Meandering holidays.

I'm not sure where time is going but with another week closing to an end I'm looking forward to the weekend and all being together to work in the garden.  Though I think Sunday is predicted to hit 40 so I'm unsure how much work we will get done then!  I have been busy contacting some local people who are happy to share some of their immense permaculture/farming knowledge with us.  One of the most exciting is the lovely Sally at Jembella Farm which we are lucky enough to be able to go and visit, I know the boys will all love it and we cannot wait!  We are also looking forward to the The Food Forest opening day in April and they have a permaculture talk on which will be very interesting, and no doubt we will learn a lot.  Being local examples we can visit will be invaluable to us and the plans we have for our place.  Our plans for this place are beginning to take shape, I will pin Grant down so we can draw them out for you soon I promise!  

I don't really know what we have done these holidays,  there was surgery of course at the beginning and the recovery from that which took us to Christmas, then there was travel, family, friends and so forth during the Christmas/New Year period.  Our good friends wedding, time seems to have slipped away.  But in a nice way, the enjoyable kind of way that time slips away when there is no schedule, no time table, and no need to keep to the outside worlds pace.       

We have been encouraging William to undertake a little more responsibility around the house, he is doing really well, with only the occasional light grumble.  He is finding the joy in chores and working out how to have a little fun whilst doing them, like swirling the water around when he does the dishes.  He is enjoying cooking with my thermomix, following the instructions, using the scales, getting the ingredients out and most importantly packing up the kitchen at the end with me.  There are many lessons that we talk about during this time.  About kitchen hygiene and safe food handling, the importance of leaving the sink and benches clean and dry, why we might use salt or vinegar in a sauce or item to preserve it, why we might use plain flour or self raising flour.  Standard little kitchen lessons that just kind of evolve while we chat and work away side by side.         

I was browsing through some photos this morning and I realized I have not done any sewing in weeks!  No wonder I feel like I'm missing something.  Today I will find the time I'm sure.  Just after we hold the budgies.

I'm not sure if I showed you my last doll I completed.  I think I got caught up in the flurry of Christmas and renos.  

Here she is, I left their naming to their new little owners.  She is a little older so I thought she might have something special in mind for them.  

As usual they are made using traditional Waldorf methods.  With hand formed heads, firmly stuffed with pure wool, wool hair and simple hand embroidered faces.  The clothing is hand woven fabric from a good friend who makes beautiful baby wraps and cotton/wool felt for the rest.  




When I went home over Christmas I was given a bunch of lovely embroidered and crocheted linens that used to belong to my Grandmother.  I found this little one which I totally loved and popped it in a little frame so it's on display.  It seems such a pity to keep such beautiful items in a draw, Simple creativity, my favorite kind! 

Anyway lunch is cooked and time to get going.

Much love,
Emma
xx



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  1. Gotta love a young bloke in the kitchen - way to go.

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    1. :) I hope all the boys are well equipped to look after themselves and their families when the time comes.

      xx

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  2. Beautiful post again Emma. The dolls are just incredible, developing their own little personalities. How clever you are! Young William in the kitchen, so precious. Looking forward to seeing you here just as soon as we can coordinate that. We have twice been to The Food Forest open days and could not recommend it highly enough. Anne-Marie and Graham Brookman (spelling?) are so very inspiring and full of so much valuable knowledge. You will love it.

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    1. Thankyou, I think the personality is the joy that comes from a handcrafted item! :)

      Oh that's great to hear that you guys got so much out of it, we are currently debating the size of the veggie patch as we need to fence it off from the dogs. Trying to work out how much space we will actually use so its enough but not too much at this stage.

      xx

      xx

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  3. I too, feel as though the holidays are slipping away. Its been a blend of beautiful summery days spent outside with the kids on the trampoline or in the garden as well as some cold, windy ones spent inside baking or watching movies. Been totally loving it, but hubby is back at work on Monday and I feel that things are shifting because of that.
    Love the idea of framing your linens...genius! It showcases them beautifully.
    Cassandra xx

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    1. Oh I would love a couple of cold wintery days!!

      Good luck with your hubby back at work, Grant only gets public holidays and weekends off so I have not had him home as much as I would like. Would be nice to hang out for a week or two straight!

      xx

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  4. I love your dolls, Emma. My, my you certainly do have a busy life. I would still be recovering from the bushfires if it were me. LOL!

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    1. I think working on the gardens is our way of recovering from the bushfires to be honest Chel, gardening away the memories. It is all so burnt around this area, and everywhere you look you are reminded of the horrible day. Our own block is so barren and dry it doesnt help the situation. By gardening and beginning to focus on the new, green fresh life of the garden it feels healing you know?

      I guess getting on with what we do is our way of healing and recovering and putting the bushfires behind us. :)

      xx

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  5. Holidays are funny things - it seems to be all or nothing, for us. We're either completely overtaken by something to do, or we don't have anything to do at all. Reminds me of my childhood. ;)

    My son is more interested in the kitchen than our daughter was, but probably because I wised up and decided to start training, early, lol. Nice to see your sons enjoying the kitchen too. :)

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    1. We are the same here, flat out or snails pace! Ha! One day we will find balance. Though the snails pace is great for toilet training little Henry!

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  6. You make such beautiful steiner dolls.

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