Saturday, July 26, 2014

apples & beetroot

apples are not only for eating and keeping the doctor away

beetroot is not limited to salad

lize cut an apple swan befor she savoured the apple

i wanted to make beetroot chips as a snack to ordinary potato chips but was not very successful. it was not crisp as i would have liked it, instead was rewarded with a beautiful paper on which i placed the chips to dry out.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

aronskelke of te wel varkblomme

Die velde is oortrek met hierdie pragtige lelie -- in die volksmond bekend as varkblomme. Ek wonder nogal waarom "varkblomme".

Dit is verbode om te pluk as gevolg van 'n paddatjie wat die lelies as skuiling gebruik en ook om te keer dat ander fynbosspesies gepluk en gesmous word. Dit sou kon lei tot die uitwissing van die plante.

Maar wie kan die versoeking weerstaan wanneer langs die paaie die lelies te koop aangebied word deur plaaswerkers of werkloses wat so 'n geldjie priobeer in.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Botanical water colour workshop

Herfswind draai . . . en waai
die droe blare alles netjies bymekaar. 

Hierdie was begin by die werkswinkel aangebied deur die Drakenstein Kunsvereniging. By die werkswinkel het ek gewerk net aan die 4 blare (protea- en olyfblare). Die aarbei- en malvablaar het later by die huis bygekom.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Persimons

Persimons -- 'n stroopsoet vrug met die helderste oranje kleur wat herinner aan laat herfs.

Die bome by Babilonstoren hang vol daarvan -'n mooi gesig.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's day

Father's day started off with a healthy breakfast. As it is a windy rainy day we had breakfast before the fireplace. Lize made the fire and breakfast while I attended to the animals and  Claude wake up to ease into the day in comfort.

After breakfast I started on a hoody for Lize. About a month ago she asked me to make her one. She ordered a navy one and a grey one. Yesterday we drove to Somerset West to buy some fabric. As we drove back we took a picture of the sunset. It was a beautiful day.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Garden therapy

All a teenager (girl) sometimes need is some garden therapy to discover some things of herself and life around her. It is a sunny winter morning with an icey edge, no running water and the living is easy.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Snippets of my winter garden

Dis heerlik om na 'n dag se werk tuis te kom en deur die tuin te stap.
Na die dag se sagte reen is die plante, gras, bome en lug skoongewas.
Elke lewe (plant en dier) adem die vreugde van die reen en die varsheid van die grond . . .

En ons - ons verwarm onsself saans voor die kaggel met 'n boek in die hand. En voed ons  liggame met warm heilsame sop en vars brood - koningskos.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

For Annie

To keep warm early morning attending the sheep on a Karoo farm.

Pattern found in Ravelry by Krentu.
Yarn : Softie by Sirdar

Sunday, May 11, 2014

a few things . . .

eerste winterreen van die jaar
eerste kaggelvuur van die seisoen
'n paar klein werkies gedoen voor die vuur
'n pot vol wit rose
en 'n gelukkige gesin vol draadwerk

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Moedersdag / Mother's day 2014

Hanlies Properties se voorbereiding vir moedersdag . . . vir almal wat al 'n eiendom by Hanlies gekoop het, en daar 'n moeder is . . . die mooiste kruie-bakkies.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

'n lawwe bosvers

Diep in die woud
Waar dit reen is en nat en koud
Fluister die bome geheime vir mekaar
Oor die mense, blomme en 'n akkerblaar.

Hulle skinder oor gebeure
En oor bekende, muwwerige geure
Oor die reen en son en dou
En oor die duif en die Piet-my-vrou.

Hulle praat oor die seisoene en son
En oor die somer wat hopenlik kom
Hulle kla oor die nat reenweke
En praat oor familie wat hul blare mors in  geute.

Hulle praat oor die skoolbome
Wat akkers gooi op kinders se tone
En oor die tuinboom wat kan raak aan 'n opgewonde kleuter se roksoom.

Want al die inligting waarvan hulle so praat
Hoor hulle by die mens, hul eie spanmaat
Hulle luister as die mense deur die bos kom loop
Of om iets by die boswinkel te koop

So gaan die dae verby, die week le op sy rug
En so bring dit my ook aan die einde
Van my lawwe bosgedig.

- woorde deur lize -

Winter on the way

Knitting while waiting for L at school or tennis or music lesson or maths lesson. I always keep something in the car to do - either knitting or reading.

Fitted cardigan by Jo Sharp -

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

home made quince jelly

I am not a cook - I make simple, easy, healthy food for everyday living.
I am not a baker - do not bake cake, cookies or pudding -- it's not my forte.
But once in a while I make something out of the orfinary.

Sister in law gave me a basket filled with freshly picked quinces. I made it into quince jelly . . . beautiful colour, delicious taste and lovely to look at.

Hier is my aanwysings vir die mooiste, heerlikste en lieflikste kweperjellie :

Sny kwepers in stukke met skil en al - weeg 2 kg af na gesny
Gooi in groot kastrol saam met 2.5 liter water
Was 1 suurlemoen af en sny middeldeur, druk sap uit in kastrol, en gooi in kastrol saam met kweperstukke
Prut vir 1 uur tot goed sag

Gooi deur vergietes sodat sap en pulp apart is
Hou sap eenkant, skep pulp terug in pot
Voeg 1.25 liter water by en prut vir 30 minute
Gooi weer deur vergietes.
Gooi pulp en suurlemoen weg

Meet die sap af en gooi in groot pot
Gooi vir elke 500 ml sap een en 'n kwart koppie wit suiker by
Verhit tot kookpunt, roer totdat al die suiker opgelos het
Kook nou vinnig (ongeveer 1 uur)
Moenie roer nie
Toets op koue piering - skep sap op piering en wanneer afkoel, moet dit jel

Monday, April 28, 2014

Kwepers / quinces

Ek het 'n mandjie vol om jellie of konfyt van te kook, en net vandag tyd. More is weer kantoor toe om te help om ons brood en botter te verdien. Maar so maak ek die tyd om . . . in plaas van te doen wat gedoen moet word . . .
 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Photo of the day

Visiting a private garden open to the public for viewing.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A vegetable garden provides food for all :

"You often say, 'I would give only to the deserving'. The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture. They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish." -- Khalil Gibran --

First weekend in January I planted the first plants in my veggie patch / potager. It was brinjals, tomatoes, runner beans, squashes, sunflowers, artischoke and marigolds.




In March we had our first harvest.

Glorious coloured brinjals and squashes.

We savoured the veggies and the flowers.

 A heart shaped tomato -- how cool is that ! ! ! !

Late March we expanded the veggie patch and planted cauliflower, brussel sprouts, green peppers, broccoli, peas, camomile and more marigolds.


A week after the planting we had colder weather and rain. The snails came out of hiding and feasted on the Brussels sprouts, marigolds, broccoli, peas and green pepers.

We placed on numerous places between the cauliflower plants cleaned yoghurt buckets filled with a little beer to attract the snails away from the plants. Let's see if that works.

The beauty of flower and brinjal.

I could not resist to try a water colour --


Now, back to watering the veggie patch.