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 to the auction to bid on his own farm. He got it. That day it became ours too.

They were always dairy farmers, these family men of mine. Something I never intended to do because it looked like such hard work, not like piping eyeballs onto pig cupcakes at midnight, what a doddle. 

A farm stall that has a logo with my Dad in the middle of it, picking coffee (which I think he's doing in his sleep right now – it's coffee picking time) and hens, bees, pigs and a Holstein. (Although when we go looking for a house cow I think it will be a Jersey. These hills have a long history of Holsteins.) If I'd thought about it I would have pre-emptively included Indian Runner ducks. Very top of my Christmas list.

Today we took our own free range pork, fennel and sage sausages to the market (and sold out by 10am.) Today it felt like we were finally a farm stall, not just a biscuit stall hoping to be a farm stall. 

Adam put the supers onto the beehives. Next up: honey! Wild blackberry jam! Farm house quiche!

It was hard work getting to the market today but we did well and it's 8.15pm and the entire family is asleep apart from me and I'm thinking red wine and a movie. 

Cheers to you, William. 

I'm so unbelievably grateful to you.


30 Comments on “therein lies my heart

December 15, 2012 at 8:45 pm

What a moving post. Oh how I’d love to see that blackboard sign of yours at my local market. x

Merryl Chantrell
December 15, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Super effort. Good on you all. Your farm stall looks very inviting and such a variety of produce on offer too. BTW what are ‘supers’ in reference to beehives?

December 15, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Another box, sorry. Beehives are usually 3 or 4 boxes (supers) tall. You start with one, the bees fill that up with honey and when its full you add another box. I think thats how it works. I havent had very much to do with it except admiring the very hard working bees and eagerly anticipating the honey… x

December 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Hi Fi – How lucky you are. But then just as the golfer (who’s name I’ve forgotten) said – the harder I work the luckier I get, that must have applied to William (a good name by the way!).And what an idyllic location – your gggrandad obviously had an eye for a good spot!

As to your bees I’m sure you know that just putting extra supers on won’t stop your bees from swarming. But if you need extra supers they are obviously doing well. I shall await results.

December 15, 2012 at 9:46 pm

I was there today and you gave me such a brilliant smile as I walked past that I knew you were in your element! Stall looked amazing 🙂

floating lemons
December 15, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Well done! And oh my, those cupcakes are adorable 🙂

December 15, 2012 at 10:30 pm

How wonderful…looks like a stall from an episode of River Cottage! I loved reading about the history of your farm and family…thanks so much for sharing am so glad it went well for you, can only imagine the late nights leading up to market day!
And i have to say those pigs are cute!

December 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Wish you would come by Canberra one of these days! I’ve been admiring your cookies and chickens and pigs, and of course your lovely family & farm from afar. Or maybe if I’m lucky enough i can catch you at the markets you are in when i’m making my way up north. Many blessings and great harvest for all the hard work you all put in!

Melanie @ M&M
December 16, 2012 at 2:26 am

Just lovely : )

Ngo Family Farm
December 16, 2012 at 6:59 am

Aw, this made me all weepy! Congrats to you – what a beautiful farm stand, and irresistibly adorable piggie cakes 🙂

December 16, 2012 at 7:11 am

Congratulations! Your stall looks fantastic – love the old boxes and the bunting (we are into bunting here too at the moment). Keep on pushing forward, your hard work is paying off. : )

December 16, 2012 at 7:19 am

Love, love, love! Next stop farm shop so we can make a trip from Sydney? Re the house cow how about splitting the difference with a Holstein jersey cross? We had one of these and her name was Tinsel as she was born on Christmas day. She was the gentlest loveliest girl and we spread the cream straight off the milk onto bread and jam x

December 16, 2012 at 7:25 am

As I was reading your post to my husband, I got all tearyeyed and choked up . . . So often we don’t perceive the blood, sweat and tears that when in to our legacy. It’s so wonderful that you “know” and understand, you are where you are because of preceding generations. Their ceiling has become your floor!

I think it might be right to do a little jig, have a little wine, roast a little pig, and celebrate a great, hardworking family and the fruits of their and your labor!

Love, love, love, the piggys!

Cassandra Allen
December 16, 2012 at 7:27 am

And what a wonderful place to have your heart. Congratulations Fiona. I love those little oink-oinks.

December 16, 2012 at 7:54 am

What a lovely tale. I am also a big fan of the pigs.

December 16, 2012 at 8:47 am

Can you imagine the smile on Williams face!? Priceless 🙂

You and your family are an inspiration Fi. x t.

December 16, 2012 at 10:44 am

I loved hearing the history of your family farm. I hope we can get down to your market stall one of these days to sample some delicious pork and probably a sneaky cupcake too. Well done!

December 17, 2012 at 3:03 am

Oh, what a lovely post. Cheers to William, indeed, and enjoy your well-earned glass of wine. Does it make you wonder about your great great grandchildren? Cheers, and love, to them, too!

rhonda hetzel
December 17, 2012 at 8:40 am

The magic of families. William was a fine old boy. Your piggy cakes look delicious and cute. The farm shop looks incredible I hope it does you proud. You deserve it.

just joyful
December 17, 2012 at 9:14 am

How wonderful to see your dream, and all the hard work, coming to fruition. Does it make you happy? Does it give you energy to keep on going?


December 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Very cool. The pig cupcakes are adorable too.

Michelle from Norfolk Exposure
December 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Well done! Your stall looks fantastic. And those piggy cakes – adorable!

December 18, 2012 at 7:00 am

Good on ya’ Pickle!

Wendy from NSW, Australia
December 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm

What a wonderful heritage to have! I can’t help but think how amazed William would be if he could see all the following generations. I’m sure he would think all his hard work had been worthwhile…

December 18, 2012 at 10:59 pm

I always enjoy your posts so much, but this one really sent shivers down my spine. Thank goodness for great great grandfather William. What an amazing thing to farm on the same piece of land.

December 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I made my husband get up and look at the piggy cup cakes and your stall. He found them admirable.

On the subject of bees, he was wondering if Australian Apiculturists (bee keepers) need to be concerned about sudden hive collapse? We have many apiculturist friends here in the Pacific Northwest (USA) and they are always on the look out for it and nervous about it.

December 19, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Ad says although we have some other disease issues in Australia, sudden hive collapse is predominantly a north American and European problem. Linked to pesticides, right? Apparently whole colonies can just die overnight, terrifying! I think Australia is a bit lucky with bee diseases at present, our hives also stay alive all year round here on the coast because we have such a temperate climate. Lucky all round. xxx

December 21, 2012 at 2:22 am

Thank you – I enjoyed today’s post [SMILE]

December 21, 2012 at 8:50 am

Congratulations Fi on realising your dream. Your post is so lovely and moving. I have serious farm-envy! Well done, I know you have worked really hard to get here.

April 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Hi Fi, whenever I need a cheer up (or have a slow moment at work) I read your blog and check out the website, deeeelightful! Here’s to blooming in abundance xxxx


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