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Clean

Camellias

Poppy

Egg

Books

Strawberries on Toast

Daisy and Clover

No Knead Bread

1. I’ve been trying some new green cleaner recipes. The only commercial cleaning products I have had to buy in the last few months are oxy-action bleach and dishwashing liquid. I wish I’d made the change sooner.
2. Our two camellia bushes are blooming. They were planted many, many years ago and have somehow survived intense droughts and years of neglect. Their blooms bring so much joy to grey winter days.
3. Sweet Poppy napping.
4. Our girls are laying again! They had a really tough first moult and were off the lay for quite some time. It’s so lovely to have homegrown eggs once more.
5. I’ve been spending a lot of time cooking good, nourishing food in the last couple of weeks. I don’t often follow recipes but I love beautiful cook books for inspiration when my motivation in the kitchen runs dry.
6. Strawberries, cream cheese and a drizzle of honey on toast, with a big mug of cinnamon tea. The perfect way to start a day.
7. We’ve been painting our living room. Clover and Daisy have been helping by getting in the way and brushing up against the wet paint on the walls. They’re so cute, it’s impossible to stay mad at them.
8. No knead bread. Yes!

Katie xx

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Suburban Jungle

Reuben and Veggie Beds

Gardening

Poppy

Garden

Daisy

Planting

We spent a lot of the weekend in the garden, building two more veggie beds, planting a couple of citrus trees, pruning and pottering. Though our garden isn’t producing much now, it feels good to be building something for the future. From little things big things grow.

I must admit, when Reubs and I moved into this house I was a bit worried about going overboard in the garden. Our block is very small and awkwardly shaped and I seriously doubted that we’d ever be able to make it particularly productive. Reubs was keen to make the most of our limited space and cram it full of edibles. He immediately wanted to rip out all the lawn and replace it with a giant veggie patch, and was adamant that we had enough space for a number of fruit trees, but I was reluctant. It seems crazy to me now but I didn’t like the idea of not having any lawn and I was scared that if we planted too much our yard would look messy and unattractive. (What would the neighbours think?!) So we started small with two little veggie beds, a couple of fruit trees and two chickens, and bit by bit we’ve added more and more. We now have four large veggie beds, ten fruit trees, two passionfruit vines, a couple of berry plants, two elderflower bushes (for making cordial) and hopps (for making beer) which we plan to plant next to the car port so it can climb. We are also hoping to turn a whole corner of our yard into a large chicken coop, so we can keep a bigger flock of chooks. Slowly, I’ve come to realise just how much can be done with a small space (we still have room for so much more!) and I now have a completely different kind of vision for our garden. Not a tidy lawn, tidy veggie beds, tidy trees and small tidy chicken coop, but a rambling patch overflowing with homegrown fruit, veggies, flowers and chickens.

I recently bought Backyard Self Sufficiency by Jackie French (which I highly recommend) and today I was having a read when I stumbled across a quote that so perfectly summed up what I’ve been thinking and feeling, that I had to share it with you. Jackie says:

“I have two images of suburban life today.

The first is of a neat house set in a mown lawn with trimmed shrubs and a sandpit; a clean kitchen with yesterday’s takeaway containers in the sink; and the latest DVDs to fill your life after dinner.

The second is of a suburban jungle: a maze of tangled apple trees and grapevines, carpets of strawberries, and kids with mulberry-stained faces who don’t come inside till dark. You trip over a box of apples in the laundry and the kitchen smells of summer tomatoes and of the basil on the windowsill.

The kitchen shelves are full, so are the lives of the inhabitants.

The richness of our lives depends on our surroundings and what we fill them with.”

I know which one I’d prefer. Bring on the jungle.

Katie xx

PS Just in case you are wondering what our “chicken tractor” is doing in our new veg beds – we were using the girls’ scratching skills to get a headstart on digging up the grass.
PPS My cute apron and trowel are from lovely Brenda‘s wonderful new shop.

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Little Things

Flowers

Chickens

Lunch

Do Small Things

Beach

Daisies

Clover

Florist

Joining in the weekly stills over at The Beetle Shack.

