Friday, 15 October 2021

Autumn gardening

Dear Family & Friends

It's the last season of the year (3 months of autumn) for me to take advantage of fun play in the garden. So, I cleared out old plants like beans, sunflowers that have already finished their job to gain the space of planting cool loving crops like carrots, beets, garlic, onions

It was also time to cut back some plants to make them look neat and to encourage them to flower some more for couple of months at least. It is sometimes overwhelming as I have a big garden to work on but to be surrounded by flowers and greens...bees and butterflies as company at my work space...I just can't complain! Thankful too that most mossies already left due to cold nights!

Hope that you're all encouraged to carry on with ''the joy of gardening'' -big or small way - if you could. I'm wishing you all a good week too.


Friday, 8 October 2021

Roofers' work progress going great

Dear Family & Friends

We supervise our workers by taking photos of the work progress from our bedroom window! They're doing great job. We wanted to do this job ourselves but grateful that they're doing it for us instead. It's the best time to do roof jobs as the weather has cooled down now. They must have a great view up there!

Here you can meet the boys replacing some of the rotten wood beams where roof tiles will be relayed on. Can you see the little square house with a chimney - at the back of the men? That's where we live and work too! Our family's little house. Now you all know where to find us!

It's always a perfect beautiful autumn days over here - just the start but hoping it will last a bit longer. Hope you're all having the great day today too.


Friday, 1 October 2021

What's coming with the old outdoor kitchen?

Dear Family & Friends

Time to update you with our outdoor kitchen renovation at the other house just for interest. In the photo: is the existing old kitchen for now. The green door is a room where food produce were stored (it's dark n cool in there). To it's left, is the homemade stone oven. It's only a small area but it used to be a place where village neighbors came to bake and share this fired oven to cook their breads or even roast meat together, in the time past. 

The plan is to retain the kitchen area. The roof and chimney will be upgraded this week, then we will also enclose the outdoor kitchen with big open window n glass door. We want to do this project ourselves ... it'll be a slow process... but it's for the joy we are aiming for. So, let's see what we can do!

Our week had been so busy and we try to cope with it all with a happy heart - as best as we could. I hope you all had a fulfilled week too! 


Friday, 24 September 2021

Catch the morning sunshine

Dear Family & Friends

It's a Glorious day. I wish to share with you the importance of appreciating each day by going out to catch the early cool air and a dosage of free sunshine vitamin for our well being. I tried to catch it in my camera for you:  the sunshine is lower, casting warm shadows on a cool morning air.

This garden area was covered in sun loving flowers a couple of months ago, but is now overtaken by self seeded vigorous roaming pumpkin...Oh, I just let them get on with each other! There's also two variety of Amaranth that planted itself - Don't you think they're pretty? It's leaves n seeds are edible health food.

Wishing you all a good n wonderful day today.


Friday, 17 September 2021

The gift of figs

Dear Family & Friends

At this time of the year, our figs are so generous. We get to fill big icecream tubs every two days! Still leaves plenty to share with the little garden birds. But -We try not to attract big flock of birds that develops taste/memory for it for years to come! So we have to keep harvesting! The more we harvest, the more it gives!

There's so much joy to be able to share them with our village and city neighbors or just anyone! It feels like ''christmas'' already. As we give them away - we thank them for helping us as I get so overwhelmed with the abundance and we hate to waste food. Yet, we can't stop people from giving back homemade cakes, cookies, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, plants etc... I suppose it's their joy too. This is all God's blessing and principle!

Food is definitely better if shared! There's so much food in certain parts of the world and yet scarcity elsewhere too - for this, we remain always grateful. 

Hope you're all looking after each other!! Have a great weekend too.


Thursday, 9 September 2021

Superfruitful Gojiberries

Dear Family & Friends

Gojiberry is a trendy superfood. It is and will always be. My first gojiberry was planted from seeds by trial and error: using the dried berries in ''dried food ingredient soup mix packet'' bought from food store years ago. Not very promising seed source but the success was God's unmerited favor. 


Let me show you a close up of how fruitful it is now. We eat gojiberry fresh: as snack, in salads, soup, or simply sparkle a plain steamed rice. The more I pick, the more it gives. Bees loves the little flowers too! It goes to sleep in cold winter but always comes back in springtime. 

We're at the end of our summer season, busy planning and growing yet more plants to keep the garden filled. In order to have, we have to work for it. Then ask and wait for God's blessing to grow it all. Thus when fruits comes out from our ground, I just can't help but be filled with joy and gratefulness. 

Wishing you all a great and fruitful week too.


Thursday, 2 September 2021

Start the Journey

Dear Family & Friends

Just because we all need motivation to get going. So, here goes....

If you don't start the journey, you'll never get there. That's what our big boss told us today. Let's keep motivated n get things going. Let's see visions n let's dream dreams.

Have a great day!


