Kylie is a very funny and generous blogging friend and she sent me this package of kitchenalia all the way from Western Australia. There is nothing like a package tied with brown paper and string to brighten up a grey winter day. Thank you Kylie, truly.
On some recent cold, dark mornings and afternoons we have been playing our treasured vintage edition of the board game Candy Land. I am not sure who loves passing through Lollypop Woods the most, the kids or myself!
Collecting firewood is a good, physical outing and a whole family affair. The man of the farm takes care of the chainsaw, naturally. I pick up whatever cut wood I can lift. The kids disappear into the jungle which is actually a scrubby swamp but it feels like a jungle to them. I love the feeling of the four of us together in the fresh air, no distractions, everyone has a purpose, working towards something that will keep us warm and fuel our wood oven. Aside from cooking, collecting wood might almost be my favourite winter activity.
The final touch to our outdoor kitchen area has been 100 metres of fairy lights, thank you Ebay. They create a little bit of magic and are strictly reserved for weekend use, just to keep the magic.
80mm of rain has turned our land from a dust bowl to this. The ground is finally damp and with a green tinge in the paddocks winter is looking good.
How is winter looking at your place?
I hope you are staying warm and perhaps jumping in a few puddles?