Thursday, December 18, 2014

Early season

We've started picking cherries and blueberries. Not a lot and not for long as there is so much fruit still to ripen. The morello cherries are laden, but they can stay on for a little longer as the fruit sits well on the trees - great natural storage.  The young sweet cherries have produced the most delicious fruit.
These are the last of a very small crop of sweet peas. The eat-pea crop was v sad - half the seeds failed to germinate and the plants are small and sparse.  Talking of failure - the alliums were a disaster; garlic small and soggy, leeks "woody".  Most people around here have had similar experiences.

The igloo is filled with tomato plants, basil, eggplants, capsicums, watermelon and rockmelon. And the neighbours pots which they are saving for transplantation next year. The watermelons have taken over - it will be difficult to extract the pots when the time comes!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Kara Weaves

A parcel arrived from Kara Weaves of Kerala - a bathrobe and towel

and tiny towels.

And they are tiny!  Unfortunately by the time I ordered the "pretty" colours had sold out.

The parcel was wrapped in calico and hand-sewn. The fabric smells - of India. Nice India. I like it.

"Kara is a social enterprise creating handwoven textiles at the intersection of Craft Revival, Fair-Trade and Good Design." I've bought bath towels from them before - they are light, pretty and dry very quickly.  A worthwhile investment for them and for me.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bugs, blossom and new leaves

It was a little like being in Japan at sakura - wind whipped petals all over the ground.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

Kitchen chores improved watching this

A beautiful looking and very active eastern spinebill has been collecting nectar from the daphne outside the kitchen window. Getting a photo has proven to be difficult so this is a stolen image from here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


At last I'm getting back into real farm work on a regular basis (does mean hefty doses of pain killers at the end of the day, though, to be able to keep moving).  This week I started pruning the pear tree - still loads to be done as I've got to either fall off a very tall ladder or climb the tree.  Cleaned the house and garage gutters - not bad going for someone who is terrified of heights. Pruned some of the olive trees behind the garage - not down (which should be done) but getting rid of dead branches  Chain sawed the last of the gleaned logs for storing for next winter.  For the first time in 10 years we are getting low on firewood.

The boys are managing the feeder really well and as a consequence the mice have moved elsewhere and the feed is lasting forever. 
Angelo doing the feed dance

This beautiful little heron landed on the roof next door (in the city). The photo doesn't do it justice - not very tall at all, fluffy shimmery tail feathers, very alert and I'd say very out of place.