teahouse treehouse

when you where small

did you have somewhere equally small and sheltered

to play out life, imagine, create, tinker, have teaparties, or disappear?

in the last days Cedar and I have been working on his place

it’s been so sweet, delightful and cherishable {is that a real real word?}

we are both pretty happy when there is good work to be done

i thought this outdoor working together would suit us as a mama and toddler team

and it’s gratifying to see it really does

when there’s digging, lifting, mulching, weeding, watering or lugging to be done

we are slow but we are happy in the task together

it’s a simple place this boy of mine has now

tucked in the deep shade of a bottletop lemonade tree

{delicious sweet lemon with a bulbous bottle like shape}

a bit of raking

a bit of pruning

a bit of mulching

a little hauling of stumps

a little plank balancing shelving

a golden enamel teapot

some tiny teacups

free access to water

some linen {mama of course}

a wee bottle of flowers

and some guests {leopards}

a little content man

in turns, we where graciously invited in for tea…

thankyou sweet little one for reminding me to stop and play

and bringing the simple gladness of being together

and evoking memories of my own small years

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Glimpses of Outdoors

Glimpses of Outdoors

a gallery of outdoor moments from my visit to my family  in Western Australia

outside I love

the wind

and how I almost fly

I am enlivened and refreshed

by breeze from distant seas

rustling leaves and whispering trees

or thrashing branches and lashing stances

outside the space surrenders me

and my smalls are free

running flopping

stomping rolling

watching witnessing

finding

hiding

grace of equine gallops

echoed in shorter limbs

husky love song of long grass

shimmering godly sunsets

moon rise so graceful and silent

birdsong twittering or raucous

all makes me quieter within in wonder

attentive I am to

sky song

star song

goose song

garden song

planting song

digging song

children song

flower song

harvest song

my song

earth song

calling beckoning drawing out into

the springtime song

a great cacophony of lifes vital forces emerging

infectious energy and creativity

cousins make fairy homes in the grevillea

while plants stretch new leaves at the sun

and buds open to the breeze

glimpses of indoors

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welcome home, come inside…

hello, here we are!

it’s taken me a long time for two reasons

I don’t have a wide angle lens for interior photography

and

umm

my ego.

I have to face it.

I am house proud, and to be so public as to put it on the internet! phew thats been a process!

So I am humbling myself and facing the fear,

and I tidied up and cleared out the boxes of market produce and instruments (see the pile by the door!)

and our warm hearted friend has lent me his fabulous wide angle lens so I can show you the interior of our little home on wheels…

See I couldn’t get out of it…

she is a 1990 Toyota coaster bus, purchased as an ex school bus in 2005, with lots of help we have refitted the entire bus except engine

she came with a reconned 2H, 6 cylinder land cruiser engine, mayte…

we have raised the roof 40cm with an aluminium clad frame and extra windows as we are both tall.

It totally changes the space into a room rather than a den with alot more airflow and light.

we have a 3m awning which extends from the side there, still hanging on with the improvised attatchments Keith helped Jesse put up years ago!

a friend once entered and said something about how bohemian it was in here! I loved that!

we have used as much timber (recycled pine and jarrah) and ply to create a cosy atmosphere

coupled with beautiful woven fabrics and all the colourful acoutrements of our life

here we have home.

sometimes crowded sometimes jumbled sometimes irritating sometimes comforting sometimes tedious sometimes overwhelming sometimes adventurous

we have a luxurious king size eco latex bed with a wool top for total comfort. well really, you need to feel comfy if you happen to be sleeping in a car park!

Cedars’s cot is up on the bed in this pic above and it comes down at night to rest on the wooden chests at night.

The big square of timber at the bed end is a fold up table and also allows access to storage under the bed.

a proper kitchen sink donated by our friends in Fremantle

thats our grey shrouded Waeco 40L fridge on the right, it runs off a massive truck battery which is housed in the ply box underneath.

