Three of my favourite handmade items - a stunning hand carved kuksa from @alex_yerks for drinking my jun, kefir and tonics from as well as the occasional coffee; my beautiful @akubra_australia squatter hat which keeps my head cool in summer and warm in winter; and finally my latest acquisition an amazingly beautiful handmade felt bag from @halmaiedina that holds my glasses, wallet and odds and sods. Keeping ancient skills alive by purchasing from the makers and paying for what they are worth. _ #ancientskills #handmade #everydayhandmade #beautifulfunction #felt #kuksa #hat
Wandering in the garden this morning and I’ve checked my quinces in the @shipwrightscottage food forest. Autumn is here although we are in one of those summer won’t go weeks at the moment. So now what to do with my crop. I already have 10 bottles of poached quinces so I’m thinking jam and definitely some quince vodka inspired by a post by @mark_diacono at Otter Farm _ #permaculture #foodforest #freopermies #quinces #quinceheaven #myhousesmellsamazing #likequinces #preserved #bottledfruit #quincevodka
I do love my suns @shipwrightscottage. Hope you’ve all had a lovely day. I’ve been preserving peaches, plums and oranges today from @growersgreenfarmersmarket _ #sunsofshipwrightscottage #sundayafternoon #talaverasun #talavera #infreo #freolife #wallsculpture
Nannup bundles waiting on a log for their owners to come collect them last Sunday @nannupmusicfestival
Nannup music festival hand stitched pendant. Using a broken neck ring as the base. Hand stitched using eco dyed up cycled fabric and hand made felt all made @shipwrightscottage
Amazing patterns and colours from the dye pot. The 10 year old who wrapped her bundle is very happy
Dye pot bundles are being in wrapped. Much to everyone’s excitement. who can resist a eucalyptus dye bath
Amazing mandala art at the Nannup Music Festival in the Arboretum
Big red pot doing overtime duty holding 40 festival goers fabric bundles. Big red is currently cooling down and after a night of steeping said bundles will be collected
Dyepot filled with bundles simmering
Dye pot simmering waiting for festival goers to wrap their bundles with silk and Nannup leaves
So half the quinces are done thanks to the peeling and chopping skills of Mikey. The house smell lovely yesterday. The other half will be done tonight. Then onto the figs. My quinces in the food forest aren’t quite ready yet. The will be destined for paste, jelly and fruit leather.
Bevvy of bottling jars waiting to be warmed up. The fowlers vacola unit will be running all this week bottling quinces, plums, pears, apples and figs with @shipwrightscottage honey 🍯
This afternoon I’ve been bottling plums and pears. They are super cheap at the @growersgreenfarmersmarket. This is part of Permaculture Principle 2 - Catch and Store Energy or make hay while the sun shines. The bottled plums and pears will be stored with its brothers and sisters in the pantry (aka garage). I’ve got 5 kilos of quinces from a friends garden to bottle tomorrow. In return she gets some of the bottled fruit. Indeed yesterday she went home with a bottle of spiced red wine pears from last season. https://permacultureprinciples.com/principles/_2/
Early morning in the garden @shipwrightscottage. The mild weather here in Fremantle has meant that the garden is thriving. Looking forward to harvesting some arrowroot tubers and using the leaves to wrap the food parcels before putting in the BBQ. The parcels will also include shredded arrowroot leaves, sweet potato tubers and leaves and chilli. Yum, all mixed with kaffir lime leaves sir galangal and ginger too. All from the garden. Food forests rock
Sunken garden @shipwrightscottage it’s a 2 year old PermaBlitz project that now has 48 edible and medicinal plants that also help the three apples, crab apple, peach trees and raspberry canes too. The shrub layer includes five varieties of chillies 🌶, rosemary, lavender, pepinos. The herbaceous layer includes mints, sorrel, lands cress, sage, rue, perennial nettle, sweet potato (three varieties), tansy, sweet rocket, wild rocket, rocket, chicory three types), yarrow, artichokes, strawberries (wild and cultivated), foxgloves, rugosa rose, marjoram, oregano, tansy, silverbeet, Chinese chives, perennial basil, fennel, betel leaf, blue pea flower. The tuber layer includes turmeric and ginger. The mycelium layer includes king straphoria. The climbers include grapes and dragon fruit. All growing in a 6 m by 6 m area that has seats and a fire pit and paths.