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Friday, May 30, 2014

Highs and lows but life moves on

The past fortnight has been topsy-turvy and full of highs and lows. 

Autumn has felt more like early summer and I am longing for warm fires, slow cooked meals and crisper mornings. 


Our community has lost a young friend in a heartbreaking accident.  In reflecting on this tragedy I think we are all trying to make more time to appreciate the small things. 


Mum is in Paris as I write this and it feels completely surreal.  Mum has lived in a different state to me for years but I can hardly comprehend that she is on the other side of the world at the moment.  


My children recently spent a day with their other grandmother.  In one day they killed roosters, rode horses, baked scones, took care of the farm chores, cooked dinner and squeezed in some very creative painting.  My little people are lucky to have two strong, independent grandmothers in their lives. 


Plans are underway for our second Fire and Flour Day.  I am wondering what I need to adjust, what I need to keep or take out and how best I can prepare for another community cooking day.

What is happening at your place?

Are you reflecting or travelling or planning? 

Wishing you a lovely Friday x

30 comments :

  1. .Ewe Beauty ...yes heartfelt words jane . and on a brighter note, so the kids missed a days school?... but look at the LIFE skills they experienced with Granny Harcourt! well done :)

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  2. Beautiful words Jane.
    TT
    xox

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    1. Thank you TT, I hope you are looking forward to the weekend! x

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  3. I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend.
    xx

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  4. Hi Jane, so sorry to hear of the untimely death of your friend... it really does make you stop and appreciate things. I love the sound of your community day. Happy baking love xox

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  5. No Jane, can it really be a whole year since your last Fire and Flour Day? Surely not. I still love the sounds of it...oh such a lot.

    (And I'm really, really sorry to hear about your friend. xx)

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    1. Thanks Brydie, if only you could come to our bread day! x

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    2. Would love to one year. That really would be the bees knees :-)

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  6. Such a lovely post. I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss. Wishing you too a very happy Friday.

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  7. I am looking forward to Fire and Flour Jane...and I cant wait to hear about the OS adventures! xx

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    1. Thanks Kate, we are looking forward to seeing you then x

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  8. oh jane..losing someone close especially if they're young is heart breaking..thinking of you..

    looking forward to hearing about your flour and fire day again..xx

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    1. Thanks Jane, if only you could attend our bread day! x

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  9. Sounds like a tough couple of weeks Jane but on a more optimistic note, how exciting to be doing another Fire & Flour Day. We're getting ready for Open Farm Sunday (next weekend) and I've rashly offered to do a Soda Bread making session with children. It will be enough for me to use the electric oven, without the complication of the wood oven.
    Funny to think that your mother is closer to my home than yours at the moment. Pity you aren't with her - you could have popped over. One day perhaps. Anne x

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    1. Thanks Anne. Soda bread making with the children sounds like fun...I think! You are right, the wood oven does complicate things, I am actually getting in some practice this morning without the pressure of a crowd. Mum is actually in London right now so she is close to you. One day I would love to drop in! x

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  10. Sorry to hear of the loss to your community - terrible thing to happen to a young person (and their family/friends too of course)!

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  11. i think it is indeed great that your children have such bold women role models in their lives - not just their grandmothers, you too, jane! it sounds like they are on their way to the same full, rich lives.
    PS you can have our crisper mornings. i'm already over them and winter has literally just begun!

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    1. Thanks e, you are kind. I am sure your crisper mornings are probably much colder than ours! We had a heavy fog this morning and it felt very much like winter.

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  12. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, Jane.

    Looking forward to hearing about fire and flour day! Such a beautiful tradition.

    Katie xx

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    1. Thank you Katie, nice to hear from you!

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  13. Your post is both beautiful and poignant. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of someone from your community. I definitely understand that during times like those, you want to have the people you love the most right beside you. I'll be praying for your mum's safe return from Europe and for the family and friends of the beautiful young friend that you have lost. Here's to appreciating the small things, watching vegetables grow, holding those we love close to our hearts. You write beautifully - thanks for giving me the opportunity to find your part of the blogosphere Jane xxx

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    1. Thank you Laura, you are very kind. I look forward to exploring more of your blog too! Isn't it funny where something like lime pickle can lead us! x

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  14. Lovely photos. Yes grandmothers can have a remarkable influence on children - my children have similar days with their grandparents and come back happy and tired.

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  15. So sorry to hear the loss of your friend Jane, accidents leave you with a heavy heart - no goodbyes and thinking about how much living they had left to do - it's hard.
    Your photos are beautiful, looking forward to hearing more about the fire and flour day.

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