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This week I’ve been thinking about.

What trees I would like to plant to fill in any gaps. It was a needs must situation where we took out an apple tree a couple of weeks ago and I would like to replace it with a Jan/Feb fruiting apple tree. The Interview Series I created last year. I reached out to a […]


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 […]


Autumn Whispers.

I have been noticing the slightest, earliest shifts, as summer continues on but signs of Autumn start to gently flow through. It’s the way the flushes of growth have slowed down. Like the plant growth has plateaud and the plants are savoury these moments, the warmth of the sun. Does that make sense? Herbs are […]


The case of the missing string. Part II.

Well, they are at it again and we really do need to up our game. The birds have been busy untying our double knots and 2 metre long lengths of string. That photo should look like three tee pees supporting Autumn Raspberry canes in a garden bed . We’ll take this opportunity to replace any […]


Observe. Evaluate. Change when necessary.

  Oh gosh this growing season is throwing some curve balls, how is it at your place? The pumpkins, zucchinis and cucumbers are slow slow slow. They just aren’t growing, usually we would have a freezer full of Golden Nugget Pumpkins by now, instead we have one flower on one plant! After I finish writing […]


In the Garden.

Hello! It is lovely that you are here. I sat in the garden this afternoon. Quietly. Watching. Listening. It is one of my favourite things to do. Bluebell raced around tossing a fallen apple into the air and catching it. Then she sat in front of me ever so focused, like a sailor on a […]


Hen House changes.

We are caring for a smaller flock of hens now, nine in total. There are a few factors involved with this decision: 1. We are eating less eggs. 2. We rehomed some of our larger birds and some of our older hens and rooster have passed away, it was a conscious decision not to replace […]


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 […]