Sunday, July 13, 2014

Slower days

Life for us is rarely slow, despite how it might look on my blog.  Thankfully the school holidays break up our usual home school/distance education routine.  During the term our mornings are taken up with maths leaflets, spelling words, satellite lessons and the general juggle of life. 

Instead of school, for the last two weeks our time has been taken up with early morning trips to the horses. 


Reading has been high on my list of things to do.  Alphabet Family Journal is a magazine that actually feels more like a book.   The thick pages are full of real stories and creative photography and the whole package feels simplified and refreshingly un-styled.   Thanks Luisa for my special copy. 


We have packed up chops, soup and bread and headed to the paddock to cut firewood.  Actually, the big people cut firewood while the little people played on tree stumps that become imaginary boats and planes while poking sticks in the fire and daydreaming.


Some mornings we have cooked and then lingered just a little longer over morning tea.


The rather unruly vegetable garden has finally had some proper attention. 


Sheep work has been in full swing which has meant plenty of warm food and thermoses to keep the workers fuelled in this cold weather.


Farewell school holidays, you will be missed!

Happy Sunday friends x

30 comments:

  1. your school holiday time must be a huge respite jane..i really wonder how you manage everything when you are home schooling your children as well as everything else..lovely photos as always..x

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    1. Thanks Jane...we all have different things to juggle don't we? It is a good way to raise our children but busy at times, just like all families! x

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  2. I like to think that the lovely thing about your home being your workplace, jane, is that even when the firewood and horses and shearers are right on your doorstep, you can still linger just a little over a cup of tea and slice of cake, and maybe even sneak in a page or two before you head back out to it... i know farm work is hard work, but don't spoil my little fantasy of those peaceful perfect moments!

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    1. You are right e, working at home does have advantages. Farm work can be hard but there are plenty of good bits too! x

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  3. Happy Sunday lovely one... enjoy your day... happy holidays too xox

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  4. I've loved the different pace of school hols too, we mamas need the time to regroup and recharge I think. The Alphabet magazine sounds interesting, will check out the blog

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    1. So true Erin! Thanks for calling in.

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  5. It looks like you've spent your holidays doing some lovely things indeed! x

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    1. Thanks Naomi, I hope you have enjoyed the holidays too! x

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  6. I know it's hard work on the farm Jane, but you make it look idyllic and just so lovely x

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    1. Thanks Kylie, as you know farm life has good and not so good bits...just like any life! x

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  7. I just love reading your posts- they remind me so much of my childhood…thank you x

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    1. Thank you Kylie, I am pleased to be able to bring back some memories for you! x

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  8. I like your little fence in the garden. It's always good to slow down to recharge the batteries and it looks as though you're doing it the right way. Beautiful colours in your first photo.

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  9. Thanks Anne. When Mum visited London, the Chelsea Flower Show and Paris recently she saw a lot of little fences in the gardens she visited. So, she made this fence in our garden just for fun with my children. She used fruit tree prunings and asparagus fronds! It is lovely and a nice reminder of Mum when we are in the garden x

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  10. Jane, this is such a beautiful post. The scenes you have depicted really do give a sense of less urgency. Visits to your blog really brighten my day and make me think of home - thank you.

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    1. Thanks for calling in Kate. I just visited your blog...it is so beautiful! I tried to leave a comment but got 'tangled up' in the comments options. I will visit again :)

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    2. Oh, gosh! Jane, thank you for pointing this out - I had no idea. Disqus to the rescue.

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  11. Lucky shearers! That morning tea looks delicious, but those chops! Yum!

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    1. Thanks Michelle...something magical happens to chops when they are cooked in the open air x

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  12. I love seeing your horses Jane. Sometimes when I flick back through my own blog I realise how much more peaceful my life sounds compared to the craziness that it actually usually is! But I guess when I write I don't really want to right how mad the week has been, I'd rather just write down the highlights. Most of the time anyway :-)
    What kind of sheep do you run?
    Your cooking always looks amazing!

    Sarah xx

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    1. Thanks Sarah, I figure no one really wants to read about my dirty floors & washing pile either! It is good to look at the positive things, it helps to make me grateful. We have Merino sheep x

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  13. What a stunning photo of your horse, the light is so beautiful!

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  14. Such beautiful glimpses of winter Jane, a really beautiful post xx

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  15. This is the second blog I have read who have a copy of that Alphabet Magazine, I must get a copy to look at. Glad you are staying warm Jane and those sausage rolls look pretty tasty. Your garden is still green which is great to see. :-)

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    1. Thanks Liz, sausage rolls are hard to beat aren't they...especially in the cooler weather :)

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  16. Such beautiful light in your photos Jane, a gorgeous capture of your life. Horses are lovely creatures, aren't they? I hope that you are enjoying the slower days with your family. Have a wonderful weekend! :)

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