Hello friends. I am wondering if anyone is still reading, I am hoping there are still a few people out there.
As I wander through winter, life is good and we are safe and healthy but I am missing the usual highlights that are normally scattered through our year. No visits to or from family who live interstate. No community horse or farming events. No weekends away that might involve a market visit or breakfast in a café. The list of things that are cancelled or on hold is long and tedious.
Wont it be nice to travel again? In the meantime I am always looking for joy in the small things, particularly in the winter months.
Homemade sausages cooked in the paddock just before our eldest headed back to boarding school for Term 3. I love these times when the light is pretty and we are away from the mess and distractions of the house. I even managed to get on the other side of the camera.
I have cooked my first batch of Afghan biscuits. I omitted the chocolate icing as I felt they were rich enough. These are beautiful, sturdy biscuits and are sure to become a regular in our kitchen.
Steve Cumper’s food page in Country Style magazine is a favourite and I have recently made Steve’s homemade spinach pasta. I used kale, spinach and small beetroot leaves from the veggie patch and served it with slow cooked lamb shanks. Hearty winter food just as it should be. Another simple recipe to add to my regular collection.
With the main horse rider back at school I have been visiting the horse team with the occasional treat. I love their dusty aroma and soft noses but really they are only interested in the treats.
For years we have had an old piano in our living room. It is a treasure but doesn’t have particular sentimental value to us and I felt as if it had become a big, heavy dust collector. So, one day when we had some strong men in the house we put it into storage. Suddenly the entire room felt lighter, brighter and more spacious. In fact, the whole world felt a little lighter. I am slowly giving the extra space a makeover, starting with an obligatory indoor plant. The piano is free to a good home, pick up only.
On the subject of makeovers I have been searching the internet for a special wool blanket. It is a slippery slope as there are so many woolly choices. Eventually it came down to this one from Grampians Goods Co. I chose it for the traditional tartan look but I also felt as if the colours reflected our landscape; soft blues, greens and a touch of red. Too much thought for a simple blanket purchase perhaps?
I have watched five tiny puppies become silent and cold as their first time mum wrestled with becoming a first time mum. Thankfully one survived.
I have planted an orange tree and some grapevines.
I have listened to teenage angst and teenage happiness down the phone line.
I have watched the kids doing simple things in the kitchen; testing pasta, chopping fruit, making jelly, pastry and homemade dipping sauce. I hope they remember these little skills along the way.
What is happening at your place? Stay safe, wherever you are.
Happy Sunday, friends x