Is it lame blogging on Christmas Day?? Oh well. We have had a lovely quiet sort of day so thought I would swing past here for a minute or two.
Jeff has just gone off to bed, Pip is curled up and I am trying not to eat chocolates!
After a whole bunch of Christmas phone calls with various family members across the country and around the world, we buzzed on down to join Ruby and Margie for Christmas Lunch.
Ruby cooked an amazing turkey!
Margie did the beautiful vegetables (including new potatoes & the peas from the garden)
And Macca kept his ears open for scraps!!
We took a little break between mains and dessert, swapped presents & I made up some fresh custard.
Then there was the turning out of the pudding… would it work?
After the dishes were done everyone seemed ready for Nanna-Naps so we went home to relax for the afternoon. Jeff napped, so did Pip.
I don’t nap. I hate waking up in the morning so I am not keen to have to wake up for a second time in one day!
Jeff and I did go for an excellent walk this evening to walk off some of those desserts! The weather was just perfect and rounded off a pretty lovely day!
I went over to Ruby’s and found her giving her hothouse plants a good soaking! She is so proud of how beautiful all her tomatoes and lettuce are looking so far! (Always worth a few barrowloads of mushroom compost!)
This was all over weeds knee high. Ruby has been working hard at clearing it out – handy chair on the right there that she worked from!
I got in and finished the last of the big clumps that were holding on.
Fiona also dropped in and started weeding one of the other patches too!
Over the other side Ruby has planted a number of pumpkins. They popped up randomly, so she relocated them so they can run wild here.
All tucked up in their little shelters while they get a hold on the world.
I made a start on clearing out the weeds in here. Plenty of parsley popping up which I left – a few potato plants too which I also left.
I really really need a few trips to the beach for seaweed!!
The Christmas peas looking fabulous
She has lots of broccoli plants in that are also doing well
Love that hothouse!
Ruby lost her marjoram… She was telling me she planted it somewhere and forgot where! By luck I found it today! I have never grown it so I wasn’t familiar with its look or smell. But it looked herb-like…. then I found the tag too! Ruby was very pleased! We put a little stake next to it so she can spot it more easily. It was also looking a little sad, so I dug in a few generous handfuls of compost all around it.
Then it was cuppa time! Ruby made us some pikelets (not a bad feat when you are blind! She did a great job and they tasted great and hit the spot!
Hope everyone has a super weekend planned!
Time for bed for me – its 2.30am!!! (I thought it was a good idea to go on a midnight hike to see if I could see the meteorite shower. Sigh… the bits of sky that were not cloud obliterated didn’t have any action happening!)
Hello! Another pretty nice day today – got myself down to Ruby’s and found her plum tuckered out!! Dunno where her spec’s were, but she was on her milk crate weeding as I walked in!
Look at her garden!!! The plot at the back left that she wanted me to fill, she weeded/dug and planted potatoes!! haha – I was too tardy getting back wasn’t I?
The bottom left plot she planted the early potatoes in I think (I’ll take credit for the digging of that one)
The plot in the middle has rows of carrots, beetroot and parsnip. I had that one covered in seaweed, so the weeds weren’t too bad in that one for her.
Ruby also finished weeding the top right plot where the peas are and has filled it with beans, broccoli – and I can’t remember what else!
She is a gardening demon!!!
I had brought down some excess seedlings that she needed. So we planted five cucumbers into her hothouse.
Also put 4 of the cos lettuce seedlings in here as well.
Her tomato seedlings and other lettuce are looking fabulous and she is pretty thrilled with its progress. That mushroom compost boost has done its job pretty well so far!
This side of the pea plot is looking good – the other side got a re-planting due to a snail attack!
My aim today was to make a good start on tidying up this plot and slow the spread of the grass seeds.
I found a frog and a bottle in the process…
I still have a lot more to do, but its not a bad start
Jeff came to collect me & we had a cuppa and a slice of cake before we left.
We had a chat about local show day (fairs) as this weekend was Burnie Show Weekend. There is a public holiday on Friday for it too for this area.
