Scenes From Home


Hello friends.

Some of you may have read in a previous post about our property appearing as a location for some filming.  Now I can share that this was a Christmas advertisement for Aldi .  It is not my usual style to promote supermarket ads but it is exciting to see some brief glimpses of our backyard.  Just in case you are curious, it is not our house in the ad.  But several of the other scenes were filmed at our place including the cattle and galloping horse, shearing, fence building and the train and outdoor bath scenes.  It all flies by very quickly!

Back to reality and there has been plenty of things happening in the paddock, garden and kitchen.  The kids have had their first dam swim for the season.  It’s not hot enough for me to hop in yet but it is nice to sit on the bank and soak up the peace and quiet.

Dam swimming

We are eating asparagus from the garden with almost every meal.  Correction, the adults are enjoying these magical spears, the younger folk are shuffling it around their plates.  Soon I will let the ferns run wild again and asparagus season will be over for another year.  Perhaps I might try this pickling recipe before it is all over.

In the garden I have tiny zucchinis starting to emerge, my favourite variety, Long Florence.  Self-seeded volunteer tomatoes have popped up everywhere and look healthy.  Instead of getting too scientific or serious about my tomato crop this year, I am simply going to let them go and hope for the best, with just a little horse manure and straw for good measure.


We are big on making the most of what is around us and enjoying what we have at home on the weekends.  Recently we allocated a Saturday afternoon to making quandong pie, eating chops cooked on the fire and enjoying some cold drinks in the paddock.

Quandong pie

Chops on the fire

As always there is bread in my kitchen.  I have found that committing to selling my bread on a regular basis has pushed me to refine my bread routine and tweak some small things.  Repetition is the key to consistent baking and I am still finding ways to improve my loaves and the way I manage the overall process around family life.


I will sign off with some things that have caught my eyes and ears  lately.

If you are dreaming of an escape and happen to be in England how about these shepherd’s huts .  I wish I had one of these in my backyard, under a shady tree perhaps.

For some inspiring Christmas shopping ideas I am finding it hard to go past almost every earthy, raw piece at Pampa .  Then I remember I am not actually shopping for myself.  Oh well.

How about you?

Are your kids eating their greens or perhaps they are also shuffling?

Have you cooked anything delicious lately?

Happy Friday, friends x


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    November 16, 2018

    I’ve handed in another of my final uni assignments for the year and hope to be back into the garden this weekend and next. I still need to keep one eye on the study, but the garden is definitely calling and I can’t walk around it without pulling weeds and throwing them into piles. There are so many little piles all around and I had to pull saved seeds off beds and under cover before it rained yesterday evening. They were drying off nicely as they were, but a downpour would have made those little seed pods a sodden, mould-ridden mess.

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      Jane S

      December 7, 2018

      Happy gardening Kate!

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    Judith Cinerari

    November 16, 2018

    We picked our first strawberries yesterday. My granddaughter and I sit in the garden while she eats them and we talk. She is 3 so the subjects range far and wide! She also loves cooking with me. Some of my favourite moments are spent in the kitchen or garden with her.

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      Jane S

      December 7, 2018

      What gorgeous memories Judith. Thank you for sharing.

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    November 16, 2018

    It must be fun to watch the advert and pick our your scenes. Your bread looks delicious – such delicate and perfect patterning.
    It’s time for hearty stews and baked potatoes here though I rather wish I could go out and pick some quandongs – they sound fascinating.

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      Jane S

      December 7, 2018

      Thank you Anne, stay warm!

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    November 17, 2018

    Your pie and loaves look amazing! Such beautiful pics.
    From my kitchen Mulberry Jam! Picked from our tree (such simple pleasures) and will make a perfect gift to share with the relatives at Christmas. Speaking of Christmas how fun is the advert! What a special opportunity for you! I particularly loved, how shall I put it, the Santa dash from the outdoor dunny ha ha!

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      Jane S

      December 7, 2018

      Thank you Nat, the advert was fun, it feels like a whirlwind now.

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    November 18, 2018

    I have to say the bread looks very good. I consider myself a bread connoisseur (she laughs out loud at this outlandish claim ) and for me, like the proof of the pudding is in the eating – the proof of the bread is in the cutting…
    I’ve had a couple of surprising results when I’ve cut into bread recently, not quite what I was expecting, when I bought bread out of town bakery.
    The quandong tart is just lovely; the twisted pastry strips took me straight back to my mother’s style of cooking.
    No delicious food here in the Trash Palace kitchen, it’s all very basic these days.

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      Jane S

      December 7, 2018

      Thank you for calling in Alphie. Bread can be very variable, I agree!