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Wildflowers picked along the road near Cuq-Toulza, SW France.

#wildflowers#poppies#Frenchcountryside#vacation#offthefarm#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

In Montdragon, South -West France. I was In excited to find a local traditional pastry (purely by chance) Gimblettes are fairly dry, ring -shaped pastries/biscuits that are boiled before being baked in the oven. They are studded with pieces of candied citron and flavoured with orange blossom water. They are listed on the Slow Food Ark of Tastes. I always like to search out local, traditional baked goods.
#Montdragon#France#biscuit#SlowFood#regionbaking#woodfired#offthefarm#fairyglenfarm

Peugeot coffee grinder with Algerian teapot. The coffee grinder is probably from the 1930's. My son has a remarkable collection of old coffee grinders; some are extravagant works of art. I really like this simple red one.
#offthefarm#fairyglenfarm#France#familyvisit#kitchenalia#coffeegrinders#teapot

Just a last minute check.... The bridge feels solid and secure. The unevenness of the decking is due to the beams underneath being made from trees trunks, and not smooth, machined beams. Next summer we'll build the 'proper' bridge, suitable for vehicles but in the meantime this bridge is a MARVEL showing how much can be achieved in a few days with Jed's determination and the wonderful support of our friends, family and neighbours. France, here we come!
#bridge#friends#neighbours#support#hardwork#determination#ruralliving#bushcraft#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

Hooray! The cavalry is here with drills, winches, chains, drill drivers, tractor, strong arms and willingness to help! Thank you!
#friends#storm#flood#helpishere#@matcha_koji#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

We have a footbridge! Our wonderful friends rallied to our aid yesterday to build a bridge after our bridge was washed away during a flood on Thursday. We desperately needed the bridge so we could get to our sheep on the other side. (Later we'll build a vehicular bridge.) We were in a rush to get this bridge built because we're going to France on Wednesday to see family, and a friend will be farm -sitting so it had to be safe for him. So now we don't have to cancel our plane tickets after all and we get to see our grandchildren after an absence of two years!! 😁
They also cleaned up flood debris, brought water and took home our damp washing. (Our waterline is out and we had no power for a few days) Photos by Karen Drysdale.
#bridgebuilding#bushcarpentry#greatfriends#flood#thankyou#grateful#goingtofrance#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

Gingerbread for our friends who are helping us build a footbridge across our creek tomorrow. Our bridge was washed away during a 'Once- in- a- Hundred- Years- Storm' 2 days ago, which means we cannot get to the sheep on the other side to feed them. Our neighbours and friends quickly rallied to our aid to ensure that we can still leave for our trip to visit our family in France on Wednesday.
#farmcooking#gingerbread#friends#neighbours#homebaking#kitchenalia#vintage#storm#flood#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

When Nature is going crazy, when there is no water or electricity, and the farm bridge has been washed away, bake a cake! I'm lucky to have a woodstove and woodheater... (although I'm still bundled up in a few layers) The red lipstick and bright apron cheer me up on this scary, horrible day. We're lucky it wasn't worse.
#makecake#eatcake#flood#storm#comfortfood#cakeforneighbours#hardworkwashedaway#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

Our bridge has washed away and we can't get to the sheep 😕We've had 220mm of rain in 36 hours. Thunderstorms, snow, wind and torrential rain. The rocks in the creek are clashing like thunder. There is a smell of cordite in the air.
#flood#storm#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

Power outage! Probably caused by a tree falling across a powerline in this stormy weather. So far we've had a third of our annual rainfall in one day. At least we can still cook on our woodstove 😄 The house is cosy and warm, lit by candles, and heated by the woodheater. Mmm, I think a glass of wine might be nice... UPDATE; A COUPLE OF HOURS LATER; I'm getting worried now. The storm has been raging for hours and I can hear boulders clashing against each other as they roll down the creek. It has even snowed! The power is still off, the road is blocked by fallen trees... it's going to be a long night!
i#poweroutage#storm#gezellig#cookingwithwood#Rayburn#woodheater#autumweather#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

Tomatillos! I've never had them before so it's exciting to search for interesting recipes. So far the tomatillo shakshuka served with smoked paprika soca is the forerunner. My doctor gave them to me as she was tired of making salsa from her very generous crop! 😀 It's lovely to get this bonus along with a script! (We usually spend a good deal of the consultation talking about gardening and cooking!) #tomatillos#fruit#shakshuka#foodadventure#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

The shed my husband built (with the help of @tomparks1948 and @fhiemstra2018) from timber milled on our farm. Jed split the shingles with handtools, the traditional way. An old bushman showed him how to split shingles.
#rustic#timber#shingles#gardenshed#woodcraft#selfsufficiency#traditionalskill#bushcraft#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

Finally back in the studio! ('studio" sounds a bit grand for the spare room 😁)It feels good to be painting again after a sad month.
#acrylicpainting#portrait#paintingagain#lifegoeson#beginner#impressionist#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

The days are getting shorter, the leaves are turning and the flower garden has gone to sleep... #autumn#shortdays#autumncolour#fairyglenfarm#farmcottage#cottagegarden#Tasmania

Prepping the veggies for baking; oca, Dutch Cream potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, garlic, shallots, Meyer lemon, rosemary, and lemonthyme. All freshly harvested from our garden.
#organicgardening#vegetables#oca#Jerusalemartichokes#homegrown#healthyeating#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

'Ladies, I'm ready for you!' Horny, the ram, lives up to his name! The April/May shearing coincides with the ewes coming into heat so lots of 'naked' sheepy shenanigans going on! 😀
#sheep#shearing#shenanigans#farmlife#reallife#Elliottdales#carpetwool#wemilkthem#rawmilkcheese#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

In the shearing shed today. Our sheep are shorn twice a year because they are carpetwool sheep and their fleeces grow very fast. A professional shearer does it quickly and efficiently, while we take the dags out, sort and bag the wool. The wool is quite coarse with very little crimp and isn't suitable for knitting but it is wonderful for rugs. I spin and dye the wool.
#shearingday#sheep#carpetwoolsheep#elliotdalesheep#rugmaking#handcraft#spinning#traditionalcraft#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

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