For 30 days this month in gifting myself with time to stop and breath in gratitude

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My little house, a space I treasure and feel so lucky to call home. The hub of our lives.

November 7, 2013 Homelife

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We have been busy, biking in the woods, going further, taking longer. Eating icecream at the park. Sewing cushions and blouses. A green cleaning revolution – I buy expensive ‘green’ products and it occurred to me I should as well make them instead, so I’ve slowly used them up and not replaced them. Challanging myself to find cheaper homemade ways to clean. I find if my house is uncluttered I’m not stressed. I feel lighter and happy. And genuinely vinegar, baking soda and a dash of tea tree oil does clean like a dream. Who new. The cushions are to welcome summer, bright, cheery and a tiny little bit festive. The blouse – a new pattern. Challenging but rewarding.

November 5, 2013 Homelife

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For the thirty days of this month I’m gifting myself with the time and space to breathe in gratitude.

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Gammon cooking, grateful that I can feed my family happy wholesome food. Food we all love and that makes us strong and healthy.

There is  funny story with this gammon, it involves a broiling gammon, us going out for 30 mins and not enough water. Fire alarms, smoke and a pea and gammon soup that had a slightly BBQ flavour to it for tea.

It was a delicious soup though.

November 5, 2013 Homelife

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I’m joining another blogger over at Little Coffee Beans for 30 days of gratitude this month, 

In her words

Hello, November!

For the thirty days of this month I’m gifting myself with the time and space to breathe in gratitude.


My first 3 days (I’m aiming to do daily from now on)

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Sunshine and spring days, warmth on my face.

Day 2

Photo 4Woods that we can enjoy so close to home, a little slice of cool and leafy heaven on the flat and often windswept Canterbury plains

Day 3

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Peas growing in my garden, gratitude the frost, hale and bad weather haven’t killed the plants and that we will soon be eating home growns daily

November 4, 2013 Homelife

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We had a nice weekend, relaxed time together with friends, lunch out and a new market we explored (I’m going back sans little person and WITH my camera!) These pictures are just a little excerpt from the weekend, captured on my trusty phone (must charge the LX3 tomorrow – phone is not cutting it)

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This week I am focusing on being mindful, yeah, thats me using a self awareness term. I know, its like pigs are soaring over rainbows being chased by unicorns right now. But seriously, the principal has merit and I’m desperate to try and break away from feeling like each day/week/month is passing as if I’m simply a helpless passenger. I’m taking tiny little steps; slowly. 

And I figure living in the moment is better for raising Moo too. Being right there rather than lost in my own thoughts so much of the time. AndI want to enjoy the days and weeks, not feel like they are just flying by as the scenes do when your sitting in a speeding train.


October 23, 2013 Homelife

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Since coming home we have been settling back into the season, our weekly rhythms and getting back on top of the garden. Wow grass can fly up in 10 days! But so can flowers and seedlings.

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I dashed out this evening with the iPad to take the pics – unfortunately my camera is still making its journey back to me since I had a major blond moment and left it with our family on the boat in Fiji. Dohh! Thank you guys for getting it back to me – both sets of family!

There are SO many pansies, for a ‘annual’ they sure do reappear in spring! Quite a few of my other flowers are through too – the mini beds by the veggies have come away and in the background behind the onions (and right along behind the peas too) there are little sunflower seeds coming up. Hopefully around that area my generously sprinkled strawflowers, echinacea and cosmos will come up. And borage, I vaguely remember sprinkling borage!

My direct sew lettuce, onions and carrots are coming up and my tomato and courgette seedlings are coming up and beginning to look stronger. Nim has a little mini runner bean trellis next to my oregano and there are kale and little broccoli seedlings in the back bed by the trampoline too.

My cherry trees are blossoming which makes me happy, and the fruit trees are coming to life. And weeds, there are weeds everywhere! 

And there was baking, there has been lots of baking.

October 18, 2013 Homelife

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So I have been prmising a peek at the garden for a while, meaning to join in with both Little Mountain Haven and Soule Mama with their weekly garden tours, not to mention the awesome garden of Little Coffee Beans.

So, anyway, I’ve been procrastinating. Mostly ‘cos it’s winter here, and my garden does not look like the other luscious green productive gardens, its more a brown and grey affair with little or no productivity at all. Seriously even my winter Kale have given up the ghost. And also because grey damp weather does nothing for making a grey damp garden look any better.


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But we had good weather this past week, the garden has been given some love and attention. TLC it needed. It still needs more. 6 bales of pea straw arrived and were used within a few hours. Sacks of peat are distributed and barely make a dent on the beds that need topping up. But slowly little by little its coming together, beginning to look like a garden, something that might, one day, with a wish and a prayer, might just give something back. May be.

August 27, 2013 Homelife

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This weekend was great. Seriously a lovely epic awesome weekend (not counting poor hubby having to work both saturday and sunday afternoon and most of saturday night)












But truly it was fun, both days were filled with family time and mini adventures, time outside – well bundled up for little miss snotty – and lots of letting her lead the way and create her own journeys. Even if they were just through the farmyard or the dinosaur exhibition. It tired her out but she was so dignified with napping it off in the afternoon and rising cheery – and a little manic – for book time and supper.

Orana wildlife park on Saturday morning was busy but fun, we walked round, rode on the tractor train and played.  It is incredibly well catered for with swings and trampoline as well as the animals, and there is acres of space. Highlights included having a Kea try and steal my camera while trying to take photos and Moo starting to ‘pose’ when you take a photo. 100% adorable. And hilarious.

We hit the city on Sunday. The museum was fascinating, Moo had a great time and then ran off steam in the gardens afterwards. They have ‘fossil’ digs and so many things for the kids to look and touch. Very refreshing from a lot of displays which are look only and touch on pain of  death! The ‘leafy’ floor where the leves reacted to her standing and twirling around on was probably her highlight – she lay there for a long time, just moving her hands watching the ‘leaves’ dance away.


August 26, 2013 Homelife

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With broken nights and illness in our house we are having a quieter reflective week, enjoying the sights and sounds around our home and locale. It’s been great and we have had a great time hanging out and enjoying quiet activities and letting madam lead with her own suggestions. Like feeding the pony apples at the front door.



I love these signs of spring, they make my heart happy. Splashes of colour and brightness that make the place come alive after months of brown and grey.



Lily comes too, someone to cuddle when it gets to much for tired legs and minds. While expensive this Waldorf doll was the most wonderful buy for my girl, an expense we have never regretted. She has other dolls but none even compare to Lily with her warm wool hair and stuffing and beautiful face. 


Baking with the thermomix – Moo requested ‘pink’ so we made pink cupcakes. I love this machine – it makes everything so easy! 

August 22, 2013 Homelife

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We were graced with another wet cold weekend  this week. Yeah, another. Hello spring, feel free to come in soon. 

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Cats being used as babies, cakes, more cakes, laundry basket den, signs of spring, some crafting, some cooking and more signs of spring.

We are finding some new fresh ideas and calmer but firmer approaches are seeing off the terrible two challenges and have restored us back to a happy peace, more listening, more understanding. I am blessed with friends who understand, who get it, offer great ideas at just that right moment and share the delights when it all comes together.

Best quote of the weekend 


The little blip we have currently is her getting up before her glow clock lights up. 

Daddy “stay in bed until the sun comes out and you can have 2 tictacs in the morning” – dont ask, they are the ultimate treat *faceplam*

moo ” 5 tictacs”

daddy “no, 2”

moo “5”

daddy “2”

moo “4”

daddy “2”

moo “3”

daddy “ok”

Love this girl.

August 20, 2013 Homelife

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