Garlic Braiding and Garden Update

Week started hot and dry but cold change with rains from Wednesday, clearing on Sunday. Harvested garlic has spent a week curing on stems. Stems cut off from scape garlic, 10 large cloves kept aside for breeding stock, the rest stored in mesh bag. Managed to create 3 braids from the rest. Scapes drying in […]

Garlic Harvest 2016

Week started hot and dry but cold change with rains from Wednesday, clearing Sunday. Garlic harvested, cleaned and prepared for a week of curing.

Late Spring Seedlings 2016

Gorgeous sunny day, warm sun, cool breeze after cool week. Evenings during the week, including today feature Easterly winds bringing sea mist across the mountains. Didn’t grow plants from seeds this year due to lack of time, prolonged cold weather and frosts. Stopped by Bunnings today to get new timers and connectors, picked up seedlings […]

D-Day for Rosemary

Arrived at 0800 to prepare for the kill. Farmers had already put the gallon drum over burners to boil, gantry was positioned beside it. Tables, instruments and equipment were set up. Farmer’s and our family had morning tea together then we went outside and did the kill. She went down quickly and once she was […]

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Fattening the Pig 2015

Today we went out to the farm to prepare our pig for slaughter next weekend. We separated the farmers’ boy from his 4 sisters and walked him up to the pens near the farmers’ house. He followed us happily, like a dog, very sweet. It was a bit more difficult to separate our girls but […]

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The Strawberry Jam Experiment

We were amazed at the quality of the strawberries this season! Everywhere we went at the markets had great looking strawberries, so we were feasting… I’d always wanted to make my own jam, and the many jars of my mother’s Rosella jam we came home from our last Christmas visit with spurred me on. So […]

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