Glass Art

I was recently involved in a small catering job at the arts café, community hub and garden for the community where I volunteer. My role was simple, sandwich fillings, jams, pickles, shopping, homemade weed pies (including the gluten free pastry) etc. Then there was the making of the sandwiches, plating of all the food, with the help of my fellow volunteer, Shirley, who had made the slices and scones for the event.

While the food was being served, I opted to stay in the kitchen and clean up.  Of course, cleaning up means doing the dishes, and with only a half sized dishwasher on site, I opted to hand wash everything. As I mentioned above, this is also an arts café and one of the very talented artists, Peter Alan Cummings, wandered in for a chat. Seeing me doing the dishes, he asked for a tea towel and proceeded to dry the dishes as I washed. Peter and I often take time to chat in the café or garden at Segue, and on this occasion, the conversation turned to French artist Émile Gallé (8 May 1846 – 23 September 1904). Continue reading

Paradise Pears

When we made the tree change nearly two years ago, we brought with us 40 plus fruit trees to be planted. One of these trees is a Paradise Pear…

Now that they are all happily growing in our garden, they are still too young to produce any substantial crops, and this year the Paradise Pear has borne just two beautiful little fruit that have had me intrigued about their texture and flavour, and most of all, what I would be doing with them in the future! Continue reading

Just a little too warm!

With the temperature predicted to hit 40˚C (104˚F) no-one was looking forward to the day last Saturday. All you could do was try and be prepared. Gary had spent Friday watering the garden while I was at work, and I purchased a few ingredients with a view to making our favourite, Caesar Salad.

Saturday dawned and it soon warmed up. Gary decided he would spend the day in the garden and would follow the shade! I decided to scrub the bathroom from top to bottom, before cleaning out the larder! As the temperature peaked at 42.2˚C (108˚F) the power failed. This is not a huge issue for us as we do not have air conditioning. The only issue was that if I was going to make the Caesar Salad, it would all need to be done using the gas BBQ, because we cook on electric induction in our kitchen. I put the Caesar on hold and come up with a more simple plan B!

After lounging for some time in the pool, I ducked inside and whipped up Olivia’s Amazing Avocado Dip, grabbed a couple of kransky and sliced them up, put some sour cream into a dish and doused it liberally with some of my chilli jam. Then fired up the BBQ on the terrace to cook the cransky slices “et voilà”, a simple, light, casual dinner by the pool.

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A stroll through the garden – October 2017

Duchess and I have decided to take you on a stroll through our garden.

It has been a dry and cold winter and we are hoping to get some spring rain sometime soon. In fact I had a grin from ear to ear one morning earlier this week as we received just a few mls – it was nice to watch and listen to the rain falling.

The garden is coming along nicely and our citrus are now happy with their new home, luckily they survived the harsh frosts, unlike many in the area.

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