Monday, October 24, 2011


It wasn't the easiest of weekends. There were overgrown lawns to mow, weeds to pull out, manure to use, a trailer of mulch for the trees, school aprons and teatowels to add to the normal washing load. Not to mention our first auction..but more on that later. Just to top it off we had our first really hot day.
But in the end most of it did get done. Not without wondering if a suburban block might have been just a little easier. Sometimes, particularly in Spring and Summer, things can become a little overwhelming around here.

But we need to remind ourselves that although there is so much more to do, we did indeed get quite a bit done. It is hard work, but there is a good, useful feeling to working together. Teaching the kid's basic skills about gardening and all learning along as we go. Of course that nice chilled bottle of wine at the end of the day didn't go astray.

There is always so much more to do, but sometimes we need to step back and see how things were not all that long ago.


  1. Sounds like your weekend was as busy as ours :) I agree, it's nice to pull together as a family to get chores done.

    Happy Monday Tania :)


  2. When you have land there is always something that needs to be attended to. I have to say that I think it's all worth it. Hard work is good for the body and soul! :)
    I am just glad we are approaching winter here so I can have a little break...I'm tired.

  3. I love that feeling of accomplishment when you get something important done - especially when it is with people you love.

    the garden in looking good.


  4. Sounds like a productive weekend :) Looks like someone has some little teeth pop through!
    We have had some hot weather as well but today is back to cold & rain - such a contrast!

  5. The grass seems to grow overnight at the moment doesn't it? I love that shot of your home with the clouds, spectacular.

  6. Our acre is more than enough to manage too. Just keeping on top of the grass is a job in itself. Delightful pictures tania. ox

  7. May not have been an easy weekend.. but you make it look VERY pretty!! x

  8. Know what you mean about hitting this time of year and wondering whether a house block may have been easier....the grass seems to just jump out of the ground and much precious family time is spent on mowing and upkeep but you are is worth it and the kids will surely benefit.
    I just wrote about how i wished i had taken some before photos...great to reflect back on aren't they?
    Beautiful photos....i am looking everywhere for one of those same bikes....i loved mine and want the girls to have one too!

    Sounds like the wine was well deserved...have a great week!

    Jode x

  9. Our weekend was similar. Lots of gardening! At least you had a blank canvas to work with - we're renovating an old house/garden and we've had to spend so much time undoing what the previous owners had done...just to try and get it back to a workable canvas. The work is never done, is it??

    Your place is looking great! x

  10. I've got a suburban block and I feel overwhelmed! I can't imagine what acreage would feel like. Still all that space is lovely - a view like that is just music to my soul. Looks like you got heaps done Tania!

  11. Your place looks wonderful and is what I ache for most being here ~ a space of my own, semi-rural, quiet, fruit trees, working together .... living my dream through you for now ~ thanks for sharing!

  12. that was so cool reading about how your home came to looks gorgeous. i love the mixture of styles and that is totally ISN'T a kit home.
    thanks for sharing :)


  13. Sure garden work is never easy.I'm glad you had few things done on the weekend.Never mind once your done with everything celebrate your success !
    check this -
    Your Garden Personality
    Which type of garden goes with your personality?

  14. Love the big sky photography. I have pinned the washing line shot - of course.

  15. How nice that your trees are starting to grow. Soon you'll be looking back at these before photos and wondering they were ever so little :-)

  16. You have what I want girl!! all I ever wanted is land away from suburbia and something I own Am stuck in suburbia and its not me at all.on top of my wish list is land lots of land then my old 1950s Holden ute Im not greedy am I? lol

  17. Yep, I hear you! There are many times I wonder about the fact all our 'spare' time is taken up with work. But when it comes together I wouldn't swap it for the world. I think I drove past your place when I picked up my puppy last year. Your photos show how much work you have done! Be proud.

  18. There is an Amish saying that I enjoy and remind myself of when need be. "Work makes life sweet." It really, really does. (Though it can be exhausting to get the the sweetness sometime, can't it?)

    Also, you commented on my blog not too long ago about a photo that screamed Montana to me and looked a bit like where you live way around the world. I must say after looking at this sequence of photos I would have to agree with you.

    Have a wonderful day!

  19. Wow, you really have transformed that block. Reading the old post with much interest as this is what we would like to do down the track.
    Love that two teeth picture too, so very cute!

  20. Oh, I just read the story of your house, how brave were you and your husband to take that leap of faith. I love the idea of doing that and of staying home with the kids, but at the same time I love teaching too.


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