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Hello friends! I’m sorry it’s been a little while between updates. Between an unco-operative iPad, a lack of wifi and a severe lack of time, blogging while travelling has proven tricky so far. We are actually in Paris now, but these pictures are from our four days in London. We visited the British Museum, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Natural History Museum, as well as just wandering and exploring as much as time would allow. We packed a lot into just a few days and left with sore feet, full hearts and hopes to return one day for a longer stay (we’d so love to explore Bath and other areas outside of London.)

We’ve got two nights left in Paris before we leave for Amsterdam – so many more adventures ahead! We’ll check in again as soon as we get a chance.

Hope all has been well in your world while we’ve been away. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!

Katie xx

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Headed for Europe!

Tomorrow we leave for six weeks in Europe! Though this trip has been booked and planned for months now, it still somehow managed to sneak up on us. This year has just flown by so fast. The last couple of weeks have been a bit frantic around here as we have scrambled to get everything organised before we leave. I’m sure we’ve forgotten bits and pieces but we did manage to get our spring seeds into the ground and set up irrigation on timers, which is what we were most worried about.

We will spending four nights in London, five nights in Paris, five nights in Amsterdam, three nights in Berlin, three nights in Prague, three nights in Vienna, one night in Munich, three nights in Venice, five nights in Rome, three nights in Florence, two nights in Nice and four nights in Barcelona. Phew! There are lots of things we want to see and do along the way, but if any of you call these cities home or have visited, we’d really love to hear your suggestions and recommendations.

We are still pinching ourselves over the fact this amazing trip is happening. We’re excited beyond measure and so very, very grateful for this opportunity. Can’t wait to share this amazing adventure with you all here!

Happy weekend friends!

Katie and Reuben xx

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Little Things

Blossoms

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Juice and Flowers

Berries

Cake

1. The ornamental plum trees on our street are blooming! There are buds on our fruit trees too. Spring is well and truly in the air.
2. Cutie Clover sleeping with her tongue poking out!
3. Fresh juice and fresh flowers.
4. Those little sticks poking out of the earth are new berry canes. We planted berries all along one end of our house and cannot wait until they have grown and are fruiting!
5. Cake with cream and strawberries. Just because.

Sorry that things have been a bit quiet on the blog in the last little while. We leave for Europe in just over a week (!) so we’ve been busy tying up loose ends and getting organised for the big trip. We are so excited!!

Hope you are having a gorgeous week!

Katie xx

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Five Favourite Things (with Michelle of Hugo and Elsa)

Today’s Five Favourite Things guest is lovely Michelle of one of my very favourite blogs, Hugo and Elsa. With beautiful photography and gentle words, Michelle shares snippets of her life in gorgeous Tasmania. (I’ve always fantasised about moving to Tassie!) So here are five of Michells’s favourite things…

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What’s your favourite time of day?

I think morning, because of the potential a new day brings, everything is all new and fresh. Plus I’m still in my cosy pyjamas and there is coffee! Which is also my favourite!

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What’s your favourite thing to bake?

I have lots of faves, but right now I’m baking lots of victoria sponges. I love that you vary the flavour easily, say, go for vanilla or lemon or chocolate without any bother, then fill it with your favourite jam, or poached fruit and lots of silky whipped cream. I just invested in a set of sandwich tins, I used to bake it one tin then slice it in half before. I feel much more grown up now having the proper tins.

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What’s your favourite place to visit?

Cradle Mountain – it is so beautiful. I love walking through the alpine landscape and Cradle Mountain has such an interesting history. It’s so vast and so ancient, all your problems seem to vanish when you’re there. It just makes you realise how insignificant humans are.

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What’s your favourite ingredient to cook with?

Right now it’s eggs – I just love their versatility – which is a good thing as our girls are laying a lot at the moment. From cakes to tortillas, pasta or a simple boiled egg for breakfast, you can make so many meals with them. And because they’re from our girls, who have been fed scraps from the kitchen, leafy greens from the garden and bugs from the yard, there’s something symbolic about each egg and how it fits into the cycle of how we live our life.

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(Photo by Luisa Brimble)

What’s your favourite thing to read?

Cookbooks, I have piles of them all over the house. I especially love reading vintage ones. The unusual ingredients fascinate me along with the measurements used such as gills, pecks and bushels. They’re also written so succinctly – people knew how to cook then I suppose, it was more instinctive and didn’t need the processes explained in such detail. I like that.

I you fancy sharing your own favourite time of day, thing to bake, place to visit, ingredient to cook with and/or thing to read, I’d love to hear all about them!

Katie xx

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The Right Path

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Happy Things

I’ve always been a worrier. I question everything, second guess decisions and fret about what the future holds, much more than I’d like to. Sometimes I wonder if we’re heading in the right direction and if we’re making progress, I question past choices and wonder how things might have been if we’d chosen something different. I worry, worry worry…

But then, I find myself painting the last coat of white on a rattly old window and I am reminded that this creaky house is ours. We own a house, and though it is old and shabby, it is full of love and music, the smell of pancakes and the sound of teaspoons tapping china as cups of tea are stirred.

I say good morning to the chickens and give them their breakfast, then I find two perfect, fresh eggs, and I am reminded that we are on the way to producing much of our own fresh produce. The glimpse of a green bud on the plum tree is a testament to the fact that one day soon our garden will be bursting with fruit and flowers.

I watch Reuben play with the dogs on the grass and I am reminded of how lucky I am to have found such a kind and happy soul to share my life with. Someone who is so perfectly similar to me and yet so totally, completely opposite to me, that we fit together like puzzle pieces. Somehow, miraculously, we found each other.

In these moments I know, with full certainly, that every choice we’ve made has been the right one (even the wrong ones) because they have led us here. We are exactly where we need to be right now. Our life isn’t perfect, but it is cemented in all of our dreams, all that we want for our family’s future, and all that we believe to be good and true. As times goes by my vision of a simple, mindful, beautiful life, grows clearer and my resolve to achieve it grows stronger.

Each day we take a few small steps forward. We are on the right path.

Katie xx

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