After our good news this week and after launching out Christmas tree farm Facebook page, I’m definitely getting into the spirit of Christmas. I just wanted to spread the feeling around and show you the wreath I made this week from bits and pieces from our garden. I have no idea how long it’ll last, but I think it looks so pretty and Christmassy!
It was so easy to make, I just shaped an old coat-hanger into a circle and then I stripped the last few leaves from a branch and taped it to the coat-hanger with packing tape. I tied twine around the top end of each branch, and repeated this for each branch, making sure I overlapped the branches to hide the tape. Once I’d completed one round I made the wreath look thicker by doing another round, but this time tying both ends with twine. The tape from the first round holds everything nicely in place. Lastly, I took to it with scissors to neaten the edges a little bit. I hope it lasts at least a few weeks, it looks so festive hanging on the front door!
I have some good news and an update about our Christmas tree venture!
First to the news! If you were here last week to witness me agonising over our latest (and most important) council submission concerning our house build, well the worry is over! We have approval! Thank goodness, I shudder to think what “back to the drawing board” would have meant for us if we had have been knocked back. But it doesn’t bear thinking about now, we are now forwards ho!
The next step for us is to finalise a loan, and get an all-weather driveway built. Soon we’ll be submitting to the council again for a building approval, and then we’ll be able to break ground. Whoohoo! I can’t wait!
Above is a sketch that I drew for the boys at lunch time today to show them how the house will look, and the orchard where their beloved (future) chickens will live. The chickens are their most favourite idea, along with their bedroom of course. Continue reading
It’s raining, in fact it feels like it has rained most days this spring here in southern Tasmania. Only punctuated by the odd hot day, sent to remind us that summer is around the corner I’m sure, or otherwise it’s some kind of cruel joke, catching us off guard, without appropriate layers of sunscreen on. You are left thinking, oh that’s right, I’d almost forgotten that warm sun-burn feeling, which is only to be covered up by long sleeves the next day when we return to rainy weather. Not funny universe.
This moment. A single photo, capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, moment.
[Gluten-free gingerbread pre-Christmas baking, the recipe is on my Facebook page. It's a bit of a winner, I can't believe I nailed it first time!]
I’m blogging a little less of late, because my little boys are growing up and now don’t need their afternoon nap, which is nice, and freeing, but leaves me with less “me time” to write. But even though I haven’t been posting as much I have been busy updating and simplifying my blog. One of the main changes is an updated and more detailed about page. I really wanted to create place to go when you read something in one of my posts, and think “huh, what’s all that about then?” Which is something I love about other blogs that I read. So I wanted to share it today, it’s a little long winded, but that’s why I included headings, so you can skim if you like. x
On Monday night our usual gang of intrepid travelers of the taste-buds ventured to the Netherlands! There are 6 of us that get together once a month to have a dinner party with an international theme, it was Dutch this time, and it was, as usual… ah-mazing! The theme pulled on the heart-stings of Georgie who has dutch heritage, she spent the night regaling food and drink tales of her childhood and recent trip back to the motherland. Obviously I was having too much fun, because I barely took any photos. But here are a few.
It breaks my heart to throw out Alex and Jack’s artwork, especially as I start to notice that their creativity and fine-motor development is coming along in leaps and bounds. From random scribbles – to “this is a race track, this is a flower…” Whatever takes their fancy. So sometimes I find ways to use some of it, although the shear quantity means that there are piles of it all around the house and stuck on the fridge, and sometimes a recycling purge is needed. As some of our family knows, I’m one to create birthday cards from the boys artwork, but sometimes / often it’s looks…lets say…endearing…but not well polished.