I haven’t been to it, but it has the usual side shows, along with agricultural displays, horses, cattle, craft, cooking etc.
I love country shows – I normally go to the Wynyard one in Autumn.
The Royal Shows in the capital cities are wickedly expensive to get into. I was just reading an article about the Perth Show lamenting lack of numbers. The almost 100% response was “We can’t afford it”
At $30 entry for adults, $15 for kids and up to $20 per ride before any food or showbag costs…
Ruby said the rides in her day were one & sixpence! Each child in her family was allowed one go at a sideshow stand and one showbag! I am pretty sure the showbags weren’t too pricey back then. I did see the Perth showbags ranged from $4 to $125!! I have to wonder who has the disposable income to buy the $125 one??!! Wow.
Ruby’s dad went off to see all the agricultural displays and once the kids had their fill of the sideshow excitement they also enjoyed going looking at the cows and other animals on display.
At some point Ruby’s mother “and her cronies” (haha) would find a spot to sit for a well earned cuppa and a natter. The kids would get some cordial and a bit of a rest all around.
Personally I like going to the country shows specifically to get a steak sandwich for lunch! 😀 They do especially good ones in the small country towns!
I have enjoyed putting in entries in the past – competing in photography, craft (as a kid) and a few vegetables (first prize for my eggplant I’ll have you know! 😀 )
Country shows have great displays of animals, horse riding, wood chopping and pretty much an endless variety of entertainment.
I don’t know about you – but a day at the show should be a fun outing. One to relax and enjoy.
Reading up on the ‘hints’ on how to do the Royal Show on a budget really took the joy out of it. So say 2 adults and 2 kids entry plus parking… goodbye $105 before you start having any fun.
Bring your own food – because a day out should mean a rest from organising meals – not lugging your own about all day.
‘Buy the cheap showbag and add your own toys’ Um – am I missing something? So a parent needs to pre buy some suitable toys to also lug about to sneak into the showbag? I suppose it would work… but again… its losing the ‘joy’
Showbags are never going to be good value, but as a kid there was nothing more exciting than getting one!
There was plenty of advice on working out how to do lots of free stuff, but it was like studying up for an exam!
No wonder the numbers are dwindling. I would have promptly dropped it all into the too hard basket and found something else to do!
Anyway – my thoughts are rambling away and I should be in bed!!
Love to hear about the local shows/fairs in your town!!
Out with the nice tea cups today!
Can you believe its a whole year since we had the big party for Ruby?
101 years old today! Amazing!
Ruby got to and baked her own cake!! Haha – she is such a crack up!
Isn’t that the best tea cosy ever?
It was lovely to sit in the warm lounge room and have a good chat and eat some savories and cakes.
I asked Ruby what presents over the years did she remember most as been the best ones.
You know… the kind with long legs and ‘diddly bits’ (lace) We were chuckling so much!
I think presents were mostly things the needed for the house and were presented as birthday or Christmas presents – practical things like pots or kettles.
I said if Jeff got me an iron for my birthday he would probably wear it! haha (Not one for the domestics…Jeff however is sensible and knows I am more thrilled about T-shirts!)
We had a fun discussion about presents we remembered. Margies most special one was a poem from her daughter in law that announced the impending arrival of a grandchild.
Mine was a wedding card from my beautiful Nanna who had passed away years before I got married. She pretty much wrote it on her death bed and had my mother put it away until I got married. (And yes – I cried for three whole days after we got it!)
Macca completely pooped out by the intense celebrations!
My two favourite nurses!
I usually get photos of Ruby on her birthday under the beautiful Magnolia tree. However the weather was just too cold to drag a lady of advanced years out into the garden! But I snapped some photos on our way out anyway!
Even got a rainbow! How about that??!!
When the sun appears it really looks more and more like spring!
Hope everybodys week finishes up fantastically and you have a wonderful weekend.
We finally got quite a lovely day today, so I trotted over to Ruby’s to start organising her spot for the Christmas peas! This is very important to her! Fresh picked peas on the dinner plate at Christmas time is essential!
Lots of fiddly little weeds to take care of first!
You can see where Ruby has been digging away – planted the whole side of the plot out with spring onions!
