Five Days At Olive’s Cottage – And A Long Lunch!

Robin Boyle Australian, Entree, French, Lunch, Pastry, The Cottage, Travel

This post continues on from: Strahan. After two days in Hobart and three in Strahan, we headed north to the Tamar Valley and Olive’s Cottage, our property at Windermere. We visit the cottage about four times a year, for four or five days each visit. Some of our time is taken up meeting up with our property manager and our gardener. …

A Church In Crisis – Scones, Jam And Cream!

Robin Boyle Australian, Cakes & Biscuits, General Interest, Photos: Food, Tamar, The Cottage

We have a meeting with some or our Windermere neighbours over scones, jam and cream. (Continued from: Soup and Golf ) The neighbours rally Windermere is a semi-rural settlement with houses on half-acre or bigger blocks spread out along the road. Now there are over 100 houses along the five kilometres from the highway along the edge of the Tamar …

We Invite The Neighbours In: For Drinks and Nibbles!

Robin Boyle General Interest, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Photos: Food, The Cottage

This is a continuation from We Invite The Neighbours In: Perfect Weather! Easy to prepare nibbles With Launceston and the Tamar region having very agreeable summery weather from November to March, we can plan events at Olive’s Cottage with a high degree of confidence. We aim to be outside and use the main deck or the barbecue pit. (We can …

We Invite The Neighbours In: Perfect Weather!

Robin Boyle General Interest, Nibbles & Hors d'oeuvres, Photos: Food, The Cottage, Wine

Summer Climate Launceston and the surrounding region, including the Tamar Valley, has a remarkable summer climate. Daily maximums are consistently in the mid to low 20s (Celsius), rarely dropping below 20oC and rarely making it above 30oC. On average, the region’s maximum is a couple of degrees higher than Hobart and a couple of degrees lower than Melbourne, while those …

Visiting Old Favourites!

Robin Boyle General Interest, Launceston, Restaurant-Cafe, Tamar, The Cottage, Travel

A recent visit to Olive’s Cottage, in early spring, meant bulbs in the garden. And new season’s ingredients, and the freshest of produce from lush pastures. But it also meant some variable weather – from brilliant blue skies to grey ones – though not bad enough to stop us repeating some of our favourite experiences, or stop us trying some …

A Tassie Dinner Party – In July!

Robin Boyle Dinner Party, General Interest, Latin American, Photos: Food, Salad, The Cottage, Vegetables, Wine

Tasmania does get cold, let’s be honest. So entertaining at Olive’s Cottage in winter has to be done inside where there is limited seating and the cooking is done just a metre or two away from the dining table. Recently we had a dinner party for four of our family members on a Saturday night in July. At one stage, …

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 …

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 …