Monday, February 10, 2014

Lately

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

32 comments:

  1. I suppose an amazing landscape and way of life come at a price -flies, heat and dust. I can't imagine teaching my own children; I assume rewarding and frustrating. I think I'd have to keep visiting the Caff.

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    1. Thanks Anne, luckily the Caff is an hour away or I would be there all the time too!

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  2. Oh those outback summers really killed me but you all have such freedom on your farm (by that I mean your not stuck in an office in the big city like me). I do remember Footrot Flats - what a blast from the past.

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    1. Indeed Mel, we do have a lot of freedom and that is why we persist!

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  3. You are very lucky to have a local café to escape to Jane - I'm totally get how nice it must be for you. Over ;) x

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    1. Thank you Kylie, great to hear from you. Over, yes :)

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  4. I am a country girl living in the outer suburbs of Melbourne. In fact I have lived here since I left school but now with children of my own I find I am yearning for the relative freedom I had as a child and wish that my children could have that too. I wasn't a farm girl, I lived in a very small town, but we didn't have close neighbours, we could ride our bikes anywhere and play fairly safely in the streets. What I want is a huge plot of land and my house smack bang in the middle of it with neighbours out of sight and out of earshot!

    I haven't thought about Footrot Flats in yonks, I must see where my parents have stashed them, they had all of the books and I know my Dad will still have them somewhere.

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    1. I hope you can find those Footrot Flats...they are hilarious!

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  5. The Caff would be a great addition to the town. I will definitely make a point of catching up for coffee there with friends when next in town. I actually went to school with Summa. I have no doubt that the whole venture will be fabulous if she is at the helm.
    You are so right, it's a harsh environment, but when you look closely, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. I loved every moment of my childhood in town and out on friends properties.

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    1. Hi Cal, great to hear from you! I might bump into you at The Caff one day :)

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  6. It sounds like your children have a wonderful life - plenty of space to play, learn, and grow and a stay-a-home mom (who bakes!) No matter where you live, the grass is greener on the other side for at least some part of the year. There is even Hurricane season in the Caribbean! The new cafe looks like a great little place!

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    1. Thanks Katie, the green is certainly always greener. I appreciate your comments as always.

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  7. Your world always looks lovely in your photos Jane, of course the flies don't come through in the images ;) And that's some serious bread equipment, can't wait to see the abundant loaves lined up!

    xox Lilly

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    1. Thanks Lilly, great to hear from you. You would be surprised how many times flies get in my photos and I have to delete them! The glamour of it all...:)

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  8. I live in Poland . Here grass being greener, but I love the red dust of Australia. I would like to live in the outback.
    Regards, Ewa

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    1. Hello to you in Poland, Ewa. Thanks for calling in. I cannot even start to imagine what life in Poland is like!

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  9. A beautiful post Jane. The grass is green here at the moment, and our red soil has been turned into sticky mud. We need the rain and I am so thankful to have it, especially as I know other parts of Australia are in drought.

    Hope you're having a good week!
    Sarah x

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    1. Thanks Sarah Jane, I saw on your previous post that it is raining, great news! I hope you are having a good week too! x

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  10. Well done to you. Raising children with a farm upbringing is a wonderful thing.
    Congratulations to your friend Summa too, it must be a dream come true opening a sweet little café. The atmosphere looks lovely.
    x

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    1. Thank you Zara, very kind of you to say so!

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  11. having just driven around the north west coast of tassie, where it is usualy lushly emerald, can i tell you - the grass is NOT greener on the otherside! beige everywhere, rain needed everywhere :-)
    we used to buy my dad every footrot flats book and i devoured them as well. they were funny and sweet!

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    1. Thanks e, I hope Tassie get some rain soon too. Footrot Flats are hilarious, I have enjoyed getting reacquainted with them!

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  12. Jane it's certainly not green here either. I was admiring our brown dusty playground this morning, thinking rain...when oh when???
    Balancing...rather a lot at the moment. Reading...not nearly enough. Making...mead, (which as I am telling anyone who will vaguely listen- is very exciting :-)

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    1. Thanks Brydie. Oh mead...how fascinating. I will watch this project with interest! x

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  13. I love all your things! We have the entire FF collection as well, and we're still rereading them! (Tell me, is farm life truly like that? :)) Beautiful asparagus, and I'm so glad you have a spot close by that will make you a great ice coffee. Can't wait to see what you made with the bread tins! Hope you get some rain soon! xx

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    1. Thank you Celia, yes farm life is very much like Footrot Flats in some ways! If those bread tins were not so heavy and awkward I would send one to you...and my other bread friends. I really don't need 15! But, they are heavy x

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  14. our lot have been watching footrot flats on dvd for a couple of years now, love it! they are nearly at the reciting it off by heart stage! will have to dig out bens books. they are here somewhere. gotta love old wal! xx

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    1. Thanks Kylie, it is good old fashioned fun isn't it? x

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  15. Oh this has some wonderful things to celebrate. I do hope you get some cool weather and rain soon! This weekend even? (yes it is a jar of homemade chai tea that my step-brother's partner made for xmas gifts. Apparently she was inspired by my homemade cordial gifts last year, such a lovely thought!) x

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    1. Thank you Lucent, I always appreciate your thoughtful comments. Homemade chai tea sounds so good!

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  16. Dear Jane, sorry I missed this post, we have only just returned from Noosa. That asparagus looks quite exquisite. I bet it went down a treat! Have you had any rain yet? It teemed and teemed here for a couple of days and I was crossing my fingers that it was reaching the rural areas! xo

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    1. Thanks Lizzy, not at all...I certainly don't expect you to read every single post! Noosa would have been wonderful. We have had very little rain, still waiting! Good things come to those who wait...

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane