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Winter Gardens, Winter Babies

It may be Winter here on our Queensland farm, but there is so much life and growth that in spite of the cold, it feels like Spring!

The gardens are now producing food that we can actually eat instead of just exclaim excitedly over: chicory, kale, alpine strawberries, and fresh herbs.

My kitchen garden is a sea of green seedlings as broad beans, celeriac, Hungarian peas, and Spanish onions push their way up through the soil.

After looking rather sad and parched during the Summer, the alyssum is flourishing and fragrant.

Late radishes are popping up and snow peas, purple-podded Dutch peas, and sugar snap peas are getting taller by the day. I think I may have gone a bit overboard in the pea department, but really, can you honestly ever have too many fresh peas?

The nasturtiums struggled through the summer too, but now their leaves are so big and hardy they look like lily pads!

And the hollyhocks continue to make me smile and remember my childhood in Canada. Aren’t they beauties?

Our most exciting additions started arriving yesterday: KIDS!!!

Mother McCree delivered twin girls yesterday and they’re achingly cute. This little one is the bravest so far, tottering about to inspect leaves and tree trunks and the neighboring geese.

Her big sister is happiest snoozing in a warm corner, occasionally getting up for a yawn and a feed.

And this sturdy little chap arrived this morning in a tangle of long legs with a white stripe on his tummy.

We are utterly smitten and keep looking for reasons to wander down and watch and cuddle them as they eat, sneeze, and totter around like jerky little puppets.

What happy things are in your life right now? xo

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Anna Johnston - So much cuteness (can you give one a cuddle for me…. please) and loveliness (a bunch of the blossom trees are fully flowering at the moment) happening in your world at the moment. Hope if you visit the Berra, you pop in for a cuppa tea at mine too. πŸ™‚

Maureen Shaw - Nothing better than babies!! You lucky woman. πŸ™‚ and yeah, I grew up in Maine. I know cold too. I’m cold enough.

budgetjan - Nasturtiums were my grandmother’s (the one who had a herd of milking goats), favourite flower and it makes me happy too. πŸ™‚

Rachel Friesen - The mere existence of a winter garden makes me want to pick up and move to Australia next November πŸ˜‰ Your new arrivals are gorgeous – the flora as well as the fauna πŸ™‚ Happy things this week included late-night sunsets, breath-taking cloudscapes, an extended sun shower, good visits, and the chance to hold a friend’s 16-hour-old babe.

Hotly Spiced - The baby goats are so cute. I would lose a lot of my day because I’d be down there admiring them, photographing them and patting them. So gorgeous. You certainly have a lot going on in your winter garden too – lots of colour xx

Nancy - Do the kids have names yet? They are adorable.

Vannessa@Luxuria - Wow Krista! What gorgeous images and congrats on your new babies. How cute are they?

Krista - Thank you, @wanderingsheila:disqus πŸ™‚ We had another set of twins arrive yesterday and they’re all doing well. πŸ™‚

Krista - I love the dew drops too, @GourmetGetaway:disqus πŸ™‚ They look so fresh and clean. πŸ™‚

Cathy - Your winter garden looks great Krista. And the new kids are so cute πŸ™‚

Gourmet Getaways - What adorable kids! Plus, I love the blooms, especially with the dew drops on the. Nice capture!

Krista - Thank you, GG! πŸ™‚ The kids are so gorgeous and hilarious – we love watching them. πŸ™‚

Glamorous Glutton - What a great tour around your garden and farm. The goats look wonderful and no doubt will give you much pleasure. GG

Krista - Aren’t they so gorgeous, @tandysinclair:disqus πŸ™‚ They’ve certainly brightened up our weekend. πŸ™‚

Tandy Sinclair - The kids are too cute. So glad your winter garden is feeding you so well πŸ™‚

Krista - Well, if I go to Canberra it will be to visit YOU, @lizposmyk:disqus πŸ™‚ The cold will not be a draw, I’m afraid. πŸ™‚ I think I got my fill living in Canada. πŸ™‚

Liz Posmyk - Looks delightful! If you want to feel the cold, come to Canberra! : )

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