What’s going on?

Another summer draws to a close, and it’s been wet and mild and of course, presenting a whole lot of wonderful, life changing experiences! Here’s another pictorial look at what has kept us busy over the last couple of months…

Warming conversation.

Warming conversation – preparing for bush fire season.

Lambs arrival.

John Walker delivers our new sheep and lambs…..

Our first batch of meat chicks arrive.

Our first batch of meat chicks settle in…..

Ginger joins the family....

Ginger joins the family….

Flooding rains.

Flooding rains…..

Little boys enjoying the swollen river after rain...

After school swims in the swollen river…….

An excursion to Goat Hill Farm hazelnuts...

An excursion to Goat Hill Farm hazelnuts…

Lunches with special people...

Lunches with special people

The building of, and .....

The building of, and …..

....planting of the new kitchen garden at the local school...

….planting of the new kitchen garden at the local school…

Sweet Home Cobargo moves up the hill to a lovely new premises....

Sweet Home Cobargo moves up the hill to a lovely new premises….

Meat chicks growing happily....

Meat chicks growing happily….

A new workshop space....finally!.......

A new workshop space….finally!…….

Abundant growth.....

Abundant growth…..

and spectacular skies.

and spectacular skies.

One glorious summer, and so many wonderful blessings. The first lot of veggies are ready for harvest, so stay tuned. 🙂

 

 

 

 

After the rain….at last.

Welcome rain has filled the dam at Foxground this week.  Very much a relief after the longest, hottest dry spell in memory apparently.

Zucchini, capsicum and eggplant at Foxground

Zucchini, eggplant and capsicum.

Temperatures nearing 50C and way below average rainfall has caused all sorts of problems for farmers along the South Coast. There has been a feed crisis for our dairy farmers which places enormous strain on herds, farmers, their budgets and families. Still $1/L for milk?….seriously?!

Mid summer heat stress

Heat stress – shedding leaves mid summer.

This good soaking 180mm over 3 days will really help, and you can see the paddocks greening up almost immediately. Good follow up rain over the next few weeks and months is obviously critical to really make a difference.

Pigs in mud

Soaking it up – piggies love the mud!

There’s not much you can do when the soil is as wet as it is at the moment, but it is just so lovely to be in the garden, and see everything flourishing.

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The little creek, once again flowing past the vegies

My most favourite thing is the new sounds. Wet sounds. The creek ‘babbling’, the frogs chorus. I just wish there was a picture to express how amazing sounds ‘look’.

Frog on the reeds

Tiny blue-black frog on the reeds, by the dam

I guess on a blog, this will have to do….   🙂

Fun in a puddle.

The storms in Sydney and along the coast earlier this week weren’t a lot of fun for many people, with power outages and roof damage caused by strong winds. Fortunately, we didn’t suffer too much damage down in Gerringong, and when the sun came out in all its winter glory, and little people were allowed to venture outside again, there was fun to be found in the garden.

Loving what the storms left behind

The winter vegetables have seemed to thrive on the winter rains too, and the peas, snow peas and brassica’s all look great. Catching up with all the clothes washing that’s taken over the laundry is the next job. This reminds me how great kids are at living in the present – the here, and the now. They don’t care about the washing or the cold.

Look at me all wet!


That is why it’s so important for us to think about The Long Now. Sit down with a hot cuppa and enjoy this inspiring essay on our future, just like I did – thank you Lucy. XO

Broughton Village

We have just had the wettest and coolest summer in recorded history. So many people complain about the endless wet weather, but providing it’s not torrential, gardening in the rain is really lovely. And the cleansing effects on the land and creeks are invaluable.

Connor's Creek

I visited a friend at Broughton Village the other day (pretty place name, but there isn’t one…village I mean. Must research that one day…) The crispness and freshness of the post-rain landscape just cannot be expressed in words, and I expect these pictures don’t do it justice either. But hopefully you can get a feel for how beautiful it is…

Fern Frond

Wild Berry

Rainy day visitors

Whilst quite thankfully able to choose to stay in today, these fellows can’t. This beautiful baby Eastern Koel braves the endless rain to feast on the last of the season’s cherry tomatoes. Prolific this year, most of them (the tiny toms!), have been slow roasted in the oven (120C for 4-6 hours) then bottled with whole garlic cloves, organic extra virgin olive oil and oregano – all ready for a winter of scrumptious pasta bakes and moussaka.

Juvenile Eastern Koel - above feasting on cherry tomatoes

This delicate swamp frog (I know, because we are lucky to have Michael Fox, THE ‘Frog Man’ living in our street), is loving the endless wet weather. Talking to The Frog Man is inspiring – for that matter, don’t you think talking to anyone about their passion is inspiring… regardless of what it is? Even frogs? I think Eckhart Tolle puts it best:

“Joy does not come from what you do, it flows into what you do and thus into this world from deep within you… That’s why anything you enjoy doing connects you with the power behind all creation.”

Some things revel in the rain.