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Bits and pieces

There’s a self assuredness about the twins I find remarkable. It’s an honest self-containment, unblemished by age and experience. I wish – to some extent – I could bottle it. Instead I take photos – proud of the evidence of their early strength and development; privileged to be the one bearing witness to it.

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Also this week: the pom-pom tree is flowering, I’ve planted out our spring vegie patch (rock melon, carrots, lettuce, silverbeet, cabbage, parsley) the apple tree is in blossom and I’m loving the Nanushka Rainbow Lilac jumper and Joba jeans I got for my birthday. Spoilt? Indeed. Thank you everyone for the birthday love and well-wishes.

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We’re all missing this one…

4-up on 7-10-13 at 3.05 PM #5 (compiled)… and the rest of our family who are living away from us. The week post-wedding was a bit rough.





Bits and pieces + recipe: raw beetroot dip

I think I’ve finally realised that staying home doing activities for the most part of the day is easier than spending 2-4 hours walking about outside. Be it the age they are or my loss of physical endurance but the chaos of being indoors can’t compete with the battle of stroller rejection and the agony of getting two toddlers, the day’s groceries and my sanity, up to the top of the hill on which we live. For the first time I’ve relaxed into living relatively idly, being a little more anti-social and relying less on the outside world for stimulation. I miss the exercise, I must admit and will have to find an alternative for it but for the most part, my time is used more productively despite taking on a slower pace.

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Recipe: Raw beetroot dip

2 medium size beetroots, scrubbed clean but skin on

1 clove garlic

1/2 cup pine nuts

1-2 tsp salt

1/2 juice of lemon

1/4 cup olive oil (optional)

Food process garlic, nuts and salt. Add chopped beetroot and lemon juice and process until fairly smooth and creamy.

Recipe c/o Shoku Iku via  here

Bits and pieces

We’re on the fast track to two here. There are tantrums and spit-fire everywhere. There’s definitely not enough attention to go ’round and I feel outnumbered most of the time. The balance to this is the pace at which they’re picking up new words and solving their own problems. Inca likes to dress (and undress) herself, Pax calls Hamish by his first name. They’re beyond charming. They’re infuriating. They’re funny and they’re fierce. They’re my little babies and they’re almost 2. What happened?
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1. Crayons 2. By the fire 3. ABC 4. Favourite space 5. I still make Hamish his lunch 6. New love 7. Faber Castell 8. I love a little boy with a pony tail 9. Little family (photo by Katie Henry) 10. Time Out 11. Kalashnikov 12. Bed hair 13. Our collection grows 14. Inca (photo by Lizzie Evans) 14. Katie (photo by Lizzie Evans) 15. Pax (photo by LIzzie Evans) 16. Hiawatha’s childhood 17. Vegies ready to roast

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Winter is well and truly on it’s way. Even though we’ve had a couple of lovely days in the last little while, the wet and wind has settled in and the mornings have a crispness to them that seems to scream, there’s no going back. It’s easy to whinge, so while I long for those long summer days we’ve left behind, I try to make the most of the weather and the claustrophobia/ennui that – for me – comes from being inside. DSCF3283 DSCF3607 DSCF4379 DSCF4448DSCF4389 DSCF4162 DSCF4174 DSCF4170 DSCF4172 DSCF4461 DSCF4387 DSCF4385 DSCF4441 DSCF4479 DSCF4489 DSCF44691. Lots of washing 2. Making a baby blanket 3. Petite artiste 4. Fresh flowers – any excuse 5. Wild flower 6. Clearly Dutch 7. Bleu eyes 8. Clip-py 9. Odd socks 10. Favourite things 11. Blossom 11. Walk in 12. Long late breakfast 13. Indoor inspiration 14. Flax 15. Flash cards

Also this week: Inca’s ABC begins with A, leaves out D, and ends at G. Pax follows his ‘Hello’ (which, mind you, he shouts) with ‘LOVE YOU!’

High time I upped the health and fitness ante.

Motto: ‘Let the river run its course.’

Can’t get enough of: Orphan Black, House of Cards and Clarissa Pinkola Estés

On my mind: My talented friend, Freya Flavell, has entered the YEN Female Art Awards 2013 with this stunning piece: Akin. Vote for her here


Shop her art here

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Autumn is here. Leaf litter patterns the pavement and the acorns have falled from the oaks. As Pappa heads back to work, the bambini and I look for new ways to keep busy. Suddenly a full 10 hours without him feels like a long stretch and we miss him even before all of our ‘goodbyes’ and the familiar lock-click of the front door as it closes. Because it’s been a while, we take the back track that runs into town along the river – the twins walking the whole way, loving every minute of it. For them it’s a new adventure. For me it’s a reminder of simple pleasures. Rugged up and  criss-crossing back and forth, I relish the freedom for them to roam in relative safety. I decide that it’s as-good-a-day-as-any  to make some raw chocolate and  get home to find that our box of organic fruit and veg from the FOOD GARDEN has been delivered. Things just keep getting better.

