Friday, 10 July 2015

Flour, Fire & Friends..

Last weekend we took our first family road trip, three and half hours North, into the heart of the outback for Jane, The Shady Baker's third annual Flour and Fire Day.  After seeing photos on Jane's blog of her previous events, I was so delighted to join the winter festivities this year.  What could be better than a day of baking, making and enjoying the company of wonderful new friends.  The whole day was just picturesque, a true dream to revel in and to capture. 

We were greeted by Jane and her family and invited into her gorgeous property with open arms, welcomed by Zara's sweet handmade pennant and a bounty of delights on the swap table.  

With baking equipment ready to go, homemade sweet treats and coffee was enjoyed as we met and chatted with new and old friends before getting down to the business of baking.  It was such a joy to finally meet Jane and Zara after getting to know them for many years through their blogs and was so lovely to make some wonderful new friends, Kate, Summa & Sarah and hang out with my dear friend Shell too. 

With the fires burning and the sourdough starter bubbling, it was time to get baking.  For the last few years as I've been fumbling my way through a bit of bread making, I've never quite been able to make a successful sourdough, so Jane's wonderful guidance and gentle reassurance was just what I needed get back into the baking groove.  As sourdough in the winter takes the whole day to prove, Jane was lovely enough to make some before hand, so we could see, taste and capture the finish product.  While the bread baked, Summa from The Caff made some beautiful pasta to enjoy for lunch.   


After a wonderful homegrown and homemade lunch, the afternoon was spent chatting, exploring the property and beeswax candle making with Zara. Oh I can't wait to make some more candles, the scent of the beeswax is just so beautiful and the whole process is wonderfully relaxing. 

And as the sun began to set, we said our goodbyes, loaded our cars with beautiful produce and farewelled Jane's outback oasis. 

With floury hands and a happy heart, I drove away with a new found sense of community, friendship and a real appreciation for the unique beauty of the area we are so blessed to live in.  Visiting Jane's property felt like coming home and the experience solidified in me, our dream to find our own little piece of land, to create into our very own oasis.

 And it's so true.. Happiness is homemade.  

Much Love & Light
xxx

10 comments:

  1. It sounds like a beautiful day and I've read individual stories on a few blogs now. What a great initiative of community spirit. I can smell the bread baking, hear the chit chat and feel the love.

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    1. Oh it was so wonderful, you would have loved it! And yes indeed, such a wonderful fostering of community! xx

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  2. What a beautiful story! You have a way with words. I had to remind myself I was a part of this wonderful tale as it sounds like something you read about others doing. It was great to meet you Sophie xx

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    1. Thank you so much Kate! Yes it was such a precious experience! Wonderful to meet you too lovely! Hope to see you again next time we are up your way x

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  3. Beautiful Sophie! It really was lovely to meet you and your family. Just as Kate said...we so often read about other people in far away places doing these things. It has been so exciting seeing your gorgeous photos. x

    PS I will link your post up to my post :)

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  4. Gorgeous post Sophie. I agree that happiness is homemade! Xx

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  5. It looks like you all had a beautiful day! x

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  6. I love how we've each captured the day that little bit differently. Beautiful photos Sophie.
    Jane's beautiful property left me all inspired to have our own piece of land too. x

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  7. Your photos are stunning, Sophie. You have a real eye. And looks like it was a fabulous weekend of making and baking! x

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  8. Oh it sounds like an absolutely wonderful weekend!

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Thank you for stopping by! ~ I just love receiving your comments! I'll be sure to pop by your place too. Much love ~ Sophie x