Ruby kept coming out to chat, then saying she was leaving to ‘not be a nuisance’ but inevitably I would catch her pulling up weeds having a lovely time in the sunshine!
She stashes plenty of chairs and seats around her garden so she can rest AND weed at the same time!
We had a little garden helper too – Ruby is taking care of this little fellow for family at the moment. He had a great time digging holes with me today!
He cracked me up by pulling up a clump of weeds and vigorously shaking the dirt off it! That kind of help is most welcome! (Pulling up the spring onions, not so much… hee hee)
I didn’t get the full plot weeded, but my main aim was to get enough done to put up the rebar and dig the rows over ready for whenever Ruby wants to plant her peas, which she likes to do herself.
Lots of flowers are starting to bloom around Ruby’s yard.
Ruby has also offered me a couple of plots to use for myself. (eep – my own garden is not nearly up to scratch yet! haha) But I was thinking I would love to put a lot of onions in – not sure if thats too late or not. I find onion a bit space hungry and they take ages… so maybe a plot of onions??
Even Margie was out doing some yard work! I have never seen her on the mower before! Good to see she was all rugged up – was still cold despite the sun!
Shock-Horror I didn’t stop for a cuppa today, although I would have loved it! I was dashing home as Jeff and I had enough sunlight left in the day to get a lap of Anniversary Bay in (Plus the tides were low). I’ll save my cuppa for a rainy day!
Here’s hoping for a few more sunny days so we can get a few more hours in the gardens!
Hope your weekends are going splendidly!
Hello! The weather stayed quite nice today so I popped down to dig a plot and weed some stuff at Ruby’s!
When I got there she was cat-napping in the sunroom, so I said hi and told her I was going to work in one of the gardens.
I noticed she had been out and about weeding and spotted a basket full of strawberry plants and an empty strawberry bed.
I wasn’t long into my weeding when I heard the back door slam and Ruby coming up the garden path.
She was in a bit of a tizz because she had forgotten the one thing she really needed help with was topping up the raised garden bed and replanting the strawberries.
“Sure, no worries Ruby… I’m on it.”
Nope… by hook or by crook she was not going to let me carry those bags of compost from the shed by myself. I needed help!!
There was no way I was going to talk her out of that one and I was having kittens thinking about her tottering about helping me carry bloody great bags of compost to the strawberry patch!
I managed to convince her that we could put the bags in the wheelbarrow and she was happy to pick up and pass me handfuls of the straw – I ducked in and got the bags of compost as quick as I could before Ruby could!!
It was then a team effort spreading out the straw and topping it up with the compost & breaking it up over the plot. Basically the soil had sunk and needed to be built up a bit.
I separated the strawberry plants out and Ruby planted them in her garden bed.
Until the weather dries out we are hoping they will mostly look after themselves.
Ruby went off to put her feet up for a bit and I got back into the plot I was weeding
Up the other end of this garden is a lot of little parsley plants that I will weed next time and perhaps relocate.
Also on my ‘soon to do’ list is to get a trailer load of mushroom compost and top up her hothouse soil. Ruby has cleared out the hothouse so its ready for action soon!
Then of course to top off the afternoon work, its time to go in for a cuppa and a bit of a chin-wag.
We were talking about the demise of service. Back in the early days you went to a shop and asked for what you needed. A young boy would visit houses in the morning and get a list of groceries needed and they would be delivered in the afternoon.
In a small town where people left doors unlocked, Margies husband Des, when he was the butchers boy delivering the meat, he would walk into a house if no-one was there and put the meat into the fridge!
We self serve petrol, we now self checkout in supermarkets and my pet hate – photo booths to self serve and print photos! I would happily pay more for someone with the skills to take my files and print them properly but there is just not that option available.
I guess we are coming a little bit of a full circle that we now order online and have things delivered – perhaps that takes away a little bit more of the personal touch? Or delivers us from the necessity of having to deal with parking & crowds?
Anyway, its always fun to have a bit of a chat and compare past and present with Ruby & Margie (We had some lovely bikkies to eat too!)(home made cookies)
Two days in a row – sunny skies!
