Friday, April 14, 2017

a week away

Happy Friday you guys!

I just counted and this is the 22nd blog post I've written since I started posting regularly on Fridays late last year. 22!! That's practically half a year's worth. But this post feel like a weird one. You see right now I am so far from Foxs Lane that I am in another time zone. I'm so far from Foxs Lane that when I look out of my window all I can see are airport buildings and planes taking off. So far from Foxs Lane that I didn't even pack my work overalls. And so far from Foxs Lane that my mind and thoughts are out of the forest and the orchards and the gardens, and are instead in a world that is humid and filled with travel and swimming and family.

We've cleaned up, handed our place over to the house minders and traveled a little way across the world to celebrate Bren's parents' 50th wedding anniversary. Traveling along with me and Bren and his parents are his sister and her husband and our six girls. What fun! What a lot of giggling.

So you can probably understand that writing a blog about farmey, homey, seasonal living wouldn't feel quite right while we're so far away from it. And writing about our time away doesn't feel all that doable when so far we've only been traveling.

So I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.

Firstly, last stormy Sunday night a big tree fell down across our driveway. We're really lucky that we have other ways to get in and out, lucky that it didn't land on anything that mattered or cause any damage, lucky that farmer Bren is super qualified with a chain saw and lucky that our firewood for 2019 got a nice top up. But when your week is neatly ordered into jobs that need to be done before you hand over the farm for a week, spending a chunk of time cutting a big tree takes a bit of rearranging.

And I'm super lucky that The Bulldogs won the first game of football the new socks were worn to so now they are undisputed 'lucky socks'. Yay!

Details on ravelry here. 

Just before we left I finished reading The Mothers by Brit Bennett, which I highly recommend. After a few really disappointing books, I couldn't put The Mothers down. It is intelligent, emotional, topical, sad, and hopeful. I think it's a book whose characters will continue to travel through my life with me for a little while longer. I loved it.

And then on the plane I started Walkaway which Harper Collins so kindly sent me. Honestly I have never read anything quite like this 'techno thriller' but am completely fascinated by the futuristic tale and where it will take me.

A 500 page book to read, a new pair of just cast on socks to knit, so many of my favourite people to hang with and a week away from home in a most gorgeous spot feels a bit heavenly.

And that's it! Short and sweet.

I hope you have a heavenly weekend.
Have you got anything planned?
Are you reading, knitting, cooking or growing anything exciting?
Is the sun shining there?

I hope so.

Big love,


Happy anni Rene and John xxxxxx


  1. Ooo, I look forward to hearing more about your holiday! Are you going to take lots of pictures?
    I am knitting a baby blanket for my friend's baby boy who is not born yet whilst watching telly and doing lots of gardening, as it is spring here. I am also reading After You by Jojo Moyes, the sequel to Me Before You.

    1. I actually hardly took any photos. And I didn't knit a stitch either. Such a glorious week though. xx

    2. Sometimes that is the best, sometimes even photos can feel like they are on your "to do" list. I am glad you had a good time. I will check out your newer posts now :)

  2. 50 years! Many congratulations to Bren's parents. I hope you and all your family have a truly amazing holiday.

  3. I love your socks! Glad the tree was put to good use, hope you're having a lovely relaxing time now! :)

    1. thank you elise, we've had such a gorgeous, relaxing week away xx

  4. Happy travels Kate and crew! x

  5. Loving your holiday stories on Instagram, Kate. It all looks wonderful, enjoy! x


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