These gardens were established in the 1950s and are some of the most beautiful I have seen attached to a library. They are stepped, and have benches for people to sit and contemplate the view. They look out to the Harbour and you can walk through them to reach the Murray Rose Swimming Baths, where there is also a great little cafe. The baths are open to anyone. I will have some photos of them in a later blog.
For you little gardener and lover of trees, I have only a small gift. Here is set G for Galadriel, but it may stand for garden in your tongue. In this box there is earth from my orchard, and such blessing as Galadriel has still to bestow is upon it. It will not keep you on your road, nor defend you against any peril; but if you keep it and see your home again at last, then perhaps it may reward you. Though you should find all barren and laid waste, there will be few gardens in Middle-earth that will bloom like your garden, if you sprinkle this earth there. Then you may remember Galadriel, and catch a glimpse far off of Lórien, that you have seen only in our winter. For our spring and our summer are gone by, and they will never be seen on earth again save in memory.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring (from Goodreads.com)
These are some of the photos I took today on a walk with a group of old friends. These are the ones I took of parts of Double Bay and the park around the Double Bay Rowing Club, where we had morning tea. Hope you enjoy them.
Here is a great healthy, delicious, easy to make and economical meal or snack. It would be a terrific lunch box option for schoolchildren (now that they are back to school in Australia after Xmas holidays) and can be spiced up with the addition or substitute of grated carrot, peas, mushrooms etc. It serves 4. Another great recipe from http://www.taste.com.au
Super Food Ideas – June 2013 , Page 73
Recipe by Annette Forrest
Photography by Andrew Young
1/2 x 440g packet shelf-fresh Singapore noodles
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small brown onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
200g middle bacon rashers, trimmed, chopped
1 small zucchini, grated
1 cup frozen sweet corn kernels
1/2 cup reduced-fat grated tasty cheese
1/3 cup self-raising flour
5 eggs, lightly beaten
Mixed salad leaves, to serve
Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease a 6cm-deep, 10cm x 21cm (base) loaf pan. Line base and sides with baking paper, allowing paper to extend 2cm above edges of pan.
Place noodles in a large heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water. Stand for 1 minute. Separate noodles with a fork. Drain. Return to bowl. Using scissors, roughly chop noodles.Heat oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and bacon. Cook, stirring often, for 4 to 5 minutes until bacon is starting to brown. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool.
Add bacon mixture, zucchini, corn, cheese, flour and egg to noodles. Season. Mix until well combined. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until golden and firm. Cool in pan for 15 minutes.
Transfer loaf to a chopping board. Slice. Serve with salad.
I haven’t posted anything here for ages, and thought it was time I got off my backside and got blogging again. Here are a couple of photos of my little garden setting in situ.
“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.
It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (from Goodreads.com)