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Finding beauty in the simple life

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It has been so very long since my last post. So long that I cannot remember what I wrote about without checking back.

If I do pause to reminisce and check my last article then the internet may drop out. The pause will be like discovering a drawer full of old photos. Memories. Ghosts. Sadness. Years passing with the speed of light. Joy. Laughter. Loud laughter and silent chuckles. Sadness for a dear sister lost. Sadness for alone ageing parent too far away to see often enough.

Time has passed taking with it sickness and death, an inevitable part of the cycle of life. Yet when it is family it brings with it a vulnerability. It says to me, you too are getting older.

Today, after a morning tea and play with the little grandsons and family I waved them off to their various destinations. Littlest one to sleep, older two to play some more. One mum to shop and the other to share precious time with visiting in-Laws

Having time to spare I decided to stay and explore the beauteous spring showcase at the Mount Annan Botanical Gardens. It beats browsing any Harvey Norman, Domain, Myers or other big name store hands down.

One section was titled “A room with a view”

There are vast green spreading lawns, small bushland gardens or tropical rainforest settings…..a thing of beauty.

By a still pool a timber bench was placed inviting a passer-by to stop, rest and contemplate.

The unobtrusive memorial plaque said it all.

“Find a thing of beauty in every day”

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Flower shop in Stirling

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Delicate snow drops in spring garden

Gratitude for this day, Adventure, connecting with grandchildren, exercise, family, family time, fun at the park, Fun in the fresh air, fun times with children, grandchildren, gratitude, happy, joy, keep fit, keep fit in retirement, Memories, raise a child, scooter fun, frogs, frog, find frogs with children, nature fun with children,

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My thing of beauty this very instant is listening to the frogs merrily creaking and croaking away in the distant creek thinking of how I will grow a few summer salad plants when we move into our house God Willing in a month.

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Missing fresh Rocket in my salad

That itself is another page in our journey. From a two storey home where we lived for twenty-nine years to a single storey home a little further out but with a nice size block just under quarter acre. I would have loved living a bit further out still but the voice of reason spoke.

Where we will live is still close enough to country with the likes of Cobbitty and its surrounds. Nice for a drive and a coffee should we desire.

We always said we would move before we were too old to negotiate stairs in the house.

It is the journey to love and cherish. To prepare, savour and enjoy. A move whilst we are able to make our choices and decisions.

Do find your moment of beauty this day.

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Fresh Dill as a herb and memories

Fresh dill as a herb and memories, salmon rillettes, salmon dip, homemade salad, herb garden, make your own dip, make your own gourmet mixed salad, memories , fresh , dill, grow dill Having just arrived home from a lovely driving visit interstate with family and friends I came across a refreshing recipe. It would be wonderful as an entree or for a gathering of friends and supper. Light, but I would say very moorish. I would add a delicate sprig of fresh Dill as well for its […] Continue reading →

# World Environment Day …at home

#world environment home, grow your own cuttings, mushroom compost, grow mushrooms at home, grow mushrooms from mushroom compost, garden with children, show children how to grow plants, simple living like grandma , rhubarb plant, grow rhubarb, how to cook rhubarb, rhubarb with yoghurt and LSA, teach children how to garden, joy of gardening World environment day which was some days ago… …well Life and Caring happened in between, but Hi, I’m back How am I doing world environment day … every day How do I see it … every day In simple language, in a grandma, mum and dad and family way Grow plants from cuttings to spread […] Continue reading →

Homesteading, Gardening and Family

Homesteading, gardening and family, International World Permaculture Day, sharing, What is simple living, simple living with children, story time with children, simple living , rain, nature walk in your garden, nature walk, open your eyes, chickens, hens, homesteading, gardening with children Permaculture is such a big fancy word… A continuation of the previous post on Permaculture but let’s turn it into an everyday word that everyone can understand…Family friendly It is a way of bringing together people with whatever bit of earth or space that you can work with and on. It can be as small […] Continue reading →


Sharing, cherish, grandmother, baby Sharing can be an outright gift Sharing can also be to barter What does barter mean A little example garden-wise Get free plants Share with each other A glut for one is a need for another Thinning out of plants or vegetables or herbs What to do with the excess besides throwing into bin I […] Continue reading →


Declutter, down size, decluttering home, declutter mind, sort , minimise, prepare garden, Autumn garden,clean house, Declutter… Releasing the old to make way for new …to renew …to refresh Declutter is a word for this modern word. Why? We have so much We are so busy, We are too busy to deal with it We want more, always more Never satisfied with the today We want tomorrow and more tomorrow Instead […] Continue reading →

Why is it raining today…

Why is it raining, refreshing, washing, water, rain, save water, rain drops, Basil, Nasturtium, vegetable garden, herbs, fresh herbs, bees, pollination , herb garden, It’s raining sort of… Drizzling Grey skies Soggy washing on the line Wet washing languishing in basket Dew drop beads of rain on washing line Don’t accidentally knock the line, or Big cold drops on your head But…. Green grass Mowed lawns No more drooping plants Now vibrant and crisp herbs appeased Weeds a-growing abundantly […] Continue reading →

The every day around us

The every day around us What did you not see as you rushed about your day today? What DO we see in the everyday as we go about our routine. Another day? As we go about our chores. Boring? We make a meal and make the bed. Sort out another bed. Take some garbage out through the gate. Walk back […] Continue reading →