Could it be Spring Already?

The weather has changed dramatically here in Johannesburg, the sun is rising earlier and it has warmed up a few degrees. I can’t wait for Spring… I think it has already arrived though, our Almond tree is full of blossoms at the beginning of August? All our fruit trees have swelling buds, this is such an exciting time in the garden, an awakening from the deep sleep of winter…

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.


My dad woke up yesterday, he has been sitting in a chair next to his hospital bed for short periods of time! I was so surprised to see him there yesterday when I went to visit. I have only seen him sleeping and briefly waking so far, this is such a huge step! He is still very tired and and exhausted but I know there is such hope. I spoke to the physiotherapist today and she said she couldn’t believe the progress he has made over the past two days. My heart is happy and full of joy.

We continue to pray for his healing and he is healing, thank you for all your continued support with prayer and healing thoughts.




Creative Friday

This is not the best quality photo but I took it minutes before Jen left for her wonderful adventure…

I have been wanting to share this photo and its story for about a week, but with everything that’s been happening, this is the first time I am able to share this important news. Last Friday, Jenna and six other girls set off on a Gig Adventure with the Sea Scouts. They are the first all girl crew to attempt rowing 90km down the Vaal River. They started rowing at 12:00 AM on Friday morning in the dark and rowed non-stop for 18 hours. They finished on Saturday evening, exhausted but exceptionally proud that they had completed this amazing task of endurance! We are so thrilled for her and the crew!

We are thrilled that South Africa has won Gold Medals in the 2012 Olympic Games, well done to Chad Le Clos, Cameron van der Burgh and our rowing team!! So exciting!!! All the Olympians throughout the world taking part in the 2012 Olympics are fantastic and inspiring beyond words!!!

Update for my dad:
My dad continues to sleep deeply and we continue to pray for his recovery… Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers, it means the world to me.


Welcome to Creative Friday!

Thank you so much to everyone who shares the love and their beautiful links:) 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 also love to hear from you, so if you have a moment, please leave a comment:) Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with us! Just add the name of your blog to the widget and then add your blog link with the http:// at the beginning of your link address:) 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:)

Have a wonderful day,


Yarn Along

I have been knitting and knitting these last few days. It keeps my mind occupied and is quite therapeutic in a way. I knitted down to the edge on my Tea Leaves Cardi and finished the trim edge. I have finally started on the first sleeve and can’t wait to be finished. I really love the feel of this cardigan and the wool I have knitted it in, it’s so soft and light, I think I will wear it all the time once it’s finished.

I have had so much to think about since my dad had his stroke, I almost can’t believe how busy my thoughts are… So knitting in the round repeatedly for the arms of this cardi is a wonderfully calming motion…

I had about half an hour to wait before I could go in and visit my dad today. I started reading all the lovely accounts in My Grandmother’s Knitting of how some knitters learned came to knit. It really is wonderful.

I have some amazing news about  my father, when we went to see him today, he opened his eyes for a brief moment and spoke a few words to us. The matron also told us he ate some of his dinner last night! He is still very sleepy, he sleeps most of the time, but occasionally he opens his eyes!

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers, they are giving us such strength and hope…


Welcome to Our August Sponsors

I would like to welcome our new August sponsors to Natural Suburbia:

Little Woodlanders

Rachel is the owner of this gorgeous shop. You will find handmade, wooden, open-ended toys such as stacker puzzles, wooden teethers, play food, nursing necklaces, baby-wearing figures and more.

Sparkle Stories

Sparkle Stories is an amazing online resource that offers beautiful audio stories for children and families.

Super Skivvies

Steph is the owner of this lovely business. She designs and makes the most wonderful cloth training pants for little ones.

The Blog Maven:

Jeni is an amazing blog migration specialist, offering various services to help improve and update your current blog tremendously.


Thank you so much to all these businesses and blogs for their continued support:

Waldorf Essentials:

In Melisa’s words:
We started almost six years ago with our first book, A Journey Through Waldorf Homeschooling, Kindergarten.  Today we have a full curriculum for the grades and a book on inner work “108 Days”. We also have a brand new program for Waldorf homeschool teacher training.


For all your printing needs, Vistaprint. Offering wonderful printed cards, calenders and business cards.


Such a beautiful shop, stocking the most gorgeous eco-friendly, heirloom toys and practical things for your home.

Brighton Park:

A lovely, Waldorf inspired, homeschooling and homesteading blog. Make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy browsing through Katie’s many beautiful pages, a wonderful read.


At Woolies you will find the most beautiful heirloom quality stuffed animals and toys made from natural materials.


In Ulla’s words:
 ”I am German doll maker living in the US. I have been making cloth dolls in the Waldorf tradition since 2000. In an age when everything is made of plastic and synthetics, my Cloth Dolls are handmade with pure wool and cotton, natural materials that warm to body temperature as they are held. Have you ever hugged a plastic baby doll on a cold winter morning? My soft, warm dolls are unique, huggable, and as individual as the children – young and old – who love them! Hope you get a chance to visit my shop and blog.”
A lovely group of artisans creating the most beautiful heirloom and natural products for children and their families.
A truly lovely eco friendly blog with pages of delicious recipes, natural cleaning recipes for your home, gardening and crafting. A wonderful place to visit…
Please do visit these wonderful businesses and blogs and see what they have to offer.
Thank you to our lovely sponsors, we do appreciate you very much. Your support allows me to share our life via blogging and also contributes financially to the home education of our children, thank you.
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