We had a quiet weekend with a good balance of work and leisure. Some of the family came over for Sunday lunch - we had roast lamb and vegetables and Shane brought one of his lemon meringue pies, which was delicious. Jens and Cathy have just come back from a trip to the US so we heard bits and pieces about that. Shane and Sarndra are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first baby, due in July. Sarndra was uncomfortable sitting for too long so she was jigging around the place trying to get rid of her backache. Those last few weeks of pregnancy can be so uncomfortable for some mums.
The rest of the time I read my "first pages" - that has to be returned in a couple of days, knitted and read. Hanno's been busy in the garden trying to catch up to where we usually are at this time of the year. He was on our roof for a couple of months, replacing rusty bolts and painting with a special sealant, in preparation for our solar panels. If we can catch up in the garden, it will save us a lot of money and we'll have fresh organic vegetables instead of the other stuff we have to buy.
Some time this week I'll make a few batches of soap and some liquid soap. I'll put some of it in my shop and I want to make up a little gift for my new grand babies - I'd much rather them have my soap on their beautiful skin than commercial soap or castile soap that is way too expensive.
An update on the vinegar - mine started bubbling and then died when it got very cold, so I'm leaving my next attempt for later in the year. I'll get moving on some cheese making soon, a good wintertime activity for our sub-tropical climate and when I collect all my bits and pieces, I'll post about what I do. I was going to buy a kit but if I can source all my equipment, I'm sure I can do it cheaper another way. How is your vinegar going? If you started when I did, many of you may have good vinegar by now - depending on your climate of course. I'd love to know how it went for you.
Another week lays ahead of us. I'm looking forward to it and hope I'll come out of it with the projects I have planned all done and dusted. Do you have a busy week ahead too?