Deep Breath Out

It’s been a busy December. Life is always full, but with the end of the year it’s been particularly brain-squishing, use all the hours in the day and borrow some from the night type of busy. Hence, not quite making it to this blog – sorry about that.

But here we are. Slowly breathing out and relishing some quality time tending to our gardens and animals. Because at the end of the day it all comes back to land, life and love for us. Today I have no “how to” blog for you, just a deep sigh, breathing out

To get grounded we garden. This past weeks there have been numerous jam making sessions, fresh berries picked, cordial made and bread baked. There have been beans, greens, garlic, eggs, goats milk and honey harvested, preserved, eaten and gifted. It’s such a rich time of the year here.

Nasturtium seeds are harvested, on their way to becoming capers. They’re delicious.

This morning while picking black currants, I momentarily lost my daughter in the orchard – our comfrey is so tall she can get lost in there. What a good thing – soon this comfrey will get slashed down as mulch for the surrounding trees and within weeks, news comfrey will pop up, continuing the cycle.

Our orchard of medlars, apples, apricots are all getting big and teasing us with their imminent greatness.

As you can see below, baby Jilly Love Face isn’t so baby any more. She’s growing beautifully, is hilarious and can go from standing still to jumping over a metre high – she’s very impressive, as is her amazing mum who provides milk every morning for our sustenance.

The five baby chooks Anton and Frida picked up from the side of the road stall are thriving, so far we think we have only one rooster, which would be a miracle!

Squashing berries and currants (below) for summer wine and champagne (it was amazing) is a glorious activity – highly recommend it.

And surprise deliveries of japanese turnips form the Hobart City Farm, means we get settled into the kitchen and chop, chop, chop – making kim chi galore for numerous gifting.

And as the last day of 2017 comes to an end I am grateful that we have such amazing projects and people in our lives and that are only trouble is keeping up with it all. And I’m hopeful for a 2018 that’s full of healthy challenges and good land, good people and ultimately more good life.

 

7 Responses to “Deep Breath Out”

  1. Mel

    Yes 😀 Here’s to 2018 bringing much goodness, great challenges and much joy from life and the garden 🌱

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  2. Kathleen Millhouse

    Wow your garden looks amazing Hannah !!! Anway, here’s wishing you Anton and Freida a happy and safe new year. May your prosper in love and all things good. I’ll see you in Dodges, I am looking forward to helping out with the cooking again this year. My soul needs it ❤.

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  3. esther guinea

    Enjoyed your blog so much. I will be back for more inspiration and encouging good living
    Esther

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  4. Marion Johnson

    Wow, what a lovely finish to your year!! Thank you so much for letting us sticky-beak around yyour inspiring garden. I know it’s February but I’m feeling like my year is just beginning now….maybe I’m working on a Lunar cycle ?? Anyway, love your blog and I look forward to your future posts. Love & happiness, Marion 🙂

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