Shearing and other spring things

Fresh eggs, the warmer weather has boosted production in the chook pen.

A kind friend from a neighbouring property sent me a beautifully wrapped package of bread books.  I think it would be safe to describe some of them as vintage.  Thank you Judy.

Our first sunflower for the season growing in amongst the garlic.

 

Jodie made this delicious marmalade using her own cumquats.  I have used it to marinate a roast duck as well spreading it thickly on toast and pikelets.  I am not sure I have seen a more perfectly presented jar.  Thank you.  Jodie, you are a generous and talented country cook!

 

The kids love picking wildflowers from the paddock and I love receiving their little bunches.

Shearing time.

These two agile sheep dogs, Cucumber and Frank, get a chance to practice their skills at working sheep through the paddocks and yards.  A good sheep dog is worth his or her weight in gold at shearing time.

How is spring looking at your place?

I hope you are enjoying some flowers and sunshine and maybe even a little shearing.

September 19, 2013

35 Comments

  1. Reply

    Gillian

    September 19, 2013

    Cute sheep! We are suddenly geting heaps of eggs too. Too many! We have to give some away.

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      Jane S

      September 20, 2013

      Sounds good Gill…I have been getting 1 dozen a day, luckily I sell a few to a local cafe x

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    Zara

    September 19, 2013

    Yes egg production is good here too. Even the little young chooks have started laying.
    My Nan used to have a cumquot tree in the garden and I think she used to make jam too. x

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      Jane S

      September 20, 2013

      Have a lovely weekend Zara x

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    tea with hazel

    September 20, 2013

    lovely spring things jane especially the flowers picked by your children..how precious? x

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      Jane S

      September 20, 2013

      It is precious to receive such special flowers Jane…even though sometimes there are a few weeds included for good measure 🙂 x

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    cityhippyfarmgirl

    September 20, 2013

    You know with that last photo I've got the kids song Bob the Kelpie in my head (or Cucumber the Kelpie 🙂 I'd love to show my kids a shearing shed one day, oh it would blow their minds.
    Cumquat Marmalade is my absolute favourite and I'm hoping one day, one day our little potted cumquat will have enough to harvest.
    Happy spring to you Jane.

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      Jane S

      September 20, 2013

      Please bring your children to our woolshed one day Brydie, you would be most welcome 🙂

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      cityhippyfarmgirl

      September 30, 2013

      I might just take you up on that one day 🙂

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    Anne (Life in Mud Spattered Boots)

    September 20, 2013

    Your sheep are handsome beasts. Nice to have a breath of spring sunshine.
    Your bread books look interesting – hours of fun ahead?

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      Jane S

      September 20, 2013

      Yes, the books are full of great bread inspiration Anne…bread never really changes even though some of the books are 70s era.

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    Jodie

    September 20, 2013

    Everything at your place this week looks positively radiant Jane!!!

    I love the collection of old bread making books, what a generous gift from your neighbour… 🙂

    Awesome picture of your 1st sunflower for the season!

    Wild flower picking is a favourite of my girls too and as you know we have been shearing here at 'Darling Downs' this week also… I love the buzz that's associated with shearing time, don't you!!

    I'm so wrapped that you love your Cumquat Marmalade!!! Do you like to preserve too??

    Jodie xx

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      Jane S

      September 20, 2013

      Shearing does create a certain buzz doesn't it Jodie. I do a little preserving but my fruit trees are all quite young so no excess harvest from them yet. Tomato relish is a regular feature at the end of summer x

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    Andrea Mynard

    September 20, 2013

    So lovely to see all your wonderful pictures of Spring at a time when we're swiftly moving into the chilly evenings of Autumn and starting to light the woodburner again. I do love the look of those vintage books and the marmalade, everything looks gorgeous at your place though. Glad that you're relishing it.

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      Jane S

      September 20, 2013

      Thank you for your kind comments Andrea!

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    weraigirl

    September 20, 2013

    Love the posy of flowers from the kids 🙂 My Mum still has the exact same wildflowers in a little vase that I picked for her along the creek one spring….over 40 years ago…..great memories 🙂

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      Jane S

      September 20, 2013

      Thanks for calling in Robyn, have a lovely weekend 🙂

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    look see (naomi)

    September 21, 2013

    I love that one of the dogs is named Cucumber. Awesome-est dog name ever! 🙂

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      Jane S

      September 22, 2013

      It is a funny name! Thanks Naomi 🙂

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    The Drillers Wife

    September 21, 2013

    eggs galore here too and my last lot of chickens we hatched are starting to come on as well! Love the name Cucumber 😉 Enjoy the holidays!! xx

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      Jane S

      September 22, 2013

      Thanks Kylie, you enjoy the holidays too x

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    e / dig in

    September 22, 2013

    mum used to make the best cumquat marmalade when we grew up in NSW – unfortunately, it's too cold down here for great citrus, and i miss that gorgeous gold marmalade tremendously.
    why is cucumber so named?! wonderful!
    a beautiful look into your country like, jane. thank you.

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    Jane S

    September 22, 2013

    Thanks e, Cucumber belongs to a man who works for us, I think his children thought of the name! Happy Sunday x

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    suzeblack

    September 22, 2013

    HI Jane…enjoyed reading your post. We get our first chooks this week in our new chookyard…excited! I have some of Jodies' beautiful marmalade, too- had it last night smeared on roasted lamb racks=divine 😉 My fav wild flowers are paper daisies they bring back so many childhood memories of searching for them in the paddock…Suze.

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      Jane S

      October 2, 2013

      Thanks Suze, the marmalade would be perfect on a lamb rack. Good luck with your chooks!

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    Barbara Good

    September 22, 2013

    It all looks and sounds quite idyllic. We're still battling the cold and the rain here, but did have a glorious sneak peak of what's to come today here (in Ballarat). I did take the girls for a walk through the Botanic gardens again this afternoon and the flowers were putting on a real show. Lots of poppies, tulips and violets, so it must be getting warmer and the days getting longer.

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      Jane S

      October 2, 2013

      Thanks Barbara, sometimes our life is idyllic! I hope you are enjoying a little warmth in Ballarat!

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    frogpondfarm

    September 23, 2013

    Hi … love your blog. Such wonderful pics. Yes spring has sprung in New Zealand. Love it!

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      Jane S

      October 2, 2013

      Thank you so much for calling in!

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    Michelle

    September 27, 2013

    Your spring looks beautiful, as far ahead of ours. I haven't even sown the sunflowers yet! x

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      Jane S

      October 2, 2013

      Thank you Michelle, it is hard to believe we are both gardening in Australia sometimes isn't it?

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    celia

    September 29, 2013

    It's all happening at your place, Jane! What lovely friends you have! And is there anything more Aussie than seeing sheepdogs on TOP of sheep? 🙂

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      Jane S

      October 2, 2013

      Sheep dogs are very Aussie indeed Celia x

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    Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things

    October 4, 2013

    Dear Jane, I apologise, for some reason I missed this post! I love how you bring a taste of your country life to my city kitchen! That cumquat preserve, yummo! I bet it tastes great on your freshly baked bread!

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      Jane S

      October 5, 2013

      Thanks Lizzy…no need to apologise! I always appreciate you calling in.

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