Boyanup Skies

Boyanup Skies

Just a very quick post today….

Hope you all had a lovely Easter.  Mine was spent with my family at my Dad and Stepmother’s property in Boyanup (about  2.5 hours drive away from my home).  My brother and his partner, and their four gorgeous kiddies joined us on Saturday, but, before that, my Mum and I got to relax, go for leisurely walks, and take in the views and the beautiful night sky.  There are barely any mosquitoes there – no stagnant water in the Summer means nowhere for baby mozzies to hatch.  In Winter, the property has lots of water holes and wetlands, but the water is running and stays clean – again, no place for mozzies to breed successfully.  Bliss for me because I am a mosquito magnet – they love me!

Anyway, I took a couple of badly lit photos the first night we were there – isn’t the sky gorgeous?  I wish I had a decent camera to take better shots of the moon too…

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Happy Easter all!  x

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Rustic Country Easter

Rustic Country Easter

Happy Easter or Eostre or Smyngus-Dyngus or whatever you celebrate (if you celebrate) this weekend.  As a good-for-nothing heathen, I basically celebrate having a few days off work, seeing my family and bemoaning the fact I can’t eat chocolate.  My brother and sister-in-law, however, are making up for my lack of respectful worship and/or church-going abilities by taking their four children to church this morning so that they could learn a bit about one of the real reasons we even have Easter in the first place.  They themselves are not religious in any way, but they felt it was important the children understood that the holiday is not all about chocolate and bunnies and going on egg hunts.  I myself lean towards the older, pagan traditions and meanings behind Easter but that is just a personal preference and belief – I don’t judge anyone else for what they believe in.

Anyway, moving away from the heavy and slightly inflammatory subject of religion…  This weekend I spent a lovely couple of days at my Dad and Step-Mum’s farm in Boyanup with my Mum.  I have spoken before of how well my parents get along and how my Mum really enjoys going down to see my Dad and Step Mum.  It’s such a relief.  It wasn’t always this easy and pleasant, believe me, but they have built bridges and gotten over them and now it is just NICE to spend time in their company.  My Mum and Step Mum get along well and have a laugh (I mean, nobody knows my Dad as well as they both do) and my Dad is just so happy that he can have us all there with him and it’s not weird or uncomfortable.

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Dad had quite a bit of work around the farm to do so us gals went sight-seeing and shopping.  Lots of little vintage shops and antique stores were open, as well as cafes and other places of interest.  I haven’t gone antiquing for ages so this was a fun afternoon for me and the prices in many of the shops were unbelievably cheap.  At a shop called “The Quirky Den“, I got this adorable little W H Goss vase for just $4.  It’s so cute.

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At first I was put off but the bear baiting / dancing bear image but then I couldn’t “bear” to leave him behind.  He can be safe with me and never have to perform again (except to just look cute on my display cabinet).  He can sit with my miniature bears.  My Mum bought a nice blue and white plate and my Step-Mum picked up several nice pieces of china to decorate her walls, including a little miniature house which she collects.  The Quirky Den was indeed quirky, but well worth a visit 🙂
Their prices are very reasonable and they have lots of great stuff.

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We also visited a GORGEOUS little shop called “Rustic French Living“.  Ooh la la!  So pretty and chic and gorgeous.  I will let the pictures speak for themselves – I wish I had bought something in there…I was eye-ing off the lovely little rabbit/Easter tags but then didn’t get them.  Regret!  Will definitely have to go back another time and spend a longer period there.  It was getting late and so we only looked around for a little while.  But beautiful stuff 🙂  They also have cakes and tea/coffee if you’re partial to a bit of refined refreshment. If you’re in Western Australia and travelling through the South-West, do stop in and have a look.  I wanted to buy everything…the lovely ladies in the shop were very welcoming and did not mind me taking photos (sometimes shop people get a bit huffy when you do it, so I always ask first and tell them what it is for).  You can also visit their awesome Facebook page here

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That evening we were treated to the most gorgeous sunset – the colours were amazing and I am so glad the photo does it justice.  Just beautiful – isn’t nature amazing?

