The month that was...September08:10:00
Exhale!!!!! Is all ill say to this post. What should be one of my easiest ramblings, the monthly sum up in the Paddock is taking a very looooooooong time to write. I think I'm up to my 8th attempt of about 5-6 minutes trying to finish it. I just keep getting interrupted. Feeding, nappy changing, feeding, fight adjudication, feeding, sharing adjudication, playing, more playing, don't get me started on the mess. Everyone's mess. Oh my toddlers are messy creatures!
As a result of these continuous interruptions, Im not even going to bother with an exciting, lead in intro. In fact there there will be no big intro into September this month. I'm just going to say that September is my favourite month and it was good. Here is why....
Only a modest few seedlings survived the wrath of the chickens and they are just about to flower in abundance which I am so very happy about. They are no where near in size to last year's bounty but I am so happy that they are there standing strong at the edge of the patch.
Our mother hen is clearly having some hormonal chook laying is-sues and is no where to be seen. Well actually we do know where she is. She is brooding away in the chook pen in the nesting box. She likes to think its her nesting box and as a result the Barnevelders have been booted off and have stopped laying eggs. Or so we thought....Cam just found a stash of seven eggs amongst the Iris's alongside the shed as he was carving out his new paving venture. It seems they just found somewhere else to lay their eggs which was quite relieving. Hopefully broody bi-atch lets the Barnie's back in the boxes soon.
Nature is so amusing here.
Professional attempts at wine photography.
Ha ha!! How do they do it? Nothing like an old rustic rotting fence post for props. At least the wine tastes great and we have been enjoying our 2014 vintage immensely and look forward to showcasing it all at The Williamstown Wine and Cheese Festival on the weekend.
It was also very exciting to receive Bronze awards at the Rutherglen Wine Show and at the Dookie Wine Show for the 2013 Tempranillo as well as a Silver at Dookie for our 2013 Sangiovese.
Bud burst amongst the Sauvignon Blanc in the vineyard.
As always at the beginning of a season we anticipate that its going to be a good one, our best yet! Pending the weather, bugs, rainfall, the birds and hard work course. November will also see us grafting another eight rows of Riesling over to some more Shiraz which is exciting. We love our reds!
We had visits from my parents, my brother, and two of my cousins. One of whom stayed with us for a couple of nights with her kids which was great fun. I love having people come and stay with us. We thought we would head to the farm one morning and help David feed the cows.
Tractor rides never disappoint!
I may have gone a little Pinterest crazy trying to find inspiration for our wine stall for the impending Festival this coming weekend. I made a chalk board sign and I must say I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. All will be unveiled soon.
I turned another year older as you recall from this post. It just so happened to be the 2nd Saturday of the Month for my birthday this year which conveniently also happened to be The Violet Town Market. Cam knows how much I love myself a market so came along just because it was my birthday. I couldn't rest the lure of a delicious and beautifully decorated cup cake. Baaa!! Aside from some seedlings for the veggie patch, these were pretty much my only purchases and they didn't disappoint. Nom nom nom....
We also took a few family pics before we left.
I joined up to our local camera club which looks to be an interesting venture for me and where I actually think I can learn a thing or two.
Here are a few favs I snapped of the kids. A few good moments with the 'patience' testers of late.
Edie is two on Saturday. We are going to be in Melbourne and there will definitely be cake involved. This kid can already count to 10 and has really mastered the art of saying 'NO'!
Hugh found snails in the veggie patch at the farm and was mesmerised. Edie had a good lesson in nature watching and learning from her big brother.
This newby on the block is growing in leaps and bounds. Growing 4cm in length in three short weeks is quite a growing a achievement in my books and Im anticipating a chub chub in the months to come.
He has started smiling away at whoever comes near him (mood pending) and loves a good goo and ga-ga chat. He has also started sleeping 6 hrs at night which is amazing in this household in the baby stakes. My best sleeper yet, though I won't hold my breath.
We have also started back on the market scene, kicking it off with our local market down by the foreshore. It was a quiet one but as always Pauline and I had a lovely morning. Thanks to a wonderful friend of ours we were able to sport our new signage and get a little bit of practice in for our big market venture this coming weekend.
What is also lovely about markets is that you get to meet and chat away to lots of different people. We have been lucky enough to be market neighbours with Myrtle from 'Myrtle Suellyn et al' the last few times and I just love her stall, she is a bit clever this one. She had some awesome map cushions this time round and I love cushions can I just say!! She also makes bags, jewellery, gifts, accessories and art works. Definitely worth a look, I promise. You can check out more about her business here. I might have a new wine sipping, cushion loving market buddy in the making.. he he..
How has the last month treated you?
What's been testing your patience lately?
Been to or know of a really good market?
Thanks for visiting today.