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