Community garden

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Full days and happy hearts.

As the school term winds up to a close our days here have been full.  The boys are tired, ready for a break, free time and to do what ever takes their fancy.  We are all looking forward to a change in routine!  Henry is unwell and as am I.  But that aside there is still so much to be grateful for this week. 

As any long term readers probrably know we are wanting to establish a "community hub" here in this rural town through the local church.  Including building a community garden to provide food, bring gardening therapy in post the bushfires, build relationships and give people both young and old the opertunity to grow and garden together in a caring environment.  The first step of this was to start a family group of some kind as the traditional church service shut down here a couple of years ago.  There is an older community group who are beautiful people, but we needed some younger ones too.  It's clear as day that God has not left this town and doors are still opening, and its truly amazing to watch.  Its very humbling and inspiring to be a part of.  We have a beautiful group of families already, lovely kids and more wanting to pop along as well.  I wanted to create a lovely kids nook but we have limited funds being a brand new ministry group and a neighboring church just happened to have everything we needed and donated it to us!  A couch, bookshelves, books, a TV unit.  And it all fits just perfectly!  The space has so much potential.  Though I'm yet to do another trailor load.  Its so amazing to see things on your heart begin to take shape. 
The new kids nook beginning to take shape made up from the very generous donations.  God is indeed providing. 

I went to the markets on Saturday, and then swung past Jembella farm to visit Sally who is my dear blogging neighbor, I had a lovely cuppa or two and a tour of the farm.  It really is a beautiful place!  We chatted as if we were old friends and it really was just so lovely, there is simply no other way of describing it.
The beautiful Sally and I at Jembella farm! 

A simple, rustic slow cooked meal of beans, pork sausages and fresh market bread

Upon driving around the Barossa my mind fell to the up coming birthday of little Henry, he is turning three!  I cant actually believe it.  My baby is going to be a proper big boy.  As these children of mine grow up I soften more and more.  I encourage them to snuggle in my bed these days knowing this season will soon come to an end.
Midday naps all round! 

Seeing as are all feeling a little run down and tired at the moment, and our yard is still in the process of demolition and rebuilding of the sheds.  So we have decided against a home party.  I don't really have the energy for it and instead we are going to pack a simple picnic and go to the Adelaide zoo which will be a lovey treat for my animal obsessed Henry.

In keeping with our simple birthday gifts I decided to make Henry his very own raggedy quilt.  On Saturday afternoon I nipped into Spotlight and bought some flannel.  I was lucky there were sales on and the fabric in total cost me $44 plus some thread.  For the wadding I will cut up an old wool blanket I have at home which will make it a wonderful weight.  I will also whip up a new outfit for his Waldorf doll made from some Thomas fabric he choose and make him a little super hero mask and cape to match his own.  Like I did for Angus not long ago.  Though I have all these plans and only about 13 days in which to do it.  So big squares it is, ha!
The fabric for the quilt, bought on sale with a flannel sheet for the backing and re-using an old wool blanket saves money whilst still giving a beautiful gift.

A cutting board and rotary cutter are handy tools to have.

Anyway on that note I best be off, my bed and a cuppa tea is calling.  I cannot work out if I am hot or cold....

Much love,
Emma
xx

PS. Please excuse my typos, As I mentioned I have a virus and despite my best efforts more then usual have possibly slipped.  Xx





16 comments:

  1. Greetings from Canada where our spring is not wanting to arrive. I too am hot and cold all the time. It is amazing how quickly children grow up. I wish they could stay small and me young to boot! Lovely blog.

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    1. Oh I did hear that spring was having a slow start in some areas of Canada. We are waiting for a proper Autumn to arrive here, the grounds to green up and for rains to come.

      xx

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  2. Geez, you poor bugger...hope you feel better soon. My youngest turned three last month and it feels kinda strange. We won't be having anymore kiddies and now Nicko is three it feels like we've moved into another chapter of our lives. No more babies/toddlers...he's a big boy now, toilet trained (except nights)and understanding and accepting more and more each day.
    Hubby and I are also being able to steal small snippets of time just for us!! It's exciting cos its been so long.
    Hope you feel better soon
    Cassandra xx

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    1. It is exciting that we get more "us" time and that in many ways life is becoming easier - bitter sweet though!

      Henry is day toileting also but still in night nappies. He is making us laugh more and more as he gets more understanding of the world around him. it is just a lovely age isnt it?

      xx

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  3. Hope you feel better soon.
    Have fun making the quilt,will you have to felt the blanket first to avoid a disaster with future washing ?

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    1. No need to felt it, the blanket is machine washable and has been machine washed many times. I threw it through again just to make sure its size was "true" before I started cutting it.

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  4. Oh wow Emma, that beans dish looks amazing. How wonderful to meet you even though we felt like old friends. The little TV nook at your community hub looks so inviting, great job! Sorry to hear that you're not well and wish you a speedy recovery. End of term is always welcome as I remember (many hears ago) that we all used to get so tired by the end. X

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    1. Thanks Sally, I'm still recovering today, eughh. It feels like it's settling in my chest and I could spend all day in bed. Henry is on the mend thankfully. Xx

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  5. Hope your feeling better soon. You may need to slow down for a couple days just to re coup, then get back at doing things once you feel more up to it. Enjoy making the quilt.

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    1. Yes, it's certainly slowed me down that's for sure.

      Xx

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  6. That quilt is going to look lovely, there is nothing better than snuggling under a quilt made with love. Hope you and the family get better soon. Guida

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    1. Thankyou, there really is something special about it isn't there? I hope he loves it!

      Xx

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  7. Finding and creating 'kindred spirits' in a community it a really worthwhile activity - it makes you feel like it is all worthwhile and has a purpose. Really enjoyed this post!

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    1. Your right, it is important, thanks phil for your encouragement! :)

      Xx

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  8. Lots happening your way. I love the new kids nook. I can just see them sitting on the couches, and on the floor, playing. So wonderful to have the generosity of other organisations too. It really helps.

    My two kiddos got a stomach virus recently too, and after all that cleaning of messes, I was surprised I didn't get it. Thank heavens for small mercies. Happy birthday to Henry. I love the idea of the quilt. Perfect weather for it, as winter fast approaches. My last, will be turning three next month, and my oldest 13 in the same month! Two blessings, a decade apart. I'm going to be making mine a quilt too, though its going to take me a while. So maybe by next birthday, lol.

    I hope you get better soon. :)

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    1. Im sorry to hear you have all been unwell! So glad you missed it, its awful when as the parent you get it too and need to try and look after everyone else.

      You quilt is most likly far more detailed then my big chunky one! LOL! I finished it too last night, almost have myself blisters snipping the ends. ha!

      xx

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