I am Filled with Gratitude…

I have been knitting on my Tea Leaves cardi in the evenings now that our weather is really cold. I sit beside the fire and knit stocking stitch back and forth, it’s like a meditation and I am almost at the end now.

Today we went on a short road trip to Pretoria to see our doctor, a wonderful homoeopath that is helping our little Kye gently along the path to wellness. My cardi came with and I was able to knit a few rows while Richard drove.

Caiden made a wooden castle for his brother Kye, oh, the excitement when Kye discovered it waiting for him on the dining room table!

Our Petria is in bloom…

Photo taken by Erin, she really loved how the fire was burning through the hole in the piece of wood.

Our Flax, Garlic and Lupins are all thriving well in this raised bed.

I am so pleased with our lemons this season, every tree in our garden is laden with lemons, I will have to send some to our neighbours…

We have had a few colds in our home recently and lemons are amazing for fighting the flu. As soon as a cold or flu raises its nasty head we start with honey, lemon and ginger Rooibos tea.

Honey, Lemon and Ginger Rooibos Tea:

Make a cup of Rooibos tea and add:
The juice of 1 lemon
1 and a half teaspoons of honey
about an inch of grated ginger that’s been peeled
add a little cold water if too hot and sip slowly

This really helps to cut the phlegm and makes you feel better overall.

Seeds from my Goldenrod plant. I need more Goldenrod to grow in our garden so that I can use it for dyeing my wool.

This is Richard’s favourite tree in our garden, he loves how the ivy is climbing up its branches.

Today I am filled with so much gratitude that Kye is on the road to health…

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13 Responses to I am Filled with Gratitude…

  1. Kelly @ Creating a Family Home June 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    With those lemons and flowers in bloom, it makes me wonder how cold is “cold”! :) Glad Kye is on the road to good health!

    Warmly,
    Kelly

  2. Natalie June 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    I love dyeing with plants too. I have used goldenrod in the past…once I got a greenish yellow and once, the brightest orange I have ever seen…doing the same thing both times. good luck.

  3. Ashley June 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    The cardigan is lovely. I love that you use natural dyes for your wool, I have to try that one day. Hope everyone in your house is well soon!

  4. JenMun(a) June 13, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    oh the tea sounds so good! and your cardigan is beautiful, I love this pastel color! I hope you are all well!?
    sarah

  5. a soulful life June 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    I use natural plant dyes too :) That castle is beautiful. What a wonderful gift!

  6. swanski June 13, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    I love the sweater! I have knit the adult version and loved it :)

  7. Beau June 13, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    What kind of tree is that in your garden?

  8. eidolons June 13, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    Your cardigan looks amazing! I don’t really know what’s going on with Kye (did I miss something?) but I’m super glad to hear that he’s getting whatever help he needs to be healthy! (:

  9. Heather aka Proud Mama June 13, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

    Your card is coming along so quickly! Love how it looks. So glad your little one is on the mend. Tough indeed.

  10. The Yellow Door Paperie June 13, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    I love your tea leaves, I have been thinking on knitting that one for a while. The recipe sounds perfect for a cold. And I’m feeling like it would be nice to cozy around a fire. But it’s too warm here for that.

    What a thoughtful gift, the castle looks beautiful!

  11. Sarah-Our Island Home June 14, 2012 at 1:20 am #

    Beautiful post Linda. I love your Tea Leaves and pictures of your garden and lemons. Thank you for the tea recipe. We also enjoy Rooibos tea. Hope you are all feeling well soon.

  12. Kirsty @ Bowerbird Blue June 14, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    So much goodness, love the scarf and climbing tree. Our pot lemon is only tiny but home grown lemons are so good, we’ve been using them for the flu in our house too.

  13. K July 12, 2012 at 5:18 am #

    Oh, Caiden! BRAVE CASTLE! What a great gift! Very impressed. And well seen and shot, Erin!

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