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1. Pappa’s toast 2. Food delivery 3. Abandoned 4. Just so 5. Hearth 6. Mamma supervises 7. Old favourites – Mamma’s kale chips 8. Walking the streets 9. Well trodden path 10. Ensemble 11. Cold, wet hair = bad habits 12. Texture 13. River run 14. Explore 15. Reeds 16. Drawn out 17. Acorns 18. Autumn 19. Home 20. CHOCOLATE

Also this week: important postage arrives, Pax works his beautiful smile, Inca decides on a new name for socks: ‘bed shoes’, copious consumption of green tea with coconut oil and season 2 of  GIRLS. 

Stuck on repeat: Surfjan Stevens – Romulus

Obsessed with (Thanks Jack): This American Life 

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The period over Easter was – for us – a relatively relaxed, stay-at-home kind of affair. I’ve been engrossed in Grace Coddington’s memoir, we baked a whole fish on Good Friday, made some incredibly delicious, raw vegan cakes for a friend’s festivities and polished up the dinner table with some Moroccan rose oil I’ve treasured from a 3 month stint in the Middle Atlas Mountains several years ago. We are also surviving the transition to cooler weather with endless cups of favourite tea,  longer sleep-ins and cosy oversized winter knits. On our minds? A mid week trip to the coast before the end of school holidays. I can’t wait.

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The last week seems to have flown by. All of a sudden, we leave for Melbourne tomorrow and Sydney on Thursday morning. The bambini will stay with my parents and Hame and I will get to spent an evening and a day together without them. Sydney also means: a trip to Life Instyle, An early appointment with Fleur Wood, a walk from Bondi to Bronte, an important birthday to celebrate and quiet drinks on the terrace overlooking the harbour. I’m very excited.

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Each peach…

Almost as soon as the twins turned 18 months, our daily routine changed to accommodate their new-found sense of curiosity, language development and extended comprehension. While we still visit the park daily, each evening we take them to see the cows – a little walk away – and spend up to an hour reading books with them before bed. This week we made super orbs, a raw carrot cake, harvested peaches and perfected saying and locating eyes, nose, teeth, tongue and ears. Also this week, my Fleur Wood dress arrived in the mail, the children got new sandals and during an odd February cold snap, I got to wear my Kiboots boots for the first time.

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1. Vintage stamps 2. Books before bed 3. Peaches 4. Inca wears Saltwater Sandals, Pax wears Douglas Sandals 5. Inca wears Toshi hat 6. Pax wear Rock Your Baby hat 7. Toy basket 7. Wooden book 8. Fleur Wood dress 9. Raw carrot cake 10. Save me a slice 11. Super orb mixture 12. River bridge 13. Cows (each night the twins say – bye sun, bye Mummy, bye Daddy, bye Pac, Bye Ica, bye cow?) 14. NOSE 15. Kiboots (available from Mocking Bird sing: 60 Mostyn Street Castlemaine, VIC.)

Coming up: A trip to Sydney, an important birthday, a commission for a wedding, Mercedes Benz fashion week, Life in Style, a meeting with Fleur Wood, a black lace Zimmermann dress, a surprise to organise and hopefully, a little shop for COLOURBASH.

Coup de coeur

Years ago, when I was browsing in Artisan Books on Gertrude Street in Melbourne, I came across this extraordinary coup de coeur. I had never heard of Ernst Haeckel but was immediately taken by his extraordinary monographs of organic forms. A biologist and the first full professor of zoology in Jena, Haeckel was an emphatic advocate of Darwin’s theory of evolution. Obsessed with morphology, he delved deeply into the ever-increasing complexity of life form and their organelle structures. ‘Art Forms in Nature’ is a compelling compilation of some of his work. Evocative and at times alien, his highly detailed illustrations are at once recognisably beautiful and other worldly strange. Take a look:

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Art Forms in Nature is available to buy here

Once beautiful and brave

“We are set down in life as in the element to which we best correspond, and over and above this we have through thousands of years of accommodation become so like this life, that when we hold still we are, through a happy mimicry, scarecly to be distinguished from all that surrounds us. We have no reason to mistrust our world, for it is not against us. Has it terror, they are our terror; has it abyssess, those abysses belong to us; are dangers at hand, we must try to love them. And if only we arrange our life according to that principle which counsels us that we must always hold to the difficult, then that which now still seems to us the most alien will become that which we most trust and find most faithful. How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us. So you must not be frightened if a sadness rises up before you larger than you have ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloudshadows, passes over your hands and over all you do. You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall.”

 Letters To A Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke