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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 …
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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 …
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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. T…
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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 whe…
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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'…
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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, t…
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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 th…
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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 …
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beautiful

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 cook…
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the flipside

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 ly…
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Farmers’ Market

      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…
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mere trifle

    Even when you bake for a living, you'll still stuff up the occasional batch of cakes. Unfortunately when I stuff up a batch of cakes it's not usually, you know, one tray of twe…
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the beekeeper

      I am not the beekeeper of this operation. Adam is. I've never really been particularly interested in bees, they were always Dad's gig, and that whole bee suit thi…
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The day the olives grew.

    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…
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farm picnic day

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 chi…
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Unrefined

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 …
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Year of Family Farming 1/52

  (I'm going to play catch up and post three of these in a row, to get to week 3, you know, being a bit late to get started!) It's so damn cool that is actually International Year of Fam…
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Sunday rewind

An old post for a new day. This one from April, 2011, when we found ourselves in hospital with a tiny Ivy with pneumonia. Today is splinter-free and easy breathing, hope your Sunday is too. xx  …
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peachy

Hello! I've been spending long days in a very hot kitchen, how about you?! I try not to get horribly jealous of friends on holidays, in the long summer holidays, you know? Who post lovely photos o…
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To your very good health

First, thank you for your comments on my last post. I didn't stop to think through that post, obviously, and didn't mean to trigger a wall of concern. In no way was I making light of serious h…
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