I have recently been researching preserving jars. I had planned on doing a large purchase of some jars that will last me forever but was holding off a bit as it was going to be expensive. And then, as I was walking out of an opp shop the other day I saw a big container of Fowlers Vacola jars! But wait, there's more...the old man working there informed me of another two big boxes of them out the back! "Yes please" I said and home they came with me! I got about 80 jars for about a sixth of the price of new jars and even better, they are recycled. So, I have already ordered new clips and rubber seals which are on the way and I am excited about getting started.
Today at Aldi I bought about 10kgs of pears that were super cheap and have them waiting to be preserved. I found a nice sounding recipe on the internet which I'll try out. I can't wait to start lining up my jars full of delicious preserves.
One of our little chickens, Priscilla, is a particularly good flyer and manages to fly out of the coop so she spends most of the day going in and out of the chook yard and free ranging nearby. She is so friendly and loves being around us. I often find her clucking at the lounge room window looking in at us! She is also close by whenever we are outside and Jonty has taken a shine to her and thinks she is very pretty. I think they are going to become very good friends!