Friday, September 11, 2015

“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"... "It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Well haven't I been a slack blogger, my last post was a month ago! No real excuse for it other than a bad case of the can't be botheredness again. Never mind I shall try to bring you up to date, I'll try not to get too carried away.
Spring has sprung.......kind of. Signs of spring are everywhere although someone forget to tell the weather. We've had a few warm spring days but that rain soon starts falling again and it brings it's mate the wind. Give it a few weeks though and I'll be moaning it's too hot and that we need rain. ;-D

The first day of spring and I had to light the fire, someone wasn't complaining.
 The day started like this
But it got better

So there was nothing to do but bake.....
Marmalade Cake
6oz self raising flour .
6oz butter
6oz caster sugar

3 eggs
3 tbs marmalade
Peel from Grated orange
Couple handfuls of sultanas
Cream butter ,sugar then eggs little flour rest of flour add marmalade ,orange sultanas ,
In loaf tin. For 45 mins 180 / 190 degrees 

Boiled Pineapple and fruit cake 
Basically it's the same recipe as the boiled sultana cake
but instead of a cup of water substitute with a can of crushed pineapple 

Dinner that night was a huge bacon and egg pie with heaps of veggies.

Maxy moo xx

Outside there are signs of spring
Plum blossom

All of our three ewes lambed safely and with no intervention from us, which has to be a first.
Three sets of twins and all rams, good job we didn't want replacement ewes
The last ewe to lamb on Sunday 30th August

 The first born lambs are growing well

The second set looking pretty chilled

Joe made the most of some fine weather last weekend. He finally got around to putting in new posts and raising the height of the platform on which our mailbox, and that of Michael & Tash's, rest on.
It had to be at a certain height so that the postie can easily put the mail in the box from the comfort of her car! Being an ex Royal Mail Postie I have to say that NZ posties get it bloody easy, they don't even have to get out of their vehicles or, if in town, off their bikes. The mail boxes are easily accessible, I wish we'd had that option in the UK instead of lugging heavy bags of mail to every letterbox set in the front door, most of which were so ridiculously small or set so low to the ground that it was almost impossible to deliver the mail.

 Joe and his trusty 'ammer

On Thursday I made some marmalade using Seville oranges, grapefruits and lemons all from our own trees, the smell of citrus throughout the house was wonderful.

I made three small jars and took two down to craft and four large jars but this happened to one........
The bottom fell off!! Bugger!

At least I was able to tell if it set or not! 

Right I think that will do for tonight, I've got more to share but will save that for tomorrow. Joe's working away in Auckland so I've brought the laptop into the TV room. I don't like to do that, it's a bit anti social I feel, mind you Joe's generally nodded off by 9pm!!! hahah

As it's Friday it must be time for a funny, shared by Sue on my Facebook page

And on that note I shall wish you all a very pleasant evening or morning, 
depending on where you are.
I'll be back tomorrow

Toddle pip old beans



  1. Great to see you back! We have had a few warmer days - with the weekend looking to be gorgeous. But then next week it will be back to cold and rain. It is always a debate whether to let the wood heater go out or not for a month or two before we finally close it up for summer!
    I make that boiled pineapple fruit cake - everyone loves it.
    What a shame about your marmalade - but looks delicious!

    1. Thanks, Jayne, I will try to not fall by the wayside again. How funny that you are in Hamilton too, albeit Victoria :-D I've got doors and windows open this morning but it can all change by tomorrow. At least it was only one jar of marmalade I lost. I still have seville oranges on the tree so there might be another batch yet.

  2. beautiful Lambs!!

  3. Your baking looks delish and the lambs are adorable. We are heading into Fall here and the leaves falling from the trees are beautiful.

    1. Spring and autumn are the best months, although I love summer too but it can get a tad too hot and so not a lot gets done outside in the heat, and winter is just blah!

  4. Have just copied out your marmalade cake recipe to give it a go. Your lambs are gorgeous .... soo cute.


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