Saturday, May 14, 2016

A Round up .......again!!

What can I say? I guess it's the result of having a full life!
Here is another catch up post on what is happening, well happened in our lives lately.
You do know that a picture is worth a thousand words right?
So here are a thousand pictures, well not really, but it surely will have lots of images in this post.
It's only just been cool enough lately to really enjoy the outdoors again.
In the summer of which we have had a very long dry spell of, we certainly do enjoy the swimming but it really gets to a point where we are hanging out for the Autumn season.
It's really lovely when the younger ones are so keen to cook and Vellvin and Trahaearn made a beautiful Wedding Anniversary cake for us earlier this month.
 Like I said the Autumn weather means lots more outdoor activity. So its time to fix up the bikes- we get lots of punctures in the tires. Naturally Daddy and I had to have a turn checking them out.
 Autumn foliage is a beautiful addition to our beauty inside.
 The Mud kitchen is always popular but again in ccoler weather it really gets a lot of use.
The children prepared a beautiful Anniversary Dinner for us. We had to stay away for this and they surprised us with the decorated room and a lovely dinner.
They asked if we wanted to go out for dinner but frankly I always love to celebrate at home with the blessings that are our children.
I have started a new ferment for our family - Jun Tea. It is prepared almost the same as Kombucha, I need to update how we do this.
Jun is made from green tea and honey.
It has a lovely gentle flavour slightly less sharp.
 Second ferment on the right with a fruit flavoured tea. It is really quite nece without the second ferment unlike Kombucha in my opinion
 We attended the Anzac Day parade as we do each year
 We have been doing a fair bit of weeding, of the non productive gardens that are here on this rental property. The fact it is unproductive means we really don't bother much with this garden at all.
 Mothers Day naturally brought Breakfast in Bed for Mummy along with some beautiful home made cards and presents that I have been eyeing off for a while
 At dinner time that night the center piece was made by Rogan who used Mother Earth and some of the Root Children and Flower girls to represent each of my children.
I have been wanting to try Soap Nuts for some time now and a friend ordered some for herself so naturally I begged her for some to try.
First impressions are that it is highly effective. Now I just need to work out the cost comparisons between this and home made detergent
I have been waiting for some time to add some different herbs to my collection of herbs. I have especially been looking for some herbs for Asthma and lung problems. These are not available locally so I have been researching the best price from various on line providers.
Again with the cooler weather we have been doing our reading outside for learning.
These are some of the books we have been reading lately :)
Another great spot for reading too
Our Autumn has a new cat that now lives in side. I have never been that fond of inside cats but this one is quite cute inside.
A major part of our time over the last couple of months has been preparing Vellvin for her Debutane Ball.
It was a very beautiful ball and the pre organisation was amazing. They did dance practise every week that they had to travel 1 1/2 hours to and were very dedicated.
Saxon was partner to one of Vellvin's friends and so the four of them spent some lovely times together.
I finally made Vellvin's dress in less than two weeks before the event. I was very blessed to have help from a very dear friend as we had to alter the pattern to achieve the look we needed.
Naturally Vellvin was so very beautiful!!
We have had a couple of sleep over visits lately with our grand dumpling and after we did a major tidy up of the garage the piano was accessible again.
Saxon had a lovely time getting the little one to play with him.
Arwen and I made a pumpkin cake with Emmer flour. I had found this on line when I was looking for Einkorn flour which seems impossible to find in Australia. So if you know anyone who sells it here I would love to know.
I did get this beautiful sourdough starter sponge from the Emmer Flour too. It made lovely textured and tasty sourdough bread the children 'gobbled' up very quickly.
So one day there was a fire across the road and these two ran out the front to see the fire truck at work. I love kids in trees. Don't you?
It's not often that I get to have a little cuddle in the morning with this precious girl. We had a lovely time one morning just the two of us chatting for a while beofre the other children woke and found us.
So......... the birthday season has started!!
That means I get to stay up late and make felt birthday crowns and Saint Peg dolls.
We struggled for a few weeks with a lot of hay fever in the family as the weather seemed to be all over the place. Time for Home Made remedies that actually alleviate symptoms and don't harm the body in the process
The joy and learning that is expressed by our children as they dress up and create whole new worlds is always so rewarding to see.
A little help from his sister and he has played with this outfit for many days. He especially loved the feather in his helmet.
Daddy and Trahaearn on the swings for some special time together.
I loved making these water colour painted butterflies for Easter baskets this year too I really delightful and quick craft project
My companion in the morning after he gets up and makes his way down stairs to his 'kitten bed'. He snuggles up here until he is ready to completely face the day.
What do you do with the left over gingerbread cookie dough you made at Christmas time? You freeze it and bring it out on days when little ones need a distraction, and then they can bake cookies on their own. Then they can proudly distribute them to every one at home and save some special for those at work.

Finally we are at the end of this pictorial tour :)
Really it is just a taste of every thing that is happening but still a taste is better than nothing right?

Blessings to you and your homes,

1 comment:

isaacbenjamin said...

You have such a beautiful family. Fall looks very pretty where you life.
Fall is my favorite season.

Have a great day!


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