Yay for sunshine, it makes us happy and smiley and allows us to enjoy the outdoors (in shady spots) We are filling our memory banks to keep us cheery through the winter that is to come. She takes her basket of goodies with her. Headphones, some blocks and her chocolate teddy for nana. 

Loving the quilt I made over the winter. It holds so many memories, fabric from dresses, coat, bodywarmer, a bag for me, jacket and cushions. 

January 16, 2014 Homelife


Some pics from the week


Optional clothing in the heat, swimming, beautiful skies, heading for ice-cream after swimming, playing chase, new clothes for her and me, pony time.

January 15, 2014 Homelife

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When I get complacent about parenting, feeling it’s simple, organic and natural then a big fat speed bump jumps right up and smacks me right in the chops. This last one was big, huge even. A road bump the size of a bus. Sleepless nights, hysterics at the slightest thing, huge plummets in confidence and clinginess. Smack bang in my over confident face. It’s hard hard work, but at least it the real deal. There were times when we thought we might never have that.

The sun has finally come out and we have been able to hang out in the garden and relax. The peace of our home has really helped. A few days at home playing has refilled her cup and calmed her down. She’s starting to sleep through the night again and is coping better with her emotions. Quiet painting while I cook, resting on her quilt on the lawn. She loves hanging out with her animals and being in her own space. Its given me time to enjoy her and her company, without dashing about. 

She’s really enjoying books which I”m so delighted about, we have made regular library visits to stock up on new stories for quiet reading and its helped us to turn off the tv and find a more peaceful but interactive way to relax. Cuddled up on the sofa with daddy before dinner, reading to her dollies, snuggled in bed for an afternoon ‘rest’. We have ordered a few new ones for her too.

And this pacing ourselves has given me a little time to sew too. Bonus.

Today I finished her ‘Lazy Susan’ by Brownie Goose. I love the split bodice version and the shape, so beautiful. It was a beasty thing to sew up – no fault of the pattern at all, but my brain wasnt in it, that combined with cheaper Lincraft fabric and my seam ripped got a workout – and the bloody chervons are still wonky! I’m really keen to have another bash. I’d also love to try and adapt it to a boat necked tunic, that neckline is just awesome.

I’m quite excited as I have a couple of pattern books on order form amazon too, Japanese ones which get pretty great reviews. Carefree Clothes for Girls and Girls Style Book. I can’t wait. I also have a top for me cut which I need to sew up, just a little peasant blouse for summer, which I hope I’ll be able to layer for winter too. I have a quilt to start cutting out, a basic snuggly winter one for a friend – hoping I can actually get it done before their northern hemisphere winter ends! Other bits that have been going on include swimming locally, bike rides with daddy, playdates with friends and lots of gardening for mama and daddy.

January 14, 2014 Little Adventures

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A garden update.
Its going well. We have been battered by warm winds throughout this ‘summer’ and we have had a fair bit of rain. Summer not been up to much really. Ive had to irrigate almost daily due to the winds. They have messed up the runner beans (dried out he tops of the vine despite watering) and I’ve found my very cool ‘wheelbarrow planter’ for my tomatoes is indeed cool – but also impractical as its not deep enough to stabilise the stakes – so my toms are kinda twisty and bent over looking.
The carrots are doing well and so are the beets. Next year I think I’ll stick to a ‘line planting’ system rather than ‘carrot/beet bed’ of higgly planting. My second plant of carrots are finally coming through – 2 sets of seeds did nothing and the 3rd are coming up. Disappointing as I bought heirlooms the first two times and I ended up using generic seeds. I’ll try again next year, with the heirlooms under cloches at the start of the season. Ive had a few sets of heirlooms not do anything despite perfect germination conditions, so I’ll use heirlooms next year bit from a registered seed company rather than small home producers.
The brassica bed is going ok. Again I think it needs more companion planters next year and a little more order – rather than my ‘stick seedlings in every and anywhere!’ We have had a few kohl rabi but not broccoli. The kale has done well. Yummy kale chips.
Strawberries are in the middle of the season, so lots of fruits but still have to redden up. Onions are coming up nicely – perhaps a little over crowded in areas (a theme I’m noticing!)
I have a pumpkin coming through and a squash too – surprise plants which are a delightful bonus. The pepper plants are all doing well – they are in a more sheltered position and dont mind the drier weather. Today was the first harvest. 
The pics – todays pickings and supper – all home grown. Yay!
I’m trying to keep notes this year to makes sure I rotate and adapt for next year to maximise what we can get from our beds. We are hoping to add another two beds by next spring.

January 12, 2014 Homelife

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Chilling in the garden after an early morning, as the sun rises.

January 12, 2014 52 Project

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This moment – A moment from this week. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. A special moment.

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January 9, 2014 This Moment


A few years ago this would be about my New Years. Now its about the New Year. My hope, goals and ambitions. A small aside into my word for the year. Pace. Learning to apply pace to life. The correct and appropriate pace.

And pictures, lot’s of those. Cos, you know; my writing is awful.





Our garden, a space for us all. Productive, calming, warming and motivating. I want to enjoy it more. Give more to it and take more out. Plans include some sort of seating, better veggie bed management, a few small ‘makeovers’ for little corners. And lots more time. But we will pace ourselves.





New Year, new things. Challenges that are uplifting and fun. That build self esteem and awareness. Love automatic belays. Pace activities to get the most from then. To feel our way though at the pace of each individual. To know when to quit and when to push.


Creating for my own enjoyment. Pacing myself to enjoy the process not just the result.

There are many other smaller bits that go into our new years plans. More exercise and healthy eating – we really want to wean off processed sugar, but that’s going to take time and determination. We want to try and eat in rhythm with the seasons and be more experimental in cooking. Branch out to preserving even. Perhaps get chickens (again).

Financially as ever we strive to be secure, less wasteful and forward thinking. We want to live well and plan ahead. Bucket lists and adventure that we can build the ground work on now. A USA road trip thats still a spec on the horizon. Places to be explored. People we love and care about to see.

I think that this coming year will be about family more than ever before, not just our little trio, but a larger family. People we care so very deeply about and want in our lives. We will make it happen.

Most of all we want to be more mindful, more aware of the moment we are living. And sharing it.

January 8, 2014 Homelife

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This year I have decided to join Practicing Simplicity’s 52 Project – a weekly picture of my daughter, throughout the year. As a record.



January 4, 2014 52 Project

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Joining Soulemama for This Moment. 

A moment from this week I want to pause, savour and remember. A special moment.


January 4, 2014 This Moment

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