BRRRR! Bloody westerly winds gusting and cloudy, overcast conditions. Today was a chainsaw pruning and mulching day, took the tops out of some leggy macadamias and stagged a loquat tree and an avocado. Place looked like a tornado went through until I chopped it all up smaller. The lemon grass and arrowroot also got a number three, I did not know that cows liked eating it until now. Dug up the first of this season's yacon. Masses of tubers, not bad raw either. Anybody got any yacon recipes? First batch of jaboticaba jam bottled this morning, not bad at all. Just need to remember the labelling bit because there are rosella jam and Grumichama jam in the same cupboard. Out of control pumpkin vines should be dying off and letting the first crop mature but have all re-flowered and put on twice as many new fruit? The persimmon trees have just now all lost their leaves, nearly the shortest day of the year, due in a week and a bit, I look forward to the day lengths increasing and especially the sun appearing earlier in the morning. Weird how the weather here gets colder until August even though the day length is increasing. Chicken slow cooked in sweet oranges simmering away on the wood fire, pumpkin soup with potato and bacon chunks first course with custard apple and cream for dessert. Just as well I don't eat like this every day. Otherwise I'd be as big as a house. Winter has arrived. Quite enjoyable if you are warm and well fed.