Sipping on Rebecca's delicious homemade chili cordial was a great way to learn how to honor the tools we use in our gardens.
Rebecca grew up on a farm in New Zealand where she learned at an early age the value of good tool care.
Older tools accessible through op shops and other recycling outlets have better quality metal and can be restored to magnificent items through simple techniques.
Rebecca showed us these techniques and also how to maintain contemporary tools.
Sparks flew from her lathe causing seats to be vacated as Rebecca demonstrated valuable techniques.
I was very covetous of the workbench she had built from a salvaged door found at a recycling yard.
She also had some ingenious ideas on how to create new tools.
Amongst those watching were Sheila Perkin's president of Varsity Vegies and the well known orchardist Jude Lai.
Jude had some valuable knowledge of his own to share.
Then it was time to eat a wonderful selection of homegrown and homemade goodies including my rosella ices from rosellas grown at Varsity Vegies Community Garden.
The recipe for these will be on my next blog.
A good time was had by all.