Friday, March 8, 2013

true love

I so shouldn't be writing this blog post right now.

Farmer Bren has gone into town to take the girls to school and I promised him crates filled with freshly harvested beetroot upon his return.

But I just cannot help myself. Sometimes the words in my head are desperate to be typed and blogged and other times, like this morning, it's the pictures.

These pictures sum up my life so perfectly at the moment. It's autumn. We're picking tomatoes, apples, beetroot, carrots, sunflowers, onions, basil, peas, beans, lettuce, rocket, plums, grapes and pears.

My arms and legs are achy, my hair is flat from being under my sunhat, my uniform is denim overalls or jeans, a black work tee, a huge straw hat, my battered old work boots and I have so much dirt under my finger nails that I've given up on trying to get it out.

As much as I do miss my girlies while they are at school, I am loving the hours in the orchard or the market garden with my farmer boy. Alone. Without being interrupted. Like a working holiday. Bliss.

The cool rooms are filling up. My freezer is filling up. The girls' tummies are filling up. The bowls of fruit and veg on the counter waiting to be preserved for winter are filling up.

This is it! This is the time of year we've been waiting for. This is the part that makes sense of all those hours spent irrigating and fertilising and composting and mulching and weeding and worrying. This is the time of plenty and bounty and beauty.

I'm off to pick the beetroot.

We're off to Collingwood Children's Farm farmers' market in the morning to sell our delicious, certified organic autumn bounty.

We'll rest in winter.

So what are you up to this weekend?
What are you growing or planting or eating?
Are you coming to see us at market?
I hope so!
I hope you guys have the most wonderful, delicious weekend.



  1. Love this Kate, so much goodness, happy Friday x

  2. Beautiful photos Kate :) Hope the markets go well. Kx

  3. Life looks good, and pretty delicious! Have a great weekend at market, we're off to a garden wedding this weekend..x

  4. oh a love heart made from tomatoes! I love it...hope the market goes well xx

  5. Never have tomatoes looked so good, and I had no idea that autumn was the season where everything comes to fruition. Enjoy it all, the working holiday and the yummy bounty. mel x

  6. Thank goodness for your good farm work/life, we all benefit, you, me and the earth.
    I love love love tomatoes, esp the itty bitty red misshapen ones and if I can stand the heat this weekend I will make the semi drieds you shared with us. Otherwise its a long weekend of eating bruschetta

  7. I love this! I wish I had mountains of tomatoes... But my small garden only produced about 15 successful tomatoes this year. Hopefully one day I will have a bounty of garden veggies. One thing I do have a glut of is figs! So exciting. I love reading your blog:)
    X zannah

  8. Would love to be visiting you at the market to share in the amazing bounty...will have to content myself with lapping up your words and pictures
    Happy farming Kate

  9. lovely Kate, such a joy.
    I wish I could come and see you at the market!

  10. I so wish that New South Wales was closer to Collingwood ;) Thanks for sharing such great photos with us, Kate.

  11. Gorgeous photos! Everything looks scrummy over on your blog recently! I love popping by for a visit x

  12. i love that top picture so much! This weekend will not be filled with work which is nice. we have so plans and i cant wait!

  13. Oh oh oh!!! Your tomato hearts are so beautiful!

  14. Autumn is my favourite season, and we got a little hint of it today! Enjoy the market - if we weren't so far away, I'd love to come :-)

    Sarah x

  15. Love your place, your family, your blog.
    So far, but at the same time, so near.
    Big hugs from Spain!

  16. Lovely photos! Planting season is a couple of months away from us and you are really inspiring me about what to do with my garden this year, so thank you!

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  19. Oh gorgeous pics. Good luck at the markets. I have had chicks hatch and dinner with friends this weekend. Beautiful. and as always magical post xxx

  20. I wish I lived near you guys :) I would eat so yummy and healthy, all the time haha!

    Good luck on the market today!

  21. I wish I could visit you at the market. Oh yes oh yes.
    I'm laughing at Farmer Bren coming home and rolling his eyes because you hadn't quite got the crate filled up, but smiling and loving you and giving you a hug anyway.

    Today my sisters and the kidlets all came and hung out in our tiny little shack house. And the rain stayed away for long enough for us all the play at the creek. The kids made houses at the creek, using falling tree branches and bamboo leaves. And life was perfect for a short while.
    And we made biscuits and pastry for pie. And I fed my family - my sisters, my dad, my neice and nephews, my children and my husband. And we sat around the table and chatted. {and talked about this month being 10 years since my mama left us}.

    That was my Saturday. And tomorrow we will go to our local market, and I hope the woman who sells her homegrown produce is there, and we can chat. And we'll enjoy the deliciousness of someone elses' labour - and we'll be thankful.

    Happy weekend xxxx

  22. I don't often leave a comment here but I must let you know how much I adore your photographs. They are always so evocative that I feel almost transported to that moment in time. There - that sounds a bit odd now but I wanted to tell you! It sounds like you are going to be having a busy weekend - good luck x Jane

  23. It's funny to be at the other end of the spectrum, still buried under winter's snows my garden is still in the planning stage! I love those tomato hearts all the while imagining the wonderful taste released as one bites into the first tomato of the season! Something to look forward to :D Happy harvesting...
    Beth P

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  25. Beautiful! I love the oddities home grown, organic produce provides! Everything is allowed to be it's own unique shape, size and colour instead of the boring, same-same line of red rubber balls that call themselves tomatoes at the supermarket!

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