Loving…eating, cosmos and ridiculous carrots



Knowing how to ferment food that’s good for my gut bacteria, good for my taste buds and good for my over all health.


The cosmos flowers that have popped up all over my backyard. Patches of colour that brighten up, well, pretty much everything.


Ridiculous looking purple carrots that remind you…to keep it real.


What are you loving at the moment?

[“Often life’s pleasures pass us by simply because we don’t take a moment to focus on them… Make a point of noticing everyday something that uplifts your spirit or tickles your heart… Stop to breathe in the joy of this moment and then tell someone about it. Share your joy and revel in it. When your joy is savoured, and then shared, it is magnified…” ROBIN GRILLE]



17 thoughts on “Loving…eating, cosmos and ridiculous carrots

  1. My thoughts exactly about life’s little pleasures Brydie – and they are the things I most feel like writing about at the moment. Your photographs are a joy – just in case nobody has told you that today 🙂


  2. Its finally dry enough to get our fridge wickers into some semblance of a “row” and we have started turning our back yard into a fridge wicking empire. I am going to use Sanctuary as a fruit empire as well. I don’t want to waste it’s fully netted off potential so will be putting in rows of espalier fruit trees and lots of fruiting shrubs, flowers etc. as well as instituting some herb spirals (for lizards) and small ponds (for frogs). It’s suddenly turned into “SPRING!” here in Tasmania and we are racing to make the most of it. I love everything about this post. Hopefully we will be able to grow some demented carrots ourselves in the future in our extremely water wise wicking fridges 🙂


      • Once you remove all of the peripherals from the fridges (including the doors) you are left with basically a large, insulated rectangle that after a bit of fandangling (for “fandangling” read silicone and sleeves rolled up) becomes a watertight wicking bed. They aren’t very heavy by that stage unless you are lucky enough to get the old fashioned fridges that are a lot heavier than their modern counterparts (most probably have some actual metal in them 😉 ). We bought one of those cheap trolleys that you can slip under things and that give you a lot more maneuverability and we certainly need it on our bumpy and rocky ground. We planted out some mixed lettuce yesterday and have even bought a small herb punnet of lemon grass. For the invasives, like mint, we just put them into the freezer section of the fridges so that they can grow happily without invading Poland. The blueberries that were our experiment into whether or not plants would like a wicking bed were dug up (possum and wallaby stripped of leaves and looking almost dead), heavily pruned, and resituated into 2 wicking beds. Despite their advanced age (over 30!) they are putting on new leaves in droves and are actually sending up new side shoots they are that happy. The whole process has been very easy to implement and although it may not be what people think conventionally of as “water wicking” (we use logs and sticks in the base and we don’t cover them with geotextile at all and just cover it all with a deep layer of soil and only have an inspection pipe vertically shoved into the beds on one end of the fridge wickers) they appear to be going great guns. I know that the worms are happy in there as I was tunneling into the damp soil to plant out the lettuces yesterday and there were worms all over the place. I am quite excited about this new way of doing things, especially as it now appears winter has decided to bugger off and we might just be going to get a bit of dry, sunny weather now. I am just about to post another post with our larger line of fridge wickers and how we are doing it all. Stay tuned 🙂


  3. Loving your thoughts, and those beautiful photos. Darcy pulled up a carrot in our chook run on the weekend that had resprouted from a carrot top I had thrown away (greens all still attached to about a centimetre of the carrot). He has replanted it in the veggie patch and I am very interested to see what crazy shape emerges. Perhaps a little hoeing might be in order? xx


    • So annoying about the carrots. I thought it was ticking all the carrotty boxes…sandy, not so great soil, wicking bed to draw the carrot down, good looking tops and underneath?….well. Not prize winners are they 🙂
      Hope Darcy pulls a winning carrot soon. xx


  4. If it tastes good then it doesn’t matter what it looks like, so that bounty of carrots you have there looks like great success!

    I’m loving watching all the tiny insects enjoying my garden which has finally reached some sort of balance after two years of work!


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