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Hope your weekend was as relaxing and happy as mine.  If you can eat chocolate, I hope the Easter/Eostre Bunny was generous.  Have a great week everybody 🙂

A Day in the Country

A Day in the Country

This weekend just gone, Hubby and I spent a day with my Dad and Step-Mum on their property in Boyanup (South-Western Australia). They have 85 acres of lovely farm land, with waterholes and a pine forest, wildflowers and native fauna (translation : lots and lots of kangaroos!).  The weather was gorgeous – bright blue skies, fluffy white clouds and a beautiful sea breeze – just right for going on a nice walk through the fields and bushland that they are lucky enough to have right on their doorstep.  At the moment they don’t have any livestock on the property (sometimes they agist the neighbour’s horses and cattle) as they are in the process of re-fencing the whole area and tidying things up after a recent fire (started by a nasty little firebug on a trail-bike – my dad lost 30 acres of land and trees but it was a blessing no livestock was hurt or their house burnt down!) but Dad is thinking about getting some deer as they are low maintenance (and secretly, I think he just thinks they’re pretty ha ha). I took a few snaps as I went along on our walk – won’t you join me?

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BLUE SQUILL FLOWER

SWAMP / WATER HOLE 

JARRAH TREE

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WATER HOLE # 2

“THE GIRLS”

DAD’S PRIDE & JOY (MARGOT THE TRACTOR)

THE OBLIGATORY FARM GATE (ONE OF MANY)

So, just a short entry today (to make up for the complete lack of any entries at all of late – I apologise).  Hope you like the pictures…please watch out for snakes and close the gate behind you 🙂

Cats, Cookies and the Country

Cats, Cookies and the Country

I had to go down to my Mum’s today.  She lives about 45 minutes drive away.  I wish she lived closer but in a lot of ways I’m still glad that I get to visit her out “in the country” and get away from the city and suburbs.  I miss living in the more open space with trees all around and a big backyard.  With kangaroos in the backyard (less exciting to Mum because they keep eating her roses but she stills loves them and is now using the “roo poo” to fertilise the garden and fruit trees!) and horses in the next-door neighbours’ paddock.  I grew up there, lived there for over 30 years before I moved out (I was a late bloomer ok?) and it’s still what I call home.

When I walked in the door I was immediately greeted by the smell of baking cookies.  Yum!  Is there any better smell in the world?  These Oat Cookies are very simple to make and always delicious.  Not exactly low-fat but, well, you can’t have everything, right?

YUMMY OAT COOKIES

Makes about 12

1 Cup Rolled Oats

1/2 Cup Plain Flour

1/2 Cup Raw Sugar

1 Egg (lightly beaten)

125g Butter

Melt Butter over a low heat in a medium sized saucepan.  Take off heat once melted and add sugar.  Mix to combine and dissolve sugar a little.  Add other ingredients and stir until all ingredients are incorporated.

Drop spoonfuls of mixture onto a tray lined with baking paper.

Bake in 180 degree celsius oven for approximately 20 minutes.  Cool on wire rack.  Eat and enjoy!

My duties today included taking my/Mum’s cat Alexander to the vets.  He’s 15 years old and beautiful, with the softest black coat.  He just needed a vaccination today, otherwise he is in perfect health.  The vet commented on how shiny he is and what good condition he is in for his age.  All our animals live to be pretty ancient.  Our other cat, Bronte (the crabby tabby)  is 19 this year and though starting to look a bit, well, geriatric, she is still pretty feisty and healthy and her yearly check up showed her to be fit as a fiddle and with the constitution of a cat many years her junior.  Anyway, Alexander (or Boyo as he is nicknamed) was very well behaved at the vets and didn’t mind the needles at all.  He came home again as though nothing had happened.

Mum and I picked some oranges from her poor little neglected tree.  It doesn’t get any attention, water, fertiliser or pruning.  Most of the time Mum forgets it is even there (it’s down the back in the paddock).  This year she was rewarded with a tree full of fruit – not nasty, sour, bug-infested fruit that you would expect from such a poor specimen, but lovely, juicy, sweet oranges.  It doesn’t really make sense but there they are.  They don’t look all that flash but they are really tasty and full of juice.  I can’t eat them (no oranges for me on a renal diet!) but boy, did they smell yummy!

We were helped along by lots of buzzing bees…they were out in force as it was a sunny day with plenty of wildflowers to choose from in bloom.  They seem to particularly like the wild daisies that grow everywhere (look closely and you can see one of the little buzzy bees in this next picture…).

All in all, a lovely day.  Now I have to go home to my own neglected garden and do some pruning and weeding…bye for now.  Hope you had a “fruitful” day  🙂