Random and a GIVEAWAY!

I’ve decided if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. I’m giving away a gift pack of of my jams and relishes. Just leave a comment to be in the running for a jar of strawberry rhubarb jam and tomato relish.

No, I’m not kidding, whereever you are in the world. Comment and be in the running for some food made with love and devotion.

Oh – and entries close at midnight on Wednesday, 18 August.
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A woman rang my mum the other day looking for some tutoring for her son. For some reason she rang our number so when I was giving mum the message she cut me off with this: “OH those (insert surname here). Thick as planks the lot of them”.

Don’t you love a teacher who just says it how it is.

And I think, anyone could say pretty much anything about me but if someone thought I was as thick as a plank I’d be fairly devastated.
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We know three other children going to school with Oscar next year – I’m just so excited (as is he).
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The weather in Sydney is disgustingly gorgeous. I’ve just spent two hours in the garden with Mum and the boys and while my back (and the suspect hernia) is letting me know about it, man it felt good. Basil and parsley are in, as are some ground-covers down in the back corner and one of my gardenias has gone into the ground after being pot-bound for the last, oh, decade. Let’s just sit back and watch it die now.
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Oscar had Special Olympics ten pin bowling this morning and after the f.o.u.r. hours of it I endured witnessed last week I was looking forward to it as much as a poke in the eye. Anyway, the girls we normally play with were back this week so I had someone to gasbag with and the little fellas, who had come along to test my ability to remain calm in situations of intense stress, were angels.
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The chore board is still rollicking along. Felix and I talked about it last night and he told me he’s going to save up to buy a new bike at the beginning of next year.
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Team Berry is also working an absolute treat and it is remarkable how such small adjustements have improved my life beyond measure.
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I’m making batches of jam this afternoon and yesterday made some spiced poached pears, stewed some apples and made a rhubarb compote.
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Dudes, I know it’s early days from mid-week when I was in tears at my psychiatrists office but I feel like I’m back.

And that is a pretty awesome feeling to have.

Onward!