I know I've been a bit quiet of late, and even my Christmas wishes are behind schedule, but don't think for one moment that I've fallen off my perch! It's all just been a bit hectic....wrapping up this year, making exciting plans for next, and ensuring the garden's in good order for the stream of lovely visitors these past weeks.
Plans for next year there are a-plenty! I'll upload details to the website for you in the New Year, but in the meantime, I would love to encourage you to make a note in your diary for our 2015 OPEN GARDEN WEEKEND on 2 & 3 MAY. I'm planning delightful things for you to enjoy (from Martin Boetz serving Pig & Potatoes in the Dairy, to my friend Jillie at the Cooking Tree baking my cake repertoire for Tea & Cakes in the Hayshed. India Flint plans to journey across from South Australia especially for the event and Barbara Sweeney, aka, the Talking Cookbook & Food & Words, will also be here to cast a light on your recipe questions. Plant stalls and enchanting performances also feature on my long and expanding list for an idyllic autumn adventure. I'll let you know when the Open Garden page goes live on the website, so you can discover the details as I add them.
Of course, Linda will be back to teach our KITCHEN GARDENING DAYS which are listed on the website. I choose our dates for Kitchen Gardening very carefully, to reflect the tasks you need to learn in order to embark successfully upon your own veg growing journey, as well as to benefit from the best opportunity to see veg in either their infancy or at their peak, so you can make the most of your learning experience at Glenmore. So if you're tinkering with the idea of growing your own in 2015, (a pursuit in which I cannot encourage you more profusely), do give some thought to joining us on one of our inspiring & informative days.
There will be Special Events and Workshops too, from a Biodynamic Day with longterm practitioners Hamish Mackay & John Priestly in March, to Cooking with Stefano Manfredi in May, as well as Artists' Workshops with Shona Wilson in August and Justin van den Berg in October. Following this year's magical, inaugural Chamber Music Concerts, I will look forward to spilling the beans about next year's dates just as soon as they're confirmed.
Oh, and the book. Did I mention the book? I'm a bit scared, with a deadline to meet. But you'll just have to wait to hear more about that one!
So I'm looking forward to Christmas. I can't believe it's rolled around so quickly. I'm anticipating a rather quiet one this year, with Larry and the girls. In the garden. Under an umbrella.
But before bidding farewell to this year, I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been part of a Glenmore House collaboration during 2014: Myles Baldwin, Harriet Goodall, India Flint, Martin Boetz, Alex Herbert, Leta Keens & the wonderful musicians from the Sydney Symphony & Australian Ballet & Opera Orchestras, Anna Simamora of The Floury Baker and Luisa Brimble, who pitches up here from time to time to take lovely images for various publications (see The Slowpoke & new cover image of our Website). To Richard Unsworth for writing a lovely article about us in Belle magazine, and a huge thank you as always to Linda Ross for her continued enthusiasm in teaching our Kitchen Gardening Days. To all those Garden Club organisers (you know who you are), who arrange marvellous garden visits for your members to enjoy - this year has seen us give lunches, talks and morning teas to keen gardeners from near and far (and especially New Zealand!). I have thoroughly enjoyed them all! Of course, there are also those who have invited us to participate in their events: The Collectors' Plant Fair, Sibella Court at her Society Inc. Flea Markets, The Australian Garden Show at Centennial Park and most recently, the inaugural Harpers Mansion Plant Fair in Berrima; all of which have been so enjoyable and given me the opportunity to meet & chat with equally passionate people. And, of course, each & every participant at a Glenmore Day - we so enjoy the spark in your eye & spring in your step after a visit.
Last but not least, this is the year we took on our young apprentice gardener, Alex. He's been with us for almost 5 months now. We hard-pruned the winter garden together when he started and he's taken on the bulk of hard yakka (under my ever-watchful, hovering eye, poor thing!) that was getting on top of me with such an increase in the number of events and visitors to Glenmore. Apart from doing his best to tick off jobs on my never-ending list, he's also turned into a master sandwich-cutter, salad spinner & washer-upper, as well as being keen to learn, and to share what he's learned in his own horticultural studies. Thanks to his enthusiasm to learn more about bee-keeping, we've at long last introduced bee hives to Glenmore (though we're still awaiting our first batch of honey....he thinks maybe for Christmas but I'm thinking Easter!). While I've no intention of handing over my 'Head Gardener' mug, it's a joy to share the daily discoveries that are the reward of hard work in the garden, as well as the burden of disasters (damn those never-ending pests!).
On that note, I wish you all a VERY, VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS, some summer holiday fun and my very best wishes for a GOOD and PEACEFUL NEW YEAR. And I very much hope we'll see you at Glenmore during 2015.