Friday, 27 February 2015

Photo Scavenger Hunt - February 2015

It's time once again for the monthly Photo Scavenger Hunt.  Thank you Greenthumb at Made With Love blog for organising this fun blog activity.


Something a little different, a female cucumber flower.


This photo encapsulates the word love beautifully on many different levels for me.  The love I have for my farming brother (love him to bits), the love I have for the farm where I grew up in Western Australia, the love of fresh milk, non homogenised and non pausteurised milk, the love of recycling - using an old tractor seat and turning it into a milking stool.....


Birthday invitation.

Something beautiful

Our beautiful daughters Genevieve and Charlotte.
Favourite colour

Green in all its shades.


My lovely cousin in England knows how much I love owls and made this handsome one for me.

On the road

With Louise of Ramblings of a Roachling blog in 2012.  Somewhere in Staffordshire or maybe Derby county.  Louise? 


The tap on the gas meter, very boring.


The price of the book below found in an op shop.


A garden ornament I made a couple of years ago.

 A corner of your home

In the lounge room.
 Whatever you want

Our three animals showing a definite interest in the dinner plate being removed from the table.  So funny but so very naughty.

 Looking forward to seeing what scavenging we will be doing for the March list.

Anne  xx

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Oven dried cherry tomatoes

Summer is my favourite season of the year.  Melbourne has more cold and cool weather than warm so when it is warm and sunny I get out and revel in it.  It also means things happen in the garden.  I love my flowers but I'm also enjoying growing vegetables.  Which brings me to the subject of cherry tomatoes of which we have many at the moment.  We've given them away, eaten them in salads, had them on quiches and on pizzas.

 Don't they look good?  Not being able to eat all these before they spoiled, I decided to make some oven dried tomatoes.

This is what they looked like after being the oven for about 30 minutes.

The dried tomatoes are in extra virgin olive oil, an Australia brand and flavoured with rosemary, basil, thyme and oregano which I have growing in the garden.

I used a recipe found here adjusting it where needed to fit the quantity of tomatoes I had.  I also adjusted the oven temperature and cooking time as needed.  I made another jar today so we now have two jars.  We also have a surplus of Grosse Lisse tomatoes so today I made some chutney but that will be the subject of another post.

For all the lovely peeps in the Northern Hemisphere who are longing for spring, I hope this post reminds you of all the good things that come with warmer weather.

Anne xx

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Late summer

There are still some lovely things flowering in the garden late summerlike these roses which smell divine.

Some Johnny jump up violas I planted from seed.

Prepping peaches for making an upside down peach cake tomorrow.

 Aren't the colours glorious!

I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend.

Anne xx

Tuesday, 17 February 2015


Last Sunday hubby and I ventured down the coast about an hour from where we live to a place called Kilcunda which is just past Phillip Island.  In particular we were looking for a fishing beach where hubby could practice casting with his new fishing rod.  This is in preparation for an upcoming fishing trip at the end of March with my brother in Western Australia.  We ended up at a beach called Cemetery Beach and yes, there is a cemetery nearby. 
 The day was perfect, sunny, warm and not too much wind.  The tide was on the way out so while hubby had fun with his fishing rod, I had a magical time exploring rock pools, different types of seaweed, patterns in the sand and even some little creatures which might be sea anemone.  I took many photos so I warn you, this post is photo heavy.

The cemetery,

The walking track to the beach.

There were some little birds in the trees, there is one in the top centre of the photo.  Unfortunately I can't tell what sort of bird it is.

Trees and undergrowth along side the beach track.

Walking up the sand dune.

The moment when you know you are a few steps away from seeing the sea.

A few brave souls trying to catch a wave.

Hubby in action.

These two photos look like big hand prints.  In reality it was just the sea water draining out of the sand causing patterns.

Some interesting rock formations gouged out by the sea.

This one looks like a fat frog or toad to me.

Rock pools.

Different types of seaweed and other interesting things.


I loved the contrast of the bright green weed against the dark shells.

These creatures were in quite shallow water and wondered what they were.  Can anyone enlighten me?

There were interesting patterns on rocks and even one that looked like a shoe print.

After my exploring and hubby's casting practice we lay down on our towels and enjoyed the sounds of the sea, the warmth of the sun (it was 33C with a breeze), and just relaxed and talked.  What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday.

Anne xx