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Q & A : What are your favourite things to grow.

Potatoes I love growing potatoes, especially Dutch Creams and Nicola’s. It’s the whole planting process through to Bandicooting them when the first potatoes are ready and the final harvest. I also love growing fruit trees and berries. There is something so honest about walking through our small fruit tree orchards or along our Food Hedges […]


Q & A: Do you earn an income from your garden.

It’s a good question. The short answer in no. BUT Our garden saves us money rather than spend it. Hand on heart with supermarket organic prices we wouldn’t be able to afford or source all of the organic produce that we grow. PLUS We have created so many family memories in the garden. So many […]


9 May 2023. A moment in the day.

Late yesterday afternoon Lil and I took a colander, put Bluebell on a lead (good for her training)  and went foraging, around our garden! I’ve designed the garden this way, there are Food Hedges to forage in and plants, shrubs and trees dotted about the garden where the growing conditions suit them best. This is […]


Hothouse Hand Pies.

A recipe: How to make Hothouse Hand Pies. Before you go to the hothouse get your frozen puff pastry out of the freezer put pastry sheets in a single layer and cover with a clean tea towel. In the Hothouse fill a colander with leafy greans, beans, spring onions and herbs as you weed and […]


8 May 2023. A moment in the day.

Picking greens, herbs and spring onions for Hothouse Hand Pies. If you would like the Hothouse Hand Pies recipe please see the next Blog Journal entry. Would you like to join me? I’m hoping to be posting a photo each day on May. A moment captured during the day, calming, peaceful, that captures my heart. […]


One hour notice for no water.

This week was interesting! On Tuesday at 5pm we got a phone call from our wonderful plumber that he could arrive at 6pm and turn the water off to repair a leaking pipe that Michael had discovered that afternoon.  Our water supply would be turned off from 6:15pm until 6:15am to allow the pipe to […]


The Easter break.

 Hello, Welcome back to Fairy Wren Cottage. We had a very quiet few days over the Easter break. Closing the garden gates, we didn’t go out and worked away on some planned projects. There was painting, making kitchen cupboards, tending the garden, hens, ducks and guinea pigs in between rain showers, pottering about inside. I […]


The other Pierre de Ronsard Rose.

Did you know that there were different Pierre de Ronsard rose colours? We grow two different varieties in our garden, the Red Pierre (above & below) and the pink Pierre (third & forth photos). Rare to find at the time, this red one came from a plant stall at the Evandale market, 10 + years […]


The definition of Homesteading.

Late November 2022. It’s Monday and a week of possibilities lies ahead. The weekend was full of little jobs that I hadn’t exactly planned, it was a case of focus on what I can do. On Sunday Michael and I got some big gardening jobs accomplished,  shifting plants around and making better use of garden […]