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…

In Germany

In Germany

In Germany even humble locals are passionate about urban greening. Ralf’s cousin welcomed us for lunch at his home which had been recently renovated to include various green roofs. A green roof takes up rainwater and diminishes the amount of…

Summer meals

Summer meals

In the heat of summer simple meals are favoured, especially meals that use garden ingredients.    

Tuscan WWOOFing

Tuscan WWOOFing

Just over three years ago, Ralf, Artemisia, Ahlia and I indulged in one of the best holidays I have ever had. On a Tuscan Farm, near Montaione, Italy, we met up with friends Ken, Amy and their children, who were…

wall vases - retro shop finds

wall vases – retro shop finds

Fiona Cabassi introduced me to wall vases. In our home in Westgarth, Melbourne, she would decorate our corridor with gorgeous flowers draping from ceramic craft. I hunted for wall vases of my own when our share house shared no longer and…

green meals

green meals

Fusilletti pesto (below) and the other picture showing, fiochetti with rainbow chard, cucumber, tuna, lemon and red onion. During the summer months I have the opportunity to reduce my trips to the green grocer. With basil, cucumbers, zucchini, dwarf beans,…

Farm zone

Farm zone

Our farm in Daylesford is zoned ‘farm zone’ and hence it cannot be described as Urban at all. However although hard paved surfaces are rare in farm zoned areas, in many cases so are trees! Because farm zones are reserved for agriculture or…

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.

in Daylesford urban greening makes me smile

in Daylesford urban greening makes me smile

In Daylesford there are some wonderful examples of the softness, shelter and shade that plants bring to urban environments. Daylesford has some fantastic established gardens, small orchards and a lovingly tendered community garden in the heart of the CBD.  …