Friday, February 24, 2017

When technology disappears, for a while

Hello friends, it has been a while.  We have been without a serious computer for the last week or so which in some ways has simplified life.  However, eventually there are always bills to pay, emails to respond to and online business to take care of.  So, we sent our incredibly dusty and apparently malware infested hard drive off to a reliable backyard computer wizard in town and hoped that one day it would return, intact. 

I have missed plugging my camera in and looking over my photos and I have really missed blogging.  Not necessarily my own blog but all the blogs I like to keep up with.  For a while it felt like some of my friends were missing from my life.  Thankfully, I know a few dedicated bloggers and I know you are all still out there. 

While that dusty old hard drive left a gaping hole under our desk, life went only fairly normally.  In our world there are a few things that still operate without passwords, sms security codes or dreaded malware infections. 

Kids, cattle and horses.  Of course, kids love technology but they also manage quite well without it, amazingly! 

Bread, there is always bread. 

My snake beans have been so productive but when I harvest them it is always a battle between the ants and I.

The eggplants are also prolific, as are the weeds when I inspect this photo more closely.

This giant sunflower reached for the sky and produced a plate sized flower.  Now is has bowed its weighty head as the seeds start to dry off. 

Dill flowers have lived happily tangled under my quince trees all through the summer and they just make me smile.

Autumn is on the horizon and so are the quinces.

Perhaps some cooking might be on your horizon?  In the latest issue of Graziher you will find some of my autumn cooking creations including quince scrolls.

Blogging forces me to collate my thoughts as well as my photos and it feels good to be back.

Are you growing, baking or perhaps taking off after a mob of cattle on your trusty horse?

Wishing you a weekend full of the good things.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Baking, growing and collecting

This week I decided to start each day with something creative.  Things that make me happy. Moments that don’t always fit in to daily life around the usual routines and commitments.  Something other than arguing about healthy breakfast options, hair brushing and listening to the news from America. 

On Monday I headed out into the darkness with my camera chasing shadows, reflections, contrasts and the first rays of morning light.

On Tuesday I baked sourdough focaccia.  Some for now and some for the freezer. 

On Wednesday I harvested and watered in the vegetable garden before we hosted a rural fire service training day.

On Thursday we headed to town for school supplies, groceries and haircuts.  Our town days always start with coffee; there is simply no negotiation on this.  Seeing the friendly faces of our favourite baristas sets the day up perfectly.  

My mother in law recently gifted me this little collection of well aged enamel.  I am working on planting cactus and succulents in them for a low maintenance display, maybe in our house. I feel like our house could do with some inside greenery. 

Did you listen in to Triple J's Hottest 100 countdown on Australia Day?  The song that come in at #3 is one of my favourites at the moment. 

In between all of this I have also been reading the book from Grown and Gathered.  If you love growing and making food and are mindful of where your food comes from you will love this book.  I feel inspired every time I pick it up.

Are you taking photos or harvesting or making or listening?

Do you find tiny creative moments that fit in around the busyness of family life?  

Happy Sunday, friends.