lake house sounds beautiful. You have used it well which is the key.
      I would like to increase my homeopathy knowledge but I do keep some homeopathic remedies which I swear by and would never be without.
      Thanks so much Lana, with love Annabel.xxx

  12. All week I have been preparing for my trip to see my granddaughter get married (tomorrow). I'm not the kind who can toss a few things in a bag and take off but I'm almost ready. We didn't lose as many plants after the big freeze as we thought so that is my good news. We installed insulated curtains in one more bedroom and got two pear trees planted so some progress was made. In thinking about investments, the curtains and trees can sure go into that category. Also, the drying racks I bought at thrift stores have been invaluable. Along with my outdoor clothesline and clothes pins. I very seldom use our clothes dryer and when I do, it's for short times and mostly to get rid of wrinkles. Annabel, you pick up the best stuff at your Op shops and I'd like to fly over and go thrifting with you. LOL. Only in my dreams. I love what you did with the figs and also your baking. I must try those peanut butter cookies. I hope everyone has a super week. As I travel, I will keep my eyes open for new "investments" and things to glean!

    1. Dear Pam, I hope the wedding was just wonderful! How exciting. I hope to live to see my Granddaughters get married. That is a goal!
      It is amazing plants can survive a freeze like that! I hope they come back well..
      Your investments you mention are very good ones. I think we could have a pretty fine time op shopping! Chloe and I used to have a day where we would head off together and go to about 20 op shops in one day. We had a loop we did. It was sos much fun. This was our idea of a great day out!
      It has been a good week and is nearly over! I go to town tomorrow so I am thinking of wise investments. It was Chloe's birthday so I got her a very good pillow. Good bedding is a good investment I think as a good nights sleep is very important! With love Annabel.xxx

  13. Some great op shop finds there Annabel. I can’t wait to see what you make with that wool, it’s such a beautiful colour, please post about it when you do.

    I’m still struggling with a flare up of fibromyalgia so another week has rolled by with not too much extra achieved, having said that I did weed the pavers in our courtyard and repot a few plants, and planted out my woolies seedlings (free seeds). I was almost crippled the next day, but I have to move, I go crazy resting all the time! I managed a half hour walk a couple of days later, I’m trying to exercise more to beat this wretched condition! And other than the basic housework and working at my job my regular 2 days a week that was it! Everyone’s week is so different. I look forward to getting back to achieving more.

    Good investments for me are my dishwasher (I couldn’t live without it!) My cordless vacuum cleaner that hubby bought me for Christmas (I love that thing, so much easier to use, I vacuum more because of it) and compost piles! 😁

    1. Dear Cheryl, I am sorry you are suffering a fibro flare up. Any pain flare up is bad. I get a pain flare up for five to six days if I eat wheat. It seems those days last just forever. So miserable.
      I hope you are feeling better now. The week is almost over!
      I agree on the cordless vac. Game changer! Best thing I ever bought! Compost is a good one too! Many thanks Cheryl, With love Annabel.xxxx

  14. Excellent point about investing in things for the future. I never thought of my crockpot like that, but you are right, it has saved us thousands by making an easy to make meal ;). Thank you for the cow photo ;). I really enjoy seeing your animals.

    1. Yes I think my crock pot has saved me so much. One of the favourites is to make a big casserole and serve that... and make the leftovers into pies. I always have a ready meal in the form of a pie because of this. But so many other things from beautiful soups and pot roasts, curries and baby food. Walking in to the smell of cooking is so good too!
      Thank you re my animals! I think I need to post some duck photos and the ducks are really very sweet! With love Annabel.xxx

