Monday, 7 October 2013

Flowers for spring

I don't usually plant anything but edibles, but this spring I have been inspired by a few neighbours and have planted some flowers.  This is my first time growing ranunculus, I think they are very sweet.  So far they have come up pink, white and red.  Can't wait to see if there are any other colours.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Mullberries for breakfast

The wildlife haven't found the the mullberries yet, so I get to have them on my oats for breakfast with strawberries from the garden for breakfast.  Yum!

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Lettuces in winter

I love salads.  Eat one most every day.  Living in the sub-tropics makes growing lettuces for our salads quite a challenge in summer, but in winter it's a piece of cake.  In winter there aren't many slugs (snails have not found our garden yet), or other bugs.  The sun doesn't fry them as it's not as hot, and the rain is milder and does not shred their leaves.  In the heat of our summers they tend to go to seed even before we get a chance to pick them.  In winter they last for months in the garden while we pick them leaf by leaf.  Lots of lettuce, another reason I love our winters.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The sun just keeps on shining.

I love it when the Cassia corymbosa is flowering.  It flowers all along the roads in our valley and signals the end of the heat and the beginning of our cooler season.  Late autumn and winter are my favourites.  I can spend all day in the garden without getting heatstroke, or having to go for a swim to cool down.

Monday, 15 April 2013


The sun is out after many months of rain.  On my morning walk I saw at least 5 butterflies enjoying the sunshine.  Heavenly!

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Green Tree snake

A pretty green tree snake in the palm next to our front door.

Saturday, 23 March 2013


We've had quite a lot of bad weather this summer.  There usually aren't that many cyclones that come this far south, but this year they really messed up the beaches here on the Gold Coast.  The previously large golden sand beaches are reduced to small strips of sand and loads of debris.  Here is something strange I found there last week.

Thursday, 21 March 2013


An early morning picture of the girls in their paddock with Henry watching over them.  He's such a sweet rooster the girls follow him around.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Snake beans

I've never been a fan of green beans.  We grow the yellow ones because they are quite nice if they are picked early.  This year however I discovered snake beans.  Strange I didn't find out about them sooner.  They are simply delicous!  No squeeking on the teeth like other beans and a slight asparagus flavour.  Unlike many other vegetables they grow fantastically well in our sub-tropical summers.  Just make sure you put up a sturdy trellis.  Mine blew over 3 times in our inclement summer weather.  I'm surprised they survived at all really.  A chinese friend taught me how to cook them very easily and deliciously.  Stir fry some garlic (optional) in hot oil,  add chopped beans (about 1 to 2cm long) and stirfry for another couple of minutes.  Add a small amount of water and pop on a lid.  Steam this way until you have your desired amount of tenderness.  I like my veg a bit crunchy so I steam them for less than 5 minutes.  Add some lightly beaten eggs and stirfry till cooked.  A great asian breakfast or light lunch, and super healthy.  I love it because I can use so many things from our garden and out of the chook pen.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Flowers in the herb patch

I am quite sure it's not edible, but loved the colour of these so much they are in the herb patch anyway.

Sunday, 10 March 2013


We have a larger variety of feathers from the chickens at the moment.  We have 4 girls of our own.  Henry and little Henry the roosters and 4 visitors that are with us while their owners are in Sydney getting treatment.  I really thought it would take a while, but they settled in together quite quickly and as is to be expected they all love Henry.