Tuesday, March 6, 2012

G.G. Garden update: I'm both happy and sad

"So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be."- Stephen Chbosky

The above is one of my fave quotes, and really resonates with how I'm feeling today. Autumn really is here- there's a little chill in the air and I'm happy because it is my no 1 season, but at the same time, I'm sad to see the carefree days of Summer go.

I'm also just back from another mini-break to Bris Vegas and I'm happy to be back to The Sticks but sad to leave my friends behind. I miss those guys something shocking and it was so good to see everyone! I simply did not get to stay long enough- although I'm sure those that were hosting me, probably would argue otherwise(or they wouldn't because I will pinch them if they dared). You know when you are sitting down, talking with someone you love dearly, but haven't seen for ages, and then realise that life is dictating that you must leave? Yuck. Hate that. Sometimes it feels like it would be nice to sit there forever, or at least a few days.

Of course, when I arrive back at home- the first thing I do is jump out of the car and run to check my garden, getting completely soaked from the falling rain. Being a primary producer isn't all sunshine and rainbows you know. I am shocked but not surprised to find that things aren't as I left them.

It became evident after my initial inspection, that  my co-gardener neglected things whilst I was away. Either this- or some weird strain of something came through in the last few days and destroyed some of my plants. I claim the former and he claims the latter. Unlikely Dad.... SO I have threatened Dad with not being able to eat any of the produce from the garden and have suggested, that if he does not wish to take any responsibility for the crops, then he would possibly prefer to shop at a supermarket- where the only responsibility is to purchase the lack lustre, over refrigerated produce on the way out (and think about how  his actions and not supporting local producers is affecting the future of Australian agriculture). Point being, you don't have to water it, to eat it... Maybe this would be a more suitable arrangement? I think the threats of not having access to the most peppery, fresh and best rocket you've ever tasted really hit home. We'll have to see after I go away for another couple of days at the end of the week. RIP Rhubarb.

The snow peas are struggling but may be able to be saved.

The sweet potato plant looks great, especially since I ripped the big Z out and it's not finally able to get some dappled sunlight. The only problem is that I can't remember when to harvest the potato.. any ideas?

Something that is bad that isn't Dad's fault are those stupid midgey fruit flies that are still attacking my capsicum. I mean seriously? Get a new target. Or don't. Because I'm going to get you with my little home made fruit fly traps when I place them around this evening. Goodbye little flies. 

It's good to see that some of my northern friends are also taking their gardening quite seriously. Perhaps not as seriously as moi, but none the less, there is some effective planting going on. One of my friends named Bones, has a raised style garden arrangment that I'm quite impressed with. She is growing some Zucchini too and is also having a bit of a problem with the mould. 

I'm encouraging her to rip that Z out and get something else in. Her tomatoes are going gangbusters as she hasn't had any of the fly problems (goodbye little flies) that I've had here. Also looking quite good are her yellow capsicum chillis. Actually, Bones is after a fabulous tomato relish and tomato sauce recipe- so if anyone has got one, please let me know and I'll pass it on.

I visited a few of my old eating haunts when I was in Bris, as well as a few new ones. I had:
* House made beans with bacon on the side at Comfort at my Table- P.I.E was Di Russo. The beans were fab and on the way out, I bought a strawberry and vanilla jam. I love Nims preserves (but I would have liked to buy some more tom sauce please!);

* Gyoza galore at Harajuku Gyoza with Possum Magic and a colleague and some random friends we met in the line-up;

* A Gini- Hendrix (super cute name and delish drink) at The Hideaway, a cute newish spot in The Valley;

* Everything Japanese under the sun at Wagaya, Fortitude Valley- touch screens and $7 cocktails are super fun with a big group of giggling girls;

* Some pizza at Il Posto. Oh, how I've missed thee; thin bases, prosciutto di parma and the calamari- oh the calamari;

* A pulled pork sandwich at Q'Essence Wilston accompanied by a G and T (or 2 or 3) and a few sneaky lunch time cocktails;

And among other things (*argghhhh I'm a sinner- I admit to having a strip sub combo the day after the wedding from Red Rooster and maintain that this was all Bones' fault) a nice curry cooked by Burger which was very tender. Good work Burgs. Told you I'd blog about it.

Also when visiting Bris Vegas- I simply have to pop in to my favourite book shop. I only had a short amount of time but managed to grab this book- which- unsurprisingly is about food. There seems to be a whole new food fiction genre and I'm sometimes liking it, sometimes not. Often the stories are uninspiring- i.e. Characters eats/cooks some great food, que tragedy, character falls in love and lives happily ever after. This book, however, seems a little more inspired/borderline kooky and it could be brilliant or bad. However, the title- "The particular sadness of lemon cake" caught my eye, because I do think there is a particular sadness to some food and I do think you can taste the love and emotions that go into food. I'll be sure to update you. 

So, this afternoon I'm going to take a trip to a bigger town and grab some more plants, as the markets aren't on for another two weeks and I think it's the perfect time to pop a few more plants in now. I'm also going to make a lemon cake inspired by the book- my sadness can go into the cake and my happiness can go into the icing- perhaps it will make a bittersweet but perfect cake? Sort of like life really..

So ..tell me readers: Are you sometimes happy and sad all at the same time?

1 fabulous comments:

Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) said...

I often have bittersweet moments throughout life! Gone are the carefree days of being younger, as getting older means more responsibilities weigh us down.

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