A name change and some (unrelated) photos.

For a while I’ve been tossing around the idea of changing the name of my blog and actually committing to writing at least once a week. When I initially named this virtual space, I had no idea of where I wanted my life to take me as I was in the throes of being a new mother, sleep deprived, covered in breast milk and wondering if the little being would ever sleep anywhere but on my lap.

We planted or orchard this year after we bartered design skills for trees with some wonderful friends.

We planted our orchard this year after we bartered design skills for trees with some wonderful friends.

Fast forward two and a half years later and I am still sleep deprived, covered in breast milk and hoping the two little beings will nap long enough for me to eat lunch and sit in silence for more than 30 seconds… however, I am no longer shell shocked and have a pretty clear idea of where I want to be.

That place is right here. For the first time in my life, I not concerned with where the grass might be greener. I don’t wonder if I need (or want) a career. I don’t worry about where I will sink my heels in and call home. Most importantly, I’m happy and satisfied with the minutiae of my day-to-day and it’s pretty darn liberating.

After the storm last night, Anouk was keen to play under the 'waterfall' overflowing from our tank.

After the storm last night, Anouk was keen to play under the ‘waterfall’ overflowing from our tank. Delphi was pretty annoyed to be stuck in the Ergo.

So, why From Little Things… Well, it’s a title that reflects how I got to this point. Many moons ago when I met Nick I remember him sharing his desire to live out of the suburbs and of the city. He wanted to live somewhere that allowed room to breathe and be at one with nature. I thought that was nice enough, but had my own ideas about where life was going to lead me.

Yet here we are, seven or so years later. That little seed of an idea was planted in my brain and together we decided to embark on this quiet and steady journey that will hopefully get us to a point of self-sustainability, a gentle rhythm and, dare I say it, enlightenment.

We’re not farmers, but we want to be. We’re not gardeners or builders or seamstresses, but we wish to be. Hopefully you’ll enjoy following my story as I share the successes and the failures as this little thing grows larger than I ever dreamed.

Nick is in the process of moving and rebuilding our greenhouse.  Plastic should be up this weekend.

Nick is in the process of moving and rebuilding our greenhouse. Plastic should be up this weekend.

 

 

Springtime musings

Yesterday morning I awoke and realised as of today, Delphi will have lived through every season once.  I suppose by the time she’s my age that won’t mean much, but for now, at one, it seems like a pretty big deal.

I don’t know about anyone else, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it’s Winters’ end already.  I swear it was just yesterday I was packing away the t-shirts and sun hats, watching the leaves turn and wondering if I would run out of ways to cook potatoes once all the summer produce had finished.

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Needless to say, despite the grey old morning we had yesterday, it is indeed, Spring.  Once I dragged myself out to the kitchen and saw the branches of cherry blossoms sitting on my bench, I couldn’t help but smile and drink in their heady scent.

I often have big plans for a thorough Spring clean, however, this year, I don’t.  I think I am just going to do a few bits and pieces as I see their need arise.  Rather than spend the warm days inside cleaning, I plan on getting out and focussing on the garden.  We have a excavator arriving sometime this week (I hope) to do all the stuff that would take years by hand.  I’ve written my spreadsheet, have a list of what seeds still need to be purchased and hopefully, in about 12 weeks time were going to be so overrun with organic produce our family and friends can share in the goods.

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Hopefully I will get to spend more time in the pottery studio.  I don’t get nearly as much time as I need to hone my (basic) skills and develop my craft.  I have a lot of ideas floating around in my head and for the first time in a long time, I went and bought a visual diary to draw and jot down ideas and techniques.

I’ve already been re-reading this book.  I’ve definitely mentioned it before and highly recommend it to all women interested in yoga and living harmoniously with the seasons.  I actually think that part of the reason I don’t feel sick of Winter is because I fully embraced the season for all its positives.  I slowed down, hibernated, ate warming foods that grow and flourish in the cold months and when it became just too darn hard to get to yoga classes on dark nights I gave myself a break.

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Tonight I’ve got my first yoga class back in the studio and I can’t express how much I am looking forward to it!  I’m looking forward to this season in general as it’s a time to feel light, nourished and hopeful as future plans are made and the present is appreciated.

Happy Birthday Didi!

So, little Delphi turned one this week… I can’t believe how quickly the past year has gone. It seems like just yesterday the babe was born, a teeny, tiny 2.7kgs of cuddles.  She made our family feel complete from the second she arrived and Anouk fell in love with her instantly. I love watching the friendship between the sisters grow and being only 19 months apart, it’s really easy for them to play and make mischief together.

I made Didi this crown seeing as she was the Birthday Queen.

I made Didi a crown to wear seeing as she was the Birthday Queen.

At one year of age, Didi is right on the cusp of walking, says a handful of words that include, up (because she always wants a cuddle), down (which usually comes after she has said up and executed a kind of jump), I’m hungry (because she is always freaking hungry), cake (duh) and mine (thanks Anouk).  She loves making mess, eating dirt, sushi, dancing and her sister.

