Right now… A little autumn magic

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We’ve a lot to catch up on, you and I.
But for now just know I’ve landed in a beautiful house for six weeks and despite my physical pain and exhaustion and transition freaking, little things give me glimpses of peace and joy. Like this little gesture to autumn in the midst of a messy table. It’s all about perspective…

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Merino clothing for kids on sale! yay it’s autumn

I seriously love love love wool and wool blend {cotton/silk} garments

with Autumn mists thick in the dawn air  I am motivated to restock

the childrens {and mine} cool weather clothing

Cedar in his woolly wombat outfit, wool/silk shirt and bonnet and fleecy overalls from Engel. cute**

Cedar in his woolly wombat outfit, wool/silk shirt and bonnet and fleecy overalls from Engel. cute**

I source for them

a wool/silk blend under singlet

light merino leggings

a long sleeve shirt in light merino knit

merino terry/fleecy pyjamas

with these basics I know their bodies are snug

and the lighter weaves suit the Australian winter which can become very warm in the sunshine

they make easy under or top layers or pyjamas, and the bonnets are just THE best for little heads and ears.

Cedar in his cutest wool/silk Engel shirt meeting Jesse's HANG

Cedar in his cutest wool/silk Engel shirt meeting Jesse’s HANG

You may already be converted to the joys of woolen clothing and natural fibre clothing

so I get off the soap box to simply say

Willy Wagtail, Australian Merino company are having a sale

and so is my main stay

Cambridge Baby, from whom I source my favorite Engel/Angel and Disana brands.

With the opposing seasons, Euporean stores are often sale-ing their woollies just as we need them!

happy warming

xxx

ps did you know wool has a natural ‘self cleaning’ quality, which means often you can simply air the garment instead of frequent washing? They stay cleaner, longer and are less smelly! yay!

and the fibre is so strong, they last longer!

 

learning through letter writing… and lasting friendship


when Lily was on her way to two years old, we pulled up in the fringes of Fremantle WA to make our home for a while. We initially house sat for friends of ours and then stayed on for a few weeks after their return. Their wee boy Fern was only four weeks older than Lily and soon these two where playing, cooking, working, eating, walking, peeing and making mischief companionably alongside each othergrrrumpy faces

 

We nicknamed them straighty and curly (their hair) and told funny stories about their adventures.. during the years we lived nearby, they surely where besties and devoted fans of the Amazing Drumming Monkeys! {do you like all my made-up words?}

the adventures of straighty and curly

we’ve all had a lot of adventures since then, but the connection is alive in our hearts and when I sat letter writing during the week, Lily joined me to write to Fern who now lives in NZ.lily writing to fern

We haven’t seen him since late 2008 but the occasional letter or gift or joke passes over the sea between them.

Lily drew in pencil on the pillow case and I carefully embroidered the artwork. Age 4

Lily drew in pencil on the pillow case and I carefully embroidered the artwork. Age 4

shortly after our arrival in NZ, they haven't seen each other for a year

shortly after our arrival in NZ, they haven’t seen each other for a year

I was quietly hopefull this letter writing would go without frustration (hers) and outwardly, gently encouraging as Lily focused in on this task. She has only recently begun writing more than a few words spontaneously and she seemed abit daunted by the long blank page. Enthused, but asking me to help her decide what to write, she eventually decided to write about her life because he doesn’t know what she’s been doing. {dear Fern I live in a bus it is powered on blueberry gas… thats 8 year old humor for you}After the first paragraph she copies jokes down for him to giggle over, and then drew a cartoon story on the back about life in the bus and so it became a good laughing session and I was so pleased to see her persistence and interest and enjoyment of the ink flowing onto the page, even if some of it was blobs.

Sometimes I am anxious about her ‘official educating’ when she has spent so much time absent from school, yet we have not officially taken up the homeschool banner. I question whether she is stimulated enough or if her skills are developing as they need to. I doubt myself and my ability to guide her along the paths of interest and learning and sometimes wonder if she is simply bored bored bored! I fall into the trap of comparison with other families and how they get on with their lives and education, I worry and celebrate and come up with great ideas and sometimes am at a complete loss.

So you see, when these moments happen and I am shown how naturally her writing and punctuation and word structure and creative writing have developed without formal classes I am so, so excited! From last week to this her skill has remarkably improved in this area, and since this day of letter writing she has written a few more short stories and in depth captions to her illustrations. {she had a fever over the weekend and I do have to wonder about the picture from Anthroposophy in which children often come out of a fever having grown or developed or moved into a new place, or something fantastic like that}

tree monkeys

cheeky happy monkeys!

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the stump in the garden became the centre of long imaginative plays involving fairies and diggers

 

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in Mike Lillian’s {wind willow basketry} abundant woven garden

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I have subscribed to this wonderful blog Simple Homeschool {never let your schooling interrupt your education}

Here I find writings which are so encouraging with regards to some of these struggles I have. One point which  is  repeated is along these lines

“the connection and relationship and enjoyment of each other take priority over

getting the comma in the right place every time”

And so, I am enthused and inspired about this child’s learning which evolves in front of me, mirrored by my own personal learning amidst it all. Particularly the gift of humour!

