I saw this for the first time last night! Green glowing waves caused by bioluminescent plankton in the water. After dinner last night we went down to the beach to sit in the dunes and look at the stars because, you know, ROMANCE, and the waves were glowing green. It wasn’t as bright as these pictures but it was so cool and beautiful.
— Nayyirah Waheed
- Homemade whole wheat bread & sugar snap peas from the garden.
- These unassuming little twigs are rhizomes, which hopefully will produce cascade hops this summer. Homegrown hops for some next level homebrew.
- Homegrown parsley for koftas, and spring seed starting.
- What is nicer than our pillows together. What is nicer than his warm neck that smells like cedar in the dark. What is nicer than our pillows together.
- Look at this sweet baby. The sweetest babiest baby.
- Bottling kombucha. A few spoonfuls of organic cherry juice for flavouring.
- Hiking with friends to a secret beach near our house accessible only by the hiking trail. Perfect picnic. Until we spotted a python in the tree behind us.
Baby beets from the garden for lunch. A raw beet salad using the roots and leaves, feta, orange segments, toasted sunflower seeds and walnuts, orange dressing.
Sooo many good recipes on the SBS Feast site.
Because his father abused him, and he told me about it in the smallest, smallest voice in the dark at night. And I imagined that tiny, scared boy. I imagined his small, frightened face and sandy hair and tiny hands. And I felt so sad for him. And here he was doing it to me, and women before me, and he didn’t realise. He couldn’t put those two things together. How sad is that? Please, please, let there be a way to go back and find the tiny, scared boy and love him and protect him. I left and came back and left and came back and then left.
The Australian native blue fairy wren, whose proper name is “superb fairy wren”, because obviously.
thegirlwithcrayons said: Hi there! You have a lovely blog! I've only just moved to Sydney and my boyfriend and I are just in the planning stages of our soon to be native/veggie garden. We hope to attract/create habitat for small native birds and are really interested in native bees too! You're garden is beautiful. Do you have any tips?
Hello! Hmmm - I think all the stuff I know, you probably know too?
Native bees like purple and blue flowers - so lavender, borage, eggplant flowers, rosemary flowers etc. If they can’t get purple, they’ll also go for white and yellow. They LOVE basil flowers and tomato flowers. And building a little bee house won’t hurt.
Attracting small native birds like blue fairy wrens (my favourite, because how can they not be? They are literally the most adorable creatures on the planet) can be hard in an urban yard (it looks like you’re in the inner west?) I love them soooo much, I wish I could get them to visit. We get a lot of birds but nearly all are medium sized or larger predatory birds. The thing is they really need a dense, protective sort of scrub area that’s low to the ground, and it can be hard if you’re short on space to create the kind of habitat they like. They’re going to look for a large patch of wild-ish, dense bush where they can hide and be protected from larger birds and predators. And large doesn’t have to mean your whole garden, but they need a few bushes together, in a clump. They live low to the ground, so maybe choose natives that grow to around your height? They also tend not to like “manicured” spaces so let it go a bit wild. That’s generally what they like, but then I’ve seen them living on University of Sydney grounds in these super manicured tennis court hedges, so who knows.
But it looks like you’ve got heaps of good native seedlings and you probably already know all of this. Hurrah for wee little birds and bees!
So much good stuff in the garden at the moment. Early morning broccolini, carrot thinnings, and a climbing tower of sugar snap & snow peas.
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