Here is Miss Lily’s bed, this doubles as our travelling seats with lap belts during travel

I am very proud of her quilt which is my first “proper” quilt I made last year from vintage embroidered linens and japanese floral prints

I entered it in the Bellingen agricultural show and picked up a prize! unashamed brag moment!

Cedar’s car seat is tucked behind the driver…

our newest edition on this trip is the high light coloured shelving along the right hand side and at the front in this shot.

This practical storage has been so appreciated, it’s main purpose was to house all the bulk organic food items I have in big jars in the kitchen.

its pretty full, there’s alot going on in here!

some bits are in eternal chaos and others are neat. Like us I suppose…

most things have a permanent home…

we cook up on the kitchen bench or outside with a small gas cooker. It’s blue, can you see it in this shot below?

the two big bolts in the floor hold up our 100L stainless steel water tank

and here we have

the bus dwellers…

some titles on my bookshelf

The River Cottage family cookbook

The Childrens Year

The fragrant Pharmacy

A guide to child Health

Eco Colour

The Secret Garden

Two Centuries of Australian Poetry

The  Handbook of natural plant dyes

Tantric sex for men

NVC parenting workbook from The Heart Of Parenting

My family and other animals

what are you reading?

thanks for stopping by! it’s a beautiful day

how is your home feeling at the moment?

do you want to invite me over?
ten minutes later….just kidding…

this is the before photos! see, ego slaying…

that’s the thing about such a small home, it’s easily moved into chaos and fullness and lived-in-ness,

and it only takes 20 minutes to bring to show home status!!

Waking up to…

Mango trees and a squawking corella

The prospect of new friendship with the kind Karen

And Sunday pancakes with home grown mango ice cream!!

I cherish this ritual of pancakes on most Sundays, it’s a slow morning’s work and definately

disappears quickly! At home we set the table with vintage linens, napkins Lily sewed for us

and nice crockery and create this special atmosphere…

it is usually a delightful time of togetherness, story telling and planning.

Sunday is a great morning to visit us!

as soon as I get out the flour bag and the big bowl Cedar knows what is going on

and gets ready to stir for mama

Cedar is accomplished at mixing our pancake batter now

This was our first pancake day on this trip as I’d felt too stretched to go beyond porridge last week…

a new innovation the girls cam up with, with some success…

This last Sunday we were invited to the home of Karen and her children, whom we had serendipitously met on the

Saturday at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens.

It is always a joy for me to connect with people who  invite us to their homes

and give us a glimpse of other ways of living.

I am so grateful for their generous spontaneity

(and luxury of a hot shower)

The mutual exchange and inspiration usually leaves both parties refreshed.

Karen really inspired me with her passion for good wholesome eating, self sufficiency,

sprouting, green smoothies and home schooling.

I have stepped up my game this last week and included green smoothies into my mornings.

In honesty I need to refine the taste!

Am blessed with a great bootfull of coconuts now so that helps!

When we visit others

I enjoy the closeness of walls and the convenience of water on tap, furniture and ease of space,

socializing and stimulation, bookshelves and instruments

and then I love going out to my cosy home in their garden and seeing the stars

and each night I remember how much I love this life

how much I appreciate the simplicity of our days.

The gift of the night sky moves me and I feel connected to the greater…

Lily, Gracie and Sophie took over the cooking with more creativity!

Do you have a family or personal weekly ritual with the intent of connecting with each other/self?

 

Cookie cut pancakes, fresh fruits, organic maple syrup and home made pure mango ice-cream! Decadance!

Sunday Pancakes

1 cup flour per 3 people (I use unbleached white spelt flour from Kombu)

1 egg

¾ c milk (I like Cleopatra’s Bath milk)

Pop your flour into a wide bowl and make a well,

Crack in your egg and blend with a fork, slowly allow the flour to be picked up by

Your egg mix

Slowly pour in your milk until you get a thick runny mixture (adjust milk as needed)

(you probably already know all this but there you go!)

I have a little cast iron pan in which I cook the pancakes in a little olive oil one at a time, a slow meditation for Sunday morns…

Yum, decorate with all the yummies you can find…