Friday, 2 July 2021

A trifle distracted

 As I mentioned in my last post my hubby had open heart surgery three weeks ago. I had to ring the Ambulance for him this week as he had had trouble breathing since being sent home from the hospital in Brisbane and I wasn't able to get him in to see any doctors as they were busy and I just wanted someone to listen to his chest and make sure he didn't have an infection. As it turned out it was just as well I did call for them as the Paramedics said his pulse was 150!!! 

Monday, 14 June 2021

A cold snap, surgery and soapmaking

 As we are now in winter I suppose we shouldn't wonder why we are having a cold snap but it does seem to have come quite early in the season this year. Down in Victoria there is flooding which is bad enough when that happens in summer but must be dreadful in winter so I hope any readers from down there are doing okay and are keeping warm although I believe a lot of people lost power for quite a long time. Here in SE Queensland it is starting to warm up a little during the day which I am very thankful for.

Saturday, 29 May 2021

The best laid plans of mice, men and soapmakers

 As I had frozen cubes of goat's milk left over from the last batch of soap I made I thought I had better motivate myself and use it up. I chose an old recipe which I think was originally from Rhonda's book 'Down to Earth' and I replaced most of the water in the recipe with goat's milk. I ran it through the Soap Calc calculator which gave me a different amount to use for the lye and also added fragrance oil to the recipe.The plan was to add micas to produce very light colours but, as you can tell from the photos, we had some drama!

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Heading into winter

 The weeks are rolling by and we are currently experiencing very cold weather which apparently is about 10 degrees colder than the average May temperatures and the chill factor is taking some time to get used to. Last week we had very scary storms and one night I thought our roof or a tree had been struck by lightning and I actually ducked as I expected the roof to cave in. Some parts of town had small hail and a lot of rain but we only had some light rain here and thankfully no hail at all. The storms have gone and have left us with very cold weather for a while. 

Monday, 3 May 2021

A Walk in the Park

 When I was visiting our local Farmers' Market a week or so ago I crossed the road to Queens Park to see what the gardens were looking like. This park is one of Toowoomba's most popular as it is an easy walk from the CBD and attracts visitors year round. 


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