Daily things: Relentless heat, dust and flies. It sounds like a cliché line from an Aussie outback novel but at the moment this is our reality. There are times when I wonder about the grass being greener somewhere else. But then I remember that our children have almost unlimited freedom to ride horses and motorbikes and to dig in the dirt. They know where their food comes from and are immersed in every aspect of life on a sheep station. At the end of the day they wash it all off in the great outdoors surrounded by the unruly foliage in our garden. We live in a unique part of the world and as Francesca recently said so beautifully on her blog…beauty comes at a price.
We have resumed another year of distance education through School of the Air. This year I am teaching both of our children and I am constantly reflecting on my dual role as mother and teacher. It can be a balancing act.
New things: My friend Summa has just opened a gorgeous café called The Caff. This vibrant space is a little slice of the city in our outback town. Congratulations Summa, you are amazing and you had me at the iced coffee, made just the way I like it.
Old things: Do you remember Footrot Flats books and cartoons? My children have discovered an old family collection and are currently obsessed with them. Although they are based in New Zealand and possibly a little too mature for the 4-7 reading age group, it seems farming humour is universal.
Green things: My mother in law gave me this bunch of asparagus which felt like a bunch of green gold. With very little happening in my own vegetable garden it made me so happy.
Bread things: How much bread equipment can a girl have? A lot I think. These bread tins are large, heavy duty and some are brand new. My friend Paula has a husband who has a slight tendency to buy in bulk at catering equipment auctions. Fortunately for me, after a recent spring clean they generously gave me these tins along with some proving equipment. More on the proving bits later.
Are you balancing or reading or making?
Have a lovely week friends x