A journal of my favourite pastimes gardening, farming and sewing.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Tasmanian Visit

We visited Tasmania last week to see Ben and Ava.  She has really grown up now and is attending kinder/early learning 5 days a week.
Finishing touch
Getting the tree ready

Water baby

We had about 50/50 good and bad weather so we were pretty happy.  This visit we concentrated on the east/north east coast area.  We think we're pretty well set for beaches in Queensland but Tassie really does have some spectacular beaches as well.

East coast beaches
Bay of Fires
Bay of Fires

Being spring there, there were some opportunities to practice some closeup shots of flora and fauna.

All in all, a great trip.


Sunday, 9 October 2011


With the warmer days of spring, and after some welcome rain, new additions to the garden are starting to show their colours.

Of all the hippeastrum bulbs we had put in, only one has performed so far. Obviously the position is just right. So, in due course as many of the others will be put in nearby. It would be a shame to miss out on all the other lovely colours.
White Hoya

This one was a pick up from a former resident at the retirement village. They left it behind when they left, so it came home with me. I didn't know hoyas were white as well as pink, having only seen the pink ones. They are very waxy, almost feeling like plastic. And the flowers last quite a long time. It now lives in a hanging basket under one of the poinciana trees in the back.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Sweet things on a misty morning

After a hot couple of days, this morning is cool, misty and humid.  Perfect for picking sweet peas for the house.

Summer flowers don't last long in the hot weather, so it is a treat to smell the lovely fragrance while it is cooler.

This variety of sweet pea is "Painted Lady".  I do like the various shades of pink.

I have just received my latest batch of seeds which include "Spencers Choice Mix" - a more colourful mix.  Looking forward to having these in the garden soon.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Tawny Frogmouth Owl

This little fellow has been visiting with us for a while now.  He sits on his tree branch all day snoozing and warming himself in the sun and at night he's off for a feed.

I had seen him a couple of months ago sitting on the end of one of the trees sunning himself and then he disappeared for a while. Now he's back.

He doesn't seem to be disturbed by us or the dogs which is great, so we get to watch him as much as we like.

Apparently this species of owl is found throughout Australia and in most habitats except denser rainforests and treeless deserts.

The bulk of their diet is made up of nocturnal insects, worms, slugs and snails. Small mammals, reptiles, frogs and birds are also eaten. Most food is obtained by pouncing to the ground from a tree or other elevated perch. Some prey items such as moths however, are caught in flight.

Tawny Frogmouths have a regular breeding season, but birds in more arid areas may breed in response to heavy rains. Both sexes incubate the eggs. The male sits during the day, but both sexes share sitting at night. The nest is a loose platform of sticks, which is usually placed on a horizontal forked tree branch. Normally only one brood is raised in a season, but birds from the south may have two.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Pickled and sweet

A busy day in the kitchen again today.  First up, pickling a small harvest of beetroot from the weekend.  Beetroot for summer bbqs - looking forward to that. 

Second job was making the passionfruit butter - like lemon butter but not.  I experimented with a new recipe this time, so tasting the final product will be a surprise.

Today's tasty treats

The dogs dinner was next up; a 2kg pack of pet mince from Aldi plus plenty of vegies and rice, pearl barley and some pasta.  This makes up about 3 weeks worth of dinners for Billy and Jessie.  Once the mixture has cooled, I put it into cling wrap in plastic margarine containers ready to freeze.  Then, each day I take out a 'brick' to defrost for their afternoon meal.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Our Wedding

On 26th February we had a memorable day.  We were married in a little country church near home and were surrounded by friends and family.  It was a lovely warm summers day and everything was glowing green after the recent rain.

We hope our guests enjoyed the day as much as we did.

Happy couple

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Projects Around Home - the deck

Final roof beams going onto the house!  Big celebration tonight!

Rain, rain, rain

During the month of December we have had a total of 324mm of rain.  For the four days from 24th to 27th December there was 176mm so the ground was totally saturated.  Worms came to the surface of the soil and drowned, much to the delight of the three ducks next door.

We have a new water feature, McGovern falls:

Basically the natural waterway or "summer stream" as the real estate agents might call it, really got going and was gushing through the sheep yard and into the neighbour's back yard.  Certainly will make the grass grow now!