Looks so innocent, doesn’t it?

Image Source: originally uploaded by gramarye, aka The Crotchety Gardener This skink’s cousin just murdered a moth in my garden. I’d never thought of them as especially effective predators, although I’ve certainly seem them fighting each other and even several… Read More ›


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Rain on the strawberries

This is why we are content to celebrate a global festival of renewal and new life in the southern autumn, instead of in the spring. My heart feels buoyant. And this is why: Fresh, lush, beautiful rain on the strawberry… Read More ›

Collectors and hoarding

I was conversing with a neighbour this morning, who’s just moved into a new house a whole block and a half away from the house she used to live in. We were discussing gardening (I have an established garden, she’s… Read More ›

Blogiversary! that means food, flowers, feminism and of course, catblogging

Yes, it was a year ago today that the brave ship tigtogblog first set sail! Looking back on ye auld archives, I am struck by my neglect of food and garden stuff recently. V.slack and shame-making.

Food: Truffles (thanks to ABC radio and some chaps in Tasmania who are going to make an absolute bomb now they’re getting in a good harvest – they’ll be able to send fresh “black gold” to Europe out of season). They discussed how to use truffles in cooking, and it all sounded v. finicky – grating slivers on to this and that, and needing something creamy or oily as a base to bring out the truffle flavour and spread it around. Sounds fatmaking, thought I.

But then they mentioned truffle oil.

Look at this tree

Seems rather attractive doesn’t it? Harmless? Innocent even? Don’t you believe it. A close relative of this tree has been working fiendishly for several years now to lever up one of the large concrete slabs that makes up my driveway…. Read More ›