I think that I would have to join a queue of people almost as long as that at the National Gallery, who would now like to move to Lambrigg homestead (should the opportunity ever arise) after last weekend’s Open Garden event. I’ve always wanted to visit the property, whose views along the Murrumbidgee can be glimpsed on the left hand side of the road once you have gone over Point Hut Crossing.Several thousand people took the opportunity last weekend to vicariously enjoy the view from the verandah and the extensive lawns and gardens that were looking resplendent following our recent rain. If that wasn’t enough there were 26 exhibitors with every type of plant, garden ornament, plant related book. You could look at the stock or climb the hill to see William and Nina Farrer’s graves. For those with a more practical bent they have a very large leaf composting enclosure. Several old friends were there. TB bought a book on Home Smoking and Curing Meat from Dalton’s Books and friend M and I stocked up on seeds from the Italian Gardener. This time we purchased Turnip Greens Cima di Rapa Quarantina – there was a great recipe using them on Italian Food Safari last week – globe carrots Pariser Markt and Black Winter Radish, d’inverno nero tondo. Strezlecki Heritage Apples from Gippsland had a fantastic array of varieties of both apples and pears to try. There were eating, dessert and cooking apples and apples and pears for cider and perry making. I was very taken by the apple Alan’s Pearmain. If you are looking for heritage apples I’d seriously consider contacting Strezleckis who do mail order of bare rooted stock in winter. They are also willing to discuss specific rootstock choices to meet your requirements (email: firstname.lastname@example.org ). There was also a wide range of garden sculpture to suit all tastes on display. Al Phemister, whose work we saw at Jugiong was there, along with John Topfer Sculptures, the Rusty Roof and Brock Metalcraft. I’m seriously smitten by Brock’s Poppy Head plant support, which I envisage my Sweet Peas twining up, should they ever actually germinate that is. Sadly I wasn’t fast enough on the day and all were sold before I could select some for my own. Anyway there is hope on the horizon and I’m planning to place an order in the coming weeks. Perhaps they’ll arrive at Chez Fork in time for my Scarlet Runner Beans. On the more rustic end of the scale the Rusty Roof (email: email@example.com) was selling great pieces made out of pre-loved corrugated iron. At last we were able to find something for M’s significant birthday present. She’s now the proud owner of her own compact house cow! And yes, the question of whether a metal cow produces tinned milk has come up! Thanks to the Gullett family for opening their wonderful property to the ravening hoards. PS if you didn’t make it to Lambrigg last week you can have a look at the story that ACT Stateline produced on the homestead.