A journal of my favourite pastimes gardening, farming and sewing.

Saturday, 16 November 2013


Today I attended a great workshop on making cheese, yoghurt, kefir, butter and ghee.  The workshop was hosted by Elisabeth Fekonia from Permaculture Produce, based on the northern end of the Sunshine Coast.

I was put onto this by Margy at Simple Living Toowoomba and I was keen to learn a new skill for future food making. 

The full day course covered making a brie, a cheddar, quark, cultured butter, yoghurt, kefir and ghee.  We ate a great lunch consisting of a salad topped with homemade feta, sourdough bread, brie cheese, butter kase, cheddar cheese, kimchi, sauerkraut, and a honey mead. It was quite interesting to feel quite light and unbloated after all that food, but it felt great.

I wish I had photos but I forgot to take my camera with me so I am including some stock photos.




This was a day well spent, even if we don't eat all types of fermented foods - there are plenty for me to experiment with.

Friday, 8 November 2013


Its that time of year again when the sheep are being shorn in readiness for summer - a bit out of whack this year though.  Our shearer John is from the Brisbane Valley region and makes the 90 minute journey down to us at Boonah once a year.  He is one of those gentle talking, calm people who are so good with stock.

He is very knowledgeable about sheep and I have learned a lot from talking with him while he works.  After they are shorn, I drench them and then they are back into the paddock to give each other the once over like they are strangers.

This is an old photo, I don't know anyone who has any green left in their paddocks/yards.  Our cactus is telling us its going to rain so I hope it is right.

It certainly was the wrong day for an outside job, when I came back in at 3pm, it was 37 degrees outside.  So I'm waiting until it cools off a little before I go back out to feed the animals and put the shorn wool away.  If anyone wants some black fleece, let me know.  We don't seem to be able to sell it to the wool mill.

Thursday, 7 November 2013


Is it just me or is it end of year-itis?  Peter has started his new job 1 hour away in Warwick this week, and we feel shot every day.  Perhaps it is because we are getting up about 1-2 hours earlier in the morning, but my energy levels are pretty low.  Maybe like daylight saving in the south, the first and last couple of weeks are tough.

I've also started a little exercise regime - XBX from the Canadian Air Force - remember 5BX?  I've been doing neck exercises since having thyroid cancer surgery earlier in the year and the neck stiffness/tightness was a problem.  I found that the stretching exercises have eased things considerably and I'm now applying it to my other body bits.

The builder is almost finished downstairs now so we'll be able to start fitting out and then putting stuff back into place.  I want to start decrapping (a more realistic term than decluttering I have to say) so that when the time comes to move, it won't be as bad?? haha.

Last weekend we went to Caloundra for the night and stayed with BIL and SIL at http://www.windwardpassage.com.au/  They are there for a week, the lucky things.  This is what it looked like:

We had fish and chips on the balcony, walked to Golden Beach and back, went to the Caloundra markets and generally had a lovely time.  Our travelling time was great too, only 2½ hours using the Clem 7 and Airportlink tunnels.  

The animals were all being spoiled at home, so we had a nice break, probably the last one for a long while now.