Thursday, 29 October 2015

Lingering in the Garden..





 As these Spring afternoons start to linger on just that little more and the heat of the day is still warm in the earth, we find ourselves in the garden, almost always.  We potter and notice, splash in puddles and bury our hands in the dirt.  We watch the clouds and the birds and the lady bugs and count the number of tiny tomatoes and blueberries.  The washing is hung to out to dry, the baskets are filled with broad beans & spinach and bunches of herbs are gathered for dinner.  

As we nourish our garden, it nourishes us in return, not only with good things to eat, but with rhythms and gentle moments in our days.  Once I thought our home was the four walls around us, but now I see our home as so much more.  Every seed we sow, seedling we raise and vegetable we harvest, is helping us to create our home.  And while I know that these four walls and this patch of earth won't be ours forever, I know that while we are here, I want to explore each corner of this little suburnban block, grow and nurture, learn and provide and embrace the simple pleasures that come from a homegrown life.

Much Love & Light 
xxx

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Capturing the Weekend - 43/52..

"A portrait capturing our weekend, each week, in 2015."

Monday 6pm - My little broadbean thief, caught in the act..  

Much Love & Light
xxx

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Life's Rhythms..


Last weekend we pulled up our winter veggie patch to make way for our summer garden.  A week of hot weather while we were away in Byron Bay meant that all our winter veggies had flowered and bolted and while lush and beautiful to the eye, were taking up precious room where our zucchinis, eggplants and chilies needed to be planted.  We set to work with gusto, not holding back, only keeping one pretty rainbow chard and some newly planted parsley, the rest would be turned back into the soil.   I was so proud of our day’s efforts, potatoes and corn planted, zucchini and eggplant seedlings that we'd been nurturing, now left to grow big and strong beside the orange tree. This was the beginning of our summer harvest, a day to remember.

Today though, as we played outside, I wandered to the veggie patch and felt an overwhelming moment of sadness to see it look so bare.  The snails took a fancy to one of my precious zucchinis, the corn will take a few more weeks to shoot and while I know our little patch will start looking full in time, it momentarily struck a cord. It's both exciting and daunting to start over, to begin a new season. It is all part of life's rhythms isn't it.  The tides, moon phases, seasons, each come and go, making way for something new. 

And just like our veggie patch, our own lives are finding new rhythms too.  As we begin to enter the world of a two year old, each day I'm learning something new, trying my best to understand and adapt to the needs of my beautiful, spirited, little garden fairy.  I remind myself that each moment is fleeting, to try not to overthink situations.  Last week she only wore tutus, this week she's scared of insects and won't wear anything at all.  Toddlerhood is a beautiful, exciting and exhausting dance, one I'm passionate about taking slowly and gently.  And in doing so, I turn to my own life's rhythms and notice that they too must change, to allow for more balance, more play and more nourishing of my soul.  

In finding new rhythms for myself, I keep coming back to the same question, what makes my heart sing?  What brings me joy? In the few precious hours I have alone each day, what do I want to be nourishing myself with? Right now, I'm really enjoying being a maker again.  Once upon a time, when I first began this blog, I was a maker who blogged.  At some point in the process, I became a blogger to made things.  And now once again, the seasons have changed and I find myself longing to have my hands busy, with twine and thread, making baskets and wall hangings, experimenting with natural dyeing and evolving as an artist.  I'm also working on a really exciting project which will allow me to explore a new creative path and taking on more freelance writing work.  It's exciting and daunting all at the same time, but just like our garden, I know I just have to keep working away, a little each day and slowly things will take shape.

So where does this leave this little space of mine.  I do love it so and miss it so often.  What I miss now though isn't really blogging as such, it's writing for myself, writing posts like this. Reminders of the seasons, capturing these moments in time, straight from the heart. This is how I would like this space to evolve.  I may not write as often and I won't keep a schedule.  Some days I might just share images, some days rambling musings.  As I write this, I realise that I can't let this space go altogether, it just means too much to me.  So I will allow it evolve as I do and transform as part of the rhythm of this season of my life.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by.  I know how full our days are and how overwhelming the world of social media can be.  I feel so blessed that you've taken a moment to journey into my world.


Much Love & Light
xxx

Monday, 19 October 2015

Capturing the Weekend - 42/52..

A portrait capturing our weekend, each week, in 2015."

Sunday 11:00am - Playing in an old pot filled with water. Think we might need to invest in a little pool for Summer. 

Much Love & Light
xxx

Friday, 16 October 2015

Our Byron Adventures..

Byron Bay holds a very special part of us within it's incredible ocean shores and village streets.  Over thirty years of memories, special days, celebrations and anniversaries have been spent wandering the beaches, watching passers by, drinking in all the delicousness of this unique part of the world.  So when my sister decided to get married at The Secret Garden (once owned by one of my favourite artists, David Bromley), I couldn't pack our bags fast enough. 

 Words and images really can't quite put The Secret Garden into perspective.. It's one of those incredible, visceral and enchanting worlds of it's own that truly needs to be experienced body and soul. From the old air stream and bus, to the incredible art works, many of Bromley's painted directly on walls and mirrors, outdoor baths, rambling walkways and hidden nooks around every corner, The Secret Garden really is all kinds of magical. 

I had the great  privilege to not only be the maid of honour for Phoebe and Jared's wedding day, but also the stylist for the event.  Of course the beautiful venue already spoke for itself, so with a few bohemian flourishes from The Wedding Shed and our personal collections, some fun DIYs (including a simple macrame arbour) and bunches gorgeous flowers & foliage, we added a personal touch to the day.   


 And when all the celebrations were done & dusted and the last champagne poured.. We headed straight to the beach.  Oh how Tallow just adored every moment on her namesake beach.  It was so beautiful to watch her play in the water, search for shells and kick up the sand.  Tallow Beach is a place like no other.  

I must say, I think I left a little piece of my heart in Byron this time.  So many memories made, beautiful, precious times that I am forever grateful for.  We're already planning our next getaway.  I'm thinking of a farm stay next time.  If you know any in the Northern Rivers area, I'd love to hear about them.

Much Love & Light
xxx

PS.  I can't wait to some of the professional wedding photos with you soon.  The day was captured by the gorgeous Meg Kelly and I'm bursting with excitement see all the day's special moments.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Capturing the Weekend - 41/52..

A portrait capturing our weekend, each week, in 2015."

Sunday 5:30pm .. Flower girls frolicking.

Much Love & Light
xxx

ps. I can't wait to share more photos from our week away to Brisbane & Byron Bay for my gorgeous sister's wedding soon.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Capturing the Weekend - 40/52..

A portrait capturing our weekend, each week, in 2015."

Sunday 5:45pm - Life at Two..

Much Love & Light
xxx