Oh my goodness!!! I have some serious catching up to do here!!! I have pictures and stories and all sorts to tell. So I think what I'll do is give you a few today, and hopefully a few more tomorrow and over the next few days.
Why am I bothering to catch up? Well, because I think you guys are awesome for reading my blog so I want to continue to entertain you. And because my friends and family who live a long way away say that they like to see and hear what we get up to, so I want to keep letting them into our lives.
So, here we go!
I am the oldest of four. I love my siblings and, although we had our fair share of fights as we were growing up, we've always been friends as well.
At the start of the month we had the pleasure of having my brother stay with us. He lives two states away - about 24 hours drive. So it was awesome to see him.
He'd flown up and was staying with my sister in our old town, then caught the train to here. The train was supposed to arrive at 2am but due to the heavy rains and a couple of trains breaking down he didn't get here until 6:30am (or something like that).
|Sunrise while waiting for the my brother's train to arrive.|
But we also played some board games, did the shopping and just spent time talking. And we were really quite happy with that!
The last day of his visit with us was my brother's birthday, so I attempted my first ever sponge cake! Mum used to make sponges for our birthdays every year so it was fun to recreate the tradition.
The cake turned out great! It was light and fluffy and delicious! But I'd forgotten that Mum used to cut the cake in half horizontally, then put the jam and cream in the middle and ice the top. The recipe makes two cakes though, so I put the jam and cream on the bottom cake (by the way, we'd bought low fat cream. Turns out you can't whip low fat cream! So I just poured it over the bottom layer and let it soak in a bit, then put the jam over that), then put the other cake on top of it and iced it.
The Little Big Fella decided he wanted us to put red icing on top. Well, that icing just wouldn't turn red!!! So after about half a bottle of red food colouring, I ended up adding some yellow to make it orange-ish.
Okay, fine! It's pink!
So after a pretty quiet couple of days, it was time for my little bro to go. The exciting thing is that I'll be seeing him in July when we go to the P!nk concert with my youngest sister!!!! Woo hoo!!!!
|About to say goodbye as the sun sets on the day and our visit.|
This is one of our Rhode Island red chicken's eggs. She lays her eggs in the dog house. If I don't collect the egg very quickly after she vacates the dog house, the dog retaliates for being kicked out of her house by cracking (and sometimes eating) the egg.
At least the other chicken lays her eggs in the chicken house!