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September 23, 2013 This Moment

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A little garden round up from the week.

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A greenhouse full of seedlings and my carrot bed covered to keep it warm for germination. Technically its still to cold to direct sow …. I find waiting for the seedlings to come up really stressful. An are they/aren’t they alive situation. So far my heirloom tomatoes are going great, the kale and broccoli have come up but are leggy and I’m pretty sure yesterday I saw a little bit of something poking up in the courgette tray. May be.

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Garden colour and some pittosporums that Ive planted. Some under the wattle tree and another lot (16) along the far fence line. Hoping the frost doesn’t kill them all.

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My Peachcot tree looking great with its pinky blush flowers – particularly after hubby helped me straighten it – it was on a steep wonk before. Peas are growing. Teeny tiny little lavender cuttings in the front of the raised bed. Hoping they grow up and provide a lovely bee inciting, prettifying line.

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My other fruit trees, sadly we lost one to leaf curl and the winter weather, but 3 have survived and this ones starting to bud and leaf. The pittosporums along the fence. The hope is they will grow to form a delightful mid-hight bushy green boundary. We’ll see.

I’ve been off colour with sinusitis (infection) so I’m on a variety of drugs including antibiotics to treat it. Now if my teeth would stop feeling like they are being pushed out that would be great. Seriously I rattle like a pill box. My natural remedy loving mother would be having kittens. 

Anyway, the garden. Its looking better. My broccoli are up and producing so we have home grown veg to eat this week. Ok, only one home grown veg, a small serving, toddler sized. But its a start.

September 7, 2013 Food

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

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September 7, 2013 This Moment

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

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September 1, 2013 This Moment

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I wrote a while ago about my craft space which we have slowly been making homely and fun, finally its presentable enough to photograph!

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Its still work in progress but its a lovely space now. We have always used it as a ‘sleep out’ – a iconic kiwi spare room thats not attached to the house. It’s n\known in our house as ‘Nana Sues’ room. But since there is about 10 months of the year it was sitting unused we decided to give it a shake up. Its a glorious room which heats up like a greenhouse in the day so even when its cold out you can open the sliders and it’ll be lovely inside, as long as its had sun on it. At night we have a heater in there.

The quilt top on the bed is work in progress and the bits on the walls are a collection of crafts we have done and photos we don’t need in the house but are still really special. 

Moo has an art table in there too and today I moved her key board in there too – she spent a good 20 min playing me ‘music’ while I sewed up a pair of short for her. Lovely. 

August 29, 2013 Crafting

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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)

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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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Joining Soulemama in a moment from this week that I want to pause, savour and remember. A special moment

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August 23, 2013 This Moment

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

Some instapics form the last couple of days

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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 

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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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