Birthday selfie!

Birthday selfie.

Yesterday we had a little celebration ahead of her big bash this weekend.  After having our plans for a carousel ride foiled, we ended up taking a cake and some sushi down to the Sculpture Garden at the NGA for a roam around in the sun and some Rodin action.

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We were lucky enough for my brother, one of my sisters and my mum (obviously not pictured) to join us for the cake!

It ended up being the perfect afternoon and we stayed a couple of hours looking at the outdoor sculptures (only going indoors for a visit to the parents room and a look at the shop).  It was the first time Delphi has been able to get properly involved in the experience and I think her favourite thing was the Baldessin in the Gallery’s foreground.  I’m not sure George meant for it to be used as drums, but Delphi sure thought they were fun!

Anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIDI!!! We love you very, very much.

Entering the Skyspace. (TURRELL, James, Within without (2010) )

Entering the Skyspace. (TURRELL, James, Within without (2010))

Looking straight up.

Looking straight up.

It was about 3.30pm when I took this.

It was about 3.30pm when I took this.

Inside the Skyspace.

Inside the Skyspace.

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Hello and Snow Day.

Greetings! It seems I’ve totally fallen off the old blog wagon again. Let’s be honest, it was amazing I made it halfway through the 52 Project! As much as I liked taking part, I find it really difficult to remember to take photos half the time. Often, it would get to Friday and I would feel forced to capture something to share. I know I’ve said it before, I am not interested in being a photographer… I’m also really aware of not having the camera in my kids’ faces all the time and I feel in order to get one good shot a week, you really need to be taking a lot of crap ones too!

Anyway, I did get my trusty phone camera out recently when it snowed at our place!  I’ve already posted some images on Instagram, so please bear with me if you’ve already seen them. The strangest thing about the snow, was not it occurring, but the fact that when Anouk saw it, she yelled, “SNOOOOOOOOOW”, despite never having seen it before. Apparently Playschool is a great teacher!

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The very next day (once the snow had melted and it was warmer again), Nick installed our fireplace! It’s a pity it wasn’t in beforehand, but at least now we get to stay toasty warm when it’s -7 in the morning. I’m so happy to have a wood heater, our split system didn’t have enough power to heat the whole sitting room (it’s pretty open plan around here) and the cost of using it all Winter was astronomical. Also, wood fires are awesome and cosy and I get to flex my muscles carrying wood.

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So that’s that. It’s little Didi’s first birthday this week… can you believe it’s been a year already! It seems like yesterday I was shaking my head in disbelief that she was born so quickly (compared to Anouk at least) and was so teeny tiny despite being 5 days overdue. We wanted to take her on the carousal for her birthday, but sadly, it’s closed for maintenance. If anyone has any suggestions of something fun we can do for her (preferably outdoors and not the zoo) let me know!

Have a great weekend friends!

P.S. Last time it snowed here was October a couple of years ago, before we lived here.

P.P.S. I’m going to attempt to grow my own sourdough starter this weekend! I’ll try to remember to update le blog with my results.

P.P.P.S.  On a completely unrelated note, does anyone else find it hard to remember that there’s only one space between sentences in these modern times. Bring back two, I say!

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I’m blaming Winter for my slackness in posting a photo last week… better late than never, right?!

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They were most certainly doing something naughty just before I took this.

They were most certainly doing something naughty just before I took this.

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Anouk already bosses Delphi around - just like any good big sister!

Anouk already bosses Delphi around – just like any good big sister!

A portrait of my daughters, once a week, every week in 2014.

Linking up with Jodi.

A love song to a hat.

A pointy little pixie hat
Making kids look sweet
They run and skip through winter days
Warm, in cold wind and sleet.

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This little bonnet is one of my favourite things to knit, so much so, I have lost count of how many I have made.

This was the first Pixie I knitted.  Way back in 2011 before Anouk was born.

This was the first Pixie I knitted. Way back in 2011 before Anouk was born.

It’s super simple to make – basically, you knit a rectangle on straight needles, fold it in half and seam it together using kitchener stitch, add something to tie it up with and you’re good to go.

It can be knit up in any size yarn in wool, silk or cotton depending on the climate and can be sized up or down to fit any size head (this is great for me seeing as Anouk has an adult sized head and kid hats rarely fit!)

Delphi, the cutest pixie ever.

Delphi, the cutest pixie ever.

Every time I dress the girls in their bonnets they get so many compliments.  There’s something super cute about making kids look like woodland pixies, their faces framed and a little pointy bit poking up at the back of their head.  It’s also great that little ears are covered on super cold days, of which we have many at the moment.

Anouk modelling a recent version (Sarah, if you're reading this, it will be in the mail next week!)

Anouk modelling a recent version (Sarah, if you’re reading this, it will be in the mail next week!)

Anyway, you can find the pattern here (if you’re on Ravelry) and here (if you’re not).   If you’re not a knitter, you can purchase them, and some other gorgeous styles at Typically Red on Etsy.