Sunday, 3 January 2016
Ringing in the New Year - 2016
So Brian spent precious time with his two sons. The eldest, having purchased his first home this year, hosted Brian to Christmas dinner at his home which was pretty special (and slightly unusual) by all accounts.
I love a road trip and enjoy the long drive while listening to ABC Radio and audio books from our local library. A thermos and packed lunch is always the order of the day so I can stop along the way in peaceful locations. It took ten hours to reach Winchelsea (between Colac and Geelong) where my sister Annie and husband Darren live on a few acres.
Annie has the most beautiful garden (pictured above) and I always come away inspired. Their conditions are a little different from ours in that they generally get some rain every week. Annie also has lots of water storage and some large dams to indulge her love of gardening.
Just one hour's drive away, the towns of Wye River, Separation Creek and Lorne were evacuated while a bush fire wreaked its havoc. We were on alert too as the wind whipped around outside. The next morning we learned that 116 homes had been destroyed, but no lives were lost thanks to the education, communications and clever planning of the Victorian people living in fire prone and dense bush land areas.
I want to make lots of tomato sauce and chutney but the apples are not ripe yet, so I have washed and packed them into bags and put into the freezer. As soon as I can start picking apples this house will be a hive of sauce and chutney making activity.
Lots of tomato puree will be bottled to keep us going for another year of cooking from scratch.
How to preserve tomatoes without expensive gadgets from a previous blog is still my preferred method.
Sometimes I think it's a pigs life, so pampered are they.
Happy New year to you all and I hope 2016 is full of peace and positivity in your life.
Oh and I wish for some cooler weather too..please!