Saturday, 29 June 2019

New Pets

The girls have been wanting guinea pigs for a long time, imagine their surprise when their brother comes back from uni with 2 guinea pigs that needed a new home. Meet Rolo and Biscuit, who are enjoying lots of attention and settling in well. The rest of the month has been spent in the garden growing veg, repurposing old duvet cases and cooking lots.

L has started sewing and making a very neat job of it too.

So I have been busy repurposing some an old duvet cover, used the pattern section to make some new hankies and then the plain white part to make some produce bags.

Making homemade cordial and then using the left over orange and lemon peel to infuse some vinegar for cleaning with.

Ginger Cordial
200g root ginger, peeled and broken into large pieces
1 lemon grated rind and juice
600g caster sugar
1.5 litres of water
15g citric acid
Add all the ingredients to a pan, dissolve the sugar on a low heat for 3 to 4 minutes.
Then bring to the boil and simmer for 40 minutes.
Remove from the heat, when cool, strain through a cloth.
Bottle and store in the fridge, I have also frozen some too for later use.

Orange Cordial
3 oranges, juice and zest
500g sugar
600ml water
15 citric acid
Place water, sugar and orange peel in a pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from the heat and add the juice.
Leave to cool, strain and bottle, keep in the fridge.

This seems to be Max's favourite place to hang out and watch the world go by, he rarely leaves the garden, sometimes he sits on the fence but most of the time he likes to watch the world go by. safely from his own garden.

Sorting out left over fabric I made one of L's dolls a dress, I will put it by for her birthday next month.

A good friend of mine came back from holiday with some lovely fabric as a gift for me, made L's favourite dress, the geranium by Made by Rae, must admit it was one of my favourites too.

First harvest from our garden veg patch, hopefully lots more to come throughout the summer.

L and I went on a bug hunts and found not only ladybirds, but ladybirds in the pupae and larvae stage too. 

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