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Juniper Cottage

Dreaming of the simple life...

Who am I?

Domestic goddess or housework tragic?  It depends very much on the day and the point of view.
 
But after attempting to come to terms with the happenings in the world around us today, I decided just to concentrate on what is really important. 
 
In the kitchen, in the garden, in the stillroom – come on a journey with me.
 

Why I Do What I Do

Why not!
 
I started off writing a nice blog about cooking and gardening.  But I discovered that it was deeper than that.
 
I am deeply concerned about the food chain, modern lifestyles, lifestyle collapse, lifestyle resilience, sustainability…..are you getting where this is coming from?
 
And when you’re old and no longer cute, you begin to feel like your opinions should have an airing and that you’ve seen enough of life to form a valid opinion for airing.
Roses and Lavender

Roses and Lavender

Just because..... Its pretty and smells nice and makes me happy.  These are the reasons that we live where we do and live how we do.  Just because.

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Winter potatoes

Winter potatoes

Well, here we go again - the seasons have come around but this year we had a wet winter.  Not flooding but consistently moist.  And it appears that we planted potatoes in April and totally forgot...

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Put the kettle on love…

Put the kettle on love…

Andrew, put the kettle on love..........I have always told my children that NO MATTER what happens, your first action should always be to put the kettle on.  Boyfriend left?  Dog died?  Just...

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Onions is onions

Onions is onions

To know one's onions.  As sure as eggs are eggs.  Two fabulous and interchangeable sayings that are probably unique to the English language. But is any meal complete without onions?  I have to...

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Rosellas, obviously not feathered

Rosellas, obviously not feathered

For all the Victorians out there, rosellas grow on a bush. For all the hipsters out there, you know when you go to a very special cocktail bar and they offer you "wild hibiscus in syrup" with your champagne...

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Snake Bypass

Snake Bypass

Its been a bit quiet at the ranch while we struggle with the monsoon season. Not that it is bringing any downpours. This time last year, the river was in flood and I could quietly and dishonestly tell work that I was flooded in and have a day at home. Of course, hubby was actually flooded in to work. Imagine having to sleep at work. But me and pets were snugly enjoying wet season 2015.

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The Decade of Olives

The Decade of Olives

I have a horror of nurturing fruit trees that don't overwhelm me with abundance.  I expect to drown in peaches or wade through citrus as the seasons go. So when hubby planted the olives, I expected great...

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Autumn in Oz

Autumn in Oz

Not quite autumn yet.....actually we've only had the occasional relief from the wet season humidity and heat which they say gets worse every year.  But pumpkins are so quintessentially autumn in the USA...

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Finger Lickin’ Lemony Goodness

Finger Lickin’ Lemony Goodness

At the bottom you will see the finger limes.  They are the newest thing (almost) in haute cuisine and an oz native.  Inside them are tiny beads of citrusy taste.  Like the microbeads that they...

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