THE SUN WAS SHINING AND WE MADE THE MOST OF IT

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN

I've probably mentioned just a few times what lovely neighbours we have.....lets pay them a visit...

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN

They have this one particular lemon tree that the Greeks go mad for!  Thick skinned and almost sweet, you can pretty much eat them like fruit. Well I can! Until my lemon is up and running, this mad Greek girl will be picking these beauties. I made a delicious ricotta and mascarpone torte during the week using lots of these. YUM!

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN

Cubby for the grandkids.....love the colours....

i loved this old pump that pumps water from a well....not used as much these days.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN

Do you know that their 4 children used to slide down this roof......

What cool parents!

Children back in the day made their own fun.....can you imagine parents allowing that these days. 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN

Millbank was built around 1836 and the north facing verandah is perfect for cups of tea and sandwiches. 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN
A YEAR IN MY GARDEN

This spectacular and ancient camellia is what's called a tri-colour, having white, pink and red flowers on the one tree. It is said to have come from William Macarthur's stock at Camden Park. The National Trust of Australia have visited quite a few times documenting all the important history of this property. 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN

 100 chooks also live at Millbank and how sweet was it to have so many of them all making that buuuck buuuuck buck sound around my legs. My girls have gone off the lay because of the shorter daylight hours but at least I have a good supply nearby. The chook run is just enormous and of course a large part of the orchard is planted in there. Makes so much sense... orchard gets fertilised and any dropped fruit..... the chooks get a fruit salad bonanza. You should see them go for the tamarillos. I can't wait for the mulberries.....they are sticks at the moment.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN pomello

HUUUUGE Pomelos. 

Just like a milder version of a grapefruit. I now have to figure out what I can do with these. Do you know that I read, that if you chew on them really slowly they are known to cure a hangover. Go figure....

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN PUMPKIN

They have a whole shed for the pumpkins. I had mum and dad down here for the week and they went home with heaving bags of pumpkins, mandarins, oranges and of course the Greek lemons. Aren't farmers and gardeners the most giving and generous of all people. They always have time to share stories, their produce and of course lots of cups of tea and maybe even a cheeky red at the end of the day.

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Dad had a birthday while visiting..

Happy birthday dad! Love you lotsxxxx

What a couple, still hold hands and dad still buys flowers for mum. 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN BONFIRE
A YEAR IN MY GARDEN

Managed to get the first bonfire underway before all this rain. Chairs, cheese, wine, Arth and our fur baby Pierre curled at my feet.... just listening to the crackle and hiss of the fire. 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN WATER FEATURE

Finally we have our pond installed. This used to be a hollow metal sculpture "thing" that we had at our previous house. I wanted it be a bit more functional so we decided to turn it into a pond. I now have water views from the kitchen! Getting that pond liner in was an epic exercise and all I can say I have an incredibly handy husband. It's still a work in progress but so nice to see the fish (6 of them) come up to the surface and feed. The local pet store gave me a really good tip to stop birds from eating the fish, just run a couple of strands of fishing line across top of the pond and when a bird touches the line it freaks out and flies away. 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN

They even have a fancy chandelier to look up at. 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN BUNNINGS

Saw one of these "floating pots" at our local nursery and thought what a great idea. All you have to do is cut the black tag lift it out of the plastic water pot and plonk in the pond. 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN SILKIE

Finally meet Harry our new addition.

Say Hi!

Can't wait for the sunshine to come back