Friday, 16 July 2010


This is my crazy cousin Ruth...(she's also Australian but that's by the by!)

when I was 10 she taught me how to french braid my hair

and now she's imparting the wisdom of a good pot of Jam...

Raspberry Jam

half fruit and half sugar
and a lemon cut up and added to help thicken
heat the fruit til gloopy
heat the sugar in the oven
add the sugar to the Jam
wait to thicken, to test this freeze a plate and dribble some of the jam onto it
then put it in the fridge for a minute. Push finger through the jam and if it
appears pretty solid its ready (eat sample)
add to jars!

voila, extremely delicious Jam, we also made Strawberry and rhubarb (my personal fave) and Gooseberry!

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Our Union Could Be Like This

'Our union could be like this:
You feel cold So I reach for a blanket to cover our
shivering feet.
A hunger comes into your body So I run to my garden and start
digging potatoes.
You ask for a few words of comfort and guidance, I quickly
kneel at your side offering you this, as a gift.
You ache with loneliness one
night so much you weep, and I say,
Here's a rope tie it around me,
I will be your companion for life.'


Love this Poem and the photograph is by Stephanie Rausser who is incredible. See more of her bursting with life pictures here:

Saturday, 3 July 2010


Lately I have been....

picking berries

working here

spending time with these guys

playing the beautiful game

messing around with heart shaped foliage

and listening to some wisdom from this guy...

In short - having a jolly good time!!!

Happy Summer everyone!!