All is quiet

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

All is quiet here at Homespun Headquarters, we are madly preparing for the big trip! I probably won't post much for the next few weeks.


One Day

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

I really should slow down on the reading, I seem to be getting little else done lately! But I had to share this one, last week I finished David Nicholl's One Day, and I am soooo glad I did! Let's forget the movie is coming out shortly, I am a little nervous at what they may have done to it, and read it anyway! This book is definitely up there amongst my all time favourite books ever, it was exquisite. A friend called about an hour   after I had finished it and asked if I had a cold because I had been crying so hard (yes, so hard an hour later I still had barely stopped the hicupping) my nose was all blocked up! It reminded my of Cecelia Ahern's Where Rainbows End, both being stories of best friends and the opportunities that pass them by as time goes on. If you haven't read either put them on your list of must reads.


Lemon Harvest, Slugs and Gardening Books

Friday, 19 August 2011

I'm still here...

I know I have been a little absent over the past few weeks, but I am still here. So here's a little catch up with what I have been up to.

Don't you love winter for its citrus? These are the lemons I harvested from our tree last week. The tree is still not empty, I just ran out of room in the basket! I will juice most of these to freeze so we can have lemony goodness year round.

This is us slug hunting! We have a gazillion slugs out at night in the garden, eating all our (not so) hard work, so occasionally we like to go slug hunting. The bottom shot is the results of our 15 minute hunt, we save them until morning and feed them to the chickens! The girls (chickens that is) love them and gobble them all down in about 30 seconds.

We have also had a pretty mild winter this year (can you tell from Miss 12's sleeveless pj top???). Only two weeks until spring! I get a little lazy in the garden during winter, but I have all sorts of plans for when we return from our trip, there seems little point in starting it all now when we will be away for three weeks when all the action starts. So now I am just in the planning stage. I would really like to work at getting an ongoing plan for the vege patch, I usually plant a heap of stuff, wait for what seems like forever and then, bam!, everything is ready and gone at the same time. I need to organise a routine for ongoing plantings. I also like the idea of planting stuff together and filling all the gaps instead of rows of one particular plant and then on to the next one.
Book Cover:  Easy Organic Gardening and Moon Planting

I am currently having a read of this book, I have had it on the shelves for a few months but am now going through it and getting some help from it. It is a fantastic book!
Book Cover: The Permaculture Home Garden

I am also, one day, going to get my hands on a copy of this book, I borrowed it from my local library a while ago and it was also a fantastic book.


Book Club - Jasper Jones

Monday, 8 August 2011

Jasper Jones

I loved this book! It is riveting, brilliantly written and the characters are unforgettable.  The ending was perfect and left me not sure whether I wanted to laugh or cry, and so little of both ensued.

This book has won a slew of awards, all of them deserved. This is truly one of the best books I have ever read. Mr Silvey, you are extraordinary.