Perons Tree Frog

During the Summer months the Peron's Tree Frog (Litoria peronii) or Maniacal cackling frog (don't you just love that name) comes out of hibernation. 

We found him (for this article I will refer to him as a him) in various places around our garden, mostly close by to water.  

Unfortunately he also liked to crawl into the water reservoir of our old water cooler. 

Who else used to have one of these? Who still uses theirs? We start ours up in Summer when we are sitting outside on the decking and the fans are not keeping up with the heat. 
Some of the frogs were lucky, as they 'cackled' when we turned it on and they were duly rescued.  Some were not so fortunate.

The frogs are found on the Eastern side of Australia, mostly NSW, but stretching into Queensland and down into Victoria.  As you can see by the photos, they vary in colour according to temperature and whether it is day or night.

We haven't built a designated frog habitat, but they seem to appear wherever there is water.  We always keep a dish under the garden taps to catch drips so that the birds and lizards can drink.  



What to do with all the carrots we have harvested?

It was all hands on deck when our daughter walked in with a big armful of carrots.  She was so proud that she had harvested all the carrots in the vegie patch.  

I was suffering with Ross River Virus and my husband was busy harvesting the wheat crop.

Needless to say we found time to prepare all the lovingly harvested carrots for the freezer.

Little Miss was put on carrot topping and washing duty, then Hubby and I diced the carrots into the saucepan.

The carrots were blanched in boiling water for a couple of minutes and then put into freezer bags and straight into the freezer.  

We can now enjoy eating our harvest at our leisure.



Homegrown vegies

Eating something you've grown yourself is definitely rewarding.  

The time spent watering, weeding and nurturing the plant is well worth it when it is dished up on your plate.  You know there are no hidden pesticides or chemicals and I think the food tastes even more delicious knowing that you did it all yourself.

The carrots were a purple heirloom variety from the "Diggers Garden Club". 

I have let the vegie patch get over-run during the Summer months.  But after looking back at this photo I am determined to get out and pull the weeds out and put the seeds in.



How to make slime

I have tried to make a couple of different versions of goo or slime, but most of the recipes I have tried have used borax and/or glue.  Some have been successful, some haven't. 

I didn't like the idea of my daughter playing with a chemical and touching it with her hands or having it near her face.

I came across this recipe via a friend and it is amazing.  It uses all natural ingredients and by adding essential oils it smells wonderful too.

The recipe:
180gm water
Food dye
1 Tablespoon Psyllium Husks

Heat for 2 minutes in the microwave, stir and reheat again (approx 1 minute), it will be runny but will thicken as it cools.

Add a couple of drops of essential oil, I used spearmint.
Pour into a container
Put in the fridge

When it is cool it will have thickened and be ready for use.



How do you take your holidays?

My husband and I have different ideas on how to go on holidays.

When we go away, his idea of a holiday is to get to where we are going and then sit down, relax and do nothing for the whole time we are away.  Maybe he'll do a crossword or read a book or even, for goodness sake, watch the television.

My idea of a good holiday is to explore the scenery and attractions on the way to where we are headed, go to the tourist information office and grab all the brochures of local attractions and sights and then spend our holiday exploring and visiting as many of these as possible.

Is a holiday away for relaxing or exploring?