Friday, October 20, 2017

apple blossom

Hello honey bunches,

It's so lovely to see you again here this week.

It's Thursday night here and I just realised that tomorrow we'll be away all day so I'd better get onto this now, tonight. 

Right now Bren's out spraying the orchards against the mildew and black spot that the humid weather we've been having over the past few days tends to bring with it. Jazzy and my dad are sitting opposite me doing revision for a maths test, Indi and my mum are in the other room going over Indi's Philosophy essay and Miss Pepper is sitting at the coffee table eating her dinner. I'm sitting here, just home from the gym, alternating eating spoonfuls of soup and writing words and sentences here. The Banjo frogs are singing ridiculously loudly on the house dam on my left, my arms are aching from lifting weights and I still have to go and check the leaves in the garden for slugs, so I'm going to make it a quick one this week.

We've had such a lovely week here. We spent a day cleaning and preparing all the bee hive frames and boxes and then caught two swarms of bees in the orchard the very next day. 

With daylight savings the girls have been getting home from school in the light with just enough time for a walk through the blossoming trees to smell the flowers, check the fruit buds and watch the pollen heavy bees flying back to their hives.

One day Indi got stung by a bee on her ankle and her foot swelled up so large that she couldn't put her shoe on. The next day I got stung on my face and dreaded it swelling up like her foot but thankfully it didn't.

On another day Indi went for her driver's learner's permit and passed with flying colours. Even though she's a year late, I still can't believe I have a child whose old enough to legally drive on the road.

Miss Pepper starts every day with the announcement that today is her very last Monday, then Tuesday, then Wednesday.... in single figures as a nine year old, because next Tuesday she'll be 10!! My baby. When I first started writing this blog in 2009 she turned two.

Miss Jazzy is obsessed with drawing and specifically calligraphy. This part of her reminds me so much of me as a teenager. We gave her a big box of colourful art pens for her birthday and watching her carefully decide on and then place them in colour order, I could almost feel my own hands doing the same thing all those years ago.

Jazzy and her friend have written me a long shopping list of things to buy for the slime party they are organising for Pepper this weekend, I can't wait!

Bren and Jobbo have been building onto the the green-house extension on the side of our house and it's looking so good. I've been sharing little snippets in my instagram stories but hopefully I'll get some proper photos soon. The other day I got home from the school drop off and almost wept when I saw what they had done while I'd been gone, I can't believe our old home is becoming so beautiful.

And me? I've been LOVING  the past few days and nights that have been warm enough to not light a fire and dry enough to hang the washing outside.

A few nights ago, while I was in bed in the middle of the night, I felt someone scratch down the length of my foot. I jumped up in fright and couldn't see anyone. The door was closed so it wasn't one of the girls and Bren was fast asleep. To this day it still haunts me when I think of it.

I've just finished reading Wellmania which I really liked a lot, and I then I started reading Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage in the middle of the night last night when I couldn't sleep. I think it'll be great but I'm only on page 29 so it's probably too soon to tell.

I've just listened to the six Dirty John podcast episodes and loved them. After I had finished my Mum sent me this article with photos of all the major players from the podcast and I was surprised at how much they all look like Hollywood actors.

I've been planting so many vegetable and flower seeds and am watching them with much excitement as they stick their little green leaves up out of the soil and reach for the sun.

I still haven't started on my macrame hanging baskets.

I'm still knitting down the sleeves of the blue cardigan.

So I guess it's time for me to swap my gym gear for my work overalls, pop my head torch on, grab a bottle from the recycling and a podcast for my ears and go outside, into the dark garden, and pluck every slug from the leaves. Sometimes I see my life from the outside and I laugh. What must I even look like!

I hope you have a beautiful Friday my friends and then a wonderful weekend.

So how about you?
What have you been up to?
Do you sometimes get a glimpse of your life and laugh?
Tell me a little story from your week just been, I'd love to hear it.

See you next Friday.

