Wednesday, 30 October 2013


 A friend said Brent could borrow his chainsaw
 one mighty exhaust ...

All of this years trees have been cut down - now the hard work begins of splitting and storing for winter. We will price a mulcher today. Maybe a bonfire will happen this weekend depending on weather.

My days have been spent studying, and feeding the wood merchants.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Labour day

 Hello says Magika

 Cinders enjoying the sun

Our cats have been having a holiday in the Farm Stay runs during the day

Mother and daughters on a walk about

Laura (mother) Magika and Freya

Mr Quail
 Mrs Quail

 Gus and Geraldine

Molly goats best smile for the camera. I think everyone should have a goat in their backyard.

 The workers were hard at work again cutting firewood

 It's amazing how much more light is being let in with the trees taken out so far.

the new view of rolling hills

 The First sweet pea of the season

Monday, 28 October 2013

Living off the land

 The boys have worked hard all day - five pine trees cut down and ringed. Preparing for winter by gathering firewood in spring means we will be nice and toasty for next winter again. Sure is a lot of work for the blokes.

My day was spent studying and making meals for the workers.

We eat very simply as I find it easier to make one meal that everyone can eat - ie wheat, egg, nut, dairy, fish free.
Lunch was:

  • Chicken drumsticks with honey, ginger and garlic.
  •  A brown rice tabouleh salad.
  • Fresh garden salad (I did sneak in some tomatoes in shopping trolley - as we eat to season we haven't had any fresh tomatoes since last autumn. Can hardly wait till after the next new moon when I'll be planting tomatoes galore in the garden.)

Here is my rice Tabouleh salad recipe (bulgur wheat free so suitable for non wheat eaters)

 Soak (for about 1 hour) about 1 cup of rice (I like to use more so I have left overs for a snack or lunch for someone).
Use brown rice or as in above photo wild rice (which is soo yummy!) -

Drain - then cover well with hot water and cook

Drain and cool. Use a tea towel to remove as much moisture as you can.

spread onto an oven tray and preheat oven to 190 deg C.
Drizzle olive oil and mix with your hands to coat the rice.

Put in a hot oven for about 5-10 mins to crisp up the rice but be careful not to over cook it. This process gives the rice a nutty taste.

Dice up tomatoes small - I use more tomatoes when plentiful in garden
about 4 large handfuls of parsley - stalks remove cut up very finely
about 4 spring onions
1 handful of mint leaves again stalks removed and chopped very fine
Dice up a cucumber if you have one very small

When rice is cool mix together.

Juice of two lemons
1/s cup olive oil
1 teaspoon of pomegranate molasses (Have you guys brought this yet???)
salt and pepper.
Add dressing just before serving.

Linking up to Mosaic Monday.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Labour weekend has begun

 James in the Jeep and Brent on the chainsaw - Don't ask these guys to prune the trees in your back yard

As promised sheep haircuts - good solid girls these. This is the Texel bloodline we introduced. 

Saturday, 26 October 2013

I slept in.. GASP

Oh my! Oh MY! 
I'm late, I'm late
I slept in till 7.35am
Not like me 
Half the day is wasted away 

Our ewes have done really well - lots of wool and all the girls are a good weight
Hows that for a fleece
See you tomorrow to reveal the new haircuts.

PS James is up at the markets if you want to buy some of his plants.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Star Scrappy quilt

James' new queen size bed arrived and I nearly got the quilt top finished.

I'm pretty happy how in the end I extended the quilt from a single to a queen. (blog post here about this here)

I made nine patches for the borders, but didn't like them so unpicked them all. GASP!

In the end I just made more filler blocks for the sides. I was sooooo greatful that I just had enough background fabric By that I mean I have one 4 1/2 inch block left over and two strips of 2 1/2 inch.
That was close aye!

What a real labour of LOVE it was unpicking the green scrappy borders. Even though I was careful unpicking some of the seams came apart and lots of resewing the ends had to happen.

This weekend I hope to move out the lounge furniture so I can begin tacking the quilt, Then machine quilting the quilt can begin.

Next is stripping all of James wallpaper and the decorating of his room will begin.(it shows in photos we have started)

Liking up to Finish it up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Herb of the week - Globe artichokes

 Pretty thrilled with the first globe artichokes harvest of the year.
Nothing like freshly picked,  cooked and then dunking in garlic butter or garlic olive oil. Eating with ones fingers and using your teeth to get every last bit out of the leaves, then  munching ones way down to the heart. yum!


The garden is producing bountifully - I had to laugh taking photos as the animals kept photo bombing.

 See what I mean - here comes Molly

 And the lamb LOL

 OOPS Molly scored big time - my basket toppled and in rolled an artichoke

Munch, munch, munch

Sly old Molly goat!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013


This bouquet of lilacs is for you all - just, to say THANK YOU to everyone visiting Cottage Tails Blog and Facebook page. 

All the comments and interaction sure make the blog so much fun.

 Sure wish you all could smell the lilacs - they are just pure bliss

Absolutely decadent

The Sensation Lilac has the most perfect white border around each petal 
Isn't nature just full of wonderful magical surprises.

Thank you so much for visiting the blog and please don"t hesitate to leave a comment we have been really enjoying meeting all who read Cottage Tails.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

An old goat should know better

Poor old Molly goat (age 14) should know by now that an area fenced off means it is not for goats to access. In this case there's a new chestnut tree on the other side of the fence = Not for goats

But No - The grass is always greener on the other side and she has to try and get to the tree she is not allowed.
How long she had her head stuck we don't know - was it over night or just this morning? Lucky Tex the ram isn't about any more or Molly would have got shunted further into the fence.
Anyway both of us were out there first thing this morning to the rescue in our PJs and gum boots.

 Molly's pride was quite hurt..That's enough photos

Never mind she has got over it and is already smiling like a Cheshire goat.