One year later …

One year later …

Around this time a year ago, I was just about ready to throw up.  I was full of nervous anticipation, and had written, and was rehearsing, the acceptance speech for the Rural Women’s Awards, “just in case” I was lucky enough to win. We stayed in...
How (and why) to buy local food

How (and why) to buy local food

  We don’t buy much fruit (no surprises there), and now that we have the wonderful Gung Hoe market garden on the farm, as well as the vegies that my Dad grows in our on-farm tree nursery plus the produce from our new Farm Shop Garden, we also don’t...
Top Three Tips to Protect Your Fruit

Top Three Tips to Protect Your Fruit

How’s your harvest? Where we live in central Victoria we’re about mid-way through our harvest.  Apricots and cherries have finished, though we only just sold the last of the apricots last weekend. We have a clever way of storing fruit for a bit longer than...
Do you love social media, or hate it?

Do you love social media, or hate it?

Social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, you name it – is ubiquitous. It’s so much part of modern life that it’s almost pointless even contemplating whether you think it’s good or bad, though luckily, we all get to choose whether, and...
Banishing “busy”

Banishing “busy”

“How are you going? Keeping busy?” Have you been greeted like that lately? Or when someone has asked how you are, answered “busy!”?  I realised recently that “busy” has become my stock answer, and I started wondering why – and...
Don’t panic – have a party!

Don’t panic – have a party!

Spring on an orchard is traditionally a time of high tension. As the sap in the trees rises, so does the blood pressure, because it’s make or break time in many ways. Fruit trees are at their most vulnerable when they’re flowering, and a frost, or too much...
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