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  • Welcome to rambling tart

    I'm so glad you're here! My name is Krista, though my friends call me George, Phryne, Luna, FaFa, or Poppit, so take your pick. :-) I'm a wood-burning artist, goat farmer, writer and photographer of all things food, travel, and lifestyle.

    Born in Canada, raised in the USA, and shaped by my European roots, I now live on a goat farm in Queensland, Australia with my husband Bear where I celebrate anything that leads to healing, thriving, and loving.

    I look forward to getting to know you and hope we get to visit often as we share good food, great conversation, and the little things that make each of our lives worth living. :-)

A Little of This, A Little of That

Good morning!! After being very sick for two weeks, I’ve been a busy beaver this week with a new writing job, Spring Cleaning and more visa paperwork.

Today I had grand plans of writing a post of a beautiful far-flung locale, but then got sick again (grrr) so today’s post will be an utter hodge-podge of bits and bobs. Consider yourself warned.;-)

I’ve been puttering in my garden, getting things ready for spring, and was so happy to see my sorrel bush return after the chooks ate it.:-)I can’t wait to see those big, green leaves again so I can turn them into scrumptious, lemony sorrel pesto. It is so good spread on sandwiches, tossed with pasta, or used as a dressing with perfectly ripe tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella.

I just received pictures of our two new puppies that we get to pick up next week.:-)Aren’t they darling? They are Maremma Sheepdogs and will be perfect babysitters and guards for our herd of Kalahari and Boer goats at our farm, Citadel Kalahari. I can’t wait to meet and name them.:-)

I also received news that two dear friends from the States are coming to visit me in January.:-)I’m so excited to see their dear selves and introduce them to my beloved Queensland, Australia.

Now that Spring is here, I’ve been going for walks each day, basking in the gloriously warm sunshine, happy to see my first tan of the season.:-)

I’ve been perusing local garden centers, excitedly choosing all sorts of herbs and veggies for my gardens: lavender, curry, borage, and thyme, tomatoes, strawberries, potatoes, and fennel.

I’m most happy about my new gooseberry plant (I’ve always wanted to grow gooseberries!) and the crab-apple tree that Bear surprised me with.  Whenever I think of crab-apples I think of Canada. It will be a little piece of my homeland in Australia.

With the days growing longer, my workday ends in plenty of time for me to really enjoy sunset. It’s always different and always gorgeous, giving me a deep sense of awe and peace.

What bits and bobs have been filling your days recently?




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  • Mlle Paradis

    Oh girlfriend, between the doggies and the sorrel and the gooseberry plant – I can’t stop myself…….I’m coming right over!

    I hope you’ll be feeling much better by the time I get there!

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      I would LOVE for you to come over, Paradis!! Any time, girl. :-) I hope I’ll feel better than too. Gosh. This flu is the devil. :-)

      • http://www.ulyssessrant.com/ Ulysses S. Rant

        I thought the flu days were over?

        • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

          Yeah…not so much. :-( This one really is evil, knocking people down left, right and center.

          • http://www.ulyssessrant.com/ Ulysses S. Rant

            Sorry to hear that, K. Get plenty of rest!

  • UlyssesSRant

    Those puppies are adorable, K!

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Thanks, T! I love them already. :-)

  • bellini

    So much to look forward to Krista!!!!!!

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      You are right, dear Val. :-) I’m feeling very grateful. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/Ayngelina Ayngelina

    Oh I love your garden, mine is just starting to die now, preparing for Autumn.

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Oh, I wish it were mine, Ayngelina, but it’s actually the one at the garden center. Mine isn’t that pretty…yet. :-)

  • thefisherlady

    I am so sorry you have not been well but I am blessed by the beauty and fun in this post. Your puppy will definitely help you feel better my friend. I love the last photo! Healing to you dear one; God bless you!

  • http://inspiringtravellers.com/ Andrea and John

    What gorgeous puppies!!!!! They are so darling…I’m excited to finally see the farm

  • http://twitter.com/Butterflydiary Charu Suri

    Those puppies are EVERYTHING! I’m a huge fan of puppies…I can’t wait to see more pictures of them, Krista! Take care of yourself. Everytime I catch the whiff of a cold I take Airborne and it disappears :)

  • Jeanne Horak

    OMG cute puppy alert!!! They are utterly adorable… Love that final sunset pic too! My days have been filled with the Olympics and paralympics for like the past 6 weeks – totally addicted and now have withdrawal symptoms :o)