Chooks

5 Ways to help your chickens through a hot spell

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It’s spring here in Australia as I write this and we’ve had 4 days in a row over 33ºC (around 90ºF) and while it has mostly cooled off overnight, the days have been unexpectedly warm for early November. Fortunately I have been able to keep a close eye on the girls to make sure they […]

Farm

Waiting for Solstice

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I love winter, sitting inside watching the rain,  cool evenings when I can light the fire and curl up with my knitting and a bit of Netflix or ABC iView catching up on my favourite programs. And I love the crisp clear days when the sun shines and I can get outside and do some […]

Cooking

Autumn Harvest

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I love this time of year. There seems to be a promise in the air.  The nights start cooling off and the days are warm and clear. We even had some rain last night which has cooled the whole garden down and given us some hope that dry earth is not all we will have […]

Food

5 Minute Basil and Almond Pesto

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I love those crunchy basil pesto dips that are sold in the supermarkets, but I don’t love the additives and preservatives that go with them – “the numbers” as I call them. I’ve become a bit more stringent about reading food labels as I’ve learnt more about food, how it is produced and how many […]

Food

Rhubarb and Walnut Cake

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One of the things I love the most about growing some of my own food is the sense of satisfaction and joy that I get in using those things in my cooking.  This morning I decided the rhubarb was ready and, knowing how much my husband LOVES rhubarb, I decided to bake one of my […]

Farm

A caravan life

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When we decided that we needed to be on the farm full-time, we did not even have a shed erected on the site.  Council approvals and bad weather had delayed us for over 6 months.  Originally we thought we would have two sheds up by the time we wanted to move here, but obviously this […]

Food

Potato, Leek and Spinach Soup

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There is something very comforting about a warm, steaming bowl of soup on a cold winter’s day. Filled with goodness freshly picked from the garden or recently purchased from one of my favourite farmers’ markets, it is not only in the eating that I find comfort. It is really in the making of soup that […]

Food

Tomatoes

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I had the pleasure of going to one of my favourite farmers’ markets last weekend and aside from spending time with some good friends, I picked up 5 kgs of fresh ripe tomatoes. I always love a random bulk buy from the market because I love the challenge of finding something delicious to do with […]