Our vegetable garden is looking beautifully green and abundant. It is a total credit to our vegetable garden team during this very hot summer.
Our harvest includes tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, beans and chard.
The grapes along the fence, as well as near the kitchen, have been picked and will be made into grape jelly.
These grapes are small but taste wonderful, a muscat/muscatel flavour, sweet but with a depth of flavour and not watery.
This seemed to be a great year for grapes with over 25 kilograms picked.
The self-seeded lettuce is now coming up and will continue on through the winter.
Massey peas are also being planted on tepees along with other autumn crops.
In your home garden now is the time to plant out your brassicas, lettuce, radish and onions and maybe peas.
It may still not be too late for starting brasscia seeds or planting root crops like carrots, parsnips, turnips, etc.
GEORGIAN GLASS: COLONIAL STYLE
Currently on display is the National Trust travelling exhibition, the first time it has been seen outside Sydney.
When I looked at this beautiful display I saw a variety of styles and was interested to see the range of purpose-specific glassware that was used.
The stems of some of the glasses are just lovely and as were the decorations.
One thing that struck me was that many of the glasses were quite small. I then read that a common size in the 1700s was only 66 ml which gradually increased to the sizes today.
Then doing some further research I found out about the Glass Excise tax. This was introduced by British parliament in 1745.
All types of glass were taxed: window, bottles and glasses. Glass at that time was sold by weight so manufacturers responded to this tax by producing smaller glasses which were highly decorated with hollow stems.
This tax was lifted in 1845.
Popular drinks during this period included fortified wines, brandy, claret, rum and port.
IN THE KITCHEN
In the kitchen we are busy preserving. Plum jelly, strawberry and rhubarb jam and tomato jam are being bottled in addition to the grape jelly mentioned above.
One of our volunteers is looking at making wine/ale from some of the grapes and another is experimenting with drying them.
- Read more: Preserving is her passion
IN THE SHOP
The shop has been restocked to reflect the current exhibition.
We have a range of hand-made glass from Peter Minson, a glass artist from Binalong.
There are also a range of cards, etc. which feature the Georgian era and a book you may find interesting, English Drink Glasses 1675-1825.
We also have some seeds from our vegetable garden and a booklet on cool climate gardening.
Sunday March 17: Car Boot Sale and Devonshire Teas 10am to 2pm. Car-booters, to book please call Judy 0408 490 252.
Until April 28: National Trust travelling exhibition Georgian Glass: Colonial Style.
Be part of the ongoing preservation and development of Riversdale by becoming a volunteer today.
Riversdale Homestead is at 2 Twynam Drive, North Goulburn. Open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 2pm. Devonshire Teas on the third Sunday of each month.