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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Quiet winter days.

Well it appears winter has finally settled in….It has been raining here for what feels like forever, but the reality is it’s only been a week or so.  Even then it has mostly been short showers that deliver a few mls at a time, several times a day.  Such is the way after so many beautiful sunny winter days. 

My kitchen is currently filled with drying racks, but I throw my hands up at the sheets and towels.  They are currently going straight in the dryer.  There is no room in this little cottage while it only has 4 rooms for this many people, animals and sheet drying on top of that.  It’s madness I tell you!   


Aggie is patiently waiting for any tid-bits to drop. 

You see, we are on school holidays here, three whole weeks of them!  Though I can’t believe one week is finished already.  We have spent lots of time at home, resting and simply catching up.  There has been cooking to do, and the boys are enjoying taking part peeling the veggies, and cutting things up for hot soups, and various other bits and bobs.   


Fresh baked sourdough....

William and I have made a fresh batch of sauerkraut, and there has been sour dough baking too.  My sauerkraut recipe is basically 1 tablespoon of salt to 1Kg of veggies, this time we used cabbage and grated carrot.    


Lots of squeezing and bruising the veggies to release the juices. 

Will has been so helpful in tending to the fire for me, it appears he has taken it over as the young man in the house.  Yesterday was one of those days I felt like I just couldn’t get warm.  The wind whistled and howled all day long!  

Much love,
Emma
xx

11 comments:

  1. Your boys are getting taller by the minute I swear it! The bread looks really good and I guess rain in SA is always welcome.....although it would be easy for the boys to get a bit of cabin fever occasionally I suppose.

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    1. They really are! Will is nearly as big as me! Which is not hard mind you.... ;)

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  2. Welcome the rain :) - we have a hectic drought here.

    With the sheets and towels - do you wash every week? If yes, try washing every two weeks - kids don't sweat as much when it's cooler weather... ;)

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    1. I hope you get some rain soon! We are all too familiar with drought also. :(

      I wash towels weekly and sheets usually between 1-2 weeks. There is no avoiding wet beds though. ;)

      xx

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    2. Ah - t'is a long time since I had to worry about that - I never gave "wet beds" a thought with my comment... ;)

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  3. A warm fire would be welcome here about now, Emma. It's cold and the kind where it seems to seep through layers!! Meg:)

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    1. Brr! Yes, I have found there is a certain warmth in a woodfire that seems to defrost that deep chil. The split system doesnt seem to do it.

      xx

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  4. We have had no rain here in the mid north, everything is so dry. It is starting to look like drought weather around here.

    I use to love school holidays and spending quality time with my children. It was so good to have a break from the strict routine of school days.

    My babies have all flown now and I really don't know where the time went. Enjoy your babies while you can, they grow up way too fast.

    God bless,
    Tania xx

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    1. I love school holidays too and completly agree! I hope you get some rain soon. Our winter has been very dry and the crops are looking bad for up here. But we did have a very wet summer.

      xx

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  5. Our school holidays are just like yours Emma. We are all cosy creatures here who love our pyjama days, being together, cooking etc. The winter break has always been our favourite.
    Your boys have grown so much. Our son just turned 16 and is now 6 foot exactly. I think our daughter will be taller than me too.
    Kylie

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  6. Barely any rain here but we watch the clouds pass by and see the ground to sky grey mist in the distance as it falls elsewhere. We've had some terrific frosts and icy breezes too. Making sauerkraut is one of the things I still want to try.

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