Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Spring is Coming (on Film) + Lots More

I've begun to see the first little signs of spring this week....we even had a few days that were decidedly hot, but now the cold has returned - most likely the last chill of winter before Spring arrives properly. The peach tree has begun to blossom, the mango is laden in flowers and there are Tree Martins flitting about the paddocks and trees all day long.
This season is short lived in this part of the country, which makes me relish it all the more. Very soon the gentle, warm days will turn to searing hot ones, so I'll lap up spring while it lasts.
I've put together a short film - it's been a couple of months since my last so I hope you'll enjoy this one all the more!

After you've watched it, I've included beneath a few links to articles I've enjoyed lately plus a few other things too.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Time I Hatched a Chicken in the Frying Pan

I remember well our first chickens. There were so many new experiences to be had - so much to learn! I laugh now at the many silly thoughts I had as a new chicken owner. When our trio of point-of-lay pullets produced their first egg, they made that wonderful sound that I now know is in celebration. At the time I thought they were telling me to go away.
I was also taken aback at the chicken's pecking-order, which was particularly strong as our hens all had Leghorn blood in them, which is a rather dominant breed. I even thought that the boss of the flock, Caroline, was sharpening her beak at one point. She seemed to really have something against poor Hilary. I later discovered, to my embarrassment, that she was in fact cleaning her beak! (I did apologise to Caroline.)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Knit It | Little Picnic Owl {new pattern}

Back at the beginning of winter, when I was wondering just what to cast on next, I realized it was time to create a new toy pattern. I wanted this next pattern to be sweet and quirky, and incorporate fabric as most of my other toy patterns do (because I think that just adds a modern touch, don't you?). It had to be something that was quick to knit, and fitted into the palm of your hand.

Little Picnic Owl was the answer, and I'm so happy to finally be sharing him with you. Now, you could read all of his details on his shop listing, or you can read on further (and see more adorable images!)

Monday, August 15, 2016

Recipe: 100% Spelt Sourdough Pancakes

If you'd offered me a sourdough pancake a few years ago, I've no doubt I would have had trouble composing my face (to not screw up my nose). I wouldn't have even wanted to try it. That was before I discovered sourdough itself, of course, and when I became hooked on the bread I've happily explored other options of sourdough baking. I think pancakes might have been one of the first "non-bread" foods I tried making with my sourdough starter.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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