28 June, 2012

BE with Nature

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Earth and sky, woods and fields,
lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea,
are excellent schoolmasters,
and teach some of us more
than we can ever learn from books.

John Lubbock

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25 June, 2012

garden faerie house - visitors...

In week 2, our Faerie Nature House (seen here in week 1) now has a floor of leaves. Floral decorations. Moreton Bay Chestnut pods for beds. Structural reinforcement by way of grasses wrapping the stick frame together...

 ...and then some magic happened.
Our boys went out for a visit one morning and found the faeries had made a sitting circle from stones, and left them covered in faerie gold!

As a thank you, our boys left their own circle. Of semi-precious stones.

While working away on their gift for the faeries, some of the comments I overheard were:

"I feel so happy I’m full up."

"We’re the luckiest people in the world."

"The faeries must LOVE their house!"
"The faeries have left a treasure hunt for us. They must know we love them. They’ve left sparkles of faerie gold!"

 And then an afternoon came, where shell drinking cups and a vessel holding water were discovered.
Met with more cries of delight:

"How did the faeries carry them here?" 

" I wonder if the gnomes helped them?"

 "I know they like to eat the honey inside flowers. Let's pick some flowers!"


Makes this Mama's heart smile.



23 June, 2012

Our gorgeous win from DebsSteinerDolls!

 An extremely special new family member arrived this week.
Created by the very talented Deb of DebsSteinerDolls.


We are so very grateful to Deb for holding her Dollar Dolly Giveaway, after reaching the well-deserved number of 750 likes on her facebook page.


Little Pipkin literally let out a squeal of delight when he discovered who the parcel waiting for us at the post office, was from!


We took the parcel home and gently unwrapped the delicate packaging.  


Little Pipkin gingerly took our little lady out of the tissue paper, held her tightly for a few minutes - "putting love into her" - and then gave her the first of her three names~
VIOLET.
Perfect. 


Mr Turtle was home from school a few hours later, to give her a name too~
ROSE.

Then together, the boys also chose~
BUTTERCUP.


So, welcome to our loving home ~
Violet Rose Buttercup


We are so happy to have you come and join our family.

 And again, thank you to Deb of DebsSteinerDolls for drawing Hinterland Mama out of all of those names!
Violet is beautifully made, with so much attention to detail 
and such a wonderful gift.


20 June, 2012

Garden faerie house

Faerie houses abound at the Waldorf/Steiner pre-school Mr Turtle attends.
I have taken many photos of these creative little houses this year. 

I love the organisation, cooperation and other life skills these often - very creative and always beautiful - 'buildings' encourage in our children.
I also love the magic that surrounds them. 

The children eagerly check their houses for any sign of faerie activity on each return to the playground.

Mr Turtle is pointing out the 'washing line' in this photo.
...And the faeries DO visit!
Sometimes they leave fairy dust. 
Sometimes a piece of 'furniture' has been relocated, or a bed has acquired some fleece - for a matress.
Sometimes, the children spot faerie footprints. Although not often "because faeries mostly fly".

Gnomes have been known to leave crystals and gemstones about too.

Our lives are very connected with this world of magic right now.

 Now we have built a faerie house in our own garden.
A "Nature House".
I helped the boys to build the frame and they have been fleshing out the design themselves.

 The tooth fairy will be visiting this year, we are pretty sure, and HE will need a house to rest in in our garden.
Mr Turtle assures me, OUR tooth fairy will be a HE.

 My boys know all about faeries. They see them often and even speak with them. 
Did you know, that goblins are in our gardens too? They aren't very nice to the faeries I hear.
Another reason resting faeries need their own sanctuary.

Children are so intuitive and imaginative. 
It's an absolute joy to be part of their world.

17 June, 2012

Jammie Ginger Biscuits

Winter morning feelings ...
Time for some comfort food
♥ Keeping chilly little fingers busy
Relishing warmth from the oven
Enjoying a cup of tea and a biscuit, mid-morning

  Gluten-Free Jammie Ginger Biscuits

Dry
40g rapadura sugar
25g brown rice flour
25g almond meal
40g besan (chick/gram) flour
1/2t xanthum gum
2t ground ginger
Pinch Himalayan rock salt

75g butter
2T flaked almonds
 1T molasses
Sugar free, all natural Strawberry jam

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Method:

Heat oven to 170 degrees celsius.
Mix all dry ingredients well in a large bowl.

On the stove, melt butter gently. Into this mix, stir through almonds and molasses. 

Combine wet and dry mixes quickly and thoroughly.
Place teaspoons full of batter onto a lined biscuit tray.
Make depressions in the centre of each biscuit.
Partly fill each depression with jam (if the jam is too full, it tends to overflow and burn)

Cook biscuits for 10-15mins. Remove when golden brown.
Eat when cool, lest the hot jam burns sensitive lips!

15 June, 2012

A little wood burning

I have been busy Mama-ing, crafting, catching up on paperwork... and feeling a little under-the-weather this week.
I may be a little light on posting here, but shall get back on track very soon, with photos of what we've been up to.

As for my new wood burner?

I couldn't wait to try it out.
I was very impatient and didn't want to practice randomly.
I wanted to create a piece!

Asking my woodworking friends to saw a door from a waste piece of timber, I sanded it to smooth, before my first attempt.

 Then, after (too much) time looking at Google images of 'gnome', 'elf' and 'faerie' dwellings (such fun!), I felt inspired to create this.

 I will paint and wax it very soon, and share with you the finished piece.

My boys have already played with it plenty as it is.

..."Mama, this is actually a 'magical' door"...

Providing me lots of new ideas to try.
As children do, when we grown ups can sit back and watch.

10 June, 2012

Wood Burning journey is about to begin!

This is the newest addition to my crafting tool kit.
Very, very exciting!

A wonderfully warming Winter Craft.

Pyrography - here I (finally) come.

08 June, 2012

Brown Tree Snake

Our latest garden visitor.

Cute little brown tree snake.
 Typical toddler, didn't keep still for a moment!

05 June, 2012

Snuggly Winter Gnomes

As Mother Earth readies herself for her season's rest.
The Winter gnomes, rug up and wander the barren land.

Keeping snuggly warm as they quieten and slow.
Feeling the warm glow within.

'

03 June, 2012

The Amazing Hand Paintings of Guido Daniele

Sometimes I want to share the work of others, that I find beautiful, inspirational and amazing.
The artwork of Guido Daniele is one such talented artist, who paints - people.
Have you seen his work before?
What do you think?

Guido Daniele at work
... and there is so much more!

What a magical world we live in.

01 June, 2012

Rice Pudding recipe

Another of the recipes that, in these cooler months, keep my family warm and nourished.
Rice pudding has often been cooked for me by my own Mama, who grew up in West Yorkshire, England.

Rice Pudding
1 cup medium grain rice
3 whole cloves
1/2t mixed spice
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
3 cups milk
1T maple syrup

1 can evaporated milk

Heat the oven to 180 degrees
Put all ingredients (excluding the evaporated milk) in a casserole dish that has a lid. Stir to combine.
Cook in the oven, covered, for 1/2hr. Remove from the oven and stir.
Return to the oven with the lid off.
Check periodically until all of the rice is cooked and milk completely absorbed.
Take from oven. find and remove the 3 cloves. Stir in a full can of evaporated milk.
Re-cover and rest for 10mins before serving.

Add jam, syrup, sugar, more milk or fruit to taste.

Our favourite addition is raspberries and passionfruit together.
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