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Onion Flower

I love this time of year, the garden is winding down, Autumn is upon us here in the south… It’s a time to move inward, both outside in the garden and within ourselves. A time of introspection, a breathing in so to speak. The air is cooler at the end of the day, not a freezing cold but a definite reminder, though gentle, that we are heading ever closer to our winter months.

The garden needs attention, veggie beds will be harvested and manured and we will start planting our winter seedlings and seeds. Our Souties Squash are almost ready to be picked and I can’t wait to taste them, they are rather large, so I’m not quite sure of the best way to cook them, I’ll let you know what we do. I’m sure they will delicious:)

I must say, after all the hot days of Summer, I am rather looking forward to log fires in the study and lounge fireplaces. To be able to sit there and knit is one of my favourite things to do. It feels cozy just thinking about it… We still need to order and pack our wood and also plan ahead for possible power outages. We have had a couple in the last few weeks, a town about half an hour away from us had no power for a week! We have a borehole and a solar geyser but we need to figure out a solution for electricity sometime soon, instead of being totally dependant on our electricity company.

Kye has been asking which festivals we celebrate around Autumn time, he can remember so much from when he was little and I can see how celebrating Advent, Spring, Michaelmas etc… has enriched his life. I can see, when he talks about these festivals, the happiness he feels comes from deep within and holds great meaning in his heart. We will be preparing to celebrate Michaelmas soon (we are in the south so our celebrations mirror the north on opposite sides of the year) and also the Autumn equinox in a couple of weeks. Do you celebrate any special festivals around Autumn time?

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Advent…

Kye was so excited, we have just put up all our Christmas decorations, such excitement for all…

Our Advent walk on Sunday was lovely, all the little apple candles placed in their chosen spots along the spiral path…

The centre light with decorated Calendula and Marigold flowers…

Erin lighting the centre flame…

Our apple candles all ready for us to light…

The felt Advent calendar I made last year of the four kingdoms, mineral, plant, animal and people…
Happy Advent everyone…
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Yesterday…

During our nature walk in our garden yesterday, Jenna and Erin discovered these Millipedes, they were quite taken with them and so we found out a few interesting facts. There are about 10 000 named species of Millipede and the millipede that has the most legs has 375 pairs of legs. The longest known Millipede was 1.8 metres or 6 feet long. We studied them for a while and then they crawled off on into the garden again.

There were many preparations yesterday for Guy Fawkes and while the bonfire was being prepared the heavens above were putting on a marvellous show of colour, I had to capture it on film. It is the kind of colour, that when you look at it, it moves deep within you so that you can actually feel it filling your soul…

Once the sun had set the clouds took on a beautiful hue of white and charcoal grey, quite breathtaking…

Our bonfire that Jen, Erin and Kye built… Caiden was so ill yesterday that he missed out on building the fire, he feels a little better today though. My sweet boy…

Later, we all sat around the fire and sang songs, roasted marshmellows and made smores, soon afterwards, the skies opened and wonderous rain poured down…


My new Winter Pegasus horse…
Have a wonderful weekend.
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Images of Spring Day…

Kye…

Drinking homemade lemonade…

Our Flowering Peach tree…

We had a wonderful day, celebrating…

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