Monday, May 27, 2013

Kyton and Mum

Hello....
since Mum broke  her  wrist she has taken to doing crosswords and puzzles in the daily paper......
this makes me very happy..... she misses knitting and this is a good substitute for her...

.......I help Mum with them and between us we get most of the puzzles out.....
We do this in the mornings ....... and in the afternoons we still play Yahtzee, sometimes for three hours... depends how Mum feels.... I'm enjoying this time with Mum.....I call this my 'Mental Therapy'.......
I miss crafting, but. it's nice not to have the pressure to finish birthday presents and other things  I used to do.  Now I enjoy shopping for gifts instead...... 

I took this photo last week ... as you can see the heater is on... YES ... it's getting cold in Sydney.... Winter is almost upon us.....


.. even the dog is getting cold....

...here he is in his fluffy lined denim coat.......

..and here he is in  a different coat,  trying to back in behind my Hubby on the lounge chair.......he's a funny dog.....
....  I like the way he eats his dry food from the far side of the bowl and keeps the food in a straight line.....The Vet says Kyton is eccentric ........

We tend to agree   hahaha...


Hugs and Blessings
Barb  xxx

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother's Day flowers and a garden up date......

My sister, Trish came and spent a couple of days with Mum for Mother's Day........
She brought some Calendulas from her garden down for us to plant.......


She also bought Mum this lovely white Chrysanthamum.......


My Hubby bought these other 'mums' for Mum and I, and with trish's one we have some lovely plants for the garden.........should look lovely.......



While we're outside I'll just show you how the garden is going.........
It's Autumn here and the garnen is slowing down....but .. a few things are happening........

...the Hyacinths are going great.......

...the Polyanthus have come back to life..............

......this unknown plant from last year has resurected itself, too ......................

....And ... the Hellebores are thickening up.................. maybe a flower or two this Winter.......hope so.


Inside we have  beautifu Floral Arrangement from my brother for Mum and a lovely Vase of Gerbras  for Mum and me from my Daughter, Sue..........




We had a lovely Mother's Day......

Hope you all had a nice week....
Hugs and Blessings
Barb  xxx

Monday, May 6, 2013

In a Pickle

I have spent the week end peeling what seems like a mountain of chokos ....

Our two vines have produced excessively well due to our warm Autumn.....



 
 
 
 
 
 
This weekend I set out to have a cooking marathon to use up some of our crop.....

 this is the base for jam, on the left. soaking in  pineapple and sugar ... and pickles on the right. soaking in salt brine.. .... this was an overnight soak.............



 
This is the delicious Pineapple/choko Jam and a bottle of Pineapple/choko Syrup which can be used over ice cream or with soda water as a refreshing drink .....



This is the Choko Pickles which unfortunately was cooked with too much salt...disaster.......
this is the fifth jug of hot water I'm putting through the mixture to rinse out as much salt as possible.......
now, I'm re-cooking the mixture with my very sweet Pinapple Syrup in an effort to rescue the pickles.........
 
The result was  a very tasty jar of Choko Pickles........... so pleased the rescue worked........



Here is my darling Hubby scrubbing the pot I burnt ..... and more chokos waiting to be cooked.....

 Here is my white dish cloth and blue and white scrub brush dyed Tumeric Yellow......


...and here they are after an overnight soak in a weak bleach mix.... much better.....



I also made Choko Relish with dates and ginger, sweet and tasty on meat.... and Greek style Choko and Tomato  Relish........





This is a beautiful thick Choko Soup made with onion, bacon rice and curry powder....... it was delicious with Parmasen Cheese and fresh toast .........
Definately more soup coming up for Winter.........Yummo .....


Hugs and Blessings
Barb  xxx