Early spring in the garden: It’s a bit like life!

Spring in the Garden

Early spring in the garden is a transition time that sees some things come to an end as others are coming to life. The broccoli that I planted too closely together during winter did reasonably well. After harvesting the heads I continued to pick the side shoots. Since then the chickens have been allowed into the bed. They’ve been feasting on the leaves, cleaning up bugs, and turning over the soil whilst I think about what to plant there next. My second bean crop had some sort of wilting disease so had to be pulled out. The snow peas are doing well. I hope to be able to pick a handful every couple of days. Only 1 of the zucchini plants grew from seed so a small harvest is possible just once or twice a week. They are lovely tossed into curries, steamed with some broccoli, or grated into zucchini and smoked salmon fritters.

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Chicken sadness

This is the second in a short season of posts to update you on my home and garden projects. You may have read recently about the completion (finally!) of my wallaby cross-stitch, and up next on the blog will be a post about early spring in the garden.

But for now, an update on our girls. We had some chicken sadness recently, losing our 2 newer girls to a dog attack. The owner, who we know from the neighbourhood, rehomed the dog within 24 hours. His family were devastated to Continue reading    

Wallaby cross stitch – an update

I thought you might enjoy an update, over the next few weeks, of home and garden projects that I have been writing about since I started this blog.

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you may be curious about where my wallaby cross stitch is up to.

In an earlier post, I wrote about this very intricate cross stitch project which I had been working on sporadically for several years. I dubbed it the never-ending wallaby. Finally I finished it, getting it framed just in time to exhibit in the Mudgeeraba Show. I was so happy to get third place! Up close it’s not the neatest of jobs and that would have been well evident to the judge. From a distance however it looks great, and at least it’s completed and on the wall!










I love to have craft projects on the go, and as well as continuing to knit dishcloths and do scrapbooking, perhaps I’ll get back on to the cross stitch tablecloth I bought in Austria in 1999!

What crafty things are you working on at the moment? And what have you finished recently?

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Zucchini & Smoked Salmon fritters

Zucchini & Smoked Salmon fritters make a quick and delicious meal served with a salad or some vegies on the side.


2 large zucchinis, grated

3 shallots, finely chopped

150 g smoked salmon slices, chopped

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 Tbs plain flour

salt and pepper


Squeeze out excess moisture from grated zucchini. Combine with salmon, egg, and flour, season with salt and pepper.

Heat oil in a pan and cooked heaped tablespoons of the mixture for a few minutes each side, until golden.

The sauce on the side is simply a teaspoon of sambal olek combined with a couple of tablespoons of soy mayonnaise.

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ProBlogger 2016 – 3 Things I was influenced to do

In an earlier post on the new-bee experience at ProBlogger 2016 I mentioned the great pre-event guidance provided on getting the most out of the conference. One of the tips was to use the action list in the back of your workbook. I’d filled in 3 action items after just the first session! Being quite new to blogging I had a long list by the end of 2 days.

All of the presentations I attended were extremely helpful and informative, and many were inspiring. But as we know, it’s one thing to be inspired, and quite another to be influenced to act.

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ProBlogger 2016 – 2 Things that got me thinking

‘Inspirational’ is a word that is often used, and I heard it quite a bit at ProBlogger 2016. I used it myself in my previous post on the 1 thing from ProBlogger that inspired me the most. However some of the speakers talked about moving beyond inspiring people to influencing them. It’s great to feel inspired. But it’s more Continue reading    

ProBlogger 2016 – 1 Thing that inspired me most

1 Thing that inspired me most at ProBlogger

Recently I wrote about my experience as a new-bee at ProBlogger 2016. On that first networking night, I found my tribe in the area allocated for ‘Lifestyle’ bloggers to gather. A group of us whose blogs incorporate simple living ideas went on to have dinner together afterwards. In the 2 days that followed there were more opportunities for us to connect around our common interests. As simple as it may sound, this is the thing that inspired me the most at ProBlogger 2016.

I find it so heartening to see the number of people blogging in the simple living niche. Some of the bloggers I met capture ideas of a slower lifestyle and living life more mindfully and thoughtfully. Other blogs discuss the concept of minimalism as opposed to the tendency toward excess consumerism and waste. Yet others support the reader who is interested in achieving some degree of self-sufficiency Continue reading    

ProBlogger 2016 – The new-bee perspective


Last weekend I headed off to the ProBlogger training event for the first time. What an experience it was! About 500 people attended 2 days of presentations and workshops that taught, inspired and influenced. Who would have thought that there are so many bloggers out there?

The conference started with a networking event on Thursday night. Walking in to a room with hundreds of people, none of whom you know, is akin to the first day in a new school! Now I won’t say that I didn’t go to the bar first. Continue reading    

Knitting 101 – Dishcloths!

Can’t say I had ever given much thought to what my great-grandmother used to wash her dishes, but we can be sure it wasn’t a dishwasher, and it probably wasn’t a sponge either. Enter the knitted dishcloth. The idea of knitting a IMG_1243dishcloth from cotton yarn initially seemed quite odd to me, but I can understand the rationale. Unlike sponges they can be washed, will last a really long time, will save money, and are a great way to get some basic knitting skills before moving on to more ambitious projects. I could remember the basic knit and purl stitches, but needed a reminder about casting on and off, joining a new ball of wool, and weaving in the ends. I also found a great tutorial on how to knit neat edges, so tried this as I got further along. All of these links are listed further on in this post.

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Supporting rural Australia

Greetings from Goondiwindi in western Queensland! We are visiting this picturesque town for a few days, and I’ve been saving up both my dollars and also items for my shopping list. I once heard someone say that one of the best things you can do after an area has been hit by a natural disaster, like a fire or flood, is to go and spend money in the area. I think the same principle could be applied to rural Australia, much of which is often experiencing a disaster of a different sort, that of drought. So I have made the oddest assortment of purchases today.  Mostly they are things I could have very easily bought at home, but if I’m going to buy them anyway, why not wait? Buying them from a small town will help support itsIMG_1177 local economy. Here’s a list of my purchases:

1.Goondiwindi has its own brand of clothing Goondiwindi Cotton from which the mauve jumper was purchased. Whilst in the store I also bought their Cottonseed Oil hand and body lotion. The clothes are now made off-shore, but the lotion is made in Australia.

2.I bought a few pairs of Humphrey Law socks – Humphrey Law is an Australian owned company and their socks are still made in Australia.

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