Tuesday, 2 September 2014

From Little Things..

Something amazing happens when you grow your own food, something I never really imagined.  You become so wonderfully involved in the whole process, you begin to chat to your little seedlings, ensuring they are in just the right about of sunshine and are standing tall and happy.  And when your broad beans are producing their first beautiful big pods, you smile from ear to ear knowing that somehow you played a little part in this process and because of this grand connection, your evening meals and your whole life will be a whole lot sweeter.  

From little things, big things grow.  From our little patch of earth in our suburban rental property, we are growing as much of our own food as we can.  Each day we are consciously changing the path we are walking, teaching our rainbow girl the importance of each tiny seed, of the dirt beneath her toes.  

It was only two years ago that my interest in gardening really began and back then it was a way for me to grieve, to take out my anger on the dry soil, pull the weeds and wipe the tears and find a way to connect to everything I'd lost.  These days, being in the garden is a part of my everyday, a joyful meditation and reunion with Mother Earth. The planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, I rejoice in it all.  And as first my romanesco broccoli peeks towards the sunlight, my heart is full, knowing that we are on our way, to providing our little family with beautiful organic food and playing our part to shift the current paradigm towards an incredibly exciting future. 

Want a little inspiration to get into the garden? I recommend watching these two TED talks, the first, Future Farmers by the fabulous Costa Georgiadis and A Challenge to Live Sustainably by Nick Ritar from the ever inspiring Milkwood Permaculture.   

Much Love
xxx

Monday, 1 September 2014

35/52..

"A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Tallow: Her famous, 'Oh my goodness I see something amazing' face,  gets me every time. 

 Joining Jodi's beautiful 52 project
 Much Love
xxx

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Emerging from the Haze..

We are slowly beginning to unfurl from the week that's been, gently returning to our everyday pace.  Opening windows and breathing the glorious sunshine and fresh air in, replenishing stocks of lemons and honey and attempting to remove stubborn turmeric stains from the kitchen benches.  The cupboards are bare, the washing line is full and the oil diffuser is pumping a the lovely fresh scent of lemon oil throughout the house.

We took a slow wander around the neighbourhood this afternoon, taking in all the details, watching the world pass by.  In just a few short days, our landscape looks so different. The branches no longer bare, the gardens no longer hibernating.  Spring has arrived.  And just like that, as if emerging from the very same haze that I am, petals are unfurling, bees and butterflies are busily attending to business and around each corner there is a new burst of invigorating colour.

I am so grateful for a brand new week, for good health and sunshine, for happy smiles and afternoon walks, for freshly washed sheets and homemade chicken soup. And I am grateful to have emerged from the haze of this last week of winter, into a most glorious Spring.

Much Love
xxx

Thursday, 28 August 2014

34/52..

"A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Tallow: Those big blue worldly eyes..

 Joining Jodi's beautiful 52 project
 Much Love
xxx

PS. We've all been under the weather this week, so we've been taking it very easy, sipping plenty of turmeric tea and homemade broth and curling up under colourful crochet and vintage floral with lovely stories to read.  I'm so grateful that we are all feeling much better today and spent the afternoon enjoying a good dash of almost Spring sunshine.