Today did not begin well.

There was a broken child-gate, a crucial one, at the top of the stairs. There was a missing lunchbox, a washing machine that is mysteriously stopping mid-cycle and a circular knitting needle snipped in two. Not entirely sure who was responsible but pretty certain her name ryhmes with silly. 

Shortly afterwards, the dogs ate one of my all-time favourite shoes. From my favourite shop in Newtown. Which has now closed down.

I also tossed many kilograms of biscotti to the chooks. Even though it's a staple on the Buena Vista Farm Bikkie list, biscotti can be tricky, and I had, last week, what round here is being called the Great Biscotti Disaster. Many, many trays not fit to sell. I've given bags away to friends but just looking at the crates of the failed stuff was bringing me down. The chooks dived on it. 

So, not feeling the love. Really not feeling it. 

But when it comes down to it, we changed this life of ours to be outside.

So that's what I did.

I followed Ivy around for about two hours, just letting her wander, trying not to think of the many other jobs that needed doing. 




When Tilly wanted to put on her (new purple) gumboots and stomp in puddles I joined her. 





We played in the trees and I imagined the edible, sensory garden in the paddock behind that one day we'll build to share with others. 





We hung about. 



And I made another crocheted flower.



Am on a roll – using this pattern, from this book…






I am on a promise of a teacosy for a friend's birthday last year, (my specialty is running about a year late with handmade gifts) and there is a teacosy with roses on it in my near future. 

Once I'm done following this wee bandit around.



Hope there's a teapot in a cosy in your life? 

Nothing quite like it to salvage a day, right?



12 Comments on “salvagable

Ange T
March 20, 2012 at 10:42 pm

The ability to turn a terrible morning into a great day is such a skill. xo

March 20, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Yes. Indeed, the sunshine, a cup of tea and looking at the world through the eyes of a young’un are my go-to remedies for when days go belly-up. Sorry to hear about your (numerous) bad moments and disasters. I especially feel your pain over the shoes. That should just never happen! Especially not to favourites! 🙁 Here’s to a brighter tomorrow!

March 21, 2012 at 12:06 am

Sorry you were having one of “those” days. So glad you were able to find center and peace. Hope the rest of the week is better.

Bee Girl (AKA Melissa)
March 21, 2012 at 12:47 am

So happy to hear you were able to take all the stumbles and turn them into a beautiful little “journey” with the kiddos. Pretty much all you can do when you’re having one of those days is to either go with the flow or throw a tantrum…sounds like you made the better choice 😉

March 21, 2012 at 8:45 am

Oh my, I believe we would have all nodded in understanding had you said you’d had such a morning and then sat in the corner and felt sorry for yourself. Instead you took on the day beautifully!

As to tea cosies, first I need a tea pot! Somehow I have reached the age of 30 years without a tea pot. After converting from coffee to tea during my last pregnancy I do believe I see a tea pot and tea cosie in my future. 🙂

March 21, 2012 at 11:48 am

What a gorgeous way to turn things around, so much more productive than weeping in your tea! I’ve been finding perfection in imperfection to encourage me out of my rut. Hope today is blissful…

Maven in training
March 21, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Ah you poor thing, it really can bring you down when things go wrong all at the same time. Sounds like you did the best thing and got outside. I have been thinking about a tea cosy for ages, its still on my to do list. Look forward to seeing your one with roses.

Nancy in Canada
March 22, 2012 at 6:47 am

“Some days are like that – even in Australia” I guess you have just proven this to be true! (From the book “Alexander and the no good, very bad, terrible, horrible day” Which is awesome) [other awesome books: Guess how much I love you?, and Ferdinand, and The Story of Ping] Sunshine and a little girl’s wanderings are definitely a powerful restorative 🙂

March 22, 2012 at 7:47 am

sounds good to me!! I’m sure crocheted roses are perfect therapy on any blahhhhh sort of day. Pity about the shoes tho , that pic of the tree with the ivy at the bottom is about to become my desk top so peaceful! have a lovely day today cheers !

March 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm

🙂 lovely sensory post…

March 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Hi Fiona, I recently stumbled upon your blog after searching for something on google, can’t even remember what now. Have been acquainting myself since and really enjoying reading back through your posts. I am sitting here surrounded by the sweet aroma of two of your slices baking and enjoying a cup of tea…it’s been one of those mornings but the day is far from over and definitely salvageable 🙂

March 26, 2012 at 5:57 pm

ah babe, bad days suck 🙁 …..whatever….TEA COSY!!! YAY!!!

(you will smile at this, other readers, I’m not an uncaring friend, she knows I love her ta bits) xx


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