Scoffable Raspberry Muffins

Muffinos. Doesn’t everyone call them that? These were an afternoon tea treat this week, eaten warm out of the oven. I really don’t like a cakey muffin. Muffins are not cake. If it was a cake, it would be a cupcake and not a muffin, amirite? Technically cake is usually made with butter and muffins made with […]

Brown Butter Bikkies

I’ve been reading about brown butter cookies for years, usually an American thing, and had never really seen the point. Melt and brown the butter then solidify it again before making biscuits? Is it really worth the effort? OH YES. Yes it is. It is 100% WORTH THE EFFORT. When you brown the butter, it caramelises. […]

kale chips, dairy goats and flatbread

When I first started this blog a hundred years ago, I was living in Sydney with two children, not three, and Adam and I would foray down to Gerringong periodically to visit my parents, and we’d wonder on the way home what was keeping us in Sydney. We toyed with the idea of moving out […]

well hello there

I’ll be honest, I have no idea if I even remember how to post anything. It’s been so long in between postings that I don’t think people even call them ‘blogs’ anymore, I think they’ve morphed into online ‘journals’. Do I even remember how to upload a photo? Ah, like falling off a log. But […]

the flame

  In our font yard there is a magnificent tree.     It’s an Illawarra Flame Tree. I remember it blooming only a couple of times in my life, but when it does, it is spectacular. The leaves all fall off and it’s covered in dense red blooms, it’s a bit magic.  Last week the […]

this place

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 […]

Happy chickens brought you to by Tim

  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, […]

brass tacks

You know that moment when you think, oh well, it can’t get worse than this?  We lost the remainder of the mature batch of meat birds last night, the ones due to go for processing tomorrow, the fifty we hoped might at least pay for the feed and incubation costs of the lost birds.  We […]

who’d be a farmer, eh?

Photo: Luisa Brimble It’s something Adman says, ‘who’d be a farmer, eh?’, when stuff goes wrong, or, you know, gets out or dies or doesn’t grow or gets eaten or breaks or we hit the wall financially.  He always says it wryly, as if he’s the farm kid and I’m the townie and this farming […]

around here

  Hello!  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 […]