Sunday, August 31, 2014

35/52: a portrait project


"A portrait of my tribe, once a week, every week, in 2014."


Little Fox| my little pixie



Miss Four| you were so intent on feeding them and having a chat


Siblings| crafternoons, playdates and folding washing- all in a day at our place.


The tribe are wearing Poppyfox creations, Tully in foxpants, Miss 4 in Sunday pinnie, craft Intentional Learning craft pack #1 {you can find it all here available for purchase}. We are running a giveaway over on Instagram @thepoppyfox of a custom made poppyfox creation, handmade in my studio in Melbourne.You can find our reversible Sunday pinnie's, fox pants, accessories and our Intentional learning resources all for purchase, along with custom orders. I will be moving over to Etsy in the coming weeks with a more extensive range of products. We will draw a winner of the giveaway once we reach 400 followers over on Instagram or 60 members here on the blog. Got to be in it to win it!

~ Joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2014 project ~ 
Moments captured with the Canon Mark 2. You can read all about last year's 52/2013 project and see all the 52 portraits of my tribe here
What have you been up to?
X Mummafox

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Winter in the garden- an update| The Garden Series




Winter is nearly over and you can feel the spring breeze outside once the morning fog lifts. It's been a cold, wet few months with morning frosts. Lots of cardi's and beanies have been worn in an attempt to stay warm. Homemade quilts and rugs around the house and outside, bales of sugar cane mulch and straw put down on the garden to warm the soil and keep the veggies growing through the colder months. Herbs frosted over as we headed to kinder most mornings but surprisingly it's been a great growing season and little has been lost to the cold. 
The snow pea runner frames were destroyed near the walking path in strong winds but I decided to leave them. The snow peas continued to flower and produce even though it's an eyesore luckily my neighbour is very understanding. In future l will create tee pees in lieu of runners as they are stronger in high winds and provide more space for multiple plantings of climbing plants. 
The sunlight has been changing this past week and there is warmth in the sun finally. My broad beans stand as regal giants beside the broccoli and lime tree out front.
Rows of carrots, celery, braccicas and broad beans run plentifully in rows in the front garden. It's made winter feel more welcoming and beautiful while sitting on the couch looking out at the contrasting green foliage of the different plants, the blossoms on the snow peas and broad beans and the rustling from the gums in the background.
 New tee pees for snow peas and sugar snaps were planted out to the side by the window to provide shade in spring/summer. Daffodil bulbs are nestled by the footpath near the coriander and parsley rows. A row of daffodils is pushing through next to the front window surrounded by a row of huge cauliflowers. We have harvested several heads of cauliflower for friends and family. Broccoli makes for an easy meal and I'll be making a roasted cauliflower bread salad and creamy cauliflower soup this week too. The kids have been enjoying intentional learning in the garden- planting out coriander seeds in trenches by the path. Planting a big bag of bulbs. Harvesting herbs, rolling out dough for pizzas using our herbs and making slow cooked meals and soups with our produce. Snow peas and sugar snap peas have been eaten right off the vine and are lovely and sweet. Drawings of the garden and plants have been painted and decorated and we have been talking about the seasons and how it influences the garden. This winter we have been practising slow food and using only seasonal produce, I think it's important that my tribe understands the differing seasons and what produce is available and just how much work goes into growing vegetables and how long it takes to grind flour and make your own bread. Do you teach your little people how to eat seasonally?




Growing vegetables an update|

What's growing in the garden|
Chocolate mint + mint
Beetroot
Blueberry plant {new leaf growth}
Broad beans {1.5 m high and flowering}
Broccoli  harvesting heads daily from two rows. 
Carrots two rows 20 cms high still growing 
Cauliflower harvesting 
Chives
Coriander four beds planted out harvesting out of front row. 
Capsicum small heirloom dying back
Celery 
Daffodils
Dill
French Tarragon
Garlic
Lemon tree
Lettuce bed of mixed lettuces and Cos - harvesting for salads 
Lime tree
Olive herb plant
Olive trees
Parsley {curly and flat}
Passion fruit { fruit still green}
Potatoes up from last season in the twine patch
Radishes nearly finished
Raspberries {dormant}
Rhubarb {dormant}
Sage
Spinach- harvesting 
Strawberries {lots of green leaves}
Snow peas {bowl harvested every few days}
Snap peas { 40cms high in the teepees and producing}
Thyme + Lemon Thyme + variegated thyme

Harvesting|
Herbs
Cauliflower
Rainbow Chard
Broccoli
Beetroot
Silverbeet
Snow peas + sugar snap peas
Spinach
Celery
Lettuce
Lemons
Radishes

Ongoing tasks|
Watch the daffodils come up
Plan new plantings as the winter plantings will take some time to harvest and space is an issue.
Looking at a new art project with the children using bottle tops
Ads to finish painting veggie tags with Miss 4
Working on cat proofing the plot-
Started using scat granules along with egg shells and fabric string lines and they have worked really well near the front door (hooray!!!)