It rained heavily all night and I was sure I was going to be sitting inside by the fire, crocheting & post processing photos!
Figured I would go get a new gardening view and catch up with Ruby…
I caught her at the clothesline!
Margaret & Ruby’s family from Western Australia made a surprise visit (Margie knew… Ruby didn’t!) which thrilled her!
Margaret’s washing machine had a slight breakdown so Ruby to the rescue and getting some of the laundry done while the other machine was being fixed!
I decided to tackle the side fence which was really worrying Ruby – the grassy weeds had gotten a bit too enthusiastic
Fast forward three and a half hours…
I don’t want to whinge too much but wow – am I ever sore tonight!! And my cuticles are ruined!!
Those grassy things hang on like you wouldn’t believe! I am not a lightweight, but I was at times putting all my weight behind those clumps and they wouldn’t shift!
Too hard to dig into because they are intertwined with the jasmine or whatever the climbing plant is… so it was lolling about in the mud (yes I got rained on for a while haha) trying to separate the bits and pull them out!!
It was VERY nice to head inside and have a warming cup of coffee… a bit of cake and a catch up chat with Ruby and Margie!
Ruby still has some food in her garden… lovely big beetroot that she has either been roasting or pickling
Mini cabbages that look lovely and healthy
A few flowers around the yard give a nice splash of colour within the often grey days.
Hello! Sorry its been so long since I did a Ruby Update!!
It was a gloomy day but not a rainy one, so I went over to try to get a bit done in the garden – going to have to get my skates on to make a good go of it all before I leave for Texas!
There are a few things left in Ruby’s garden. Like most of us around the country, the season was disappointing in the garden for her.
I concentrated on three plots to get up the seed producing weeds. Hoping to get some seaweed and load up the gardens that Ruby doesn’t intend to use over winter. Less weeding in the spring.
A bit of spray has been used in some areas to clear out the garden. Sometimes when you are 100 you are allowed a few shortcuts!
These plots yielded a few potatoes and a couple of small pumpkins.
Not much luck with the pumpkins at Ruby’s place either! Just a few small ones.
Ruby had a bit of a wobbly day today! A few weeks back she sat on the broken milk crate and it pinched the back of her leg. It has caused her a lot of grief. She said today that she expected her leg to hurt, but didn’t expect it to effect the rest of her – she gets very worn out quickly.
I said its probably because she was cranky at the leg, which was why she was feeling worse than she should have!
She laughed and agreed. Ruby hates being slowed down. Never mind that she is over a century!! She gets really grumpy when she can’t get about full steam ahead!
So I said I was taking a photo of her cranky face
Clearly she doesn’t take me seriously!
It was lovely to come inside after digging in the garden for a few hours and have a cuppa (and scones!!!) with both Ruby & Margie and catch up.
We were talking about making a coffee table book out of her 100th birthday photos which Margie and I will get onto when I get back from Texas.
Ruby also stocked up on the cheap yarn in the local shop so she can continue to knit her squares, that Margie then sews together into brightly coloured knee rugs. (I really want to go back there myself and have a naughty yarn spending spree)(I must resist!)
Hope everyone has had a lovely day! Not long and the weekend will be upon us again! Yay!
It was time I updated you on a few things in Ruby’s garden. I haven’t been doing much there – rain, shoulder, more rain, cooking a million plums…
Anyway, I made myself popular with Ruby & Margie by taking down one of the choc-raspberry-ice-cream-bites for them to sample.
It was well received indeed!
Ruby has been doing a LOT in the garden. She was really keen to give me the tour and show me. So off she charges – then had to come back for her ‘walking stick’ (you know, whatever is at the back door handy – this time an umbrella!)
And then charges back up the garden path
At less than half her age, am I supposed to be running to catch up shouting ‘wait for me!!’ ???
She has been busy sitting on her milk crate pulling up literally a few barrow loads of weeds – mostly the ones lining the pathways
I got her to stop long enough to pose with one of her barrow-loads full of her handy work!
