It’s getting to that time of year

In Melbourne, Australia, you know Spring is coming when you smell Sweet Pittosporum and Jasmine in the air. Considered weeds by some, both are planted (and appear uninvited) in gardens and parks all over the city.

This smell brings with it the promise of fresh red berries, plump dark cherries, aromatic nectarines and peaches, golden apricots and more. It’s one of the first signs that Winter will soon be over, that warm days and evenings are coming, and that all the good stuff will be in abundance at the markets soon.

I love this time of year, and look forward to all the delicious summer fruits. I plan ahead – gathering jars and lids, putting reminders in the calendar, and mentally setting aside time to make my supplies of jam, sauce and bottled fruit while the picking is good.

Afterall, there’s nothing like the experience of a full to bursting pantry, with plenty of jars to last you and your family until the next summer, and a few for gifts. It makes me feel like a wealthy woman!

This year, I want to record my makings, and share recipes, stories and poems from – and inspired by – my mother’s book Windfalls (see About).

I’ll be back soon with more…