What a glorious day

It’s been one of those ‘amazing to be alive days’ today, 26º and a perfect Spring Day. A light fog in our suburb provided just the right amount of atmosphere for early morning photos.

I started with the front garden when our ‘once was lawn (well bits of grass and some scraggy weeds)’ has been transformed for the second year running into another veg patch. The bed is flanked on either side by broad beans planted out about a month apart. On the far side the red flowered variety, (see the close-up photo) and on this side your common or garden Coles Prolific. In between in a block of Golden Bantam Corn and two Baby Blue Pumpkins all of which were transplanted out last weekend. One of the pumpkins has taken a bit of a chew overnight. This was probably a slater attack rather than a snail as the little blighters do a great job of ringbarking any juicy stem they can get onto. Sorry we are in this respect organically unsound in that we do use a modicum of the one snail bait that does for slaters as well.

Moving onto the nature strip is my, so far, very successful planting of native daisies which are interspersed with naturally occurring Wahlenbergia. The bulk of the non-edible garden is Australian native plants. This part of the garden really comes into its own in early December. Already there are early flowers on some of the other paper daisies and Billardiera. My Snow Gum, Eucalytptus robertsonnii (previously E. pauciflora nana) has been flowering for several weeks. I bought a huge bunch inside when I had to trim back a branch making a nuisance of itself over into my neighbour’s garden. I’ve include a photo of the flowers inside against the backdrop of one of my quilts. I’ve enjoyed two weeks of revelling in the sweet honey scent of the flowers.

Around the back you can see the broad sweep of the main garden bed with the last of the winter veggies Kale Cavolo Nero (going to seed), carrots, our variegated chicory and sorrel. The strawberries are just starting to move again. I’ve included a photo of our sage which is beautifully in flower.

Sadly I did have to go to work today, but on the way to the bus stop I was able to enjoy a Cecile Brunner rose in full flower scrambling over a neighbours fence.

At lunchtime I was joined by the Beloved for a lunch at Tasuke a really good Japanese restaurant in the city bus interchange just around the corner from the more up-market Iori Japanese restaurant. What I really like about Tasuke is that is the closest to a local neighbourhood restaurant in Japan (well if you ignore half of the clientele) that I have experienced anywhere in Australia. Shared tables and the same hand-drawn signs advertising individual dishes as we have seen while travelling in Japan. We shared a small bowl of marinated baby octopus, sea urchin roe sushi and tempura crab meat, along with a bowl of rice, miso soup and a drink. The cost just topped out at $21 per head for a really tasty meal.

Back to the slog after lunchtime for me. At least now when I get home from work it is still light and I can get out into the garden to enjoy the early evening in still good light.

Enough of the rosy glow … Being Spring it’s full on fete season and this weekend we plan to head out to the:

*Organic Fair at Allsun Farm
Saturday 31 October & Sunday 1 Novembe
(No bookings required)
*Address:* 1318 Dicks Creek Rd, Gundaroo
*Directions:* From Gundaroo travel 4 km N towards Gunning; immediately after Fairfield bridge turn left into Yass River Rd; travel 4.5 km & take second left into Dicks Creek Rd
*Open:* 10am-4.30pm. $8.00, no charge for children under 18

I was also very excited to get my favourite invite of the season today in the mail. Local ceramic artist *Bev Hogg* will be holding her annual *Ceramic Studio Sale and Garden Party from 10-4.00pm on Sunday 22 November at 8 Brennan St Hackett*. If you haven’t been you must go. The rule is pack the maximum number of people in the smallest car available and be prepared to park a bit away. Bev’s garden is worth a visit by itself. It is full of her fantastic pots fountains and ceramic animals, both real and imagined. There’s also finger food and punch and live music provided by Bev’s family and friends.