Category Archives: Farm Tour

Hills Homestead farm information and photos

What’s growing in the Hills Homestead Garden – Autumn in South Australia

Just loving the crisp Autumn mornings, and the sunny days!

The kids jump in front of the heater to get dressed into almost Winter clothes!  They then run outside to play in the sun, and soon there is a pile of dirty jumpers at the front door that they’ve stripped off because of the beautiful heat of the sun (and the fact that they are running constantly outside).  Yesterday they built a fort down in ‘Lilly Valley’, they played a mock netball game (no rings or court, just grass) with Daddy and their uncles and cousins, they sat in the cubby house to chat, played with the chickens, they rode their bikes up and down the driveway, climbed the neighbours apple tree and ate some fresh apples, then all came home for tea and fell into bed.

Thought I’d post some Autumn shots of what’s growing in our garden at the moment.  It’s lovely making lunches and dinners with fresh produce – beans/capsicum/carrots cut up for kids lunches, potatoes and chillis in the latest curry, pumpkin quickly made into soup whenever other food is running out!    My husband (and my father-in-law) are the best gardeners! and I am extremely grateful for the crates of potatoes brought up from the garden, the huge zucchinis plopped on my front door, and for the reminders that ‘you have tomatoes, lots of beans, carrots ready to be picked, chilli’s are ready etc’.

Autumn Harvest @ Hills Homestead – Today’s Photos…

Autumn Garden and Kids-008

   05-2013-04-08_4422Autumn Garden

We are getting a handful of strawberries a day at the moment – so sweet and delicious!

Autumn Garden and Kids-007


02-2013-04-08_4419Autumn Garden

The grandchildren helped Grandad dig up potatoes on Saturday.  They spent the morning in the sun, getting dirty and having so much fun.  Grandad gives them a surprise (usually chocolate!) for helping with the potato harvest!

09-2013-04-08_4427Autumn Garden

11-2013-04-08_4433Autumn Garden

I posted a photo on Facebook of someone’s celery ‘stump’ that they put in the ground and it grew!  So today, I tried it… we’ll see how it goes!

12-2013-04-08_4434Autumn Garden

… strawberries, carrots, green beans, rhubarb, tomatoes dying off along the pickett fence…

03-2013-04-08_4420Autumn Garden

… a new variety of pumpkin that my father-in-law has planted – it’s not Queensland Blue but tastes similar.. I’ll have to find out what it is we’re eating!!  I’m roasting some in the oven for tea tonight – yum!

10-2013-04-08_4429Autumn Garden

Small chilli’s – I pick them and just dry them on the kitchen counter – then use them to flavour dips (like hommus) or soups, and use them to make Red Thai Curry Paste (in the Thermomix! See here for recipe of Green Thai Curry Paste  and the recipe for Red Thai Curry Paste is in the Every Day Cookbook… that comes with your Thermomix!!!)

 08-2013-04-08_4426Autumn Garden


07-2013-04-08_4425Autumn Garden

The last of the cherry tomatoes – had a lovely harvest of these over Summer and they dying plants are still producing a handful a day of little tomatoes!

06-2013-04-08_4423Autumn Garden

The last of the apples from our tree.

Autumn Garden and Kids-006

More strawberries.

04-2013-04-08_4421Autumn Garden

… and beans.  The kids love fresh beans in their lunchboxes!

Children Playing  – Beautiful Autumn Weather on the Weekend !

Autumn Garden and Kids-001


Autumn Garden and Kids-002

Autumn Garden and Kids-003 Autumn Garden and Kids-009

Autumn Garden and Kids-010

ADDIT – Some indoor activities …..

… a cubby house that the kids attempted to sleep in Saturday night (see picture below)  – they lasted a couple of hours, then they ALL ended up snuggled up in their own beds!!

Autumn Garden and Kids-004

… Charlie’s picture before she headed off to school this morning …

01-2013-04-08_4418Autumn Garden

… and do any of you have a one of a kind friend who comes over and clears out and organises your pantry ?  I do!  Thanks Karen!!!

Autumn Garden and Kids-011

Enjoy this Autumn weather!!!!