Friday, 27 August 2021

The Lavender garden display is over

Dear Family & Friends

Our lavender garden show display is now over. The bees are done with the process of their lavender infused honey. It's now time to prune and collect the dried flowers. After trimming the plant, it might give us another second flash of bloom before autumn arrives- but it won't be as much.

The collected dried flowers are intensely fragrant and will remain so for a long time. I'm making a lot of flower arrangement to put indoor and for outdoor display. I might make some hanging wreath too.

For now, the lavender pathway are pruned neatly. It seems less crowded and quieter too, as most of the bees are now busy foraging in nearby sunflower fields.

The summer temperature has dropped a little bit but still not enough to give me a good sleep, but July will be over soon - and weekend is coming again. Hope you've all done your best for this week already.


Friday, 20 August 2021

A bowl of roses


Dear Family & Friends

Did you know that rose petals are edible? Yes it is but it got no taste in particular. I've gathered a bowl of rose petals to dry, but the smell are not as strong once dried. I think it's best is to just appreciate them from the garden and whenever wind blows ..enjoy the fragrant fresh air!

Roses grow very well here for they like our dry and hot climate. I don't normally give them much attention nor care...but I find it very hard to propagate them. I have yet to find how to succeed! 

We're waiting for some rain to arrive today...  Desperately needing to cool down a bit. 

Wishing you all a good week. 


Friday, 13 August 2021

Fruits are loading up

Dear Family & Friends

The grapes are loaded this year! Can you see the bunches of grapes forming? 

The Fig trees are just starting to burst into fruits too. Yet, not all fruit trees are that crazy: our Apricot tree only managed to bear 2 fruits - and we had to divide and share whatever little there was - for it was the best apricot I've eaten!

It's one longs hot summer for us this year but grateful that the garden is fairing well despite the strange weather going on.


Friday, 6 August 2021

Storing the cherry abundance

Dear Family & Friends

For a couple of days, we've been picking and preserving cherries  - for the harvest is great. A tree gives around 10kg+ fruits. perhaps more!  This is just 1 of the 8 cherry trees in the garden. The ladder is for the cherry picker!

Just look at the abundance of cherries this year. It took a lot of hours and buckets of sweat to do the task.

This is our outdoor washing station where we do the quick rinsing chore -as our trees are never sprayed with harmful chemicals.

I've lost count how many trips of cleaned bowlful of cherries were brought into the kitchen. Next...was the messy job - pressing each pip out with our fingers.

Then, it's time to bottle them to preserve it so we can enjoy them in the coming months. Most of them I simply freeze for smoothies instead of making jams as we want to cut down on sugar intake. 

Cherry compote in jars

Just recording the annual task we do with the free garden abundance we receive. We're always grateful and careful not to be wasteful for ''famine'' is a possibility.

Stay blessed everyone.


Friday, 30 July 2021

This is my edible garden

Dear Family & Friends

In my vegetable garden, I plant flowers along side vegetables and I like to pack them all in! Flowers draw pollinators in, and being crowded- it saves watering evaporation too. 

The stakes you see here are for the climbing beans - yes it's all there! In fact, there's sunflower for the edible seeds, Daylily for stir fry, feathery leaves of dill for herbs, and the white flower is actually a carrot I missed picking so it started to flower to produce seeds etc..

The beautiful mess can easily be made into ''chop suey'' for a healthy family meal! It certainly doesn't need a big area to grow a variety of edible food.

Hope this brings you some inspiration and motivation too. Wishing you all a good week . Stay cool.


Friday, 23 July 2021

A quotation

Dear Family & Friends

I just love this quotation. It's for the timid and the brave alike.

"Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but, above all, thou shalt not be a bystander." ~ Yehuda Bauer

Have a think about it...and if possible...let it shape our character.

Have a great day!


Friday, 16 July 2021

A surprise gift

Dear Family & Friends

Look at this single petal rose...Isn't it beautiful? The rose bud was light pink in color, then, as it opens up, it turns more whiter! This plant is new -a surprise gift from nature.

I did not plant this rose. It just grew along my climbing red roses this year! I'm sure God commanded the nature to grow it for me and it brought me great joy!

Hope you'll find some great joy in your day too! As summer heat intensify, let's keep hydrated and cool. It's just for a season.


Friday, 9 July 2021

My garden this morning

Dear Family & Friends

Another year of beauty. Let me keep encouraging you to venture into gardening. Not a garden expert but I am courageous in taking a challenge, learning as I go. Climate is not a big factor for as long as you only grow what grows well in your area. All becomes easy that way.

This is our garden as I saw it this morning. Isn't it beautiful? There's layers upon layers of beauty...all taking their turn to amaze and cheer us up.

It won't cost much if you just grow from seeds and take cuttings. Grow in big quantity for impact! Every plants I grow serves two purposes: for colorful flowers to feed the bees and for food or herbal/medicine values for mankind too. There's lavender, daylily, sunflower, calendula, parsley etc.. All thrown in together. An added bonus: we gain cool environment area and clean air to breath in.

Happy gardening everyone!