We are surviving the latest arctic blast from the south here at the moment and it really is starting to feel like winter is on the way. The wind is certainly chilly indeed and the fire in the dining room is burning away just to take the edge off here. Thanks to hubby collecting the firewood yesterday.
A suspect smell has been looming the last couple of days here in and around the kitchen and I have searched high and low and have not found a culprit. Im so paranoid of mice hanging out somewhere, even worse dying somewhere and the smell lingering. With a mice plague imminent in some parts of the state (thank goodness not here) I can't help but be a tiny bit paranoid. Though with the cooler weather having arrived they always search for warmer areas and the sheds and the house are unfortunately always a good option. Im ready to bait the shit out of this place!!
Anyhow, as I was saying with this smell, I decided to clean out and wipe out all the draws and cupboards in the kitchen today and I even cleaned the fridge in case of a rotting leftover hiding in the back and all I found was a small bit of blue cheese. It could be the culprit, but Im not so sure. Hmmm!! So now my kitchen is sparkling clean, the scent of eucalyptus oil is mixing with the smell of the open fire and Im just feeling all like all pats on the back and happy as a pig in shit here. Who doesn't like a clean kitchen?
So what do the kids do whilst I clean my kitchen?
They make a big mess everywhere else thats what! I seriously have been nagging them for the last three hours and bribing with Easter Eggs to get them to clean up. Unbelievable.
But alas my kitchen is sparkling!!!
On the gardening front nothing has been happening here except that I pulled out the tomatoes last week and I ordered some bulbs and garlic from the Diggers Club which I am now a member of. So much cool stuff to browse and buy on that site. Very dangerous if you ask me!! he he.
I also did a bit of weeding around the pots by the sandpit (see pic below) and pulled out and transferred a heap of Calla Lillies that were growing in the wine barrel.
I went back through my Instagram the other day and found this pic of my Hydrangea cuttings from May last year.
Look at how much they have grown in terracotta coloured the pot! They will definitely be ready for the garden this Spring.
Our town has been taken over by the third annual '2017 Wall to Wall Street Art Festival' held over the weekend just gone and it was absolutely fabulous. I can't speak highly enough of such a wonderful event to embrace our small little town.
Cams parents and I took the kids for a ride around town on the Friday to check out the beginnings of over 20 murals and I took the following pics along the way.
There are plenty more on my Instagram account too. The artists are all really talented, they have come from all across the globe and it truly is mesmerising to watch them in action bringing a dull wall to life.
If you are ever heading up the Hume Highway between Melbourne and Sydney, it is definitely worth your while to pop in and visit to see the artworks.
We also had the opportunity to showcase our wines at a little market set up on the Saturday. Whilst it was quiet on the sales, heaps of people tried our wares and we were right in the thick of the action here in town which was fun. I dont think I've ever seen Benalla so busy; there were people absolutely everywhere.
Did you happen to watch the Star Gazing on the tv last week? I really enjoyed the show and learning about the stars and planets. So much so that I just had to take my camera out and try (try really hard by the way) to get a snap of the stars. As you can see I have a lot of night time photography lessons to learn on Google. Ha ha!!!
On that silly note, I will depart ways here and bid you a great evening. Enjoy the rest of the holidays if you so happen to be on them and a Happy Easter to you and the family.
I also might add in case you were wondering, that I am now currently 18 weeks pregnant, feeling mighty fine and starting to feel kicks. The tiredness has dissipated somewhat and Im in the good lull before the heartburn and the aches and pains begin. Im definitely not waddling yet and it still feels like a really, really long road to September.
Thanks for visiting