Wednesday, 24 September 2014

These Days - Spring Celebrations..

 These days are full of exciting preparations and celebrations.. Our wedding anniversary, Ben's birthday and Tallow's birthday are all in the beautiful month of September.  And with the countdown on to Tallow's first birthday party on Sunday, we are full of rainbow party cheer.  

And just in time for the party celebrations, the garden has exploded with an abundance of snapdragons and rainbow chard. 

We are also preparing our little home for some much loved visitors.  We are so blessed to have our families are coming  down from Queensland to celebrate Tallow's birthday. These sunshine filled days have been just perfect for throwing the windows open, enjoying a spot of Spring cleaning and fresh sun dried washing. 
 And of course sunshine filled days are also perfect for enjoying picnics and playing in the park.  How I love watching these two exploring together. 

We've been embracing handmade gifts this year and Ben's birthday present was quite the family affair, as we got a bit creative with Miss Tallow's ever so sweet little 11 month old footprints.  I can't stop smiling every time I see them! 

These days I am full of gratitude and nostalgia.  I can't believe how quickly the past twelve months has flown.  There's so much to say and yet right now, I just can't quite find the right words.  There are many moments to be thankful for, a year full of so much love and joy. 

So here's to the radiant beauty of the season and this magic and transformation new moon.  I'm beyond excited to spend the weekend with our families.  It will be the first time in years everyone has come together and I know it's going to be a very special time indeed.

Things might be a little quite around here for the rest of the week as everyone arrives and the celebrations begin, but I am so looking forward to sharing the weekend and all our adventures with you next week.  For some sneak peeks at Tallow's rainbow party, pop over and visit me on Instagram.

Much Love

Monday, 22 September 2014


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

Tallow: Beyond excited about the crazy blue monster truck.. 

 Joining Jodi's beautiful 52 project
 Much Love

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Conscious Living - A Love List..

"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love... and then we return home. " - Aboriginal Proverb

So during the year every now and then I'd been writing a post I called Making and Doing.  Although I soon realised it wasn't really what I was making and doing, it was really more about what was inspiring me.  So late last night, I had a thought, as I scrolled through the browser on my phone and noticed all these pages open to posts and websites that I'd been saving for inspiration. I realised I needed to do a little reshuffle of my ideas, create a new series and a space to share lovely things that invigorated the soul, beautiful reminders of where we are headed and where we dream to go, as we live more simple, mindful and conscious lives.  I hope to make this a regular series and would just love to read any posts and articles that have been invigorating you lately too. 


List #001..

I just adored this recent post over at Milkwood about time and doing the washing up.  It really stuck a cord with me and has played a lovely part in shifting the way I go about my everyday.

I'm so excited about this 30 hour fermented sourdough recipe and really want to try it out.  I'm not having much luck with my starter culture but I'm determined to keep trying and I know once I get there, it's going to be totally worth it.  Do you make sourdough? What do you keep your starter in? 

With Tallow's first birthday just around the corner, Ben and I have been talking about presents and toys and how we can lessen our impact by being particularly conscious of the things we buy for Tallow.  I really love this post by Kirsten and this one by Steph, such inspiring mamas who value conscious, simple play.

Lately I've been wanting to take my yoga practice a little deeper with some simple arm balances and I found this post really helpful in overcoming my fears of falling flat on my face and taking a different,  more playful approach to my time on the mat.

Have you checked out the new issue of Peppermint magazine? I had a little rave about it yesterday on Instagram but I just had to mention it here too.  I've always loved Peppermint's work, but this issue really has taken the magazine to a new level. Both beautiful and thought provoking, it's so wonderful to read a publication, full of substance that is truly walking the walk.

The Bharani Effect continue to blow me away with invigorating interviews and projects.  How fabulous is the new The Bharani Exchange?  

Every time I pop over to Tricia's blog, I leave feeling so excited and yearning to spring to action, to live more simply and harmoniously.  And I was so delighted to read her post on earthing, just after I'd written about it in my post on balance.  Yes, it's most certainly time to reconnect with the earth.

And speaking on harmonious living, creating a zero waste home is something I am continuing to aspire to.  Little by little we are making changes to our daily lives and I find that this amazing list from the true inspirations of zero waste living is incredibly helpful.

We still have a tree full of mandarins, even though we've been eating them all winter and giving them to friends and the neighbourhood, so I think it's high time I gave Kate's Mandarinalade recipe a try. Are you a jam maker? This will be my first time.  Have you got any tips? I love this episode of River Cottage Bites on jams and preserves and only hope I can one day be as proficient and fabulous in the kitchen as the gorgeous Pam Corbin.  

This photographic series, "Scrublands" by French photographer Antoine Bury is so captivating and beautiful  'From 2010 to 2013, Bruy travelled across a number of European mountain ranges, including the Carpathians and the Pyrenees, to document people who are trying to gain, in his words, “greater energy, food, economic, or social autonomy.”(via The New Yorker)'. 

And for those inspired to live a more mindful, self-sufficient lifestyle, my heart sang as I read this post by the beautiful Hari from Tiny House Family, which outlines with such nurturing love, how to start living the life of your dreams today.  Grab a pen and paper, there plenty of lovely notes to take.

Wishing you a most gorgeous day!
Much Love 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

This Old Love..

Eight years ago today.. on a beautiful Spring afternoon, two kids crazy madly in love decided to tie the knot.  It feels like both a lifetime ago and only yesterday all wrapped into one.  And in those eight years we have found a deeper love than I ever imagined could exist.  A love that transcends time, a love that continues to grow, evolve and expand toward the horizon of our dreams and adventures.  A love that still makes my heart skip a beat.  An old love, that feels like home. 

Much Love

PS. Here's a little bit of our love story..