Winter Cycle

Winter Cycle

I’m letting all the summer tomato plants rot in the garden. Why take them out? I want all the organic matter to remain, to decompose so that I can dig it into the spring soil. In spring lots of tomato…

My wealth

My wealth

The most important photo in this post is that of my friend Sam. I met her in year ten when we bonded over Bronte novels. She has been my friend for 29 years and her friendship has been a constant,…

Soap - Season Two

Soap – Season Two

I made soap again, this time with Maria. Maria from Veneto Italy. Maria who makes excellent gnocchi and really simple, delicious pasta dishes. Maria the fantastic pizzica/bio-dancer. Maria who corrected my Italian when I made mistakes. Maria who got a…

salt, garlic, strawberry trees, pizzica.

salt, garlic, strawberry trees, pizzica.

All the garlic, minus a few heads have been planted. I hope to double my harvest this year. Ralf moved some of the rich top soil mounds and spread them to create a second kitchen garden. At first I kept…

Tomatoes and Gnocchi

Tomatoes and Gnocchi

I have had a really lucky month. I planted dozens and dozens of tomato plants in spring. My plan had been to grow enough tomatoes to make a year’s worth of passata. But I had grown far more than a…

Passive Solar & Summer Harvest

Passive Solar & Summer Harvest

There is so much work being done. My motivation levels continue to be high. My energy levels rise and then fall. This is a brilliant time of the year, summer is so bountiful I want to make the most of…

Panettone & thank you

Panettone & thank you

Thank you For sharing this year with me. It has been an experientially rich year. There have been many aspects that I have loved and am deeply grateful for. And I want to list some of those here. I am…

kitchen garden

kitchen garden

Ralf and I, Artemisia and Ahlia. September this year we completed two years in our new home. We are trying to balance family life with building, landscaping, tree planting, and establishing a new garden. However, I think I could do…

Swiss Italian Festival

Swiss Italian Festival

This place called Daylesford has offered me the opportunity to get back into lots of singing and my roots. I arrived from Italy when I was nine and could not speak a word of English, but thanks to the kindness…

Little Town

Little Town

You can be a very little town and yet very rich in experiences. This month in Daylesford I took part in a cheese making workshop, a slow meat symposium and in our monthly community garden working bee. At the cheese…