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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Little Veggie Patch Co.

As promised in our Summer newsletter, we now stock a variety of heirloom seeds from Melbourne based business, the Little Veggie Patch Co.

Beautifully packaged, the packets are artworks in themselves! Seed packets are priced at $4.50 each.

These heirloom seeds are directly descended from cultivars grown pre-1950s and are not used in large scale modern agricultural practices. So they look, and taste, like veggies used to.

We currently have the following seeds ready for planting right now:
  • Carrot 'Baby Amsterdam'
  • Lettuce 'Boston'
  • Radish 'Cherry Belle' HURRY - VERY LIMITED STOCK
  • Spinach 'Bloomsdale'
  • Swiss Chard 'Rainbow'

Guides on the propagation and transplanting of each seed variety are provided at the following website:

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

the manufactory temporary closure

Dear customers

Thank you for your understanding during my brief period of illness. You may have been past recently and seen the 'sorry folks, the boss is ill' note that my husband kindly fixed to our front window.

Or, you may have been one of the few, who in my ill-attempted opening of the shop on Tuesday morning still purchased items despite my obvious illness! A special thank-you goes to those customers.

So, until I can speak again and not just grunt and point like an episode of 'Black Books', we will remain shut.

At this stage, I hope to re-open the shop this Friday and Saturday, from 10am. I cannot however guarantee that we will remain open until 5pm!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

the manufactory at night

If you haven't been past our little shop at night, you've missed a treat. Last night we took this picture, dodging both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, so you too could enjoy the sight.

If you look closely, you may notice the amazing x-ray light box we have in stock (now SOLD). It's a vintage Stanford, made in Australia. Demi johns, terracotta pots, cloches and botanical offerings also fill out the workbench.

Our mailing list has now reached over 130, a great effort. Stay tuned for our Autumn newsletter, its nearly on it's way to you.

Please note: Our shop will be closed this weekend for the Labour Day holiday (Saturday 10 - Monday 12 March). We will re-open 10am Tuesday 13 March.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Steamscape Exhibition

Tonight we are off to Steamscape. It's the opening night of an exhibition that explores the steampunk movement through fashion, sculpture, design and more!

The exhibition is being housed in Post Industrial Design, a funky space in West Footscray. My husband, in his maduncle persona, will be exhibiting some of his work, along with many other artists.

If you're steamy-inclined, or if you just want to see what all the fuss is about steampunk, here's the link to the exhibition. It runs from 2-25 March:

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