While the Northern hemisphere gears up to welcome Spring, us folks Downunder are starting to think Autumn thoughts of russet leaves and warm spicy aromas coming from the kitchen. Well its still a month at least before it really starts to cool but planning ahead is half the fun.
This coming week i am planning on cleaning out the fridge/freezer and the pantry, scrubbing up my canning jars and pulling out the food dehydrator and lets not forget the slow cooker( the work horse of my kitchen), i use it several times a week since i started working outside the home and want to work it even harder (might have to buy an extra one).
I thinking of trying slow cooker jam, caramel, bread and self saucing puddings and jacket potatoes.
I m planning on dehydrating my vegetables and herbs and making up batches in canning jars as dry ingredients pre mixed for our favourite soups and stews, so i only have to open one jar and add meat and stock and go.
I can hardly wait to get started.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
|Local Gravenstein apples, crisp and juicy|
|beautiful fresh vegetables|
|The Fox Hunters Return ,Campbell Town|
|rear of building|
|side view and book shop in basement|
|back entry door|
|chess table closed|
|chess table open|
|beautiful stone stairs|
|our bed for the night|
|and of course we got room number five|
|leaving, boarding Spirit of Tasmania 11|
|Miss Maggie tried to stay behind|
|last view of Tasmania|
|Arriving in Melbourne and The Queen Mary 2 was docked beside us|
|We had a great time|
|Maybe our next holiday? I can dream !|
We stayed Saturday night at a Georgian Inn "The Fox Hunters Return" it had a book shop in the basement and our host were lovely.
The next day we travelled back to Shearwater/ Port Sorell for the last night and enjoyed another Raspberry sorbet!! Then is was up early Monday morning to sail home, it really was worth the money and time off work and school, we learned a lot and would love to go back real soon. For such a small place it is rich in history and natural beauty, the people are genuine and friendly and food is yummy.
Saturday, 22 February 2014
|The first view a convict would have seen of Port Arthur|
|Lucky for us the rain held off|
|The start of our Harbour cruise|
|Island of the dead|
|Convict Built Fireplace|
|Handmade bricks and Hand cut stone|
|Back view of prison|
|Beautiful Floor/ceiling beams|
|Inside a convict built fireplace|
|I love these|
|Commandants Vegetable patch|
|Foyer of Commandants House|
|Lunch, sweet potato and corn soup and damper|
|Put down the rabbit and nobody gets hurt !!!|
|Maggie and Daddy|
|Love the hand stitched buttonholes|
|Hand carved wooden shoes, cute heal|
|The Seperate Prison ( where speaking was forbidden)|
|Working cell/ broom making|
|Exercise Yards ?|
|The silent church|
|Outside view of prison|
|Medical officers home|
|walkway from main house to Kitchen/laundry|
|The Church Ruins|
|The stone was cut by boy convicts|
|Thats one big window|
|Rose petals on the ground, there had been a wedding earlier|
|The heart of the garden|
|Port Arthur was Amazing !! We spent 8 hours there and only saw just under half to find out more go to www.portarthur.org.au|