Day 145 25 May – autumn palette

As the sun start to set earlier, we have some of the most breathtakingly beautiful sunsets late afternoon. Today was no different.

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We have a long driveway and a row of large trees that soldier beside it. All these trees loose their leaves during autumn so the array of colors that radiant from each individual leave when the sunrays touches them is mesmerizing. Each leave is a different shade of orange, red, auburn, copper, yellow. I stood underneath one of the trees and at every angle a different part of the tree lit up.

An artists dream.

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Day 116 26 April – oatilicious

I am not a huge breakfast eater at home. Now I don’t mind going out to a cafè, sit, relax and eat till my tummy is satisfied but that’s a luxury we don’t have at the moment so home cooked breakfasts it shall be. I usually have egg or avo on toast, and there was a time when I enjoyed muesli, fruit and yogurt but the trend seems to wear off and I get bored with my meals.

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I’ve seen some incredible creations lately of oatmeal and/or smoothie bowls so this morning I tried making something hearty and warm for myself and the kids. Luckily my pantry is stocked with rolled oats as I often use it for baking the kids’ school treats. The rest of the ingredients I sourced from the freezer and fridge. I made a mixed berry oatmeal, topped with sliced plum, almonds and additional berries. I lightly sprinkled cinnamon sugar over as I know my kids will ask if they can add some sweetner.

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Breakfast took me 10 minutes to make and it was filling and satisfying. With winter approaching this will surely become a favorite in the house.

What is your go-to winter breakfast?

Day 108 18 February – shining sky

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Just when I thought today was going to be an ordinary day with work, gymnastics, mum taxi, nature puts on a show.

How mesmerizing are these clouds. They cover the autumn blue sky like a woven blanket with the sun piercing through desperate to reach earth so that its occupants can enjoy the last few sunrays before sunset.

I was suddenly overwhelmed by my surroundings and an immense sense of gratitude.

May your sky be shining bright today.

 

Day 91 1 April – tick tock

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Firstly, happy April’s Fool’s Day! Does anyone have a funny story to share on how they played a trick on someone else?

I have only once played a trick on my sister on April’s Fool’s Day. I can’t remember the year but we were still both living at home. She went out the evening and I decided to play a trick on her. It wasn’t anything to elaborate as I valued my existence. I took a pair of my dad’s shoes and seeing as she didn’t close her curtains before leaving, I placed them on the floor behind the curtain folds just so that the tip of the shoes stick out. I pulled on the curtain folds to make them stand out a bit more, giving the illusion that someone is standing behind the curtains. She would hopefully switch on her light when she gets home and get a fright. Sad to say we both can’t remember what happened next! She reckons knowing herself, she would have gotten a fright. If I’m not mistaken I got a talking to from either her or my mother the following day 🙂

Today is also the last day of daylight savings, as at 2am on April 2nd we loose an hour of daylight. I must say this concept took me a few years to grasp, and my body to catch up on. I find the switch to daylight savings a lot easier than when it ends. Knowing that in a months time we will wake up to darkness and have maybe 10 hours a day of daylight (on days when the sun actually shines) is enough to go into mourning. But this year I am focussing on the positive in all situations so with daylight savings ending comes hearty soup recipes, being wrapped in layers of blankets, having the woodstove heated up with the glow of burning wood and drinking any and every hot beverage known to man.

 

 

Day 87 28 March – dawn

Today the kids have an outdoor adventure awaiting them as they are going snorkelling at Goat Island. They had to be at school by day break as the bus trip is approximately 2 1/2 hours. On my way back home from dropping them off, the sun was just peeking over the hills. Have you notices how soft yet striking the first sunrays are when it hits earth? It highlighted our trees that stand tall along our driveway and I couldn’t drive past with out taking some photos. It is obvious how the garden is taking shape, changing from summer to autumn. I walked around the garden a little while longer and saw some interesting seed pods forming. Everything seemed fresh and ready for the day ahead.

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Nature is truly inspirational.