WELL I’m in hog heaven. I’ve had a brilliant day scavenging fresh produce and then cooking the proceeds. I scored my first scavenge at a committee meeting for the Sydney group of Open Gardens Australia. Committee Chair Ros Andrews, had brought a basket of limes to share out. The committee meets at Ryde College of TAFE. In the kitchen adjacent to the committee room was a box of chokos pleading to be taken home. I took a couple, adding them to my stash.
This weekend (April 13-14) marks the start of celebrations of the bicentenary of the crossing of the Blue Mountains. Those of you who went to school in NSW will no doubt have learnt about this pivotal journey in Australia’s colonial settlement. Continue reading
My neighbour, artist Ros Goody, has the best crop of passionfruit ever this year, which is odd as her vine, possibly self-sown, grows under and around a jacaranda. It is very shaded and never watered. It is only fertilised if its roots have roamed into a near by garden bed, although there is plenty of mulch around and the soil is good. Continue reading
There’s a man drought here and I don’t know what to do. I don’t think eHarmony has the answer, nor RSVP. This particular man drought has struck in the vegie patch, where my yellow button squash are producing nothing but female flowers. I have five plants and they are all laden with flowers but there’s no maturing fruit. Continue reading
Gosh that looks like a poinciana I thought, as I wandered along the road near my house taking the dogs for their morning walk. It must be an Illawarra flame tree, they’re still flowering. As we got closer it kept looking more and more like a poinciana and sure enough, as I stood next to it I saw that it was. There were the unmistakable orange and red flowers and ferny green leaves. Continue reading
Epiphany. January 6. The 12th day of Christmas. The day when all the decorations come down. I hope the stores are reading this blog. Although, I heard someone say the Easter decorations are already going up. Surely not! For my Christmas tree this year I used a Wollemi pine and it has been just right. Not too big, lots of cascading branches and a good green colour. Continue reading
I’ve just been listening to a chilling account of the spread through Europe of ash dieback. It was a special on BBC Radio 4 and part of a feature on trees.It is suspected that ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea) found a foothold in Europe some 20 years ago, probably due to spore blowing in from parts of Asia. Vast areas of ash forest, including plantation and natural forests, have been denuded of these trees. Continue reading
Crossing the NSW Blue Mountains bicentenary – a range of activities will be occurring in 2013 to mark the bicentenary of the crossing of the Blue Mountains by explorers Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth. Continue reading