Sorry havent been posting for awhile - its still a bit hectic around here but we are making progress sloowwly . . .
if I was to make a list of my favourite things, then I would definately write "gourds" on it - I have been growing gourds every year for about 6-7 years now and they are so much a part of who I am - I do sell them at the cottage but even if I didn't, I would still grow them for myself as I love to have baskets full of them around every autumn. I enjoy the "lucky dip" aspect of seeing what comes up also, as I find the seeds often cross and all sorts of combinations can appear . . . this year I didn't actually plant ANY gourd seeds as such, as I decided to just leave the patch where I grew last years and see if any came back up. I took Mr fat fluffy out to the farm to harvest this years crop last weekend . . .
|Hurry up Mum I'm ready to go|
because I grow them in peat soil, they all need a good wash when I get them home and then put onto trays to dry in the sun . . .
|washing them in my new (cracked) sink|
|I didnt get the usual mixed assortment but still some good varieties came up|
We have been having some bleak foggy days here in our little part of the Waikato this past week - I took these photos below at 11 in the morning so it shows you how the fog can linger around in these parts, lift for a few hours & then set in again . . .
Eat things like this . . .
|Banana cake & malt fudge slice - yummy ! ! !|
And make things like this . . .
|2 hettie hen doorstops made from hessian|
|this is about the limit to my knitting abilities ! !|
Quite a few birthdays ago my friend gave me a lovely golly plate & - without intending to - a bit of a collection began, & this week a trademe purchase turned up in the mail . . .
|Just look at that face - how wonderful ! ! !|
|Love the little triangle shaped picanniny one - another trademe purchase|
This weekend is a long weekend here in N.Z. - Queens birthday weekend - Happy Birthday to Her Majesty - hope its a happy one. :-) Have a lovely long weekend out there friends and if you are travelling, drive safely & take care.
Keep warm & try to relax . . . be back real soon.
Love Julie :-)
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