Hanno and Kerry drove to Toowoomba at 2am this morning so Kerry could board the plane to take him out west to work. Sunny needs the car during Kerry's two weeks away and she's still a bit apprehensive about driving, so Hanno was happy to step in. He got up at 1am and after that I just tossed and turned. I woke up tired and wandered around the house like a ghost for a few hours. I couldn't concentrate enough to write my blog and ended up knitting. Then I had to talk to myself to tell me to stop being lazy and to get on with it. Millions of people have it much harder than I do, I just had to step up, shut up and start work.
So I got my vegetable seeds out and started the annual garden plan. After breakfast I finished off making the butter I started yesterday. I now have enough good butter in the freezer to last us two to three months. All this butter is made using the cream of Guernsey cows living on pastures in the hills behind our home. I picked up four litres of cream from Maleny Dairies on Monday. A two litre bottle of cream is on sale there for $11. I made half cultured butter and half plain, slightly salted butter.
Here you can see the butter with the buttermilk at the bottom of the bowl.
All the buttermilk must be drained off because if there is too much liquid left in the butter it will go off quickly.
These two little bottles of buttermilk will be used in the coming days in my baking.
When I had all the butter portioned out, I wrapped the portions in two layers of greaseproof paper.
Now these two packs of butter are in the freezer.
All that butter making got me back to normal. It always does. I'm no saint when it comes to house work and I have bad days just like everyone else. But making butter or cheese, baking, mending or gardening usually gets me back on track and when I'm am, I can't imagine being anywhere else. So of course I had to do a late blog. I guess it's better late than not at all.