Weekend reading

23 June 2017

We're having a fairly mild winter so far with cool to cold nights and warm sunny days. It's ideal gardening weather. How is it where you live?  I haven't had much time for gardening this week because I've been writing the notes for my blogging course. Happily, I've finished that now and I'm hoping to get out into the garden this afternoon to tie up some wayward tomatoes and sweet peas and fertilise some of the vegetables.

I hope you've had a good week. I look forward to seeing you again on Monday.  😋

Cut power bills this winter
3 ways to turn herbs into cleaning products
How to make chilli powder
How to make passatta
How to make sauerkraut
Australians spend less on food but waste more of it than we did in the 1970s
The good, bad and ugly truth about your career after 50
How To Stop Losing Your Socks in the Wash
Vegan cashew icecream
Throwaway culture has spread packaging waste worldwide


  1. Lost socks are the house keeping bain of my life! I read somewhere just to buy bulk the same variety of socks in each size, so they always have a pair. So I stick to buying a particular brand for all the boys but alas I pick up a slightly different shape or they change the color of the foot. -_- I still pair up odd ones, but still I currently have a small cloth basket FULL of odd socks. I just do not understand what they do with them.

    And thanks for the sauerkraut recipe - I have been watching mine dwinde in my fridge for the last couple of weeks, meaning to get a new batch started but I lost my recipe and had not got around to searching. :)

    There appears ot be alot of losing things in this place.....its like a black hole! ;)

  2. Wow, Rhonda - I had never heard of Mary Berry, but I started watching the video and couldn't tear myself away. Now my mouth is watering and it's bedtime. :D Thanks for that link. I'll be looking up more of her programs!

  3. Thank you so very much for the "Merry Berry" videos. She is completely delightful ~!

  4. Barb in Sth GippslandJune 23, 2017 2:34 pm

    We've also had a fairly mild winter thus far and pretty dry too but it's all going to change from tonight, apparently. So I've spent this morning burning off a huge heap of garden waste - we live on a bush block with too many natives so the leaves fall non stop and there's just too much for the compost to cope with. It's a good feeling when the big heap disappears. Also pruning back a few things. Thanks for the reading list - it'll probably be Monday before I get to look at it closely. Friends for supper tomorrow evening and a hopefully quiet day with my sweetheart on Sunday. Have a great weekend..

  5. Love, love, loved that May Berry video.

  6. Hi Rhonda, I am not long back from seeing my Sister in Perth, we went for Easter and I couldn't believe how warm their Autumn is, we were baking!- although my niece was complaining of the cold and going around in her fluffy dressing gown!! I have been enjoying re-reading a lot of your blog recently. I find it very inspiring :) Have a lovely weekend x

  7. I live alone and still manage to have stray socks! I think my washing machine eats them. Occasionally I will find one tucked into the corner of a fitted sheet.
    Melbourne has been having nice sunny but a little chilly days and not much rain. Ideal for pulling out the weeds.

  8. Lots of great reading this week, but particularly enjoyed watching Mary Berry & plan to watch more, thanks so much for introducing her, had no idea she existed. Have a great weekend.

  9. Hi Rhonda, Received you blogging course notes last nights and read through them. Fabulous! Thank you. Your bread looks delicious.

    It's very hot here this time of year. I watered all of the plants this morning and am now working on my blog. I plan to finish knitting a pair of socks this afternoon and do some yoga.

  10. Hi Rhonda, Just wanted to let you know how much I love your blog (old and new) and the emails I receive, the weekend reading is always interesting and thought provoking. I take pride in caring for my home and family by cooking from scratch, growing fruit and veg, making cleaning products, repurposing items, etc. Thank you so much for sharing all that you do with us and I hope you continue to do so for a very long time :)

  11. I've saved the Mary Berry show to watch another time--can't wait! I love her on the Great British Baking Show (and the Masterclass show she and Paul did), I'm excited to see this series as well. Thanks for sharing!


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