Friday, September 23, 2016

Ten years of chatter and tangled hair

I don’t blog a lot of details about our children.  However, an important milestone is on the horizon so I have made an exception to my own rules.

Our Annabelle is about to turn ten.  I recently watched her board a big bus for her first real school camp and I could barely believe that she has been in our lives for ten years.

I watched her mingling among the school crowd while the bus was packed and details were ticked off various clipboards.  She can be tentative, rarely at the front of the pack but never lingering right at the back either. 

Annabelle mostly wears a proper cowboy hat to keep off the sun off her face and farm boots for practicality.  She constantly reads books, instructions, labels, magazines and any other written words she can get her hands on.

She bravely takes a long bus trip to school every day and has never complained about it.  Not even on the hottest afternoons, the coldest mornings or when the behaviour of her fellow passengers has been questionable.

Animals are some of her best friends and her pony, Buddy, is perfectly suited to her kind personality. 

She notices the pretty light.  She is organised.  She will eat the strongest, smelliest cheese but won’t even go near Vegemite.  Her birthday present request is for a pocket knife, because it would be handy, in her words.   

This year Annabelle has pruned my roses, tackled public speaking, won a hard earned medal for running and spent endless hours quietly making yards,  jumps and accessories for her toy horses. 

Her musical tastes are wide and varied, just like her parents.  This song is played almost every night, at least once.  

Sometimes her courage and positive outlook on life stops me in my tracks and reminds me to keep my own attitude and behaviour in check. 

How can we be parents of a ten year old?  I can still barely believe it.

Go gently this Friday, friends x

Sunday, September 11, 2016

On the farm and in the kitchen

September is a month full of changes and shifts in the season for us.  The weather is warming up, we have had beautiful rain and shearing is on the horizon. 

On the coldest, wettest day we had experienced for weeks our sheep dog population expanded by eight.  It seems that unplanned, teenage pregnancies can happen even in the most well-regulated families and farmyards.  I am pleased to report that this little crew are all doing well and receiving plenty of attention.

On the same wet day, late in the afternoon this is what we found on our afternoon walk. Water and wildflowers sparkling in the sun. 

When a friend has birthday, baking a cake is the obvious thing to do.  But, when this friend happens to be a truly talented baker herself then the big guns are required.  I chose this enormous chocolate chip slab cake and drizzled it with salted caramel icing, both recipes thanks to Country Style magazine.  Unfortunately due to rain and muddy roads we didn’t get to actually lighting the candles, but I believe the cake was enjoyed a few days later nonetheless. 

While most of my vegetable garden is teetering between winter clean up mode and spring planting mode the cabbages are still going strong.

I have been busily cooking, styling, recipe tweaking and taking photos for the spring issue of Graziher magazine.  I cannot wait to see the next issue; it is exciting to be sharing pages with so many other clever rural women.  Thank you Claire for the opportunity.  

Ellie from The Darling Design Co  has recently given my blog page a spruce up.  The behind the scenes world of Blogger is mostly a mystery to me and I am delighted with this fresh look.  Thank you Ellie, it has been wonderful to engage with a talented, young local business woman who understands my situation and my surrounds.  

Is the season shifting at your place?

Are you baking or making or sprucing things up? 

Happy Sunday, friends x