Thursday, 15 December 2011

Guests Comments

We love reading the comments left by our guests especially the ones from children, thought you may like to read some too. (Spelling has not  been changed.)

"Thank you for a wounderful stay at the farmhouse.This place is like a story book,like Kirren island from Enid Blyton. This place is amazing and i want to live here! We will be guaranteed to come back"
from Nadia.

"This is the best Farmhouse i have ever been too! Thankyou for making this so beautiful, Anyway thankyou! Well Done! Your the best!"
from Holly.

"Our stay is fantastic i loved the whole place"            from Levi

This the best farmhouse i have been to. I picked some onion and lettuce they were beautiful"
from Ella.

"Oscar,Charlie and Matilda are just wonderful. Thankyou for our fantastic stay we loved it."
from Eden.

"I cant explain how amazing this farmhouse is"
from  Emilee.




Friday, 4 November 2011

Welcome to Spring



The days are now longer, cosy quilts and blankets have been packed away(not to far), windows opened and scented spring breezes bring the promise of the warmer months ahead.
A popular time for weddings, BBQ's with friends and family, weekends away to enjoy the sunshine, time to revive ourselves and our relationships.

With the longer days and warmer tempertures the kitchen gardens are bursting with produce, lettuce, spinach, asparagus, onions,
beetroot, carrots,kale,rhubarb, and broad beans.
Many of our guests are enjoying sharing the experience of harvesting and tasting the wonderful flavor of fresh produce with their children.


Sunday, 5 June 2011

Wonderful Winter

Winter is a wonderful time of the year to visit, although mornings can be cold and frosty (good excuse for a sleep in) the days can be mild and sunny and perfect for just about everything.
After a leisurely breakfast why not grab a warm jacket and head off for a walk there's plenty of country lanes to wander down and plenty to see. Old stone walls and hawthorn trees a legacy of times long ago,  don't forget to look up into the beautiful gum trees and you may be lucky to spot a Koala.
This area is also home to The Black tailed wallaby, kangaroos, echidna and abundant bird species, parrots,wrens,  finches, kookaburras, magpies and hawks, you may even  be followed by the cheeky Willy Wag Tail ! Some days a pair of eagles can be spotted  hovering over the wide grass paddocks on the lookout for rabbits.
Head back for lunch, maybe something simple soup and scones and a afternoon curled up in front of the fire with a book or two.  Mmmm Hot chocolate and marsh mellows too!
This region has a colorful history which started with the gold rush in the 1850's , a short drive will take you to Castlemaine, Maldon, Hepburn Springs and Daylesford, visit the information offices for things to see and do, there are too many places of interest to list but my favorites include:

Buda House    and      The Restorer's Barn                Castlemaine

Historic Main Street                                                  Maldon

Lavandula  Swiss Italian Farm                                  Shepard's Flat

Hepburn Springs Bath House and mineral springs  in  Hepburn Springs

Daylesford Lake Walk  followed by coffee at one of the many cafes , again my favorite Cliffys where you can also purchase locally grown and made produce, organic fruit and veggies, jams, sauces, and home-made pasta and soups.

Monday, 30 May 2011

Whats growing in the Kitchen Garden

Many Veggies and herbs grow well over Winter ready for harvesting in Spring.

At present there is a large bed of garlic, broad beans, asparagus, cabbage and different types of onions.

Ready to pick now the following:
Different types of Lettuce             great for mixed salad

Silver beet   and Spinach            great in stir fry   or spinach lightly cooked with scrambled eggs

Bunching/spring onions             also great in stir fry and soups

Parsley                                       popular in salads, soups and casseroles

Rosemary                                  great for roasts  and potato pizza


Pizza base     Round flat bread

Onto base a couple of tablespoons of your favorite tomato sauce.
Handful of your favorite grated cheese.
Slices of precooked potato slices( rub a sliced garlic clove over them for extra flavour).
Cook for about 15 mins   Last 5 mins sprinkle with some rosemary leaves and black pepper.

