Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The garden in October

A new fig tree

The very first fruit on our paw paw...nearly 5 years later!

The citrus trees looking healthy, and the bees were all over it.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Finished with the Aussie books!

Things have been quiet on the blog lately with one big overseas trip recently finished and another one coming up soon! Traveling with toddlers can take quite the toll. But, I do need to put out a quick note to celebrate the fact I have now read all of the "must-read" Australian literature (or at least the top ten according to the ABC.

10 Aussie Books to Read before you die

Cloudstreet - Tim Winton
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
A Fortunate Life - A.B. Facey
The Harp in the South - Ruth Park
The Power of One - Bryce Courtenay
Jasper Jones - Craig Silvey
The Magic Pudding - Norman Lindsay
The Slap - Christos Tsiolkas
The Secret River - Kate Grenville
Picnic at Hanging Rock - Joan Lindsay

The Secret River: A very good book but not always pleasant to read, especially when detailing a massacre of the Aboriginal people. The harsh conditions of poverty and prison in London were also not fun, but you get the impression that the author is being as realistic as possible. The early history of Australia was surely not pretty. 

Picnic at Hanging Rock: Having watched this movie a few years ago, I knew a little what to expect. What surprised me, however, was not the extra plots and details that got surely got cut in the adaption, but how funny it was. The author has quite a sharp sense of humour which did not make it into the more mystical and dreamy film. 

So, what's next? Obvious there are lots of other great books by Australian authors out there. More Tim Winton is on my list, plus A Town Like Alice. Any other suggestions?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

the garden in May...

In addition to our beloved paw paw blossoming, other exciting things are happening in the garden. My parents were recently visiting, and while the primary reason was to see their Australian grandchild, I greatly benefited from their gardening knowledge.

Things have been weeded, seedlings planted, and more edible planted that will hopefully thrive.

spinach seeds germinated quicky

Friday, May 23, 2014

Paw paw finally blossoms!

After over four years, our beloved paw paw tree is finally blossoming!

It's been a long road, but some fruit might actually be in sight.

Monday, April 28, 2014

new citizenship!

It's finally happened...I have dual citizenship. It sort of snuck up on me, and then the ceremony where it officially happened was so low key and bureaucratic that it wasn't exactly exciting enough to blog about. But what is exciting, is now, a couple weeks later, I have a brand new passport in my hands! And with that comes all the excitement of travel to new and exciting places without worrying about visas expiring. At least, visas to Australia.

photo from the interesting opinion piece