Category Archives: Tasmania

More on the 26th January

Thanks to a blog reader, Anne, I have been reminded that January 26th officially marks the 1788 landing of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove and the raising of the Union Jack flag by Arthur Phillip following days of exploration … Continue reading

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Thursday 26 January

Normally we would volunteer today in the Food Garden at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens but, because Australia has a gazetted public holiday, this month we could give it a miss or choose another day of the week. For some, … Continue reading

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Shallots and Garlic

The diversity of tasks offered to a gardener, makes gardening perpetually rich and enjoyable. Planting, pruning and harvesting are the three main categories of tasks but, for each, a plethora of mini tasks make up the whole. Last Thursday in … Continue reading

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Pickling walnuts stages 2 and 3

Nine days ago I pierced and soaked green walnuts in a brine solution, stirred them occasionally, and watched a slight fermentation process underway each day. On the fourth day I changed the brine solution because it looked foul. I am … Continue reading

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Orford Conservation Area and Bird Sanctuary

Heading southwards along Raspins Beach I found a series of notice boards that alerted me to the area beyond as the Orford Bird Sanctuary. Fenced along the away was a breeding sanctuary: of course, birds don’t read signs so humans … Continue reading

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Raspins Beach

Last February I travelled along the east coast highway and marvelled at the number of Tasmanian beaches that surprised me, seemingly around every corner. Typically, there was never a soul in sight on these beaches. A luxury which Tasmania often … Continue reading

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Homage to Piet Mondrian

For those who don’t know the name, you may recognise a signature look. Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) was an influential Dutch painter and art theorist especially with his work of the 1920s and 1930s. Excerpts of examples of his work follow. … Continue reading

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New plant signage at the Botanical Gardens

Last Thursday, while at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, I was prepared to scrub the cut offs of metal slatted Venetian blinds on which we had written the name of vegetables. They needed to be cleaned for reuse. We use … Continue reading

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Normality in the Food Garden

Think Thursday. Think volunteers. Think plants. Think harvests. Think weeding. Think Food Garden of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Nothing could be more normal than our wonderfully committed voluntary team who plunge their hands into the soil, dig holes, nestle … Continue reading

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To pickle walnuts

Our Tasmanian climate is perfect for many nuts and grand trees. Around this time one year ago, a friend gifted me a couple of handfuls of green walnuts and I pickled them successfully but kept no record of how I … Continue reading

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