This Moment

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





Breaking the rules this week with a little selection of moments from this week that all made me smile and feel calm and contented.


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It’s not often I feature in pictures. Mostly because I’m usually behind the camera. And also because there is only ever a 2% success rate in taking a picture of me where I don’t either have my eyes closed or look like a startled chipmunk. Seriously, the similarities are striking.

We had a wonderful evening walk in the woods a few nights ago. Hubby with his camera. Spectacular light.

There have been many things that have been chaffing me this summer. Heat, wind. The offence that Christmas in the summertime causes me – I’ve tried to get past it but it feels WRONG. If we didn’t have our wonderful overseas family and some amazing friends making the days fun and happy I think it could actually be a rather glum time of year for me. We are lucky.

But the summer light. Oh the light.The evenings that literally glow. They make summer. That redeems the little things and reminds me I don’t really want winter back quite yet. Although I do reserve the right to do a little happy dance on mornings where it’s grey and damp and a bit chilly. 

Gemma Skirt by Violette Field Threads

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I actually made up this skirt as a quick make for Christmas. It’s a lovely design and such a easy sew by Violette Field Threads. I chose my rather hoarded and precious Heather Ross  fabric. I almost cried cutting into it. But I was glad I did. It made the loveliest skirt. Potentially not the very best choice since the skirt is cut on the circle but it worked out ok. 

Because its cut on the circle is perfect for twirling and hot summer days. It has a delightful curved waist in the front and is gathered with elastic in the back. There are optional bubble pockets – usually I’m not a pocket person but I like these!

Circle skirts are much more fabric hungry than traditionally made rectangular panel; gathered waist skirts – But I will confess I really do like how this skirt falls and moves. Definitely more in our future!

Pictures taken at the Buskers Festival in the Park

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This Moment

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


From the kitchen

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I’ve been focusing on the clean eating, real food side of things recently and there have been these crackers made, fruit and nut whip made from this lovely ladies recipe book (picture taken pre-blitzing in the thermomix) which made the most delicious breakfast. Not to mention some home made granola (ish) stuff to put over yoghurt. And more peanut butter, for toast with banana – little ladies new favourite or for use in satay sauces. Unphotographed were my quinoa flour crepes – which were delicious. And hubbies amazing, made from scratch health version of this butter chicken.

With a child in the mix I find it a careful line to walk. We want to eat good wholesome real food. Things we make from scratch and know each and every part. But in the flip side of that I grew up in a crunchy wholefoods, nothing out of a packet or carton home. And to be truthful it wasn’t always all that fun.

I think that the cookbooks out there now, and the recipes available over the world wide web have made whole foods far more appealing and well known than they were 30 years ago. And thats a great thing. Books like My Darling Lemon Thyme and Quirky Cooking are creating foods that are healthy and fun without rendering the child eating them social pariah.

It has taken me years to accept that actually sometimes, plain white flour is just the right thing for the job. Sugar has a perfectly valid place in my pantry when used with moderation. Those weird fruit string things – kids love them and the odd one on a play date or to take in a packed lunch is not going to hurt my little lady. Its all about moderation. I do not need to feel guilty about it.

My goal moving forward is try try and document better the foods we are trying, the successes (see above) and the failures – I won’t speak of my abysmal baked stuffed zucchinis or the parsnip soup that could have been used to glue paper to walls and tasted no better.

Yes, lets stick to the successes. 

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Its been a busy weekend this week. It was so hot in the evening that after supper we decided to pop out and have a little walk. With the kite. There was mini train riding today. 30 degrees in the sun. Not a lot less in the shade.

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We had a lovely walk this saturday. It’s one I’ve done before but hubby hasn’t. It was hot hot. But the walk has some great contrasts. High bluffs, walking between wide open fields and fir woods. A steep decent through the forest. Winding grassy tracks by the river. The swimming hole was awesome and a place we want to return to really soon. Madam walked the whole 5+km without a single piggy back. We had a delicious pub lunch to reward ourselves and celebrate!

This Moment

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