We got a miserable 1mm of rain last night, and then it was so warm last night that I think a lot of the moisture dried up. I was watching the rain yesterday afternoon and I reckon that all the plants and trees were saying "this is soooo nice" you could almost see them coming to life again. Still it is raining now and heavier so I hope it is like this for the rest of the day.
This was delivered this morning from the lovely people (Val and Dave Pearson) at Green Living Australia. (so if you are interested in preserving, or cheesemaking or soap making, have a look you won't regret it) The delivery was super quick as I had only ordered them yesterday and was very pleased to get them the next day. I had noticed a while ago that some of the lids on my recycled jars were showing signs of corrosion (from vinegar at a guess)and were probably unsafe to re-use, so after searching around the internet I came across Green Living Australia who sell replacement "twist top" lids, as well as other useful things like Home Cheesemaking guides, kits and supplies, Home Preserving and Soap Making guides. There is also a forum which is quite helpful. I also got the preserving tongs as I had been making do with kitchen tongs (not very good and not very safe) and the preserving guide as well.
They also popped this in as well:
On Sunday when I was pouring the tomato sauce through my usual funnel into the jars, (it took a long time) I had thought yet again "I must get a preserving funnel" and had actually sourced one over the internet but had yet to buy it. I'm glad I didn't now as this is such a great idea, and costs next to nothing. I'm planning on making blackberry and apple jelly this weekend and will use it them.