Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Happenings on the Homestead~November♡

A cheery greeting to you friends. I trust that you all have had a wonderful week? 

November so far has been quite a successful month for us regarding the homestead, our garden is doing well and our plants are finally thriving after a slow start!

We have been harvesting different fruits, veggies, herbs and flowers almost every day, and have been enjoying the simple pleasures of everyday life in the country. We feel truly blessed and thankful that the Lord has gifted us with so much♡

I hope that you enjoy this month's 'Happenings on the Homestead♡'

"The true way to live, is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies."
Laura Ingalls Wilder
My Muscovy duck, Marguerite, recently laid her first egg. I was so excited to find it in the coop, as I had been waiting for over a month for her to start laying!
I used one for scrambled egg, and enjoyed the different is rather strong, very fatty and extremely rich...quite delicious!

My Mom's strawberry patch is yielding so much fruit, we pick a beautiful bowlful every morning, and have been enjoying them as snacks♡

"We didn't realise we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun."
Winnie the Pooh
I finally harvested my red onions, after six months of watching them grow.  It was such an amazing feeling to pull them up and see their beautiful, red bulbs...there is a grand total of 150 onions...not bad!

I thought that I would share a recipe for a delicious brown bread, which we recently enjoyed with some summery toppings~ homemade cheese and pickles! This is the perfect homesteading loaf, and I hope that, if you make it, you will enjoy!♡

Brown Bread Recipe:

1 kg brown bread flour
625 ml warm water
3 sachets dried yeast {7 g each}
2 tablespoons sugar
1 level tablespoon fine salt
Flour, for dusting

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius {350 degrees Fahrenheit}.
Sieve the flour into a large baking bowl, and create a well in the centre.
Pour half your warm water into the well, and then add your yeast, sugar and salt and stir with a fork.
Slowly, but confidently, bring in the flour from the inside of the well.
Continue to bring the flour into the centre until you get a stodgy, porridgey consistency, then add the remaining water.
Continue to mix until it is stodgy again, then you can be more aggressive, bringing in all the flour, making the mixture less sticky.
Flour your hands and pat and push the dough together with all of the remaining flour.
Knead for 4~5 minutes, until you have a silky, elastic dough.
Flour the top of your dough, and place it in a greased bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and allow to rise in a warm area for about half an hour, until the dough has doubled in size. 
Once the dough has doubled in size, turn the bowel upside down, tipping the dough out.
Divide the dough into two, equal portions, and place into two, greased bread tins.
Allow to rise a second time for another half an hour, or until doubled in size.
Once the dough has risen in the pans, place them into your preheated oven, and bake for 25~30 minutes.
You can tell if the bread is cooked through, by tapping the bottom of the loaf, if it sounds hollow, it is done.
Allow to cool on a rack, and serve with a thick layer of butter, and homemade strawberry jam.

A couple of weeks ago, we purchased two apricot trees, and today my Dad planted them...we are hoping that next year we will be able to harvest our own apricots~Our collection of fruit trees is growing nicely...!

Friends of ours passed on a big box of seeds they no longer needed and Caleb had fun planting some in pots, labelling them precious!

"Beauty surrounds us, but we usually need to be walking in the garden to know it."

Every morning my sister Nancy picks a bunch or two of flowers, arranges them in a pretty jars and then places them in various places around the house. We are truly blessed to be able to pick so many beautiful flowers♥

What is happening on your homestead?
Blessings, Gabrielle

..."and that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we have commanded you."
1 Thessalonians ~11

Monday, November 22, 2021

A stroll through the orchards~

"For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth, 
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all to thee we raise,
this our grateful hymn of praise."


Saturday afternoon was cloudy and still. Rain was expected and so we decided to take a quick walk through the apple orchards, letting the little ones get some exercise before being cooped up inside whilst it rained.

And so, we set off for our walk in nature♥

Sofia never seems to run out of energy and enjoyed running ahead of us, bounding up the hills and splashing through the puddles...

While Rebekah enjoyed a quieter stroll, picking wildflowers as she went...

And Caleb enjoyed a ride on his bicycle...

Aren't they precious?!

It was a delightful, refreshing walk. One we all enjoyed♥

I hope you all had a lovely weekend, 



Wednesday, November 10, 2021

I am back♡ {with an up~date}

Hello again lovely friends, how are you all?

I cannot believe that it has already been over a month since I have published a post... I fully intended to be gone only a week or two, and yet, time simply ran away with me!

My only excuse is that I have been very busy the past few weeks and haven't had much time for any of my hobbies. However, I am hoping to be posting a little more regularly now♥

I thought that I would show a little of what I have been up to whilst taking a rest from the blogging world, as well as a couple of pictures...

I have been taking pictures of beautiful wildflowers that are growing all over the fields next door to our house...

My sister Rebekah and I have been enjoying frequent cycles to a small dam near is so beautiful and peaceful there

My family and I spent an afternoon processing an abundant harvest of broccoli...

We have been enjoying beautiful bunches of roses...

We planted our seed potatoes, and they are almost ready to mound up a second time...everything is growing so fast!

As always, there are lots of tasks to be accomplished in the kitchen each day...I have finally perfected the art of lighting our wood stove, and it has become part of my morning routine to put it on, and then bake the bread needed for that day...we recently enjoyed delicious broccoli soup, made from our own, homegrown broccoli!

