Well we’ve been in our new home for 3 1/2 months now – and gosh it’s been a wonderful whirlwind!

Our first fully homegrown salad in our new home

Our first fully homegrown salad in our new home

We’ve celebrated Christmas with our fabulous friends and family, got stuck into getting the veggie garden productive, and applied 13 square metres of wood chip mulch (and weeded the space under where it was to be spread). We’ve also built new garden beds with timber hauled from Bruny Island (collected by my Dad before he passed away – making it all the more special to me), and nearly signed off on the plans for Mum’s new house next door.

I’ve been busy developing a major aversion to starlings – there’s a plague here, and we’ve had to put up loads of netting in an attempt to discourage them. I now see them as rats with wings – and have even had nightmares about them (being eating alive, that sort of thing…). They mainly annoy me as they seem to have frightened off the native birds.

We’ve also had our baby’s Naming Ceremony, and had visitors stay, and school holidays – it’s been full and a little bit hectic at times but it’s been great.

In the last few days as things have been slowing down again I’ve been contemplating some simple pleasures – and these two stood out for me.

First was our 1st meal with a salad that was completely from the garden – just a simple salad – with parsley, two varieties of lettuce, some torn basil leaves, and tomatoes. So satisfying! Watching the garden come to life is one of the greatest pleasures I enjoy – my tomatoes are ripening, I have sunflowers smiling at me, and the basil is ready for pesto. It’s my intention to post some pictures of the garden projects we’ve undertaken soon.

Freshly washly fabric ready to cut and sew

Freshly washly fabric ready to cut and sew

And second was admiring my clothes airer – with a range of fabrics ready to turned into something special – a blanket for baby. It’s such a treat to have a creative project to play with.

As part of her Naming ceremony each guest was asked to write or draw on a square of white cotton their wishes for her (using fabric markers). I’ll now use these in her blanket as a keepsake, and a reminder of how lucky we are to have so many lovely people in our lives.

 
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