What better plan on a stunning summer Sunday than a visit to a wine region to pick up some wine supplies for Christmas? An hour drive from Newcastle is historic Wollombi, a quiet Hunter Valley country town boasting the Wollombi Valley Wine Trail. After passing through Cessnock, the scenery on the drive into town is … Continue reading A beautiful day tasting beautiful wine in beautiful Wollombi
Now the weather is heating up, my crops are going completely berserk. Bunches of mangoes seem to have doubled in the last couple of weeks, pumpkin plants are definitely starting to take over a section of my yard, with many little pumpkins growing. The tomato plants have started jumping out of the ground, with lots … Continue reading Beans and zucchinis. Zucchinis and beans. Repeat.
Have you ever known you were doing something a bit stupid but you were excited and nonchalant about the consequences so you did it anyway? Well, that's me with vegetable gardening, particularly this season because I grew my own seedlings and needed to plant them somewhere! I became a bit carried away during the seed planting process because … Continue reading Confessions of an overplanter
My newfound obsession with growing seedlings resulted in the need for another garden bed, as my original garden beds were bursting at the seams. The new garden is now fully planted and the seedlings are growing happily. Pots of excess seedlings line the fence and surround one of the greenhouses. I am preparing for a productive spring/summer … Continue reading Progress in the garden. Let the harvesting begin.
My favourite reason for visiting Melbourne is the food. Melbourne has many things to offer, but the food is my drawcard. When planning a trip there, I always calculate the amount of days I will be staying and how many meals it equates to. This weekend trip had been planned for a couple of months … Continue reading Melbourne’s food, culture and community make me happy again
Cooking with fresh, organic produce is one of the reasons I love growing my own vegetables. Fresh, healthy, delicious salads are possibly my favourite thing about summer. And with the weather warming up quickly, salad season is here! This morning I picked some radishes. They were a beautiful crimson colour and I decided to use them right away rather than … Continue reading Cabbage and radish salad – fresh from the garden
As I sit here looking at my gardens I can’t help but feel a little impatient. I just want my vegetables to grow! It’s not that unreasonable, is it? I grew the seedlings, I planted them in the gardens but now I must wait for them to grow and produce the beautiful, colourful, versatile, nutritious … Continue reading Garden impatience. Stop and enjoy the spectacle
Warner Bros. 1962. Director: Robert Aldrich. Screenplay: Lukas Hellar, based on the novel by Henry Farrell Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? is one of my favourite movies. Ever. I really don’t need an excuse to watch it again but, as it is Halloween, it is the perfect time to enjoy this creepy, dark psychological thriller. … Continue reading Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? – this gothic masterpiece is a Halloween treat
Spring. The most exciting time in the garden. I'm sure many gardeners would agree. It's that time when the winter vegetables end their run, making way for the spring/summer vegetables. I always find this transition thrilling, but this year even more so. Because this year I started growing my vegetables from seed, for the very first time, thanks … Continue reading Can a green thumb be hereditary? Spring in my garden, aka tomato season!