I don't know anyone who doesn't love berries. Even those who aren't fruit enthusiasts seem to appreciate a sweet strawberry and some juicy blueberries.
If you love visiting our beautiful shores and haven't yet been to Clyde River Berry Farm, it's so worth a visit! The Clyde Valley has its own microclimate which is thought to be particularly suitable to growing blueberries. The area is biodiverse, with a wealth of birds and insects that allows the growers to employ sustainable production techniques while producing commercially.
Kids love it obviously because they can collect their own, then gobble them up unashamedly - not a grain of processed sugar in sight.
Grab a bucket and once you've collected your berries, they'll be weighed and packed ready for you to take home and enjoy. They encourage you to bring your own containers to transport your berries. It's better for the environment and it makes transporting them in the car easier. Some people pick berries to freeze and they freeze really well, so consider stocking up.
This season's berry picking starts on 1st of December and you can pick blueberries and strawberries and sometimes blackberries. They also have a range of delicious jams that you can purchase at the farm, but you'll also find them at local farmers markets. They also sell bush honey from bees that forage in the nearby forests, and blueberry plants so you can try growing your own.
Clyde River Berry Farm is located at Lot 22 River Road, Mogood - a 45 minute drive from Ulladulla and Bateman's Bay.
Leave us a comment if you've already been and tell us what you thought of your berry picking experience.
I can't face salads in winter! I know they are good for me, but it's just too cold. Instead, I eat more veggies and wait for the warmer weather, when I'm happy to make and dress salads.
Which brings me to today's post - I never seem to have enough dressing on hand.
I like interesting salads with lots of tasty ingredients, especially if it's a hot day and I can't face turning the oven on.
I want to make a filling salad that won't leave me craving more food later on, so I definitely need a robust dressing to accompany it.
So, today I'm sharing 8 different dressings from Sydney's premier food blog, Recipe Tin Eats. Nagi has put together 8 different dressings that are sure to satisfy everyone. There are traditional French and Italian dressings, one with Asian flavours, even one with maple syrup and poppy seeds.
So, whip up a couple of different dressings and you'll be prepared for those hot summer salad days.
These dressings last for a few weeks in the fridge and take only minutes to make.
You can find the recipes here.
Well, it's been a busy school holidays, and as usual parents are fractured from all the activities their kids have been involved in. While I'm personally ready for the back-to-school routine to commence, we did have a great break and one of the highlights was a visit to Mogo Zoo.
Last year, in Sydney, we went to Taronga, but the lion and tiger enclosures were being renovated. Despite having a fabulous day, my daughter, who is big cat obsessed, was a little disappointed she didn't get to see them.
So, this school holidays we decided to visit Mogo, knowing they had lions, tigers, and lots of other seriously cute animals to behold (pygmy marmosets and the ever cute and curious meerkats).
The Zoo is about 5 mins drive from Bateman's Bay and it's easy to see why it's popular with both adults and kids. It is not a huge zoo, which we both found an advantage, as you can do the whole zoo with a lunch break at the cafe, and obligatory look at the gift shop in about 3 hours. There is plenty to see, including the big cats mentioned earlier, otters, red pandas, a host of different monkeys, an Afrian serval, a cheetah, deer (the kids can feed them), giraffes, zebras, a southern white rhino and the cutest little fox you've ever seen!
If you want to spend longer and really get up close and personal with the animals, you can book one of their encounters. We saw a lady covered in meerkats during our visit, and she was clearly having a great time.
The ethos of the zoo of course, is conservation of endangered species, and they have a breeding programme to help ensure their survival. You can even become a member, the proceeds of which also contribute to the welfare and upkeep of the animals and their enclosures.
Another plus is that parking is FREE!
So, if you're planning a visit to the South Coast, pay Mogo a visit, whether you have kids or not. You won't be disappointed.
Welcome to our first newsy item! I hate the words blog post, so if you have a killer title for our "Did You Know" page, please get in touch.
If you've never been to our little corner of the world, do yourself a favour and visit! It isn't just the gorgeous countryside, or the coastline. It isn't just the friendly locals, many of whom are blow-ins from other parts of the country. It isn't just the food - it is a delightful combination of all of these, and well worth exploring.
We're relative newbies (still in our first year) and we absolutely love it. I'm a city girl, and have always been a city girl, but I have acclimatised to the slower, country pace faster than I thought possible (although I'm sure having kids helps ease you into the community).
Each week I'll be adding to the news page to help you learn more about the area, and get you in touch with:
If you discover something I haven't included along the way, please feel free to get in touch and I'll make sure it goes in our news.
We look forward to welcoming you to this magical spot and hope you love it as much as we do.