Posts tagged with "rural"



Dancing Dahlia's
Garden Updates · 18. February 2021
One particular favourite place for me this time of year it at our little bowls club, hidden down the side of a hill. A thoughtful gardener (or gardeners) has planted the boundary of the green with a blaze of colourful dahlia's.
Country Kitchen Recipes · 27. October 2020
It is also widely known as Barnbrack, and Bairín Breac. Traditionally, the loaf that's baked is quite large and would be used in a fortune telling game. Many different charms with all sorts of meanings used to be placed in the dough before baking, for example, whoever got the gold ring would be next to marry!

Garden Updates · 17. May 2018
They work hard most days to provide us with eggs (everyone needs an RDO) but it's hard not to lose patience over the winter months. I hold up a big blue tinged egg that Zelda lays, she's easily our best layer, and gather the girls around. I show them the big egg, point at it and tell them...
Garden Updates · 16. April 2018
It feels like only a ninny would say that Summer was too long, it was though, long, hot and very dry. It hung on for longer than usual. The dizzying heat has a cabin fever like effect on the human psyche. Staring at brown hills, watching

Hardy & Sweet Cucumbers that Keep
Plant Guides · 05. March 2018
Perfectly sized to be eaten by one person, the old heirloom variety called "Lemon Cucumber" (because of the colour of the skin, not taste) ticks all the boxes! It's prolific, easy to grow, even here in our cold temperate climate, and miraculously develops a thick skin once it's picked, but remains sweet and juicy on the inside, without a hint of bitterness at all! It also tends to have a longer growing period than other cucumbers.
Travel · 23. October 2017
For Cheese, History, Hand Crafted Goodies and So Much Retro....

Country Kitchen Recipes · 08. March 2017
This year we are having a late season on all counts, with all our summer vegetables in the garden. I love to have a pantry full of bottles and jars for the winter, so I can literally open a jar of "sunshine" on a Winter's day and taste the garden. This year I looked at my usual pickles recipe and decided to add to it and change it up a bit and added a few of my favourite flavours. For example instead of plain old vinegar, why not a full flavoured apple cider vinegar? What is a Piccililli? It is...
Travel · 14. January 2016
Bruthen is a small town located alongside the Tambo River between Bairnsdale and Ensay on the Great Alpine Road in East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. At the 2006 census, Bruthen had a population of just 624(now about 900). Its a small rural town with some gorgeous buildings EST 1860. While spending time in East Gippsland, on a 30 degree day, we decided to forgo the beach for a stroll under the magnificent trees and take in the "retro". The one and only Main Street is dotted with trinket...