When pumpkin in season try with pre-roasted pumpkin pieces. Cut up pumpkin into small pieces toss in a little olive oil and roast with a couple of garlic cloves ,   180 C     about 20mins.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Daylesford Macedon Produce Harvest May 13 - 22 2011

Its a great time to come and visit the growers,producers,chefs and vignerons of this region.
You are invited to visit farm gates and cellar doors for Harvest "specials" or shop with the locals
at Farmers markets. You can join forums on sustainable agriculture,winemaker's and visiting chefs
dinners and classes in everything from composting, preserving and baking bread and lots more......

For more information visit

Friday, 29 April 2011

We were recently on  Postcards see this link

Daylesford Country Retreat

Autumn is my favorite time of the year with such stunning colors from trees changing colors,  beautiful scenes abound, mist laying in the valleys in the morning and then usually clearing into bright sunny days.

There is so much to see and discover in our region and all within 20 minutes of The Farmhouse and Amy's doorstep (if you want to leave).
I hope to share with you some of the wonderful upcoming events and also some inside information on what not to miss, where the best coffee&cake can be found, festivals, farmers markets, day spas and much more........

Original one bedroom stone cottage, exposed stone walls and timber lined ceilings.
King size bed, an open fireplace and rustic bathroom with claw foot bath makes Amy's the perfect Adults only Retreat.
Laze on the veranda and enjoy the peaceful country views. If you're feeling energetic walk the country lanes, visit the Jim Crow Creek and then head back to the Hot Tub for a soak.

Like many others, I have a love of the outdoors, wide open spaces,
frosty morning walks, gardening and digging in my Kitchen Garden.
At days end soaking in the bath and eating in front of the open-fire is pure bliss!!   Did I mention maybe a glass or two!
For a true country experience (no outside loo and we promise not to make you chop your own wood), you are always welcome to come and visit us here and enjoy the little hamlet of Clydesdale.

The Gardens at both Amy's and The Farmhouse have come together as they did in earlier times. Cuttings from neighbors, gifts from friends, bulbs and seedlings exchanged for chook and cow manure.
Local school fetes, Church trading tables and road side stalls have
produced some great finds.
Local rock (plenty of that just try to plant a tree) and gravel have been used for edging and paths, there's no lawn as water's too precious for that! Despite recent rains sustainability is still a key feature, plants are chosen to survive but more on that later.

The Farmhouse.    A place to catch your breath, relax, unwind and enjoy country life!

With three bedrooms and large farmhouse kitchen The Farmhouse is suitable for all, children especially love to feed the chooks and miniture horses Charlie, Matilda and Oscar.

All Country Farms have a Kitchen Garden, at Amy's Cottage and The Farmhouse you will find a wonderful selection of garden beds full of vegetables at different stages of growth, with something always ready to be picked and cooked for your enjoyment.
 At The Farmhouse beautiful old walnut, pear and apple trees still produce healthy yields and new fruit trees have been added to the orchard, varieties of peach,pear,apple and plums, also mulberry,cherry, and apricot  trees.
With our Mediterranean climate olives do extremely well, this week its time to pick some green olives and try a new recipe sent from a friend, Cracked Olives. I like the look of this recipe as it doesn't require  the soaking and rinsing method which can be time consuming!

Cracked Olives
5 kg Green Olives ( best when turning dark green to light green)
1 litre White vinegar. ½ litre Good Olive Oil
250grm Salt 2 litres Water

*Crack Olives by placing on wooden board and using a firm object to crack open
and remove pip. Place in clean jars.

*mix salt with some of the water to dissolve it.
*Stir all well together and pour on top of the olives (cracked and in clean jars)
*On top of jars use green aniseed stalks to hold down olives under liquid.
*Top with a little extra olive oil.

Cracked olives take around 2-3 weeks before being ready to eat
Whole olives take around 4-5 weeks