Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Making Sense of the Pieces


It's been five months since I last shared -

 "Closure and adventure - endings and new beginnings. We have visited many beaches within an hours drive during August's wonderful winter days, saying goodbyes and seeking hellos...."


Over these months we have said many goodbyes and are finding our hellos. Farewell to my in-law's home (after the huge task of emptying and preparing it for market), which is now safely in the hands of wonderful new owners. 




Following weeks of diligent searching we found a new home which in many ways appears to be tailor made to our needs, particularly in regards to its location. A season of further packing and moving overlapped with preparing our old home for sale. Our large, gracious old home near the river sold very quickly (we accepted an offer the day after it was first advertised). Then there was the final packing, cleaning, moving and donating excess furniture and possessions prior to property settlement last week. Now another family is busily creating memories there.




So much has happened in the 13 months since my mil's sudden passing. We can look back on this season of challenge and change and see God's hand upon circumstances, answered prayer and decisions. 


Our new home is less than an hour's drive from our previous town and only a few minutes drive to a larger regional city. More importantly, we are a 10 minute pleasant walk from the beach, a beach which is beautiful for walking but too dangerous for swimming. My husband's one request was a home where he could walk to the beach, especially as he is now medically retired. The climate is blissfully milder too!


One of our daughters has stayed behind in our previous town. Our younger son heads off to uni in another regional city in a few weeks while I am still homeschooling our youngest three daughters.




You can see much more of the last five months on my Instagram account -  you don't have to join Instagram to view - just click on the little blue square camera logo under my blog profile (top right hand corner). However I wanted to place an update here on my blog to help make sense of all the pieces.



I've swapped river sunsets for ocean sunrises and we are finding our feet one week at a time. Will I keep blogging? I hope so. Instagram is definitely a regular sharing place as the commotion of the last 13 months settles and we begin discover our new normal.






Friday, August 31, 2018

August





















Closure and adventure - endings and new beginnings. We have visited many beaches within an hours drive during August's wonderful winter days, saying goodbyes and seeking hellos....


Descriptions for many of these photos will appear if you hover your cursor over the image.  :)

*** You may also enjoy my Instagram feed which I add to several times a week. You don't have to join Instagram to view - just click on the little blue square camera logo under my blog profile (top right hand corner).

Karen


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

July





We've enjoyed seeing and hearing these little Double-barred Finches around the yard this month - one variety of gorgeous Australian finches. 💛




I’ve long admired the artwork of Geninne D Zlatkis. I have made three quilts featuring her fabrics, one is on my Etsy shop, along with some of her beautiful fabrics
When I discovered Geninne had just released a Weekly Panner, I ordered one. It is a wonderful way to enjoy pieces of Geninne’s artwork every day (August 2018 through to end of 2019). Thank you Geninne! You make the world a more beautiful place.
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PS I bought my copy online from Book Depository. We often buy from them, good prices and free worldwide delivery.




Slub voile, fully lined with plain white voile - a beautifully soft and lightweight combination. Over a few days this month I’ve sewn myself two more sleeveless white tops. I wear these 9 days out of 10, all year round with various weight jackets during cooler times. After several months and about 100 wears I find they need replacing and are then used as soft pjs. This is about the fourth time I’ve done this, fine tuning my self-drafted pattern and instructions as I go. It’s not my favourite thing to do but I do love having new bright white tops to wear again.



Our younger ones have delighted to find animal visitors in our backyard lately. In addition to a neighbourhood cat, which is a regular, we have seen a black chicken and also a white rabbit hopping through our yard! Lots of fun except I just realised this afternoon that this cute bundle of white fur is most likely responsible for the vanishing fresh young tips off the seedlings we've been planting lately!!! I guess I'll just have to keep replacing chewed seedlings and leave the occasional carrot out for him, hoping he will eat them instead.



Early morning fog, especially pretty on those warmer winter mornings.



The view at Brooms Head, just a few steps from my brother’s caravan camping site. The children and I had a great day catching up with his family (holidaying from interstate), letting cousins have time together too. It’s a beautiful spot! 
The original 12 Norfolk Island pines were planted in 1916 by a nearby farmer, one for each of his 12 children. Only two have needed replacing.





A touch frosty overnight with sunny days reaching 24°C/75°f. Grafton has beautiful winter days! 




 Sharing some beach gems with hubby on the way to his specialist appointment down at Coffs Harbour. Sapphire Beach followed by Diggers Beach. We are spoilt for beach choices in our area!



Big River is an apt nickname for the Clarence. Another beautiful sunset. Our July has been filled with mostly cool mornings, including some frosts, and beautiful warm sunny days reaching an average maximin temperature of 22.5C/72.5F. Most the land around has browned off with the frosts and lack of rain. We look forward to some spring showers and green grass once more.



*** You may also enjoy my Instagram feed which I add to several times a week. You don't have to join Instagram to view - just click on the little blue square camera logo under my blog profile (top right hand corner).

Karen


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