The ‘bests’ of 2012…

Over here at ‘(In)courage – home for the hearts of women’, there is a growing list of BEST books, BEST recipes, BEST music, BEST everythings……  add yours and you can win Ann Voscamp’s book/devotional  “1000 Gifts” (or can purchase at Koorong Bookstore Online here).

Here’s my list …

  1. BEST song 2012…  “Blessings” by Laura Story
  2. BEST book 2012… “1000 Gifts” by Ann Voscamp… every friend who has had a birthday or needed encouragement (or for no reason at all!) has been given this book this year!  It’s been a blessing in my life these last few years to see and focus on and write down 3 gifts each day.
  3. BEST (easy) recipe 2012 … CADA that’s for sure.  CADA (made in the Thermomix – 2 seconds!) or (made in a blender) consists of a handful of Coconut (shredded), handful of Almonds, handful of Dates, and an Apple (cored) => blended for a couple of seconds to make a beautiful, sweet, grain-free, healthy breakfast!  Top with some yoghurt.. or kefir! or just eat it plain – YUM!
  4. BEST family experience….   my husband and I and our children all saw our calf being born one Saturday morning.  The photo below is just after it was born.  It was the first time any of us had seen a cow give birth – what a miracle!



  5. The BEST website 2012 … GNOWFGLINS – God’s natural, organic, whole Foods, grown locally, in season.  WHAT a name! and what amazing things Wardee does in her ‘homestead’.  AND when I started this blog in Nov 2012, I was featured in her Down Home Farm Tours (click the picture below to see!!).

6.  BEST project to support for 2012 – Support for Children with Autism in Tajikistan – My friend, Karen, who has just returned from Tajikistan, has set up this amazing project that raises awareness and supports children who experience Autism and their families. This project has to raise $5,000 from 40 donors by December 31, 11:59 PM EST to earn a permanent spot on GlobalGiving!!!  Please consider giving today – Donate here.

7.  BEST quote found on Pinterest –


8. BEST picture posted on Facebook –

9. “BEST things in life are free …. ”

10.  BEST new blog on the internet … !!!

HillsHomestead_HEADER d_1_d_1-004

 What are your bests of 2012??







My First Post (still learning the difference between a ‘post’ and a ‘page’!)

Hi everyone!  (Actually, no-one knows I’m here yet, but hopefully I’ll have some ‘followers’ soon, even if it’s just a few enthusiastic family and friends!!!  Please subscribe to me via email if you want… I wont bother you too much!!!)

What I’m going to blog about:

Today’s post – “Why Blog?”

I love scrapbooking, I love documenting children’s milestones, I love journalling, I love taking photos with my new digital camera, I love making things from scratch, I love doing new things with the children, I love it that my husband works so hard and has made so many changes (for the better) to our lifestyle over the last few years, I love trying to be as self sufficient as possible, I love cooking/chopping/mixing/milling/juicing with my ATM (my Amazing Thermo Machine – my Thermomix), I love additive free real food preparation,   …. so why not share this stuff online with others who may be interested in the same things?

My main way of communicating is most likely going to be via pictures – as photography is what I love – and what I’ve loved about other blogs is THEIR pictures and ‘step by step’ instructions.

Hills Homestead is featured on GNOWFLGINS website
Farm Tours from all over the world

AND, what better way to start off a blog than by being featured on one of my favourite blogs!!!!!!!!!!!  


      Please have a ‘tour’ of our homestead,  and visit  GNOWFGLINS for photos and the ‘interview’.


Addit:  (We use this in hospital documentation when you’ve written in the casenotes, and you THEN receive a phone call regarding that patient, or you forgot something!,  or the patient changes their mind about the plan, etc.  It means ‘additionally’, or ‘just another thing’!!)

  • I love this post from Facebook regarding the ‘Lego Pain Scale’ – I understand, and I’m sure you other mum’s out there do too!!!
  • And did I mention, I’m really excited about this stainless steel milking bucket I’ve ordered from Ozfarmer.  It hasn’t arrived yet, but will any day, and it will make it easier to get the milk bucket clean and better for hygiene.

AND, I’ve just bought this amazing real food living ebook bundle ($300 worth for $29) – it’s the last day today it’s on offer.  It has some of my favourite ebooks in the bundle  … the Sourdough ebook, Real Food on a Real Budget, Herbal Rescue and Simple Living…. soooooo many!

Bye for now,