Mulberry Madness

For all we have on this beautiful property, there is a distinct lack of mulberries.  This is obviously something that needs to be rectified, but in the meantime we need to fulfil our mulberry needs elsewhere.  Thankfully, a post went up on a local community forum last night, inviting any keen mulberry pickers to come and pick from a loaded mulberry tree.  Never late to a party, we turned up with lots of pickers and buckets at 9am sharp to pick our share.

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Of course, all those berries needed a little quality control so some on-location testing did occur:

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Stay tuned for a few of the things we’ll be making with mulberries over the coming week.

Dream A Little Dream

So, for years I’ve been dreaming of living organically and trying to provide for our family predominantly from our own block of land.


In saying that, I’m also a plant killer.  ‘Mass Herbicide’ is the phrase that is bandied about amongst family members who have witnessed the utter devastation that is my attempts at gardening.  But I’m not going to let that stop me from getting up and trying again.


We are lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to move to a beautiful almost-30-acre block just outside of the little town where we live.  This means we will have more than enough space to do everything we have ever wanted… and more.


While we wait for the current residents to move out, we are left to plan and gather inspiration.

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On my dream list:

  • Vegetable & herb gardens
  • Fruit and nut trees
  • numerous food producing vines
  • Bees for honey and wax
  • Chickens for eggs and meat
  • Lambs for meat
  • Pigs for meat
  • A milking cow for milk, yogurt, cream, butter, cheese…
  • Beef cattle
  • Alpacas for fibre and protection
  • Mushrooms of all kinds
  • A productive dam filled with fish and water vegetables, and maybe a few yabbies
  • and I know there’s a bunch of other projects on my Pinterest page just waiting to be explored!



Falling Back to Earth











On the weekend we visited Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).

We were particularly going to see the Cai Guo-Qiang exhibit Falling Back to Earth.

This was our first time taking the boys to an art exhibit but we were very happy with the outcome.

They engaged with the exhibits and were able to discuss the key themes and ideas surrounding the pieces.  This was aided by the interactive side of the exhibit.  I find that GOMA really know how to get the children involved in art and this creates memories that last.  At this one they were able to sit down and draw their view of the fallen gum tree, then in another room they were given supplies to make their own animal, tree or boat.

In saying that, they are still little boys and took the greatest pleasure in giggling at the animals’ bums as well!

We purchased the children’s book that accompanied the exhibit and the boys have enjoyed reliving their experience in a narrative style.

I will definitely be returning to GOMA with kids in tow, but maybe we’ll avoid the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) – that’s another story for another day!!!