MICKEY’S BLOG

 In the days before Instagram, Mickey kept a regular blog of snippets from Glenmore House.
You may enjoy looking back through them!

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To market again….

Branches of old-fashioned mandarins (need to embrace the pips but the fruit is so sweet!) off to the Flea Market at 18 Stewart Street Paddington, tomorrow Saturday 19 July 8am - noon and....to follow on from yesterday's post, I have three only, and...

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Tiny pots….

I'm also tempted to take along a handful of tiny antique French terracotta pots to The Society IncWinter Flea Market on Saturday morning.  Nothing equals the colour, texture, the patina of authentic ones. I was lucky to get my hands on a stash of them recently and...

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Purple and green….

I so love these colours of winter, when much is bare save green hedges and evergreen herbs, like rosemary and thyme, with the odd spike of lavender coming to the fore.  Purple podded peas and deeply textured blue/green Tuscan kale are potent examples and make for...

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Decorative brassicas….

I sometimes wonder if I grow this group of frost loving winter veg to eat, or for their decorative appeal! I do know I like to keep their deeply veined, exquisite leaves of blue/grey and purple closely planted together to best enjoy the effect, but now I can't...

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Belle….

For those of you who may....(perhaps!) be interested.....Richard Unsworth has written a delightful article about our garden at Glenmore in the August/September issue of Belle magazine, out now.... A big thank you to Richard for his interest in our Glenmore journey...

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Jack frost at last….

He's running so late this year but finally....he crept in this morning, leaving patches of crispy white in the Kitchen Garden, while blanketing the lower paddocks.  I was rather late with my camera (too cold for my poor fingers out there!), but I do love the...

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Big oranges….

Now there's a sight I like to see on a winter morning...a colander full of oranges on the kitchen window sill!  Oranges take forever to ripen, but as a rule, when all is well, we have our own fruit from July through to December.  These are Washington Navels....and...

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Winter bright….

A chance comment (as I was buying a jar of delicious raw honey at the local market on Saturday morning) had me scratching my head (well, mentally at least), as I continued to wander, crossing items off my list. 'I have to feed my bees honey at this time of year as...

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Little oranges….

Ah the Clementines....they seemed to come & go so very quickly this year! Then I guess we did offer rather a lot at the Winter Concert, and that wretched large black crow has been taking at least one a day (I've discovered a completely clean, empty Clementine...

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Precious cargo….

Waking to news this morning of expected gale force winds was not what I wanted to hear....as today was earmarked for cutting and transporting armfuls of plant material for propagation, to my delightful new friends at The Secret Garden, Richmond (and the road...

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Grape result….

You may recall a few months ago I promised to report back on the great grape experiment.... Well....its been an interesting one!  I must admit that the vast majority of grapes dried to nothing but a puff of empty skin...simply a shell of their former selves, or...

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Bowerbird book signing….

Today Sibella Court will be signing copies of her iconic book 'Bowerbird' at The Society inc. in Paddington between 2 & 4pm. She suggests you 'bring your own books - hopefully full of notes & slightly dog-eared', or to buy another copy - as she will have...

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Accidental potatoes….

Ooooh how I love potatoes - especially baby new ones!  At this time of year, really they ought to be unheard of.  We make a great fuss of planting them in early spring...whereas now is the time to be pouring over catalogues to select and order the varieties we...

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Sweet peas of mine….

While on the topic of peas....the very first sweet peas are beginning to flower!  This very old-fashioned & highly fragrant one, Painted Lady, was developed in England in 1731. (I was scouring my Diggers catalogue and see where 'In 1699 Sicilian monk Father...

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Pea time….

It's early days....but they're on the way....I split the first purple case & plucked a row of peas to eat two weeks ago now, and the number is increasing by the day!  While these ones are not the sweetest of shelling peas to eat raw (at a recent talk by Clive...

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Aromatic memento….

It can be a challenge to devise a keepsake from the garden when large numbers are involved, and particularly at this time of year.  I found myself still wondering if I could produce enough of anything for our guests at Sunday's Winter Concert, on Saturday...