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Friday, June 26, 2015

Frost, fire and family

Last Sunday we woke up to a heavy frost and despite cold fingers I just had to try and capture these ice crystals in a photo.
  

If there is one thing that cannot be rushed it is bread, particularly in this weather.  


Pieces of home raised lamb.  Neck and shank meat, destined for a slow cook in the wood oven.


Sparkly candles almost upstaged by a gentle winter sunset.


A hearty meal, a solid brew, a fire and family to share it all with. 


I think a solstice dinner is destined to become a new family tradition. It is a perfect excuse for reflecting on winter and teaching our children about the changing seasons and patterns of life. 

Happy Friday friends, stay warm x

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  1. Bread is so slow to rise in Winter isn't it. That meal looks absolutely delicious, perfect Winter fare.

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    1. Thanks Cheryl...bread cannot be rushed can it?

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  2. This was a wonderful post, Jane, and your shot of the candles backlit by the sunset is so very beautiful. I like the idea of pausing to celebrate the changing of the seasons too.

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  3. Look at all your beautiful breads Jane, they look gorgeous like that. To be able to pump out that many loaves at once would be quite awesome.
    I think that's a lovely idea to have a family dinner on the solstice. I'm sure you have a family dinner most nights, but an intentional one on the shortest day, is wonderful idea. We talked about it with the kids, my husband went solstice swimming on sunrise with a group of friends and I listened to some fascinating radio interviews on the way (mostly) the northern hemisphere celebrated it and what it meant over the next coming weeks of winter. So interesting.

    Have a good weekend Jane, I hope it's full of lots of lovely moments. x

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    1. Thank you Brydie, I value your thoughtful comments. Solstice swimming at sunrise sounds very invigorating! Like you, I love a bit of radio, what is your preferred place to find these interviews I wonder? Radio National? Wishing you a lovely week ahead x

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  4. That looks a pretty perfect way to celebrate the solstice and sounds a wonderful family tradition to start. Our (summer) solstice was a bright and sunny day, which I hope has marked the beginning of our proper summer.

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  5. Such homemade goodness in this post Jane!
    I'm planning on making sourdough tomorrow morning, and if this cold keeps up I am prepared for it to take longer than usual to rise!

    I hope you have a lovely weekend,
    Sarah x

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  6. Beautiful photos! I love your new top photo! At least, I haven't noticed t before if it isn't new...

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  7. Beautiful, Jane. I can feel your serenity from here. :) xx

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    1. Sending virtual serenity right back to you Celia! x

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  8. Oh I love these photos - they encapsulate winter so well. (And make me hungry!) x

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    1. I am sure our winter is very mild compared to your winter Naomi! Thank you x

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  9. A hearty solstice dinner and tradition is a wonderful thing to bring family and friends together with. I can smell that burning wood. I miss the smell of ironbark fires.

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    1. Thank you Katie, there is something about a fire isn't there?

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  10. happy solstice to you and your family jane. a frosty one too.
    do your bread preparations take longer this weather, because of the colder temperatures? patience must be required, i'm sure!

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    1. Thank you e. Yes, bread relies on warmth to make it rise (prove), it does eventually rise but it is very slow in the cold weather. I often shift it around the house into the sunny spots to helps things along!

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  11. I have just ordered oblong and round bannetons - can't wait to get baking some lovely loaves!

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  12. Love the beautiful meat on the lamb necks - I grew up on a sheep farm and its so hard to find the real thing now. Love how you write.

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