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: AUTUMN PRESERVING

I had a batch of delicious red capsicums on hand these past few days so my thoughts turned to preserving, as they do at this busy time of the year in the kitchen.  The big, damaging cyclone up north means the inevitable price rise in vegetables due to completely ruined food crops.  Deciding to put… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: AUTUMN PRESERVING

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

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