Friday, 22 June 2012

The Winter Solstice

Yesterday was the winter solstice.  This is the huge bonfire ready for Saturday night's Solstice party.
We spent the day having a lovely picnic and explore in the sun down at Urunga.  It was so peaceful and warm and beautifully blue and scenic.
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Thursday, 14 June 2012

I Believe This

I  am currently reading a fantastic book  -  "I Believe This" edited by John Marsden.  100 eminent Australians write a couple of pages each on what they believe.  I am loving it and finding it very interesting and inspiring indeed.  I haven't quite read them all yet but several are really resonating with me.

One paragraph I would like to share today is from Archie Weller....

"I believe in LIFE: L for Love, I for Intellectual Interests and Imagination, F for Friendship, Fun and Frolics, E for Excitement.  Every morning begins a new life for me and in each day I strive to find three beautiful, unusual things: a song bird, a butterfly, a smile on a stranger's face, the look in the eyes of my lover, a dog chasing its tail, a child on a swing, a phrase in a poem or book.  I devour each day with a fierce intensity".
 (p. 338)

I like this.......  I would also add F for family ( and perhaps food?)

Here are three things I saw today that made me smile.........

 A  hungry bum 
The dew drops on the dill all shiny and sparkly in the morning sun
Like mother like daughter, look how we both kicked off our boots....

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Its Raining Again


It is raining again, but I have had a lovely day - a very relaxing one!  I have been doing some knitting whilst watching an old film (A passage to India).  I didn't get to finish the film as there was a blackout but I did get quite a way with my knitting.  I am feeling quite pleased with myself as I am attempting a new pattern 
 (I usually stick to very easy straight type knitting) using circular needles and I have had to learn a few new things.  I have finished the trickiest bits and it has turned out pretty well.  Of course I did make a bit of a mistake which I couldn't figure out so I just knitted over the top of it and you can't really notice  - never mind (Wabi Sabi!!)

Oh yeah, Sunny has a fringe now.  She can see better and it looks very cute! Django also has had a hair cut, his beautiful blond locks are gone (but so are the nits!)

Point Lookout

We went to Point Lookout.  The views are magnificent.  You can see all the way to the sea.  It is very high up too, and quite cold!!! 

I think this is the Bellinger Valley - up Thora way.
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Monday, 4 June 2012

MMMMM Food....

When I'm not sure what else to do, I tend to garden or cook.  That always needs doing and I do like to do it.  Today I picked the last few masssive Zuccinis from the garden.  Tonight I am going to cook this....

It is Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Zuccini and Rice Filo pie - recipe is here.

For breakfast I have been making this Nut and Seed Granola (recipe from Soule Mamma's blog)  for the past few months. I love it, especially with some good vanilla yoghurt and blue berries or strawberries (I have to wait for them to come back in!)

My other latest  food  fad is cream cheese with Sweet Tomato Chutney on sour dough bread with lettuce. I could eat it every day (and I have been!!)  I made the chutney last week and there is not much left - it is from the food of India cookbook.