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 much. 

My deep fascination with all parts of medieval life remains undwindled but I don't want to be there. Or even really pretend to be. Hooray for the twenty first century.

Poking around the pine forest though? Awesome fun.

With a bunch of friends and kids on bikes and some highly processed kids snacks we wouldn't normally touch, a fantastic afternoon.












My very dear friend Catriona was visiting Armidale too. We got to hang out. Giggle. Engage in photo-bombing. All our favourite things made harder by now living in different states. 






And now we're safely home, boxing up trays and trays of eggs (thanks Dad!) and marvelling at what a tiny bit of rain does for a veggie garden! 

It's the beginning of the long school holidays and the TV just broke. I'm secretly thrilled. 

There's a flying fox to install, a treehouse to build and SO MUCH spinach to pick and cook!

What are you doing? And what would you do with a tonne of spinach??





10 Comments on “discovering the pine forest

December 30, 2012 at 9:01 am

Ha ha ha ha photo bombing! Your photos look so much cooler than mine. Very lovely to hang out with you as well! Medieval pthhhhh – pass the chocolate tiny teddies. I notice also you didn’t include the photo of the slightly disturbing mmediavel gallows we found there – at least I think that is what they were….

December 30, 2012 at 9:06 am

I didn’t actually photograph the gallows, I was too busy trying to figure out what they were built for??… all the way out there in the middle of the pine forest, not very alarming at all….

December 30, 2012 at 11:16 am

That pine forest looks very enticing – I can imagine sitting around that fireplace on a cold afternoon roasting food while the kids play in the construction.

I have two suggestions for spinach, spanokopita (make heaps and eat cold the next day as well) and spinach soup Unfortunately my family doesn’t love spinach soup. The adults think it needs a hint of cayenne or chilli to be really nice and the little one disagrees. Maybe we’ll try it next with chilli sprinkles…. Oh and maybe a spinach dip, or is that weird?

knutty knitter
December 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Somebody came up with a spinach pesto for one of the end of year thingys – it was very good too 🙂

I like medieval things too but apart from the odd foray into rosewater and raspberry foule I prefer to be modern.

That forest looks very nice and can you pass on the ‘breaking tv’ syndrome – I could use that for killing some of the 40 odd computers round here. (that is not an exaggeration BTW – hubby does them up for the community) Specifically the ones the teens use!

viv in nz

December 30, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Great pics…but I always feel sorry for the kids without the bikes running alongside their two-wheeled friends.

December 30, 2012 at 9:53 pm

My favourite spinach recipe is just a spinach impossible pie. When I get motivated I will blanch and freeze a stack., mine freezes very well and is handy for those few months I don’t have it growing.

December 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I used to ride my horse through the pine forest when I was a girl and I remember the medieval society living out there (1990’s). It’s s wonderful, enchanted spot where we would swim the horses in the creek, round up cattle, picnic and sunbake in our knickers.. A wonderful place!.

December 31, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Photo of gallows now on my blog. Still creepy.

January 1, 2013 at 7:44 pm

The forest looks enchanting.

For the spinach I do spinach and goats cheese pie and “tiropitas” (probably not the right word!) = small phyllo pastry triangles filled with spinach, feta and pine nuts.

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy 2013.

Laura D
January 7, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Our favourite thing to do with spinach is Spinach Lasagne. My kids are really fussy eaters, but for some blessed reason (most likely because it tastes so darned good!) they actually eat this! (I use *gasp* frozen spinach)

Mix together: 3 cups chopped cooked spinach, 2x 500g tubs cottage cheese, 4 rashers chopped cooked bacon (optional), 2 Tb lemon juice, salt & pepper, good pinch nutmeg, 4 eggs lightly beaten.

Into a large greased baking dish layer lasagne sheets, 1/2 spinach mix, lasagne sheets, 1/2 bottle passata & repeat finishing with passata. Sprinkle grated cheese on top and bake 200 for 30-40mins/golden & cooked through.

Wow, actually getting to reciprocate by sharing a recipe with you! Hope you enjoy 🙂


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