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It pops up in many of our summer photo’s. So  thought I’d give it its own little mini post. The Teepee. My cheapskate alternative to the ones you can buy. Ones I desperately want but the niggle on my brain tells me that ‘its not worth $$’.

4 6ft Garden stakes, ours are 1inch Sq. Why stakes? They have pointy ends that dig in to the ground just enough to hold it stable and steady. Twine at the top. Mines baler twine from our hay – be classier than me and use craft twine, it’ll look cute. Pull each stake out to form a square. Cloth draped over. Held in place with pegs – yeah, hight end construction! Todays cloth was a batik sarong from Fiji – I just adore the light as it filters through. On other days we have used single bed sheets, double bedsheets and sofa throws. I rather liked how todays provides shade but allows the breeze through.

For indoors use lighter bamboo poles or stakes (easier to store). I have the plan for a a frame tent which I might try. But for now a simple little teepee works perfectly. Light airy and easy. Yes please.

February 11, 2014 Crafting

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Utter randoms from the last week, little snippets of life from our side of the world. Doesn’t everyone bike in a bee costume? She was so proud to have completed the jigsaw on her own. A first and a real test of patience and tenacity. Lolly treat when out with mama. Wood walk with daddy. Ponying to school. Just because jumping for joy is fun. Walking with her buddy – these two make me smile.

February 10, 2014 Homelife

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My beautiful girl. You are so special to me.

February 9, 2014 52 Project

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The river is our go to place for space and relaxation, take some noodles, throw some stones. Unwind. Laugh. After a busy week it was just what we needed today. Cheekily it was also on the way to Oxford where I needed to go to grab something. I love it when a plan comes together. Nim had a great time. We didn’t stay long, it was windy and quite cold. It was perfect though. Just what was needed.

The noodles – simple 3 min noodles in a soup thermos, add the hot water, seal up and open when ready to eat. Drain liquid and eat. Nomnomnom. Its not sophisticated but it works.

February 8, 2014 Little Adventures

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Joining Soulemama  for This Moment ~ A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. A special moment from this week.

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February 7, 2014 This Moment

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Tuesday was hot hot hot. Seriously. 31 degrees hot. Like, so hot we retreated indoors to rest and cool off. She rode her pony to preschool in the morning, then I ran before it got to warm. Lunch, home and paddling pool. The pool and slide were a huge hit. A bit of washing liquid and she flew. A little teepee made with a sheet as a quiet reading nook between the sliding and splashing.

We played, came in for a smoothie, played some more. A friend came and played too. Is a dip in the pool an ok substitute for a bath? We think so.

It was lovely to live very second of that beautiful day. Drink in the sunshine right to the last ray over the fields. Summer encapsulated into 12 hours. The next day it rained. My plants were pleased. I think we all were to be honest. A cooler wind, better sleep. 

I’m also starting a E-course with The Cherry Farm. I was super lucky to win the course on another awesome blog Mothering with Mindfulness and am really excited to get started and find new way to get the most out of my time with Moo. So far, so excellent. I’ll do a proper review tomorrow..

E-Course: Creating Magical Days

“Would you like to bring more peace and magic into your days but don’t know where to start?

“Imagine gentle days filled with stories, laughter and nature explorations. Imagine (re-)discovering your own creativity while connecting with your children. Imagine creating a rhythm that makes your days smoother and more peaceful.”

February 6, 2014 Homelife

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This is really a garden update, that is to say the gardens doing well, we are continuously harvesting onions, zucchinis, carrots, beens, beets, and brassicas. Not to mention strawberries. Loads of strawberries, much to the delight of little madam. The peppers are filling out and I’m waiting for them to turn red and juicy. Still waiting for the tomatoes to turn too – although in the last week the number of little fruits on all the bushes has really increased. With warm weather and brassicas comes white butterflies and the caterpillars that come with them. Eating my veggies!

While harvesting today Moo noticed the little pretty white butterflies flitting about. So after some chatting about where they come from we did some art, well. She splashed pompoms and glue about and I tried to do something that resembled the circle of life – butterfly style. We had fun.

One thing I am surprised about this year is that although we have 5 raised beds going, plus a couple of other containers we really aren’t inundated, even with 5 zucchini plants prolifically producing we are coping just fine using everything on a day to day basis. Onions are being used as needed out of the ground, same with carrots and beets. We have enough beans but not to many. I wonder how much we would need to put in to be able to preserve an excess? I’m predicting a bit of a flux in tomatoes once they are all through and freezing a bit, but the rest – we just eat our way through it.

Winter garden wise I have plans for planting some parsnips as soon as I’ve straightened out the autumn carrot bed (job for this week) and I am starting broccoli, kale, kohl rabi, spinach and cauliflower in little paper pots for when the current carrot and paper/tomato beds are over and cleared out. Some ornamental kale will go round the garden boarder as colour for winter too.

February 3, 2014 Food

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We got happy mail from amazon, books for her and me. Girls Style Book – Japanese clothing patterns, oh my goodness its such a beautiful book, the pictures, the simple details. The simple instructions ~ they might prove a little challanging! The blouse will be my first project. When my sewing machine returns from its service and some TLC. 

For her a selection, picked for their great reviews and charm. Our pick of the bunch has to Tap the Magic Tree ~ its been read about 100 times in 24h, again and again and again.

February 2, 2014 Crafting

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Twirling about like a whirly bird. Happy.

February 1, 2014 52 Project

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In my week. Random shots from our life. Mundane normality and each is special in its own way.

Roses from my garden. Supper about to be cooked. Enthusiastic art. New shorts, made by mama – Violet Fields Threads ~ Daphne Knickers. Off Biking with daddy. Insane jumping about just for the joy of it ~ nana knitted top and Sleepy Jeans by Brownie Goose by me, in awesome bonkers fabric from Riley Blake. There is a lot of jumpy singy dancey goodness in our house at the moment. Her little voice lights up the afternoons, while her not so little feet stamp and clump and bounce like a herd of mini elephants charging through the house. Its delightful.

We have had a good week, busy. Full of life of all types. Swimming finished with a bang, unfortunately not a firework style bang, more ballon bursting style. She was over it. To cold, to much pressure to follow instruction. We bailed on the last lesson. Know when to quit huh? She’s done really well, now for a break to let her physical strength and ability catch up with her confidence and enthusiasm.

Ballet still gets mentioned multiple times a day – my response is that wonderfully noncommittal parental phrases ‘we’ll see honey, may be’. Yeah, I’m turning into my mum.

February 1, 2014 Crafting, Food

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