Apple cheeks, apple weeks, the race against the birds… The inherited tree which has the codlin moth – I know it’s time to strip the tree when the birds begin to peck at the apple tops – this means they are sweet and ready. Cutting around the moth tunnels, making apple sauce which turn into … Continue reading Apple season
*those of you who are ancient like me, might get the bad pun in the title… I love mandala. I often make little ones out of windfalls and flowers, in my backyard or when I’m out and about. I love the idea of art that sits there until the weather scatters it off in all … Continue reading free nature mandala*
Good year – beets… Bad year – carrots… I love the way vegetable gardeners (and farmers, no doubt) talk in terms of ‘good year’/’bad year’ for produce. It has not been the best summer ever in my vegetable garden, but like every year there have been highs and lows. Bad year: Corn – after several … Continue reading good year, bad year
My boy likes to hide in blankets. He loves lying underneath the bean bag. He loves making a nest of blankets and pillows in a tight corner. He loves a three-person pile-up where the whole family lies on top of him, squashing him until he can’t quite expand his lungs… & having a crochet-ghost at … Continue reading crochet ghost stops his haunting to eat breakfast
Recently I saw THIS NECKLACE on etsy and fell in love. I’m going through a bit of a love affair with Dandelion. It’s a mysterious yet common plant – it has manifold healing properties. It is rich in history and symbolism. You can eat all parts of it. You can’t ever kill it off your … Continue reading a wish for you, a wish for me
A Forager’s Treasury By Johanna Knox Allen & Unwin, $36.95 I’m late in writing this review – I’ve had the book for some weeks now and I was supposed to post a review last week, but it’s taken me a long time to gather my thoughts about it because, quite simply, I’m completely overwhelmed … Continue reading Review of ‘A Forager’s Treasury’ by Johanna Knox
Over autumn I foraged HEAPS of walnuts, plus my parents gave me a big box….they’ve been drying off for six weeks. I’ve just started cracking into them and they are good, fresh, earthy, delicious. Now I have a happy walnut glut and will be thinking of ways to use walnuts so if you have any … Continue reading Walnuts, irises, peas….
As a keen forager myself, I was so excited to hear that my friend Johanna Knox was writing a foraging guide for New Zealand, but despite the fact I was pre-disposed to like it, I am truly impressed and in awe of what she has produced. It is a beautifully written, helpful and down-to-earth book … Continue reading Interview with Johanna Knox author of ‘A Forager’s Treasury’