This is an experiment in growing strawberries. Moza saw an idea on Instagram and, being the clever fellow he is, adapted it for our orchard – a downpipe strawberry grower! Here’s how he did it (and you can too!): Find an unused downpipe Fill with a lovely mix of soil and compost Cover each end … More Strawberry Fields, forever
One of the best cooking gadgets I ever bought was a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer. But, it doesn’t stop there. The attachments have really been a great addition to this incredible machine – pasta maker, sausage stuffer-thingy, along with the food grinder coupled with the vegetable strainer meant we could make our own small batches of … More I-scream, you-scream, we all scream for ice cream
Fresh garlic. Never grown it, never tasted it, never cooked with it. Fresh, homegrown garlic is still a little tough to find in Australia, or so we thought until we moved to the Highlands and came across a few growers via Instagram – Russell, the Good Garlic Guy, just down the road at Kangaloon and … More All things garlic
I must confess I don’t think I have ever tasted a truly fresh egg, well not since my very early childhood visiting our Aunty Win and Uncle Clem’s Shellharbour farm back in the day. At Abbeydore we have seven lovely ladies who (mostly) provide us with an egg each day. The funny thing is that … More In praise of fresh eggs
If you live with an Italian you will soon come across their obsession with all things beans, especially the beautiful red borlotti and the big, fat, green fava (aka broad beans). Several years ago, Moza tried introducing us to the pleasures of fava, but alas, the beans were less than special. The lesson? Freshly-grown is … More Beanz meanz … all kinds of yumminess!
Before the tractor there were the sheep. Well two dorper lambs that we acquired from a fellow farmer who suggested them as a good way to keep the grass down, and to then eat. Easter here we come, or so we thought… Two lovely looking dorper sheep that I named “Jabba” and “Huut” (for reasons … More Sheep we have loved … and lost
No property is complete without a vintage motorbike, and the one we have is named Sofia – Moza’s 1978 Ducati 860 GTS. We have spent many happy hours riding throughout the Highlands, discovering new places as well as our new local, The Burrawang Hotel (well, one of them – we love the Robbo Pub too!). We … More Sofia!
The minute we saw Abbeydore on the real estate website on New Year’s Day 2015 we knew we just had to see it for ourselves – and it didn’t disappoint! Although the house and lands were suffering from neglect and were unloved we both knew it was the place for us. Two months (and many … More Finding Abbeydore