Welcome to Life Images by Jill

Welcome to Life Images by Jill.........Stepping into the light and bringing together the images and stories of our world.
Through my blog I am
seeking to preserve images and memories of the beautiful world in which we live and the people in it. And in many ways it is my journal of everyday life. If you click on the Index you can see my posts under various topic headings.
I am a Freelance Journalist and Photographer based in Bunbury, Western Australia. My published work specialises in Western Australian travel articles and stories about inspiring everyday people. My passion is photography, writing, travel, wildflower and food photography.
Most recently I have been enjoying exploring other art genres, including Eco-printing with Australian leaves onto cloth and paper.
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Monday, 14 January 2019

Kimberley flowers - the Rosella

I was going back through my Kimberley photos the other day from our trip in 2016, and was reminded about the amazing edible Rosella plant - Hibiscus Sabdariffa.  This delicious bush tucker plant is thought to have been brought to Australian from Sri Lanka by Indonesian fishermen, thousands of years ago. Since then the Australian Rosella has developed its own unique characteristics and thrives in the northern parts of Australia.

 At first we thought it was a weed, as it looked out of place and very weed like (ie more succulent than an native Australian plant in the Kimberley), but then we discovered it was the Rosella plant. No wonder it looks out of place as, even though it had been here for thousands of years, it is not strictly a native of Australia. But obviously it does very well in the north.

However the flowers of the Rosella are delicious, and whenever we saw one on our walks I couldn't resist plucking off a couple of flowers to nibble on.

The red edible calyxes are high in vitamin C with a tart-sweet flavour which goes well in salads, jellies, red sauces, jams, cordials, syrups, fruit teas and wine. I tasted jam made by a friend in the Kimberley, but have never made it myself as it requires a great number of calyxes, but I can guarantee it is absolutely delicious. I purchased a couple of jars in Broome and brought them back home with me. You can also buy Rosella flowers in syrup, which I haven't tried myself, but I'm told are also delicious. Here is a recipe from Tucker Bush.com - Rosella Jam

So there you have it - the Rosella plant. You can find out more information here - Rosella - Tucker Bush.com
ps - I am not promoting any particular product or company.

You might also like:
The wildflowers are blooming in the Kimberley 
On the road through the Kimberley 
The Kimberley Boab Tree 

 Thank you so much for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. I will try to visit your blogs in return. I hope your 2019 has started well. My January seems to be very busy! Have a wonderful week. 

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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Summer is here in Western Australia

Hi everyone, it is summer here in the beautiful south west of Western Australia, and I am feeling a little overwhelmed with a growing list of things I need to get done, so I am going to take a little blogging break this week. I would really much rather be just relaxing on a beach somewhere, or preferably under some palms in a deck chair by a pool reading a book. Or maybe sailing away somewhere on this boat. But sadly I am not. 

I hope to see you again next week. Until then, enjoy what is left of this week, take care, and be happy in all you do. 

 What are you up to or would like to be doing?
Don't forget you can see what the Communal Global gals are doing over on Instagram

You might also like to go to a couple of my previous summer posts:
Summer salad days 
Live is a beach in Western Australia