I make handdrawn maps, hold popup workshops, long table gatherings and teach iphone photography & instagram basics

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“We took a gamble on our life, sold up, packed up sailed, flew and drove our 2 small children & farm dog, from the West Coast of Australia to start a new country life on an Old Mussel Farm at the bottom of Far South Tasmania.’
— Jo Adams on ABC's Australia Allover

Supermarkets were made in 1947.

Before that we lived out of our pantry. Throughout the year we gathered, bottled, dried, baked, swapped picked brined, and stored our food from the land. We had veggie patches, chooks, fishing spots,  orchards and skills. In season we harvested fruits, plucked berries, salted smoked, brined olives, stole honey, and foraged for wild mushrooms.

We spent fished, shucked, plucked, collected, salted, hunted, brewed, cured, canned, dried and dug.We had larders, pantrys, cellars, storage huts and outdoor wire cool-rooms.

Long Table Lunch of homemade preserves, chutneys, pickles and garden produce. 

We produced enough for ourselves and had excess to be stored, bartered, swapped, gifted or sold. Families gathered around tables where food was prepared,and ate at - it was the first port of call of day and the last at night. Manners were taught & upkept. The Art of Conversation was instilled & shared. We made cordial. leather, chutneys, cheese, jams, cured, dried & potted meats. We collected wood, nuts and bulbs. We tended to our gardens & friendships. We learnt to sew, whittle, knit, preserve and up-cycle and passed those skills & products around.  

We made and created & conserved traditions. Everything that can & could be nurtured was. Many times over – presented in different ways. Its about sharing the fruits of ones labour & its methods in doing so, with the people you love.It is then in times where living was harder, or scarce or poorer or in great celebration….the seasons harvests could be enjoyed. I'm on a homemade, homegrown & handmade path of turning my little farm into a more slow & simple lifestyle for my family.

But truthfully I'm really not that good at gardening, pretty disorganised and totally shit at bookkeeping. 

I do however adore learning new skills & meeting people & eating cake, so I very occasionally find someone good at their craft and run a Traditional Skill workshops on something I myself would love to learn. Maybe iphone photography, farmhouse cheese-making, bullet journalling, handmade pasta making, wooden spoon carving or whatever....

Follow us on instagram @ladyjoadams  in Tasmania for our daily shenanigans.