COUNTRY NOTES: INDIAN SUMMER TOMATOES

We have had an Indian summer in this part of the world. ¬†Whilst the summer has not been scorching hot (too much! ūüôā ), the benevolence of summer weather has continued into autumn this year. ¬†This climate has ensured that I have been harvesting tomatoes for three months. ¬†I have already made two batches of… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: INDIAN SUMMER TOMATOES

COUNTRY NOTES: PUMPKINS AND THEIR ASSIDUOUS ATTENDANTS

Every year I grow pumpkins (squash). ¬†My particular favourite¬†is the Waltham Butternut cultivar. ¬†These are smallish pumpkins and are excellent keepers over winter and into spring, if kept in a cool place where those stinking rats can’t get to them. ¬†I like to get a good yield from my pumpkin patch and I achieve this… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: PUMPKINS AND THEIR ASSIDUOUS ATTENDANTS

PRESERVING CULTURE

One of my most vivid memories of early childhood was observing my family preserving tomatoes for use in their Northern Italian/Slovenian cuisine. ¬†We always had an outing to vegetable producing farm to start with where we would pick a few boxes of tomatoes. ¬†Hot and lengthy work outside down near the barbecue underneath the nectarine… Continue reading PRESERVING CULTURE

A BLUE LIFE MODIFIED

A BLUE LIFE MODIFIED My lifelong obsession with anything blue or turquoise continues. ¬†When I was very small and too young to go to school, I used to accompany my mother as we took the bus into Geelong in order to go shopping. ¬†We always went to see what was termed back then, “red Coles”.… Continue reading A BLUE LIFE MODIFIED