I'm joining the Garden Share Collective over at Lizze's The strayed table and checking in monthly with what's happening in the garden.  What's growing on your garden at the moment? I'd love to hear from you and what's been happening in your neck of the woods.

For those interested in joining our giveaway, head over to Instagram @thepoppyfox {shop over here }.We are giving away a Poppyfox creation to one lucky winner to celebrate the shop opening. All you have to do is share the blog, spread the word and tag @thepoppyfox. If your not on Instagram leave a comment on the blog or over on our facebook page to be in the running. Open worldwide to readers. A winner will be drawn once we reach 60 followers here or 400 over on Instagram. 

x Mummafox




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Thursday, August 28, 2014

BITS + PIECES: Stills- a weekly collection


This week in Stills:
1-3. Changing light and little hands. 
4. Lots of handmade goodness on the racks and from our intentional learning craft packs with an under water theme this week.
5-9. Evidence of play, shadows, colour and little hands at work. 
10. I've been sitting with loss and realising the lessons that one learns when we allow ourselves to let go and grow {you can read the Reflection series here}. Illustration by Anna Walker {you can read all about her as well here}.
11. The signs of winter moving into Spring.
12-13. Such a busy bee.

 Joining Em for Stills and you can read all about the past Poppyfoxathome Stills here. There have been a few. We are also having a giveaway over on Instagram to celebrate the Poppyfoxathome shop opening {shop over here }. It's going to be a big one so get the word out, share the blog, link up and tag @thepoppyfox. If your not on Instagram leave a comment on the blog or over on our facebook page to be in the running. A winner will be drawn once we reach 60 followers here or 400 over on Instagram.


The fog has lifted and the sunshine is just beautiful. Get out in it.  
x Mummafox

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

34/52: a portrait project

"A portrait of my tribe, once a week, every week, in 2014."




Little Fox| recovering from a tummy bug




Miss Four| play dates with mother's group, crazy fun.


We are running a giveaway over on Instagram @thepoppyfox of a custom made poppyfox creation, handmade in my studio in Melbourne.
I've been busy finishing a custom quilt and the spring Sunday pinnies that will be ready soon. You can find our reversible Sunday pinnie's, fox pants, accessories and our Intentional learning resources all here for purchase. I will be moving over to Etsy in the coming weeks with a more extensive range of products. We will draw a winner of the giveaway once we reach 400 followers over on Instagram or 60 members here. Got to be in it to win it!

~ Joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2014 project ~ 
Moments captured with the Canon Mark 2. I've been focusing on capturing the changing light and everyday moments with the tribe. You can read all about last year's 52/2013 project and see all the 52 portraits of my tribe here
What have you been up to?
X Mummafox

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Reflections on Grieving| moving forward




Holding a sleeping baby for much of this week, l have had a lot of time to think. The journey of grieving and letting go is something to be cherished, as it provides an immense opportunity for growth, reflection and genuine transformation if you are open to it. 
I wish Sonia was here. That she hadn't died. Honestly, I never thought l would be here and grieving for the loss of a most cherish spiritual sister and friend. I can't believe that we won't share our mothering journey together and that l have lost sharing the next 40-50 years with her. It all seems unfathomable. There was so much living she still had to do, and she lived life to the fullest. I recognise the need to move fowards with grief, to let go and accept and make sense of it in my daily life.

Journey work should not be about piling up experiences. It's about embracing what was, learning from what's been and moving forward with love and intention.The journey of embracing life and our experiences should be a deeply felt, risky, unpredictable tour of the soul. Accepting all parts of the soul and connecting with the whole of ones self. I remember walking through the ruins of Ephesus reading Thomas Moore* in my twenties and realising that history and time always leave their mark. Losing Sonia mere weeks ago and my father nine years ago to cancer has left an indelible imprint on my life. Loss challenges my faith and how I am grounded at the most primal level. I made a clear decision to embrace soul work more than ten years ago and whilst its left me humbled, a little worn around the edges and admittedly imperfect, I accept who I am. The marks left by the past tell an important story, I've emerged a creative, spiritual woman as a result. I still make mistakes, I'm shy and uncertain due to ongoing insecurities but I know I can move forward, love and live an intentional life.
I wonder how many times we have lost an occasion for soul work by leaping ahead to final solutions without pausing to savor the undertones? To embrace simplicity rather than making too many plans. Allowing ourselves to become to busy to hear the story and learn. We are a radically bottom-line society, eager to act and to end tension, and thus we lose opportunities to know ourselves for our motives and our secrets.* There is nothing wrong with being broken, being still and sitting with the pieces of ourselves and finding peace in accepting our imperfections, strengths and the brilliance of being true to ourselves. Sonia always had a smile, a laugh, lots of love and time to enjoy with others. It's what I want to remember most. 

