• Autumn

    We’re moving into Autumn here in Australia, and in Far North Qld its one of our prime growing seasons. We’ve just put in a fresh bed of starts of lettuce, wombok, snap peas and green beans in one of our large house-yard beds. Last week saw the last of the summer crops – as well as a shit-ton of comfrey – cleared out from our big vegie bed [and yes, that’s a technical measure! ] ready for the autumn/winter plantings. Some Cauliflower and Broccoli went in a couple of days ago, as well as some Spinach, Beets and Winter Squash, and there are a whole lot more starts waiting for us to get…

  • RECIPE: Cornflake Biscuits

    This recipe was a huuuuge favourite with our kids when they were youngsters, and whilst they are a bit fiddly to make, and it isn’t often that we make them these days, they are nice to have with a cuppa – and are a good way to use up ageing cornflakes. [we usually double the recipe] Ingredients 125g butter ⅓ cup (75g) caster sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp vanilla extract ⅔ cup (105g) sultanas or other preferred dry fruit (cranberries are good!) 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour 2 cups lightly crushed cornflakes Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Cream butter and sugar until…

  • Gourd they’re good…

    and Gourd they’re handy! We grow our own loofah gourds. They are pretty much a plant and forget kind of thing – which is something we like. Any plant that thrives on neglect, and can be eaten or used otherwise, is a blessing. You can eat the gourds when they are small, they’re much like a zucchini, however if left to grow to full size, they get very fibrous inside. Once dried out, peeled and all the seeds have been removed, they are given a good wash and then set to dry on a rack. Once dry they are stored in an airtight container until needed. They can be used…

  • RECIPE: Pickled Radish

    Pickled Radish

    Another canning job completed on the weekend! [recipes below] In the cooler weather we get a lot more plants producing abundant harvests in our garden, as the micro-climate creates perfect conditions for many of the crops that won’t grow well once the full-on heat of brutal summer kicks in. One of those things right now that we’re having a glut of, is

  • Introducing…

    Introducing

    Many of you will remember that for the first half a dozen years of our lives together we did quite a lot of camping up and down the east coast for two or three weeks at a stretch, a couple of times each year. When we moved up to the Tablelands, we stopped doing the east-coast camping trips, however we soon bought

  • Another Year Begins

    Well here we are most of the way through the first month of a new year already! As many of you will have noticed, we have been more active almost on the daily of late on our socials on fb and insta, which is why we haven’t been quite so diligent with writing a new blog post. Its also the reason that

  • October

    October

    It’s been a very busy last month what with having luncheon with friends, two seperate visits from family members, and a friends wedding – we’ve had very little time at home over the weekends for down-time. Our youngest son came for a quick surprise visit with his lady-friend, arriving one Friday evening and having dinner with us on both the Friday and Saturday evenings, and then popping in to give lots of

  • Springtime

    springtime

    -=- Spring is here, and everything is budding out, flowering, setting fruit, or has already grown at an amazing rate – as happens at this time of the year! We will take an intentional wander around in the next week or two to specifically take a pile of garden photos, and put them up to show you all how much it has come along in such quick time. It seems like only a few short weeks ago, that we planted out the purple and butter pole-beans that we had germinated in-doors during the cool, and already we are