A life of health and wellness…with kids!

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A Sweet Little Flower Fairy

This weekend just gone, a sweet little needle felted Flower Fairy came to live with us….Her name is Sage.

Needle Felted Flower Fairy

Sage the Flower Fairy

Sage wasn’t very happy that I didn’t have any fresh flowers in the house… I made sure to fix that fairly quickly.


Needle felted fairy

She made short work of exploring the flowers – I think she approves…

Needle felted fairy

I hope that she likes her new home with us!

Needle felted fairyxxAndj


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How are you keeping…Healthy?

Recently I decided to torture challenge myself by signing up for the annual Fitz’s Challenge bike ride in Canberra. This event is not a race – it is a challenge – meaning that you are only doing it because you want to challenge yourself to something…well..challenging.

I signed up for the 50km – and while in some peoples books that is not very far – for me – who does very little riding – it was far enough. Especially when you consider that the course is basically all up the side of a mountain range. There is also a 105km, a 165km and a 225km event.

So one Sunday a couple of weeks ago I took myself up to Mt Stromlo for the start.

Start Fitz's 2012

It was a nice cool morning – luckily – as I would see myself out on the road for close to three hours by the end.

Tony Abbott was there too!

Tony Abbott at Fitz's Challenge 2012

Tony Abbott at Fitz’s Challenge 2012

Given that I had very little ‘trainin’ for this one – I thought that I did rather well just to finish. It truly was grulleing and I was desperate for food by the time I got to the halfway checkpoint.

Halfway point Fitz's Challenge 2012

Halfway point Fitz’s Challenge 2012

The worst part about riding up and down mountainsides to get to the check point was knowing that I had to ride back again..but giving that I was in the middle of nowhere – I kind of didn’t have a choice.

I don’t have a picture of the finish – or of any of the stupidly steep hills – mainly because I was too exhausted to take any!

Maybe next year….


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For the love of bubbles!

A few weeks ago on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon the kids had a fun bubble session with the aunt on her front lawn.

  It was especially funny watching Baby B putting the wrong end of the bubble pipe in his mouth~! Then he was really blowing bubbles!

Simple fun!


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The early spring garden harvest

Homegrown vegies

Silverbeet, broad beans and more lettuce than we can eat!

My late winter gardening efforts are beginning to pay off and last weekend I pulled up the Silverbeet that was running to seed and salvaged as many of the leaves as I could (after carefully removing a small army of earwigs!). Silverbeet is such an easy veggie to grow and there are so many things you can use it in. I tend to use it as a substitute for Spinach or throw a handful into a curry to add a few greens.

I don’t really like broad beans but I grow them as a nitrogen fixing crop over winter. They never fail to crop well and I shell the pods and give the a quick blast in some boiling water and then freeze them to put into casseroles and stews.

The lettuce is a new one for me this year and I have been surprised at how easy it has been to grow. I have more lettuce right now than I could eat in a year and I do get a little bit sick of having salads daily! I have a new appreciation for why loose leaf lettuce in the shops is so expensive because it is quite difficult to wash all the bugs and grit off the leaves.

The rest of the veggies in the garden look like giving me a very worthy crop over the next few months. I especially love having an entire salad growing in my back yard!

How is your veggie garden going?