2.11.17

Purple

The jacaranda’s are all in flower, the whole town purple and the jacaranda festival in full swing. 
We try our hardest not to run over all those tourist making selfies and petal angels on the middle of the roads... 
Today a public holiday for Jacaranda Thursday, with markets, a carnival, concerts, family fun all through town and lots of dress ups. 
How awesome is it to have a festival in honour of flowering trees?!?!?!
Yep, white jacaranda's too...
So we found a new bike for Sophie’s upcoming birthday. 
Only to see Alex riding away on it a couple of minutes later!
A bike swop that pleases everyone, for now.
Sophie on Tim’s blue bike, Tim the orange bike until his birthday in February, where it will then become Alex’s bike and Tim on a full size bike. David is happy to trade his balance bike for a pedal bike and is now practicing hard to ride it too.
A Dutch of the Northern Rivers gathering.
 Making apple&oats muffins for the hungry bears.
Picking the first cucumbers of many to come.
 A trial run of (bread & butter) cucumber pickles.
Making powerballs. They’re still a big hit for after school or sport snacks.
This weeks varieties: 
Lemon (lemon rind, macadamia, honey, coconut and sultanas)
Snickers (peanut, choc chip, cashew, sunflower seeds, dates and coconut)
After Eight (cocoa, dates, prunes, seeds, choc chip and peppermint oil)
You know it’s getting close to Summer when you have to swap the coconut oil over to cocao butter...
My favourite shopping sprees: plants.
Since my the veggie garden and border are now getting full and thriving,
I’ve started on the next bed.
The front garden.
In a couple of years we hope to see it full and thriving too, with lots of colour and happy birds.
With hibiscus, a flame tree, a waratah, grevillea and lots of smaller bushes and ground creepers.
A purple jacaranda would go really well with all that red...

23.10.17

This week... Dutch weather...

Rain, lots of rain we had this week. We even managed to have our coldest day temperature of the year. Where Winter temperatures didn’t dip further then the occasional 19 degrees during the day. We had the fire going this Spring Saturday with a cold, miserable and windy 15 degrees outside!
But everything has greened up so spectacular, Washpool National Park was never prettier.
And the same for our doors...
And the garden is a true delight. I don’t think I’ve to have it this full, varied and thriving before.
I’m picking green asparagus in the morning with Tim, our secret, we aren’t sharing.
We have however put in 5 more plants hidden in the border, next to a dripper for when the other kids catch on.
We’re getting to the point that more and more of our salad fixings are picked fresh from the garden, including these cute little pansies. We’re growing a wide variety, little bits of happiness.
King Parrots, happy to chat. David seems to understand them well.
Picking up the parents from their camping trip. They had a great time, but the morning of pickup where met by a deluge of rain. We chucked everything in the car and managed to get of the camp ground again via the back roads. A special trip to our newest favourite coffee bar for a warm up.
With the new coffee machine at home, the standard has been raised, it’s getting harder and harder to get a decent cup of coffee anywhere... 
Making the most of a rainy playgroup day. We surprised everyone with hot chocolate, whipped cream, marshmallows and cookies.
Turns out the pool and the trampoline are even more fun when it’s pouring down rain.
It’s has been awesome to have family around, a couple of extra hands, company and a caterers dream.
Sander and I managed to sneak away a couple of times, salsa dancing, dinner, a movie date or just a simple walk without hang-ons.
Time to say goodbye again, with everyone a bit teary we set up a distraction to improve the mood.
Beachvolleyball
Ice skating
And a bit more garden therapy, life is better with dirty hands,
those grapes are starting to look awesome.
 With a loyal guard dog, hoping for another walk. Those puppy eyes!
And zucchinis to find before they reach monster size.
Have a great week everyone.

8.10.17

Spring Holidays

With energy returning, we’ve been walking and walking and walking. With me often sneaking an extra one in, at sun up with Tyson or taking Tim for a longer bike ride on the road.
In anticipation of rain to come, we went checking out the gully, (any excuse for a walk will do). 
After 4 dry months, only the deepest two waterholes had a tiny puddle of murky water left.
 Yes, I’ve come to love rain...
 The stone is wet... The rainwater tank halfway full again. Some refreshing thunderstorms and lots of sprinkles predicted this week.
 Walks, walks, walks. With or without a bike, dog, horse, grandparents,...
 or nap...
 Mixing paint. Fascinating how you end up with a beautiful off-white.
Granola drop off at the markets. The first jacaranda trees are coming into bloom.

 Making pizza. All keen on making their own.
 Leaving the grandparents in charge, going walkabout, just the two of us.
Keeping the energy up with a massive load of Anzac biscuits. An Aussie favourite brimming with oats and coconut powered up even further with walnuts, millet and molasses.
Making a longing yard for Laura, to get her to the next round of training.
No round yard, I don’t like to be closed in.
Utilising the old pool fences, fence posts and a curious horse that loves to play.
Getting ready for the Full Moon gathering. Another great night by the fire.
We dropped of the grandparents with a tent in Sawtell, giving them a well deserved break. We’ll pick them up again next weekend.

Making the most of the last day of the spring holidays. Taking on the current in Bonville Creek.
Term 4, always a busy one, is about to start. We’re rested, energised and ready for the challenge.

30.9.17

Anticipation

Anticipation: a feeling of excitement about something that is going to happen in the near future.
As with most pleasures, it’s not so much the experience itself as the anticipation that is enjoyable...
My youngest sister, Lisa, will be rowing the A-finale at the World Championships in Sarasota.
For more info and live coverage: http://www.worldrowing.com/events/2017-world-rowing-championships/womens-single-sculls/
 Airport
Arrived
What is he whipping up for us today?
 Sourdough bread takes time. Lunch.
This grape vine was planted 5 years ago.
First grapes.
 Mango blossom. Will they form?
 A monster egg, what surprise will it hold?
 Remember the work we did on the deck at the front in January?
We finally found a concreter to finish the job.
Putting the hose to a just poured concrete slap.
 Exposed concrete, like magic.
Flour, butter, sugar, aniseed and a smile.
 Afternoon tea.
Doors, putty and a sander, waiting for the roller.
Mulberry hunters. Which ones are ripe today?
Anticipation. Gardening. Waiting for rain.
Clouds have been forming in the last couple of days.

We just heard a couple of drops on the roof and all joined the frogs with a happy chorus.
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