Wednesday, July 23, 2014


I love how children make the most out of even the simplest things in life, a walk down the river with the dog turns into a picnic as per Poppy's request. 

We brain storm great ideas for a winter picnic and pack the kettle for hot chocolates, a thermos full of chicken soup, some walnuts that the children love to crack and we take a fresh loaf of bread straight from the oven.

My three pick the large reeds by the river, to chase and tickle each other with, have 'sword' fights, and walk through them like they are in the jungle.

The twins collect pine cones and Poppy tells them they are pineapples and that they should make a cake, the next 30 minutes is spent finding more 'ingredients' for their cakes and making creations and imaginary cups of tea while I set up lunch. 

We pick blue gum to fill our vases at home, fill our basket full of pine cones for the pizza oven and take some photos in the gorgeous winter sun.

With all the fun and exciting things we had organised for Poppy to do over her school holidays, I was surprised at her answer when I asked her on the way to school yesterday what her favorite part of the holidays was, "the picnic day we had at the river" she said with a smile. All though I'm not sure why I'm surprised, it was my favorite day too. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekly Stills

They explored.

We enjoyed a picnic in the winter sun.

We made Rosemary and cheese damper.

We collected sticks in the fog.

The girls picked me flowers.

She enjoyed her last week of school holidays.

He 'helped' me stack wood.

She rock climbed like a champ with Daddy.

We have had a lovely week, a few beautiful sunny days which we made the most of. Poppy was spoilt with lots of school holiday activities, rock climbing with Tom, mini golf with Gran and Papa, a sleep over and going our for meals.

Tommy spent the day in the bush four wheel driving yesterday so the children and I had a lovely picnic by the river and ran and ran with the dog until they were exhausted.

We were hoping to get up to the snow this weekend, but ran out of time, how lucky to be so busy with friends, family and activities that we just can't do it all. 

The snow will have to wait, and perhaps a few loads of washing can wait too.

I'm off to enjoy a drink in the sun.

Happy Sunday xx

Saturday, July 19, 2014


A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2014

Alexis: Walking off into the fog.
Rory: Stick collecting.
Poppy: Carrot pulling.  

Joining in with Jodi.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Cleaning out the garden ready for some spring planting in a few weeks time, carrots are always fun to pull with little ones, they are excited to see how big, little or funny looking the next one will be.

Putting them in a milk crate and hosing them so they're clean enough to take inside and sort.

Apart from cutting into little sticks and dipping in Hommus (which is our favorite way to enjoy them), we made Carrot Pancakes, Carrot cake, and today we are going to try this spiced carrot and lentil soup

What is in your winter garden at the moment?

Happy Wednesday! x

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


The fog here at the moment is brutal, it is thick, wet and cold.

Some days, it doesn't lift until about 2.30pm and that's only for a couple of hours before it sets in again.

What makes it worse, (for me anyway) is that about 10 minutes up the road there is no fog, and beautiful winters days are being enjoyed. Ugh!

For the first few weeks we packed up and went into the 'city' (where it's nice and sunny) or spent most of the day inside, but we are starting to 'embrace' the fog and venture out in it to explore and do our chores like feed the chooks and get out in the garden. Yesterday morning we gathered sticks for the fire, found treasures under the huge gums and played tag to use up some of that toddler energy (and to keep warm).

Being inside so much is driving me a little crazy, and I'm hanging out for long warm days where we live, play and eat outside day after day.

I have whipped up a big batch of 'ice eggs' for those long dragged out afternoons where I can pop all three in the spa and throw the eggs in for entertainment, and I also have my trusty craft cupboard with loads of activities at the ready, hopefully it will be enough to keep me sane for the next few days.

Is it foggy where you are?

What ideas do you have up your sleeve for those long afternoons with little ones?