• Life Day By Day,  My Garden

    A Carnival of Flowers

    Spring is here and everywhere I look there is a Carnival of Flowers and Toowoomba is about to celebrate. Apart from a display of flowers Toowoomba has much to offer during the Carnival of Flowers a yearly festival event held in September. If you live in the city or plan to visit at this time of the year you will find the city is blooming lovely. Flowers are also blooming at our place and in nearby Boyce Gardens, despite the lack of rain in recent months. Enjoy this pictorial display of flowers. Yet, Toowoomba is not all about flowers it is about people, culture, art, craft, food, wine, beer and much…

  • Living with Chickens,  My Garden

    Fork to Fork

    We are enjoying a fork to fork experience as our home veggie garden is producing some of our food. Why should we worry about fork to fork when it is so easy to pick up veggies at the supermarket or local markets? There are a couple of reasons why I have gone down the track and today I will share those with you. Home grown organic: the first reason is that when we grow our own organic produce we have better tasting food. We reduce the food kilometres and we know that our food is fresh – no storage! I really like beans, particularly when cooked in garlic – yummy.…

  • My Garden

    Thyme in the garden

    Our thyme in our garden is doing very well. It is also a good “time” of the year to get out into the garden and do some of those gardening jobs before the weather gets too hot.  I mentioned in an earlier post that I had planted seeds in cardboard toilet roll tubes. I found it a fiddle to get the soil into the tube. The easier part is planting out the seedlings. All it takes is to dig a hole and drop in the seedling as they are secure in the tube. My experiment was worthwhile but I concluded I am not a big fan of the method, partly…

  • Living with Chickens,  My Garden

    Urban farming

    For these past few days I feel like I am a farmer in Tasmania. It is wet and windy and my pink gum boots go with me every time I step out of the house. There is something about putting on those boots that gives me a sense of satisfaction – like I am doing something worthwhile. I am interacting with my environment and in the knowledge that soil, sun and water will grow what I planted. My “One & Only” (O&O) is a great gardener and I like to follow in his footsteps. Although I am not one of those people who like to get dirt under my fingernails.…

  • My Garden,  Self-Sufficiency

    Seed to Feed

    Last weekend my “One & Only” (O&O) and I went to a “Seed to Feed” Workshop. The workshop is part of the Toowoomba Regional Council Healthy Living, Change Project. The aim, through a series of free and low-cost activities, is to get people active and healthy. The “Seed to Feed” workshops have been very popular. We were on a waiting list and only attended due to a cancellation. We have been gardening for decades. My O&O is a great gardener. He has the happy knack of getting things to grow. Therefore, why would we go to a workshop that was mostly about plant propagation for the home garden. We went…

  • Health Matters,  My Garden

    Too Much Apple Pie!

    Who is eating too much apple pie? Not at our house. These days we prefer or our digestive system copes better with savoury food. This is working in our favour, keeping us healthier than we would be if we ate apple pie. When I was growing up apple pie was often on the table and even today it is popular. As we grow older the better option is to eat fresh wholefoods, when we can. My continual mantra is – where we can, we should grow our own food. At least, some of our food and certainly herbs. When I see a person in the supermarket with herbs in their…

  • KJ's Kitchen,  My Garden

    Barefoot in the Kitchen

    It is not a good idea to go barefoot in the kitchen. If you dropped a knife you could stab yourself in the foot! When I was thinking about this I thought of the saying “barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen”.  It commonly refers to a woman’s place being in the home. Further, the woman should have as many children as she can during her productive years. Try to tell this to the Millennials. That is, the generation born between 1982-2002. Very slowly, the attitudes and views towards women is changing. No longer, is the only place for women in front of a stove with children hanging off her apron.…

  • My Garden,  Self-Sufficiency

    Rotten Tomatoes

    Have you seen any rotten tomatoes lately? Really, nobody wants to see or smell rotten tomatoes. I only want the fresh, plump and juicy variety on my kitchen bench. A few weeks ago, there was an overabundance of tomatoes in the supermarket. I was buying these for $3kg. Yesterday, they were $7.90kg. In between, what happened? Were there that many tomatoes that they perished on the vine, while the next crop was still ripening? Whatever the price, tomatoes are regularly in our daily diet. As we consume so many tomatoes I will be pleased when we are growing our own. This will happen once the vegetable garden patch is sorted. Our…

  • My Garden

    Happy Father’s Day to Garden Lovers

    It is Father’s Day today, a day when we celebrate and honour Fathers and many of these are garden lovers. Like my “One & Only” (O&O) he is often out in the garden using his ability and talent to make our garden flourish. Toowoomba is known as the “Garden City” so what better place to get outside and get digging in the garden. Given it is Father’s Day many families take time to get together, celebrating in different ways, whether this be a Dad’s Big Breakfast, lunch/BBQ at home or a cafe, a picnic in the park, playing sport with the family or just staying at home enjoying one another’s…

  • Life Day By Day,  My Garden

    Toowoomba – a City to Love

    People continually ask us why we chose to retire in Toowoomba. There are many reasons and after anyone experiences life in Toowoomba you will soon discover it is a City to Love. At our place this morning it was just like any other Saturday. Although, we did get up a little later than usual, pretending we had just completed a demanding week at work. As it happens for many retiree’s work happens, yet in a different form. It could be chores at home, cooking, working in the garden, blogging, out shopping or volunteering in the community. I have found as I get older my energy wanes earlier and my body…