Monday, April 4, 2016

sunday :: flowers and baking

Sunday was a lovely relaxing day for me. I spent the day pottering around our home, in a leisurely fashion. I planted some flowers in a barrel out the front of our house. In the afternoon I did some baking. The recipe is here and it's my version of a slightly healthier Anzac Biscuit. This time I used wholemeal spelt flour and golden syrup instead of the honey in my recipe. 

I also listened to some podcasts that were recommended by bear loves dove. I listened to this one and this one. I have found myself feeling a bit negative lately and I realised when I started listening to the first podcast that I haven't been reading and listening to positive things for a while. A couple of years ago I was feeling at my best while I was studying to be a health coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. While doing the course I listened to so many positive talks and I felt like I could do anything. In the podcasts I listened to they talked about how it takes conscious, constant and creative effort to make a life worth living. The podcasts in the series are about how other people keep themselves moving in the right direction - how they feed their good wolf. The good wolf is explained in the parable below. 

Hope you have a great week and you take the time to feed your "good wolf". 

Much love,

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The Parable - Tale of Two Wolves

A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other. 
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed
(Parable comes from here.)

Friday, March 4, 2016

where is autumn?

I feel like we've had a hot summer this year. There's only been one day where the temps were over 40'C, but there have been sooooo many days over 30'C. Now that it's autumn our temps usually cool down fairly quickly, but not this year. This year we're still getting day after day of hot weather. I've already asked for air conditioning before next summer. I find the heat draining and I tend to get behind in the housework when we get one hot day after another. 

In other news.....

I've been knitting cotton dishcloths and making soap. My dream this year was to start selling my soap and dishcloths. I have plans to start a shop on Etsy. But before I stocked my shop, I got two wholesale orders. I was soooo excited, and still am. To sell my handmade goodies has been a long held dream and it is now a reality!!! It's happening!!! After I get these wholesale orders completed, I'll start work on my Etsy shop. Stay tuned.

Over the last couple of days I've spent a couple of hours each day beside the river. My nephew is down with two kayaks, so my youngest and him have been having a lovely time paddling on the river. While they've been having fun, I've had my own fun, knitting, darning in the ends on dishcloths, reading and wading through the water. Although I looove being at home, I was feeling a bit flat and jittery after too many days spent doing housework, making meals, washing etc and not enough time in nature. I now feel refreshed and ready to go again. 

I am loving this organic cotton yarn and my new timber knitting needles. There is something extra special about working with natural materials don't you think?

So, how are you lovely one?
What's been happening in your world?
What have you been making or baking?
Have you spent some time in nature lately?
I'd love to know.

I hope your days are not too hot and not too cold.
I hope you are happy and well. 

With lots of love,

Saturday, January 23, 2016

on my morning meander

In the morning, not long after I get out of bed, I like to go for a little wander around our garden, checking on what's happened overnight. 

This morning I was delighted to see the sunflowers had burst open. 

Some tomatoes had started to change colour.

The strawberry plants are spreading.

Blackberries are ripening, and yes, they are very tasty.

The tea trees are covered in flowers.

The pumpkin flowers are blooming.

The pumpkin vine that grew from seeds I threw over our fence.

Some of our rainbow chard seeds are growing into little seedlings.

Some of our calendula plants, flowers and buds. 
Plants that grew from seeds that fell from our previous crop. 
Flowers that can be enjoyed by the bees and other beneficial insects. That can be picked and brought inside for decoration. That can be eaten, brewed for tea, used in soap making and lotions to soothe the skin. Such a versatile flower. 

Something I'm noticing more and more, are flower buds.
They intrigue me. 
The intricate details. The colours, the form.
Mother Nature sure is clever.

It's nice to take the time to notice the beauty of nature that is all around us.
It's grounding, nurturing, inspiring.

Happy Saturday friends.
Thank you for coming to this little home of mine where we can share, learn and grow together.
Please leave comments when you feel inclined. It's lovely connecting with like minded souls. We can share stories and learn and grow together. 

Much love,

I'm also over on Instagram as Country Living by the Sea.
I'd love you to drop in and say hello. xo

Friday, January 22, 2016

flowers : the beauty and detail

no words needed, just enjoy.....

I just had to show this capsicum off that I grew.......

Hope you have a happy weekend.

Much love,