Thursday, November 25, 2010

National broadbean rollout & other garden news


Growing & eating fresh & seasonal is often made out to be more glamorous than it actually is. At our place what it usually means is major gluts of various produce. The last couple of weeks I've been harvesting spinach. This is how the early harvests looked, manageable & reasonably pleasant on the eye...


In reality with the amount of spinach in the garden (going to seed), there were a few nights spent washing & cooking copious green leafy bunches, with dirt clumps spilling all over the kitchen
(see that exclusive black silicone strip under the taps...definitely not mould!)

Like most work it was worth it in the end..


This week it is all broad beans, broad beans, broad beans


with a few compost bag mushrooms thrown in for good measure
(Tricia has better instructions than I'll ever get around to writing)


When invited out for another broad bean rummage & harvest, Max informed me that Julia Gillard is also having a broad bean roll out, he heard it on the radio! There are lots of great broad bean recipes out there, but for the most part ours are eaten freshly double shelled, or raw.


so there are no worries in regard to us getting our greens currently, silverbeet anyone?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

the after effects of camping


We went camping on the weekend, long gone are the days of light weight hiking!

This morning I put the last few bits of cleaned gear away downstairs
(to stop the kids thinking/asking if we were going camping again)

The camping trip was great
ignoring the bit where I tried to put Leo to bed at his normal sleep time,
next time he can play around in the dirt a bit longer until it is dark!


The main problem was that it was only for 2 days (which requires the same amount of gear as a 2 week trip!) The other problem was that while I tried to pack everything away the kids trashed the rest of the house, the ants started attacking the silkworms & no-one planted my long suffering tomato seedlings!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Living in Hobart


Today was a gorgeous Hobart sunny day.

The kids declared it hot enough to fill up the splash pool.

The swimmers are still out on the line.


and yet

yesterday was cold, wet and grey.

To wear the kids out & give them their dose of outside play ,

I dug out the winter suits (packed away LAST week)

and they all put on gumboots to go splashing in puddles/mud/unidentified squishy bits.

The suits are also still hanging on the line drying.
(although after today they would be dry, and yet they are still there)



you never know what you will get
(particularly if you never look at the weather forecasts)


Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Creative Space - letter storage




Having all our family living interstate the smalls are amassing a collection of letters, these are currently stuffed into various shelves, bags or pockets. In an effort to keep them all together I'm making up some simple letter storage bags.

I've already made a few of these for an upcoming market so it is nice to be doing some sewing for the restless natives.


I've also been sewing up some cushion covers, so nice & quick after sewing girls dresses for weeks now. These are also for my next market in December but I'll be happy if they don't sell as then I won't have to make any more for our place! The print is from the very talented Kristen Doran and I've had lots of practice using invisible zips now....time for a summer skirt I think.


More creative spaces over this way.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A taste of summer



Don't all rush to the pool, we enjoy having it all to ourselves!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

My Creative Space - orders and disorder

The house is eerily quiet this morning with only Leo & I here. Adelaide is having a trial day at our local pre-kinder (with Max to show her the ropes) after many moons of requests (basically ever since her backpack was finished!)

So I'm taking the time to finish off a few orders (ignoring the disorder around me that needs some attention later today), cut out some more and have a cup of hot tea while trying my hardest to not hover over Leo who is practising climbing onto the lounge, teetering on the edge while raising his arms in the air triumphantly declaring a DAA-DAH (my cue to turn, look & encourage him to climb down.....backwards!)


More daa-dah's over at Kootoyoo.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

edible weeds


Chives have self-seeded everywhere in the garden, every crack in the path has chives sprouting from within. I can't quite bring myself to pull them out, so I find myself doing a crazy dance-walk trying to make my way between the garden beds.

I let the larger smalls loose with a bucket, a pair of scissors each & simple instructions on how to harvest the flowers to trial cooking them on the BBQ. We have used these flower buds with much success in stir fries and lightly fried with scrambled eggs.



They may not look like much (like much of my cooking unfortunately) but with a splash of tamari before you take them of the BBQ they are delicious, especially with some fresh local calamari, sunshine & Tim home early from work.


Some times not having enough gardening hours in the day pays off in unexpected ways
(some times!)

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