Mid Winter memories


Our most lovely and excellent chefesse with one of her magnificent creations – all Milkwood’s own

Being a citizen of both hemispheres this post has two purposes : to inspire my family and friends up there in the world (for whom summer is just beginning … we hope – may you be blessed with a Milkwood Bounty this year); and for my antipodean friends and colleagues, as we venture out into frosty mornings to remind us of warmer days and copious crops.

The pictures that follow are chosen for their beautiful compositions (thank you Rose, accomplished photographer and magnificent chefesse) and for the beauty of their fruits and presenters !  Remembering also that this harvest was the fruit of many labours, a big thank you and hello to all our staff, interns and woofers wherever you are in the world. Milkwood misses you, your energy and wonderfulness. Winter days are quiet here. But hey-ho – this is the natural rhythm of the world. Winter is a the time for rest … if only our city brethren remembered this eh ?

On with the show – Remember ! Be inspired ! Enjoy !

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Remember the spring onion madness ? Beetroots came up big too…… but nothing like the Red Pear tomato – this was the biggest we had @ 900gms

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Ooer, missus – that’s a big one you’ve got ! … and … my, wot a lot I’ve got !

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Leaves, flowers and fruits – spaghetti squash, eggplant and tomato

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Sweet peppers (capsicum) and tomatoes, cucumber, zuchini flowers

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Paul with salad ; Sophie with more salad and tomatoes

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Just some of over 200 bottles of preserves made by Rose – that’s over 200 Litres of goodness for the winter and early spring

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Pictures here by Rose – just for the loveliness of them

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Beetroot and St Pierre tomato

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Baby red onion and cucumber

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Eggplant (Prosperosa) and Capsicum

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Garlic and Tomato (Olomovic)


Well folks, that’s all for now….. happy memories eh ? May all your carrots grow long and straight, and your tomatoes blush red. And for those of us in the chilly mid-winter – keep warm and dream of summer days to come.


1 Comment

Filed under Harvesting, Stephen Couling

One response to “Mid Winter memories

  1. Sheena

    Dear Stephen,

    beautiful photos! Look at the gorgeous colours! so what is happening in the garden now? is it lying fallow under heaped-up straw or is there a winter crop? I hate to think how cold it is where you are – in Brisbane our days are sometimes under twenty and our nights half-way to Ipswich are around 3, I am sure you are not anywhere near those temperatures!

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