Do you ever feel like some weeks are just a complete whirl? In the first week of our school holidays we had multiple appointments and commitments, important forms to sign off on, projects to finalise, irritating technical glitches, jobs in town and people to see. It was all necessary but at the same time rather exhausting. So, I was determined to make the final week of our holidays more low key.
Apart from one trip to a neighbouring property I haven’t been off our patch in six days and it has been wonderful. Tomorrow I will re-engage with the school routine and the outside world but for now I am enjoying the slow pace of home and all of the small moments.
There has been time for some gymkhana practice.
I have spent some time throwing sticks and obstacles off George’s motorbike track while he gets plenty of ‘air’ and assures me that it is all completely safe.
Smoky the baby goat is enjoying a life of naps in the sun, bottles of milk and sometimes fun expeditions to the paddock.
Tiny shoots of grass are growing before our eyes after 32mm of much needed rain. This rain won’t solve all of our drought related issues but it is certainly a good start and a much needed boost to the spirits.
My garden and my enthusiasm for gardening both responded almost immediately to the rain. There is just no substitute for rain is there? Even weeding and raking is more rewarding with damp soil under my boots.
I have been walking around our creek, collecting as I go. This big clump of emu feathers caught my eye and I thought about weaving them into little wreaths or shapes. Is that a bit weird I wonder? They hold together easily and look earthy and natural, surely I can turn them into something crafty.
Of course it hasn’t all been uninterrupted bliss. There have been arguments about the overall unfairness of life, constant requests for food and clothes and Lego strewn all through the house. Just to keep it real.
I have listened to some things including this interview with the Waifs. They play their version of the classic song Oh No Not You Again by Australian Crawl and their voices are hauntingly beautiful.
I couldn’t help but get swept up in the royal wedding excitement and I thought Princess Eugenie made a truly elegant royal bride.
I have been thinking about baking fruit cakes, particularly small fruit cakes which led me to Bake and Brew which led me to buying some 5” cake tins. Stay tuned for some small cake experiments.
How about you?
Did you whirl through the week or have you had some quieter time?
What would you do with emu feathers?
Happy Sunday, friends x