Friday, April 22, 2011

7 Acre Rock and some Fancy Pumpkins

The kids and I went to 7 acre rock recently. First we drove way past the car park and got to see some extraordinary landscapes. The amount of fire-affected forest was amazing, alongside these scenes are totally flattened and 'trashed' tracts of land where the logging methods have left nothing except smoldering scrapped wood and exposed top soil. It was quite eerie - the destruction from both fire and logging was awesome. We pulled the car over to let a logging truck overtake us, only once thankfully and did not feel too relaxed about stopping anywhere to take photos! This photo is a view from our walk, Fiann was feeling poorly, and we got caught in the rain, so we did not quite make it to the end, even though it's only 1km. I am so glad I packed a thermos of milo, it was just the thing we needed!

View along the way to 7 acre rock

We have some wonderful Heirloom Pumpkins from Willa at work at the moment, they look so gorgeous I had to take photos before they are all gone. The old varieties of fruit and vegetables are just so beautiful - we have had the nicest platters full of heirloom tomatoes over Summer supplied by a local Healesville lady. Saddly, I never did get a photo organised.

Pumpkins at Kitchen & Butcher

Monday, March 7, 2011

Monsters in the Garden

Our garden is producing a great amount of zucchinis at the moment, so we have been coming up with new and interesting recipes or finding ways of making our standard (but wonderful) Zucchini slice into something irresistible. With kids back at school/kinder, I sure could do with more options for school lunches, some healthy home made foods that, preferably, can be frozen for convenience!
Our Monster Zucchini
I did not know how these decorated Zucchini Slice/muffins would cook up so here is a before photo.
Zucchini slice/muffins
And some photos after they were finished
Zucchini slice/muffins
We think the one on the top right looks like 'Precious Lilywhite' from the 'Mighty Boosh'
Zucchini slice/muffins
We used the recipe in Stephanie Alexander's 'Kitchen Garden Companion'. It can be found in her 'Cook's Companion' recipe book as well.

And here is another very cute drawing by Fiann of
'Mummy Whale and Baby'

Monday, February 28, 2011

Assorted fun

We have been out hunting blackberries!
Blackberry hunting with Derek
We were very well rewarded for our efforts!!
Blackberry feast
I have been rewarding myself for working like a fool to whip this house of ours into shape with some cheap and cheery Dahlias.
Dahlia love
Thanks to all the sorting going on around here I found these cards again, so I could share this card with Jim! I am interested to hear some interesting history of the deck.
Some of my favorites in the deck
Jack of Hearts
I got out bike riding 3 times last week...I did get absolutely soaked one day but didn't care! I love to ride and love the Warburton Trail!
On the trail
Its great fun when Maeve rides with me.
More clouds
We had a great time at the Berwick Show again this year, all the animals were looking beautiful - I wonder if the cattle had had dye used on their coats - the colours seemed outrageously deep and bright!
Maeve and I went on a couple of the crazy rides...I still have bruises from the Bad Boys II - the mad, dangerous, fun but potentially uninventive way of joining the Darwin awards! Needless to say, I will not be going on that one again. 
Ferris Wheel - Berwick Show
I am really enjoying Fiann's drawings.
Cute man
Really missing spending hours checking out the inspirational blogs out there, there seems so much to do here! I have not even been sewing. Prioritys sure are a drag.
Thanks for dropping by, I will dedicate some time soon xxx

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Happy (not so new), New Year

Here's cheers to a year full of work, great fun, better organisation around the home (ha) and maybe even a move to a bigger house! The kids are having a terrific break but are eager for school/kinder to start - not long now!!!
I hope everyone is looking forward to a great year! xxx chele
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P.S. Let there be lots of climbing, swinging, paddling,
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fishing and swimming. Also the obsessive collecting of still more cicadas to add to our
enormous collection.
I am loving working here - come and say hi!
New hair cut
We feel spoilt this Christmas and are enjoying many lovely gifts from our good friends (Fiann's apron from Shona)
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Mr Aldo Vini = The best, most lovely dog ever!
Be back soon xx