happy days


Today was a cracker. It was gloriously Spring, although of course it's not yet, and the activity in the beehives is high and the paddocks are filling with chickens. We had a visit from Feather and Bone today, and not for a long time (or at least since our friend Fraser was here on Friday) have I felt like I was talking exactly the same language with people. Almost shorthand. Fabulous folk. 

We've got a tilled market garden ready to go. The seeds are sorted into direct-sow and seed-tray and the coir mulch for the seed raiser mix is at the ready. I'm completely intimidated by the scale of the work ahead, amongst everything else we're doing, and overwhelmed by the number of people who have volunteered to come and help. I think this'll call for a working bee. Fun. 


We had a little photo shoot here for an Australian women's magazine (Women's Day) a few weeks ago. It was a story about Mum and Dad, a follow up to the cover they were on when they had quads, about, er, *cough*,  forty years ago. Ah, forty. More on that some other time. Here are the outtakes. 


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That's the closest Mum has ever gotten to our pigs.


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Happy days.


18 Comments on “happy days

Cassandra Allen
August 18, 2013 at 10:56 pm

What great photos! Love your hair like that too. A pleasure reading your updates, even though I hardly ever comment anymore, I am still slinking around in the shadows. xxx.c

August 19, 2013 at 7:54 am

Itd probably be uncool to tell you how many times a day we think of you! Surrounded by you as we are xx

August 19, 2013 at 8:11 am

does that mean you are one of the quads?

August 19, 2013 at 8:43 am

How absolutely lovely. Treasure those photos!

August 19, 2013 at 9:47 am

Um, yes! Funny, hey? The other three are much better looking.

Bee Girl (AKA Melissa)
August 19, 2013 at 11:45 am

What an amazing property and story! I love hearing little tidbits and getting small glimpses into your lives. Gorgeous, in every definition of the word.

August 19, 2013 at 1:39 pm

You are a quad!? I imagine your childhood was pretty unique 🙂

Gorgeous pics. and Can’t wait to pop in and see your thriving market garden one day. x

Cassie Webster
August 19, 2013 at 3:36 pm

You look beautiful. You all day – what a lovely family xx

Cassie Webster
August 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm

* you all did 🙂

August 19, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Gosh Adam is so tanned. We never got that brown in the dale. 🙂 You all look beautiful.

Alex C
August 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Hey Fi,
Fab photos. You guys look gorgeous. What a pair you two are! The planting ahead does sound a little daunting and what a shame we couldn’t come down and lend an extra pair of hands for the working bee…..I’m sure there’d be some yummy biscuits waiting at the tea breaks!!!
Good luck!
All our love,

August 19, 2013 at 6:57 pm

You should have seen him after travelling around the Middle East and Africa for six months. Passed as local in Syria. Only Ivy seems to have managed to get his great skin, the other two are lily-whites. X

August 19, 2013 at 11:18 pm

You all look trim, taut and terrific. I can’t remember ever seeing Adam look so good, even when he played soccer, but the winters were so long in Armidale. I can remember the Woman’s Day article, and I am sure it was not forty years ago, or is that convenient memory loss? I might have to resort to buying a magazine that has nothing to do with patchworking for the first time in years. Keep the posts coming, when you have time, I look forward to the comic relief.

Merryl Chantrell
August 19, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Lovely photos. I did have a look at your ‘early years’ and your mum looks so relaxed. I don’t know how I’d cope with 4? I seemed to have my hands full with one at a time 🙂
When will the Woman’s Day come out with your photo shoot featured? I’d love to have a stickybeak.

August 20, 2013 at 7:27 am

It was actually last week Merryl, my apologies. The one with Queen Mary on the front.

Merryl Chantrell
August 20, 2013 at 11:40 am

Oh what a pity I missed it. I’ll have to look for a copy in my doctor’s rooms 🙂

August 28, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Ok, so not only are you guys the most ridiculously good looking family around, but you’re one of a quad! And your Mum!? Amazing job. With lot’s of great support I’m sure, but still. 4 babies at once? Wow.

The Hungry Mum
August 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm

what stunning photos! And such a lovely momento to have.


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