Joining in with Soulemama.

Simply ten good things, right now.


1. A new yarn and fabric shop, here! In my little town! Right across the road from the park. Which means you might be able to leave fella and smallies for long enough to buy yarn and unecessary yet gorgeous bamboo needles. I pride myself on being all unconsumerish but find myself elated at these purchases. Am terribly shallow at heart.



2. Tea time, with a favourite pot which I've had for almost twenty years and a favourite mug, a gift for my last birthday from Adam's parents. 


3. Secretly cracking the cooking chocolate with my four year old. Shhh!



4. Soon-to-be-grapes on the vine. 


5. Hoop houses busting out spring veg.


6. Pigs in mud.



7. Soil! Imagine what those snouts and hooves will be able to do with the acre of coffee paddock we're going to move them to shortly! And what goodness we can plant in the vacated pig pen!


8. Wild irises growing next to the pig paddock.

9. Prodigal hens.



10. My Nan's all time favourite song. (Bear with the introduction! It takes 2 minutes.)


When things feel grim, it's up to us to choose how we react. There's no point in going under, is there. Some people would recommend a very wholesome diet, which I concur with except I also endorse the inclusion of sugar. Particularly, custard. I find it brightens up a difficult day without exception. 

Maybe it's some fabulously shallow retail therapy. Or dirt. Or a particular family song, sung so often throughout your childhood that it becomes integral with memories of particular people (the thought of whom cheer you up.)

For me, it's also talking to you. 

Being right here brings me happiness. 

Thank you so much for being on the other side of this computer. It's because you are here that I choose to think of ten good things. And suddenly find I have so many more than ten.




10 Comments on “ten

Melanie @ M&M
October 9, 2011 at 1:31 am

Don’t you just love SouleMama’s simple ten! It makes me stop and think. Your needles are lovely. I adore bamboo needles. I only use bamboo hooks now for crocheting (can’t knit at all!).

I feel just the same about blogging. I love reading your blog always!

Blessings ๐Ÿ™‚

Thrifty Household
October 9, 2011 at 5:02 am

Ten is a good number…it sounds like you’ve been playing the ‘Ten game’, for example- make 10 people smile at you before you leave the supermarket (can take a long time!), make a list of 10 things you’ve never done, 10 places to go, 10 favourite words, 10 items to covert in a museum, etc, etc, etc…The theory is that thinking of 10 things totally diverts your mind from whatever it was thinking of to begin with… It works wonders!

October 9, 2011 at 8:11 am

I love the “when things feel grim it’s up to us how we react”. Something I’ve been working on this week also. For me, I try and find a song to divert my thoughts. Thrifty Household’s tip is a great one, I will put it into practise. Being new to the bloggy thing I have found the support and kindness an absolute revelation. Ta…enjoy your Sunday.

lily boot
October 9, 2011 at 8:37 am

that is so true! When I am thinking about writing a blog post, it inspires such creativity and cheerfulness in me. Instead of blobbing about, I have the motivation to go do something. I too love the ten good things – and yours are lovely. I particularly like the chocolate part and the potential of that former pig pen. And Thrifty Household’s idea is great too – that could work really well when I’m feeling anxious … will be trying that one. Inner Pickle is a lovely place to visit Fiona – and you’ve given be a good boost to begin my day with ๐Ÿ™‚ May your Sunday be truly lovely.

October 9, 2011 at 8:40 am

I have not long found your blog and I am loving it. I have started reading from the beginning and I am not quite caught up yet. Love the piggies. I have been known to break into the cooking chocolate as well when the need has arised. Thanks for being here, the recipes are great and so is your honesty. I always get a bit excited when I see you have put up a new post. Enjoy your day.

October 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm

What a fun idea! Thanks! xx

October 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I am here, reading and enjoying your every post Fiona (not always commenting though). You brighten up my days, thanks for writing this blog and putting a smile on my dial.

October 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Oh god, I sounded a bit of a sop with that comment!!

October 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Nah, I didn’t think so. I thought ‘smile on my dial’ was funny. Thanks, lady xx

October 14, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Golly. Hello. Just catching up after having been out of action for a while and it looks like you are steaming ahead in your little space and doing great things. I’ve shared your blog with a Canberra buddy who has recently bought backyard chooks (it’s the new trampoline for Canberra gardens; everyone is doing it :0) so I’m spreading your inspiration like chook manure :O) Are you watching that SuperSizers Go program on SBS? Sounds like you could do an Aussie version with your historically accurate medieval (is that how you spell it?) banquets. All good. Have a noice weekend. See ya’ Deb x


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