|There was blue cake at the party. Yuuummm!|
A while ago a lovely friend was gifted a dehydrator. She already had one so the gift giver told her she could give it to someone else who could use it! She thought of me and I was blown away that I ended up owning a dehydrator through such sheer generosity by both women. I left it on the bench for a few weeks and just eyed it suspiciously as I walked past. I have never dried fruit and vegetables before and I thought it was going to be complicated. Yesterday I gave it a try with some watermelon.
It was so successful (except the kids hated the taste of dried watermelon) that today I've been working on some tomatoes, some mandarin, some orange and bananas. I'm loving playing with it and I can see a lot of dried food coming up over the next few months.
I've also been using the holiday time to work on the children's responsibility when it comes to household chores. I've even taught Buddy Boy to peel the carrots. The funny thing was, he worked it out better than me. I showed him to hold it with one hand and peel it with the other. Then I explained which was the sharp part and that it would hurt if it cut him. He promptly placed the carrot on the bench, held one half and peeled the other. Then it was a simple matter of turning the carrot to peel the other half. Brilliant Buddy Boy!
The lemon tree is flowering profusely at the moment. There are so many flowers that the scent wafts around the orchard. I am amazed at the scent. It isn't a lemony smell as I would have expected but a beautiful, soft floral perfume.
I imagine the tree is just sooo happy to have some gentler days and some moisture in the air. In fact I've noticed many beautiful fragrances as I wander around the garden. It feels like a mini-spring and I'm loving it!
The brassicas, garlic and onions have been planted over the last couple of weeks and the inside fire has been lit a few times lately. The seasons are moving on.....
And as well as the above we've been to a children's theatre show this week, visited a young friend, went to a market today, attended a forum around planning for our local area, baked sourdough....................
And somehow, although it was a very busy week, it felt good and right and fulfilling and not frantic like some of my weeks feel.
I hope you are all feeling as gooey as I am about the changing seasons.