Friday, February 27, 2015

Weekend photo safari

Saturday, 7am, dust hanging in the air after the farming men had left for work.

Saturday, 8am, simple, mix in one bowl vanilla muffins topped with a slice of strawberry.

Sunday, 8.30am, a pumpkin vine starting to scramble over the slaughter house.

Sunday, 4pm, making pork dumplings with my junior cook.

Monday, 7.30am, dust in the air as the sun is rising, checking tanks and sheep before school.

I took this series of photos for an assignment within the Blog with Pip e course.    Sometimes it is fun to given an assignment, school was never like this!

Happy Friday friends.  What are you taking photos of right now?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Taking stock and blogging with Pip

I am currently in the middle of Pip's Blog with Pip e-course.  I committed to this because it looked like fun, for me it was affordable, I wanted to fine tune my blog a little and hopefully find some creativity in the process.

So far it has met all of my expectations.  It is fun, easy to access, flexible and absolutely loaded with useful blogging information whether you are new to blogging or you have been in the blogging world for years.  

One of our assignments has been to complete a Taking Stock list, which Pip sometimes posts on her blog.  Pip also includes a blank list so other bloggers can join in the fun.  So, here goes. 

Making : yoghurt and iced coffee
Cooking : lamb and easy, hot weather friendly food
Drinking : a cold beer at the end of the day
Reading: The Wife Drought by Annabel Crabb
Wanting: a trip to the local tip shop, I just can’t seem to squeeze it in at the moment
Looking: at my summer vegetables starting to crinkle and fade in the heat
Playing: Blue King BrownEric ChurchAllday
Deciding: on what to wear to a special family wedding
Wishing: for more patience, especially at the end of a long day
Enjoying: having a few more people at our place for meals and easy get-togethers
Waiting: for autumn
Liking: experimental tomatoes dried in the wood oven
Wondering: are flat shoes too casual to wear to a formal wedding?
Loving: the loyalty already shown by our new puppy, Pirate
Pondering: the constant juggle of life
Considering: ditching Twitter and switching to Instagram or perhaps not bothering with any of it
Watching: our house dam dry up, for the first time in many years  

Hoping: for rain over our house dam
Marvelling: how just occasionally I can take a photo and in that split second capture so much understanding and connection between friends.  Just occasionally this happens. 
Needing: to get to bed earlier
Smelling: home grown rock melons
Wearing: long sleeved shirts
Following: too many blogs, but I love them
Noticing: the mornings getting darker
Knowing: I haven’t baked bread in over a week and I am missing it
Thinking: about my autumn vegetable seeds
Admiring: my cousin Jessie, a generous and kind young women who sees good in everyone and makes fun of every situation
Sorting: Lego, constantly
Buying: sausages, for the first time in ages.  We need to make some more when the weather cools off
Getting: ready for a day in town
Bookmarking: so many useful blogging, writing and photography links that Pip has provided us with.  There is so much information I could read it for weeks.  
Disliking: bugs, flies and moths invading the house at night
Opening: online shopping parcels
Giggling: at how much my kids love the Footrot Flats movie and cartoon books
Feeling: confident and strong sometimes, anxious and weary sometimes
Snacking: Cruskits with cheese and tomato chutney
Coveting: new sunglasses, aviators  or something more like this?  All so beautiful and also rather pricey
Helping: my children negotiate distance education
Hearing: my coffee machine clunking and hissing, every single morning at nine o’clock.  I can tell you, distance education just wouldn't happen without that machine 

If you happen to still be reading, thanks for hanging in there! 

I encourage you to have a go at this list if you feel like it.  I found it fun but also tricky in parts.  

Happy Friday friends.  

Friday, February 6, 2015

In My Kitchen, February 2015

Hello friends, welcome to my kitchen.  If you have not visited before, it is lovely to meet you and I hope you return one of these days.

Our large kitchen table is once again covered in a tangle of paper, stationery, spelling words and other distance education paraphernalia.  This can only mean one thing, the school term has started and I now find myself teaching both of our children.  Kitchens need to be versatile places don't they?  

For a long time the ABC Radio has provided the soundtrack to our days.  But lately I have needed some extra motivational background sound to get me over the line.  This song by Flume and Chet Faker is new to my playlist.  I am thinking about sharing some more music in this space.  

Of course, between the music and the schooling there is also plenty of food.  

Iced coffee is my mid morning drink of choice in the summer months.  As the temperatures start to climb hot coffee makes me feel overheated and anxious.  I like espresso, milk and plenty of ice in a cold glass.  No cream, ice-cream, sugar or sweeteners, thank you. 

We do not eat a lot of seafood, simply because we live so far from the ocean. But, sometimes our coastal dwelling acquaintances trade time spent on our property for seafood.  On this particular occasion we were given a bag of bright, shiny crabs.  They were fascinating for the kids and quickly devoured in a flurry of shells, claws and spiky body parts. 

A batch of simple, chocolate chips biscuits just out of the oven in the early morning light.  It is these little moments in the kitchen that I love.

Anzac biscuits take me straight back to the outback kitchens of my childhood.  In the book Backyard Bees by Doug Purdie, there are some delicious honey recipes including these honey Anzac biscuits.  Can a girl ever bake too many biscuits I wonder? 

Happily, I have been picking a steady supply of tomatoes from the garden.  The book Whole Larder Love is one of my favourites for home grown inspiration and this month I tried the tomato based Atomic Kasundi recipe.  My batch is somewhere between sauce and chutney and is perfect on a sandwich or biscuit (cracker) with cheese.  

Are you growing or baking or trading things with other people? 

As always I am linking up with my friend Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

Happy Friday, friends.