Wednesday, 12 September 2012

snap it {bright}

A few bright snaps from the past few weeks. If you follow me on instagram, my apologies, you've seen these before.
  • sunset
  • sunshiney tree climbing
  • outdoor bathing
  • night by candlelight
  • bonfire on a hill
  • canola as far as the eyes can see {taken by my eldest}
You can see more lovely bright snaps over at Sarah's.

Hump day has arrived, and the weekend is just around the corner. Oh happy day!

Monday, 10 September 2012



I have a dream. {I can't help but say that in Martin Luther King Jr's voice for some reason} My dream is not quite as big as Martin's* though. Mine is in my backyard.

My little family lives on 40 acres of land. This place was my great-grandfathers soldier settlers block, so I hold it close to my heart. But, it needs a lot of work to get it where I want it to be. You see, I want to make this land our provider. I want it to give us what we need to live comfortably and I want it to one day be where I can live out my days tending and pottering without a care in the world.

We are getting there. Slowly. It all takes time, but I am so impatient.

We have some major works that need to be done, but it has been so wet here, we have to wait for the mud to disappear or we'll be making more work for ourselves! We've just planted our most southerly paddock with native trees, and once they kick off, I'll be trying to get some wild flowers in as food for one of my future projects - bees.

The next project is our vegetable patch and a new, improved chicken run. We already have a small patch, but not enough to feed the five of us. I still have to buy vegetables to get us through. We eat a lot of vegies around here! The section of land that I have earmarked for the patch has an old aviary on it, which needs to be removed but until it dries up a bit around here, it's staying put. So things are at a stand still at the moment. I have to keep reminding myself that patience is a virtue.

In the meantime, I'm immersing myself in every book and dvd possible. Learning about bees and honey, different types of chickens and whether they are best for eggs or meat, composting and worm farms. I foresee a lot of hard work in the very near future!!

I hope you are trying to live your dream. Have a happy Monday!

*on a different note, if you haven't already heard or seen Martin's I Have a Dream speech, you can see it here. Totally inspiring.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012


I know, I know. It's been a while since I've been here.

June was an awful month around here. Sickness took it's hold and wouldn't let go. When I finally felt better and after I had finished caring for everyone else, I just stopped. I only planned to be on hold for a little while, but I haven't been able to find the brain space for this little place. I have been lost.

I don't feel like this place is what I want it to be. I don't feel like what I'm putting on here has enough meaning for anyone else to read except me. I'm not who I want to be at the moment.

But, I do know where I'm going, and I do want to document the journey. I may not be here all of the time, but I will be here.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

snap it {red}

"One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste" ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Fruit & vegetables are my life.
But fruit! Oh how I love it.
And the girls do too.
These strawberries were some of the sweetest & juiciest I've tasted.
Food is one of life's pleasures.
But, the best food is what you can pick & eat straight from where it's grown.

Linking up with Sarah this week. Why not head over there and have a look at all the other red?

Saturday, 19 May 2012

snapshots of home

I haven't picked up my camera much lately. I've lost my mojo a bit. But, I'm determined to get it back.

While the sun was shining yesterday, I went for a walk out into our paddocks. Armed with my camera & zoom lens, I wanted to get some shots of the new babies that are arriving. We now have four calves, and they are growing at a rate of knots. As soon as they are born, they are up and about, running around with the calves that are already pros at jumping and bouncing around the paddock.

I'm usually worried about walking around in the paddock with these cows {and one rather large bull}. I'm used to much more placid dairy cows. These Murray Grey's are a tad more feisty than what I'd like, but I think they are getting used to me.

I was also practising using my camera in manual. For some reason, my brain just can't seem to get it's head around it, but I also think it's because I don't practise enough. I took these photos in aperture priority mode, which seems to be easier for me rather than having to think about the shutter speed and exposure as well. One baby step at a time here!! These two girls seem to have the hang of it. I'll get day!

Have a lovely weekend x

Friday, 18 May 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - Inspired by SouleMama. A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.

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Saturday, 12 May 2012

and so we walked

Well, I walked {well, mostly ran to try and keep up} while the girls scootered. {My spell checker is telling me that 'scootered' isn't a word, but I'm sticking with it} We went a couple of weeks ago now, and this post & photos* have been sitting in my blog, waiting ever so patiently for me to finish it off!

We went around the lake near where we live. It's very common to see people walking around it and all hours of the day - rain, hail or shine! It's the go-to-place for a walk around these parts. I prefer to go up to the tower - which is a much harder, but much more satisfying walk/run - but it's a little hard to get those scooters going on a bush track! The lake is perfect for riding your scooter around.

When we were done, we said we would make it a weekly event - we haven't been since. But, we have been struck down again with sickies in the house {me included} so we do have a valid excuse. I can think of nothing better though, than getting out in the fresh {albeit rather cool} air again and hanging out with these beautiful girls in the very near future.

Happy weekend all x

*it's not ideal to carry a dslr whilst running, so all photos are taken on my iphone. 

Friday, 11 May 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - Inspired by SouleMama. A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.

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Friday, 4 May 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - Inspired by SouleMama. A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember.

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{taken by my sweet sister in law}

Happy weekend all x

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

another baby

There was another babe born around here today.
One of the four legged kind.
The mama is a little crazy at the moment, so I'm staying behind the fence line.
I hope to get a little closer soon!

{the newest babe is the light grey one laying down while the black older calf stands over it}

Of course, I had my posse on hand, just in case I needed them.

I had our smallest home from kindy again with a fever and upset tummy today.
Days like today are best snuggled inside by the fire.
Hope your Wednesday was wonderful. Wherever you spent it. x