Wednesday, August 5, 2015

August so far

Big beautiful, things happening in the garden at work (I'm a volunteer one day a week but Abuelo runs this project).
Magnolias give a burst of colour in the winter morning sun, which gave itself moemntarily to theatrics on the North facing wall.
When it is too cold to venture out, we gather to knit and drink chai and watch JT perform the admirable and all together too rare task of hand writing tour invitations. 
 Our loungeroom may be the darkest room in the house but it is the cosiest since I moved my desk and bits and pieces to the newly painted studio. When there is sufficient sunlight I will take a photo. It's a lovely space.
My wee laddie and I have a weekly hot chocolate at our favourite cafe, and inspect op shop finds. 


Sunday, July 26, 2015

June and July

 In the midst of an all time chilly winter, particular activities are a must;

  • a winter festival - the best yet, and a beautiful Bunjil eagle to lead the way, made by some very creative parents
  • walks in the forest to splash in mud and listen to birds and breath the clean mountain air
  • a row down the river, or a walk along its edges when the sun dares to shine
  • a window seat in a sunny cafe with laptop and a good friend, make business admin more attractive
  • knit and crochet anything one can think of - a tea cosy, to keep those endless cups of tea at approved mid-winter temperature.
  • and seek further to perfect the loaf for verily it is the  comfort of our winter table. Mara's mentoring has had the desired outcome! At last, after years of hit and miss bread baking and a fortune spent on organic sourdough...finally...I am making our own. I have managed to keep Neville (my lovingly named starter) not only alive but in tip top condition, and the whole process is now a wondrous adventure rather than an arduous chore with an uncertain outcome. The loaves I am making are a rye/unbleached white flour mix, with a more ciabatta texture (wetter dough). I will stick with this recipe for a while and then start experimenting with other flours and grains. 
How are you spending this chilly winter? Or are you in the midst of a warm summer where you are?

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Lots of winter knitting going on; a gift and practical warmth for the family.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day, lovely mama's all! I hope you are warm and cosy and feeling the love! 

Getting out..

Sometimes you have to get out, even if the sky is dark and rain looms and the temperature is low.  The kids don't always agree at first but we are determined to encourage them to enjoy stillness, slowness, simplicity; to day-dream rather than fill the space with distraction; to be in nature and notice the smallest things. It's lovely to be together and sit and talk and listen, whittle, watch, wander. I don't always take photos but sometimes there are so many textures, colours, plays of light, views, that I think one day I will refer back to. For painting mainly.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

All things good

 Another Hottie cover on the way...
All the fruity goodness coming from the neighbourhood....
And a spontaneous late night bread tasting/ making workshop with the lovely Mara.Very exciting to receive transmission and now be making a loaf alone. I've tried many times to make bread that tastes good. I think under Mara's tuition the mysteries are revealed and we may no loner need to spend a small fortune on one of our family staples.