I am quite excited - I set it up yesterday and then put some quality time into perusing the Country Road sale.
Hopefully (especially given we have a decent sized business plan with Telstra) things will be properly fixed soon on the internet front but in the meantime I am just excited to be back on-line. Interestingly I have had to do this once a couple of years ago, after our house was hit by lightning and the satellite dish blew up (that's a story for another day) and we had no connection for weeks. When I went to update the card in my old device this time, I was told it was cheaper to buy a whole new little modem thing. Technology seems to be getting very disposable.
Anyway. Moving right along. In other farm news the crop is all in, we have had lots of lovely rain and everyone is excited as things, touch wood, are going OK at present. The rain has also meant we were able to do one of The Farmchildren's all time favourite activites. Mushrooming! We often find mushrooms growing in some areas on The Farm. They look so lovely just popping up out of the ground.
|Mushroom. In Its Natural Habitat.|
|Mushrooms. No Longer In Their Natural Habitat.|
We always cook them up and have them on toast. They are super yummy as long as you manage to not let dirt get in their gills as then they are yummy but a tad crunchy.
|Mushrooms. A Really Long Way Away From Their Natural Habitat|
I have also employed some new help around the house. After lots of harping from both myself and The Farmkids, The Farmer gave in and returned from Perth the other day with this little baby.
|iRobot and My Ugg Boot Clad Foot. We Are All Style Here In The Farmhouse On A Saturday Night.|
It is a robotic vaccuum cleaner and it is 100% fabulous. I love it and the novelty has yet to wear off. The Farmchildren are also very intrigued. Farmgirl keeps trying to smuggle it to her bedroom and talk to it like it is some sort of robot pet. The Farmer and I were laughing about how we can remember being kids and how exciting it was when household technology stepped up. I especially remember my Mum getting her first automatic washing machine after having a Twin Tub, our first microwave and, most exciting of all, our first video player. I have told The Farmer that the robot vaccuum cleaner is our first trial of robotic machinery and the first step down the road to robotic tractors. (This is not as a big a leap as it sounds - apparently they are being trialled now with an estimated market time of the next 5 years or so.) I have decided the next step involves a robotic lawn mower....
The Shearers' Quarters reno continues. We are at the floor sanding stage which is excited. I was hoping to keep the jarrah floor quite rough and rustic looking. Unfortunately I have been informed that is very impractical and hence have given in to The Farmer's request to make it tough and durable. It is being finished in a lowish sheen gloss that is very hard wearing and helps maintain the wood (which is very old) and prevent further damage, white ants etc. I will take some photos when things progress.
Well that is all from me now. I am off to shampoo the carpets. Fun.
PS - I have decided to go with the wood background for the blog at present. Mainly because I am too slack to try and retrieve the old template which I fear has gone forever. And also because I quite like it.