Just as it says on the seed catalogues we are heading rapidly into late spring, with early summer on the horizon. As the seasons change the mulberries, asparagus and artichokes are at their peak.
In the kitchen there has been some experimental baking with mulberries.
We have made our annual visit to a nearby orchard that is no longer commercially operational and filled our buckets with early variety apricots. While fruit and vegetables are seasonal and fairly predictable, life is always steadily changing.
Last weekend our eldest went to her first sleepover birthday party. Just like that, she packed her things and camped out with trusted friends and neighbours in their woolshed.
While she was doing 12th birthday party things I went away on a quick trip with friends to visit a Farmer’s Market . Since becoming a parent I have rarely travelled without our children and time away with friends has become very rare. So, it was a breath of fresh air to be independent and spontaneous just for a little while. As much as I love family travel time, carrying just one piece of luggage and thinking only for myself was rather novel!
Speaking of adventures I have just booked my tickets to the My Open Kitchen Gathering. This will be huge for me, travelling solo to a new place, meeting new people and finding my own way. It is all very exciting but still a few months away so best not to peak too early with the excitement levels!
The calendar is filling fast with Christmas and school functions and while I strive to keep the whole thing simple, simplicity can be quite hard to actually achieve. I keep coming back to these simple decorations from Hart Studios to remind me to keep it all in perspective. I have also been searching our local vintage/old wares shops for unique, affordable gifts. Most of the shiny shops filled with noisy toys and tinsel have lost their appeal to me.
Out in the paddock, we are a feeding our horses and pets goats as the grass is dry and getting harder to find. Sometimes feeding is a brief visit but other times we stay around for a while. The kids play with the goats while the goats try their best to grab mouthfuls of hay, while keeping out of the way of the large and hungry horses. Time spent with team horse-goat reminds me of the precious relationships that we build with these creatures. The gentle understanding and trust between the kids and their animals makes me love this time of the day.
I haven’t shared any music for ages and since this post is a mix of everything I will leave you with another favourite tune. I could listen to the smooth voice and raw stories of Eric Church all day.
How about you?
Are you planning adventures?
Wondering what to do with your artichokes?
Visiting your goats?
Happy Friday, friends x