I sat yesterday in my friends kitchen, surrounded by women, joined in friendship and remembered our dear friend with a glass of merlot. I felt it was a sacred time. We laughed about the late nights out, the years shared, the adventures here and overseas and cherished what we loved most about her. We stood on the wet sand and looked out at the clouds above the rolling waves, flowers floated in the water, the city skyline in the distance and we honoured our friend. Those rituals will continue. This morning I sat with my coffee and acknowledged all in my life, the need to love and focused on the breath. Sonia is a part of me and I move forward with gratitude. I'm incredibly grateful that this time is refining me. I'm opening my heart, honouring the past and I'm immensely grateful for my life.
We have one life, don't have regrets. Don't let the past hold you back. Don't let others continue to harm you by their negativity, walk away. Learn from it, let it go and love. Don't wound others to make you feel better, forgive, embrace others, learn together and most of all love.


You can read more of the Reflections on grieving series here.



Artwork by Anna walker {you can read all about her here}
* Thomas Moore, Care for the Soul

Thursday, August 21, 2014

33/52: a portrait project



Little Fox| trying to steal mum's chocolate off the morning coffee. Priceless!


Miss Four| daily practise for intentional learning for the next month.


Siblings| slow mornings this week focusing on the breath and meditating together.

We are running a giveaway over on Instagram @thepoppyfox of a poppyfox creation, handmade in my studio in Melbourne. You can find our reversible Sunday pinnie's, fox pants, accessories and our Intentional learning resources here. Reversible Charlie Slings and Amber totes will be stocked soon in the shop sorry for the delay the boys have been sick with tummy bugs and I've been playing nurse {that's why this post is so late in coming}. We are also starting custom wrap skirts for women with over sized pockets in the next few weeks with free postage in Australia, the perfect skirt with tights or saltwaters for spring/summer. Custom spots will be up in the next couple of days, just bare with me. 

~ Joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2014 project ~ 
Moments captured with the Canon Mark 2. You can read all about last year's 52/2013 project and see all the 52 portraits of my tribe here
What have you been up to?
X Mummafox

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Reflections on grieving| Finding peace



Grieving is like the ocean a deep body of water with wave upon wave, reaching the shore. Some days it is gentle and still and other times stormy and windswept. We can either chose to fight the current or accept nature’s course. I’ve decided being honest in my grief is the way to wholeness, accepting that some days will be better than others. Last night they had the memorial for Sonia over in the UK and I sat on my couch and cried with Ads after reminiscing on the wonderful friendship l had shared with her. The years at Bible College dreaming and visioning what our lives would become. The years of ministry, adventure, travel, learning, joyfulness and at times, debauchery. It was all shared, laughed over and we rejoiced in each other’s lives. Somehow it felt wrong to be enjoying a glass of wine in a quiet moment when her life has ended. I also know that she’d want to share that bottle with us, if she had any say in it. It’s important to hold onto the shared rituals and memories, the beauty of her spirit and how she always wanted to catch up and see how I was going. I was loved and l loved, for near 20 years and that is precious in any relationship.

This morning, as l sat with my coffee, I read as Tully played,
‘Become totally empty. Let your heart be at peace.
Amidst the rush of worldly comings and goings, observe how endings become beginnings. Things flourish, each by each, only to return to the source… to what is and what is to be.
To return to the root is to find peace. To find peace is to fulfil one’s destiny. This way is everlasting and not endangered by physical death.’ *
I realise that by being grounded in God’s truth, letting the tide of grief move me, whilst embracing God's divine grace and love it somehow helps to let things go. God is my source and his love and grace is what sustains me. I hold gratitude and love in my days even in my grief because I know this life is passing and He endures and is everlasting. Last week I read these words and recalled them today believing that God has a plan in this and that given time it will reveal itself. ‘That all of my life everyday, that every season and every soul is a reflection of the resurrection. Where there is pain, He will resurrect joy. Where there is grief, He will resurrect love. Where there is blindness, He will resurrect vision. Where there is brokenness, He will resurrect healing. Where there death, He will resurrect life.’* So l will be still and know that in God all is possible and that it will be OK. It will be and so will I.