  15. Dear Annabel,
    Your yarn is absolutely gorgeous. What pretty shades of blue!
    I am impressed with all the wonderful baked goods, also. I will have to try that peanut butter biscuit recipe. I am always on the lookout for a good gluten free recipe that doesn't take a lot of different flours and ingredients.
    I wish I could report a lot of progress here, but it is slow these days. I did manage to get two refrigerator freezers emptied of currants, and aronia berries that I froze last summer due to not having time to process them then. I will be making jam on Sunday with the currants and the aronia berries are in the dehydrator. I have eight quarts of plums thawing in the downstairs refrigerator, also, that will be made into Plum Conserve and Plum Butter within the next few days. I can't wait long as these items were frozen and thawed now.
    In one of the garage freezers I have quite an amount of elderberries to process, but am not quite sure what I am going to do with them. A few years ago I made elderberry syrup and I might do the same this time or just juice them and make a jam.
    The fruit in our yard is plentiful, normally, since most of the berry bushes and trees have been planted for five years now. We are hoping to get more apples off the two trees in front this year.
    We are trying to plan our garden, but it will depend on how much my husband can handle. He is slowing down considerably and struggling to do much. He planted a wonderful garden last summer, but people in their 70's tend to wind down at some point. :)
    Wyoming is forecast for two to four feet of snow this weekend in Casper and Cheyenne. The weather forecast mentioned it might break a record, but we shall see. I see that Denver is set for, at least, that much snow and blizzard conditions. Interesting weather this year.
    Your pets are always so cute. Thanks for sharing them with us.
    Have a wonderful weekend to all the Bluebirds.
    Love and hugs,

    1. Dear Glenda,
      You did well with the currants and berries. They sound beautiful too. The plums sound so good also. And this all will create freezer space!
      I would love to have elderberries. I have never seen them in my state. But as a remedy they seem to have a fantastic reputation.
      I saw that you had a lot of snow coming! That seems so much! Yes the cold has been so extreme and widespread. It has hit hard. I hope you are doing ok in this as it is almost the end of the week now. We are the opposite we have had a last burst of warm weather! I hope all the fruit has gone well it is all an asset to have! With love, Annabel.xxx

  16. Dear Annabel,

    What a lovely post, as usual. You've got me thinking about hydrangeas...I didn't really know you could propagate them via cuttings...I have a few bushes that the deer have just demolished the last few years, and I should give this a try to get some more to try in a different location.

    I don't know if I have any additions to the good investments that you mention, and have been mentioned in the comments...I agree with all of them! Investing in learning new skills (usually the investment is mainly in time and effort) always pays off.

    Got some pruning done of some grape vines this week as the weather turned spring like for a few days. I think it's a bit early to write off a chance of a snowstorm, but it was nice to feel the warmth of the sun and think of spring chores. Painted on a door this week, sewed on a skirt, did some knitting...some weeks I'm good at keeping a list, and others not so much. I need to make it a regular habit, as it makes a person feel so good at all that was accomplished...because when you just try to go by memory, a lot is forgotten!

    Oh, love the wool!!!

    xx Jen in NS

    1. Jen, Hydrangeas take root in water really well. The hard bit is from that stage to soil... they need a lot of water then. Mine in my jars are looking good so far.
      Your week sounds very nice. A variety! Like mine. I am looking for grapevines as I want to make wreaths. We have wineries near by so really I should be able to find some! You achieve a lot so a list would prove to you just how much you do and also how much you are saving! Without a list my memory is hopeless!
      Many thanks Jen! With love Annabel.xxx

  17. Hello Annabel and what a find that wool was in the op shops and I am sure you will make some wonderful things out of it and the wool blanket sounds wonderful too with both being so expensive to buy nowadays at full retail prices :). Hope your hydrangea cuttings take off as well as the fig cuttings so you have more fruit trees and flowers around the home. The apples are so good and there is so many things you can make out of your free apples :).

    Our Vicky challenge added up to $164.23 in savings last week :) .

    In the kitchen -
    - Made 3 loaves of wholemeal white bread in the bread making machine saving $10.47 over buying them in the local shops.
    - Cooked all meals from scratch.
    - Roasted our large markdown pork roast and had a roast meal the first night with steamed vegetables and packaged 4 more meal sized portions for the freezer for meals later on.

    In the gardens -
    - DH whipper snipped and mowed the lawns on the ride on and I push mowed around the edges and trees with the self propelled lawn mower.
    - We potted up 4 cuttings from when I pruned the hedges around the home to replace the 2 that are dead. If they take and develop roots we will save $60 over buying the shrubs in the local nurseries.

    Internet listings -
    - Listed 10 items on an eBay free listing promotion saving $16.50 on usual listing fee prices.

