Brian and I recently celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary, it's so hard to believe that we have been hitched that long (only old people have been married 40 years) lol.
We were in town at our local bowling club and I saw the lady who now lives in what was the church we were marries in all those years ago and I approached her and asked whether it may be possible for Brian and I to get a new photograph in the church doorway as we did on our wedding day,
She was more than happy to allow us to do it.
We had a lovely day, the photo shoot first ( and a look through the church, Thank you Denise! )
then a lovely drive and a catch up with some old and new friends, another drive and lunch at a lovely old pub in Gilgandra and then another enjoyable roudabout drive home. All in all a lovely way to spend our day.
Along with our normal routines and commitments we were also busy helping with some organizing for a party that was being held for two of Brian's brothers who were turning 60 and 70.
Brian and our next door brother slaughtered two pigs and three sheep to be used over the weekend on spits and BBQ's, next they headed into our local showground and played tag team on the grass mowers clearing two areas for camping and caravans.
The caterers ( whoever volunteered) had worked hard getting pig on the spit number 1 ready for the hungry hordes. They did a great job it was delicious.
The Saturday also happened to be the day that my High School class 42 year reunion was on.
We met at the school, had morning tea and a tour around to see all the changes to the school since we left and then headed over to the local hotel for a finger food lunch to talk and remember all the good old days.
We were only a small gathering( we were only a small class) and it was lovely to see my old maths teacher there( she was one of my favourites).
The showground filled quickly and was roughly divided into two camp areas, the younger ones in "tent city" over one side of the showground circle,
It was a wonderful night with about 200 people in attendance .
Pig and lamb on the spit number 2 were cooked with great care,
It was a wonderful weekend, but one truly amazing thing was , that all 10 of the surviving siblings in Brian's family were all together for the weekend. Very hard to get together when there are so many.
And of course we got a picture, not a great one but it does record the event for future history.
after some speeches there was a brilliant performance by our nephew on the bagpipes.
The next morning we headed home with the caravan and caught up on a few things around the place,
returned to town for a while and my SIL a cousin and myself headed to our rail barracks and turned over the 22 beds as it also had been booked out by party goers for the weekend.
It was a great catch up, and it is being discussed that it may be repeated in two yeras time as other siblings reach certain birthday milestones.
The showground venue offers great services, unlimited camping for the weekend, toilets and showers, a great kitchen facility and a huge amount of undercover weather proof entertainment area in the pavilion .
We headed home to pack and get organized for the next weeks adventures.
Our beautiful 6 year old granddaughter was recovering from having her tonsils removed and Mum and Dad had to return to work, so we were lucky enough to be able to spend some wonderful time with her .
We went to the movies a couple of times, had a few meals out, did some shopping and just hung around home together catching up. I was also able to have a short catch up with my sister who happened to be visiting nearby as well.
It was a lovely few days.
On returning home I got in and started work on using some of the meat in our freezer up as we were due to have a turkey processing day again soon.
I made up a couple of big batches of turkey and vegetable soup and canned it up.
I then decided to have a trial run on some lamb curry( Indian style),
I decided to pressure cook the lamb first to tenderize it ,
After processing, it did split a bit,(because of the coconut milk) but a gentle shake of the jar remixed it immediately.
It was beautiful, not too hot( as I am a bit of a chilli wimp), just right.
I had 3 seal failures, so I froze those into individual servings.
The liquid from pressure cooking the lamb that I reserved, I placed in the fridge overnight and this morning removed that hard layer of fat that had set on top of it.
We now have 11 sweet baby lambs here on the farm, all very cute and individual.
A couple of days ago when we were having our early morning coffee out on the back verandah, we noticed a ewe who appeared to be having a problem birthing a lamb.
After cleaning him up and looking after him, she encouraged him to stand and feed in no time at all.
We checked our bee hive yesterday also, and it appears to be active , the bees were freely flying in and out of the hive and all seemed well. We will have a closer look when our friend Rob comes out to help.
So until we meet again sooner rather than later,
Take care of each other,
Jane and Brian.