Friday, April 24, 2015

The Ulman Files

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Happy Friday you guys!!

Firstly, thank you all enormously for your kindness and your care in the comments and texts and emails you sent me after my last post. I have read every single one and they meant the world to me, your support and your community is the best medicine of all. And I'm happy to report that I feel like I'm on the mend. Finally. Thank goodness.

OK, now on to much more fun stuff. This is a post about my family, my Mum and Dad and us four girls and what we are doing right now. Just for fun and because I am so very proud and I think you might be interested in our goings on too.

Firstly is sister number three Emily Ulman, that's her at the top.

Since the middle of last year Emily has been recording her third CD, Wear It Well, and to help her get it over the finish line and pay for things like mastering, artwork, a publicist, the tour, a film-clip and pressing the actual music to vinyl and CD, she needs our help.

Emily has launched a pozible and it would mean the world to her, and to me, if you could chip in a few dollars. The rewards are many and awesome including having coffee and cake with me and my three sisters - which could be fun!!??

Being a creative person although highly soul enriching is not always enriching in the dollar department and it makes me happy that there are things like pozible campaigns that make it easier for us to support each other and get our dreams into action. It makes me doubly happy to know that people are supporting Emily who always, alway supports everyone else. And it makes me tripley happy to think that hopefully soon, we will have a new Emily Ulman soundtrack to our lives. Yippeeee!!

Click on the possible site here - http://www.pozible.com/project/193712 And thank you!!

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While Meg Ulman, sister number two, and her family are busy putting the finishing touches on their book - The Art Of Free Travel due out this October - they are holding workshops each Saturday.

The workshops Learn To Forage Like A True Locavore are held in Daylesford and include a two-hour walk, instructions on how to identify and safely harvest edible weeds and conclude with a foraged and homegrown meal. Just look at that beautiful feast, how inspiring and gorgeous and delicious does that all look!!

To book for the workshop call - 0418523308.

IMG_2583Our mum, Vivienne Ulman, in between looking after all of us and writing her own novel is caring for her own father, our grandfather, and trying to make sure that he leads the best, most dignified, love-filled life that he possibly can.  Our society doesn't seem to be all that well set up to honour our elders in a time when they need more and more care and my mum is making it her job to find ways to keep him comfortable and happy and safe.

You can read my mum's blog The Writing Hive here and read about her first book Alzheimer's: A Love Story here.

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My dad, Ross Ulman, when he isn't driving his electric car as discussed in the latest issue of Renew magazine, he's walking 14,000+ steps per day, volunteering at my girls' school, working at a Ballarat hospital, baking and delivering challah to each of his Daylesford daughters each Friday, selling tickets at the local cinema, helping out in the local kitchen garden program, doing maths homework with my girls, pole-walking around Daylesford in the early morning with a bunch of people not scared off by the cold, and supporting and loving his five Ulman girls. What a man (or an honorary woman as we used to call him when were growing up)!


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Which brings us to me, the oldest and bossiest Ulman sister.

Right now I'm madly picking apples, I'm printing and stitching apple bunting for our stall at The Lake House Daylesford producers day this weekend, I am mothering and lovering, I am taking photos and writing my article for the next issue of Slow magazine,  I'm knitting the second sleeve of my Amanda cardigan, and I am trying to play catch up with everything else.

I'm feeling proud and happy and inspired.

Are your friends and family doing ace things too? Care to share?


I hope you guys have a gorgeous weekend.


Big love!

xxxxxx



Oh and Carol @ Perennial and Mara Macs, please send me your postal addresses, you've won Michelle Mackintosh's Snail Mail book. Hooray!! x

33 comments:

  1. You have a beautiful, creative family Kate. Have a lovely weekend x

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  2. What a talented family!! and I do know what you mean about younger sisters, my youngest sister is 20 years younger than me, and oh my! It's a strange role in ways

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  3. What a talented family you have Kate. Your Mum and Dad sound like gorgeous people. Pleased you are feeling a bit better. Hope you have a lovely weekend. xo

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  4. You are a wonderfully creative and wonderfully good bunch!

