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Remembering Why I Blog…

It’s been a while since I have written here. I have thought up many blog posts in my head but have been unable to prioritise writing them for most of the winter. It comes way way down the list of things I need to do. So that’s why there have not been any. And I still struggle with the idea of blogging itself. If I want to cultivate a brand, persona or sell something than sure add blogging to the marketing/branding/pr toolkit. So then….[called away by crying toddler who just will not go to sleep without my hand on his face (trying to get them to go to sleep on their own)]..why do I do it? {that question was in relation to blogging not how I help my children sleep!! Funny.} A very strong feeling is that I don’t want to document my life or constantly think about if it is worth documenting in that moment but just want to live it. I have a separate daily diary for special little moments and a camera …

This week I…

This week I… Made a wreath – after years of wanting to I did it! On a drive around Queenstown last weekend I spied some beautiful pine tree branches that had fallen onto the road in some recent winds. Into the back of the car they went which left it smelling lovely and pine scented. Then on one of the more colder days we had this week (-6 degrees C!!!) we ventured outside to dig up the frozen sandpit and I made the wreath. It did take two days of outside play and managing the boys but so pleased. It has held up well already in a southerly storm and looks so good. Very wintry. Now for some mulled wine! baked : chocolate scones and bliss balls cooked : my favourite noodle recipe (here from My New Roots). I could eat it everyday. drank : lots of Rooiboos tea with Almond Milk read : Buddhism for Mothers by Sarah Napthali and Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fford wanted: to find a way through and …

Mugs

How often do we need to drink something? Water, tea, coffee, alcohol, smoothies and juices. And really we only need a glass for cold drinks, a mug or similar for hot drinks and your favourite alcolholic beverage vessel like a wine glass. And yet I can count about 20 mugs in my drinking vessels drawer in the kitchen and I have just bought these lovely ACME mugs after seeing them at lunch at the new Bespoke Kitchen here in Queenstown. Hmmm…that’s 4 more! What is it about mugs? Is it because they’re easy decoration? It’s not just me…I know of others 😉  I love the simplicity and weight of the ACME mugs. And weight and how much they hold is important when having that all important and nourishing cup of tea (like our current favourite of Blood Orange from Stir Tea). And tea (or another hot drink in a mug) does more for the soul than anything else I know. I love the saying “Where there’s tea there’s hope” (attributed to Arthur Wing Pinero). So maybe the vessel …

Winter Living

Living amongst the mountains and snow means I am really feeling Winter. And it has really only just started. Others living here will hit the slopes and ski/snowboard their way through winter. But, that just isn’t my thing. And this year I want to make winter as important as any other season rather than just trying to ignore it and push through to Spring. Winter is about turning inwards, snuggling up inside duvets and extra layers and being still while the earth regenerates for a new Spring re-birth. One of my favourite books The Way of the Happy Woman by Sara Avant Stover is on my bedside table for a catch up on Winter living. In her Winter Reflections she writes “…As women we are labyrinths, continually winding our way to the center and back out again. Our lives are endless processes of becoming. May each season, each heartbreak, each birth, each death, each sunrise and sunset remind you to live fully, feel fully, and digest everything through your heart. It’s not always easy, but …

On being grounded

We have moved to Queenstown and change is still our constant companion. New places, new adventures, new kindy and playcentre, new weather, new house noises and quirks, new shops and resources, new people, new drives, rooms still untouched and not ordered etc. So in the midst of this change it is hard to create ways to be grounded. And the earth is still moving under our feet too with an earthquake two weeks ago. Too close a reminder. A valued fellow nurturer gave me this advice: “When you can’t ground directly through the earth start with water and then go through the sand and then you will find rock. Like a boat hanging from its mooring in a river or lake or ocean just drift with the currents and bob with the movement until you can ground yourself further.” And this is what I am holding onto. Creating small moments of grounding with the larger currents of our lives. A downward dog here, a walk there (especially amongst the amazing beauty of Queenstown), some baking, …

Going with the flow & a Melbourne wedding

I have talked about finding my rhythm and going with the flow here before. Now is the time to really just go with the flow. There has been so much going on that I haven’t even thought about blogging. I never intended to commit myself to blogging on a regular basis but just when I felt like it. So now I feel like it. But, I can’t spend ages doing it. Just a small summary this time. So I can continue to go with the flow. A massive change is a foot for my family and me which I will reveal soon but it is exciting and daunting at the same time. I have not been blogging for a while as I was planning my sister’s Bridal Shower and a trip to Melbourne where all of my family came together to support and celebrate the occasion. I organised a crown making workshop for about 15 people at a lovely florist, Loose Leaf (Wona made the wreath making look so easy!) in Fitzroy and then we had an amazing dinner …

Autumn Edit – clothes

Last night as I was tidying up the sandpit and various toys hidden around the garden it was cold, really cold. And today we woke to the pink sunrise of a crisp, blue, clear sky day and dew on the grass. Autumn has arrived and we rugged up in extra layers for our morning outings. Hand knitted woolly jumpers, merino layers and woolly hats for the boys. Boots and lovely thin merino jumpers for me. Love the ones from Country Road. So, that got me thinking. How will I dress easily (and quickly) each morning. Time for an Autumn edit. It’s all about layers and warmth and easy wear with two little boys who will still want to get dirty while they have fun. Here’s a little edit from my pinterest board on my favourite clothing inspirations:   Black Skinnies and camel booties via here / Boden Anouk dress / Blue Oxford and layer necklaces via here Comfy All Stars via here / Long black evening skirt (this one is Chanel – love!) / leather clutch Blue …