My kitchen window sill

I’m an early bird so when I first walk into my kitchen in the morning it’s usually dark.

But I slept in this morning and the sun was well up in the sky and it struck me as I walked into the kitchen how pretty the place looked.  It’s an old kitchen and I imagine it’s the one that was in there when the unit was built but it was the harvest that I had sitting on the window sill, on the kitchen bench and on my lovely old kitchen table that pleased me.

This is how I choose to live, so I thought you might like to see these pics.

My kitchen window sill

My kitchen window sill

On the left a few tomatoes I’ve been ripening up, jar of curly parsley, a posy of herbs with a few flowers picked over at the allotments, curly and flat leafed parsley in another jar and my family sized yellow teapot which gets a big work-out when my sister-in-law visits from the UK.

Herbs and flowers from the allotment

A posy from the allotment

Here is a close up of my herb posy. curly parsley, flat leafed parsley, rosemary, nasturtium and a few sprigs of flowers. I have mentioned in previous posts that we grow flowers over at the farm to attract the bees and beneficial insects. Hopefully these few sprigs won’t be missed too much.

Here is a bit of a ‘still life’ with my curly parsley and trusty yellow teapot, but I thought you might also be interested to check out the view through the window. Palm trees – and the lovely old wooden Queenslander house across the road to the right of the photo.

'Still life'

‘Still life’

I’m on a bit of a roll now I’ve got the camera out …….

Ready to make a pasta sauce

Ready to make a pasta sauce

The tomatoes are ripe enough so I’ve moved them over to the stove ready to make a pasta sauce with the onion, red capsicum and the freshly picked sweet basil from over at the allotment.

Yoghurt

Yoghurt

I made a litre of Easiyo yoghurt overnight, it’s ready now to put in the fridge. I thought I’d show you this photo because you can see my lovely old pine table. It was a sad old table when I first bought it, covered in old linoleum which was nailed down. Once I had removed the lino and given the table a bit of a sanding down it revealed the lovely old green streaks in the pine wood.

I don’t have much bench space in the kitchen so I use this table in the old fashioned way before we had fitted kitchens. I do all my food prepping and baking on this table and I wouldn’t part with it.

Just a couple more pics ..

Lemons from Maria and Peter's tree

Lemons from Maria and Peter’s tree

I still have a few of these huge lemons left from the bag that Maria and Peter bought over last week. They are the juiciest I’ve ever come across. Maria and I used some of them last week in our marmalade and I’ve been juicing them since then. I managed to fill one ice tray with the juice from just one of these lemons.

lime and passion fruit from the farm

lime and passion fruit from the farm

“Ok, so it’s just a bowl of fruit” I hear you say. Not just any bowl of fruit, the lime is grown in Beelarong’s fruit forest and the passionfruit (black with a little stork in the picture) is from Leona’s passionfruit vine over at the farm.

So there you have it. I reckon with the food sitting in my kitchen I have just about covered every vitamin from A-Z.

Anybody knowing the Brisbane climate would realise that I can only have food out like this during the winter months. In the summer, apart from the tomatoes, everything lives in the fridge.

(Just a note for people who have only recently started to follow this blog. You might hear me talk about ‘the farm’, ‘the allotment’ and ‘Beelarong’. They are all one and the same thing really. My allotment is part of Beelarong Community Farm.)

Nigel, have you noticed I’ve managed to complete a blog post without mentioning a choko!

Happy gardening.

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tanglycottage
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 17:24:26

    Beautiful glimpses into your life.

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  2. Heidi @ lightlycrunchy
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 22:04:10

    Your kitchen looks so cheery with your garden produce on display. That’s what kitchens should look like. I love furniture with a past – my pine table had a previous life in a woodshop and has the saw marks and dings to prove it. I use it as an extra workspace, along with the island that my husband built for me, with shelves and storage for our potatoes and onions underneath.

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  3. narf77
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 03:41:03

    I fear the choko passion is waning Jean ;). Love the fecundity of Queensland when down here everything (except the jonquils and snow drops) is bare and denuded. At least we are getting some most welcome rain. Usually the kitchen is a morass of mud from the dogs running in and out and I actually didn’t mind sweeping the dirt from the entryway rug the other day I was that glad to get a day’s worth of rain! Strange times :). It’s posts like these that keep we Southerners contemplating the spring and our own harvest season 🙂 Cheers for the share Jean and the sunny hug from Queensland 🙂

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  4. livingsimplyfree
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 11:35:33

    You have a lovely kitchen and it is even nicer with all the delicious food out for us to see. We are still waiting for most of our produce to be ready here, beets and lettuces are plenty but not much else.

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  5. Louise
    Jul 16, 2013 @ 19:46:03

    What a lovely warm blog 🙂 I’m a new follower from over here in south au loved the pics of your kitchen in the morning 🙂 Louise

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  6. MrsYub
    Jul 17, 2013 @ 09:56:14

    Your kitchen looks just the way I pictured it would 🙂 Tidy, clean, and pretty. lol, I love your still life 😀 😀

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Jul 17, 2013 @ 19:56:47

      I do love my kitchen Mrs Yub. If I’m not gardening then I’m in the kitchen working with the produce. P.S. I do also have a life outdside the kitchen, but I love the time I spend there.

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      • MrsYub
        Jul 17, 2013 @ 20:41:45

        Believe it or not your photo’s actually give me a vibe of the kitchen being lived in….different from the one I’d get from, oh, say a property for sale done up the same way… I love lived in kitchens !

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