With temperatures heading over 40°C at our place this week the only thing to do is to get up early and tackle the day while there is still some shade on the ground and before the sun starts to scorch everything around us.
I actually love these mornings and I love them even more when I can head straight to the garden. The vegetable garden is a shady sanctuary and the peaceful moments spent harvesting, watering and collecting seeds can be the best part of the day. One morning this week I took the teapot to the garden with me and wondered why I don’t do this more often?
January is too hot for planting anything in the garden so instead I find myself planning. This old concrete laundry trough was on our property when we bought the place and has needed a proper purpose ever since. It is currently laying on its side housing various pieces of old steel. In my mind I am visualising it becoming a centerpiece for a vegetable rinsing and general washing up area in my garden. Perhaps with some interesting old taps, a rack for draining, some chunky natural scrubbing brushes and something leafy and green growing overhead for cool shade. Stay tuned on these plans.
Right at the other end of these long summer days the evenings are also magical. On the 2nd day in January we perched on a high dam bank and watched the full moon rise over our paddocks accompanied by our tribe of pets including this gentle lamb who is fast becoming a big friendly sheep.
Watching the moon slide silently over the horizon is a humbling sight no matter how many times you see it. A photo doesn’t really do it justice but I always like to try.
As the air-conditioners are buzzing at their full capacity I can think of almost nothing but ice-cream. With some leftover gingerbread house dough in the freezer this recipe could be a perfect afternoon snack.
Thank goodness for the school holidays, for the wide open spaces and for these little slices of time when we can mostly make our own routine.
Are you on school holidays and enjoying the freedom?
Did you see the full moon?
Thinking of ice-cream?
Happy Sunday, friends x