‘Walking sticks’ are handy to point out all the places one has weeded! (In this case – see all the bits that aren’t green?? That’s the parts she has also cleared!
Pausing to admire the runaway pumpkins. All these have grown from Ruby’s haphazard approach to composting.
Ruby also has a bit of a seed collection hanging in one of the sheds. Broccoli and lettuce.
I shooed her back inside so she could have lunch with Margie while I tackled the remaining potatoes in the potato patch.
With all the family upsets towards the end of the year, the watering got a bit neglected and the potatoes hadn’t done as well as they could have… but there is certainly enough to keep Ruby going for quite a while.
I was also trying to pull the seedy grass and get up what oxalis (mumble mutter grrrrr) that I could
One little quirk of Ruby’s that makes me chuckle is her obsession with making sure her rubbish bin is full to the brim for collection day. Since she pays for this service via her rates she feels she needs to get her moneys worth every week and a partly empty bin is an opportunity wasted!
Since she doesn’t really make enough household waste herself – she is dead set determined to fill the bin up with garden waste!!!
Lovely potatoes. I brought Ruby out to show her and she was extremely pleased! What I don’t have is the photo of her helping me take them into the shed!
“Here – you take the black bucket and I’ll take a side of the green one”
So, hands full and (nervously) watching Ruby carry half a bucket of potatoes I was unable to get what would have been a sweet action shot!!!
Of course, when all is done and I have washed off a ton of dirt, I get to come in and have a cuppa and a natter
I picked the right day! Ruby, not only weeded everything in sight, but also baked bikkies!! (Biscuits) (Quick translation for my North American Readers. We call crackers and cookies, biscuits. What you call a biscuit is a scone to us.) 🙂 (I love translating English into English)(I could go on with jumpers, peppers, the boot of the car, lollies, daks, cozzies & fairy floss etc but I would be here all night)
Ruby was telling me about a couple who came to visit Tasmania quite some time ago. They had a little girl with spina bifida. Ruby said she would take care of the little girl and her brother while the parents took a rare break and had a little trip around Tassie.
Apparently the travel agent didn’t do a very good job of booking them into sensible places for an efficient and comprehensive look around in the time they had.
Boy, did Ruby sort them out! I was laughing so much hearing how she got them to cancel the bookings and reorganised the whole thing! I interrupted her to say “My gosh Ruby, you were such a bossy-boots!” She had a really good chuckle at that. I looked at her and said “Actually you still are a bossy boots you know!”
She cheerfully admitted it but also fessed up to not being as good at it anymore!!
I love our afternoon stories and laughs! (not to mention the fresh baked biscuits!)
I hope everybodys week is going along fantastically!
Black dirt and its a dead giveaway that I was in Ruby’s garden today. Her paddock needed a mow – Jeff, the silly sausage, did it all with the hand mower as the ride on is still not working!
Ruby proudly dragged me all about the garden to show me what she has been up to
I followed up her amazing weeding job by feeding the roses, mulching and watering for her.
Then to look at the bean patch where she had started pulling things up.
Honestly!! You can’t leave that woman alone for a second! She decided to move the rebar out of the garden BY HERSELF!! She didn’t volunteer the information – I asked because I noticed it gone and had a sneaking suspicion that she didn’t ask for help!! I am halfway horrified and halfway impressed – imagine watching an almost blind 100 year old tottering about the garden with one of those big sections of rebar!!!! Eeeep!
I moved the others out of the way and weeded the rest of the plot.
I left Ruby to have a kip in the fresh air and got on with my weeding jobs
Jeff finally finished. We were going to scoot off as it was quite late and make a cuppa date for another day… of course we got inside and the darling had all the cups out ready to go and bun cakes on the table!! How could we say no!!!???
Back home I had a bit of watering to get done… and enjoyed a browse around the garden and hothouse.
In the hothouse I am really thrilled with my chillies! Especially the ones I have grown from seed – they are now showing fruit! Looking forward to making new batches of sweet chilli sauce.
I don’t even know the types I am growing!!! 🙂
We put the Hippy Kids on the bus this morning – they made it back to Canberra safe and sound. It sure is quiet around the house tonight!!