Friday, June 26, 2015

25/52: a portrait project.


  " a portrait of my children, every week, for 2015."



Little Fox| Winter calls for a fire. 


Miss Five| your love of nature, animals and art. 


Siblings| Winter solstice lantern walk


I'm joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2015 project. 


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Friday, June 19, 2015

Wintertime around here



As we have entered into a time of restful replenishment as the days have grown shorter and the last light falls in the late afternoon. We have taken time to sit in the chai tent, dance to the beat of the drums and slow down a little. I long for the school holidays when we can set a gentler pace. A wander through the redwoods, chai at St, Andrews, nature walks in the mountains and a beach walk with friends. 

I've been quiet in my writing, over the past few months as we have journeyed with my mum in packing up my childhood home and supporting her tree change. I've cared for my parents for more than two decades and then for my mother when dad passed. There comes a time when you witness your parent no longer able to do things that were once easy and this change is timely, as I hope for a different daily life for my mother. One of community, inclusion and support that is not dependant on my tribe alone. I want her happy and content.  The packing of years of belongings some important and others destined for the op shop has been cathartic in many ways. The end of a season of our lives and the space created for new beginnings and new discoveries. I've been mindful to take photos of my little ones with Nana, in my old bedroom and playing as these are their memories and mine entwined. It is a good walking away from the past and the anticipation of the future seems bright.  It's taken much time and most of our energy, leaving me depleted and tired emotionally and physically. As l get older l am more accepting of my limitations and the need to honour our experiences and the resulting cost. I ended up sick and the tribe coming down with flu and congestion which made rest more important than ever. I've surrendered to my bed and couch when needed the last two weeks. I accepted that l had to  admit that l needed help and had immense gratitude for Adam's parenting and care as l fell apart. 

I watched the first frost hit the young seedlings in the veggie patch as they pushed through the soil and into the light in recent days. We have enjoyed telling stories of Jack Frost and King winter and the beauty of this weekend's Winter Solstice. In the mornings the mountain is covered in mist and the gums are moved by strong winds. I have been supporting local producers and eating locally. Stopping off for bags of carrots, potatoes and greens and bags of chai {great recipe here} for home after school drop off in the mornings. Bone broths {recipe here and here}, slow cooked braises {recipe here}, pressed juices, fire on as Tully plays. Oils of lavender and eucalyptus burnt in the kitchen to clear the air and help settle grumpy dispositions. Organic eucylptpus balm rubbed on bare chests  covered by winter woollies and handmade quilts. 

Leaves collected for our Winter Solstice lanterns for the lantern festival and the daily ritual of returning to the winter table for story telling and play. Winter as always been about drawing within and reflecting on the strength and beauty of the great Creator. Winter is a time for quiet, stillness and rest. To go gently and to surrender and replenish. To rediscover our inner passion and unique self {read a great article here}. I have a contentment in my life more now than in the past as l accept my everyday with mindfulness instead of planning ahead and looking forward for happiness. My happiness is now, today, here. More than ever this winter, l have stopped and slowed down and enjoyed the slowness without conflict or the feeling that I should be busy and 'doing'. I want to honour this on Saturday as l light our lanterns and with my tribe do the lantern walk. I long to create our own winter spiral for my tribe after reading about one tribe's ritual walk and how much meaning it would have for my little ones {read Sparklestories winter spiral here}.

This afternoon we will make our lanterns, drink Chai and draw winter pictures taking time to create and go gently as l am reminded that to learn to live a slower pace is something l long to impart on my two. 

How are you celebrating Winter?













Wednesday, June 17, 2015

24/52: a portrait project


  " a portrait of my children, every week, for 2015."



Little Fox| Those curls, long eye lashes and cheeky smiles.


Miss Five| you are perfection, in your joy, infectious laugh and ability to tell a great bath time story.


Siblings| With the whole of my being l want joy, happiness and contentment for you both.


I'm joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2015 project. Moments captured with a Canon 5D by my friend Ramak. We had dinner, bath time and then bedtime stories together. These are the days I want to cherish and remember here for my tribe. This is their story as much as mine.


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Saturday, June 13, 2015

23/52: a portrait project




  
" a portrait of my children, every week, for 2015."



Little Fox| book reading in the morning light.


Miss Five| gathering organic veggies from the local and having some time in nature.



Siblings| wishing this was our backyard. Taking in nature surrounds and the last days of our Autumn table at home. 

I'm joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2015 project. Moments captured with a Iphone 6. Poppy wearing one of our Reversible Vintage Sunday Pinnies handmade by me while looking after my tribe, they are available here, custom orders are welcome. I'm slowly catching up for the 52 project. What have you been enjoying about the Autumn season?


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

22/52: a portrait project



  
" a portrait of my children, every week, for 2015."





Little Fox| discovering the last of our Autumn leaves with crayon rubbing and paint brushstrokes.


Miss Five| days grow shorter as Winter desends but l love our Intentional learning classes when we can carve out the time. I really miss you when you are at school.



Siblings| personalities on paper with paint and crayon. 

I'm joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2015 project. Moments captured with a Iphone 6. I realise that it's a season of catching up and slow blogging. Using our Intentional learning 36 paint sets and mandala crayons, they are available here.There is such a tangle of life going on in and out of the home that sometimes it is hard to get on here and write and share. I am trying to embrace this new rhythm. 


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Sunday, June 7, 2015

21/52: a portrait project


  
" a portrait of my children, every week, for 2015."





Little Fox| forever learning from your sister. 


Miss Five| there is such untamed creativity in everything you do. I pray you never lose it.



Siblings| together creating pinch pots ready for the kiln. 
I'm joining Jodi over at Practising Simplicity for the 52/2015 project. Moments captured with a Iphone 6. I realise that it's a season of catching up and slow blogging. There is such a tangle of life going on in and out of the home that sometimes it is hard to get on here and write and share. I am trying to embrace this new rhythm. 


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