It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

To my dearest readers,

Thank you for taking the time to pop in here, to read, to share this space with others, to comment on this little blog of ours.  I love hearing and seeing what others are doing and I love that you care enough to visit our little family here.

I hope you all have a wonderful, safe and very Merry Christmas!  Go gently in this silly season, listen to your heart, don't be scared to say "no"to the busyness of this time of year, and enjoy the ones you love.  

Some last minute hand made gifts, vanilla bean sugar and salted caramel sauce.  Oh and pickles with a stack of left over cucumbers from our shop I didn't want to waste. 

Christmas here will be spent with extended family, eating too much, going to the beach, exchanging presents and catching up.  Hanging out with the kids and all the chaos and fun that brings.

We have big plans for this little cottage in the  new year.  We are keen to get stuck into the garden structures and designs for this place, ready to start growing at least some veggies in Autumn, fixing up the chook shed so we can get more chooks, planning compost heaps, improving soil, researching permaculture methods and designing spaces so we can all have our needs met in this little cottage.  The gardens need to be dog resistant and child friendly as well as productive and water wise.  I look forward to sharing and hearing any tips you might have.

The kitchen and second bedroom are on the cards also, they will be BIG jobs.  Cealings to come down, plastering, painting, a wall to pull out, a kitchen to install.

There will be cooking to do, sewing projects on the go, kids to wrangle, one going off to big school (how did that happen?!) no doubt lots of  laughs, chaos to embrace and plenty of learning and love along the way as we delve deeper into this simple living journey we are on.

Much love,


  1. Have a very happy Christmas, Emma. It has been quite a year for you hasn't it? All the best for the future in your little cottage and I look forward to reading about all your adventures with your wonderful family.

    1. Yes it certainly has, i can hardly get my head around the last couple of months. What i can say is I am glad they are behind us now and we are looking forward to a new year and a fresh start. :)

      I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family Chel.

  2. Hello Emma. I have just found your blog, over from Rhonda's Down to Earth blog.
    Your first photograph touch a spot with me as I saw you pickling cucumbers, so they didn't go to waste. I make any of my surplus cucumbers from the allotment into bread and butter pickles.
    I am looking forward to following your blog. Best wishes from Jean in Brisbane

    1. Thank you for finding me! Rhonda's blog is one of my all times favorites I reckon, so much valuable information!

      I am new to pickling really, Jams I can do, Sauces too but I have not pickled much. I'm looking forward to experimenting with it as a food storage option. :) We will see if it gets the tick from Grant in a week or so. ;)



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