Jobs and a Family Catchup

Robin Boyle Breakfast, Family, Launceston, Recipe, Tamar, Tasmania, The Cottage, Vegetables

(Continued from: An Afternoon Feast) Olive’s Cottage is both a business and a holiday house for us. This means that there are generally jobs to do when we visit from Melbourne. We try to work these into enjoying the property, catching up with family and friends and searching out new experiences in the region. Business matters Our intention had been …

A Salad for Christmas Day

Robin Boyle Miscellaneous, Recipe, Salad, Traditions-Feasts

This was one of the surprise dishes for us in 2015. It is what we will be preparing this Christmas. Rhonda’s family have their Christmas dinner in the evening and there is always a big crowd. Always our role is to prepare the entree, while others contribute with turkey and ham, vegetables in different guises, and traditional pudding with brandy …

Forty years at Main Ridge Estate

Robin Boyle Melbourne & Victoria, Miscellaneous, News-Events, Recipe, Wine

In 1975, Rosalie and Nat White (Rhonda’s sister and brother-in-law) bought a lemon orchard at Main Ridge, near Red Hill and Arthurs Seat, on the Mornington Peninsula. Their goal was to establish a vineyard and make wine that they hoped would be of exceptional quality. From a risky beginning … With all but one of the lemon trees soon uprooted, …

An Afternoon Feast

Robin Boyle Lunch, Poultry, Recipe, Salad, Tasmania, Tassie Businesses & Attractions, The Cottage, Vegetables, Wine

(Continued from: Preparations for a Long Lunch) Back at Windermere after the cheese and vegies pickup, we had forty-five minutes or so before our friends arrived. Final preparation A quick check of the chicken in the oven showed all looked fine. The broccoli shoots and silver beet were quickly trimmed, washed and shaken dry. The white turnips peeled like a …

GST Changes and Fresh Food

Robin Boyle Miscellaneous, News-Events

If the full GST model is implemented, expect fresh food, fruit and vegetables in particular, to increase in price by 15% and expect your ‘cost of living’ to go up by around 10%. Today, Friday 11 December 2015, the Australian Federal Government will be meeting with the state governments at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to discuss tax reform, …

Preparations for a Long Lunch

Robin Boyle Berry Farm, Breakfast, Cheese, Family, Lunch, Orchard, Poultry, Recipe, Tasmania, Tassie Businesses & Attractions, The Cottage, Vegetables

It was late Sunday night when I realised how much the lunch that day was a microcosm of life at Olive’s Cottage, with memories from my parents’ time mixing with aspects of how the cottage works for us now. During the afternoon we had lamented to our Tassie friends that we had eaten our breakfast while a recalcitrant wallaby calmly …