An Afternoon at St Erth

We ventured to St Erth in Blackwood the other day to pick up the girls from my mum who had the girls in Ballarat for a sleepover.  It was a perfect spring day with gorgeous blue skies and the sun offered a little warmth, when not in the shade.  We had a lovely picnic amongst the gumtrees and the daffodils.
After the picnic, the girls and I had a fun time in the shop picking out seeds for our veggie patch.  They stock mostly heirloom varieties and organic where possible, which makes for a fun selection.

The daffodils were blooming en masse

I stood back at one stage and commented to Greg that Scarlett and Tenneille were so excited about choosing which seeds they wanted, it was comparable to the excitement of choosing lollies in a lolly shop!  I only wish I had taken video of it.  They got to pick a couple of seed packs each which they will get to plant themselves and, well I chose, LOTS!  When Tenneille took her seeds up to the counter to be paid for, she commented to the lady serving us, “I’m going to raise the seeds as my own child”.  It was so funny.  The things she comes out with!

After our seed buying frenzy, the girls and I wondered around the beautiful gardens. Scarlett spent most of the time giving Tenneille pony rides and they had fun checking out where all the garden paths lead.

St Erth

Looking out the front door of St Erth

Just one of the views from the many garden paths

I’m hoping we have a wonderful bounty to show you once summer and autumn arrive.  I just need to have words with those rascally snails that seem to think anything I plant is food just for them!

The bounty!

So if you ever find yourself in Blackwood, make sure you check out St Erth.  St Erth is part of The Digger’s Club and I can promise you if you love gardening, you won’t be able to leave empty handed.

Blossoms on one of the espalier fruit trees

Jacinta x

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  • Tracey

    I love spring time and having packages of seeds to plant in the garden . I always get so excited at the bounty that the garden will produce and the canning I will do. I think it does a soul good to connect with the soil. Your pictures are lovely and so cheery .Have a wonderful Monday. xx

  • swanski

    It looks like such a fun outing. I love the outfits the girls have on, cute! I hope the snails stay away from your garden this year.

  • Rain

    Gorgeous! And I love the “raising as my own child” enthusiasm! Happy spring!

  • angie

    Oh I’m always so amazed to think about you being at such a different place than me! I love the excitement of getting seeds in early spring and yet here I am thinking about fall bulb planting before it gets too cold. Love the shot of the girls in the garden, so sweet.

  • Christy

    Wow, what a beautiful place. I love the shots of the girls under the arbor and through the doorway. And oh my! You have a lot of planting to do! Will you be raising your veggies as your own child, too??

  • MJ

    beautiful photos Jacinta, the place looks wonderful!! And seeds!!! Yay! You know you are doing a good job in parenting when your children get excited about seeds and planting!

  • katherine mcwhinney

    You will not be disappointed with those seeds. I joined last winter and had my entire backyard vegie patch planted out and thriving from those packets. Shame we couldn’t eat most of it due to the floods but this year I am going to make up for it and intend to have the freezer full of heirloom veg and the cupboards bulging with tomato sauce and other chutneys and pickles! Mind you I am jealous that you actually got to go to St Erth! One day we will get there.