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Fairy Wren Cottage blog is a journal of sorts about seasonal living & stopping to see the beauty in our day.
I believe in the power of paying forward what others have generously shared with me over the years. This is my offering.
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Jude  x 

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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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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A quick Lunch.

Just a quick post to share what we had for lunch using up the left overs from last nights meal. It was stir fried vegetables in a tomato sauce with black beans, kidney & borlotti beans added to it, plus the Mexican spice blend we make ourselves. Adding a cup of cooked cous cous absorbed […]

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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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Home Holidays.

At the moment due to Lil’s injury we don’t travel far from home especially during the hotter weather. So what do we do to break up the weeks, celebrate milestones, just wanting time away from the everyday? Home Holidays. For a start I decided a long time ago to live somewhere that I would want […]

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