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One Thing: The Rope Swing

Long time readers here might remember how much my kids love the rope swing in our front yard. They happily swing for hours, spend time doing fancy tricks, and even invent routines they perform. It gave the me the occasional heart attack when we first moved here, but these days they are fine swinging through […]

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Passionfruit Curd Tartlets

Growing up my parents always had a couple of passionfruit vines growing on the fence. Every summer we would be able to pick some, cut them in half, and spoon out their delicious pulp. If they were too


Plans And Projects

On the Monday before Easter, Country Boy announced that he thought that we should build an outdoor wood fired pizza oven over the long weekend. It's something that we had been wanted make for several

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Apple Scrolls

The orchard has begun to bear some serious fruit. After last year where we got half a dozen apples, I wasn't quite ready for the sudden influx of apples this year. Fortunately apples are one of the


Things I Don’t Do That Keep Life Simple

From time to time I get emails asking me how I "do it all?". How do I balance the whole work/family/farm/life thing and still keep our life simple? The truth is that very often I don't. Or should I



Hello from Narooma, on the South Coast of NSW. It's one of our favourite spots to get away, and we have been here almost every year since we moved to the farm. We've finally made it to the holidays!

Top Family Friendly Audio Books

9 Audio Books The Whole Family Will Love

We're heading out on a mammoth trip these holidays - well OK, we're not exactly driving across the country, but we do have a big week and a half of travelling ahead of us. Today, we are heading up to

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Pumpkin & Fetta Pull-Apart Bread

Pumpkin And Feta Pull Apart Bread

There is something soothing about making bread. Kneading the dough until it is smooth and satiny – neither sticky nor dry. It is something that I do quite regularly at work with my primary students (usually to make pizzas), but not so often at home. Which is silly because, despite the recipe looking complex, making bread is […]

One Thing - The Trampoline

One Thing: The Trampoline

I’m back with yet another #onething, and oh my goodness this one has been on the list for 12 months! The trampoline – or more specifically getting a new net and edge pad for the trampoline. The net had several small rips, and the pad had worn completely through in places, but when Toby managed […]

Pear And Ginger Cake-3

Pear And Ginger Cake

Autumn has arrived at last, and with it the Autumn harvest. Though the tomatoes have slowed down a little, the pears and apples in the orchard are ripe for picking, so there is no let up on the cooking and preserving going on in the farmhouse kitchen. The Easter long weekend proved the perfect opportunity […]


Taking Stock | March 2016

It’s been a long summer here on the farm. Long, and hot, and dry. So dry. On Friday we finally had some rain, and it feels, somehow, as though the season has changed. Autumn is here. The last few weeks have been crazy. The local show, a trip to Dubbo for Hannah and I so […]


Grow Just One Thing

What was the first vegetable you remember growing? As a child I can remember growing tomatoes and corn with my parents, as well as strawberries, raspberries, and even sprouts in a jar on the window sill. Country Boy has similar memories of growing vegetables with his family as a child as well. Growing our own […]

Four Favourites - Tomato

Four Favourites | Tomatoes

We’ve been picking tomatoes every day lately. Kilograms and kilograms of them. We’ve been taking them down to the post office to sell them (also the unofficial shop), as well as selling them directly to locals, and cooking them up and freezing them to make soup this winter. We’ve even tried drying them. If you […]

How to line a round cake tin

How To Line A Round Cake Tin

Over the many years I’ve been teaching kids about food, I have learnt quite a few tricks and short cuts. When you have 24 students and only an hour to cook with them, these tricks are often the difference between getting the class finished on time, and running into lunch. The honest truth, is that […]

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Peach Streusel Cake

It’s a season of abundance here. The fruit trees are heavy laden, and the vegetables are ripening faster than we can pick them. We scramble each day to collect in the harvest and to store and preserve as much as possible. At the same time we try to use as much of the produce as […]


blossom + sprout

One of the best bits about blogging is that you get to know and meet all sorts of clever and creative people who you might never otherwise run into in the course of your life. Tucked away on our farm, there is not much chance to meet farmers and farmers wives from all over. People whose […]

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A Crochet Globetrotter Blanket

I’ve finally finished the crochet blanket that I have been working on for the last few months. I’ve been sharing updates on Instagram from time to time, and a few weeks back I decided that I would enter it into the local show (which is on this weekend). Nothing like announcing a deadline to get yourself […]