Sunday, December 30, 2012


Stone fruit and berries from local roadside stalls and snow peas and broad beans from my garden. How good is summer?


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Ancient pines

Quite a few years back when Wollemi pines were first sold commercially, I bought one for my Dad for Christmas. He loves Australian native plants and history so it seemed a good combination of the two. Here's what it looked like when I visited earlier this month. Beautiful, isn't it?

On Sunday we spotted Huon pines (Lagarostrobus franklinii) for sale at the Franklin Market. We've had several visitors ask us where they can see one, so now they can see one (albeit a tiny one) in the corner of our yard. Hope it thrives like my Dad's tree has.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Waiting for a sign

The signs start to appear along the Huon Highway, announcing fresh raspberries, cherries, strawberries, tayberries, peaches, nectarines. This time of the year is truly food heaven. Fresh, seasonal, delicious. Today I tried Sylvanberries for the first time, bought from Cane's orchard in Franklin. Very tasty.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

They're back

"Our" welcome swallows eventually came back! After last year's unsuccessful breeding season, I wondered if we'd see them again. I love having them around. They are such pretty little birds, always swooping and chirping happily. They built a nest under the balcony, flying in day after day with mud and grass, and are now flying back and forth with food for the hatchlings. The photo below is a bit blurred, but you can clearly see the three mouths gaping.

Food delivery

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cheep cheep

Our second attempt at incubating some of our hens' eggs was a lot more successful than the first ... NINE of these little Barnevelder chicks hatched over the last 24 hours and are now busily cheeping away under the heat lamp in a box in the bathroom downstairs. Seriously cute, huh?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A very social Sunday

The social season is in full swing. Some dear friends visited us from Sydney on the weekend and we enjoyed a lazy Saturday afternoon and evening of eating, drinking and catching up at home. 

To make up for it, we sure packed a lot in on Sunday. After home laid eggs on home made bread for breakfast, we visited Cygnet Market (right), Cygneture Chocolates and Hartzview Vineyard (to purchase spiced apple mead), had lunch on the terrace at Peppermint Bay, stopped in at the Homeland Delights store at the Margate Train for some German treats, then headed to the Longley International Hotel, where we listened to some lovely reggae/ska/funk from local Tassie band Lively Up and enjoyed a beer or two in the sun. What a top spot with a good crowd. We made a short stop at home to feed the animals and make my favourite basil dip with pita chips to take to share at the Sunday night classic movie at The Palais Theatre. This month's movie was What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, a 1962 film of the genre variously called "psycho-biddy" or "hag horror" and starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford . It was truly awful, in a funny way.

Pickers hut at Hartzview
Flowers at Hartzview
The Hartzview cat
Peppermint Bay
The Longley Hilton
Beer garden