this place

By |June 26th, 2014|

We were very lucky to have the lovely Luisa Brimble visit recently (accompanied by the equally lovely Emma Bowen). I’ve been admiring Luisa’s gorgeous photography for ages and was thrilled when she offered to visit on a workshop day and take some shots for us. Hooray!

When you’ve got your eyes to the ground pulling out […]

Happy chickens brought you to by Tim

By |June 25th, 2014|


Last night our friend Tim O’Sullivan (Timbo Rural Contracting) showed up with some extra friends and they took out four foxes in an hour. Four.

Happy, happy, happy.

I don’t know if that’s solved the immediate problem, but I suspect it’s put a dent in it.

We know Tim well, and he knows us, and he offered to […]

around here

By |April 15th, 2014|

Around here we are:

.. holding onto the fun we had with the beloved Milkwood Permaculture team here this weekend, running Serious Backyard Veggies. We tried to encourage them to move in by feeding them delicious food (and hiding their keys) but to no avail. The class was lovely, and stoic in the rain, and relieved, […]


By |April 13th, 2014|

It's been a beautiful weekend of favourite Milkwood-people adventure and rain and amazing shared cooking with a brilliant cook (Tory) and red wine and cuddles with small children and slooooow cooked lamb. 
Adam took this photo this morning. Lucky stars, I'm thanking them.

the flipside

By |April 11th, 2014|

For every story there's another one.
For every earnest heart wishing for a small farm in a friendly town with an orchard and room for chickens and a big veggie garden, there's an orchardist lying in bed tonight wondering how he's going to pay his water bill and how he'll keep those damn chickens out of […]

Farmers’ Market

By |April 11th, 2014|



Wednesdays used to be different. 
I used to make a slice every Wednesday. I'd take it to a friend's house, and drink tea.
Wednesdays are now a flurry of labelling and last minute baking and packing up and chalk-boarding. At 3pm every Wednesday a bell rings and our weekly farmers' market starts. 

Of all the things I've done […]

The day the olives grew.

By |March 17th, 2014|


Dad planted an olive tree about the time he planted the coffee, so in the vicinity of 13 years ago. We've always talked about it as the tree that never fruits. We were advised that olives don't need a cultivar like some fruiting trees, and this tree was in the coffee grove, so it […]

farm picnic day

By |March 3rd, 2014|

We ran our first Farm Picnic Day last month. We were very nervous. Like, really nervous. It sold out quickly and we closed it down at 50 people, and I had visions of people eveywhere and chaos and children climbing silos and falling into electric fences and ambulances and lawsuits and me in a data […]

when the big week turned into a big month

By |February 18th, 2014|

Hello! Jeepers. I've just about forgotten how to log into Typepad. We've been rolling with the punches over here, holding our heads above deep, deep water and singing loudly to a favourite song. 
We've done a lot of very fun stuff in a short period of time and I'll catch you up on it all, I […]


By |February 9th, 2014|

HI!!!! It's been so long and I have so much to tell you, about the biggest week of our lives amongst other things, but it's very nearly midnight (again) and I'm collapsing, so just wanted to share this cool little video that the truly lovely Hayden Quinn (and Sam Evans) shot at our place this […]