Monday, March 24, 2014

Stocktaking the good things

Today I am reflecting on some good things from the past few days.

A morning spent with my daughter and her pony.   It was both peaceful and heart-warming to watch them walk, trot and jump as a team while the sun rose. 


Once a week I deliver fresh eggs to a local café.  My egg business is not a million dollar industry but my café friends love fresh eggs and I love delivering them.  It is a happy arrangement.


On Friday I met a dear friend for lunch and I gave her a box of cucumbers from my garden.  She gave me a jar of her luscious Fig, Ginger and Pepper jam.  Paula offers gentle, wise support and cheerful conversation.  In the past she has also given me countless pieces of bread equipment and produce.   We share friendship and a love of food things.


My children aged 7 and 4 have been collecting dried bean pods for seed saving, soaking seeds ready for planting, harvesting cucumbers and helping with autumn seedlings.  They have done a lot of this independently using their own initiative.  I really couldn't ask for better helpers in the garden.  
  

I have found some really amazing friends through blogging.  Sophie is one of them and she is about to release a book.  I received an early copy in the mail, thank you Sophie.  This book is farm life, warmth, family, goodness and real food all bound together with some gorgeous artwork from Sophie’s mum.  If this book does not inspire you to get into the kitchen, absolutely nothing will.  Book details here


In the past week, just like everyone else I have experienced moments of tiredness, frustration and mess.  But, on this Monday morning I am stocktaking the good stuff and trying to let go of the less important stuff.

Do you ever stock take the good stuff in your life? 

Wishing you a happy week x

34 comments:

  1. thanks for sharing your beautiful photos jane that encapsulate your positive reflections..i love the enamel plate photo..i'm sure that's no surprise to you..my daughter got married on saturday so that was a big lot of good stuff..i hope you have a happy week too..x

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    1. Oh wow Jane..your daughter got married. How exciting! I cannot tell you how much I love weddings! x

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  2. Yes, I've been doing this often during the past week. We need rain and this has been getting me down. We had to buy water last week for our house tank. We have some decent rain due this week for the first time in a long time. I have my fingers and everything else crossed. I love the look of the book. I'll have to check it out. It is great you have had little helpers in the garden. Enjoy. xxoo

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    1. Thanks for calling in Julie. I hope you get rain soon, we are desperate for it too!

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  3. What a beautiful, beautiful list. Alongside gorgeous photos. Happy new week to you! x

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  4. Beautiful Jane. This post is like an exhalation for me...I feel like I've been holding my breath a bit too much lately.
    Love your beautiful photos (and your new header). xx

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    1. Thank you Brydie...funny you should mention holding your breath. I was holding mine while I tried to load my new header photo into Blogger. I imagined it might be an easy, fun experience and instead it was time consuming and frustrating! All fixed now, I am trying to remember to keep breathing too x

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  5. Hey Jane ... I read your post and wonder whether I assault my readers with too many words! Your posts are lovely as are your wonderful pics. You have such a terrific eye for detail. And no sadly I don't take stocktake enough but I shall. :)

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  6. Hi Julie, thank you for your thoughtful comments. It is interesting...my posts usually start out quite long and I have to work hard on cutting lots of words out. I do this because (generally) the blogs I love the most are the blogs with really simple but meaningful words. Some people are very clever at this achieving this, I am still working on it!

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  7. Jane, such a beautiful post… thank you for sharing this. Yes, I do stocktake quite regularly and count my blessings. Thank you, however, for the reminder. And such lovely words and photographs.

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    1. Thanks Lizzy, we all need to count our blessings don't we?

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  8. I like your new header Jane and all the little incidentals in the photos, like the rather fab looking cup of coffee. What are the straps hanging down from the saddle? Incredibly long stirrup leathers? Grass reins? It's always good to take stock of the good things but sometimes we need reminding. Last night I slept badly as I had so many things racing through my mind but this morning I'm going to take my cup of coffee outside in the sun and take five minutes to breathe out (as Brydie put it so well). Have a happy week. x

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    1. Thanks Anne, they are stirrup leathers and I am not really sure why they are so long! I think it is because our equipment is a mixture of old and new (mostly old!) and it has been used by a variety of riders. A cup of coffee in the sun sounds like a great idea x

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  9. Such a lovely list Jane. Although there are always messy things going on we are lucky that those good things to stockpile are there too aren't we?!

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  10. I need to do more taking stock of good things Jane, this is a nice reminder. Thank-you x
    (your friend's jam looks and sounds delicious. I love fig jam. The addition of ginger and pepper, mmmmmm!)

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  11. The book cover looks lovely - an appropriate title! Love the picture of your daughter riding her pony - I am patiently waiting for my little babe to be big enough to start riding lessons. I took them all growing up and just loved it. The classic horse obsessed little girl, with pictures all over my room. Its a good way to teach responsibility.

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    1. Hi Katie, most young girls love horses don't they?

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  12. Love your good stuff, gorgeous photos too. How lucky your local café is to have those lovely eggs and you're right, that jam truly does look very yummy.

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    1. Thank you Andrea, lovely to hear from you.

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  13. Thank you for sharing the book, I think I have just found a new blog to drool over too. Jane glad to see a few of your specials moments from the past week. I feel like I have not dropped by in ages. Keep taking wonderful photos and inspiring me to do more.

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  14. what a beautiful week you have had. i feel like i am on the work treadmill at the moment, and i'm wondering where the beautiful moments are in my life. of course, i need to make them... thank you for the inspiration.
    ps i've just noticed your header pic is different. please don't tell me it's been like that for months :-) it's lovely.

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    1. Thank you e, oh I think we have all had a few treadmill moments this week! My header pic is new :)

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  15. Oh so much goodness! Love that photo of your beautiful eggs, so inspiring! And Sophie's book looks just fabulous, can't wait to get a copy.
    Sophie xx

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    1. Thanks Sophie, so lovely to hear from you! I was only admiring those adorable green shoes on your blog today...and little Tallow too of course x

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  16. These are beautiful, beautiful things indeed. And that book looks gorgeous! Off to check it out now!

    Katie x

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    1. Thanks Katie, so lovely to hear from you x

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  17. A lovely summary of the week and such happy photos…love your blog- reminds me so much of my childhood x Your children are so lucky to experience that kind of upbringing- its so rare these days!

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    1. Thank you Kylie, lovely to hear from you. I am pleased I gave you a little reminder of your childhood.

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  18. Wow! just discovered your blog and I'm settling in for a good read! I'm loving your reflections and only just last Friday I started posting up a reflections of achievements and goals….this friday I'd love you to pop over the link this post up as it is just wonderful! B xx

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    1. Thanks Brenda, that is very kind of you.

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