About us

Our family lives in Gippsland, Australia. We are blessed to live in that most beautiful of places: the side of a green hill. We have more garden than I can keep in check, but the eternal optimist in me keeps trying. My favourite things to grow are vegetables. I am a great starter of projects. My ability to finish them lags somewhat behind. Life can be hard work sometimes, but it helps me to have a bit of a laugh at myself as I go. So, with this in mind I’m challenging myself to keep at the job by making it fun. Hence the challenges.

Recently we had a couple of lovely young housesitters. Their excitement in being able to move out of their homes for a short time and look after our house and menagerie reminded me of playing cubbies as a kid. I love being a (mostly) stay at home mum, but sometimes a challenge is a good thing, right?

Added to this, I had a bulging freezer, full of summer produce, and a not so bulging bank balance thanks to renovations, hence the “eating for 30 days from only what’s available in the house and garden” challenge.  Over the month, which I did not stock up for, I spent $45 on milk, butter and some pears. Other than that, we ate what we had. That was the “30 days of eating from home” challenge.

Now, onward and upward…


5 thoughts on “About us

  1. Hi Donna – your elder cousin Frank here. You have inspired me to dig into my freezer and see what really must be chucked out and what can be turned into something edible. Glad to read that you like your vegie garden. I’d be lost without ours and the chooks. I’d also kill for a decent leg of mutton – not lamb, mutton. Hunt around Australia and see if you can find these US tomatoes (heirloom varieties): Hillbilly Potato Leaf, Cherokee Purple and Federle. the last being a preserving as salsa and soup variety. If you van find them – especially the first two – you’ll wonder how you lived without them.

    1. I never get the second, third fourth cousin bit. Still… thanks for your comments. I’ll look for the tomatoes (and a place to squeeze a few more in) I grow all heirloom varieties, but haven’t come across the 3 you mentioned.

      1. Maternal grandmother Nana was full bottle on the permutations of kinship, which I would very much like to learn. For example, I think your children are my second cousins once removed,but I’m not sure. We have lost so much since families became fragmented.

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