Hello friends. Here we are in 2019, amazing it? The Christmas mess, presents and ham have well and truly gone leaving us with long days mostly spent at home, managing the heat and caring for our animals and our plants.
As New Year’s Eve crept up on us we deliberated about going to a special engagement party we were invited to. We watched the weather forecast hourly and wondered if making the long trip to the Hay Plains would be practical. Eventually we packed our swags and party clothes and headed east for a sparkly celebration. It reminded me of the parties we went to when I was growing up, where the kids disappeared for hours and well dressed, capable country women all produced glorious food from various eskys to contribute to the feast.
After a few hours sleep I captured the first fierce sunrise for 2019 as it appeared over the shearer’s huts. It was a reassuring way to start the year surrounded by family and friends.
Summer always means working with the weather so when the temperature dropped suddenly from 45°C to 25°C last weekend we jumped into some necessary sheep work. There is a certain momentum that sheep work requires and these days are some of my favourites, especially now that our kids are becoming so capable and involved.
I won’t be picking buckets of tomatoes this year but I am picking enough to slice up on sourdough focaccia and add to salads. This year they have been very slow to ripen but it has been worth the wait. I couldn’t write anything about tomatoes that hasn’t already been written but picking them in the cool of the morning is a joy that I will never tire of.
Our big kitchen table accommodates many activities on these summer afternoons including book work, meals, Lego and all sorts of crafts and books. The latest chapter is leather work. Since Christmas there has been a constant production line of simple belts, pouches, wallets and all sorts of the stamping and cutting. Using off-cuts from our local saddlery shop these affordable pieces have provided hours of entertainment and the constant hammering, tapping and stamping has become a comforting soundtrack for summer.
I haven’t made any rash resolutions for 2019 but I am working on some new projects that will take me to new places and hopefully create new connections. There will be a new school to embrace and an unexpected overseas adventure. There will be a big family wedding and with any luck, a drought breaking rain.
How about you?
How are things looking for 2019?
Happy Sunday, friends x