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MOST RECENT

Matcha sponge cake, topped with matcha chocolate and served with a warm matcha cream at Devon in Sydney. Delicious! @minka_gillian and fortified ourselves with cake and coffee before attending the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair.
#eatcake#matchacake#Sydneyeats#artfair#fairyglenfarm#countrymouseincity#notintasmania

Spring! It comes late in the hills but finally it has arrived!
#snowflakeflowers#sheepbooks#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

Caught on candid camera in my finest farm gear! 😀 We're finally able to start clearing and burning the stuff that washed down both creeks during the May flood. Logs, large branches and lots of fine vegetable matter have left a 'tide mark' in the paddocks tracing the extent of the flooding. Creek banks have eroded, trees washed away, fencing and gates lie in tangled heaps downstream. It's going to take time...
#flood#forceofnature#powerofwater#farminglife#Fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

The surviving twin is doing well. His mum, Kath, thinks that 'bottle is best' so we've been milking her and then bottlefeeding the lamb. However Jed has been patiently helping Kath get used to feeding her lamb and slowly, slowly it seems to be working. She's very protective of her lamb so once feeding is established they'll be able to rejoin the flock as we're confident she'll look after him.
#lambing#lambinghasstarted#lambingproblems#feedinglambs#farmingsheep#farminglife#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

Simple pleasures; seeing a shaft of morning sunlight on a bowl of lemons and noticing that the colour is echoed in the painting.
#morningsun#quietsunday#@ridgelinepottery#acrylicpainting #fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

The busy season has started! Twins lambs were born during the night but this little girl was cold and dirty and alone. The other bigger lamb was with the mum... our sheep don't manage twins very well... perhaps they can't count! Jed milked mum Kath and we fed this little one colostrum. She drank quite well, which is relief, because the sucking reflex diminishes within a few hours after birth. I'm carrying her around wrapped in a towel in a baby sling with a heatpack wrapped in plastic tucked in with her to keep her warm. Fingers crossed!!!
Guess I'm not doing the Spring cleaning after all today! 😀
UPDATE:
Sadly the little lamb died this morning. Her big brother is doing well. Realistically I knew that her chance of survival was small, (she was tiny, cold, wet and abandoned when found) however as she drank well at the beginning we had started hoping she would be the exception, but by the evening she had become weaker and less interested in drinking and as I had feared, pneumonia had set in. Although we know that the survival rate of tiny lambs like these is minimal, it never becomes easier when they die.
#lambing#Elliottdales#raisinglambs#bottlefeeding#cutelamb#newborn lamb#babyanimal#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

It's a busy morning in the kitchen; birchsap for syrup is boiling on the stove, and a batch of Grapefruit & Lemon Marmalade (flavoured with vanilla bean and cardamon pods) is ready for labelling. The half jar of birchsap on the table is the result of days of boiling sap... about 60 litres so far! The yield is only a tiny 1% - 2%, so it is a precious liquid indeed!
#farmhousekitchen#busykitchen#marmalade#grapefruit#lemons#birchsap#birchsyrup#organic#homemade#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

A hasty photo of the last remaining canalés I made using the lovely copper molds I bought in France. We gobbled the others before I remembered to take a photo 😁 They tasted exactly like the ones we enjoyed in France and had the desirable crispy crust and custardy interior. I made them the traditional way using beeswax to grease the tins; NEVER AGAIN!!! The wax got onto everything and is difficult to clean up. My silicon pastry brush will never be the same. Next time I'll just use butter. 😀
#homebaking#Frenchpastries#canalés#beeswax#coppermolds#holidaymemories#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

Ice on the birch sap! We left the sap collecting buckets hanging in the tree overnight.... #birchsap#birchsyrup#spring#harvest#birchtrees#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

