hello home

    It's super fantastic to get home again after a few days away, right? I love it. Inspecting the sourdough starter to see if it survived me forgetting to put it in the fridge. (It did. Freaky organism.) Inspecting the kefir to see if it survived the same thing. (It didn't. Luckily I gave […]

discovering the pine forest

      I remember one time when we were staying with Ad's folks in Armidale, talking about the medieval re-enacters that take over part of the pine forest every year.  Being a medieval-head you might think I'd pick up hand-stitched skirts and race towards swords and cooking pots and makeshift authentic tents. Not so […]


        What's your idea of a holiday? Camping? We've never done much camping with kids, although I think we'll get into that. A flight to somewhere to tropical, or new and fascinating? Holidays are mostly simple, do something different, go away from home, hang out with people you like.  We're doing just […]

Christmas spirits

    A very big Merry Christmas from us to you! We hope you've had a joyful day of treats and your people and peace. We're with Adam's folks this year, and beloved extended family, with lots of smallies and belly laughs and great food and tea and toasts to health and freedom. And with […]

therein lies my heart

  See that?  That farm stall is a dream.  An idea tossed around for years before it became real.  A farm stall for a farm bought and paid for by my great great grandfather (William) who worked it for years for a wealthy landowner called David Berry, paid his rent regularly, then rode his horse […]

spring chickens

  Even though we raise lots of tiny baby chickens, these little tiny baby chickens are a bit special to me because they came naturally. Not out of an incubator. Not from a hatchery at day old. But from my breeding pair (trio actually) of Barred Plymouth Rocks.  I love these chickens. I think they're […]

rooster pastie

  I don't know if you remember me telling you about Adam and the rampant rooster? Well that rooster made an incredibly delicious slow cooked stew with turnips and leeks and cinnamon last week, which we had with flatbread as we tore in from school before tearing out again to an early school concert.  And […]

grow like weeds

    It's been an unexpected weekend.  First: I didn't have to work Saturday, which was unexpected, and as a result of not working next weekend either I managed to swing into action and book the kitchen and place a dry goods order and secure a spot at the Gerringong markets for next Saturday! Exciting! […]

calm and real food

So I'm working a few days a week at a new business called The Schoolhouse, a cheesemaking and tea processing place. Awesome. They've hired me to make real food, something they really believe in. Bread. Butter. Jams. Biscuits. Tarts. Perfect job? Could be. Salted caramel macadamia shortbread. Ninjabread men. Whose genius idea was that?! Real […]