Sunday, July 31, 2016

A photographic moment in time

Photographic moments pass by all of the time.  Some are fleeting while some stay around for a little longer.  The afternoon sun might just shine on my back verandah very briefly on a cold, winter day.  

The horse might lift her head and prick her ears against a stormy sky for a split second.

I might happen to be at this wide water trough just as the sun is rising.

Once a year, a helicopter flies over the hills and rocks flushing out feral goats to the mustering team on the ground.  The below shot was taken last year and we are about to get started on this job all over again. Apart from providing back up where we can, the kids and I are generally left to follow along at the end grabbing photos and pushing along any slower animals.  

I am treating this upcoming muster as a photographic assignment, in my mind.  It is a chance to capture machines and men going up against cunning goats who know these hills inside out.  It only happens once a year and the whole thing moves very quickly.  If all goes to plan I will be hiding in these trees as the wave of goats passes over the hill.

Will I be able to get closer than I did last year?  I certainly hope so.  

Will my settings work a little magic on the day?

Will my reflexes, patience and nerves hold up? 

This moment will pass, in the meantime I hope to capture some of the action in big, clear shots.  Time will tell. 

  Happy Sunday, friends. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Fire and Flour Day, 2016

If I look hard enough something special happens every single day.  But, last Saturday we hosted our fourth Fire and Flour Day and it really was an extraordinary day.    

Being our fourth gathering our number of guests had swollen and I really felt the need to change the setting.  I felt it was time to step away from our treasured wood oven and into the paddocks which surround us.  Our woolshed became the backdrop for a magical coffee van, a roaring fire and very long lunch table. 

We swapped time consuming sourdough loaves for quick but decadent deep fried zeppole and easy sourdough pita bread, all cooked expertly with coals and open fire by my talented and patient husband, Terry. 

Around twenty adults sat down at a very long lunch table in the paddock to feast on fire cooked home grown lamb ribs and lovingly made salads, vegetables and chunky dips.

The afternoon involved unforgettable affogatos, handmade Amaretti, sunshine, conversation and some hands on lamb sausage making. 

Before I knew it the children and our crafty friends had gathered underneath the olive trees and were happily creating God's Eyes using yarn and collected sticks.  Meanwhile Sophie drifted around the fire, dying pieces of silk and bundles of wool, using natural materials in big old pots. Below photo thanks to Kate from Kate Writes

Our customary swap table was once again abundant with craft, fruit, plants and preserves.  There was the atmosphere of a mini market in our woolshed, minus any sales pressure or plastic trinkets. 

As the sun gently set some of our friends drifted home while others stayed around the fire for a simple dinner. 

New friendships were formed, some blogging and Instagram friendships became real and once again older friendships were strengthened.  Various skills and pieces of knowledge were generously shared and celebrated.  

I read a lot about inspiring workshops, gatherings and markets that talented people are hosting closer to the city areas. It has now occurred to me that it is actually possible to create special events in our own backyard.  All it takes is a group of like-minded, energetic friends who are prepared to travel.  A magical coffee van that just appears in the paddock also certainly helps!  

Have you ever considered creating the sort of event you dream of attending?

If you feel like reminiscing I have blogged about our past days in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Friday, July 8, 2016

A welcome winter break

I am sure I don’t have to tell many of you about the joy that school holidays bring to the home.  Having the freedom to set our own tempo each day is sheer relief. 

As a family we are staying home these holidays which suits me fine.   This mini caravan is new to my collection and although we aren’t travelling anywhere, it reminds of holidays, minus the packing up and organisation. 

For me, there is time to cook hearty meals, catch up on some long overdue jobs and help out around the property when I can.  It has been freezing cold with fog and the occasional rainy day which has been perfect weather for baking and cuddling warm loaves. 

For the kids there has been time to help out with sheep work in the paddock or the yards. 

I do rave on about the light a lot but I cannot get over how gentle and beautiful the winter light is.

In other news, it is rather thrilling to see some of my recipes and photos featured once again in the winter edition of Graziher magazine.  Seeing my photos and words in glossy print really does feel quite surreal, thank you for the opportunity Claire.  It is very exciting to see this magazine becoming so popular.  

Are you on school holidays I wonder? 

Are you baking and staying warm?

What could be better than a Friday, in the middle of the holidays. 

Jane x