Sunday, November 28, 2010

Day 332

The weather here in Australia is warming up and just last week we had 3 days in a row above 30oC.  It's time to start harvesting some trout.  

We invited some friends over and set about doing a spot fishing.   We caught around 60-70 and there is about that many left in the tank.  Here is a shot of the average size.   We cooked one up in the wood fired oven and they tasted great.

Here is Grace catching a rainbow trout.

This is our friend April.  This is a great pic and I'm not sure who is more scared.  Her or the fish.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day 328

Today we had the good fortune of having one of Australia's top gardeners and a presenter from Gardening Australia come to visit and have a look at our backyard.  She was accompanied by the Mayor of Wyndham Vale, Heather Marcus.  I unfortunately had to work but from all reports the backyard was well received.  

It's great to know that we are getting interest in all the hard work we have invested and now starting to enjoy.  Who knows maybe one day we will make it on to an episode of the TV show.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 327

Well we've been a little slack in posting for awhile... but we've been busy pulling out all the old winter veggies and planting for spring/summer.  Just today we celebrated the arrival of the first strawberry and Grace was thrilled.  She hasn't been feeling the best lately and this perked her up..  

Here's to all the new and yummy crops we'll be enjoying in the coming months.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Day 311

Today we decided it was time to remove the old and plant the new.  What this also meant though was we had a huge harvest of many things.  Herbs and spinach to name a few so we decided to dry the herbs and make our own dried herbs to enjoy over the coming months.  If you haven't done it before which we hadn't then get some fresh herbs from your garden and dry them and crush them up.  The flavour and aroma is so intense.  Nothing at all like the supermarket bought jars.

We also had more spinach and silver beet than we could carry and filled two laundry baskets.  We blanched, finely chopped, sealed in bags and froze 200gm portions of these beautiful greens and it now means we'll be able to have quiches and omelettes and all sorts of delicious things over summer without the hassle.  

Monday, November 1, 2010

Day 305

1st of November and a huge harvest of Broad beans.  They are everywhere now and Grace managed to fill her pink wheelbarrow with the delicious crop.  Now the fun part is to double pod them and eat them.

We'll pull most of the broad beans out soon as some of our seeds are ready to go into the AP and we need some space.  So looking forward to watermelon, pumpkins, cucumbers, zucchini and corn just to mention a few.