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February Newsletter.

A Fairy Wren Cottage Postcard has just been delivered to everyone that subscribes. You are very welcome to join in if you haven’t already. HERE is the link or you can click the SUBSCRIBE tab at the top of the page. I’ll keep this Journal entry brief since the Postcard is full of updates, some […]


Gardening. One new thing each day.

I have a daily goal for the garden. Do at least one thing each day. It might be big or small but what ever it is, doing that one thing helps me feel like I am moving forward. After all, a big project is made up of smaller projects. Here are eleven examples. Looking up […]


Late Summer. 5 things in the last 24 hours.

I’ve been planting broad beans. Our favourite variety is Coles Dwarf and I ordered a 800 gram bag. Not sure why, but must say it feels quite magical to be walking around with a big bag of beans! Last night while watching tv, I went onto my Netflix account on my computer and clicked on […]


Where to grow Sweetpeas.

Did you know that Sweetpeas (Lathyrus odoratus) are poisonous? Poisonous parts: All parts, especially the seeds. Source: NSW DPI (New South Wales Department of Primary Industries), Annie Johnson and Stephen Johnson, “Garden plants poisonous to people”, pdf file, https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/112796/garden-plants-poisonous-to-people.pdf, page 9, accessed 20 February 2023. For that reason I won’t be growing them in our Kitchen […]


Late yesterday.

Late yesterday, when the cool change finally came through, we all went outside to water and check on things. The sun had set and the night sky was turning that beautiful inky blue. Lil watered her flower garden and planted some seedlings. I stood for awhile at the Back Orchard gate with the sprinkler hose […]


With Gratitude.

A very, very heartfelt thank you for being here. Nothing else to say other than I appreciate you. Sending Light and Love, Jude x


Late Summer – 5 things.

The paddocks have been cut and bailed, the summer heat taking its toll, the hills are looking dry. The countryside is getting that late Summer parched look. In the garden the transition from Summer to Autumn is becoming more apparent. We started cutting back the spearmint, applemint, fennel, lemon balm and bog sage outside Lil’s […]


Saving money, growing food.

Every night with our evening meal we pick a colander full of greens, herbs or smallish/baby veg to chop up and sprinkle on top of the meal. One colander full for 3 adults. Usually at dinnertime and sometimes at lunchtime too. A little bit of everything that is thriving, adds vitamins, minerals, different taste profiles, […]


Heritage Apples.

Do you grow apples? The heritage varieties are beautiful. I just realised that I have more heritage apple varieties growing in the garden than I have shoes! This heritage apple blossom chart is one of the fine art prints soon available in the Fairy Wren Cottage online shop. Printed on museum quality paper, sent direct […]