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Grow What Grows Well.

Early Summer in the garden. And yet again the garden gives me the answers, whispering Grow What Grows Well. Our early morning walk around the garden, Honeybee, the hens, Bluebell and I. The hens potter about fossicking along the garden beds, grazing and clucking to each other. Honeybee is always so focused, it is like […]


A favourite quote.

Do small things with much L O V E. This little quote has become a daily mantra. Everything I do, whether it is folding the tea towels, washing the dishes, pulling the curtains back at the start of the day. These small everyday tasks become meaningful, because I can do them with a grateful heart, with […]


Honeybee & Plum, a friendship.

Did you know that hens and ducks have friendships? In our Henhouse Plum is friends with everyone but, just like us humans, she does have best friends. Honeybee and Plum are besties! While they are usually in different areas, there is a fence that separates them and they can see each other. This is necessary […]


How to read my ebooks.

I was contacted this week by Mrs V, she reads my ebooks at the library and would like a copy to read at home, she isn’t able to download the free ebooks to her home computer and asked if I could put them on a USB stick for her. Unfortunately that isn’t possible, I don’t […]


30 Sept 2019. From the Garden Journal.

30 September 2019 From the journal. Here at Fairy Wren Cottage those really hot Summer days begin February through to March.  While some gardeners in warmer climates are already well and truly harvesting fruits & veg our cooler climate slows the garden right down in comparison. But still there is so much to do and pick. We already […]


More Screensavers.

I’ve added a new batch of Screensavers/Wallpaper to my Instagram Highlights. You can find them on my Instagram account @fairywrencottage. They are saved in an Instagram Highlight called Screensavers. Here is an example of some of them and what they will look like when on the screen. Free. For personal use only please. Use as […]



She’s a stunner! And quite frankly I’m relieved this iris flowered at all. You see I had buyers regret. An impulse buy in the middle of winter from an online catalogue. Oh I’m a sucker for those bright pretty flowery catalogues! Miss Iris arrived and for $15, unexpectedly small, shrivelled up and looked fit for […]


5 things about the garden at Fairy Wren Cottage.

Five things you may not know about Fairy Wren Cottage. 1. The property was originally called Valley View. We changed it to Fairy Wren Cottage for a few reasons.  One reason was a new housing development went in behind our previous home and the estate was called Valley View. The name Valley View reminded us […]


Summer 2022.

From my journal: 28 February 2022. Would you like a glimpse into my walk around the garden this morning? Waking up to misty rain was a lovely change. It has been so so dry here, such a contrast to other parts of Australia that are experiencing flooding and day after day of rain. My thoughts […]