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: 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: 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: 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! 🙂 ), 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

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

EXHIBITIONS AND BUTCHER SHOPS OF OLD

I recently entered one of my beaded embroidery statement collars into an exhibition here in my home state of Victoria.  I decided to give exhibiting a go, rather than having my work sitting on a model’s bust in my work room.  My “bead embroidery” room is the centre of my universe these days and a… Continue reading EXHIBITIONS AND BUTCHER SHOPS OF OLD