Lots of things happening here in our gentle life. Some good. Some not so good.
Bad news first. Illness has struck. Little mouse and I have been sick (hence the lack of posting) for a little while now. Thankfully Hubby and Boo seem to have escaped this round, but everyone will be dosing up on colloidal silver and chicken soup as the weather cools.
On to some good news. We have a new family member! Meet Odette 'Odie' a lovely little american staffy x that we rescued from a shelter.
The kids are in love (and I have to admit, she is rather gorgeous). Now if only we could get her to stop stealing clothes off the washing line and digging up the fairy garden!!
While resting in an attempt to get over this illness I have spent a lot of time sketching new ideas and product designs. I am hoping to move PattiCake Lane into a new phase. One that is a little more 'me' and a little less generic. Exciting times ahead!
Welcome Autumn! The temperature seems to have dropped about 10 degrees in the last few days. The air has that wonderful crisp feel to it. Oh yes. Autumn is here at last!
Growing up in a tropical climate (where the only seasons were wet or dry!), I had never really experienced the joys of Autumn. We have since moved to South Australia and I have grown to absolutely LOVE the feel of autumn! The leaves on the trees change, then fall. The air is cool and crisp. Not too hot, not too cold...we can play outside ALL DAY!
Moving south has also accentuated the differences between the seasons. It has made me much more aware of the changing seasons. We have started collecting things for our very first Nature Table! Some lovely little gum nuts collected on our walk yesterday. We plan to change our table with the seasons and, of course, post photos here. Do you have a nature table/Season table for your little ones? Feel free to link in the comments!
NOURISH: The Thermomix has been used a bit this month, after being neglected a little over the Christmas period. Custard has been a particular favourite this month! There has also been lots of salad and mountains of delicious avocado! (Little Mouse has been devouring avocado lately!)
PREPARE: I am trying to create a new habit around preparing. All too often I find myself too tired, too frazzled, or just can't be bothered making dinner at the end of 'one of those days'! So we've been cooking up batches of Spaghetti Sauce and crumbing up chicken and steak, to pull out of the freezer on day's like that. Hopefully we will be adding meatballs, pie's, quiches and stew's to that list soon!
REDUCE: Hubby has been sent off to his work bench a few times this month to fix broken toy's for Boo, instead of throwing them out. And I have recently acquired a fabulous vintage sheet that will be up-cycled into dresses, top's and pants for all our friends with little girls!
GREEN: Unplugging at power points and having a few weeks TV free saved us lots of power in February! The rain has also made an appearance in the last week, which has reduced our water usage for the garden.
GROW: The garden has been looking a little sad this past month. Our only harvest has been some spinach and of course, parsley and basil.
CREATE: I've been sketching up new idea's for Easter gifts for the little ones. Might just have my first go at a bunny softie ;)
DISCOVER: I chanced upon 'Consuming Innocence' by Karen Brooks at the Library and found it an interesting read on popular culture and our children. We also found some bargain kids encyclopedia's on dinosaurs and the ocean, at our local newsagent.
ENHANCE: We've made new friends, connected with old friends and had lovely chats with strangers on the street!
ENJOY: Chat's with friends while our kids play together, Organic fruit and veggie deliveries, and support and wise words from my online community xo