    Purchases -
    - On 60% off markdown I purchased 2 x 4 pk croissants and a 6 pack of fruit hot cross buns saving $6.60 on usual prices.
    - By buying on half price sale 8 x chicken kievs. 2 x sensitive toothpastes and 2 packets of chips, buying a 2.888 kg pork shoulder roast on markdown reduced from $9 kg to $6.65 kg and combining that with $20 off rewards dollars I saved a total of $70.66 on usual prices or 62.87%.

    Have a great week ahead everyone :).

    Sewingcreations15 (Lorna).

    1. Dear Lorna, The croissants and hot cross buns sound so good. I notice bakery items do some times come on good specials. I fill my freezer up when I see these! Being on the farm I am always offering people lunch or something to eat as they have far to get here and far to go home. So these things are very handy.
      You had great deals for the week. Shopping this way is a skill really and makes a big difference.
      Lorna I did almost the same as you only with turkey. It gave us multiple meals and lunches etc. I think a roast is still the nicest meal of all. Plus you get cold meat. Many benefits.
      I hope this has been a good week too. It is nearly Friday again already! We had a last burst of warmth... I am thinking you might be getting some rain. I hope so, but not too much either! With much love, Annabel.xxx

  18. Lovely yarn! Glad you had a good & productive week.
    I save endless amounts on home cooking all our meals, home hair cuts, and shopping at thrift stores for nearly everything. Also I know some generous ladies who pass on their children's clothes to mine.
    Blessings to all the Bluebirds!

    1. Dear Leslie,
      It is staggering when we work out how much things cost per year. That was my wake up call. So it is more staggering how much we can save over many years! We handed on so many clothes to others and so many handed clothes on to us. It was a circle for sure!
      I hope your week has gone well! It is almost Friday again! With love, Annabel.xxx

  19. Obviously our cattle are a great investment. And my garden spaces. I will be adding in blueberry bushes and rhubarb and strawberries this year. This is the year for a larger pear harvest. I'm hopeful. 2 years ago we finally had enough for me to can.

    Essential oils, probiotics and other suppliments to keep us healthy.

    Well-made, classic clothing & footwear for all seasons.

    Well-made, researched appliances, vehicles, other tools to help us with everyday work.

    And finally time for rest and time with God are the best investments we can make.

    1. Dear Kay,
      Yes stock is a good investment. Now we have to laugh. Stock to some people is the stock market! Not me not ever! Stock to us is on four legs! It is a solid investment!! And it grows! haha just differently!
      I agree on oils , vitamins and remedies yes!
      You make a great point... many times only when we have rest and prayer that really we can see the wood from the trees! Very important. Thank you Kay, with love Annabel.xxx

  20. A lovely week as always Annabel. I have much on my plate here with a health scare for Husband and a significant age birthday party for Son number 3, all on the weekend or just prior. So routine has been out the window. Fingers crossed for a more settled week ahead. Thanks for the inspiration. Mimi xxx

    1. Dear Mimi,
      I hope your husband is ok. I saw someone had not been well but I didn't realise who! I hope he is better now. Ok so it was a very busy week for you! I am sure you made the birthday very special. I do hope this week was normal! Normal is good! With love Annabel.xxx

  21. Hi Annabel

    Wow you pick up some fantastic buys on your trips to the Thrift stores. Love the blue yarn

    I am still playing catch up. I was looking at the work from a recent post on the cottage, it looks awesome. Such a cosy cottage.

    Thomas is certainly growing up and it was such a beautiful pic of him.

    I have been busy finishing a cot quilt and am now up to hand stitching which I can do at night. DD10 is having a party around the middle of May so I have been preparing this and Easter at the moment, along with a tidy up for an upcoming inspection just prior to the Easter weekend.

    I am also trying to tidy up cupboards as we are thinking that it will not be too long before Mum comes to live with us as things are getting a little worse with her.

    Love seeing the photos of your animals. You certainly have built up the farm since moving there. It is a way of life that really suits you.

    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

    Take Care
    Aly xxx

    1. Dear Aly,
      It was all about blue the day I got the wool as the blanket was blue too.
      It is lovely you have the cot quilt almost finished! A party to plan for is nice too.
      You have big changes coming with Mum coming to live. You are a wonderful daughter.
      The week has flown by and it is almost Friday again! With much love Annabel.xxx


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