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Sunday, January 22, 2017

A strategy for summer

With the school routine and Christmas celebrations a distant memory it is amazing how quickly we have fallen into another whole rhythm.  Farm work continues as usual while on the home front our days are dictated by the weather or more specifically the heat.

Our mornings start early, checking tanks and sheep and squeezing in the odd horse ride.  It really is the best time of the day and I can’t imagine sleeping when scenes like these are unfolding around me.





By mid-morning I am in the vegetable garden harvesting, watering and occasionally day dreaming about seeds and plans and future crops.  In these moments I often think of my vegetable gardening friend Jodie who with her family, is about to embark on a big move and change in her life.  Good luck Jodie x 




By the afternoon we have the air-conditioner cranked up and we settle in for some quieter time: playing, reading, covering the kitchen table with Lego and craft, calming frayed tempers, listening to the ABC, preparing simple dinners and tidying up Lego and craft.  

In the evening there are animals to check again and jobs to finish off.  Then the swimming dam usually calls us where we find some cool and calm in the shade and water.  Is there anything happier or more joyous than a wet dog shaking every single part of his body on a hot afternoon? 


This swimming time is a sanity saver and it is even better when we take dinner with us.  Two birds with one stone and then we head home for an early night.


Does summer require a strategic approach at your place?

I know at least one of my friends has been experiencing snow recently which I find quite unimaginable. 

Have you switched to iced coffee or tea?  I have.

Happy Sunday, friends. 

10 comments :

  1. Your photos are dreamy, I love seeing snippets of your farm, makes me want to pack it all up and move!

    Can't quiet imagine what it would be like having snow at the moment, Sydney nights are unbearably hot and stuffy right now.

    I've also made the switch... I'm an ice coffee drinker this summer :)

    Thanks for sharing x

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    1. Thanks for calling in Dani! Enjoy those iced coffees!

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  2. Hot coffee in the morning, iced coffee in the afternoon.
    Your photos are incredible Jane, that dog one!!!!!
    Our summer has been such a weird mixture of weather, I'm scared real summer will hit when the girls go back to school.
    xx

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    1. Thank you so much Kate, I love it when you call in! x

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  3. I dread summer because it gets so hot and humid where I live. I work outside only enough to keep my vegetable, herb and flower beds alive, or as close as I can, and then run inside for iced coffee. I couldn't farm. I'd just move.

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    1. Its all just about what we get used to isn't it Mimi! Thank you for calling in.

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  4. Beautiful capture of those early summer mornings Jane. Iced coffee...now there's a good idea! xx

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  5. I'm belated in my blog reading. The "Save for Later" part of my Feedly reader needs a good clear out. The summer routine here has been quite nice too. I wandered up to a beach a dear friend grew up at this morning and we swam, had a coffee and chatted until lunch. On work days, it's home for a light dinner and either exercise in front of the box or a run or walk. The light is beautiful and I don't yet want to be coming home in the dark. Those days will come though. I'm enjoying this summer as much as I can. Oh, and cold fruit teas and mint lemonades have been our cold drink of choice - with the odd ginger ale. I am a sucker for ginger ale.

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    1. The beach wander with your friend sounds perfect Kate. Ginger ale is something I need to drink more of...it would probably be better for me than the actual ale I am quite partial to at this time of the year!

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