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IN THE GARDEN

THE GARDEN In Melbourne, where I grew up, there is topsoil, no frosts and flat terrain. Gardening in Castlemaine has required learning about hills, frost and not only a lack of topsoil, but hydrophobic soil which is bone dry after a thunderstorm, more like dust. The only way to counter this challenge is to import soil and to build retaining walls.    BACKGROUND I learnt […]

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WHATS COOKING

WHATS COOKING IN THE HOUSE My intention is to upgrade my kitchen to cook for guests. Until then, I will post recipes here so as to share what’s to come and for general inspiration and interest.   GNOCCHI with burnt butter and sage from the garden.    I’ve spent years in search of the best gnocchi recipe and finally […]

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THINGS TO DO

CASTLEMAINE Click here for the Castlemaine/Maldon website Artists  Market times: first Sunday of every month 9.00 – 2.00 (excluding January) distance: 1.2 km Botanical Gardens times:anytime distance: 2.6 km Buda Historic House & Garden times: 12.00 – 5.00 Wednesday to Saturday, 10.00 – 5.00 Sunday distance: 2.5 km The Mill Castlemaine times: Various times check website, generally 10.00 – […]

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THE HOUSE

be&be is the studio building on the South West side of a heritage listed property in Castlemaine, Central Victoria. ‘Castlehouse’ is a single-storey picturesque Elizabethan house built in two stages between 1866 and 1869 by William Downe, architect and Castlemaine Town Surveyor, on land he acquired in 1866. The first known occupant was George Farroll, a watchmaker who owned the house […]

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THE ANIMALS

There is an abundance of natural bird life that thrives here on the hill including Galahs, Cockatoos, Corella’s, Kookaburra’s, Mopoke owl’s, Wattlebird’s, pardalote’s and others. be&be also has resident animals. Love birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens, budgerigars, Sunny my dog and Missy my cat. DOG – SUNNY    Sunny came from the pound so your guess is as good as mine as to her breed […]