Hi, Andy here reporting on the latest garden visit for BLF. For some reason, the visit was scheduled for afternoon, not morning. So, at 3.30 pm we arrived at a place called McDowall Manor.
I have to say, the visit started badly, when we couldn't find the host! However, under instruction from the two Elaines, we decided just to help ourselves. …Continue
I had a lovely day today, doing my best to inspire another BLFer into cheese making, booze making and the delights of home smoked foods. It made me realise just how much I enjoy sharing the joy of the artisan lifestyle to which I aspire. As a result, I thought I'd make a record of a few autumn projects here at the Manor:
I'm continuing to "pretty up" the front yard (building site) hugel-swales with some lovely flowering grasses. I added a few extra water holes to…Continue
In my views, artisan skills are exactly that - the combine an art form and a skill to create a wonderful product. The skill without the art is necessary but not sufficient.
Everyone knows that I do love my artisan skills, and do my best to practice quite a few. However, I don't want people thinking that you can watch a few youtube clips and then produce better than shop bought quality. You need to acquire the skill and the art (which is what most shop bought produce…Continue
I am about to add a few new things to the range of activities here at McDowall Manor:
1. Chocolate making. I don't actually eat a whole lot of chocolate, but this is another one of those skills that you can "grow into." Desert seemed to be a logical progression from my home-made entrees and mains. I reckon I'll have a fair crack at this one.
2. Chooks. I'm currently pricing up 3 girls (guaranteed) to be delivered. Now, this is where I curse Farina. Oh yeah, we all love…Continue
Some Random Observations:
Today, I realised I haven't bought any salad greens for 4 months.
The other night, I made tomato soup that was completely home grown. It was served with home made olive bread rolls and grated home made cheese. Happy to report that is was really damn good, and I don't even like tomatoes.
Tonight's Thai Beef salad was pretty much all our greens again. A Thai Youtube friend taught me you can include radish leaves which I did.…Continue
The garden at the Manor has really suffered over the last month particularly. Up until then, things were producing quite well. Then it got hot.... really hot...
The silverbeet in the little dogs' yard suffered first. They've been removed now. The pumpkins and zuchinnis in the front garden are pretty much cactus. It's hot, dry and unprotected out there. I lost a few things (eggplant and lettuce mostly) in the big girls' yard. I'm having to shift to perpetual spinach until the…Continue
To be honest, I've put off doing this blog. I know people have noticed that I've gone a bit quiet of late. So, I reckon it's finally time for this tragic tale to be told. As much as it is full of sadness, it is also full of hope and promise. Early in the new year is a good time for the post.
The Sad Tail
I'm not used to little dogs. For the last 25 years, I've only owned a German Shepherd and my two Husky dogs. Of course, when My Rozie and I got…Continue
So it came to pass.... after 5 long years, Andy decides to get that pizza oven running! It took a fair bit of trial and error: three hours of far too little flame, lots of smoke, an hour of far too much flame, and finally some quite good pizza.
You know it is too hot when:…Continue
A friend let me know the old blog of the same name was getting so big that it took forever to download the pix. So, I've decided to split it, for the sake of usability. (Remember - you can just read from the top for the newer updates.)
Plants - Where to grow them and Compost tea (6.10.13)
This is a quick recording, mostly for me to refer back to later.
Basil grows best in the aquaponics bed, then in soil (quite a way behind) and worst of all…Continue
So My Rozie and I spent from Wednesday to Saturday morning at Maroochydore camping.
Here's a shot of the camp site. We sleep in the van and the awning is our lounge room and storage. The whole setup is done in about 15 minutes.
Rozie really works hard when it comes to hunting and gathering. Thank goodness she never catches anything - I'd only have…Continue
I figure I look like everything at my place has stalled in the last month. Well, that's not really true - I've been flat out like a lizard drinkin'. Here's a quick update on what I've been doing:
Garden: is going really well. Had two solid meals from my snow peas, the rainbow silverbeet has provided a pie and several stir fries, I have a massive kumquat harvest due in a week or two and things like shallots are going well. Lissa and Elaine's beans are about to…Continue
Here is my to do list of things to make on a wet weekend:
Don't believe me? Here's some pictorial proof. First shot shows my rum, award winning Purple Onion Feta, jars of peanut butter and a bag…Continue
Here is an example of a lazy Sunday at Andy's.
I spring out of bed at the crack of 10.30 am. Rozie has gone to the markets, so I make myself two fried eggs on home made turkish bread toast. Sprinkle with shaved home made 6 month matured Swiss Farmhouse Cheddar. Yum.
Tidy kitchen, shower etc.
Set up classroom ready for photography class at 12.30. The practical is rained out. Will need to reschedule that so I finish by 5. Afternoon tea consisted of a fresh made…Continue
Added by Andrew Cumberland on June 2, 2013 at 21:50 — No Comments
I thought I'd best stop spamming the forums, so have started to blog.
3 months ago: my Rozie threw pumpkin seeds out the front where the soil is REALLY bad (it's building fill). We had the pumpkin seeds and three small fruit trees. Nothing grows very well out there. During the dry, Rozie moved one fruit tree (lemon) into a pot. Of the 10 pumpkins that came up, nine died. So, I have been composting out there. After the rain, the…Continue