Even too wet for a leek
We knew that Icy Creek was famous for its inclement weather, but over the last few years really soggy weather has been disappointingly rare. But between the start of the Grand Final on Saturday and this morning (Monday) it rained pretty much continuously, with more than 100mm falling in less than two days. I can’t get an accurate reading on the September total because our rain gauge has overflowed twice, but nearby Noojee has just topped the 200 mm mark for the month (compared with just 65 mm in September last year).
The spuds are loving it, but the parsnips (pictured above) seem to have started to brown up with all that water, and even the leeks seem to wish someone would turn the tap off (there must be some reason why I can’t pull them out of the ground with them snapping at the base).
As for Moose and Elka (thanks for asking), they only demanded one swim all weekend and, uncharacterstically, were pretty happy to just curl up on the couch. I confess I did nothing to discourage them.
Despite the soggy start to summer, the soft fruit has come up trumps. The pic above is of jostaberries ripening on the vine (or is it bush? I need to check on that) this afternoon. While it’s tempting to pick them when they go purple, it’s best to wait until they’re black, and then they’re sweet enough to eat without adding sugar.
It turns out that our jostaberries, along with our redcurrants and gooseberries, are going to be on the Christmas menu at The Outpost in Noojee, providing that they’re not all eaten by our two year-old Chocolate Labrador, Elka, who has become a soft fruit junkie.
This blog is about a small farm in the rolling hills of West Gippsland, just under two hours east of Melbourne. Precipice is just outside Icy Creek, about 12 minutes up the Baw Baw road from Noojee.
We grow some strange stuff here, so we’re keen to hear from other people who might have tried their luck with chestnuts, jostaberries, perry trees, and a whole range of cider apple trees.
Precipice is also home to a posse of wombats, bandicoots, wallabies, deer, and lyre birds.
This site is maintained by Lawrie Zion, who also coordinates the Journalism program at La Trobe University in Melbourne, and who wrote the documentary The Sounds of Aus, which tells the story of the Australian accent.