Sunday, November 30, 2014

Planted earth + summer plantings| the garden series




My garden remains a promise, a siren's song to a new season, plentiful life and new growth. Seeds sown in freshly turned soil, the smell of jasmine at twilight. The garden replanted, and a ocean of hay on top, fresh and hopeful. 
This week, as the sky was blue and cloudless overhead, the sun bright and inviting the children played as I planted out the last of the basil seeds and variety of beans. I wanted to plant neat rows of carrots, beans, potatoes, corn and herbs but my four year old had other plans.
"Mum why not a teepee", she exclaimed as her eyes lit up, "a secret garden teepee!"
She collected stakes, asked for a doorway and let me get to work. She sat playing with her brother planting pots and drawing with chalk. Honestly, I'm not sure if it's going to work but the teepee is wide, wrapped and bound by twine, with the doorway open facing our front door. Climbing beans planted at the base of each stake and it's my hope the runners will wind themselves over the structure and provide a shaded sanctuary for play from the heat of summer. My rows of corn, beans, carrots and zucchini are a little haphazard but I'm hoping they provide a carpet of greenery in summer.



What's growing in the garden| 


Chocolate mint + mint
Basil coming up {4 varieties}
Beans {climbing beans, dwarf yellow butter beans, green dwarf beans}
Blueberry plant {fruiting}
Carrots {3 rows}
Chives
Coriander {seed saving for next crop}
Corn seedlings growing quickly {2 round wire structures and three plantings near letter box}
Celery {seed saving for next crop}
Dill {seed saving for next crop}
French Tarragon
Lemon tree {flowers no fruit}
Lime tree {blossoming no fruit as yet}
Olive herb plant
Olive trees {flowering}
Parsley {flat leaf- seed saving for next crop} curly still harvesting
Passion fruit { abundant fruit still green}
Potatoes up from last season in the twine patch, great leaf growth. Sugar cane mulch laid down. Ceres box of potatoes up near the lemon tree. Three rows in total- tall potato plants need more mulching. 
Raspberries {new leaf growth, few berries}
Rhubarb {lots of leaf growth}
Sage
Silverbeet {seed saving for next crop}
Strawberries {lots of green leaves, flowers}
Sunflowers flowering and also coming up
Thyme + Lemon Thyme + variegated thyme
Tomatoes {4 types planted in plastic green bags}
Zucchini {7 mounds planted out, mulched to help retain moisture, wire placed over the top- cat proofing}




Ongoing tasks|
Now the teepees and stakes in the garden have been secured in the garden we are going to do an art project out of reclaimed bottle tops. 
Rainbow bunting nearly finished. 
Working on cat proofing the plot-
Started using scat granules along with egg shells it's hit and miss at the moment.
Bamboo has been cleared but still need to plant out second garden. 

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?

x Mummafox

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Cocoa play dough | Intentional learning series



Intentional learning is all about taking everyday play and life and creating opportunities for learning. It's coming up to Christmas and I'm mindful of all the homemade Christmas presents l have yet to make and the need to get the children into the Christmas creative spirit. Tully at 23 months spent much of the morning playing with the play dough and taking time to breathe in it's lovely chocolate smell. Reminiscent of hot cocoa and marshmallows it's really such an incredible play dough to work with. 

So how about some cocoa play dough inspired by Michelle from Miss 4's kinder which l will be making for gift giving this year. Here's a recipe for the thermomix but you can also make it in the old way and l have included a recipe for you here as well. Give it a go. Ho, Ho, Ho.

Ingredients

320g water {boiling hot from the kettle}
100g cooking salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
200g plain flour
100g cocoa powder 
15g coconut oil


How to make


  1.  Place salt in Thermomix bowl and blitz on Speed 9 for 3 seconds. You’ll want it to be like a fine powder.
  2.  Add cream of tartar and then add water. Heat for 3 minutes at 60 degrees on Speed 3.
  3. Stir with the spatula to make sure salt is dissolved. Heat for a further 2 minutes at 60 degrees on Speed 3.
  4. Add flour and cocoa and mix for 20 – 40 seconds on Speed 3. You just want the dough to be combined.
  5. Add coconut oil and blitz on and off for 1 minute, to combine the oil into the mix.
  6. We then turned the dough out onto the bench and checked dough was iced through, as we kneaded it. We floured the surface so it wouldn’t stick. Once it was all combined and smooth, it was ready to play.
  7. Store in an airtight container.

How to make the old school way

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 - 2/3 cup of cocoa
1 cup salt
1 tbs oil
1 cup cold water


How to make
  1. Combine plain flour and salt in a blender. 
  2. Add water, cocoa and oil in blender or divide ingredients, and do in stages. Mix until ingredients are combined.
  3. Knead well on floured bench. 
  4. If consistency is too wet add a little plain flour.
  5. Store in air tight container. 
What have you been cooking lately?
You can read about past Intentional learning posts here.
And our Kitchen Series here.