Just a few spoons and rolling pins.... This photo also shows how much the floor in our old farm kitchen slopes! It's wonderful for kids playing with balls... not so wonderful when an orphaned lamb pees at one end of the kitchen and the urine makes a yellow river the length of the kitchen! Our house is 'rustic' one could say 😁Each family that lived here added bits and none were builders, so nothing is level or square. The pumpkin print is a favourite of ours done by our artist daughter @minka_gillian when she was still at school. Have a look at the gorgeous work she does now!
#kitchenalia#kitchenstuff#oldcottage#crookedcottage#vintageware#loveoldstuff#homely#gezellig#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

Birch Beer Soda Bread.
We were out of bread so I had some creative fun making a quick loaf with ingredients from the pantry and fridge. I started with self-raising white flour, scraped the leftover fruity breakfast oat porridge into it and then added birch beer and a handful of grated cheddar until a soft dough was formed. It was then baked it in the woodburning Rayburn stove. It was surprisingly chewy like a good yeasted loaf (Soda bread often has a cakey texture) and the beer taste came through pleasantly. The cheese provided a subtle background savoury note. We enjoyed it with a delicious Grapefruit &Vanilla marmalade a friend made.
#sodabread#birchbeer#quickbread#homebaking#makingdo#creativebaking#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

Jed taking a break from slashing bracken. He works so hard and never complains. I'm so lucky!
#farmwork#neverending#hardworker#sunnyday#almostspring#afternoontea#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

Lambing starts soon! Last year lambing started at the beginning of August which is the coldest, snowiest month of winter here. We were surprised because previously lambing always started in September but it seems that the young replacement ram was more vigorous than the old boy! This year we kept him away from the ladies for a couple of months to prevent such early lambing and it was successful; all the ewes are pregnant and haven't lambed yet. A busy time coming up!
#lambing#carpetwoolsheep#wemilkthem#springlamb#cutelambs#organicfarming#rawmilkcheese#fairyglenfarm

A cheerful painting to beat the blues.
Acrylic on canvas 75 - 60 cm
#acrylic#stilllife#happyart#happypainter#bantheblues#banishtheblackdog#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

I made a batch of @kathyreis67 Chewy Oatmeal Cookies after seeing her post: except I substituted butter for the Crisco, regular rolled oats for the quick - cooking oats, pistachios for the walnuts, currants for the raisins and also added a teaspoon of fennel seeds! But they're still Kathy's cookies! 😀 Thank you @kathyreis67 In spite of the substitutions they're delicious 😋 My excuse was that I was desperate to make a treat to have with our morning coffee and we live too far from a shop for me to just dash out to buy the ingredients.
#chewycookies#substitutions#makingdo#homebaking#treats#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

Time to toss out the dried hydrangeas now that Spring is nearly here! I like to have willow branches in a vase and watch the development of the tender green leaves as the season progresses. (I would love to have daffodils and jonquils in the house but ' achoo'! 😪) The colour - coordination was a happy accident! 😀
#spring#willows#newgrowth#newhope#newlife#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

Spring is finally here! It arrives late in the hills but the daffodils are nearly out and the sap is rising in the birches; time to collect birch sap! I boil the sap on the woodstove to make birch syrup to enjoy on our morning porridge. We still have birch beer left over from last year so won't need to brew any this Spring.... although we'd better taste it to make sure it is still ok 😁
#foraging#birchsap#birchsyrup#spring#birchbeer#fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

My favourite Dutch pewter jug. I collect pewter as souvenirs when I'm visiting family in France and the Netherlands.It's fun searching through op shops and markets for pieces that won't strain my luggage allowance. Pewter isn't all that common here (silverplate was always more popular in Australia ) so I was thrilled to receive this elegant jug from a friend.Thank you @wild_bruny! I love the red rattan wrapping on the handle.
Acrylic on canvas, 60cm x 50cm

#pewter#Dutchpewter#pewterjug#collector#kitchenalia#nevertoomuchpewter#acrylic#stilllife#painting #art #fairyglenfarm#Tasmania

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