postcards from narrogin | spring 2012

home away from home
 ::  The month of September has been an incredibly hectic one, both through work and other commitments.  I have well and truly burnt the candle at both ends and was in desperate need of some rest and relaxation.
As you may have seen in an earlier post, my Mum’s best friend and her husband live down in Narrogin, a country town 119 kilometers south east of Perth.  They have a beautiful home and enviable garden which they have cultivated and nurtured into a gorgeous oasis of charm and comfort.
The recent long weekend was a perfect time to head to the country to recharge, so along with Mum and brother, we headed down early Saturday morning to the Maguire homestead.
I took plenty of photos over the weekend but here are a few of my favourites from the collection…
golden elm blossoms
The golden elm in the front garden was in full glorious bloom.
Treasures collected from travels abroad.
beef cheek pies & homemade wedges
The long weekend also coincided with the footy final (that’s Australian football for all you non-Aussies!) and as is the annual Maguire tradition, Helen made her famous beef cheek pies with homemade wedges – washed down with a few cold beers of course.
broccoli & spinach
As well as an abundance of flowering trees and shrubs surrounding the property, the vegie patches had their own offerings.
I had never seen artichoke plants before and they have the most amazing display of vegetation – almost like some giant Jurassic relic.  I’ve been eying off fresh artichokes at the markets lately so I took home a bunch to experiment with.
planting fennel
My brother lending a hand with planting baby fennel seedlings.
mama's minestrone & parmesan reggiano
Saturday night was a hearty meal of Mum’s minestrone with lashings of Parmesan Reggiano.  Maybe I’m biased but I’m convinced Mum’s minestrone is the best ever, hands down.
herb garden & bluebells
The herb garden was spilling with fresh herbs from every nook and cranny – thyme, oregano and flat-leaf parsley to name a few – and the cool, dark patches under the trees were full of dainty bluebells stems.
afgan slice
Some homemade afgan slice which disappeared steadily over the course of the weekend.
afgan slice
And finally, Mum’s Dutch almond flan to top everything off.
Wish I was back there now!
dutch almond flan

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