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Fairy Wren Cottage blog is a journal of sorts about seasonal living & stopping to see the beauty in our day.
Your time is precious, it's the greatest gift we can give ourselves & it's humbling that you would  take time out of your day to visit.

hello & welcome!

Jude 

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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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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Garden Postcards: Forget Me Nots

Dear Lovely Reader, As the days turn from late Winter to early early Spring there always comes with the promise of Forget Me Nots. I watch for tiny blue flowers popping through amongst other foliage or along the edge of the wood shed and garden steps. Taking special care to check where they self seeded […]

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Garden Postcards: Albertine Rose & Potato Vine.

Dear Lovely Reader, The Albertine Rose & the Potato Vine love each other and to be honest I love them. It’s a match made for our garden. With our climate and where they are planted they don’t get too carried away growing every which way. A  yearly prune and all is good. Albertine has a […]

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Garden Postcards: Poppies.

Dear Lovely Reader, The self seeded poppies are out! As I write this I find it hard to stay inside and not listen to the garden calling me. The excitement of seeing different poppies unfurl from their tight buds, flipping their green caps off, their petals stretching out to feel the warmth in the air. […]

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Garden Postcards: Roses

Dear Lovely Reader, Some roses from our Springtime 2019 garden here at Fairy Wren Cottage. Every year it is different. The colours, the shapes, light & reflections. Sending love and a warm Spring breeze, Jude x The modest rose puts forth a Thorn, The humble sheep a threat’ning Horn, While the Lily white shall in […]

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Planning our life together.

21st August 1999 I met my husband Michael when I was living in Darwin, he was there for less than forty eight hours, on holidays from The Netherlands. We both knew it was love at first sight and when he returned to Australia four months later we bought a car and started travelling together. During […]

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Apple blossom time.

Lady of the Snow. Geeveston Fanny. Devonshire Quarrenden. Lady Williams. White Pearmain. Ranelagh. Cox Orange Pippin. Brambley Seedling. Gravenstein. Golden Delicious. Campbelltown Pippin & two other unidentified apple trees we rescued from someone’s over zealous use of secateurs before they went to the tip. I may have gone a little over  board with planting apple […]

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Climate Change.

I believe in Climate Change. There is too much scientific evidence and too much physical evidence world wide to not doubt it. Climate Change can sometimes feel like the new big sensationalised thing and with that comes the so called self appointed experts on either side of the fence with no real foundations for their […]

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