The second month into 2012 and the new vegie patch has survived in the heat and is starting to produce wonderfully tasty tomatoes, basil (lots of it - I will have to make some pesto sauce soon), capsicums, an array of herbs and of course the family favourite, fresh chillies. The vegie patch is in a couple of old oak barrels that have reached the use by date for wine making and have been cut in half for the garden. It's a joy to reach into the garden for fresh vegetables. Ah for the simple life. It'll be soap making next!