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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Winter memories

In the last month we have been up early every single morning.  We have taken note of the sunrise, the frost and the occasional fog.

We have joined our local horse community in all the dust and grit of campdrafting and gymkhana events.


We have ambled along behind mobs of sheep at a pace just right for observing our world and discovering treasure, such as an emu nest.


We have eaten no nonsense food in the paddock, washed down with warm drinks while everyone takes a break from the sheep work.



I have picked green things from my garden and rescued chillies from frosted chilli bushes.



On the evening of the winter solstice, Annabelle skilfully manoeuvred a mob of sheep, all the while singing and talking to her horse while the final rays of light filtered through the dust.



After school George has cleaned troughs and worked alongside the men on his small motorbike.


We have laughed, cried, talked, planned and possibly had a few too many drinks with friends on Friday nights. 

Last Sunday we tragically lost a mate who will never get the chance to do any of these things again.  I have not mentioned this to ask for sympathy, quite the opposite.  I have written this post to remind myself that life is out there to be lived to the fullest.

Ride the horses, listen to the music, take the photos, keep in contact with your friends, make that wood stack, wear pretty things, renovate the caravan and share what you can with anyone who appreciates it.

Happy Sunday, friends x

19 comments :

  1. I great reminder to enjoy every day. Happy Sunday to you too!

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  2. Such a timely post. We lost my father in law yesterday. I will show this post to hubby, the message will resonate with him I'm sure.

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  3. This is a beautiful post and the best tribute to someone. Thanks so much for the reminder.
    Cheers Kate

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  4. I'm of the opinion we only have this one life, so don't delay, get on with it. Looks like you most definitely are.

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    1. I think you are getting on with it too Katie! Thank you.

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  5. Your biscuits look wonderful and typical of, as you say, no nonsense food. Just wondering if they are a ginger biscuit?

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    1. Thank you, yes they are ginger biscuits/ginger nuts.

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  6. A lovely reminder to live life to the fullest, Jane; a talent you are passing on to your children, it seems. Sending love. Sam x

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  7. A lovely post Jane and those emu eggs look amazing...hope an angry mum wasn't hanging around. Elise xo

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    1. No Elise, no adult emus in sight although we were keeping a close eye on the horizon. It is actually the male emu that sits on the nest which always fascinates me!

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  8. I certainly appreciate all that you share. I had a similar conversation with a friend at the weekend. Twenty years ago a fatal accident made us all rethink our lives and we grabbed lots of opportunities that we might otherwise have let slip by but time passing has made us a little complacent and we were discussing how we need to embrace life and live it to the full. Like you, we agreed that it's not about fantastic experiences but sometimes just appreciating and savouring the everyday. Have a good week. Ax

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    1. Thank you Anne, I know you understand x

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  9. I absolutely adore your photos Jane! They are so, so beautiful and capture the essence of rural life perfectly. I found the death of my Pop had the effect on me of realising how short life is and that we must do our best to *live* it - he spent a lot of time talking about the things he was going to do, and never did most of them, even though he wasn't constrained by money or health. He could have gone and done them, but didn't. I don't want to spend my life like that, and even though some things aren't possible to do for various reasons, there are so many things we can do and ways we can live and actually enjoy our lives. It's easy to get caught up in the daily routines and chores and forget it!

    Have a lovely weekend,
    Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah, you are a kind, generous and engaged blogging friend and I always appreciate your thoughtful comments. Happy weekend to you too x

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