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Friday, 5 February 2016

A simple, beautiful day.

Here I sit, having morning tea with my little man.  

What a beautiful morning.  The sun is shining, there is a slight breeze which is making the leaves rustle and sway.  The air is fresh and clean.  The dust settled temporarily. The bees are buzzing busily around the flowers and herbs.  Birds are nipping in and out of the trees and bushes and the chooks are scratching about and eating the dropped fruit under the trees with great delight.  The proud rooster is keeping a protective eye out for his girls and herding them under the trees when a butcher bird comes too close.  

The washing machine is swishing and sloshing away in the outdoor laundry behind me, the first load is swaying gently on the line.

It is a completly normal, ordinary morning.  But its beautiful and peaceful and life is good.  My heart is full and my my mind is at peace.  I wish I could hold onto these moments where things feel so lovely.  But instead I will have to make do with savouring them, soaking them in and letting myself be still in them.  The moment will pass, chaos will re-enter.  Possibly once all three boys are home again!  But for now I'm going to let it fill my tank and give thanks for the simple beauty in the here and now.  

This week Angus started school.  Goodness.  I'm excited for him on this new adventure, but aware a chapter of my parenting journey with him has come to a close.  Gone are the days of he and I at home, pottering about during the week.  It is a big change for all of us.  But as one door closes another opens.  I look forward to hearing stories from his days at school, watching him learn new things and make new friends.  I look forward to spending our weekends catching up, and pottering about with my littlest fellow.  

I think once our garden is in full production I'm going to be kept very busy.  The fruit trees were not netted this year and the birds have had a mighty feast.  I actually don't mind sharing to a degree, especially considering the recent bushfires where so much land and habitat is now bare.  But I do wish they would have a little restraint and just start and finish one peach at a time!  The cheeky things have pecked holes in half the crop, and then knocked it on the ground and wasted perfectly good fruit!  Little buggers have no manners.  ;) 
This batch is earmarked for Jam making on the weekend. 

This week I preserved a dozen jars of peaches in a medium sugar syrup.  Felt good to dig out my kit, wash off the ash and get preserving again.  It's very satisfying seeing homemade jars of fruit lined up.  

My old water bath is a generous size.  They all just squeezed in.  This is my electric one, my dad picked it up from the tip shop.  I have a stovetop one aswell though I don't want to take up my stove top for that long.  

Anyway, I best be off th enjoy this beautiful day.  I hope you can sit in some beauty today too! 

Much love, 
Emma
Xx



12 comments:

  1. Isn't it great when those perfect moments arrive. It makes life worth living entirely. Really enjoyed this post today.

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  2. Ooooh how wonderful! Your post took me straight to your backyard and that cup of tea - thank you xox

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    1. Your most welcome, though I admit to it being a cup of coffee. ;) Im a coffee kind of girl mostly!

      xx

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  3. A substantial amount of jars done Emma. They look too lovely to eat. ;) The peaceful joy of slowing to enjoy a beautiful ordinary day is without comparison to anything else. Dear little Angus looks so grown up in his school uniform. X

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    1. They do look too good! but they will be eaten none the less. ;)

      He does doesnt he? I love seeing them in their too big clothes, he is SO proud.

      xx

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  4. I'm wondering...have you made peach jam before? I have made my fair share of different jams, but this year was the first year I made peach jam, and that was only because I picked up a box of 'seconds' for $1/kg. OMG...it is divine! I can't get enough of it :) I hope you enjoy yours.
    Cassandra xx

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    1. No I haven't, Ill be looking forward to it now though!! I think some scones might be on the agenda today also. ;)

      xx

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  5. Love, love, love my Fowlers. I have the stove top one. Your yard is really getting that , 'Yep it's ours' look to it. Well done on all the hard work. Your little fellow looks so cute in his school uniform with his back lack nearly being as big as he is. Such adventures he must be having. Enjoy the peaceful moments as they come.

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    1. I suspect when we get the fruit trees up and healthy again and actually I will have to have both going during stone fruit season. The birds got my apricots and my nectarines are small and hard, not enough water? Not sure, we have not had a chance to properly do anything with them this year and they had already set fruit when we did, considering we only moved in a few months ago. Next season!

      Thankyou! :)

      xx

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  6. Your jars of preserves look so good, very handy to have put by for later in the year. You are lucky to have an electric water bath that can be set up outside when the weather is too hot to be heating up the kitchen.

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    1. Did you know setting it up outside have never occurred to me? What a great suggestion! I'm not used to cooking outside much apart from the obligatory BBQ, but I would love to set up a bench next to a power sauce for broth making etc when its a hot day. One can never have too much chicken broth and I hate to throw a carcass out!

      xx

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