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

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Electronics and consumables

We recently bought a new computer printer after our previous one 'carked' it as my Dad would say.  Isn't it marvellous how inexpensive these items have become - that is until you want to replace an ink cartridge or similar consumable.

The printer we bought was from memory in the range of $35, and the ink I just bought online was $52 odd for one black and one colour.  I forgot to look on E bay of course, so I may be able to get that number down a bit lower.  Still.

The most disappointing thing of all is the packaging involved.  Just look at this for two little cartridges - humm.

I am still processing tomatoes, I estimate one more picking and that should call it done.  I have run out of pasta sauce bottles and am now freezing the product in takeaway containers.  

Last Friday was our 5th wedding anniversary and we took the opportunity of visiting the Rudd's Pub in a nearby town for dinner.  Ironically, we won the R.F.S. raffle for which the prize was a meat tray - clearly something we already have heap of.  We didn't think until too late to donate the meat tray back for them to re-raffle as we were too stunned at winning anything.  Anyway a lovely selection came home with us.

Our Jessie goes into surgery on Tuesday for a double cruciate ligament replacement on her hind legs.  She did one early last week and then the other two days later.  The good folks at Warwick Vet Clinic have been excellent, having only a week ago done surgery on her ear following her cracking the cartilage and forming a haematoma there.  She still has what I call a kitchen sponge stitched onto her ear to prevent the haematoma from reforming.  So, the stitches will come out of her ear and will go into both her hind legs.  I pray at it all goes well and she recovers, with the inevitable arthritis to follow.  She will need to board at the house of one of the vets as we have stairs and I can't manage to carry her down, as she's too heavy for me.  I tried last week, and we both ended up on the ground so I can't risk it.
Our beautiful girl Jessie

The weather has taken a lovely turn this weekend.  The days, while still warm, are better than the last couple of weeks, there seems to be a hint of Autumn in the air in the early mornings and the nights are so much better for sleeping now.  No rain however, we could do with some. 

Cheers, Barb.

Friday, 19 February 2016


As the brilliant Billie Holiday sings -
"Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky
Stormy weather
Since my man and I ain't together,
Keeps rainin' all of the time

Oh, yeah
Life is bare, gloom and mis'ry everywhere
Stormy weather
And I just can't get my poorself together,
I'm weary all the time
So weary all the time
When he went away the blues walked in and met me.
Oh, yeah
If he stays away old rockin' chair will get me.

All I do is pray the Lord above will let me walk in the sun once more.
I can't go on, can't go on, can't go on, ev'ry thing I had is gone
Stormy weather

Since my man and I ain't together,
Keeps rainin' all the time"

While the above photos show severe looking weather, we fortunately received only some wind and much lovely rain.  It has been so hot and dry again recently, as you can see much of the green has disappeared from the house yard.

I've just had four days at the Sunshine Coast and the heat and humidity there nearly drove me around the twist.  The 3+ hour drive home today in my non-airconditioned little red caboose was also quite trying.  Once I got up over the Great Dividing Range through Cunningham's Gap though,  the relief was immediate and noticeable; still hot but the humidity was trapped on the eastern side of the range and I was clear of it.

So the frogs are singing their song (perhaps a rendition of Stormy Weather), the tanks are filling and I can hear the grass growing, I'm happily at home again.

Cheers, Barb.