Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Forever my favourite season.


Autumn has been so incredibly beautiful this year. 
Forever my favourite season.
The colours are nectar for the soul.


With visitors staying and stunning weekend weather, we've been playing the local tourist, showing off all the pretty around Canberra.
  











Its been so nice to spend time with family during the last couple of weekends. How lovely to have a coffee together or go for a long stroll and have a decent chat instead of the short and sweet interactions on social media. I do envy my friends who have their extended family living in the same town or city. Cyber hugs just don't rate against a real ones.

Our garden was on fine display too.













In between entertaining visitors and kid-wrangling, its been a rather productive month for me, painting window frames, gardening and tackling all the little jobs that have been piling up on the to-do list. Its amazing how much I can achieve in 6 hours when I don't have a little tacker in tow.

Best get on with some of them now. 
Winter is on its way and our veggie patch is demanding some attention before the first frost sets in. 

xx Em

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Majura Valley Bush Festival.

We checked out the inaugural Majura Valley Bush Festival today.

As festivals go...it was one of the most well organised and enjoyable events that I've been to. The weather gods turned on an utterly glorious autumn day and Canberrans responded by turning out in droves. I loved that the different displays and exhibitions were spread out across the farm. It didn't feel crowded or stressful, in fact the atmosphere was incredibly relaxed. 

The boys got their equine fix with pony rides & minature donkeys (omg I want one!)... 







...and a jaunt up the road on a Cobb & Co carriage.









We sat on hay bales and devoured locally produced lamb rolls and ginger beer.




There was whip cracking, wood chopping, historical engines, shearing demonstrations, a farm animal nursery, live music, devonshire teas and equestrian displays.














All ride profits are going to the Friends of Brain Injured Children (FBIC) which is a Canberra based community organisation. Such a fantastic day in support of a fantastic cause. 
Kudos to the Majura Valley organisers and volunteers who put together such a wonderful local event. We'll be back next year for some more autumn local lovely!

xx Em

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter in Adaminaby



Time to share some snaps from our lovely Easter long weekend on the farm.
As Harry put so perfectly..."Being on the farm is so comforting, it feels like home in my heart, being here, near the river, I feel safe and happy, I like the smells and the sunshine and the sounds of the birds."  
So true my darling chap, so true!

Spending time with our 'surrogate family' at their farm in the Snowy Mountains was ambrosia
 for my soul, dearly needed after the last few devastating weeks of grief. 
Autumn in Adaminaby was as pretty as ever. Beautiful sunshiny days and cold crisp nights. 

We arrived on Good Friday and the boys wasted no time re-acquainting themselves with the river. 







After a lovely lunch catching up with everyone I went for a wander about the paddock with my camera. So much autumn pretty about...I was especially besotted with the briers covered in crimson rose hips that lined the riverbank.





Never short of colour and texture in a place like this.









Friday night we played noughts and crosses with the boys and sat by the fire after dinner.




On Saturday morning we rumbled down the dirt road into the town of Adaminaby for the Autumn Fair. It was a great turn out with a lovely atmosphere. The main street was lined with food and craft stalls, there were pie eating & trout tossing competitions, face painting, jumping castles, trailers of firewood auctioned off & a dog high jump. We made a bee line to the CWA hall to snavel a devonshire tea with scones fresh from the oven loaded with jam & cream. Heaven! With tummies satisfied we wandered up to the end of the street for a peek at the pretty stone church then wandered back, stopping to mull over preserves and buy a cherry pie from the CWA food stall.  After a couple of hours in town we returned to the farm and spent a lazy afternoon just hanging about.








Saturday night we feasted on Claire's fabulous lamb roast followed by bread and butter pudding and cosied up by the fire with a wee dram of whisky while the boys toasted marshmallows.










Paul took the boys out after dinner to spot wombats and foxes. It was an exciting adventure for them, despite not spotting a single furry beast. Harry got to gaze at the Milky Way while they were out there, sparkling away in all its splendor, far from street lights and city haze. 

Easter Sunday dawned coated in a light frost. I got up early and walked down to the river, without the rabble of kids and dogs, to look for platypus. It was so beautifully tranquil with the morning fog swirling on the water. I managed to spot one platypus but it ducked under the surface as soon as I lifted my camera up to capture it. Shy fellow. 





The boys did their egg hunt after breakfast, tearing about the home paddock searching for hints of colour tucked away in tree hollows and shrubs.









Then dividing the spoils back by the warmth of the fireplace.





Later in the morning the Husband and I took the canoe out on the river for an impromptu date. Aside from birdsong and the occasional mooing of a cow it was stunningly serene and so lovely.









After a barbecue lunch we packed up and reluctantly headed off home.

Such a wonderful time with friends who feel like family.
Thank you Claire, Paul, Holly and Alessandro for such warm hospitality..

Til next time...

xx Em