Monday, September 8, 2014

taking stock september

Joining in with Pip's Taking Stock Snapshot. Here's my shorter version...

Smelling daffodils! A reminder that Spring has arrived as we continue some wintery habits such as tending to the wood heater. The snow season has been extended to mid October so we are not yet out of the wintery woods.

Watching our afternoon visitors, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, and their delightful joeys. Spring time brings new life and an opportunity for new beginnings!

Reading The A to Z of Home Remedies for Children's Health. An online course based on Chinese Medicine that gives you the knowledge and tools to help boost your child's immunity. I wish this course was available seven years ago for my first child. Every parent should do this!

Making Ossco Bucco, recipe from the above course. Nutrient dense stock is made from cooking the meat in water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (I use Melrose or Braggs) onions, mushrooms and carrots. Served on white rice; brown rice is too hard on children's digestive systems. Less is more in Chinese Medicine and "clean" slow cooked casseroles instead of "rich" type casseroles are very good in calming inflammation such as eczema or on-going colds.

Feeling excited and anxious at the same time as we prepare to move house. We had a unique opportunity to live in a little village in Kosciusko National Park but now it is time to move on.

We'll still be living in the Snowy Mountains region...for now. This is where we began our lives as a family and we have seven years of precious memories here. I'm definitely looking forward to a new chapter in our lives and especially the decluttering of our things! It is a bittersweet time.

Knowing we will miss all this open space!

Loving the hard work put in by Rob to keep up with our vegetable garden. Garlic bulbs have been broken up and planted in our enclosed garden beds. In a couple of months we'll have a bumper crop to harvest. See our snow covered garden last month.

What are you taking stock of this Spring?


  1. Zena, you have a lot of kangaroos at your place. They have become a real nuisance for our farmers out west due to the lack of rain as they are moving in onto their crops. Everything is blooming at our place here in Qld. We have had some days in the twenties and then it gets cold again but we don't get snow here like you do....thankfully! All the best with the decluttering.

    1. We do have a lot Chel, but this is a good thing here as they are a part of the natural habit and have place of precedence in the Kosciusko National Park. Sounds like you've had some beautiful and warm sunny days; this is paradise to me.

  2. Wow! Moving is always a bit job...good luck! We have kangaroos on our block as well. They are mostly fine, but my husband was approached by a very aggressive male last week so we are a little more cautious now. Love all of your flowers!

    1. We will need that luck; moving is stressful isn't it. Sounds like a Buck to me. We had trouble with a Buck once who wouldn't let me out of my own back door to get to the clothes line. Rob had to scare him off (it wasn't easy!) and let him know the small area out the back is our space. But otherwise we have a beautiful mob of kangaroos that visit us every afternoon and we share the yard peacefully.

  3. I just love those happy little faces on the stairs! What a blessed situation to have lived in that magical alpine environment - air like no other.

  4. Good luck with the move, I know what you mean about bittersweet, I find that lots of things are so as life moves on. I hope it goes really well for you.