1. Little pot plants in the winter sunshine. How is it that kraft paper and string make everything cuter?!
2. We’ve spent a lot of time over at my mum’s farm in the last couple of weeks. I took this picture one day while we were cleaning out these tiny chicks’ cage. A bucket of cuteness!
3. We had an amazing lunch with friends at Mr Beebe’s in Bendigo yesterday.
4. I’ve been having lots of fun making pretty things with paper.
5. My mum and I spent a couple of nights in Kiama last week (while Reubs minded things back on the farm). My family was gathered to honour the memory of my gradparents, who lived by the beach there for many years.
6. We scattered daisies in the ocean.
7. Little Clover, looking cute as a button in her winter coat!
8. The last week has been full of flowers…

Wishing you all a gorgeous week ahead!

Katie xx

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Taking Stock

Chelsea

This post was inspired by lovely Pip‘s posts of the same name. I love pausing to take note of the little things happening here and now. It reminds me to be present in the moment and helps me to appreciate all of the good going on this very second. Maybe you’d like to write a Taking Stock post too? Please share it in the comment section if you do!

Making: A wall hanging out of fabric scraps and doilies.
Cooking: Lots of quick stuff. Sauteed kale and potatoes with eggs. Fried rice. Beans on toast.
Drinking: Tea! Always tea!
Reading: Spaces.
Wanting: To get more organised.
Looking: For a new winter coat.
Playing: The Arctic Monkeys and The Black Keys on repeat. (Reuben’s current favourites!)
Deciding: It’s ok to stay in bed a little longer when it’s dark and frosty outside.
Wishing: Our old house was a bit warmer.
Enjoying: My slippers.
Waiting: For our Europe trip in September. (Impatiently!)
Liking: Cinnamon honey.
Wondering: Where this year has gone.
Loving: My mum’s sweet poddy calves, Chelsea and Bambi.
Pondering: The fleeting nature of our time on this beautiful earth.
Considering: All that I can do to make the most of it.
Hoping: We have a more successful season in the garden this coming spring.
Marvelling: At chickens hatching. (The fact a whole new living creature can grow inside an egg and burst into the world, all in the space of just three short weeks, will never cease to be incredible to me!)
Needing: A new pair of boots.
Following: So many inspiring people on Instagram. (I really love Instagram!)
Noticing: That our little fruit trees are now completely bare.
Knowing: I should go to bed earlier!
Thinking: I need to find more time for making stuff and being creative.
Admiring: Rag quilts and floral mandalas.
Smelling: Jonquils. (I cannot decide how I feel about this smell? Do I love it or do I hate it!? I’m not sure!)
Wearing: Gum boots and layers. Lots of layers.
Sorting: My clothes and decluttering my wardrobe.
Buying: A wooden dish brush to replace our disposable plastic one.
Getting: Really inspired and excited about starting an exciting new project.
Bookmarking: Jackie French’s calendar of self sufficiency.
Opening: The oven to reveal fresh bread.
Giggling: At our fur babies. (Always!)
Snacking: On strawberry yogurt and apples.
Coveting: A bigger yard with decent fencing for the doggies.
Wishing: I was a better knitter.
Helping: On the farm.
Feeling: So many things. (Love, restlessness, gratitude, hope, melancholy.)
Hearing: The wind rattle the windows…

Katie xx

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Winter Days

Reuben

Reuben and Cows

Tiny Toadstools

Family

These pictures were taken at my mama’s farm today. Spending time over there is so good for my soul. The older I get, the more I long for the peace, quiet and space of the country. The feel of earth under my boots, raindrops on my eyelashes and wind in my hair. The warmth of a horse’s velvety nose and the sound of happy chickens scratching in the grass. I was lucky enough to grow up on a farm and though at the time I never thought I’d say it, I miss living on the land. I’m so glad my mum’s little slice of the countryside is just a couple of minutes away.

The days here are short and grey now. Each morning our tiny town is swathed in mist, the grass is crunchy with frost and the cold bites at our toes as we creep out of bed. Outside the deciduous trees are bare and the earth is cold and damp, but inside we are cocooned with socks, blankets and bowls of soup.

I love the hush of winter. Though we all carry on with our usual busyness, somehow everything seems a little quieter. A little slower. Like the world around us pauses to take a breath.

I hope you’ve all had a restful, happy weekend and managed to find a little quiet of your own. Sending warm, happy thoughts for the week ahead!

Katie xx

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