On Smokin’ Fish

So, it’s getting warmer, which means our aquaponic trout are ready to be eaten! I’ve always loved smoked fish and it’s one of the most exciting things to come out of our garden this year. The thing is, I wasn’t about to let Jamie buy a smoker – when he could make one. Rising to…

On Birds and Birdbaths to Water Them

When we first moved to our land, there weren’t that many birds. There were a family of magpies that still bother the chooks to this day, and cockatoos that screech down at sundown into the distant pines, and whistling kites darting down to thieve mice from the golden grasses we let grow wild in the…

On Beauty, Art, Peace and Harmony.

When we first designed our garden, in the organic, free-form way that we created it – we were busy going outward, building paths and garden beds to get the bare basics of the garden done. This has taken a good few years, but now we are finally at the point where we are happy with…

On Bathstronomy

Bear with me on the title of this blog post. Firstly, we are officially mad, according to those who have seen pictures of our outdoor bath on social networks. Check out the Instagram feed for more photos. We’ve had comments to ‘gee, you guys are motivated and clever’ to ‘what would the neighbours think’ to…

Elder, I love you

There isn’t a tree in my garden I love more than my elder tree. To me, the elder is just magical. It’s so talked about in folklore that it has gained mythic proportion – and after enjoying them in the hedgerows in England, it was the first tree we planted on our property. I’ve taken…

On Sharing #2

The world is going to shit. Now, that’s a harsh way to start a blog post, and I’m sorry if I have offended you, but I assure you that by the end of the blog post, you won’t be so upset but thinking that the little things count, and be encouraged to do your bit,…

On Inventiveness

One of the most wonderful things about having your own vegie garden is going out to pick things for dinner. Sometimes it’s only fifteen minutes from the garden to plate – there is nothing fresher and I can’t help but think of how dynamic this food is – it’s so alive. The other things is inventiveness. There…

On Sharing

‘Don’t tell everyone where those red gum posts are’ says my husband ‘or there will be none left for us’. So begins another philosophical blogging moment – to share, or not to share? Apparently, according to some psychologist or another, sharing is more likely when one is happily aroused. And you know how much my…

Zucchini Zaniness?

… or courgettes. I use the words interchangeably…. but it does cause some confusion with some!  Every year I plant far too many zucchinis, and end up with gazillions, and some really big fat mammas that look like they are gonna get up and walk or maybe have themselves a bit of a garden party….

On Optimism

We just had a bout of horrendously hot weather – temperatures ticking over, degree by degree, into the 40’s. Celsius. Ouch. Somehow, for a change, we had the foresight to do some slow watering for two nights running on the vegetable patch, and thus lost nothing, though the loquat was looking a bit worse for…

Bees Please

I think it’s time I explained the beans and honey blog title.  You see, I keep no bees. I like to think I have bee keeping blood – my great great grandfather (I think) was a beekeeper in Germany, and a beehive is even on the family crest. However, we also have matchmakers, sea captains,…