I'm not a particularly emotional person.  I don't typically well up at weddings, or around babies, or under crisis.  But some moments undo the best of us. I have a very long standing dear friend, Sue (sometimes found over here) who I met when I was fifteen and we've been friends ever since, […]

A Friday Photo

  Hello! I apologise for not showing up here this week, it was a week that got away from me.  LOTS going on over here, it was a good week for egg production, a very good week for Bikkies and a great week for ANZAC biscuits! Hope you got one.  This is my Dad driving […]

25 days… and out.

  Yesterday at about 4pm when I ducked into a supermarket to buy extra white chocolate for a batch of Choccy Choc Chocs destined for the Gerringong Markets this weekend, I decided to abandon the challenge.  To be honest, Vanessa was out of the game after a week. But after a week we were just […]

Slice of Wednesday: Peanut Brittle Slice

  This slice had so much potential. My Armageddon slice, because who knew I still had butter and sugar!? (This was the end of the white sugar stash.) It even involved a cheat. Flour. I had 5kg of gorgeous white bakers flour left over from Bikkie baking for the last two days and I brought […]

stuff we know

I don't know very much.  But I know that custard makes me feel better if I have a scratchy throat; her too.     I know this new magazine is gorgeous and one day I'd love to be able to contribute to it.   I know that the gift of a few old loaves of […]

Love your neighbour

Day 22 and we're powering on. We fed our weekend visitors well, they contributed perfect complements to our provisions and ate homemade rice balls, pizzas, delicious rooster soup with navy beans and lots of sourdough. I've made a dishwasher powder from borax, washing soda and bicarb. The citric acid I thought I had apparently got […]

the toilet paper question

  Because I don't have a photo of toilet paper to illustrate this post with, I'm going with sourdough starter instead.     BUBBLY! There's more interest in sourdough than I thought, so I'll come back to it, I promise. And I think it'd make sense to be able to see the starter and maybe […]

Thank you, Rooster.

  Day 18 and if I ever pretend I got to Day 19 on my own ingenuity, feel free to snort. Our friends Mark and Amy are responsible for us not chucking it in today. Friends that grow stuff. Who sent us home with enormous, crisp, juicy watermelons and delicious pumpkins. A bag of fresh […]

You can do this

  Day 17 of the challenge. Dinner tonight: leek and potato soup and homemade bread. (Above, pulled pork on buns, on the weekend with my sister Suzie.) I am, I'll admit, spending more time than ever thinking about food. Voting in my mind about what to do with the very last onion. Whether the leftover […]

The Amazing Milkwood

  Ad and I went out to Mudgee a week or so ago to the Milkwood Field Day. Amazing. It seems impossible you wouldn't know who they are if you've got half an ear to the ground, but in case you don't, think amazing permaculture farm complete with inspired education program and a whole team […]