Sunday, April 25, 2010

An update on ANZAC Day.

Hi, what happened to all those weeks?


Internet is now finally sorted, it seems to have been an aerial issue, not all the things every "expert" said it was!!


School market is the main item on the agenda at present,






So far there are about 160 jars done for it. The big new one this year is preserved figs...you preserve the fig whole and have it on your cheese platters...beautiful with camembert.


As of tonight I have about 30 foot of apple strudel in the freezer. Mixed a few apples with some figs too ripe for preserving tonight and ended up with this strudel version....and yes, it's a winner! There will be a few more of these going in the freezer I think.




I put the word out for apples and ended up with boxes.... and boxes.... and boxes...mostly ones people weren't even going to worry about picking that would have ended up wasted. One of the things I love the most about the strudels and all the fig things is turning something that would go to waste into something really useful...just like with scrap quilting (!!) but also the fun of getting rid of the real waste bits. I get a bucket full of ends, cores, and peels for about every 7 strudels and I just love taking it out to my chooks, they honestly think housescraps are Christmas....





I have also been doing a little bit of gardening...don't fall over! Again, it's for the school market. I saw a blurry picture of a round succulent hanging basket in a magazine and have had a bit of a go at coming up with a nice cheap version. (Rather than wiring 2 wire hanging baskets together.) These are the latest attempts...(made out of chicken wire ..amazingly!!) I have done nearly 15, I'm going to put a nice cheap price on for this year and if they don't sell I'll bring them home and add a year's growth, think that will look good. My only problem with them is the same as with my quilts...I want to keep them all! They are planted with little succulents at fairly regular intervals and the idea is that they will eventually be a hanging mass if succulents.



Today is ANZAC Day in Australia. We went to the parade and ceremony in town this morning, as School captain my girl had to march, it was a big day for her and she did well.-polishes up well when she is out of her farm clothes I think!!

At the ceremony this soldier was entertaining his horse behind me and I couldn't help but snap a shot...doesn't he look the real deal!

Reminds me of every Australian war movie and minseries I have ever seen...'Gallipoli' is my favourite, can't go past Mark lee and Mel Gibson... who's with me?

Anyway, it was a moving ceremony, and very well done...

Have a great day, Tracey

17 comments:

Needled Mom said...

Those goodies look and sound great...especially the strudel!!! You can store some of those in my freezer any day, but they may disappear before you need them.

I miss having chickens because they used to love all the scraps. I now save them for our son's chickens.

Your ANZAC day celebration sounds wonderful. Love the "soldier" and his horse.

Your succulent baskets look so pretty. I have seen some here where they plant them in a wire wreath. Then they hang them and put little votive lights in them. They are absolutely stunning and terribly expensive.

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

Love the picture of your daughter.

ZenaT_Pinter2284 said...

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Gina said...

Love the iea of the succulent hanging baskets. I may have to pinch that one from you.

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Strudel...hmmm that sounds so yummy!

trash said...

Ah yes Gallipoli the movie. Think the last few minutes at least should be mandatory viewing.

Your girl looks terrific. Well done her on being part of such an important day.

Chookyblue...... said...

good work for the fete so far..........9mms here of rain and we didn't go into town.......

Margaret said...

School Captain is a beamer, and she will get so much from learning about our heritage, on film and taking part in the town memorial service. Do you ever stop ? Streudel looks great. You are a winner , that's for sure.

Robyn said...

Hi Tracey,
Gosh you have been busy!!
Oh I love the sound of the preserved figs with cheese... Oh yummmm!!
I completely agree... the best part about pickign fruit or making scrappy quilts is the making somethings out of nothings... Love it!

I wanted to thank you for popping by my blog... I have lost your email and you are set to NR so here I am..
Thankyou for your lovely comment on my Klosjes and the pic from inside.

Have a great day!

Anne Simonot said...

Great movie - so heartbreaking at the end!

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YankeeQuilter said...

Strudel with apples and figs...oh, my! This summer I am learning to preserve/can. One of our guild members is a retired Home Economics teacher. I can't wait!

Jelly Wares said...

Your girl sure is growing up!!!
Those preserved figs sound DIVINE!!! I so need to get me some fig trees..

Hugs - Jodie :)

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Ruth's Place said...

The preserved figs sound amazing. Figs don't last long enough in this house for me to try it though :(

I've been making jam: cherry, apricot and plum/apple lately.

Your daughter looks so grown up, lovely photo.

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prashant said...

I miss having chickens because they used to love all the scraps. I now save them for our son's chickens.
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