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16 January 2009

Linen and potatoes



These beautiful linen towels arrived yesterday. They are white and stunning. I won them on the Long Thread's give away just before Christmas. Ellen is having another give away now of five yards of fabric. Enter before Saturday.

Only a short post today because I've written about growing organic potatoes over at the Simple Green Frugal Co-op blog. You can read it by clicking here.

I hope your week has been a good one and you're looking back on time well spent and progress along your path.

24 comments:

  1. RHONDA THAT LOOKS LIKE A SNOW FLAKE. WOULD MAKE A POST ON MAKING HEALTHY OR SIMPLE MEALS FOR THE WEEK. I THINK YOUR BLOGGERS WOULD LOVE TO HERE ABOUT WHAT YOU COOK EACH WEEK FOR DINNER. DEBRA LYNN

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  2. Good morning Rhonda,

    The towel is beautiful. Isn't linen a wonderful fabric. So crisp. A little effort to iron though. I now use old fashioned starch and it makes my linens look so much better.Have a great weekend. I'm off to check out the potatoes.

    Blessings Gail

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  3. Wow, those are beautiful! Congratulations!

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  4. That's a pretty towel. And I kind of like Debra's idea too. :)

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  5. Those are beautiful towels. Lucky duck!

    I was just reading your organic potatoes post - fantastic. I planted some potatoes a couple of nights ago (I do a lot of gardening at night once the kids are in bed, but that's another story!) in a new garden bed. They're a great way to break up the soil, and they really seem to help horse manure and stable sweepings break down and get the worms working. The last lot I planted resulted in beautiful rich black soil.

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  6. Wow what a beautiful pattern! Gorgeous :)

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  7. Beautiful Towels Rhonda I just wanted to let you know I truly enjoy your blogs

    Peace and Blessings
    Cheryl..Snatch Joy!

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  8. Thanks for the advice yesterday Rhonda, the chooks look absolutely fine and have at least half their space in shade all day plus I have given them an extra water bottle. I won't panic yet.

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  9. Hello again Rhonda,
    On reading Darrren's [Green Change} comment, I remember my Mum and Dad saying they planted a crop of potatoes where they planned to sow there front lawn in their first home. The potatoes apparently broke up the soil and after they had been dug up it was much easier to level and seed the soil. Hence a beautiful lawn the next season. That was 60 years ago. They also would collect the manure that the bakers horse left behind on the road out side their home. This would be steeped in water in a big drum and they would then feed the veges with this mixture each Saturday.

    Blessings Gail

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  10. lovely linens. hope you and yours had a good Christmas.
    hoping all is well.
    won't you stop by for a visit?
    www.smalltownliving.ning.com

    have a good weekend.
    Tina

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  11. I thought it looked like a snowflake too - beautiful embroidery. I am sure you will treasure them.

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  12. I love anything linen, white on white is so beautiful. DonnaJ.

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  13. What a wonderful surprise, I'm sure you deserve it! :-)
    Kind regards.
    Claudia

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  14. Wow! Did she embroider that herself? Beautiful. Jen.

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  15. What a beautiful towel, I think it's wonderful when usable, functionable things are also made beautiful.

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  16. Hello Rhonda. Your post on growing potatoes is terrific.
    Like Gail, when I was a child my father planted a huge plot of potatoes before he planted our front lawn and for the same reasons she describes. It was also nearly 60 yrs ago.I have a photo of my father and I standing in the middle of them. The added bonus was a very large supply of potatoes.
    Patricia

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  17. How beautiful that towel is. It's a joy to see a picture on a blog!

    I'm writing a comment about something else.I just thought you and your readers might be interested.

    My daughter mentioned that she and her husband were hosting game night this evening. I like this idea of making ones own entertainment. This is with a group of parents who were in a birth class together and all have young children. Once a month, rotating where, one family hosts game night. It's a potluck dinner and the parents play board or card games after. The babies sleep nearby. It seems to work very well, and is such a great idea, I think.

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  18. Hi Debra Lyn, I'll take note of what we eat this week and blog about it next week. For you too, Sara.

    Darren, my father used a couple of crops of potatoes to break up the soil at the side of our house. And like your experience (and Gail and Patricia's), it works perfectly.

    Thanks for the link, Tina!

    Kristi, what a lovely evening for those young parents. That's the way to enjoy yourself without spending much. Bravo!

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  19. that is exquisite linen!

    And now I'm off to check out your post on growing taties, (which is something I'm aiming to tackle this year).

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  20. Hi Rhonda :) I was hoping to ask your advice about dealing with grasshoppers in the vege garden, I also live in QLD and my poor baby silverbeet, basil, and brocolli are literally half-eaten by little green grasshoppers.

    What kind of organic method(s) do you use successfully to deal with the little blighters?

    Thank you!!
    Harmony

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  21. Yummy Linen....very jealous indeed!! x

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  22. Hello everyone.

    Harmony, I'm guessing you have two varieties of grasshoppers like us - the small green ones that are pointy on both ends and the large green grasshopper. They are the worst pest we get, on a regular basis, in our garden. We generally look for them early in the morning, catch them and feed them to the chooks. I was talking to Hanno the other day about putting one of our chooks in the garden and supervising her while she searched out the grasshoppers. They are always at their worst at the end of summer, and if winter is harsh enough the cold weather will kill most of them, but for now, read this very good guide from the lovely Francis at Green Harvest, she's written about everything that we do here.
    http://www.greenharvest.com.au/fact_sheets/fs_grasshoppers.html

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  23. Hi Rhonda, thank you so much for your advice and the grasshopper link!! I am printing it out now and will read it this morning.

    Thanks again :)
    Harmony

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