Saturday, August 19, 2017

Spinning


Hello!
How is your weekend going? It's been one of restful slowness here so far, amongst the little things that always seem to need doing on a weekend (like watering plants, washing clothes and baking bread). Although it's so dry here at the moment, that the sprinkler is on every single day. We certainly can't keep the entire block green but it's nice to have the grass around the house and chickens pens green, which is an area of several acres in itself. The other land shall just have to wait until the rain comes!
As I look out from the window now I can cast my eyes over the back half of the property - the dam looking very low and covered in unruly lilies and water plants, the trees in the bush starting to look less lush and the paddocks brown and crispy. The paddocks disappear over the hill, but I know what that the ones out of my sight are dry now too. And the mountain is blue as always in the twilight, looking very far away this evening and lovely in the soft light.

It's feeling like spring at the moment. The wattle is in full flower, the days are almost a little hot in the middle of the afternoon and the nights and evenings are awfully cold. I think they feel even colder because the days are getting warm.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Here & Now | August 2017 Link Up



Welcome to this month's Here& Now! I realise my post is a little later getting up here than I normally have it, but at least I still managed to get it done in the morning :-) It's been one of those weeks here, so I'm not surprised that I'm running late with the blogging.
I hope you'll join in today too, or sometime before midnight on the 17th. It's fun to see what everyone's been up to and a great way to get a little documentation into your blog without having one of those extraordinarily long lists.
Here we go!

Monday, August 07, 2017

Knitted Clothes for Summer


Can you believe it is August? We've been getting a tiny taste of Spring in the last few days. This is the usual weather pattern here - we usually get some beautifully mild days in August before the last weeks of winter return, to farewell us in a hurry at the beginning of September. In north Queensland, winter doesn't waste any time in long goodbyes.
My mind has turned to my summer wardrobe, which I know is lacking in the tops department. I'm unimpressed with the way fabric wears out these days - synthetic knits from the shop just can't stand up very long to the hot summers we enjoy (or not, in my case). I find it irritating because I used to be able to get several seasons out of my everyday summer clothes. The quality has disappeared as everything has gotten supposedly cheaper (more expensive, really, as you have to buy more!).
I am lucky that both my Mum and one of my sisters are clever with a sewing machine and a pair of scissors, and so I have gathered quite a few handmade summer clothes into my wardrobe over time. Homemade cotton dresses are delightful to wear on summer days, and as making clothes for a living is what my sister used to do, I feel really good in the dresses too because they're made so well.

The only craft I am clever at is knitting, and so I happened to be having a conversation with my family about my wardrobe dilemma just the other day. I mentioned that I had the mad idea to knit myself some summer tank tops. I was met with startled faces and suppressed (although not very well suppressed) laughs.
You see, I have an infamous supply of chocolate brown organic cotton. I bought it in bulk several years ago when I was selling my hand knitting baby items. Organic cotton and bamboo were what I mainly made things in, as it was something I could still work with over summer and could sell the best at our local markets as we are in the subtropics.
When this particular cotton brand decided to discontinue this perfect line of yarn, I bought it in bulk from my wholesaler. Of course, I ordered more colours than brown, but as is bound to happen I've used most of the colours up and still got a packet or two of the brown left. It's a lovely colour, and I'm not opposed to brown. (It's what I made my shrug out of). But we all started to envisage me in a summer uniform of shorts with me-made brown cotton tops to go with it. There is enough yarn for me to make a shirt to wear every day of the week out of. The other problem behind my family's amused smiles was that they have no imagination and can't envisage a lovely hand knitted summer top. As non-knitters, they suffer from the impression that knitting is a winter activity and only ever involves wool.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Recipe: Savoury Quiche Muffins



I've never been a fan of savoury muffins. I've always liked the idea of them, and consequently tried a few different recipes, but have never been able to find an enjoyable one. They all seem to lack flavour, and filling, and be a bland dry little muffin that is a very dull thing to eat. So, I decided to make up my own.

These muffins are really a relative of the quiche, being inspired by the Bottomless Quiche Recipe that my Mum has been making for as long as I can remember.
These muffins have a good dose of feta in them because I think it adds the loveliest flavour. They're also light on the flour and heavy on the veggies. You can change the ingredients to suit whatever you have on hand - just remember that they need a good amount of flavour, provided by cheese, herbs and plenty of veg. The first time I made them I added some finely chopped spinach and also added a little cherry tomato, sliced in half, to the top of each before baking.

These are quick to whip up, very easy to devour and make excellent packed lunches.

I hope you enjoy them!
Do let me know if you try them and what you thought.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Lately


I've been feeling a little disconnected to my poor blog lately, and I'm determined to remedy that. I enjoy writing, and I find when I get out of the swing of it, it's hard to get back into it. So here we go - a little post about what's been happening around here lately to try and get my mojo back - also serving as an excuse to share so many photos. I hope you enjoy it!
© Say Little Hen
Maira Gall