Moving into Autumn

As the summer season has drawn to a close, and Autumn sets in, it's a good time to reflect on a busy season at 5 Willows. 

Food updates

Our veggie patches and fruit trees are a labour of love, and we are now able to offer some of our produce for sale. 

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Vegetable stock paste – available at The Market, Jindabyne. We include as many ingredients as we can that are grown on the property.

Vegetable stock paste, with some of our lovely horses feeding in the background

Vegetable stock paste, with some of our lovely horses feeding in the background

Fresh zucchini – we’ve had a successful and long season with the zucchini, and they’re still producing. These are also available at The Market, Jindabyne, and are delivered by us generally 3 times each week.

Zucchini flowers, some baby zucchinis still growing on the plant, and then the day's crop

Zucchini flowers, some baby zucchinis still growing on the plant, and then the day's crop

Potatoes – we planted three varieties - Kipfler (great for salads and boiling), King Edward (great for roasting, jacket potatoes, and chips) and Nicola (a good all-rounder well suited to mashing). We have a bumper crop and potatoes are available to order from us directly. Click here for more details. 

Digging up a row of Kipfler potatoes

Digging up a row of Kipfler potatoes

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We have also had success with strawberries, thornless blackberries, carrots, heirloom corn, chillies and lettuce, all for our family table. We have a large number of tomatoes starting to fruit too, and have planted peas, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, and more lettuce for the autumn season.

Strawberries are having a long season with many large and beautifully shaped fruits

Strawberries are having a long season with many large and beautifully shaped fruits


Photography

It’s been a very busy few months with the Photography business.

Craig has been busy photographing a number of weddings at Lake Crackenback, Thredbo, Berridale and Jindabyne. Bookings for the wedding season later in the year are also strong with Thredbo and Lake Crackenback being the preferred venues.

Bridal party on location at Cascades in the KNP

Bridal party on location at Cascades in the KNP

We were happy to be involved with the Christmas Fair at the Equestrian Resort in December, with 5 Willows providing the Santa Photos for the local community.

Classic country community Christmas Photo - Dec 2017

Classic country community Christmas Photo - Dec 2017

We’ve also been working with local real estate agents to photograph properties for sale, holiday accommodation, and the Banjo has updated it’s food menu and accommodation offerings so we’ve been responsible for shooting a whole series of work for the branding that will follow.

Food, drink, and the Banjo Paterson Inn; Accommodation at Beloco West - The Quarters

Food, drink, and the Banjo Paterson Inn; Accommodation at Beloco West - The Quarters

We also try to be continually involved in the local community and in particular the schools. Craig has been working with Theo Schoo this year on many of the local school photographs, including SMGS, JCS, Dalgety, Nimmitabel and Berridale schools. We have also been teaching Photography as an optional ‘Academy of Excellence’ at SMGS for high-schoolers in Term 1. SMGS continue to use 5 Willows for many of their school event and marketing work too.

Progress on the Garden Studio structures hasn't been able to progress as we would have liked, so they are on the list before Winter sets in.


On the Farm

We have a new horse, Billie, who came from Junee in January. She has settled in very nicely and Emily is enjoying riding her. We now have 6 horses in total having sold Bindi the Brumby.

Emily riding Billie, our newest addition

Emily riding Billie, our newest addition

Nanny successfully incubated a second batch of baby chicks that hatched on New Year’s Day. They have all been integrated now with the existing hens, while the roosters are separately housed.