Love Kate x


  1. Hi again. I hope Indis foot feels better. My oldest daughter is 17 too and just got her Ls, she was the toddler that ran as soon as she could walk, wanted to go higher on the swing and then went with her dad on the motorbike ride for hundreds of kilometres and yet was in no hurry to get her licence. We've had a huge rain dump all week, sun's out today then we'll get a bit more rain this weekend. I'm really hoping the seeds the boys and I planted out two weeks ago survived birds,grubs and heavy rain to germinate. We should see some leaves soon. We have completed the biggest part of the kitchen Reno , need to put in open shelving for our big jars ❤️,then an old cupboard for pots and appliances, paint and decorate . Hope you have a great day away . Hope you got a bucketful of slugs . Have a great week ๐Ÿ’š Naomi Bishop ( from Facebook ๐Ÿ˜‚)

  2. We've had a good amount of rain this last week and finally have water in our dam again for the first time since October, and we have the banjo frogs going crazy as well. I love that sound! Lovely photos this week, our apples are flowering as well and bees are loving it. Cathy

  3. The photos in the apple blossoms are so beautiful....


  4. Love the photos of your gorgeous family in your stunning orchard!

    I've been stuck at home this week with my sick nine year-old. It's been continuous laundry, spew clean ups and cuddles. Even though I'm struggling through the days each night I have a little thought that I love having my sidekick at home. Not sick, of course, but spending days together has my longing for the pre-school years when I didn't appreciate having a constant companion as much as I should.

    I think Pepper and I share a birthday :) I hope she has a fantastic day. A slime party sounds just the ticket. I'm looking forward to Tuesday and turning a leaf on this last year. It's been a hard one.

    Much love xx

  5. Happy almost-birthday, Pepper! Hope the party goes well tomorrow. x

  6. Love the sound of you collecting slugs. I used to do something similar when we had a small veg plot. The blossom looks fabulous and very abundant, I hope that’s a good sign. I know what you mean about babies growing up. Our son is 40 at the end of this month. I just don’t know how the years have gone by so quickly. Have a good week.

  7. These are absolutely beautiful photos! A dreamy, magical fairy land. Here in North America we are harvesting the fruits of the past spring's apple blossoms :)

  8. Those apple trees in blossom look magical. We just bought our first home (on the day we celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary) and the first thing I've done upon moving in is to plant an apple tree sapling,which is one year old. I'm dreaming of how it will look once it grows.

  9. Those blossoms are amazing. In Queensland we have had a week of rain. It is the first time I have enjoyed my convalescing time but alas tomorrow I am back at work.

  10. I live abroad, so things that I find funny, even from the inside, happen alot, which I love!!!

  11. We bought my daughter a fountain pen/ink pen for her birthday when she was 10 and she absolutely loved it. She couldn't stop writing. The blossom pictures are a welcome site for me because our leaves are dropping and it reminds me that it will all return again in good time. Jo xx

  12. Such magical photos.
    I love that you are turning your house into your home.
    I spent the weekend at cradle Mountain with my family (except 1) no mobile coverage no WiFi surrounded by nature, my family and friendly wombats. It was heaven.
    Cheers Kate.

  13. Just beautiful !!...I think I will need a headtorch for the snails and slugs in my vegie garden. x

  14. Beautiful apple blossom post ! I can’t quite believe how fast your spring - time arrives , late ! ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒธ I’m a little intrigued about ‘ the scratch down your leg in dark of the night ‘ ! No one else seems to have mentioned this ? I wonder just who - or what it could be . ๐Ÿ˜™ Many friendship hugs , Maria . ( rosey tinted of course ) spectacles ๐Ÿ‘“๐ŸŒน xx

  15. Whoops ‘ ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Kate ! Not late ! ๐Ÿ˜❤️

  16. Congrats to Indi, and hugs for you, a whole new season of life, but a special one :-)
    Our fifth driver has just hit the road! So here I go again too. A special time of communicating.
    So happy for you re house :-)

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  18. My youngest Tom has turned 10 this year too (4th October) and I remember reading your blog way back then and I'm so happy that you are still blogging! While I dread my children growing up, I love seeing the wonderful human beings that they have become- just like your girls x

    November 29, 2017 at 8:41 AM


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