Friday, November 9, 2012

Magic hour..






I feel like I could fill my whole blog up with twilight stories.

With tales of after dinner adventuring. Of leaving the dishes in the sink along with the chaos of deadlines and homework and walking out the front door and down the hill. Or over the hill to the back paddock. Or down through the top orchard.

This magical time of the day is fast becoming my favourite time of the day.

Mostly we have no plan. We wander.

We watch the screeching cockatoos landing in a nearby tree and the ducks on the dam scatter as we draw close. We pretend we are flower girls and frogs and scary monsters. We notice the crazy amount of fruit set on the apple trees and greet the barking Maremmas as they warn us to leave their chookies alone.

We sit in the freshly plowed paddock for a while and test for moisture content. We try not to get too excited at the prospect of growing vegies for sale again, it's been a while and we are wary. But we love the look of the newly turned earth and we feel like real farmers again.

We fall in so many holes because of the long grass.

And we climb stuff. Chook feeders and stumps and anything climbable really.

And we chuck stones in the creek and hit things with sticks and pick bunches of clover.

And we call out to Jo-Jo to stop chasing kangaroos, to come back to us, to leave them alone. And he runs fast and his furry ears flap up and down. And we shout and shout and eventually he comes back for a scratch and a cuddle.

And we hold hands and we talk and we listen.

And we can really hear because we have left all the crap up at the house and we are only present in the moment.

It is the most beautiful moment. And I know I probably shouldn't break it with lots of picture taking but I can't help it. I need to hold on to it. To keep it. It is mine. Ours.

And eventually the light fades and we make our way back up to the house for bed time. Mostly we walk, sometimes the smallest gets a piggy back or a tractor ride.

And when we come inside the stresses are still there where we left them, but they look different somehow. Less enormous, conquerable or at least manageable.

The twilight walk seems to have magic powers. I love it.


I hope you have the most gorgeous weekend lovely peeps.

We'll be at Collingwood Children's Farm farmers' market on Saturday. Why don't you come down and say hi. We'd love to see you.

Bye! xx

63 comments:

  1. What a great post...I'd love to walk outside of my front door and find serenity...rather than a busy road screaming with cars. I'd love to read some more about your Maremmas - do you have posts on them?

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  2. Totally Kate, the most gentle time of the day. Have a lovely weekend.

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  3. Aaah yes, I'm glad you mention the stresses of homework, its good to hear that someone else counts that as a stress factor in life sometimes lol.

    My two youngest boys struggle with school and homework is a real chore, both for them and for me. I feel at times that the joy of life is sucked right out of me as I struggle to get them to comprehend things and often wonder if teachers actually teach these days or whether they just send the kids home with homework to get the parents to do the teaching instead lol.

    I think we need to move over towards your area, I would love to be able to go on walks in areas that look like yours do. Suburban life doesn't quite have the stress draining scenic walks that the country offers.

    For now I will just enjoy your pictures and imagine what life would be like if we had the opportunity to move to the country.

    Have a lovely weekend :)

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  4. Gosh I wish I could express myself as well as you do Kate!
    Such great memories and beautiful photos of a peaceful part of the day.XX

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  5. It relaxes me just to read about it. I love my peaceful early mornings, but i need the serenity more after dinner. I think i might just take us down the river tonight since the wee one isnt grumpy-tired yet, instead of collapsing on the sofa. Thanks.

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  6. I felt my tense shoulders drop as I read on! Such a beautiful way to transition into the night. What a wonderful world you are creating for you and your babies! And wishing you the loveliest of weekends too.
    Steph :) x
    thisbrownwren.blogspot.com

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  7. Gorgeous post. Now why can't I write about my afternoon farm rambles in the captivating way you do? lol.
    Enjoy your Saturday! It will be a busy day for us, prepping for Sunday's Christmas Craft Fair. I'm going along to help my sister's with their stall, and to explore the market. It is an hour's drive away, a really early start but all such fun!
    xox

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  8. As soon as daylight saving started my kids were so excited for night walks x x

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  9. Yep, snap away as I know first hand our memories cannot be relied upon. So nicely written and captured. Sometimes Kate, I feel like I am reading an excerpt from your memoires . . . Blessings Fi xx

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  10. I feel refreshed just reading about your twilight walks - that too is my favourite time of day....

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  11. Gorgeous post and pics. We're in Qld, so twilight comes right at that annoying time when you're trying to get everyone fed and bathed. As a former Tasmanian, I really miss those daylight saving nights.

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  12. It really is the most magic hour of the day, especially if you are in the country. Its the perfect time for photos too, I love that twilight glow.

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  13. I love those photos and especially the non matching boots :-)

    There's something about walks in the country at twilight & being in the country where its completely dark at night and you can really see the stars (unlike the city where the street lights keep it all lighter all the night long).

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  14. It takes beauty of the soul to appreciate the simple beauty of the day. keep living your life with such beauty and thanks for the effort of taking the time to share your lovely family.

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  15. I would love to come and say "Ciao!", but unluckily you are not just around the corner.....But I hope one day to visit Australia....Perth, for example, it's only 3 1/2 by airplane from JK.....;oD
    happy weekend, xxx Alessandra

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  16. This was such a wonderful post!
    Have a nice weekend!

    Greetings from Sweden

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  17. I love twilight it is a beautiful time of day.

    xx

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  18. How beautiful was that... you write well. And yes, things seem a little easier to manage after a walk around in nature. Thank you.

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  19. Oh, I'd love to come - but since it's too far from Sweden, I will have to content myself with reading your marvellous blog!

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  21. As always your photos and comments are a breath of fresh air to me. I too would love to see where you live. Thank you for continuing to share your life with us.

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  22. So beautiful! Very touching. I love the high quality pictures in your blog, they make the important content even more appealing. Looking forward to follow you :)
    All the best, Maria

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  23. It is my favourite time of the day too.
    You can leave the camera at home tomorrow. What adorable photos to have catpured.

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  24. The twilight walk is my favourite time of day too

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  25. sweet pictures, Pepper always looks so deep in thought.
    xo

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  27. You do it every time Kate, make my heart burst with mega fuzziness ;) Words aren't enough to Thank You for such beauty as is this post ... quietly murmuring wow, wow ;)

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  28. I love the picture of Miss Little One sitting flat on her bum in the dirt with her fairy skirt on, deeply concentrated watching her Dad showing something incredibly interesting... like a seed, or a stone or a straw of grass. Beautiful! It screams freedom and happiness!

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