The wind, it blows

..and blows. And then blows some more. After scurrying around doing chores under the groaning branches of the gum trees, I find the plus side to such winds is the drying of four clothes lines full of washing, consecutively!

This black cat comes inside and then goes out. In again and out again. Carted around by affectionate girls, perhaps behaving a little over affectionately at times, hence the constant going out! 
Always kept well away from our ancient cat of 18, they do not get along and alas, the 18yo lacks in body size what she possesses in fighting spirit. To still have the very same cat in your thirties that you acquired when you were just a mere 17yo is a strange thing. She has been a constant part of our lives, that ancient cat. 

Do you have an outdoor sink? I managed to find our old bassinet frame and temporarily placed a tip-scrounged sink on it in the garden near the back door. How convenient for prepping vegetables without bringing all the mess inside! Plus, hosing them off couldn't be more satisfying. It sure beats fumbling around under the kitchen tap any day. There's also something so nice about walking in the back door with a bowl full of clean vegetables, like just coming in from the shop but so much better. A section of aggie pipe attached to the plug hole carries the water away to the root zone of nearby plants, not wasting a drop!

A new gardening hat!

Packham pear is in blossom for the first time. Fingers are crossed for a fruity appearance. 

Garlic is continuing to chug along nicely. Truly the low maintenance crop!

Much mulching has been happening here lately, fresh paths are so nice to walk on. 

Oma, if you're reading, this is your weeping blossom. It's so pretty! And the bees are all over it. 

I received an intriguing gift this week from a dear friend. A jar of kefir grains. I have fed it with a glass of room temperature milk and it has been culturing for 24 hours..time to strain and try.


..and make a new batch. Do you consume kefir? How do you like to use it? How often do you consume it? I am very, very interested to give it a try..

Is the wind blowing near you? 

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  1. Sure is, has been all day...28degrees today with a hot wind...the clothes were hung and then brought in again! Plus I have a pinyata drying on the clothesline too, so that wont take long...off to give the new vegies a sprinkle after this warm and windy drying day...........

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  2. Ah, I know what you mean, my cat has been with me since I was 16 - I'm now 30. She's been such a good companion through so many adventures!

    PS - love the sink!

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  3. Hello Christine, I'm back at long last! Yes, the wind is blowing (and cold, 14'C) here in Tassie and after spending my winter enjoying summer in the northern climes, I can't wait for it to stop and get warm!!!
    I'm interested in hearing what you think of the kefir? Would love your thoughts and any hints on making and using it.

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    1. Welcome back, Evi! The cold must be a shock to the system after your northern hemisphere jaunt. Very curious about the kefir..will report back soon. ;)

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  4. I love the sink and may need to copy you! Mind you, the wind here is only searving to make the rain fall sideways so not much call for an outdoor sink today.

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  5. I to am going to copy the sink idea - I will need something growing in my brand new vegie patch first though. And the Garlic looks amazing. I am going to set up a garlic patch outside my covered vegie garden as I am hoping - but you never know - that the possums will leave the garlic alone.

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  6. I managed to get all my washing dry on our hot day the other day. Just haven't folded it all yet and now our cat (13) seems to think that I left it in the basket just for her. I have got myself a sink to do exactly the same thing but I am yet to find the right kind of support to put it on.
    I have Kefir too and today I gave some away to a man I know who has been through Chemo. I try and drink it every day. I keep mine in the fridge because in our warm climate I find it gets too ripe to drink in a very short time. I have used it in smoothies but mostly I drink it straight. I have some info about it that I can email you if you want that I got from a lady who does classes here in QLD about fermented foods. Just leave a comment on my blog.

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  7. I certainly agree with you about garlic, but I am amazed by your salvaged sink, it looks almost newer than my new one! The wind is a common denominator here in Spring too

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    1. Yes, it was quite a find, Tanya! Enjoy your fall. :)

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  8. Oh O love your new gardening hat Did you make it. I've been looking for one just like it for myself.Haven'y done anything with Kefir yet although it has been on our minds.

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    1. Thanks, Kate, love love love the new hat. I purchased it at the Suitcase Rummage on the weekend, it was made by Ike and Fly:

      http://www.facebook.com/ikeandfly

      Really cute designs! :)

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  9. Your garlic looks fantastic. We use Kefir for smoothies in the morning or for a snack...a good gut healing drink.

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  10. I have never tried kefir, I'll have to put it on my list of new things to try. Your weeping blossom is absolutely gorgeous.

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  11. We don't have an ancient cat , but we did have an ancient dog- he lived until the ripe age of 23 years old . It was indeed wonderful to have something you had as a youngster seeing your own children growing up - he is sadly missed as it felt like he would be with me forever.
    Yes, kefir is yummy! Although I have never made it myself.
    I loved the salvaged sink - what a wonderful idea!

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    1. Oh, what a sweet tale, Kim (no pun intended!). A very special companion you had in him. xx

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  12. I would love an outdoor sink, and an outdoor oven, an outdoor toilet........ I just love being outside! I'm begging hubby for an outdoor toilet for my birthday. A waterless one. I haven't seen any secret building activity happening though!

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  13. I'm looking forward to hearing about the progress of the kefir.

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  14. I love the outdoor sink, what a great idea! And I am also jealous of your wonderful garden and cats - we live in an apartment and can't have either, although I do have some tomatoes, salad greens and herbs in pots. I've also heard of kefir but have never tried it, looking forward to hearing about how it goes :)

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  16. Oh my... I just found your blog and love it.. I pinned your sink to Pinterest.. Hope you don't mind and your garlic is awesome.. We are having Fall here in Canada and time to plant it.. I must..
    I love the wind...

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  17. The wind is certainly blowing here today! I love the gardening hat! Gorgeous!:-)

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  18. kefir - must be enjoyed slightly chilled and with Maple syrup, once you've had it this way, you won't want to try it any other way.

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  19. Oh yes, we've had the wind, I really dislike the wind! Loving your sink find, how fabulous and I would love leaving all that dirt from the home grown veg outside! Your garlic looks so much better than most of mine too.

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  20. We make a lot of things with our milk kefir... I strain it after it has fermented, to make it thicker (and use the whey in LFing) and then use it in smoothies, in home made ice cream, even in dips. It can get quite sour though. How is yours going?

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