My favourite part of the year begins – daylight saving!! It feels like we are on holiday being able to come home after work and enjoy a nice campari and soda on the front veranda and still have loads of daylight in which to prepare dinner and potter in the garden.
Some Susie time…..
As things heat up we are back to hitting the garden first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon to plant or weed or water. The summer veggie patch has been planted – corn, zucchini, capsicum, tomatoes, eggplant, beans , lettuce, beetroot, carrots and cucumbers as well as plenty of herbs, garlic and onions. This time I have planted a lot more from seed as apparently that way only the strongest seeds survive and you get good plants. It is an excruciating slow process for this little gardener who is a bit of an “instant” girl! We were very excited when, after months of nothing in the asparagus bed we saw this…
Our first asparagus spear!!
Sadly, the done thing with asparagus is to leave the first (and sometimes the 2nd) crop to grow and die down before you can finally cut them down to have with some nice hollandaise sauce for brekky or lunch. In the same vein the blueberries and raspberries that we planted may not fruit until next year dashing my hopes of home grown fruit for a Christmas pav. Our new passionfruit which is happily winding it’s way up the wire fence around the chooks may offer up something in time for the big day but I’m not too hopeful. I guess this is why we enjoy it all so much more when we finally get to eat it because we have nurtured it all from baby seeds and watered and weeded and staked and pruned it for weeks before it hits our plates. A labour of love indeed….
The flower side of the garden is luckily a bit quicker to show its face and we are slowly getting on top of the new garden beds and whipping the trees into shape. Lovely Will has come to the rescue once again with our driveway trees, creating some beds around them making it easier for Cam and his trusty ride-on mower to wizz around them without injuring the trunks. I am referring to them as donuts for obvious reasons….
The front veranda is an even nicer place to sit now with the gardenias and lavender in bloom and the bees are LOVING it.
We had a break from the garden work with the arrival of the Barrett family who broke their trip to Mollymook with an overnight stay at The Meadow. It was lovely to have them here and they embraced the country vibes and loved the cows who were grazing this week at our back fence. Kate fed the cows the long grass that they couldn’t quite reach in our garden. There is an electric fence between them and it, otherwise I’m sure they would be in our garden in a flash!
I popped in to the cabinet maker to see how our library was progressing and I can see it’s finally taking shape. The bed inclusion has been a real nightmare but now we are on the home straight – a couple of weeks for all the cabinets to be painted and the mouldings etc to get done so I’m actually getting excited about getting those last few boxes out of the garage and having somewhere for all my books and photos etc.
Our week finished on a high note with a visit to Cupitts Winery in Ulladulla for a lovely lunch with our holiday makers. I thoroughly enjoyed being out and about as it happens so rarely nowadays for me (whilst Cammo is sick to death of eating out after 3 nights every week of batching it in Sydney and eating at pubs and restaurants). Cupitts is a popular wedding venue and has a strong french provincial feel which I adore so apologies in advance for so many photos!!!
A lovely entrance
France or Australia???
The new extension makes the most of the beautiful countryside views.
The cellar is cut into the hillside
A beautiful view from the bar deck and live music on Sunday afternoons to top it off!
A beautiful interior.
A delicious end to the meal – vanilla panna cotta with poached rhubarb and raspberry sorbet with almond tuile.