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Darwin Royal Show 2014

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The dry season in the Top End is always crazy jammed packed full of activities and events, one of my favourites is the annual Darwin Royal Show mainly for the poultry and gardening sections which is where I tend to spend most of my time going out my way to by pass the loud side show alleys. As my kids are growing older they are just starting to see the excitement with all the rides and show bags so by the end of the day I am very tired and very broke. As much as I hate the rides and show bags I do enjoy seeing my children having fun and this year was extra pleased to see both of them (5yrs & 3yrs) took so much interest in the farm animals and beautiful flowers on display. Paris my oldest said she wanted to enter a mini garden next year so I had better get our thinking caps on so we are ready.

Previous years we have entered in a category or two however this year we were so busy with the business that closing dates had passed long before I even thought about it, never mind there is always next year. I may enter one of my orchids and even give the preserves section a ago however the yummy displays I saw would be hard to beat I bet those ladies have spent years upon years mastering their secret recipe. I have been reading the Grass Roots magazine for a while now and have read so many yummy recipes my favourites are the ones that use the Rosella bush from jams,  cordials and even tea.

One of my dear friends from Katherine introduced me to Rosella tea at the Adelaide River markets earlier this year, there was a lady there selling the dried Rosella with a hint of ginger yummo!! If your ever at the markets make sure you pick up some of this refreshing tea its great hot or as iced tea on a very hot day.

I must say a massive thank you to all the men and ladies out there who contribute to the shows around Australia with their baking its a tradition thats been around for centuries and enjoyed by many. Not just for the old these days as we see so many entries from the younger generation coming through right down to the pre schoolers but I'll say the older generation certainly do know how to cook a mean fruit cake or lovely light sponge. Back when there were no fancy cookbooks, utensils or weird and wonderful ingredients our grandmothers used the simplest of ingredients with lots of love which produced some of the best baking around.  The Australian Blue Ribbon Cookbook is a must for any of you wanting to try a bit of show baking, I love the fact that a review I once read on this book said it had enough butter and sugar to sustain Australian dairy farmers  and cane growers for years. In the early days there were no waves of people stressing about their waist line they ate what was on the table and got outside allot more than we do today.

This year my husband and I also started dog showing with our Australian Kelpies so show time was busier than normal as we had dogs to wash, excercise and pamper ready for the ring. Usually I like to wander through the flowers and plants writing down the names however this year I only got time to write the bromeliads down so if your after the name of a certain plants just send me a message and I'll do my best to track down the name if I don't already know it.

We loved the Tropiculture display of tropical fruits, these guys always have such a good variety of fruits and vegetables you can grow in our climate and are full of friendly advice. Kev and I recently traveled out to their farm and picked up some tropical fruit trees for our property. It was a fantastic morning with the opening of their vegetable patch and a spread of delicious dishes for the public to try.

There is a long line of photos to scroll through but on our facebook page will also have their album for viewing.

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