Home grown on holiday...

26 January, 2014

I'm currently typing this sitting on a deck looking out a at a beautiful view of the Mount Beauty region. I'd show you a photo but none of the one's I take do it justice. You'll just have to imagine a gorgeous green valley and bush covered mountains in the distance.

In the great tradition of public holiday weekends, my family have headed out into the Victorian countryside to get away for the 3 day long weekend and have rented a house in the great alpine region. As much as I love my family, I was a bit sad to be away from the garden for a few days.

But luckily I've managed to bring the home grown to our holiday, with the assistance of various family members.

On our walk into town, we found three plum trees with ripe fruit.


I may or may not have piggy backed on my 6 foot tall brothers shoulders to pick them. (Edit: My brother would like it to be made known that he is in fact 6 foot 2 inches tall. Yes that is how petty my family is. :) )

Also pick-able and in great profusion is that pest and delicious treat blackberries.

We picked some this morning and added them to our breakfast pancakes. They were so good they did not last long enough for a photo. This is all that was left.


I will be picking some more before we head home tomorrow to make jam with.

I hope you are enjoying your Australia Day, wherever you are, even if you aren't an Aussie.

And are eating something home grown and delicious.

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos of home grown...and to go with pancakes on this glorious day, magic!!

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    1. They were pretty special. I'm also going to freeze some of the extra ones I picked to bring home, so I can make them again in future.

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  2. Excellent foraging! My mum lives in Bright, just over the hill from Mount Beauty, and I was eyeing off the green blackberries in the bush behind her house a few weeks ago. Your post is making me think it might be time to pay her another visit :-)

    Happy holidays!

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    1. I do love a good forage. I think the timing would be excellent. There were still a few green berries where we were, but lots of very fat, ripe ones as one would wish.

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  3. Great finds. I miss the days of stopping by the side of the road for a bit of blackberrying. I suspect the bush doesn't miss them though.

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    1. Yes, we also used to blackberry near the river where I grew up, but they are all poisoned now. I know they are a massive pest and take over everything, but the berries are so delicious I wish some could be kept and contained. Not practical though.

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  4. There are blackberry brambles growing as weeds near me (definitely within walking distance) but I'm never game to pick them because I have no idea how you tell if they have been sprayed or not!

    Glad to see you managed to nab some, though! And how handy of your brother to act as a ladder for you :)

    - Christine

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    1. I know! So frustrating.
      Yes, it was handy for me. Not so handy for him, though :)

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