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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Autumn light, holidays and horse riding

The school holidays have been busy and productive so far.

I have been babysitting tiny vegetable seedlings for a friend and I felt almost sad when it was time for them to return home.  I hope they continue to flourish! 


Mum has visited us and among other things, she gave our new olive pitting gadget a test run.


We have visited family for a combined birthday party and christening.  I just had to take some photos of their homemade garden art and tidy vegetable garden.



I have been experimenting with sourdough pita bread in the wood oven.  More to come on this later.


We have had some early morning grooming sessions at the horse yard.  A cold, wet Sunday morning was not enough to stop our young horse enthusiast from trotting out on the field at our local Pony Club and getting right into the action.  


The light is changing and it is particularly pretty when the sun is setting behind our wood oven. 



What good things are happening in your life?

I hope you are growing or sharing or making something with the special people in your life.

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  1. well captured Jane ! I am busily sewing fro fast approaching Field Day.. hope I get a BIG burst of energy soon! EWE BEAUTY

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    1. Thanks Trish, happy sewing...and selling! x

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  2. autumn is such a great time to witness the changing of the trees and the light. The veggie garden sure is neater than mine. I'm cooking leek and potato soup and warmed bread for a day inside with kids, in our pjs to fight off the last of a head cold. great blog Jane l really enjoy following and reading.

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    1. Thank you for calling in, you are very kind :)

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  3. Beautiful. I'd get up to brush a pony too! I've never seen an olive pitter-gadget-thingy! I too have been admiring the autumn light, it's so inspiring. And I also spent a day with my mum cutting up her basil to store in the freezer for winter use and attempting to dry oregano. Love your little glimpses of life shared here x

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    1. Thank you Lucent, the light is lovely. Have a great weekend x

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  4. What lovely moments, and sourdough pita bread in the wood oven- oh wow!

    xox Lilly

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  5. I love the country in Autumn. What a beautiful life you lead. Thanks for the inspiring post :)

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    1. Thanks Anna. Just like all of us...some parts of my life are beautiful and some less beautiful. This blog is a great way to share the good bits and it makes me reflect and feel grateful!

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  6. Lovely, lovely post, Jane! I adore these glimpses into your idyllic lifestyle, thank you for sharing them with us! xx

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    1. Thank you as always Celia. Just as I said to Anna above, some parts of my life are idyllic and some less idyllic! This blogs makes me look at the good stuff and be grateful for what I have!

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    2. Jane, I completely relate and understand. No-one's life is perfect and easy, but our blogs are wonderful for reminding us that we have so much to be thankful for! xx

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  7. A lovely bunch of things Jane! Looking forward to the bread post :-)

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    1. Thanks Sarah Jane, so much bread to bake...so little time :)

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  8. the light in that last post was just so beautiful. light here is fading fast, as we head towards winter!
    i loved the first pic too, the little baby seedlings. i would get attached to them too. i potted some tulip and freesia bulbs recently and they are just poking their greenery thru now, it's exciting.

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    1. Thanks e, happy bulb growing to you!

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  9. How did the pitting machine go?
    Wow the vegie garden looks lovely. The solid timber sleepers add such character.
    x

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    1. Hi Zara, the pitting machine is great. Very simple and it works well!

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  10. Hi Jane.... such fun at your place right now. Must be great to have your family around! Love the little seedlings. Fabulous photos, as always xoox

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    1. Thank you Lizzy, very kind! Have a lovely weekend.

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  11. There is a lot of seedling babysitting going on ... it's been happening in my back garden, too. The new compost bin is in. Autumnal flowers on the bushes are about to bloom. Sourdough practicing continues. The days are sunny, the evenings are cool. Life is good.

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    1. Life sounds lovely at your place Rachel, happy gardening and baking!

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  12. It's gorgeous light this time of year isn't it. It quite often stops me in my tracks when the sun is setting. My four year old always grabs me to watch the sun going, letting me know whether the light was pretty or not for that afternoon. Makes me smile.

    Your olive pipper looks the business.

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  13. How cool is it when children notice these things?

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  14. I like the idea of baby sitting seedlings. Especially the surprise addition when a vacant spot presents itself, and someone plants something new there!. Beautiful photos, and nice to visit another garden for fresh ideas too. Thankyou Jane.

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    1. Thanks Sarah, I hope the surprise additions are successful! x

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  15. Thanks for popping up photos of our garden Jane. Really need to find more time and get out in the garden but SOTA seems to soak up a lot of my time and energy at the moment xxx Lovely seeing you yesterday.

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    1. Yes, it is a constant juggle isn't Kylie. Good luck for another week :)

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane