Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sand (& water & whatever else) pit - thank you

In a week that combined the start of Kinder for Max, pre-school for Addie, school lunches/drop offs/pick ups for us, a busy...busy work week for Tim and seemingly a zillion other things I'm glad for the peace that something as simple as a sandpit can offer (although our sandpit is more aptly called an ever-growing sandy patch in the middle of the yard).

Once the kids are outside the play really begins. Gone are the ideas I had earlier in this parenting game about a sort-of neat box of sand with rules about not adding water, sheep poo, grass clippings or large pots of mud. Now it is very much about the kids doing whatever they like as long as I'm left out of it.

It seems to be an arrangement that suits all of us

This large pot makes a great focus (& sand bath apparently!)

sand & 'pearls'


There is of course a fair amount of sand eating

and sand-drinks to be had (the proof is in the nappies!)


It is a rather messy affair but nothing keeps them all as focused for as long (unattended)

Thank you, thank you sandpit

(+water + dirt + grass clippings)


Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday foraging

With the price of fruit & vegetables I'm trying to turn Fridays into our 'at home' day where we can get some work in the garden done, do some preserving or just wander the neighbourhood collecting fruit from neighbours, overgrown lane ways or overhanging trees. Here is today's collection for the freezer/fruit bowl.

peaches, blackberries & plums (minus those consumed on the walk home!)


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

playing catch up


wow, that was quite a blog-break!

Not sure what happened there...no major upheavals, just the general madness of a market, a broken camera, interstate travel, Christmas, traveling back, unpacking (oh how I detest the unpacking!), getting back into a groove, summer gardening and all that jazz.

So I'm going big on pictures, slim on words for this little catch-up post.

Christmas was a great time with plenty of cousins, aunts, uncles & grandparents.

There were beach visits


rope swings
(I made the pics too big & can't be bothered redoing them so just click on it to see it all if you want)

Gif Created on Make A Gif

sprinkler fun


catching up with friends & hanging out in Melbourne


We arrived home to a clean house and tended garden (yah for house sitters)
40 minutes later we had several suitcases unpacked and the place trashed
*sigh*

Since then it has just been hanging out in Hobart....

dealing with summer fruits (bottling, jamming & eating)


inaugural harvests from last years plantings
(grapes & peaches)


feeding oneself
(he feeds, I do the extra washing)


using Christmas presents (more on this one later)


re-using the Christmas fabric wrapping bags (a-la-Soulemama)


experimenting


and getting in some practice* before kinder starts
(*the school wood-work bench is eagerly anticipated)


*phew*

Tonight the house is filled with the aroma of roasting tomatoes, garlic, shallots & herbs in preparation of this years first batch of roast tomato passatta. This is a huge improvement on the smell of overflowing compost (thankfully from the overflowing compost!) that was wafting around the kitchen prior to the baking. Interestingly it took me an hour and a half to prepare the tomatoes for roasting and it would have only taken me 1 minute to empty the compost bucket.

An insight into my general approach to housekeeping/life perhaps?

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