As the weather starts to warm up a tad and the rain abates, suddenly there is a flurry of cleaning up to be done around the place. On little properties people are gathering up fallen branches and old wood and tossing them onto the ever increasing bonfire piles. We have a month before the firebans come in, so there are plumes of smoke everywhere. We have 7 huge stumps that we'd love to get rid of, so we've been heaping everything on top to see if they will burn. Finally we had a day with no wind so burning day it was. Everything is still a bit damp so the fire needed persuading to burn fiercely and although all the crap we had cleaned up finally burnt, those stumps stubbornly sat there with barely a scorch mark. We'll have another go in week or so, but this time will stack more small logs at ground level around the stumps, rather than throwing everything over the top.
So, with the abundance of celery, we've been adding it to salad and stews. I'm going to cut up, blanch and freeze a heap, a big batch of cream of celery soup is on the cards, then, a brain zap from the past - Chunder Buns! Yes! For those of you that haven't tried this delightful snack, grate some cheese, add as much chopped celery as you wish, and mix it together with tomato sauce, enough to moisten the mix and hold it together a bit. Then heap it onto split bread rolls (we used toast this time) and grill until the cheese melts. Yummm!
Ever since moving down here we've wanted to buy a piece of original, local art and this year we found it. I can't quite describe the feeling, we both fell in love with this piece and can't stop looking at it. On first glance we thought it was a photograph, but no, in fact the piece has been done with pastels. It is called Southern Dune and is the work of a first time exhibitor, a lady by the name of Mary Young. My photo doesn't do it justice at all, the vibrant light captured in it is something that only the eye can appreciate. It isn't purple either, that's the photo!