COUNTRY NOTES: BAKING FOR YOUR SOUL AND STOMACH

It’s getting to be that cold time of the year here in country Victoria with very cold nights, followed by some sunny days that melt off the frost and fog.  We are waiting for the autumn rains to arrive.  A pot of lovely home made soup sustains the soul.  So do my substantial chutney scones… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: BAKING FOR YOUR SOUL AND STOMACH

COUNTRY NOTES: THE AUTUMN THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

We moved back to our home state from a six year exile in sunny South Australia last year and one of the first things on my mind was to establish a vegetable garden and orchard on our one acre in beautiful country Victoria.  We quickly planted a small orchard after considerable contemplation as to the… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: THE AUTUMN THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

COUNTRY NOTES: SPUD SESSIONS

I am a periodic gardener.  I do not slavishly visit the garden every single day to pull weeds and generally fuss about the place.  I am extremely time poor.  I tend to carry out garden maintenance in blocks of time as this method fits in best with my self employment of creating bead embroidery jewelry for… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: SPUD SESSIONS

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

PRISCILLA’S LESSON FOR A HAPPY LIFE

You may recall that I wrote about Priscilla, my lovely little Maltese dog who went blind in April 2015 with SARDS (Suddenly Acquired Retinal Disintegration Syndrome).  I wrote a blog about Prissy when she received her Muffin’s Halo from California recently and how this product has revolutionised her existence.  Very slowly, Priscilla’s personality is emerging… Continue reading PRISCILLA’S LESSON FOR A HAPPY LIFE