Yesterday I learnt how to use the lawnmower, and spent most of yesterday and today cutting the grass for my Dad. Although it is hard work, it is incredibly satisfying watching the grass becoming shorter and shorter!

My red onions have just swelled, and I am anticipating the day when I can harvest them...

My Mom, older sister, Nancy, Caleb and I took a trip into George last week, and enjoyed stopping at a Rose Farm to buy a rose bush and stretch our legs a little...Caleb especially enjoyed playing in the lavender field...such a cute little dude!

My Dad celebrated his birthday on the 25th of October. We had a quiet day at home, as Dad still had to work, but in the evening we made him a special meal, and a carrot cake...

It was also my little sister, Sofia's birthday in October. She celebrated with excellent choice!

And this, is a new member of our family...Mog! He just showed up on our doorstep one night, and decided he would like to stay...he is such a sweet tempered little kitty♡

This is our market garden... we have potatoes, onions, leeks, carrots, squash and beetroot growing here so far, and more being planted! It is a lot of work keeping everything weeded and watered, but it is worth it

I am realising more and more how blessed I am to live here in the country, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and to have such a wonderful is a gift, and one that I do not take for granted!

What have you been up to dear readers?
Until next week, Blessings, Gabrielle

"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ."

Colossians 3:23-24

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

just a note to say...

Greetings dear friend, and how do you do?

This is just a little note to say, that I am taking a small break from blogging...just for a couple weeks♡
There are so many thoughts and ideas whirling through my head, however, whenever I try to put them into words, I hit a blank, and simply cannot write anything sensible, {{smiles}}

There is much that I would like to share with you all, many pictures and ideas, and it is my hope that after a week or two, I will be able to write a coherent and sensible blog post!

Until then, farewell...
Blessings~ Gabrielle♡

Monday, September 13, 2021

A Monday Musing...♡

"Happiness is the result of an attitude of mind. I believe we can build it out of small things."

Miss Read

How true this quote is...

Happiness is indeed a choice, and if we choose it, can be found in the little things, in the chores and tasks each day brings.

So often, we forget to look for happiness and joy in the small things...we think that we must wait for the big things to come along before we can truly be happy...but how false this is! 

If our attitudes are correct, we can and we will find happiness hidden in each day♡ 

This week, dear friends, let us choose to be happy in the little things♡

May your week be a blessed one,
With love, Gabrielle♡ 

Friday, September 10, 2021

I am going to be a...♡

Such precious news I have to share with you this day, sweet friends, I am fairly bursting with excitement and happiness...

In just a few short months, I am going to be an Aunt to a wee little boy!♡

Yes, my dear sister Kelly is expecting...!

One baby Coetzee is on his way, and due to arrive in January 2022♡

Dear Kelly...oh, she looks so beautiful♡

Kelly is a very symphathetic person, loving, warm hearted and filled with the love of Christ... and I have no doubt that she is going to be a wonderful mamma♡

I just love examining Kelly's adorable bump every time I see her, and when she told me that she had been feeling some movement, I couldn't have been more excited or happier for her♡

Sweet sister, my heart rejoices for you...

I pray that the Lord will bless and sustain you in these last few months of your pregnancy♡

I cannot wait to meet, and be an Aunt to my precious little nephew♡

Are you an Aunt? If so, do you perhaps have any tips to share with me, on how to be the best Aunt in the world? {{smiles♡}}

"I have always maintained the importance of Aunts."
Jane Austen


Thursday, September 2, 2021

My favourite tea quotes and paintings♥

Greetings dear friend, 

 In this post I am going to be sharing with you my favourite tea quotes and paintings♥

My sisters and I all enjoy drinking tea, and very rarely need an  excuse to don our best dresses, bake something scrummy, set the table prettily, and then sit together sipping tea from dainty tea cups.

What could be better than a girly tea~party?

So, without further ado, here are my favourite quotes about tea and some beautiful paintings♥

"Yes, that's it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it's always tea time."
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

"Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have our tea first?"
Peter Pan

"It was fortunate that tea was at hand, to produce a lull and provide refreshment,~ for they would have been hoarse and faint if they had gone on much longer."
Louisa May Alcott

"The very ritual of tea~making, warming the pot, making sure that the water is just boiling, inhaling the fragrant steam, arranging the tea~cosy to fit snugly around the precious container, all the preliminaries lead up to the exquisite pleasure of sipping the brew from thin porcelien, and helping oneself to hot buttered scones and strawberry jam, a slice of feather~light sponge cake or homemade shortbread."
Miss Read, Gossip From Thrush Green

"She stood by the tea table in a light coloured muslin, which had a great deal of pink about it. She looked as if she was not attending to the conversation, but solely busy with the tea~cups,  among which her ivory hands moved with pretty, noiseless daintiness."
Elizabeth Gaskell.

"But indeed, I would rather have nothing but tea."
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

"You can never get a cup of tea big enough, or a book long enough to suit me."
C.S Lewis

"My dear, if you could give me a cup of tea to clear my muddle of a head, I should better understand your affairs."
Charles Dickens, Mrs Lirriper's Legacy

"Tea should be taken in solitude."
C.S Lewis

" 'A quarter past three,' she exclaimed, catching sight of the bedside clock. 'What a time to be drinking tea!' 'Anytime,' Harold told her, 'is time to be drinking tea!'
Miss Read

Do you enjoy drinking tea? 
Blessings, Gabrielle♥