When l began a path to healing and wholeness and reflecting on the journey here, it meant being open with the process and the lessons learnt. Being authentic is all about developing the capacity to move into what is uncomfortable and directing ones focus towards the things we prefer not to look at. So l am facing grief head on, I stop and breathe, and in my pain l realise that l am learning, growing and letting go. Right now, I am allowing myself to have slow days, to acknowledge my grief and the resulting tiredness and let it all go.
This afternoon someone thought it helpful {or not} to point out to another close to me that my writing has been a little dark of late and l was left stunned. Why was it that this person felt it necessary to place limits on my expression of loss and pass judgement. Was it making them face what was uncomfortable l wonder? I make no apologies for reflecting about my life and being honest, this is what my blog is. I’m not twisting anyone’s arm to read this, but l am being transparent and should foster some compassion l think.
Ask yourself what you need to sit with and accept about your life and yourself. Face what is uncomfortable, trust me it’s important. Love your neighbour as you love yourself and if you can’t then ask yourself what is in you that you are not able to love and work on resolving it. Embrace love, love all, love, love, love and let go of those things that bind you and hold you back. Move forward, let go but most of all love.
It’s says that goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. For those that love with their heart and soul, there is no separation. I think in time there will be peace in me and l will hold Sonia close and that the season of grief will be replaced with rebirth and joy, it’s just not going to be today and that’s OK.


You can read the rest of the Reflections on grieving series here.




*(Wayne Dyer’s interpretation of the Tao “change your thoughts- Change your life” Verse 15&16) and @myorangepocket.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

32/52: a portrait project


  " a portrait of my children, every week, for 2014."



 Miss Four| getting ready for things to come.


Little Fox| Winter morning at Ceres

We are running a giveaway over on Instagram @thepoppyfox of a poppyfox creation, handmade in my studio in Melbourne. You can find our reversible Sunday pinnie's, fox pants, accessories and our Intentional learning resources here. Reversible Charlie Slings and Amber totes will be stocked this week in the shop sorry for the delay it's been a bit nuts and emotional. We are also starting custom wrap skirts for women with over sized pockets in the next few weeks $140 and free postage in Australia, the perfect skirt with tights or saltwaters for spring/summer. Custom spots will be up in the next couple of days. 

~ Joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2014 project ~ 
Moments captured with the Canon Mark 2. You can read all about last year's 52/2013 project and see all the 52 portraits of my tribe here
What have you been up to?
X Mummafox

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BITS + PIECES: Stills- a weekly collection



This week has been hard with Sonia passing but I spent some time with Ads having some couple time and then during the week with friends so l wasn't alone with my grief and turbulent thoughts {see here}. I feel like l have aged 20 years in the past week and realise just how much l have been carrying emotionally these past months. I have stopped this weekend and been still. These Stills capture the past weekend and week- the beauty of winter, Ceres and Fitzroy, my beautiful tribe and the most amazing friends who have held me in my grief and accepted my brokenness. I have a deep seeded appreciation for life, and for those in my life.

This week-
1-2. A couple of hours in Fitzroy having a wine with my amazing husband. Pity Smith and Daughters was closed because their food is amazing but we settled with a glass of red, some olives and talked. Bliss! 
3-5. Having a red at the Delicatessen and chatting about stuff.
6-13. A morning with friends and little ones at Ceres, listening to folk music, drinking coffee, catching up and watching the little ones explore. Little fox ran after chickens for much of it to our delight. And yes my fashion sense has been described as a 30 something danish backpacker, I just don't get why socks and salties isn't cool. I've decided I'm cool with it, turn away if you aren't bahahaha. 
13. Home it's imperfect, a little messy but it's home.
14. I've been focusing on love this weekend, letting pain and grief go and being grateful for love in my life {you can read all about it here}, what are you grateful for?

 Joining Em for Stills and you can read all about the past Poppyfoxathome Stills here, there has been a few. We are also having a giveaway over on Instagram to celebrate the Poppyfoxathome shop opening {shop over here }. 
It's going to be a big one so get the word out, share the blog, link up and tag @thepoppyfox. If your not on Instagram leave a comment on the blog or over on our facebook page to be in the running. A winner will be drawn once we reach 60 followers here or 400 over on Instagram.
I hope you have had a wonderful weekend everyone.
x Mummafox

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