After a busy Saturday market, on glorious spring day, we drove south to catch the ferry across the channel. We were heading to a Slow Food event - a dinner cooked by Ross O' Meara at the Lunawanna Hall, a little village on the south of the island.
Everything we ate was sourced on this tiny island off the coast of Tasmania. Olives, oysters, pork rillettes, wallaby terrine, possum and rabbit sausages, corned wallaby legs (so delicious!) really incredible ( I mean, really incredible) spit roasted lamb, some greens and buttery pink eyes finishing with a simple Scottish dessert called cranachan. All washed down with Bruny Island wines.
We stayed at Ross's busy farm nearby and after a luxurious breakfast, slowly meandered back to the ferry, stopping to climb the lookout at the Neck, take a quick paddle on sunny Nebraska beach and drive past Daisy Banks my dream cottage by the sea that's for sale. On the voyage back to the mainland, I dreamt of moving to this magic island one day...as I always do every time I visit.
Rhubarb, artichokes, lemons, apple blossoms and chives. There is an abundace of beautiful things in the garden right now.
But in spring, it seems that no matter how long I spend in the garden, I never will finish all the jobs that need doing. Gardening certainly keeps those prioritising skills in good use. I could happily spend all day gardening (weeding) and still not make a dent in the list of chores. If only I had full time groundskeeper to keep on top of everything.
This week, the garden chores are::
Plant six new rhubarb crowns I was given
- Pull out the last of the winter greens and dig over the beds to make room for spring planting
Finish planting my bare rooted trees(oops) Weeding Sow some parsley seeds
- Find some space to plant the rest of the potatoes
- String up the tomato plants in the green house
Mow the lawn Extend the chicken run
- Build a net for the currants
Pick a few kilos of those lemons
- Give all the plants a jolly good feed with worm wee
- Did I mention weeding?
- Paint the recently exposed
wall, beam and ceilingbefore THAT oven arrives (any day now) Make 120 marshmallows for a special order Bake 180 odd cakes for the market on Saturday Have a good lie down
That should keep me busy, although it's hardly likely I will get through the entire list. Not without the help of that groundskeeper.
I was thrilled when Gillian agreed to let me spend a day in her chocolate shop as work experience girl. A chance to live out my Juliette Binoche fantasies and learn a little of the mysteries of the chocolatier. I can't say that I'm much clearer on the magic of tempering chocolate, turning dull brown chocolate buttons into smooth shiny bars with a marvellous snap. Nor did any Johnny Depp type gypsies come swaggering into the shop. But I did have lots of fun, spending the day with fun and very clever people who make beautiful chocolates.
That takes the current total thirteen chooks living with us. Of course, wouldn't you know it, this week two of the big hens have gone broody with both of them sitting on a clutch of fertile eggs. Hmmm, we may be up for a few more chicks before this spring is through.