Friday, 30 May 2014
When we moved here, I felt it important to get involved in things so as to meet local people. I stumbled on a Friday morning card making group run by the lovely Bev Boyle. There are usually around half a dozen women that come along, mostly from surrounding farms, but some from neighboring towns. That's one thing in the country, people don't mind driving an hour or so to do things. Bev always puts on a delicious morning tea with home made scones and her famous home made Mulberry Jam. I love how welcome I've been made and its great going home with my little stash of beautifully created cards.
Sunday, 25 May 2014
We have 5 different types of Rhubarb. Huge red stems with massive leaves. We brought the crowns from the Diggers Club and this is their first year of fruiting. Its amazing how you can eat the stalks but that the leaves are poisonous. I wonder whoever worked that out first.! I stewed some up, made a crumble, a syrup and am trying for the first time Rhubarb Champagne. The recipe is from a new Permaculture magazine called Pip Australian Permaculture.
At last, rain. I never, ever thought I would get excited about rain. We have had such an intense Summer. I think had we known how extreme the temperatures could be here we may have reconsidered. Our maximum this Summer was 47.5c. So this morning, to look at our beautiful view and see this gorgeous rainbow makes me glad we're here. The garden is smiling too.
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Embracing the country lifestyle we played a short summer season of Croquet. The Croquet ground is on the banks of the river. I have always fancied playing Croquet, from scenes in movies of women in long gowns with stunning hats. It evokes a sense of a gentle, elegant sport. The reality is quite different, how they managed to play in all those layers in the intense Australian heat is incredible. We played in the early evening and it was still so hot.