December 1 2016

I have been absent more than I have been here this last 12months and I apologize for that – but for the last 18 months my mother has been ill on an off.  She passed away on the 1st December 2016 at the age of 96.  She would have been 97 in January.  The 6 weeks in hospital before she …

Spring is coming!

Winter is definitely not my favorite time of the year so I was excited to find daffodils flowering this week and our claret ash is starting to show signs of life with little green buds just starting to show.  Blossom is also popping up in unexpected places along the roadside, birds are cavorting and the days are getting longer.  What’s …

Pumpkin Soup

Here in South Australia we are experiencing the cool, but often bright, days of autumn.  This is one of my favourite times of year with the riot of changing colors across the Clare Valley vineyards.  Autumn is also the start of soup season for me. One of my favourites is pumpkin soup – I don’t really follow a recipe or …