Contentment

I do love a peaceful potter in the back yard.

It’s been a good day. Nothing hurt, I made progress with the sewing, and I finally tried out a recipe I’ve been looking at for a few days. Chicken Mushroom Strudel from this YouTube video. I made my pastry strips wider as I was in a hurry, but I don’t believe it looks too bad, maybe not as elegant as his, but certainly extremely tasty!

It’s easy once you have everything assembled and ready to go, and the recipe doesn’t need anything complicated.

I found this little thing on the grass under my callistemon tree. It’s been windy today, and I think the unused nest simply came adrift and alighted gently on the grass, unscathed.

It’s a woven work of art, incorporating grasses, paper, fluff, leaves and hair.

Food growing. The first tiny tomato is showing itself, the lettuces are growing strongly despite the early heat. It helps that I have things in shade after about 11am or everything would boil alive.

The stem of Ducasse bananas is finally filling out. Instead of looking as if they’re carved from wood, all sharp angles, they’re filling out nicely and in this heat it won’t be long until I can cut the stem to hang in the garage to ripen fully. After that, I can chop down the two largest banana plants and let the new growth come through to fruit next year.

Roses. I don’t know how they manage in this humidity, but this lone bush has been pushing out the pretty creamy yellow and pink flowers for months now. Anyone have any idea what it might be called?

The Girls are still cranking out tasty brown cackleberries at full strength.

They get several hours of fresh grass and insects each day in a different shady spot each day and it certainly shows in the egg quality and colour.

We couldn’t possibly keep up with the output, and today, I exchanged half a dozen for a bag of vibrant red medium-sized chillis. Not sure of the variety, but I think they probably aren’t hugely hot given that they come from the garden of 96 year old Wal over the back fence. I shall turn some into paste for the fridge and some will be dried and ground into chilli flakes.

And now, back to my needle.

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27 thoughts on “Contentment

  1. tialys says:

    It’s lovely to do produce exchanges. We have a beekeeper down the road and we get honey for veg. We have an excess of long red chillies at the moment so will borrow your idea of making flakes.
    Fingers crossed you have lots more days when nothing hurts. x

    • katechiconi says:

      Honey for veg sounds like a perfect exchange, especially as his bees may well hae pollinated your flowers. I dehydrate my chillies in the oven on very low, split in half. Then I blitz them in a spice grinder until they’re coarse flakes, often with a bit of salt to speed the process.

  2. craftycreeky says:

    Sounds like a perfect day to me, chicken strudel sounds nice too, I might look that one up 🙂

  3. Caroline says:

    *It’s been a good day. Nothing hurt” …. here’s to many more days like this XX

  4. “Nothing hurt “ best part of any day in my book as I’m yet to go a day without any hurt 😔
    Icing on the cake 💞

  5. Dayphoto says:

    Is that a Peace Rose? It sure is beautiful.

  6. kymlucas says:

    My, you’d do have a productive garden! So enjoyable to eat food you’ve helped produce!

  7. Marty K says:

    Definitely a full, rich day. ❤️ Wish I lived closer to do some swapping for eggs. Our Valencia orange tree is still delivering; the Navel — not so much. Would love to see some pictures of the chooks if you’re able to get a couple of snaps.

  8. Going Batty in Wales says:

    That does sound like a good day!

  9. A very good reminder of what is most important… I like this kind of contentment and wish you much more of it. I’m pleased you received an ID of your beautiful rose via the comments. A Peace rose. How perfect!

  10. nanacathy2 says:

    Love seeing all your produce. Only thing in my garden now is fallen leaves of which I have a bountiful harvest.

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