To your very good health

By |January 9th, 2014|

First, thank you for your comments on my last post. I didn't stop to think through that post, obviously, and didn't mean to trigger a wall of concern. In no way was I making light of serious health issues, and for anyone who has suffered a heart attack in the past or suffered any related […]

how to give yourself a heart attack

By |January 8th, 2014|


A couple of weeks ago I googled 'symptoms of a heart attack'.
This was after ignoring left-side chest pain for three days, increased shoulder pain for two and tingling  down my left arm when I woke up. Hmmm. 
I don't generally over-dramatise things or make a fuss, but there's some bad hearts in my family history (medically […]

Kerchief! Er, bless you.

By |January 7th, 2014|

My niece Georgia showed up these holidays wearing headscarves. And so headscarves it was! Or kerchiefs. Or bandanas. Whatever. They're very Sound of Music and all popping-out-to-the-berry-patch, so we made some appropriate ones. Four in fact, for the four resident under-sevens. (Henry declined.) 

Tilly helped. So helpful. She got busy sorting out the pins on the […]

Stills: a weekly collection

By |January 5th, 2014|

1. We're harvesting cherries. 
2. Fishing for the yabbie living in the well under the windmill, who is burrowing holes in the well wall and causing a leak. Mmm, yabbie. Haven't caught him yet, notwithstanding the delicious danish salami on offer. 
3. The Lyden cousins were in the house, and there were many, many, many shows. 
4. My […]

cat lady

By |January 4th, 2014|

Hello! If you've checked in here the last couple of days and found the site down, it was! Dammit! My apologies, a technical glitch. Thanks for coming back. 
Early this morning we saw off my beloved sister Naomi and family for another six months – they live overseas and we're very lucky they visit often. I […]

what the stars said

By |January 1st, 2014|

I honestly don't think I personally know a single person who had a spectacular 2013. 
What's that about?
People were speculating last night that it was the "13" thing, although no thinking person is actually seriously that superstitious, right? 
Our 2013 was a big year, no doubt, although I'd be lying if I didn't admit to declaring out […]

Brokeback Mountain Rooster

By |December 5th, 2013|

Maybe you think you've had a bad day.
Spare a thought for this rooster (his name is Jack). And let me tell you about his day.

First: we keep a few roosters around. All Barred Plymouth Rocks for no reason except they are beautiful and I breed them. There is usually one rooster per chicken caravan and […]

Some days I think my head might fall off.

By |November 15th, 2013|

Some people are good at asking for help and others are hopeless. I'm an other. Hopeless. I'm even hopeless at accepting earnest offers of help. Which is why, right now, when everything is utter chaos, I'm incredibly grateful for friends who just show up and get started. They might spend a random half an hour […]

the return of the geese

By |October 15th, 2013|

You might have heard we lost our geese. It was only when I went back to find that post for the link that I saw it was MAY! *cough* 
Sometime in June there were unconfirmed sightings locally, about halfway between us and Martin's place where they'd come from. Maybe they were making their way back there. 
And […]

Cake of Sunday: Simple Butter Cake To Save The Day

By |October 13th, 2013|

You could call it Butter Cake. Or perhaps, in our house today, it could be Grumpy Cake. Three-Year-Old-Tears Cake. Cracking-it-big-time Cake. A day that was barely held together by the occassional incredible feat of horsepower-led ingenuity (below)… (doesn't everyone move incredibly expensive commercial ovens like this? Huh. That was the sound of my heart stopping.)

…and […]