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

“A SMALL PIECE OF GLASS”

BEAD: “A small piece of glass, stone, or similar material that is threaded with others to make a necklace or rosary or sewn on to fabric” What I love about the meaning of words is their complete impassioned approach to the subject. ¬†This definition of the term, “bead” fails to mention the currency value that… Continue reading “A SMALL PIECE OF GLASS”

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

SCONES AND ANCESTRAL MEMORIES

I had a container of buttermilk in the fridge which means “scones” in our household. ¬†I think scones are an excellent and quick baking item that always brings pleasure at the tea table in these times when there is so much ¬†over priced, pre-prepared foods and bakery items available in the big supermarkets. ¬†A shame… Continue reading SCONES AND ANCESTRAL MEMORIES