Parenting

Life’s a peach

29 January, 2015

Ah, summer on a farm in New Zealand is a bit flipping delicious. Some dear friends and my folks are over from London, which is completely AMAZING, and we are meant to be off camping with them but I am finding it hard to leave the farm. IMG_5826.JPGEveryday a new vegetable will burst out of the garden, and all the fruits are ripening by the minute. We have been crunching nectarines, apricots, peaches, plums, raspberries and strawberries. It has been pretty lovely watching these tiny little blossoms turn into juicy baubles of goodness before our very eyes.

We have a picking ladder that stretches about 10 foot into the air, above the trees, so you can harvest the ripest fruit along the canopy. Everytime I turn my back Juno has scarpered up it, sitting merrily at the top, clutching at an armful of apricots. One of my parenting philosophies is “A broken limb is better than a lifetime lived in fear” but seeing our baby perched up there sets even my heart on edge!

We’ve swum almost every day… we found a tiny corner of paradise just down the road form us. The river is clear and the sand is soft and you can dive into the depths from the shore. We make clay from the rocks and clean our hair and our faces… except the girls mostly just leave it on their hair and faces. They can’t help but be quite a lot like the Croods.

So life has been a bit of a beach… peach… peachy beach.

Hmm… actually…part from the week that we were setting up our new yurt. That was pretty tough. We had to give our old one back as it was borrowed, but we bought our own secondhand one. *proud yurt owners* But getting it up took a serious amount of sweat, help from friends, and, yes, slightly manic tears.IMG_5777.JPG

I am always struck by how, even when you are living the dream (such a cliche but it drips off my lips) melancholy and stress sometimes come along for the ride. They creep up, with the bold stealth of bullies. Unwelcome companions, but hard to shake.

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We watched the brilliant documentary Happy the other week- and we became determined to put more effort into the practices that lead to well being – such as mindfullness and connection- rather than simply resting on our laurels of living the dream. (Circumstances don’t count towards happiness half as much as daily rhythms and habits, we are learning.)

IMG_5524.JPG in fact, I might have some MASSIVE news in regard to all that very soon…. EEEEKKK! *secretive eyebrow waggle*

We should really go off in our bus and park up at a beach and see the sites while my mum and dad are here… but the sweetcorn will be ready next week…

PS If you are on Instagram come and say hello for more photos like these.

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10 Comments

  • Reply haley 29 January, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    This NZ summer has been a cracker! Love your pictures, what type of camera do you have?

  • Reply ThaliaKR 29 January, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Looking forward to hearing more about the yurt, and everything else…
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  • Reply Heather Deeming 30 January, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Love this post (and only slightly jealous!). Totally agree about the importance of daily practices over circumstances, and intrigued to hear more about your big news! In the meantime, have a fantastic time with your folks and friends!

  • Reply Eliminationcommunication 30 January, 2015 at 4:59 am

    I can’t find the like button so here is a <3 instead šŸ™‚
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  • Reply Steph 30 January, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Just curious? Did you move from the UK to NZ? If so, how was the transition? We would love to be in the position to move and live more if the simple life and for our children to grow up that way…but employment prevents it šŸ™

  • Reply Linnea 5 February, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Hi! This is actually unrelated to the post, but I couldn’t find an e-mail so here goes! I recently started a small company that (among other things) make open-crotch pants to support with elimination communication. I love your writing and I especially love how you write about EC – it’s hilarious, insightful, honest and kind. I’m bringing together all the great resources there are online about EC and I would love to link to your writings. What I wanted to ask is if it’s OK for me to use your picture or your header in my post when writing about your blog. Would that be alright? It not, no problem. I just wanted to check first. Thanks! Best, Linnea

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      Reply Lucy 9 February, 2015 at 11:55 am

      Sure – just link back! what a great company- a much needed thing šŸ˜€ Good luck!

  • Reply Mammasaurus 6 February, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Gimme the news gimme the news GIMME THE NEWS!

  • Reply Chrissy Chittenden 7 February, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Amazing photographs, and I DEFINITELY get the melancholy and stress part, like bullies. I needed to read this.

  • Reply Natalie @ little jam pot life 11 February, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Can’t wait to hear the news!

    I follow your blog and Instagram in awe, we’d love to live a life like yours, enabling to lead a more free, simple , happy life! Lovely to read xx

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