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Father and Son Time…

Cady and Rich Mtb Race

On Saturday, Richard and Cady did their first mountain bike race together in Nigel! They had a fantastic time and are already planning their next race in September and I hope to be joining them:)

Have a wonderful week.



My Girls… Gig Adventure 2014

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All photos taken by Jen, Erin and the crew.

Jenna and Erin have just returned home from their Scout Gig Adventure weekend. They rowed down the Vaal River for 90km, it took them 20 hours. They started just before midnight on Friday and finished last night.

They had an amazing time, we are so proud of our girls! Well done!


Creative Friday

Spiral-Cut Butternut spaghetti

I’ve had this spiral-cutter for quite some time and I’ve read about how people substitute marrows and butternut for spaghetti but I have never tried it. Well, yesterday Jen said she didn’t want wheat spaghetti so I suggested butternut. I was a little sceptical and really had no idea how this was going to turn out but I must say, it was delicious. We ended up eating a little later than usual because Richard also wanted to try some, so Jen and I baked another batch.

It’s so easy! Peel the butternut, spiral cut it and then spread it out on a baking tray. Drizzle some olive oil over it and some herb salt and bake until it’s cooked. It really is lovely with Bolognese mince or even on its own!

Have a great weekend!

Welcome to Creative Friday,

Please feel free to post your links to anything you have created and would like to share, it can be a recipe, sewing tutorial, knitting tutorial, felting, crochet, crafts, art, spinning, weaving, working with fibre, photography, poetry…etc…

I have added a Creative Friday button on the sidebar of my blog, please feel free to add it to your blog for Creative Friday and link it to so others can find this space and share their creativity too:)

1. I have started a Creative Friday Flickr Group where you can post your beautiful photos that you link to each Creative Friday. To join the group, please go here.

2. If you would be so kind as to link back to Natural Suburbia in your blog post that would be lovely or pin, share on Facebook and Twitter.


Portrait Saturday


It’s still freezing cold here in SA. This fireplace in our study has been burning for a few days now. Our water pipes are frozen solid in the mornings as well as the bird bath and even the water bowls for the chickens! This is the room where I do most of my pattern designing and pattern writing, it’s the warmest room in the house, so the boys, Sandy and all the cats are here with me. It’s been lovely spending time with the boys while the girls have been away hiking. We’ve played many games of UNO, read stories and have been having out tea together outside in the early morning sun. Tonight we are going to play Scrabble!

My test knit for the Moulin Rouge cowl is now full! Thanks so much to all the knitters who signed up. If you’d like to follow the test knit go here and do say ‘hi’.

Remember there’s going to be a Super Moon tonight, I’m going to brave the cold and try and take some photos.

My girls will be back tomorrow and Richard on Tuesday, I can’t wait to see everyone again!

Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

If you would like to join me for Portrait Saturday, post a link to your post in the comments for this post.


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