Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Snake in the garden of G.G.

Today was a pretty busy little day in the garden. With the help of M.D formerly known as Brodie , I spent the middle of the day clearing a complete new garden bed next to my other precious garden. I didn't really have any motivation after the Christmas week but M.D has landscaping aspirations so he was keen to get stuck into it.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Time to relax

"Let's begin by taking a smallish nap or two." Pooh Bear couldn't have summed up the day after boxing day any better, could he? 

A place to sit and read my latest book: The life and times of Dave Grohl.

Boxing Day

Boxing Day: 
Spent eating leftovers with the fam, tending to the bloody pigweed, catching up with a few good friends and finally relaxing in the garden on a chair reading the new Luke Nguyen cook book Indochine whilst sipping some Rose and eating Pate. Bliss. 

I stayed on my chair in the garden for hours, until it was far too dark to read and had to employ the use of a few citronella candles -but still managed to get some mozzie bites in odd places like the folds of my fingers. The stars really are beautiful in the country. I tried to take a photo but couldn't capture the gorgeousness. In fact, all I got was black with one star. I'm pretty sucky at taking photos... perhaps time to call on the generosity of a family friend to teach me some of the tricks of the trade...

Monday, December 26, 2011

2011 Christmas Menu at our house

Merry Christmas

We decided on cold Christmas lunch with the exception of hot pork. Mum really wanted hot pork, so she got it! Dad and I cooked furiously the whole day before hand and all morning and managed to come up with the following spread. 

This was for ten people and as usual, we had enough for 30 people but we will eat the leftovers during the following week when we have lots of guests popping in. Unfortunately, I was a bit sick on Christmas day and didn't really eat much at all and didn't drink any alcohol at all, but I do plan to get stuck in today and do my fair share.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Gastronomy Gal Garden: Waging war on weeds is a dangerous business

It turns out that waging war on weeds is actually a really full on, time consuming, quite dangerous business. Perhaps I should have consulted Obama before opening my big mouth. The bloody pigweed is everywhere. It has got little shoots (the enemy) in every crevice of the garden. Getting rid of this stuff is really starting  to take a toll on this old amateur gardener, but I am becoming more wise and developing some tactics.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Gastronomy Gal Garden: My old enemy pigweed

Dear Pigweed,

I returned home from a little mini break away to find that you have decided to become my new enemy. With all the rain when I was absent, you thought it would be a great little opportunity to try to dominate my garden.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Nambucca Valley Farmer's Market and Davis Seafood Nambucca

Well thanks heavens I'm feeling a little better than when I last posted. Ick. Getting a virus really does Suck. I'm at the coast recovering and like the rest of the east coast of Australia, we've had lots of rain. Hasn't really mattered though because it's still relaxing to just read a magazine or book. The latest read that I devoured in a day and a half is Sam DeBrito's latest - 'Hello Darkness' definitely worth picking up and you may find, as I did, that you also can't put it down.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sydney visit gone wrong

So from my previous posts, you can see that I've been kicking it in Syd, eating my way around and having a glorious old time. I've still got some posts to write up -The four in hand in Paddo, Toko and El loco once I get a chance. Don't you think it's just fab that I actually had two restaurants that rhyme? Not intentional of course.

So what could possibly go wrong, you wonder? Well today, I was supposed to be catching a flight to my second mini break destination, but instead I'm stuck here in bed waiting to see the doctor. Obviously I haven't slept all night and am pretty sick of myself aswell as being sick, hence the blog post. Thankyou Ipad. Readers, You can't accuse me of only seeing me at my best now- can you?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Bondi Farmer's Market

There are some really good things about visiting my parents at their home town over the summer this year like my veggie garden, however, one of the worst is going to be not having access to the beach frequently. Im not a big wave girl, but I love just floating around. There's something about the water that makes me feel a bit free- the pull of the tide perhaps. I was almost accidentally born in a pool, so im sure it's no coincidence that I feel rather at home floating about. I'd like to think if past lives exist, that I was possibly a mermaid.
Luckily I will have some beach time.My sister lives right near the beach in Sydney, and when I go for walks around the headland, you almost forget where you are.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sydney Visit

So, I've been in Sydney for a little while - almost a week, and will be here for a little while longer. I've been eating my way around and had a fab time. The weather has been pretty mixed but there have been some lovely beach days, if a little windy. We still braved it - and lay and read for a couple of hours.

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