Saturday, 30 August 2014

~ Pink Ash

~ Grevillea Flowers

~ Brisbane Wattle

We spent a wonderful morning at the Maroochy Bushland Botanical Gardens last week. It had been my Mums birthday the week previous, but busy times kept us from seeing her then.  

We shared a delicious morning tea at one of the many gazebos around the gardens and wandered around for about 2 hours. 

The boys spotted lots of birds and at one point we could hear a frog croaking. They sat so still for a good while, attempting to determine where the frog might be hiding.  

We missed a couple of sections as Caspian was ready for a nap, so we're looking forward to going back soon.

x Shara

Thursday, 28 August 2014


Delicious Dahl

2 tablespoons, coconut oil
2 small onions
4 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon, salt
1/2 teaspoon, black pepper
2 teaspoons, curry powder
1 teaspoon, turmeric 
1/2 teaspoon, chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon, chilli flakes
400ml coconut milk
3 cups, water
2 cups, red lentils

Cook onion & garlic in oil, stirring frequently, for around 5 minutes.

Add spices, coconut milk, water & lentils.

Bring to boil, stirring.

Reduce heat & simmer for around 15/30 minutes. It may cook quick so stick around and stir every so often to ensure it doesn't burn.

Can be served a number of ways. Some fresh parsley or coriander is a nice addition. I like chopped spinach too!

Knitting: a rainbow pixie hat!

x Shara

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Yarn Along...

For some time now, I've been dreaming about a really simple half granny crochet scarf. I knew I wanted it to be green or brown, and so I began to search for just the right colour. 

I found this brilliant earthy green at Quince & Co and fell in love. It helped that it's called "PARSLEY"....

It took me one movie and a bit of an evening to do the whole thing, including two icords, which I attached to the top corners for ease of securing.

I've already worn it on many occasions, and always get a compliment, particularly on the colour!

2 nights ago, I started reading:

So far, so good. I'm quite obsessed with Viking women, so I'm hoping this will prove to be a good read....

x Shara

Joining in with Ginny!

Monday, 18 August 2014


I have really good intentions to be here more often. 

I envision this blog being a place to record my growing, changing family. A place to share our homeschool adventures, our arty/crafty activities & the special milestones that happen along the way.

I think it all went pear-shaped for me when our laptop became unusable, and I started blogging from my IPhone. It can be done but it's frustrating not being able to link to other blogs or to my ravelry page, easily.

But really that's just an excuse, and I've decided just to push past it and do the best I can, with what I have.

So, today I'm taking my lead from one of my favourite blogs, Foxslane! 

I am...

ENJOYING the BBC series Lark Rise to Candleford. I've downloaded season 1 from ITunes and have been watching and episode each night while knitting.

PLAYING peekaboo all the time. Caspian loves this game and his giggle is addictive!

SMELLING the damp earth in my garden after some much needed rain.

LISTENING to Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. Cold days, hot tea, knitting and French music - perfect!

WEARING my new Breastfeeding necklace from Kangaroo Baby Care. It's a useful tool as Caspian was pinching my neck while feeding, but now he can play with the beads.

READING to Roman every night. I got some new books in the post today, looking forward to reading something for myself in the coming weeks.

CROCHETING a hottie cover. I haven't been sharing my progress on Instagram as it will be a gift for a friend! 

LAUGHING at myself and how nervous I still get when my kids pat snakes.

KNITTING lots of things! But focusing on a vest for my Dad. A gift for his 60th birthday in December.

BLOGGING not very regularly, but still reading lots of blogs and trying to comment when I can.

FLICKING through the SBS On Demand film list and watching 4 films online this past week. Death at a Funeral, 2 Days in Paris, The Reluctant Infidel and Just Sex and Nothing Else.

NOT LOVING that Winter is coming to an end. I love cosy days, feathering my nest and venturing out into the warming sunshine.

KNOWING that next week will not be as crazy busy as this week is looking to be. Balance is key.

CASTING ON with a new delivery from O-Wool. This is my first time using their yarn, but the colours and feel of it have got me inspired!

WONDERING why I consistently double book myself! I suppose I'm not really wondering, it's pretty obvious that I would benefit from writing appointments down!

DREAMING about cutting into some linen to make a snazzy waistcoat for Roman.

HOPING to get started on some Spring/Summer clothes for the boys, using the simple patterns from Happy Homemade Sew Chic Kids.

GIGGLING with Roman as we read through The BFG by Roald Dahl.

Well there's a little snapshot from me!!

Will be back for Yarn Along on Wednesday. 

x Shara

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Yarn Along...

I had to dive straight in to all that gorgeous yarn I got on sale last week. 

Leo requested a Rainbow Hat and how could I refuse?!

The pattern is Naked Star and it's knitted flat then seamed up the back. I made some simple modifications to fit him. 

Even though Winter is coming to a close, and we don't have much need of hats anymore, it's got enough room and stretch that I'm confident it'll last him to next Winter. 

Roman wants a Rainbow Hat now, so I suppose I'll make one for Caspian to! Three Rainbow adorned boys coming up next Winter! I couldn't think of anything that would make me happier ;)

Roman and I are almost finished the BFG. I'm used to reading around three chapters a night, but I've had to reduce to one with this book as the BFG's "langwich" is so hard to pronounce that my brain feels fried!! I find it's harder for Roman to understand also, as all the wordswapping etc goes abit above his head.

I've just begun reading A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola, trying to prepare myself for our Home Education submission paperwork next month!

Can't wait to see what you're all knitting and reading, too.

x Shara

Joining in with Ginny....

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Yarn Along...

I am so behind in sharing my projects, so I'm just going to lump them all in here!!

* a fox for Caspian's birthday 

* Botanical Cowl in Malabrigo Arroyo for my Mums birthday

* a tote bag made from my "Motif a day May" project

* a sweet crochet bib dress made for a friends wee little girl. (No pattern just kinda made it up!)

* finally found the perfect buttons for Caspian's sweater.... It's so adorable!

* my latest yarn club offering. A "Felicity" hat in Malabrigo Rios Earth. Isn't the colour divine?!

I've got so much on the needles right now and having lots of fun with new patterns and yarn. Check out this amazing haul I got from a recent sale!

As for reading, I'm not doing any except for my nightly chapter or two with Roman. The BFG by Roald Dahl! So fun....

Until next week!

x Shara

Sunday, 27 July 2014


On Monday, for Caspian's actual birthday, we spent the day at home. A visit from a friend followed by toasted marshmallows and chocolate cake on the lawn, before it got to cold. Presents were opened from Grandma and Nana.

A few days later, the cart I ordered online arrived. He loves standing up with it, but is yet to push it along. All in good time, little boy!

On Saturday, we had a larger celebration at the park with family & friends. 

Oven ever thrown a first birthday before, it was a bit stressful in the morning, but once we were all set up, it was a really lovely day.

I was a bit cheeky & asked on the invitations for storybooks instead of toys! I'm so glad though, because he received a pile of really lovely books to add to our book shelves. And really, what one year old (particularly one with 2 older brothers!) needs more toys?

And so that is it! A whole week of first birthday celebrations are over.

Today will be spent resting and recovering from the sugar hangover!

x Shara