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did you enjoy the amusing photo’s of the little ones amongst my musings?

{i just couldn’t resist sharing them once I got back into to my old library of photographs}

do you home school, school school or some other?

how have you and your child/ren approached literature skills?

or how do you imagine approaching this with them?

any thing you want to share on this topic?

have you a love of the written word?

peace and ponderings

Roselinde

xx

 

Our Easter in Autumn Story

IMG_0703 on Easter eve we are visiting friends on the journey north from Sydney. The children go out in the sunset pink to cut grass to line the easter basket and to feed the Easter hare
IMG_0710 while they cut I retell an Easter story about the journey of the Easter hare and the purpose of the eggs as i have adopted it from this great book. Easter in Autumn. i deeply enjoy storytelling without a book in front of me as i took the time to learn the story and make it my own. They are both captivated and i feel peaceful with this serene wash of calm coming over me as i bask in the moment and the beauty of the simple now-ness and connection we are sharing. i am inspired to learn more stories to tell.
IMG_0713this basket was woven in Arnhem land, jesse gifted it to Lily on return of his trip there last year. {i got a lady version for my birthday}IMG_0714the light is soft and pastelly and embracing and look below, it hints to the sky of the dawn…IMG_0723Lily and I have made a date to silently watch the sunrise on Easter morn.

we are camped by a river and the light bounces from the water in a myriad of pastel delicacies..IMG_0725Pelicans join us and we are gifted this close observation of a much loved birdIMG_0730 IMG_0747Lily points out the Pelican has made a heart with it’s own reflectionIMG_0748 i resolve to make more dates with Lily, the peace of simply being together touches us both deeply. It is grounding and loving and sets us up for a rich connection through the day.
IMG_0749 IMG_0758 finally a golden peep through the clouds melts the dew from waxy leaves

a new day

a new beginningIMG_0759 as we walk back we pick golden sunny flowers to decorate the bus and the easter baskets, glistening with dew

Cedar and Jesse are awake and after the children exclaim over the gifts from the Easter hare in their baskets, they go outside with a poem of clues to find the Easter treasures
IMG_0775 oh whats under here??

skip to a quick ant bite interlude….

then the treasure hunt is back on….
IMG_0779 IMG_0786looking looking looking, Lily can see the silver paper on the tyre and is encouraging Cedar to find it and giggling about his looking but not seeing… i remember Lily at this age needing very obvious eye level treasures to find… IMG_0787 I found it!!
IMG_0790 and up here Cedar!

i am wondrous to see Lily turn the seeking into a game for Cedar in which she is showing and helping him in a thoughtful way, instead of rushing around claiming all the treasure. it reveals the change out of early childhood i am seeing into a less selfconcerned world view. beautiful.IMG_0798the treasure is in and unwrapped and eaten.

after struggling in the night with my staunch anti chocolate stance, i realise the experience of my uptight stress is less beautiful than the joy the children will have when unwrapping 2 squares of organic chocolate before breakfast!

and it was fine, and they were so happy, and they did not have sugar meltdowns!

it’s good to let go a little now and then. but yes i am pretty strict about sweets in our own home and prefer to savour these type of treats for specials.

later in the day we prepare eggs to decorate and enjoy an omelette for lunch

you may know how already but here

  the simple steps to blow eggs ready for decoration and hanging
IMG_0803use a large pin to pierce one end of an egg, i use a series of punctures in close proximity to open a 2mm hole, repeat on the opposite end and remember to have a bowl ready to catch your egg insides {make an omelette or cake…}IMG_0805apply your lips and lungs to the task of blowing a stream of egg insides to the outside. rinse by submersing in water and blowing out once more. towel dry and there they are, light and ready to decorate. we often use water colour pencils or paints, or dye with onion skin…IMG_0808in the weeks coming up to Easter i scout around town for white shelled eggs.. {In Bellingen they are sold at the Providore from a local farmer….} this year we had little choice as we travelled…IMG_0809the easter bounty which the children are happy happy happy withIMG_0814during our afternoon drive i watch Lily singing out the window like a puppy with her face in the wind…

i imagine her reflecting on the day and she is singing her happiness to the world…

some sweet sweet moments in our day

blessings and happy new beginning to us all…

Womad 2013

Better late than never!

glimpses of Womadelaide

wowee what a massive fantastic diverse inspirational festival!

i first attended 5 months pregnant with Lily way back when and was blown away with my first exposure to the music of the world and of such high calibre!

this year was a little different with two children and remarkable heat and the popularity of the festival meant huge crowds!

it looks great in photos, but i confess to seriously questioning my/our sanity in the midst of it all…

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Lily gets wrapped up in Tangle! an excellent elastic jungle in the kids space. As each child entered the arena they are given a ball of elastic to tangle with while the band plays!20130404-091622.jpg

it’s over 40’c but Jesse is energized and playful as ever! rocking out to

Bassekou Kouyate &Ngoni ba

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Cedar watches alot of tangle unfurling then enters into the fringes of the fray…20130404-091836.jpg

