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Saturday, 5 November 2016

A weekend natter.

You know those perfect spring days?  Where the sun is shining, the birds are singing and the weather is just right? 

Well today is one of those days.  One of those days that makes mothering look easy. 

We have spent much of it in the garden, my floors are filthy from little muddy boots wandering in and out of my kitchen, ha!  But it is far too nice a day to clean them or even care for that matter. 

We have just been pottering about on random jobs.  Nothing too strenuous, stopping for regular cuppas and a natter.  The boys have been finding all kinds of interesting project to amuse themselves with.  There has been bug collecting and identifying, fire making, hole digging, cubby building and playing with the various animals that come up to say hello. 

This kind of play is my very favorite kind.  Few toys, no guidance.  Only imagination and what ever they can find at hand.  It's interesting, screen free, natural, simple, and it's the stuff happy, calm childhoods are made of I reckon.  Sure its messy, and muddy, and creates extra work for me in cleaning.  But it is oh-so good for them.  In body, mind and spirit.  Its good for me to watch them in the fresh air.  To listen to them chatter to each other.  Learning how to negotiate, to lead, to create.

For me it is days like this that we strive for.  They are not fancy, or glamerous.  They are quiet.  Humble.  This is the reason we try to live simply, to live slowly and consciously.  Because in the space of home, important activities are done, values are formed, relationships strengthened.  Peace found.    

The joy and happiness of the day is not found "outside" in the world, behind expensive days spent buying stuff for the kids.  It is here, where we are, with what we have, and what we already hold in our own hands and hearts.  This is the kind of love, contentedness that is going to last.  Because it is not reliant on something we have consumed to make us happy.  The media would have us believe happiness is in buying fancy toys and expensive "childrens" activities, and whilst it may be fun for a while, its short lived.  The good stuff comes from within, from them.  Whe we give them time, space, freedom and nature I truly believe we help to teach them that they are enough, just as they are.  What an important lesson to know in this big, crazy, loud world.  

The bonus is that everyone will sleep well tonight!


We have an abundance of lemons at the moment.  This lot are going to be made into lemon cordial and lemon butter.

 The boys have been finding pet snails about the place.  Hours of amusement!

I transplanted some herbs that were being strangled out in my raised garden bed - but they need protection from little feet.   So here is our DIY solution.  Perhaos not the prettiest fence around but its free! 

Our hollyhocks are in full bloom.  Just stunning.

The boys have been making themselves a little camp fire.  I might have to dig out some marshmellos for them!

I was sick of looking at Grants messy bug shed and so he whacked up some mesh we had lying around, planted a couple of Jasmine I bought a while back and we transplanted from of these lillies.  The edging is recycled bricks from the piles we have here.  We need to bring in some peastraw now.  Im hoping to get a load from a local farmer soon. 

I hope every one is having a lovely weekend!
Much love,
Emma
xx

16 comments:

  1. Ah....I remember having pet snails as a little boy. Big smiles.

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  2. Me too! Such funny little critters they are.

    xx

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  3. Well said, love your blog. Nice fountain!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. :)

      It was Grants choice that one. We have moved it many times but it will stay here now at the old cottage even if we move on.

      The fountain is lovely when it runs, we need a part for the pump. So peaceful.

      Xx

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  4. It all sounds so lovely and what a wonderful way to bring up your family, special days xx

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    1. Not all days are quite so lovely! But there is usually something lovely in every day - even if it is the sweetness of sleeping children. ;)

      Xx

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  5. Such wise words, Emma and very beautifully written:) We had a day such as this here yesterday. It began in the garden and it ended with reading in bed. It included a little moment of contented thankfulness, when sitting out on my verandah chair, for the home that is ours and the quietness of where we live. I should probably also mention that it also involved the making of white chocolate and macadamia rocky road that satisfied everyone's sweet tooth! Meg:)

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    1. Oh the rocky road sounds like the perfect treat to a beautiful day! <3

      xx

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  6. Mmmm...lemon butter. Good stuff! My lemon tree got scab, so I'm trying to remediate. I got some lemons, but I can't really use the kind for zest, as it's effected by the scab. Just another good reason to have more than 1 lemon tree, lol. I've got some seeds I planted recently from my Eureka lemon, starting to emerge now.

    If you love your lemons (as we do) consider planting some seeds from the one you have. I've really missed having reliable lemons, but it's been a good lesson in preparedness. :)

    I also think that screen, when it fills out with the Jasmine, will look and smell, amazing. I have one of those plants, and it's just beautiful. It reminds me spring is here, when it comes out in bloom and I can smell its sweet fragrance all around the yard. :)

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    1. Oh how frustrating!

      That's a great idea, I'll certainly save some seeds. It's a nice lemon tree but Old and gnarled. Very productive though and appears to thrive on neglect, which is always handy! ;)

      Xx

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  7. Hi Emma,
    Lots of fun at your place with little boys being allowed to be themselves.
    Don't know if you're aware but lemon skins, minus the pith, makes a wonderful cleaner when soaked in vinegar. You skin the lemons, place in a jar and cover with El cheapo vinegar. Leave in a cupboard for a few weeks. Strain the skins off and place the lemon vinegar diluted 50/50 with plain cheap vinegar. Mine goes into a spray bottle. I use it in the kitchen counters inside and the bench tops of my outside kitchen. I also use it on the shower and the toilet. Cheap and easy plus effective.

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    1. Yes, citrus spray is handy isn't it? Thanks for reminding me! Our wooden counters don't like it, but the porcelain sink, bathroom and laundry will. :)

      Xx

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  8. lovely post
    ahhh, natural play is a wonderful thing & so cheap! & fulfilling, you must have an amazing garden for their adventures!
    keep at the knitting, there are many YouTubes on how to tinker or re-knit something, one of my craftsy lessons even threads a long contrast yarn through the work every so many rows, so when there is a mistake you only need to unravel back to the contrast yarn & you don't lose your stitches, nifty idea that one, especially for beginners.
    thanx for sharing

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  9. Playing with snails, catching tadpoles, making mud-pies and 'swimming' in mud-puddles were some of my favourite activities when I was little.

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  10. I remember summers like that when I was little, we have tried to encourage our boys (now young men) to have a similar outlook and it seems to have paid off - it is worth the extra mud and scruff, they were always a lot happier having spent the day out side :)

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  11. I doubt many 'wealthy' people have such blissful days, simple really is best, quality time with family and some independant fun.

    An old guy said "we were bought up poor, we had one toy, it was...'outside'

    The campfire pic reminded me when my 2 would have a fire down the creek and cook dough boys, just scone or damper dough moulded on the end of a stick, slow cooked and then put some butter and honey or golden syrup in the hole...ate a few myself, good talking time around a fire.

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