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  5. The love the creativity of the Ulman sisters and your wonderful parentals. Glad to hear that you are back to your usual self. I'm currently knitting a beanie (from your Farmer Bren's beanie pattern) for my nephew who turns 21 next week - I was so excited when he asked me to make one as his present! Enjoy your weekend - I'm sure that it will be 'apples'. Maureen

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  6. A truly awesome family you have there! :-)

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  7. It's my turn to pick our next book club book - I just ordered Hot Little Hands!

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  8. I read that as Farm Doc was doing pole dancing!! I just saw that Emily reached her goal on pozible. YES!! so much going on amongst your lot. So wonderful and inspiring. x

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  9. wowsa! how gorgeous is this collection! (and I got to meet meg aka sister number two and the AaF crew last year --- what a fabbbbbbbulous bunch) love it!

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  10. Wow!!! What a wonderful post Kate! So great to have such a close and clever family!
    So glad you are feeling alot better!xxJ

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  11. Wow!!! What a wonderful post Kate! So great to have such a close and clever family!
    So glad you are feeling alot better!xxJ

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  12. wow kate! what a gorgeous family, and how wonderfully clever you all are! much love, have a beautiful weekend x

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  13. Woah! That is one seriously talented family you have! Very much looking forward to reading your little sister's short stories. They sound soooo good! Xx

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  14. Wow, I knew two of you but all those creatives what an amazing family to be a part of....you guys ROCK! Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

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  15. Oh it's no wonder you're feeling so proud! I have some amazing friends - one just played hockey for Australia last year (masters). She was the goalie and didn't let even one past the keeper! I took one of the kids to see another friend who is an osteopath. She was amazing. I knew she was clever and had worked very hard but it was amazing to see her in her work environment after knowing her socially all these years. The world is full of amazing people!

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  16. You all sound so busy and talented. I have just ordered a copy of your Mum's book as my Uncle has just been diagnosed with both Alzheimers and vascular demntia. Have a great weekend. Sharon x

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  17. That is an amazing and inspiring family to grow up in. You're fabulously lucky to have these creative people in your life. :) Sounds wonderful! And serious kudos to your parents.

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  18. What a lovely family you have, full of strong, creative and interesting women!

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  19. I am sitting at the computer wilting with some kind of post-viral fatigue and am now feeling so cosy after having a good read of your blog. I feel like I have had a cup of tea! Love Kate. xx

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  20. So what you're saying is I can be the sixth Ulman sister? Thanks!!

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  21. So good for the soul reading all that Kate. What an amazing family you have. Your parents must be tickled pink. Love it all.

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  22. This post was great to read Kate! Thanks so much for sharing all of this here with us.
    It's clear your parents nurtured their children's creativity for all five of you to be on the ventures you are! It's great to see; I hear people tell my two sisters "oh your family is so creative. Mine isn't". I believe every single person is creative, but so few are given the tools to be able to use or "unleash" their creativity.

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  23. I enjoyed every word of proud thoughts about your creative family. Go Ulmans! Jo x

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  24. Could you or your family be any more amazing Kate? I am blown away. Wow. x

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  25. I love this post! You come from a splendid and talented family. I'm glad I get to read along. :)

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  26. What a lively bunch of lovelies to know and grow up amidst. You have a great thing going on, Miss Kate, keep up the great work. Glad you are feeling better.

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  27. What an inspiring family you have Kate! I've super keen to sign up for the foraging walk and will be calling to book today. Thanks!

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  28. How inspiring are the Ullmanns?!?!?!
    So glad you're on the mend Kate xx

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  29. What and amazing and creative family you have Kate!!! WOW!!!

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  30. Wow! Your whole family is wonderfully creative! That is so awesome! Great post-- thank you.

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  31. Thank you so much Kate. We are very excited at the prospect of Snail Mail arriving on our doorstep. Our address in 55 Francis Street Belmont 3216.
    Much love and gratitude. Cx

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  32. Gosh - I saw your sister's book mentioned on the latest episode of "The Book Club" on ABC and they commented what a talented family the 'Ulman Family' was. There weren't wrong! 0.0

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  33. My goodness what a talented pack of genes are you guys! Go on you all xo

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