Tuesday, April 30, 2013

HAPPY AS A PIG IN MUD


I've been waiting, searching, asking, and my patience has finally paid off, in the form of $1.99 a kilo.

No spoon required.  Just cut, squeeze and suck.

Happy days.

Are you a feijoa fan?  To anyone not from New Zealand, have you tried these little beauties?

Monday, April 29, 2013

IN THESE SMALL HOURS



::  Sunsetting Autumn colours
::  "Hands Mum"
::  Firewood seasoning
::  Banksia in the garden
::  Brown paper packages tied up with string
::  Wearing her pin on Anzac day.  She had asked for some money to get an Anzac pin from School.
::  Treated to a singing, dancing, playing performance
::  Anzac cookies.  Our sugar free recipe from here
::  Preparing a rainbow crown for rainbow day at kinder
::  Saturday morning farmers markets
::  Park time
::  It was a perfect day for a wander through a nearby village
::  Vintage finds.  I would love that coffee set in my home
::  The Autumn day was warm enough for an ice-cream treat

As always, joining The Beetle Shack

Saturday, April 27, 2013

17/52



A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2013

Ruby::  She had her first school friend play date on Friday after school.  On Thursday she set to making her friend a crown for when she came to visit.
Jenson:: Always smiling, even with his apples
Mila::  Having a wee lie down at the park

As always, joining Jodi



Thursday, April 25, 2013

NATURE IN THE HOME


Leucadendron Jack Harre
Leucadendron Safari Sunset
Leptospermum Copper Glow

Foraged from our garden.  Bringing the Autumn colours inside.

These make great cut flowers.  Would you believe these were picked two weeks ago?  They last and last.

Joining Lou's Nature in the Home series

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

GET LUCKY

They've done it.  Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams.  Two of my favourites have come together.

Turn. It. Up!




Monday, April 22, 2013

IN THESE SMALL HOURS


This weeks collections of Stills. Our lives are made, in these small hours. 

:: Herbs in pots.  The mint had all but dried out and died.  I cut it right back and hoped for the best.  It is pleasing me.
::  Cookies ready for the oven
:: "Jaw Mummy"
:: She can often be found in this spot
:: Autumn afternoon light
:: An abundance of self seeded tomatoes, coriander and lettuce
::  It's certainly cooled down.  Jackets, boots and PJ pants.  That's how we roll.

Joining Em for Weekly Stills

Sunday, April 21, 2013

16/52

 "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2013"

Ruby:: Reading Eggs in the morning
Jenson::  He had taken a big leap in his swimming lessons during the morning.  All tuckered out after lunch
Mila:: She loves getting outside in the cold with her boots and jacket

Sweet little Everly made me smile last week.

See more 52 portraits at Jodi's

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

IN THESE SMALL HOURS

This weeks collections of Stills. Our lives are made, in these small hours. 

::  Enjoying the Autumn weather and riding the trails at a new local park
::  Taking a break
::  Tea parties with "Baby"
::  Filling our home days with dancing and singing...
::  ...and filling the art wall
::  How is she two?  How?
::  Feeding sheep at a day at the farm
::  Breaking for afternoon tea at a day at the farm with friends.  You can see more of this day here, and here.
::  Morning Tea.  Cake recipe here.  It's a goodie!
::  Fixing and stacking
::  More dancing.  This time in her bedroom, where she can turn her music up louder.

Joining in with Emily at The Beetle Shack

Saturday, April 13, 2013

15/52



"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2013"

Ruby::  She had been listening to music and dancing on her bed in her dance clothes, complete with shawl she had noticed tucked away, which was actually made for her when she was 11 months old to wear at our wedding.  I asked her what she was looking forward to about going back to school.  After she finished bouncing around and telling me, she lay down and reflected for a few moments.
Jenson:: So much of his personality oozes from his kind smiling eyes.
Mila::  Taking a wee time to rest on a day at the farm with friends, in which no sleep was had.

This striking image of Daisy had me captivated last week.

As always, joining Jodi for the 52 project

Friday, April 12, 2013

AUTUMN IN THE GARDEN


 Autumn thus far here has been quite pleasant. Today I had all the windows open and the doors in the living room open as far as they could stretch. The breeze swept through and the sun warmed the floors.
The mornings and evening have definitely been Autumn like with a fresh chill and dewiness to them, but that's what I love about this season.  We've had a couple of days of rain, which has been welcoming.  There has only been a slight change to the colours of the horizon, with the tree's still holding on to much of their green.  The bee's are still buzzing and the garden is still growing.  

When Johnny and I started planting our garden, we had in mind that we wanted a predominantly native one.  A garden to attract bees and birds.  We didn't want to create anything with too much of a formal feel.  We wanted the end result to feel more like we had cleared a part of land to build our house, rather than had started with an empty block.  We've planted a range of natives, and although we lost quite a number in the wetness that was last Winter, our garden is now developing at a rate that we can actually start seeing it for what it will become.  Many of the flowers have bloomed, some more than once, throughout Spring and again in Autumn, and others are still blooming.

Last week I set out to plant our Autumn/Winter vege garden.  The preparation had begun a few weeks ago, when I harvested the remainder of our tomatoes and cleaned out other plants and herbs that had gone to seed.  So with soils cultivated and ready, Jenson, Ruby and I got to planting.

This autumn we've planted:
- Mixed lettuces
- Carrots
- Garlic
- Beetroot
- Snow peas
- Rocket
- spinach
- Broccolli
- Cauliflower
- Cabbage

We've also got Rhubarb, of which I need to harvest.  Mum, (Or anyone else with Rhubarb experience) how do you know when it's ready?  Some of the shoots don't look all that thick, but the plant is pretty big and full!

We've been out there each day, watching them growing, waiting for new shoots, picking weeds and brushing little white eggs off the undersides of leaves.  We'll be eating our own salad green's again before we know it.

This vege garden thing is still a bit new to me.  Even though I remember having my own little patch of garden when I was a wee girl, and I've dabbled a bit at times.  It is now that it will, and has, become a big part of our lives.  Our livelihood, infact.  Being a little self sustained is quite important to us, so it's important that we learn to grow our own food.  So much seems to be trial and error (esspecialy when it comes to composting!), but we are learning as we go.

I'm really starting to fall in love with it, this garden of ours.  The edible and the inedible.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again.  It's good for the soul.  In more ways that one.

Are you growing your own food?  Have you planted some Autumn veges?