Saturday, October 18, 2014

In the Garden this weekend




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Noticing all the fruit trees flowering and budding; Fuji apples, olives, apricots and chestnuts...

Renovating and fox-proofing on account of these lovely new ladies. Our last three were eaten by a fox and so grander measures were taken to make sure that sad event doesn't happen again...


Fixing the fence and nailing chicken wire to the floor of the chook house so foxy can't dig underneath....

"Five star...."


Everything overseen and approved by the United Nations Garden Committee.





 
At the end of the day their must be tavlis and red wine and all is well.















Saturday, October 11, 2014

Good Day

It was a good day for the sun it did shine all the while....


I pulled up these beauties....


And these......



Witnessed the magnificence of Men's Business in the shed.....

Planted some of this.....





Succumbed to these.......
Spent the afternoon here......
Playing music with these gorgeous ladies.....

And looking forward to getting into this after I eat the feast Abuelo has prepared. He and Beau have gone to the cinema to see Indiana Jones, dressed, if you please, in costume. I will take a photo upon their return because it's gotta be good......

































Monday, October 6, 2014








































Rehearsing, quietly celebrating, planting and reading....Oh that there were some knitting to add to this list! Too long between projects.


Friday, October 3, 2014

Abuelo just now; "If you get up early you get s*** done!"
Yep. That's true enough.
 








getting our mettle from nettle..

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There's nettle growing wild and untamed in our vege patch and I'm harvesting it gingerly and feeding it to us in various ways - this time as tea I think - I will dry it out tomorrow in the warm spring sun. So good for the blood it is. Tonight I have added some to the minestrone, and previously it has filled up spanakopita and gone into pesto..all you have to do is pick it (with good thick gardening gloves and long sleeves!)and blanch it in boiling water and it is tamed from there on. I love the taste of it and the knowledge that it is so health giving. Like Cavelo Nero. Those dark green leafy gifts from nature that mountain-dwelling Mediterranean peasants have been living off for centuries and living to ripe old ages. 




I was officially back in the Office as of today......


Any nettle recipes to share? Any other weeds I should be looking out for?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Road Trip









 We arrived home last night after a long drive back from the Flinders Ranges and a big family gathering at a huge farming property over-looking the place where Abuelo's father's ashes are scattered. It was the place of many family holidays for them as a family of 7 children. Beautiful country, in a state of spring green, far from anything or anyone, but for the owner and the shearing team who arrived on our last day and let us watch them work. My phone battery ran out before I could take anymore photos, but that was part of the bliss of being way out bush - no technological interaction. There were 6 kids, one teenager, and 13 adults bunked down all over the place - Abuelo and I out under the stars, tents, swags, campers, and bunks indoors. Communal meals, campfire songs, mountain climbing, rolling about in the back of the ute on dirt tracks, holding goannas, cricket games in the dust, late nights, luxurious bush showers, brown snakes, emus, and plenty of family in-jokes....and the dear matriach of 79 years, marvelling at the people she has brought together and how well they all actually get along!

We did a lot of driving for a short stay but it was wonderful - I love a road trip; we crossed the Nullabor many, many times from the 70's to the 80's and spent a lot of time in the bush. I'm glad our kids can have a taste of that. I found myself (unable to read r do anything much whilst in a moving vehicle due to car sickness) spending hours gazing out the window at lonesome farm properties and deserted brick buildings, daydreaming about life out there for people way back then, and right now. It was wonderful to see healthy green crops, and fat healthy animals along the way. It is magnificent country. Big sky, many shades of green with patches of wattle yellow, Salvation Jane purple, and the golden light of my favourite time of day - dusk, transforming the view in front of the house. So many stars at night that Old Man Emu can be seen in the Milky Way....

Next time I hope we can stay longer. I didn't get to walk the rocky creek bed all shady and softly green. And I would love to paint and draw and take more photos; for us to sit still even longer until the city is out of our bones and the land unwinds us.

While it's lovely to be home with our animals and our gorgeous garden all abloom, I'm filled with longing for country life, self-sufficiency, home-schooling, cow-milking, scone-making for the shearers....Perhaps not so far out and away from people, and definitely in a place where water is closer at hand. Maybe we will have some small version of all that when our children are older and our  family arrangements are more flexible/ negotiable. For now we will turn to our wee urban plot and be grateful we are home safe and sound and the rain is plentiful and the tomato seedlings are up and all three chickens are laying.

What are you planting? What are you dreaming?