I used Camembert cheese but unfortunately my four camemberts still have a couple of weeks to go before they will be ready to eat.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
The garden beds were fairly easy to tend to but the path is looking decidedly neglected. These paths do have weed mat underneath but the weeds always seem to find a way.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Thirteen isn't too old for a very pink and very sweet birthday cake though. We don't have any fresh raspberries so I'm hoping that raspberry lollies will suffice. I think we are all going to be on a sugar high for a while this afternoon.
no new seeds in but will get something sown this afternoon.
- 3 artichoke plants in the herb garden
- ginger in the shed garden
- snow peas
- thinking about gifts to make for family
- trying to make a new (tighter) budget
- baking bread and other goodies
Friday, October 22, 2010
The hairdresser is a good conversationalist, I have found that most of them are, but what on earth would make her start talking to me about gardening. In particular, she told me about her vegetable garden. I think that I must have a garden geek aura or maybe I just had dirt under my fingernails.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I do have a few flowers peppered throughout the vegetable garden just for their beauty. The freesias are offering the most delicious scent right now. I planted out six dahlias today at the ends of the bean frames. I still have at least 100 dahlia tubers to plant out but they can wait until tomorrow. My daughter Grace is growing her own dahlia, Tiger Bey this year in an attempt to take on the competition at next years local show.
I had some followers today hopingI had something they might like to eat because grass can get a bit boring day in and day out. They actually helped clean up the last of the broccoli plants (from outside the garden fence) so there is now another bed ready for summer planting.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Sowing or Planting:
- 1 row Climbing Princess beans
- rice(an experimental patch in an old bath tub)
- 4 x turmeric tubers
- globe artichoke
- broad beans
- green garlic
Observations: The compost volunteer tomatoes and other self-sown tomatoes are growing well. The 6 tomato seedlings bought to have a head start are lagging behind (ofcourse).
- ordering free seeds and saffron crocus from Digger's Seeds
- reading Homegrown Whole Grains by Sara Pitzer again
- organising bees for a new hive
- staking young fruit trees which were knocked about by the recent wild winds
- cheesemaking- Camembert
- making compost (using alot too)
- donated blood on Monday
- visited the local botanical gardens
Friday, October 15, 2010
I rarely wait for the mixture to cool properly, I just let it cool enough to stop the egg from cooking when stirred in. I think the secret to the cakes moistness is boiling the fruit.
Now I am cooking a cheesecake and a slow-cooked lamb with harissa, dates and cinnamon. My son is coming home after a week at leadership camp so he will be mighty hungry. They probably only had bbq all week.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
The Fire Fighter rose is only a new addition. I gave it to my fire fighter husband, Tim. It is also a charity rose with proceeds from the sale going to the Rural Fire Service.
Now that I have enjoyed the roses, I really think it is time to do something about the bugs that live there.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Rae's does look better than mine but hopefully in a week or two the flowers will be big enough to see properly and make the clothesline and hanging out the laundry more jolly. I only used 'weeds'. I pulled up some heaartsease from the vegetable patch and some oregano, thyme and lavender which were popping up in the path of the herb garden.
I remember way back at the beginning of the year, I mentioned that caffeine is no friend of mine, well it's true.
Yesterday on my jaunt into town, it was quite hot and after doing the right thing and buying my biodynamic brown rice from the health food store the hot car was just too much to take. So... what does a girl who buys biodynamic rice use to quench her thirst? The caffeiniest, fizziest noughtiest can of Coke ofcourse. I paid the price. I was awake half the night and today I have no get-up-and-go. I'll try though. Maybe I can shake it and actually get something done today. Who knows?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sowing: Watermelon Small Shining Light and Moon & Stars
Pumpkin- Jap, Golden Nugget, Cinderella
Potatoes- Pink Eye, Purple Congo, Kipfler, Pink Fir Apple, banana
Beans- Climbing Princess
Carrots- Nantes and Topweight
Lettuce- Perella Rougette Montpellier
Spring Onion- White Lisbon
Popcorn- Golf Ball
Sunflower- free seeds from mental health awareness group
Planting: Compost volunteer pumpkin and tomatoes
Tomatoes- cherry and grape types
Capsicum- California Wonder
- peas- Greenfeast
- broad beans
- Swiss chard
- Cavelo nero
- meal planning
- Birthday and Christmas ideas
- cheese making supplies required for this weeks batch
- weeding (this never ends)
- bread baking
- bee hive maintenance
Thanks for visiting,
Sunday, October 10, 2010
I had a pattern in mind for a couple of years after seeing it made up on another blog so after a few hours of cutting and sewing and pressing seams, I have a quilt top ready to quilt. I'm not sure how I will quilt it yet but hopefully it won't take me years to progress to the next stage like it did to get to this one.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
The bees are equally enamoured with the broccoli that has been left for seed saving. Although I am quite partial to broccoli, I think I would much prefer to package our honey up as lavender honey than broccoli honey. It just doesn't have the same ring to it.
Another favourite that is making life more pleasurable is the jasmine. One of my archways is covered in blossoms and the smell is divine. I keep a vase on my bedside table and it is just such a delightful scent whiloe falling asleep and to wake up to.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
P.S. Keep your eyes on the mailbox, Ted, your apron will arrive soon.
Sowing or Planting:
- rose- Gold Medal
Potted up some cuttings taken while on holidays: jade bush, geranium and a frangipani (from a pile of prunings)
asparagus, snow peas, broad beans, herbs and mushrooms
- updated seed lists
- planning layout for summer planting
- netting fruit trees
- bread baking
Monday, October 4, 2010
After being away and living 50km from shops (and really not wanting to go to the supermarket anyway), it was good to see that the garden had some vegies to give. I am hoping to not buy any/many vegies from now on until well into autumn next year. It is going to be a green overload for a while because it seems that that is the predominant coulour of our winter vegie garden.
I grew this variety of cauliflower for the first time this year and it looks great. The taste was a little bland but it makes up for it in looks.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
From the lunar like landscape of the opal mines and then the cool mountain climate, we headed to the coast. The girls always like to include a dip in the beach on a holiday. The water was too cold for most but the girls are immune to cold water and headed right in. The surf was calm and clear but very chilly.