A mountain of mulch is slowly being distributed around our property, in preparation for spring and summer planting.
In total we will have used thirty cubic metres of mulch around our property, once this latest lot of mulch is cleared.
Here in the Northern Waikato, summer is typically very hot and dry. Mulching garden beds with a fairly thick layer of wood chip mulch, helps address the drought conditions that turn up and can prove to be challenging.
Layers of cardboard help with weed suppression. We have found a thick layer of mulch keeps each garden bed in good order, encourages good soil life, helps with actual water retention and overall ground temperature levels also.
These garden beds are currently being worked on, and the bamboo markers are being used as guides for placement of some additional planting later.
Doesn't it look so much neater and tidier?! It is so nice to see the progress being made, and to know it will aid actual crop yields later also.
The Back to Eden Gardening method which makes good use of wood chip mulch covering, has in our experience been one that has been incredibly beneficial to embrace. Check it out online yourself, if you are interested in achieving less toil on the gardening front.
On a wet Friday (and yes, I did put the washing out earlier, thinking the sun was going to be present. SIGH) what better relaxing activity can there be for two tired children, than quietly working on sorting out the system they want set up for their LEGO.
It is to be hoped the solution they are coming up with, will make the chance of vaccuming up little brick pieces from now, on far less likely.
A low key Friday. It is often needed.
One of my favourite types of 'puzzles'..... because it becomes hoped for FURNITURE!
Hubby's favourite type of 'puzzle'??? Mmmmmm.....not so much.
A sneak peek at a little Ikea 'goodness,' that is soon to be assembled in our neck of the woods.
Day TWO of spring cleaning the Fridge and the Kitchen.......SIGH.
My Fairy Godmother is obviously on holiday yet AGAIN.
Why, oh why, does she repeatedly go on holiday just when she is needed??!
If anyone spots her on the Australian Gold Coast, please tell her to get on back to the Northern Waikato Region of New Zealand, with her "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" and wand ASAP!
This Mama needs assistance AND her own magic wand!!!
Anyone else have the same problem repeatedly with THEIR Fairy Godmother???
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I have been working off and on over the past weeks trying to better organize various teaching and learning resources that are part of our regular and daily homeschooling experience.
Part of my current focus has involved putting together something of a 'home library.' As our eldest child has become an avid fan of specific chapter book series this past year, we have started to seek out particular books, when out op shopping, to add to our growing book collection.
Over time, I am hoping we may also be able to perhaps start something of a lending library for other homeschooling families to enjoy also.
I have taken time to put together labels for the various baskets of books on one of our resource shelves. The graphics will hopefully help illustrate clearly what collection of books are contained in each specific allocated basket, and help when it comes time to re-shelving and returning them.
Being able to see the books front face forward and being able to easily flip through to find a book of interest will aid book selection also.
Step by step, gradually I feel I am making headway on bringing an organization system together, that positively aids and supports our day to day homeschool learning programme.
Hopefully time and energy will be spared when seeking particular resources to use, as well as when it comes time to putting things away. This at least is a start towards endeavouring to achieve those goals.
Chocolate Chip Biscuits are a favourite in our household. I use chocolate chips or chocolate drops, according to whichever we have at the time in the pantry.
Here is a recipe if you would like to make your own - they are yummy!
Chocolate Chip Biscuits:
2 1/2 cups of sugar
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Essence
4 cups of Plain Flour
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
Pre-heat oven to 190 celsius. Cover a baking tray with baking paper and place to one side.
Cream butter, sugar and vanilla essence together until creamy and combined.
Add eggs, one at a time, to creamed mixture and beat together well.
Sift flour and baking powder together. Add to creamed mixture, and mix to combine all ingredients.
Roll heaped spoonfuls of biscuit mixture into balls, and place on baking tray which was prepared earlier.
Use a floured fork to slightly flatten each spoonful of biscuit mixture.
Bake biscuits at 190 celsius for about 12 - 15 minutes or until a light golden colour.
Remove from oven and place biscuits on a cooling tray. Once cool they can be placed in a storage container.
The ex-primary teacher and administrator in me can't help it, I have to source and collate resources and prepare units of work ahead.
Books, puzzles, very hands on activities are all being put aside, ready for future learning experiences.
Here is a glimpse at what I am putting together at present.
Dear Online Friends & Blog Readers,
Firstly, I want to extend to you all a huge apology. It has been such a long time since I blogged. There are sure to be many of you that have given up on coming over to check out this very blog, due to the fact that you have simply got tired of waiting for another post to turn up!
As to the promised posts about the frugal and budget friendly recipes? What has happened to those, you may well ask. Sorry. They simply have not got put together to completion. I hope at some point to do that very series that I intended and promised to do. As for when they will be put together? I am sorry, I just simply as of yet don't know.
I wish I could explain in some explainable detail what has been occurring for our household over the past several months, and why this blogging thing I have done so much in the past has been so stagnant, so still, so silent for such a length of time.
Instead, I can only really say that due to a number of significant happenings, I have simply not put hand to keyboard and put together a blog post for some time here at Household Logistics.
All I can do is apologise and ask for your understanding. Such has been the various life events & circumstances our household has had to work through, (and which I personally have had to work through), that I have just not had the additional time and energy, needed to do this thing called blogging.
I am now homeschooling both our children. It is wonderful. It is fun. It is rewarding. It is challenging.
It most certainly adds an additional tiredness and drain upon me. I would also have it no other way. For now being in the role full-time of home educator, for two very different learners, is most certainly stretching and satisfying.
Home schooling both our children was a decision that came about due to a number of factors. For one child in particular it was a case of making the necessary decision very quickly. We as a family so appreciate that we can choose freely in this nation to home educate our children and provide what is absolutely best for each individual child.
It seems to be that a good number of people are having to re-evaluate where things are at for their households at present. There are those working through their own version of downsizing to adjust to the current economic climate...... There are those that for health reasons are having to re-think how to meet new dietary requirements while still on a limited food budget (why is food so expensive??!)...... There are those having to yet again investigate how to pursue other means of household income when a door has recently closed.....
The world seems to be changing such a lot at present, and along with it, so many people seem to find some measure of change needing to be taken on board within the very walls of their own home.
Change can be exhausting. It involves taking on board new rhythms, new patterns, new habits, new ways of approaching things. The are times at the moment, I simply just want to have dinner and then go straight to bed due to the depletion of what energy at all I had stored away. Yet, there are always jobs beckoning and wanting attention.
Thankfully, my husband is very supportive and willing to help around home in the evenings. I simply do not have the energy to do much extra at present, as we all adjust to things being a little different and a little more involved here within the four walls of our home.
Home is not only home, but our main schoolhouse now. The garden appears somewhat abandoned, and the household chores get done when they can be done around schooling and watching over music practices, going to soccer games, etc.
Like many households, our catch phrase now to would-be guests would be: "Come visit, but please ignore the mess!"
So please, Dear Blog Readers & Online Friends, please ignore the mess! Please kindly excuse the lack of follow up posts over the past little while. I hope to get back to contributing blog posts here at Household Logistics more frequently soon.
I love blogging. I love the fact we all have access to a community of online friends and readers who care enough to occasionally stop by and check in to see what is happening in someone else's neck-of-the-woods.
I plan to join in and get back to blogging more consistently again... some time soon. In the meantime, thanks for bearing with the 'household logistics' of this very blog being, for hopefully a short season, in something of disarray.
Thank you for your patience & understanding.