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…

Now

Now

These past few months we have been preserving, landscaping, installing subsurface irrigation, watering, and relocating our salvaged wood. I have been building relationships with nearby trees. Locating them, wishing them thanks as I harvest their fruit. In fact, I could…

For Now

For Now

Our move to Daylesford was made in September last year. We nestled into our guest house accommodation and decorated its floors with boxes upon boxes full of our belongings. The shed too was filled with fridge and couch and bedding…

for kirti

for kirti

For Kirti who has been kind, for kirti who has jet black hair, for kirti who sings melodiously, for kirti who writes to me. For kirti who is mother, for kirti who bakes, for kirti who teaches songs and tunes and…

Blue Paint

Blue Paint

Blue for Artemisia, Green for Ahlia and Yellow for Ralf and I. Our bedrooms have colour. The loft floor is getting brighter in every way. I was worried that the bedrooms would look too dark at one stage. Before the render…

render and skylights

render and skylights

Skylights are in and what a glorious view they offer us. Into the village piazza we can clearly see, the barn, the farm guests and a garden soon to be. A tall window frames our only tree and provides a…

In Daylesford we are...

In Daylesford we are…

With long service leave in place Ralf has more time for building. We are hoping that before winter sets in, the walls will be rendered with a final coat. So far we are able to enjoy our small disasters by…

Working Bee

Working Bee

Euphoric and tired I was after our five day working bee. Our dear friends from Riverton, SA came, and friends from Warnanbool, Ballarat and Melbourne drifted in over the five days to lend a hand. Building light earth walls is…

Along Morgantis Rd

Along Morgantis Rd

On the way to our farm you will travel along Morgantis rd where the 1860s double storey brick home built by Maurizio Morganti takes you back to a time when Italians from all over Europe were migrating to Australia searching for a…

fine straw for wall rendering

fine straw for wall rendering

Ralf has been sifting straw. To finish rendering the light-earth walls, the very fine straw husks are chosen and added to a clay slurry to give a smooth and lightly textured finish.