My Happy Little Lockdown Herb Garden

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace. May Sarton Hello, Lovelies! A few months ago, when I realised I would be stuck in the city, and Ben would be stuck at our farm, because […]

The Geranium Story

If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. Michael Crichton Hey, Lovelies. A friend came to visit yesterday, to drop some supplies off for me. In return I gave her some geranium cuttings from my garden. I also gave her […]

Coping Strategy #73

“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.”  ~ […]

My Friendship Garden

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.” ~ Alfred Tennyson   I cut some hydrangea flowers this week, and placed them in a glass by my kitchen sink. They’re Angela’s hydrangeas, or at least that’s how I think of them. They have grown from cuttings […]

Riding Out The Heatwave

“Dawn, then, was a time where things changed element for element. Air ran like hot spring waters nowhere, with no sound. The lake was a quantity of steam very still and deep over valleys of fish and sand held baking under its serene vapors. Tar was poured licorice in the streets, red bricks were brass and gold, roof tops […]

Restful Rambles

“We need the tonic of wildness…  At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden: […]

A Moment of Perfect Peace

“Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there.” ― Meister Eckhart Very […]

Rebirth of a Tenacious Tree

“Often it is tenacity, not talent, that rules the day.”  ~ Julia Cameron, Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance When we moved to this farm there was a hulking squat skeleton of a tree near the clothes line in the back yard. From its furthermost branch clung a few twisted and misshapen leaves. Piece by piece […]

Afternoon Walk on the Farm

“For [Jane Austen and the readers of Pride and Prejudice], as for Mr. Darcy, [Elizabeth Bennett’s] solitary walks express the independence that literally takes the heroine out of the social sphere of the houses and their inhabitants, into a larger, lonelier world where she is free to think: walking articulates both physical and mental freedom.”  […]

The wisdom of planting trees

“Trees are the best monuments that a man can erect to his own memory. They speak his praises without flattery, and they are blessings to children yet unborn.” ~ Lord Orrery, 1749   Our humble little farmhouse was built firstly as a two room cottage in 1860 by the original timber-cutter in our area. The […]

Easy Barbecued Corn on the Cob Recipe

We came home to our now flood-free farm last night. Of course I didn’t think to plan dinner, and there were slim pickings when we got here.  Luckily it’s sweet corn season right now in Australia and some had survived the rain and the critters to become a simple meal. Simple is highly under-rated, in […]

Where have all the flowers gone? OR Vote for Variety!

“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day – like writing a poem or saying a prayer.” ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh Right beneath our noses something sneaky is happening. Our choices are becoming more limited, even as it appears that there is greater diversity in the […]

How a Garden Can Teach You To Be More Creative

“Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.”  ~ Author Unknown Gardening is a seasonal thing.  There are tasks to do in every season, but Summer tasks can’t be easily undertaken in Winter and Winter tasks aren’t so suited to the Spring. What does this have to do with creativity you may ask? Why, […]

Flowers, Friendship and Gardens

I took a walk around my farm this morning.  Spring is here, and after a little rain everything has burst into flower. When I was a little girl, my Nana always told me that hers was a friendship garden.  When I asked what she meant, she told me that most of her plants had come […]

Down at the Farm…

A Garden of Love grows in a Grandmother’s Heart ~ Author unknown I’m feeling circumspect today.  My beloved Nana is in hospital after falling and breaking her hip. She’s 97, nearly 98, and it’s been hard to be brought up close to the truth of her age, her mortality, and that her time with us […]

Pumpkin Soup Recipe and the Writing Disease

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it. ~ Anais Nin You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. ~ Ray Bradbury There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit […]

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