Thursday, August 30, 2012

When life gives you lemons...

Sometimes things don't turn out exactly as you'd hoped and planned.
Sometimes people don't behave as you'd expect.

People can be strange.

Today I'm holding my gang as tightly as they'll let me.
I'm wearing stripey tights.
I'm focusing on the great people in my life.
I'm filling jars with daffodils.
I'm walking the farm and its almost springness.
I'm taking deep breaths.
I'm looking for silver linings.
I'm trying to ignore the feral weather.
I'm counting my blessings.
We're making lemon cakes and preserved lemons.
And we're making plans for lemon curd and lemon cordial.
And lemonade.

Be good. x


  1. Ah, thank you Kate. I needed to read that after my day. You have reminded me to take some deep breaths, count my blessings and metaphorically wear my stripey tights tomorrow! Enjoy the lemonade...

  2. Your silver lining are your precious daughters kate! I am sure whatever concerns you shall be ok soon! Seeing so many lemons reminds me of one more use of it in India: To safeguard one's house from bad omen, we in India tie a lemon and some green chillies with a string and hang it on the front door of our house!

  3. Wise words Kate, your kitchen is full of lemon goodness :)

  4. lemon cakes.....yummy!!! What about some limoncello??? ;oD
    xxxx Alessandra

  5. beautiful post, I am blaming some erratic behaviour on the blue almost moon.
    Continue to take care,

  6. Noooooooooo, When life gives you lemons, just pass the salt and the Tequilla baby, hehehe.

  7. every where i look at the moment there are lemons!

  8. Yay! for lemons. Isn't it great that when there are so many lurgies lurking out there at this time of year there are Lemons, full of vitality and zestiness and copious amounts of vitamin C just waiting to be sucked, drunk and eaten..yum!

  9. Yep, people can really disappoint you. And you're right, you just have to try to focus on all the good stuff. Not always easy though. What a bounty of lemons! What about mulled wine with clove-studded lemon slices? And pancakes with lemon and sugar? I have a great recipe for lemon butter. email me if you'd like it.

  10. People can be strange & disappointing. My motto - surround yourself with those who make you smile and fill your world with positivity. xx

  11. People can definitely be strange, it's maybe even worse when you think you know them... However, yay for lemon curd and daffodils! We have only one miniature daffodil in our little garden (so far). I smile when I spy it through the window, we are all feeling very ready for spring. x

  12. People ARE strange!!
    Lemon cake is ace (anything lemony really)

  13. Preserving lemons... wow... I must google that! Taking a deep breath... hope you are okay xx

  14. Thank goodness for cake, always makes you feel better! The lemons add smiles.


  15. I agree we are such a strange and odd species. I was in a room last week with 250 people, of those only about 6 struck up conversations, mind you we were in this room( a jury pool )for 6 hours on and off.
    As for lemons I love them, so versatile and I have made several lemony things in our school kitchen in preparation for our fete. By the way Stephanie Alexander's old fashion lemonade is what we've been drinking around here.

  16. Hello lovely, fancy a coffee in the morning? Xo

  17. If you have loved ones in your life you have the world's riches. If you have one loved person you are lucky. There are no lemons to make lemonade with, it is all sugar. Blessings are to be counted and appreciated.

  18. Mean people are best ignored, they will only make themselves miserable in the end. Lovely photographs - I dream of living in a warm enough climate to have lemon trees! x

  19. sounds like you are doing everything right!!! (including the lemonade!!!)

  20. Sometimes you can only do what you can do and you can only be who you can be.

  21. I don't understand humans sometimes either. Odd creatures really.
    I love how in the midst of winter chill & feral weather, there's so much yellow about. Daffodils, lemons, wattle.
    I think your silver lining is your nature to live a life more beautiful. That way there's always a silver lining in your days. Whether it be daffodils on the window sill, three gorgeous girlies in hand knits or a handsome love baking bread. x

  22. Daffy's & blossom scented crisp air, spring is only 1 day away! Spring cheer is almost upon us, and spoonfuls of homemade lemon curd straight from the jar to mouth is bound to bring a little more! :-)

  23. hahaha oh yes we all say people can be strange. Actually I think we probably all have our moments if we are to be honest with ourselves. None of us are squeaky clean! We are also having lots of lovely lemons and while I really dont get time for preserving etc we are loving them fresh over salad and in water and with fish YUM! all the best, Sue

  24. Hi there gorgeous Kate!
    doesnt the house smell divine when you cook with lemons?
    Keep smiling lovely girl :)
    P.S.I closed my instagram,I guess perhaps Im not a social media person!
    Your blog is as lovely as you are:) Michele x

  25. Is there any chance you could put up your recipe for preserved lemons? I'd love to make some too!

  26. Great blog! I love you and your gang o' lemons. xxxx

  27. Are you sure your daughter isn't Laura Ingalls Wilder? And all the lemons-yum! Have a wonderful Spring and here we are entering the pumpkin season. From the Pacific Northwest USA have a lovely weekend

  28. When life gives you lemons...slice those suckers up and find some tequila!

    Lots of love. xx

  29. Sending blessings to you and yours. We have heaps of lemons at the moment as well.
    Blessings Gail

  30. Hello Kate, I just love your blog...every time I read something on here it just makes me smile and think 'yes, you're so right about that'. I loved the button brooch on your last post, it is so 'happy'. I have a bowl of lemons that need something doing to them, I think I will make a lemon meringue tart using my sisters recipe...what a great way to spend my Saturday....baking and eating! Have a lovely weekend. Amanda

  31. Just look at all those lemons - how sunny they are!

  32. Oh I love how these look! Love lemons :) Kx

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