I thought I'd better give an update on my Victorian migration. OK, I know it's not local, and is largely irrelevant - but I thought you might find it interesting nevertheless :)
Goodbye Permaculture at the kids' school.
Goodbye Black Star organic fair trade killer coffee.
I continue to knit furiously - am terrified of the cold after all these years (14 years in Brisbane, which means I've spent the same time in Queensland as Victoria). Until now.
Hello grey skies of Melbourne.
You see, this is what lavendar really does. When it's happy.
Beans from my mum's raised vegie garden for xmas dinner (she put it in last year).
And also mum's home grown garlic - just ignore and hey presto!
We go exploring in the country to find a new home.
The kids seem to like it :D
We settle on this place (for the moment). Built in 1910, with a passive solar 70s extension.
It has an orchard :) Plums, cherry, apples, pears, nectarines, apricots, peaches. Only the apples, pears and nectarines are fruiting - all the other blossoms were blown off at flowering this year. Bother.
Midnight the cat came too. He's not allowed outside at night now - too many cute creatures around for him to eat.
The chooks came too. We've made them a pen under the water tank stand.
We're in an amazing part of the world - heaps to see and do.
Koalas, emus, and kangaroos wander through our town at night. We can hear horses, ducks and goats from our back deck - but no people! BTW the deck is ridiculous - all that time in Brisbane, now we have a big deck and it's FREEZING!! Stupid. But we've obtained a brazier so we can stubbornly sit out there in our parkas...
Martian vegetation on the beach.
NB that white flowered thing that looks like carrot is hemlock - i.e. the poison that killed Socrates! You have to pull it up by the roots with gloves on - and don't breathe any in!
We get decent rainfall. Much of the rest of country victoria looks more like my friend's backyard. See how dry? Even in such a wet cool summer.
Look -real frog tadpoles, not cane toads.
The local parks are amazing - such old plants. Like this 160 year old Moreton Bay Fig (surprisingly they grow just fine down south).
Lots of gardenesque landscape design.
And amazing old conifers - this is a Monterey Cypress I think. Also circa 160 y.o.
More gardenesque-ness. Note that public gardens are much less prone to the single species planting and straight lines!
Rainforests are now dark, frilly, bright green places.
Nice shade of canna lilly ;) Note massed, mixed planting!! Drifts. It's all about the drifts.
So we love our new place. This is the view from upstairs.
Unfortunately the new backyard doesn't have a vegie garden ready to go. I'm not going to put one in. I'll take a year off - we're renting. (that pink is a reflection)
So it's just the mini garden and some pots for the moment. The sprayer is for water - there's no backyard tap. I've got lettuce, coriander and parsley seeds in the blue pot. Rosemary, oregano, thyme, basil, chives, vietnamese mint, gotu kola, spring onion and celery (mistake! was meant to be parsley, i didn't check the label properly).
It's growing well. Much happier than it ever was in Brisbane.
Look - local produce, $3 a kilo!! And $4 for raspberries. BUT there is only a farmer's market on twice a month near here :( And only one green grocer. I MISS FOOD CONNECT!!!!!! Quite a lot. But I'm starting to discover which stores have bits of local produce - pity there's no one place you can go though. I'll need to develop a circuit.
I made my first ever loaf of bread. I'm going to try sourdough next. Time to get over my aversion to bread :)
In the absence of a garden I'm consoling myself with the kitchen garden at the girls' new school. Today I had a good weed pulling session - it's not seen heaps of care over the summer. Unfortunately the best growing season down here is during the school holidays! Conversely, Brisbane is ideal for school gardens.
Look - happy apple tree.
Riots of lavendar, rosemary, sage, and yarrow.
Masses of giant strawberry plants.
We can't wait for the apples to ripen :) Apple pie!!
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