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Fairy Wren Cottage blog is a journal of sorts about seasonal living & stopping to see the beauty in our day.
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Quince Kindness

With the end of the quince harvest in our small Quince Orchard nearly here we have been doing a stocktake. So far we have given away over 100kg of quinces. We have given quinces to dog walkers who we see regularly walking past our cottage, to friends who have then made quince paste for their […]

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Quiet Moments. Part II.

Simple moments, the beauty in the everyday. Sunday in the kitchen, Lil making her first batch of bottled pears using our new Fowler’s Vacola preserving kit and Honeybee having a nap in the Autumn sunshine. Sending Light & Love, Jude x

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Quiet Moments. Part I.

The beauty in the everyday. I have started a new series on my instagram @fairywrencottage. One of the main focuses of my social media accounts has always been to document and look for the beauty in our days but I just feel more than ever the need to take several photos and post them in […]

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Preserving at harvest time.

It is that time of year we all look forward to, harvesting or buying Summer and Autumn produce. And it is also the time when new work and school commitments set in, establishing new routines for the week. What to do when you see the zucchini’s growing by the minute, the herbs need harvesting and […]

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Planting fruit & veg after the drought.

Amy: Now we have got water we can get the veg patch going? Any tips on what to plant Jude? Me: Plant lots of love! Let me have a think I will message you tomorrow. A message between Amy @wattleandtwine and I late Sunday night on Instagram. After years of drought and dust storms Amy […]

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Greener Alternatives Book.

Click here to download The Greener Alternatives Book. It was a privilege for Lil and I to edit this free ebook. What is the book actually about? The cover really says it all. 168 ways Fairy Wren Cottage instagram followers are making a smaller ecological footprint in their own homes and gardens that positively impacts […]

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Bandicooting Potatoes

Do you know how to “bandicoot” potatoes? Bandicooting potatoes is when you gently dig around the base of a still growing potato plant with your hand & harvest 1 or 2 potatoes. You do as little as possible to disturb the plant allowing it to still grow. After finding a potato or two have the […]

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Going Forward…

Everything I go to post about can seem quite trivial compared to what is going on in the wider world, the continuing devastation of the bushfires here in Australia as we wake up to hear of more destruction and loss, and closer to home the health and wellbeing of family & friends. I’ve had a […]

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  Crochet & Knitted Dishcloths. How to make them.

Crochet & Knitted Dishcloths It’s the little things in the supermarket trolley that add up over time isn’t it?! Estimating how many disposable dishcloths we paid for then threw  away into landfill in  a year …well … it was a lot since the synthetic disposable ones don’t have a long life. I’m always looking in […]

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Beehive Compost Bin.

Is there anything uglier than one of those black plastic compost bins in the garden? It’s alright, you are safe, I’m not going to go on a rant about how much I dislike them. We disguised one of ours by making a box out of timber offcuts to put over it and the box  looks […]

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