Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Today I cut my first of three Camembert Cheeses...the penicillium mould structure had formed nicely, and when I unwrapped the cheese, I could see it was just starting to melt and mature inside. I cut this early, as I want to experience different ages of this cheese...My husband loved it, and his opinion of Camembert from the shops is, "It all tastes like dirt"......I have not made a cheese yet, that he has not liked.

Anyway, Lunch turned out to be rice biscuits, with my Camembert, my homecooked Silverside, my sundried tomatoes and mushroom.....and I couldn't resist putting a touch of greenery on them, some snap peas (not mine :( ).

Today we lived like Kings, me and mum. I couldn't wait to give tasters to everyone when they got home....Success all round. Everyone is happy with the Camembert.

It will be interesting to see how the next one tastes, as it is still in the cheese cave.

Camembert ready to be wrapped.

3 weeks after wrapping, held in cheese cave.

Lunch for two, me and mum!

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