Some Saturday’s you want to just relax and keep it low key and not venture far from the homestead, and with spring in gorgeous full bloom – who would want to! So I took the bike out for a test ride around the property to make sure its ready to go for a longer trip we have planned in the coming weeks.We are very eager to explore a bit more of the region by bike with the wonderful Murray to Mountains Rail Trail bike path so close at hand, however, currently its magpie swooping season so we have to wait. The wind was blowing the ornamental pear petals onto the driveway like spring confetti and its times like these I have to pinch myself to believe this is our driveway. Such a difference from the capital cities we both grew up in.
After I had my fun we decided to have a picnic on the lawn under the shady ash tree, sometimes its nice celebrating where you are, there’s privacy and since I have a tendency to nearly always forget something crucial when I pack a picnic – at least I can simply run inside to get another plate or more ice-cubes.
We dug into some of the treats we bought at the spring producers market the other week and really loved the fig salami by Homemade by Annie, filled with figs, kahlua, irish cream & other delicious things which went great along with the Ash Brie, & the pork rillettes and duck pate were as tasty as we remembered. I also made sure to purchase some strawberries, as not only are they the perfect picnic food, with all the producers have been through lately I think its very important to support them as much as we can.
We also finished off some Pagan Cider we had purchased on our recent Tasmanian holiday and enjoyed, rather demolished, the many other picnic goodies. Then we just laid back and talked and brainstormed new ideas for the garden, and all the things we would like to do like install some rainwater tanks and have some solar panels, as trying to make little haven more self sufficient and minimise our resource footprint is important to both of us. Finally when we ran out of food, cider & talked through as much planning as we could in one sitting it was time to clean up and move onto other things around little haven.
Overall it was the perfect lazy afternoon and with beautiful weather, each other for company and delicious food why venture far from home? Hope wherever you are that you’re also taking time to enjoy spring and spending some time outside.
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Making the choice to move to the country is a lot about community. In the city, surrounded by all those people it was so easy to feel alone and go days without seeing familiar faces, yet when you move out to a small town you realise that is now a thing of the past. Which let’s be honest can be both a good and a bad thing.
Yet last weekend was an example of it being a very good thing. The Milawa Spring Producers Market was on, and for a small town of 200 hundred or so residents we were not sure what to expect. Delighted we found the community had turned out in force with numerous stalls that were selling a variety of goods from homemade soaps & salts, seedlings, eggs, local organic meats, freshly baked bread from Milawa Bakery & of course the famous Milawa Cheese.
Naturally as soon as we arrived we bumped into family and continued to bump into people we knew. From our neighbour that runs the bakery, and bought seedlings off a a previous colleague that had accomplished great things with her bio dynamic farm. We also were enticed to sample some exquisite duck pate and pork rillettes by the charming french Michel Renox, who asked which one we would like to purchase and naturally the answer was – both!
We also stopped at the Cottonwood Organics Stall where there were tomato seedlings that had been grown from seeds the owners had collected during their trip to France, that I naturally purchased as well as two organic compost bags, with additional calcium & phosphate thrown in. I made a mental note to visit their roadside farm stall soon, which is also a few minutes drive away, for more seedlings.
We spent some time in the sunshine chatting to family, before heading back home our hands both filled with our wonderful locally sourced goods that we knew we would put to great use. We realise how fortunate we are to have a gourmet food region literally on our doorstep and it really was a perfect way to spend a Sunday morning. As for the rest of the day? Spent soaking up the sun off course!