I'm hoping in 2015 to have a regular Intentional learning Series post weekly sharing what l have been doing with my tribe. As Miss 4 begins her schooling journey I want to focus on home learning with Tully as he enters a time of great discovery. 2015 is going to be an amazing year l can already feel it.


47/52: a portrait project

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


Miss Four| at home with the sand and sea



Little Fox| you really are a gift




Siblings| a day spent exploring the sand and the sea


~ Joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2014 project ~ 

You can read all about last year's 52/2013 project and see all the 52 portraits of my tribe here

Getting ready for market again and finishing some orders. I can't believe Christmas is just around the corner and we are nearing the end of another year. Soon my children will have their birthdays and it's a really busy time. I'm sewing bunting, making four types of wind wands, making up new craft packs for our Intentional learning resources, making some clothing and organising gift certificates. I'll be at the Nannacool markets December {13th) in Chelsea so come and say hi, you can also grab my things online in our shop or by messaging me on Instagram.
So what have you been up to? 


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

46/52: a portrait project




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



Miss Four| one of your favourite past times. 


Little Fox| exploring your sister's kinder. Like a duck to water.


Siblings| at play


~ Joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2014 project ~ 

You can read all about last year's 52/2013 project and see all the 52 portraits of my tribe here

Getting ready for market. I can't believe we are in November already. Soon my children will have their birthdays and it's a really busy time. I'm sewing for three markets coming up. The first is this saturday at the Nannacool Market. Lots of Intentional learning resources, fun things to wear, clothing and gift certificates available. I'll be at the Nannacool markets in November (22nd) and December {13th) so come and say hi, you can also grab my things online in our shop.
So what have you been up to? 


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

45/52: a portrait project



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





Miss Four| sandplay with ruby on a beautiful sunny, spring day.




Little Fox| exploring your favourite playground.

~ Joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2014 project ~ 

You can read all about last year's 52/2013 project and see all the 52 portraits of my tribe here

Getting ready for market. Three before Christmas and lots of time with friends and family. It's a busy time. If you want to see our Poppyfox creations they will be at the Nannacool markets in November (22nd) and December {13th) so come and say hi. What have you been doing lately? 


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Sunday, November 9, 2014

The end of harvest | The garden series






It happened, I knew it needed to. The garden got harvested. Striped back and dug over. The patch is a barren, Topsy turvy landscape absent of tall giants and the greenery l was so use to. Little sections remain as a fruitful reminder of what is possible. 
A fresh start in gardening is always a good thing. New beginnings. Lots of intentional learning happening here. Miss 4 harvesting the tall giants for their succulent green pods. Herbs collected and used in soups, stock, risottos, slow cooked pasta sauce. Carrot and ricotta, vegetable sausage rolls. Spinach and beetroot leaves added to fresh salads with our cos leaves that have gone to seed, with mixed herbs and the last of our snow peas. 
New beginnings in the garden this month. To create my favourite place once again. New boroughs to be made. Seeds to be sown. New art to be made with the little ones. Keep you posted.

What's growing in the garden| 

Chocolate mint + mint
Blueberry plant {flowering}
Chives
Coriander harvesting the bed near front window planted out from seed collected from last summer, going to seed {seed saving for next crop}
Celery one row but coming to end of cycle
Dill {going to seed}
French Tarragon
Garlic {seriously crappy crop not sure what l am doing wrong}
Lemon tree {lots of lemons}
Lime tree {blossoming not fruit as yet}
Olive herb plant
Olive trees
Parsley {curly and flat}
Passion fruit { fruit still green}
Potatoes up from last season in the twine patch, great leaf growth. Sugar cane mulch laid down. Ceres box of potatoes coming up near the lemon tree. 
Raspberries {new leaf growth alongside the potatoes}
Rhubarb {lots of leaf growth}
Sage
Strawberries {lots of green leaves, some flowers}
Thyme + Lemon Thyme + variegated thyme


The end of harvest|
Beetroot
Broad beans {giant stalks and lots of pods}
Broccoli
Carrots
Celery
Rainbow Chard
Herbs
Lettuce bed of Cos - harvesting for salads daily {starting to shoot}
Lemons
Snow peas and Snap peas {finished producing, pulled out and added to compost. Teepees moved to new location for climbing beans and snow peas}
Spinach







Ongoing tasks|
This weekend we are undertaking the art project for the bean runners using reclaimed and collected bottle tops. 
Looking at a new art project with the children using bottle tops and coloured fabric scraps. Will make a new bunting for the garden window too to celebrate spring and summer.
Ads to finish painting veggie tags with Miss 4 {at least the backyard has been cleaned up and this will be happening next weekend}
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!!!) A cat moved out (YEY!) all seems to be going well.
Redo the worm warm and get it going for the warmer months in a cooler spot.
Weed garden across from us, add tubs for herbs, potatoes and possible lettuce beds. Bamboo is a problem that l can do little about in that bed so until l move to another property l will be gardening amongst the bamboo.





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? Have any tulips, daffodils and sunflowers appeared in your garden yet?

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. 
Happy gardening.
x Mummafox

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