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Friday, May 27, 2016

Sheep, bread and little fires

Lately I have been paying particular attention to the things in life that just make me feel happy.   The simple, uncomplicated things that make the world feel right.  Here are some of them.

Sheep in the yards.  Wool makes up the majority of our business and our life, just as it has done for many generations before us.                    


Shearing combs, cutters and a mandatory singlet sitting quietly on their toolbox in the woolshed, ready for the next skillful shearer and woolly sheep to come along. 


A tray of self-sown seedlings dug up from a friend’s garden and gifted to me.  For me, a gift like this means everything.


We have enjoyed a lot of meals in the paddock lately; the weather is perfect for it.  As we shared this simple dinner the full moon quietly slid over the horizon topping off a busy but happy Sunday.


Bread rising steadily in banettons.  


The same bread fresh from the oven, in a tiny slither of morning light before the sun disappeared behind the clouds for the rest of the day, quite literally. 


Fruit bread containing dried apricots and poached quinces from my garden. 


Of course, in amongst the seedlings, picnics and bread there is also routines and school and washing and rampant weeds and the odd tired tear shed.  There is also plenty of good food, magnificent autumn weather and green grass in the paddocks.

Where are you up to with your good things?

Wishing you pretty light and a generous slice of buttered toast this weekend.

Happy Friday, friends x

28 comments :

  1. Such gorgeous photos Jane, and a lovely glimpse at what makes you happy too.

    Jodie x

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  2. Its amazing how RAIN changes everyone's outlook on life Jane! I appreciate the subtle change from Bulldust and dry paddocks a month ago, to a beautiful green carpet of feed for our stock now, and better roads to travel on! a slice of fruit bread would be wonderful! cheers
    EWE BEAUTY x

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    1. It sure does change the outlook Trish x

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  3. Beautiful photos and I am glad the sun shone enough to get you bread shots. By the way, that bread looks so tasty. I love getting a little view into your life.

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    1. Thank you so much for calling in!

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  4. It all looks idyllic Jane. Every time I see your shots of something bubbling away on a fire, I wonder why we never do that.
    Glad to hear you have green grass in the paddock.

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    1. I think now is your time to light a little campfire in your fields Anne! x

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  5. You country folks are the salt of the earth and I admire every single person sticking to it! Although we live on the fringe of the city we also love the outback and spend time there much as possible. However, despite its beauty, we realize and know how hard life can be out there. Keep up the good work!!!!

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    1. Thank you Therese, lovely to hear from you.

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  6. Beautiful scenes Jane, it really is the little things that make up the joy of our lives, isn't it? x

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  7. I feel like every time I visit your gorgeous blog I exhale.
    There's something so special and real about your gorgeous tales and details and photos.
    I love how there are some details that could very well be in my stories and others, like those combs, that I've never even seen before.
    I hope you have the most gorgeous weekend and thanks for sharing your little scenes. xxx

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    1. It is funny how our lives are so different yet so similar Kate. x

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  8. What a life! Lots of hard work I can tell but these small and profound moments of such beauty and gratitude. I totally get those kind of gifts. They have deep meaning for me. I don't have much use of things.

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    1. Thank you Zena, I appreciate your comments.

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  9. Your bread looks and sounds wonderful with all of that fruit!! Gorgeous photos :)

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  10. Shearing combs are quite beautiful in their own way, aren't they Jane?

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    1. They sure are Kylie, I know you understand the beauty in everyday objects!

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  11. with a frosty start this morning, a big hot buttered slice of that sourdough (with quinces!) would be perfect right now.
    the shearing combs/cutters make me think of intricate combs that Spanish ladies wear in their hair.

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    1. Sending you a virtual piece of quince toast e!

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  12. Beautiful photos of real life ~ and thanks for sharing the mundane details too. A bit of yin and yang!

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  13. That bread looks SO delicious!

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    1. Thank you so much, lovely to hear from you.

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