|Costa from SBS - Costa's Garden Odyssey .....What a buzz !|
How lucky were we having just returned from Hobart after a few days away. Staying on a vineyard & olive grove makes you so hungry.....
First stop Grandvewe Sheep Cheese, half an hour south of Hobart ....so many cheeses to choose from...yum & so pleased that we aren't the only ones who name & talk to our sheep. A paradise.
Next stop Bunnings, Mitre 10...Glad we have a ute.....
Then, our first ever trip to Salamanca Market. Walking through the market gardener's stall , inhaling the freshness of Asian greens & herbs gives you such a buzz. (I'm sure they thought that I was crazy). Then onto The Gourmet Farmer's stall - Matt Evans learning all about his dried pine mushrooms & the art of trying wild mushrooms ! We took home some of his pork & fennel sausages (should have bought more !) - a really friendly guy & more cheese from Bruny Island. Apples, Apples, Apples & Pears...salmon, sourdough ,walnuts, hazelnuts, blueberries, tea, natural soaps & heirloom vegetable seeds. Rob chose a green tomato 'Evergreen' to try & I, more wild rocket seed. So much to choose from, we brought home two eskies full of goodies. All the stall holders were so friendly.
Then onward to The Botanical Gardens Tread Lightly Festival. A beautiful warm, sunny day 4 - 14dc to stroll the gardens. We arrived super early 8.30am not knowing the gates didn't open until 10am...so a hour stroll around to Corneilian Bay...at least we got our day's exercise & a parking spot !
How exciting....we were in awe in the presence of Peter Cundall, Tino Carnevale & Costa Georgiadis . They all embraced a few metres away from us & had such respect for each other, their passion inspiring. Nervously, (I) we met & chatted to Tino about banana's & Costa kindly gave us a photo with him, both so generous with their time & so friendly....how cool ! Unfortunately we missed their presentations as we had to leave early for home but we were lucky to see Peter's.....just brilliant ! Tino & Costa are the next generation full of knowledge who will inspire & be here for our children & I hope I am here for the next 60 years to follow them too.
The gardens had fantastic plants on sale.We were able to bring back more native grass tube stock for around the ponds to increase the habitat for frogs & stabilize the banks. Also some King Edward & Dutch Cream seed potatoes & saffron. So I hope we don't run out of potatoes this year.
There were many displays including complete sustainable living /solar conversion which we hope to do before we retire. There was a Barnevelder breeder also passionate about his boys & girls.
I didn't realise how big the rooster would become... Ours, Jeremy (now 15 wks old) will tower over James (our rescued English game bantam rooster) . He is becoming quite used to being handled now. The Barnevelders are a beautiful addition to the garden along with the coffee coloured eggs in Spring & hopefully future offspring.