Wednesday, 2 August 2017
The spring blossom is well and truly out in Melbourne, but in colder Ballarat it's still mostly buds.
I'm walking down Sturt Street every work morning now, and yesterday I saw this lovely cherry tree dropping pink blossom over the footpath.
Friday, 5 May 2017
Canadian Creek May 2017
I've been pottering around Canadian Creek, just near Poverty Point trying to match up the mining settlements on the nineteenth century survey maps with what is here now. This spot was full of people and their mining gear and huts 150 years ago.
The land has been mined and lived on and covered with rubbish and cleaned up and now replanted with local trees and shrubs. They are growing well, as you can see when I stand Mr Pip against the last one on the right of this photo.
Saturday, 18 March 2017
This is the best custard tart in Ballarat, possibly in Victoria. Better than the Portuguese style in Journal cafe, better than Chinese Dan tarts. Rich, soft & flaky pastry. Sweet cool custard inside.
Plating Works makes these. They sell at the Lakeside Markets and in Wilsons - occasionally.
Custard tart, white nectarine, Queensland green tea. Perfect Autumn snack.
Saturday, 11 March 2017
I walked down through Victoria Park to see the annual begonia display in the Botanical Gardens by Lake Wendouree.
The luxury of the cool green grass in the gardens, when all the city is parched this late end of summer, was wonderful.
The conservatory was already full of people who love begonias.
I participated too, in the happiness of masses of wildly fluorescent, frilly and fleshy-petalled begonias.
Once begonia flowers were modest, tough little rainforest plants like these.
Now here they are, in their humid glasshouse, safe from the dry, alien summer of Ballarat. A triumph of a hundred years of gardening art.
Saturday, 4 March 2017
Saturday, 25 February 2017
This is the last of the plums. We've had good crops of cherry plums, green-gold greengages, and blood plums this summer. Blood plums, the last to ripen, are my favourite of all plums.
Mr Pip looked so hopeful
I shared it with him