The one thing I enjoyed was reading some new (to me) blogs and gathering new ideas - there are so many inspiring blogs out there and so many talented bloggers!
After a tiny bit of gardening last week my back played up again, so I have to stay away from kneeling and squatting for a while - both are required for the amount of weeding that needs to be done.
My gardening does slow down anyway at this time of year. It is too hot and muggy to spend too much time outside. Gardening is normally what takes up most of my weekends though, so I thought I better have another look at my unfinished projects/goals list.
(too late to call them New Years resolutions?..... mmm I am a bit slow! )
Photographing the gorgeous flowers at this time of the year is definitely on the schedule, and maybe I can improve my photography.. I need to develop a bit more patience - especially around birds and butterflies.
There was a baby bird tucked away in my jungle. I don't know where the nest is, but clearly the mother was teaching it to fly. This is an olive backed honey eater, not the yellow sunbird whose nest we have outside the office window.
I sorted out all my veggie seeds and have a plan for the veggie garden which will be planted out in late March. We had thought an old fridge might be a good place to store gardening "stuff" but... - after fighting the cockroaches for too long I decided that the fridge had to go....I cannot for the life of me see why an old empty fridge should attract them. I don't have a replacement - I just got rid of a lot of stuff and have the remainder sitting on shelves. So a little bit of preparation is going on. I am thinking of making my own seed starting mix from crusher dust and cocopeat. Then to make potting soil I will add my own compost. I want to use that for growing tomatoes in pots since we have wilt in the soil which prevents us growing full size tomatoes. I do want to grow some decent veggies this year. so for now this is my little gardening corner - simple and sufficient.
I made a dress which I really enjoyed doing, and want to make some more time for sewing. I also want to start some quilting again. Every time I make a quilt ( I have made 3 - one for each of my daughters and one for my mom) I say I will never make another one :) I saw a mini quilt which intrigued me, and then I have some ideas for two more....
Every year I say I want to consolidate down to a few really nice recipes that I can whip up for guests or the family. I tend to like much more adventurous food than the family does, and keep thinking I can change them. (never!) I did find a marvellous new recipe the-best-bean-salad-in-world - I didn't make the same dressing, just used olive oil and lemon juice. I took some to a pot luck and the rest sat in the fridge for five days and I found it so convenient to have something all ready to go for lunch or to add some extra veggies at dinner. I also made a poached chicken in the crockpot using glalangal, lemongrass and ginger from my garden. This is the glalangal in flower - the scent is amazing!
I have really enjoyed doing a few giveaways lately and partaking in others. I was also lucky enough to win two! I will post about them when I receive them :) I have a great offer in the pipeline and will try to do something each month along these lines.
What are your goals for the year?