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Latest Down the Red Dirt Road... · 23. October 2018
By the time we pulled into the driveway at home it had been springing for a good couple of weeks. Weeds to the knee, tall grass and all the late daffs blooming. Every single vegetable had bolted to seed. It was apparent that (...)

They work hard most days to provide us with eggs (everyone needs an RDO) but it's hard not to lose patience over the winter months. I hold up a big blue tinged egg that Zelda lays, she's easily our best layer, and gather the girls around. I show them the big egg, point at it and tell them...

It feels like only a ninny would say that Summer was too long, it was though, long, hot and very dry. It hung on for longer than usual. The dizzying heat has a cabin fever like effect on the human psyche. Staring at brown hills, watching

Latest Down the Red Dirt Road... · 01. January 2018
So hello 2018! It's here, we've all just rung it in, kissed and hugged everyone in reach at that exact moment, made the resolutions, filled out our planners, created our bucket lists, ate (all) the leftovers, as well as too many prawn crackers. Another year awaits us, but it's nice to have this lovely summer break first.There's a whole 364 days ahead of us to get things done! Yippee!

Latest Down the Red Dirt Road... · 27. December 2017
As the dust settles after the flurry of present giving and incessant pavlova making, and the turkey is (almost) all eaten, it's finally time to sit down and enjoy some quiet time here in the hills.

The rural farming town of Thorpdale has just held its second bi-annual "Thorpdale Potato Festival," a festival which began initially in 1977 and has been revived with great success by the community in 2015, which of course celebrates the humble potato. After a stormy morning, the skies cleared and the many many potato related events began. Thorpdale's festival is reminiscent of the proper traditional country show, with plenty of wholesome and fun activities for all ages, mostly spud related of...

Latest Down the Red Dirt Road... · 20. November 2016
On the weekend I was lucky enough to sample a simply stunning dessert, as part of the Prom Local Country Dish Competition. Jaci Hicken, from Jacican in Mirboo Nth created this for the competition using local produce and it will be available at her food studio for the rest of November. Jaci's food studio focuses on food, meals and produce from and in the Gippsland region, as well as holding high teas, private functions, and cooking classes for both adults and school aged children. We had a...

I really didn't think when I put in 2 very small "no dig" vegetable plots in our garden on the first weekend that we moved in, that in 5 years it would have grown to 13 veggie beds and now a greenhouse. Every few months i have (probably) annoyed the husband, asking "Can you put another one over in that corner?" or "You know what would go well over there?". Since its pretty apparent that I love growing food, when I came home from Ireland last year, there, it was, brand spanking new greenhouse...