Mari Boine, Saami shaman soul shaking tear making trance dancing vocal goddess. They have travelled from Norway {-30’c} and are pretty wiped out but humorous about the heat!20130404-091915.jpg

Blank Page was the only performance art I caught, we were all captivated by the skill and energy in this dynamic performance. 6 artists create the images to narration, at completion the audience is wild with applause and then the images are torn off to shock and the next piece begins! an awesome commentary on the history of art and story telling.20130404-091852.jpg

oh that clear blue Adelaide sky! sharp blue in the heat. Beloved puffs of breeze stir the silken flags above my weary eyes…20130404-091417.jpg

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hallelujah for the sprinklers, keeping down the dust and keeping up the smiles and energy!

IMG_1401one food stall offers mustache’s with every meal! we are thoroughly entertained!IMG_1412IMG_1413we are all impressed with the amount of cycling as transport  to the festival and in Adelaide in general.
IMG_1411mm orange almond meal birthday cake for Jesse. this was the most spectacular gift I had for Jesse this year!IMG_1407
IMG_1416another tent of activity Box Wars, saw all manner of things crafted from cardboard boxes. The most popular item today is fans!IMG_1417Good friend Mitchell Brown a rising star in the folk music scene
IMG_1418Lily participates in a Balinese soap carving workshop, the beginnings of a stone carvers training. she is the last child to leave the space and has impressed the balinese artist with her fine skills and deep persistance and concentration.IMG_1419in the kids festival is a set up by the SA museum which includes these familiar geometric mosaic tiles! a happy reunion for Cedar as ours have been in storage for a year now. he also impresses us with his concentration and pattern making.IMG_1420this plywood truck is popular with Cedars age group and the sides are an inspirational vertical garden with fresh herbs and strawberries.

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Womadelaide words
Hot dusty survival til nightfall
Surrender agenda for children’s happiness
Oh so grateful for shade and sprinklers and coconuts
Children’s festival very fun
both ages happy with different play
Inspirational music and incredible talent abounding
Rolling camel riding desert rhythms and harmonies
Nordic shaman wailing trance dance tears
Humorous bluegrass
Gypsy orchestra
And everything in between
Letting go of the program
Keeping cool (temper)
Keeping presence
Keeping connected
Grandparents gift and meeting
late late nights for Jesse while I leave for A house to sleep by and have sleepy watery mornings on green grass
Thank you friends
Monday was my favorite day more mellow less crowds
Jesses birthday in there somewhere
Orange almond meal bliss cake made in the morning with Lily
Squares of dark choc melt over if in the 40′ c heat
Neighbours from bellingen appear at just the right time to join in
Jesse’s parents swing dance over to the cake
Laughter and tears
All so hot and fragile and tired
And after it all Jesse flies to
NZ and I go for recovery with my dear friends Loren Kate (divine singer and beautiful mumsy) and Xavier of the brilliant and Amazing Drumming monkeys
A fun house full of performers
Including the Chipolatas
Ahhh a fun few weeks in Adelaide

Right now

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Lily dear Lily here it is on record
This morning you proclaim you will have Brussels sprouts for breakfast lunch AND dinner!!
You may be the only child in the world who has such sophisticated appreciation…
Well except myself perhaps.
And possibly my mama too…
Poor old Brussels, such a bad old soggy reputation!
Be mindful to steam them or add to a soup for a brief 5 minutes, or until they are bright green. Douse liberally with butter and a dusting of salt…. You will see! A whole other Brussels sprout world!! Have fun peeling off the layers of beautiful green cupping leaves and the surprise crisp crunch in the centre!!
mmmmm
Particularly if you grow your own and see the cute balls clinging to their tall parental stem in neat rows, what a quirky plant! Enjoy them smallish and if you don’t grow your own ( like me ) avoid the plumped up steroid supermarket version with no subtle flavour and seek a farmers market or similar option.

Do you like Brussels sprouts already?
Or not?
Do you have memories of soggy grayish green balls of cabbage flavored muck?
Are you willing to give them another chance?
Xxxx

The Perfect Beret

I just had to post these shots because I am melting in gorgeousness when I look at my girl.

Her playful shiny imaginative personality is expanding into our family in so many beautiful ways.

She is coming onto nine years old and her attentiveness keeps me conscious.

Beautiful Lily we share it all, and in it all is a lot a lot of happiness!
IMG_0829 IMG_0838 IMG_0831Here we are visiting friends near Bellingen and we are watching the ducks coming in from the pond for the night, it’s oh so quiet as we watch their antics and giggle

she hears me clicking photographs and turns around to display her great outfit!

Vintage leather shoes

dress from LazyBones

Woollen vest from Moon Unit (i am currently awaiting more clothes from them including a red wool cape!)

Mama made Perfect Beret

Gorgeousness, I’m so glad to cherish these soppy moments….