Sunday, 19 February 2017

Life just got very busy!

Well there I was coasting along nicely getting lots done... and WHAMO..... I got employment for the next 8 weeks. Soooooo..... I am now flat out just keeping up with meals and the very basic household things!!
Vintage has finally got into full swing here and I am working in the weighbridge of a local distillery. So 7.30am starts and finishes between 4.30 - Karah has been good so far getting up as I am leaving and doing her horse and getting ready for school, then Greg gets home and takes her to school.
Today is filled with meal prep for the week - love my two crock pots!! and my 2 freezers!!
Bonus is that I can take a little bit of hand sewing with me and when it is quiet between trucks I can sew!!

The vegie garden is still producing tomatoes, zuchinni and egg plant. So we are having a few meals made up from baked vegies (with the addition of potato and mushrooms) combined with what I call the scrap meat from a lamb - the flanks. It is time to start planting our wintger vegies so I will have to spend an hour after work getting the beds ready. The horrid 40+ temps appear to have gone - we have high 30's predicted but they are so much easier to cope with and much kinder to the gardens so I feel that I can make a start on prepping the beds.

Yummo - it only lasts one meal in this baking tray so today I am doing double the size - the 3 of us take it for lunch the next day.

The kitchen is full of vegies, different meats, herbs and flavourings - worst thing about it all is the clean up!!!

Yesterday I went out to Hillston - an hour from here for the Zone Showgirl Judging - I was judging the Zone Wool Garment/Article and Rich fruit Cakes. IT was a lovely day. The dinner in the evening was really nice - the above picture is the table centrepieces - Hillston is a grain/sheep/cotton growing area. The meal was lovely. Listening to each of the 17 showgirls was very interesting - many varied careers and studies, with lots of plans of continuing their chosen paths in the rural areas of NSW. The judges would have had a really hard time selecting the two girls that go on to the State Final at the Royal Easter Show.

We had lunch on the bank of the Lachlan River at 'The Shed On Lachlan'. Beautiful lunch so we went back for afternoon tea - we are such clever girls - it was a brilliant decision....

Beautiful home made scones with homemade strawberry jam and cream!!

My travelling companion and good friend Rhonda doing her best to enjoy her half without being a little pig and getting jam and cream everywhere - that was impossible!!

Across the river there must have been a couple of hundred white cockatoos - and their noise - and their munching on the river gums! A beautiful sight to see but they just wreak havoc on the trees and gardens. 

Hard to believe that a few months ago this river was in flood - farms and the town went under water. Everything is getting back to normal now.

The cockatoos were quiet happy spending their time in just a few of the trees - they will move on to a new lot when they have stripped these ones of their leaves - I guess mother nature has a reason for their behaviour!!

A walk way across the river to walking paths. The gate was locked so we couldn't cross it.

Me with my phobia of heights did go down to the bottom of this stairway - just so I could get better pictures!! - A bit shaky by the time I got back to the top. And NO I did not try to get on the floating platform - I am no lover of water that I cannot see the bottom of!! Nor do I like the motion - it really disorientates me. 

A closer view of the bridge. 

Some of the Woollen Article/Garment entries that I judged.

The standard of work was exceptional in all of the entries.

It really came down to the fine points of judging to come to a decision of a winner and second place. The creators of each piece should be proud of their efforts.

So that was my day of freedom and enjoyment for quite a while - I think I have to work 12 days straight now - this will really test me!!!lol. I have spent the last 5 years being at home and just planning my day as I go!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful week and I will keep on reading your posts even if I don't get to make too many posts myself!!


  1. There was some beautiful knitting and crochet there for you to judge! Looks like it was a great day out, those scones look amazing...good on Rhonda for getting stuck in, and having a photo taken!! Good luck with your work, sound like you will be very busy.

  2. Love reading about your life down there. Seeing the cockatoos in the trees reminds me of one of my jobs as a legal secretary. I worked in the lawyer's house, and he had two cockatoos in a cage in the basement. They were SO noisy and they were right below me. It was my job to get them quiet if the lawyer had clients ... an impossible task. I can't imagine the noise from hundreds of them!

    The knitted garments look amazing! What a difficult decision to judge such beautiful work. Looks like you had a great day out with good company. I hope the job isn't too taxing, and that you enjoy a change of pace for a bit.

  3. Phew ! You sure are kept very busy Kerrie. Pleased you could enjoy a day out with your friend .. hmm! Yummy 😋 scones and what beautiful work at the show.

  4. Some lovely items in the show. You live in a beautiful part of the country. I hope you enjoy your work over the 12 days straight :)

  5. Wow, that full time work for 8 weeks will be a test, but lucky it's just eight weeks that you can count down and not an ongoing thing! Interesting seeing another section of the Lachlan - this time last year hubby & I were enjoying it up near Cowra! I also didn't realise cotton was growing in your area! Love the table centre...... I just want feel and squish that roll of cotton lol. Very interesting to find out you are also on the judging panel for a few things! You are a busy lady!!!

  6. An interesting post - sounds like a great day out - lots to report on, and lucky you getting up close and personal with the gorgeous show entries! Hope you adapt to your jo ok - sounds like you are keeping very busy!!

  7. Great photos, Kerrie. Those scones look yummy. And you know how I love my scones!! Enjoy your working. I'm sure you'll be exhausted by the end. xx

  8. Hi kerrie,what fun to be judging you would see lots of beautiful work,i love scones,jam and cream,great idea to fill the freezer.

  9. Lol....Rhonda looks like she's enjoying herself!! Love the pics of the countryside
    and that fantastic knitting!!!


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