Friday, July 1, 2011

it's so cold

It seems cold to me but then it is winter!  Yesterday dawned with a hard frost followed by an overcast sky and rain.....not my ideal day so I stayed close to the fire and worked on my assignment.  Geoff dragged me out to help him feed the sheep around 2pm and the sun shone for all of a nano second and gave us this beautiful rainbow. Once that was done I headed back to the welcoming warmth of my fire and computer......

My morning green smoothie....

 Patchy and Shorn the pet sheep get the delicious combo of juicing leftovers for their lunch.

Smooching in front of the fire......

Can you move over your taking all the warm spot!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Beautiful weather

We have woken to another beautiful day with blue skies and mild temperatures.  I'm loving it cos it means I am getting so much more done with the autumn clean up than I thought I would.  This time last year I was just arriving in the UK and sadly the garden was completely neglected till spring.

When I woke up this morning I had a craving for soup.  Soup for breakfast......why not?  So I juiced an orange and some celery, added a tomato, half an avo and some broccoli.  It was nice and hit the spot but I should have gone out and dug some carrots and got some spinach from the garden........but I wasn't dressed and I wanted the soup like now!  It looks a bit bland in the photo but as I say tasted ok.

Sheba hiding in the towels.......she gave me such a fright!

Weekend in Wellington

We have just returned from a  lovely weekend in Wellington with the grandchildren.  It was Stella's 7th birthday........

 I got the privilege of making the cake this year and her father requested a volcano cake!  His birthday is 3 days after her's so maybe it was more for him than her!?  Here it is complete with pterodactyl, dinosaur and dry ice eruption.......

 Roan the cat man...they seem to attract each other.

 Opening presents is so much fun.

 The AMAZING card Roan made for Stella.

Admiring the gold fish Pearl and Goldie (they're in there somewhere..)

Chill out Fred why don't ya?  Oh sorry your doing yoga........

Snuggling with dad.........

I made some crackers today that were a great success.  Carrot pulp (as usual) ground sunflower, pumpkin and linseeds.  Garlic, semi dried tomatoes, black olives (technically not raw), salt, pepper and water.  What I like about making your own crackers is you can make them as soft or crunchy as you want.  I like to take some out early when they are still soft enough to roll into a tortilla and fill them full of crunchy stuff.  The rest I leave to get crunchy to top with avocados and spreads.  I will take a photo for the next post......

And to finish a thought provoking quote from good old Albert Einstein.........

"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
Albert Einstein

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Can you believe it?

I bought a green coconut yesterday and Geoff had to open it for me because it was very hard - I was amazed to get a whole pint of water!  There's a lot of jelly too so all in all a good buy for $3.65 I'd say.

I have been busy, busy, busy juicing so I have plenty of pulp for my bread and crackers......these are some I made the other day and boy they were good.

I got this chair from my sister who is moving tomorrow so bagged it when I knew it wasn't going to fit in her new house!  I recovered the seat yesterday with what I thought was appropriate material (Andy Warhol style) considering we live and work on a sheep research farm.

My lunch today.  I can't get enough soup it seems....juiced carrot, celery and apple - whizzed up with cucumber, tomato and avocado and sprinkled with sprouted lentils.  It was so tasty I could easily have eaten 2 bowls!

Henry is staying with us while his mum moves house.  We went for a walk today in the woods behind the house and found all these beautiful plants popping up in autumn. A pretty little periwinkle flower braving the colder weather.

Can you believe this is a fungus!  It's a mushroom that has morphed out to the side and made this weird shape.

Fred and Henry exploring the fallen trees......


My roses are still giving me the odd flower....

the hollyhocks too

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Easter break

We are home again after a quick trip south to see Geoff's parents in Oamaru.  The day we left was unbelievably beautiful and the temperature was about 23.  The scenery on the way down couldn't have been more perfect.  It was so warm and with no wind at all it made our picnic at the Mayfield domain lovely.

Geoff took Dad to the ANZAC parade on Monday and they both came home excited because Dad had made the front page of the ODT when he was 18 on horseback at the Burnham Military camp just down the road from where we live.  We all spent the rest of the day in front of the TV watching the rest of the country and their ANZAC Day parades as it was too cold to go outside to do any gardening.  Dad always has a few jobs lined up for when we go down :-)

We headed home yesterday up through Twizel and Lake Tekapo.  Geoff did a bit of fishing but didn't get any nibbles.  That didn't stop us enjoying the day as it was so nice again and we just got to see the tip of Mt Cook before it disappeared.

Man and dog........

Mt Cook's in there somewhere......

I have been sprouting but my quinoa and aduki beans must be too old cos they don't seem to want to get going.  The lentils are a great success.

Lentils, quinoa and aduki 

Shoots on the lentils

Hey Mum it's really cold outside can you light the fire.......

I bought some crackers at the weekend and find that mine are infinitely better.  Carrot pulp, ground pumpkin, sunflower and linseeds, onion, tomato, basil, garlic, salt and pepper and water.  I will score these for crackers

These will be wraps and softer than the crackers

Gazpacho soup for lunch today.....carrot juice, whizzed tomatoes, cucumber, radish, lettuce and basil garnished with sprouted lentils from the window sill, basil, olive oil salt and pepper.  And very nice it was too.......

Saturday, April 23, 2011

My Easter treat

I wasn't going to make this till later but just talking about it made me want to eat it.  So I did just so I could lick the bowl!

Soaked dates, avocado, banana, argave and cacao/cocoa

All whizzed up.....

The finished product.

I just love this pudding it is so satisfying.  It's chocolately, creamy, velvety, and the dates taste like caramel chunks.  And it's healthy!

And to finish off..........

Friday, April 22, 2011

Autumn harvest

My garden is still giving me lots of flowers and some beautiful looking fejoas.  Especially beautiful because I only planted the tree last year so this is it's first crop.

One of 6 fejoas

Geoff putting shingle on the drive

Fred helping as usual

My garden is still giving me lovely bursts of colour

Time to make my lovely chocolate pudding....raw of course!  Will post a pic later........Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New site

I have just found this wonderful new site and it's here in NZ it's called Rawie so take a look.

Yay the sun is shining.  Have I ever mentioned how much I love the sun?  Not for sunbathing.... it just makes everything look so good!

Walt Whitman the essayist wrote......

“This is what you shall do: love the earth and sun, and animals........

He said a whole lot more too but I kind of like this line.

It's windy today and I see lots of leaves falling from the trees so winter is just round the corner.  Not my favourite time of the year but without it there wouldn't be spring.  Oh to be a bear and sleep right through it!