MORE BACKYARD CAPERS

A blog post celebrating the beauty in the everyday. I have found this to be one of the most therapeutic things about blogging.

Enjoying a bit of sunshine out in the backyard today. Hanging the washing out on the line.

Enjoying some favourite regular rituals of
feeding the chickens.

collecting the eggs

shooing the chickens away from the vegies

and giving them a good talking to when they invade the sandpit!


What everyday rituals do you have?

Mind you, it doesn’t always happen so peacefully and many days have me racing to get the washing on and off the line so we can go out, or hanging the clothes all through the house over the ducted heating vents because it is too wet outside and children pulling them off the vent onto dirty floors well in need of a mop. This is why it is so therapeutic for me to see that sometimes it does work.

A quote I found the other day in The Divided Heart reminded me of why I blog

“If you want to really hear yourself, write. Because you will hear.”

It is important for me as I get bogged down in the everyday to find the snippets of sunshine amongst the rest. I can feel like everything is going into utter chaos, but I take one look at my blog and see all was well and I have created something (apart from a messy house) for at least 5 mins of the day.

MY CREATIVE SPACE

In case you were wondering what these seed packets were for……


I have been making some DIY Alfalfa Sprout Kits to sell at a little market on the weekend. We have been making them for years. So very, very easy to do. You can make your own with a jar, a rubber band & a stocking if you are interested. I have used tulle as I think it works better. You can buy seeds from your local health food store or nursery. 1 tablespoon of seeds makes about 1/2 a cup of sprouts. My kids call them “worms” & they’ll only eat them when we’ve made them ourselves.
INSTRUCTIONS
1. Put alfalfa seeds into the jar and cover them with 1-2cm of cool water.
2. Cover the top of the jar with the tulle and secure with rubber band.
3. Allow seeds to soak overnight, then drain off the water.
For the next few days, rinse the seeds in the morning and evening by covering the seeds with some water, swishing the seeds around, and draining them. Store the jar away from direct sunlight.
Repeat until sprouts are ready to eat. Usually 4-6 days depending on season. Your sprouts should last at least 2 weeks in an airtight container in the fridge.

more creativeness over here at Kirsty’s.

MY CREATIVE SPACE

My creative space today involved a bit of time in the garden. As I gaze out my kitchen window to my vegie patch I do often think of it as a work of art. Well, a work in progress anyway, as I really have no idea what I am doing, but I am enjoying the learning process. It is also a creative space that can easily involve the kids.
Today it was time to re-pot Mummy Aloe Vera’s little babies. She is a prolific breeder. This plant was originally given to me by a friend and I gave some of it’s babies to my sister about 7 years ago, so when my plant died (after my toddler continuously pulled it out of it’s pot) the cycle continued. I am going to sell these babies at a little market stall I am having in a couple of weeks time.
Aloe is such a versatile plant. I use it to put on mozzie bites and sunburn (even though it is pretty smelly!). I did have a hippy friend once who used it for shaving his beard…. For other uses of aloe vera see here. They are so easy to look after as they rarely need watering and grow well in a pot or in the garden.
If you are interested in taking part in a little competition for encouraging kids in the garden, then head on over to the inadvertant farmer (thanks Zippy, Zippy). If I had more time I would definitely be doing this – so many reasons why it is so good to get kids outdoors and into the garden!

More creativeness going on at Kirsty’s.

AN ODE TO THE LEMON


We have lots of fruit trees on our little block and my favourite is our lemon tree. Apparently there are varieties of lemon trees that fruit a few times a year, but we sadly have the variety that happens only once a year. That much awaited time has come! It is a BUMPER harvest and I now must find many things to do with lemons as quickly as possible! I shall be sharing some of these with you in the weeks to come, but would also LOVE to hear your favorite things to do with lemons. The possibilities are endless no doubt!

My friend Kate (the knower of all ‘foodie’ things) has told me that you can actually freeze lemons whole. My Mum always squeezed the juice and froze it in ice blocks, which I have done also, but many of my recipes call for lemon zest, therefore freezing the lemon whole is something I shall be doing this year!

An Ode to the Lemon’ by Pablo Neruda has long been a favourite poem of mine. I first saw it written on a cafe chalkboard and have loved it ever since.
Ode To The Lemon
Pablo Neruda
From blossoms
released
by the moonlight,
from an
aroma of exasperated
love,
steeped in fragrance,
yellowness
drifted from the lemon tree,
and from its plantarium
lemons descended to the earth.
Tender yield!
The coasts,
the markets glowed
with light, with
unrefined gold;
we opened
two halves
of a miracle,
congealed acid
trickled
from the hemispheres
of a star,
the most intense liqueur
of nature,
unique, vivid,
concentrated,
born of the cool, fresh
lemon,
of its fragrant house,
its acid, secret symmetry.
Knives
sliced a small
cathedral
in the lemon,
the concealed apse, opened,
revealed acid stained glass,
drops
oozed topaz,
altars,
cool architecture.
So, when you hold
the hemisphere
of a cut lemon
above your plate,
you spill
a universe of gold,
a
yellow goblet
of miracles,
a fragrant nipple
of the earth’s breast,
a ray of light that was made fruit,
the minute fire of a planet.

AT MY HOUSE…



Hi to those of you who have headed over to my blog on Louise‘s suggestion and thank you so much for your encouraging comments. It is so nice to have that feedback in your first week of blogging. I have been enjoying reading some of your blogs also and I look forward to getting to know you all in the blogger world.


I have decided to play along this week with Buttons by Lou Lou’s “at my house”.

At my house today we have been doing a spot of gardening. For the last few days the kids and I have been making the most of Melbourne’s grey and drizzly weather and had at least half an hour a day in the garden. We have planted some new seeds, pruned some roses, staked some capsicums and pulled out some unwanted plants. We now have a pet caterpillar, lots of squished snails around the path and some dirty faces, fingernails and hair. Why does it always have to go in the hair?!



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