the law of des glaneuses

pink cloverin the field

under the gaze of the mountains

the beauty of the mountains

in the deep verdant grass and flowers

lies our stinky bounty

the treasure we hunt

with joy and exclamations of success

the biggest clove ever woody

there in the garlic field

after the harvesters have been

and tirelessly pulled tonnes of perfect garlic heads

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we are free to forage

delightful abundance

food for free

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following the legal art of gleaning in France

as our french guests have enightened me

we gather

a years supply of pungent organic garlic

grown 300m from where we sleep

blessed are we

more paper bag uses

when hands are put to work

and a little effort and a group of willing children

it’s fun for us all

and then a mad dash home hysterical

high on garlic fumes

the rain chasing us

thankyou to the growers abundance!thankyou to the growers who water mulch weed harvest and share this beautiful crop


Shaye, Lee and Wala

I spent a few delightful hours with Shaye and Lee and Wala after the Mullum Music festival

and spontaneously took some joyful photos of them together!

a musical genious with an excellent array of jokes

{that’s why we’re all smiling}

an inspired and inspirational artist

and the cutest little cheeky pixie

thankyou beautifuls

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Mullumbimby community gardens


amidst the forest of edible green

little hands and big hands alike are foraging

a tomato wrapped in sweet basil

and popped and spurted between sharp teeeth

a joyous exploration of tasting leaves and  petals

pure vitality and nourishment

flavours piquant and bright

a chile which made me cry

a haven of play for my tired little ones

a carpet of lush green to flop onto in mama exhaustion

a quiet place for us to be together

nurtured by vibrant life

the rustle and whisper of food growing

glorious food

abundant food for all!


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i’ve said it before and i will happily say it again and again

Mullumbimby Community gardens are fantastic

and if you can go there you are sure to be inspired

and feel happy simply by being with all the good growth

and feel connected with the ladybirds and the caterpillars

and come away well fed body and soul…


Kirrah and Guy


during our week up north we visited our dear friends

Kirrah and Guy, especially for a birthday

and then I had the joy of photographing their great home

{and them}

they have been busy insulating their walls with hempcrete

 {an old recipe of hemp pulp, lime and water}

isn’t that awesome?

and you  can find their blog here...

and Kirrah’s work here...

and the work of Guy here…

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Lily’s February sweater

Well, I finally finished Lily’s February girl sweater!


hooray! my most complex and challenging knitting project so far.

I learnt so much with this project, practically and internally

so much required from me

including patience








overcoming tedium



there are alot of p words aren’t there?

one last one…


beautiful aint it!

IMG_4683it’s the February pattern from Elizabeth Zimmerman’s book, The Knitter’s Almanac

adapted to big girl size with lots of trial and error! remember this...

an excellent, amusing guide to knitting projects throughout a year.

you can see my ravelry notes for the February girl Sweater/cardigan here…

Are you still knitting this late in the year if you are in the southern hemisphere?

and what are you starting to warm yourself in the coming months if you are in the north?

happy clicketty clacking


Mullumbimby music festival 2012

Last weekend we travelled up for the Mullumbimby Music Festival.

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It is an awesome festival! in venues all over the town with such a variety of performers so no gig is ever too crowded to enjoy, you are always sheltered from the weather and each venue has a different feel. There is a great mentoring program for youth performers and more and more! Yay Mullumbimby you are onto something really unique and fantastic. The incredibly funky Magic bus transports us from one venue to the next and the streets are lined with impromptu garage sales and market stalls, it’s a great feeling in this little town over the weekend!

I only photographed one great performance  by Loren Kate in the whole festival! crazy! next time i won’t leave my camera behind…

and being a night gig it was a new challenge for me. I was still happy with some of the shots i got though.

What do you think?

Loren Kate
Loren Kate  I got my brand new shoes on!

thankyou! flowers from a fan