THE INSECT COLLECTION

I don’t know what it is about art and artists around the world.  I mix exclusively with artists and I can assure you all of us have our predilections in what we create.  I have a “split personality” artistically speaking as I am both an acrylic and pastel painter and bead embroiderer.  Lately since our… Continue reading THE INSECT COLLECTION

COUNTRY NOTES: LATE WINTER RELISH

Relishes and chutneys are mostly associated with an abundant harvest that inevitably occurs in the late autumn when all the summer vegetables are coming to an end of their season.  Always a busy time in our kitchen as baskets of surplus produce that we cannot possibly consume are converted into delicious chutneys and relishes to… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: LATE WINTER RELISH

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

A NEW WEBSITE SPAWNED

Last night I launched my new website for my bead embroidery and other designs I have enjoyed designing and creating.  I already sell online and in an exclusive art gallery but decided that an independent website  (www.janebaridesign.com) is the way to go in order to have more administrative control over my products and the way… Continue reading A NEW WEBSITE SPAWNED

COUNTRY NOTES: HOW I DEAL WITH THE ZUCCHINI CUCKOO

I know that vegetable gardeners tend to over plant at times, leading to a vegetable glut during a particularly benevolent season.  Last spring I planted two zucchini seedlings in the hope that they would provide us with zucchini over this past summer.   All I can say after eating zucchini since 26th December right through… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: HOW I DEAL WITH THE ZUCCHINI CUCKOO

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