Happiness is…

Lunching with my husband…

We dropped Elliot at occasional care and decided to take the three hours and enjoy a quiet, slow breakfast. We went to Kyosk Cafe in Ocean Grove and although we may have lost the long breakfast knack, it was nice to be able to read the paper and have a chat over a delicious breakfast.

kyosk-cafe

Watching the seedings grow…

I’ve been really getting into gardening. We have a little green house set up, in a high traffic area so I don’t forget it. I’ve been planting seeds, maybe a little to rambunctiously, and a little early. But I’m so in love with checking on my little darlings every morning.

green-house

Searching for asparagus shoots…

Things seemed to have slowed down a bit for now and all of our shoots have nearly gone to seed, which is perfect for our young asparagus plants. I am so looking forward to the day that we can pick and eat the first spears.

asparagus

Listening to the crackle of freshly baked sourdough…

The quiet early morning punctuated with cracks from my hot loaves of bread. Perfect way to start the day.

bread

A big bowl of pasta with the first of our homegrown broad beans…

I learnt something this winter. It might sound stupid but I learnt that the amount of beans we get isn’t directly related to the amount of flowers we have on the plants. We also need some buzzy bees to come in and pollinate said flowers for the beans to grow.

broad-bean-pasta

Chasing bees around the garden…

And snapping photos. I’m been making a conscious effort to plant more bee friendly plants to bring the bees to the yard. And I’ve been teaching Elliot that we love bees, that they’re very good, but we don’t want to touch them.

bees

Spending time off the grid…

with my family, gardening, building fences, cooking and sitting around the fire.

elliot

 

15 thoughts on “Happiness is…

  1. I love chasing bees for photos too, Clare. The other day, I was trying to get a shot of one very happy honeybee buzzing around in our mandarin blossoms. Every time I got him in focus, he buzzed on to the next blossom!

  2. Delightful things Clare – would make anyone happy.
    Here are a few more:
    Seeing happy dogs running along the beach
    The warmth of a kitchen when home cooked goodness is cooking in the oven for those I love
    New buds on the old (ancient in fact ) peach tree
    Clean sheets on the beds
    Hearing our children laugh together
    Hearing the front door open late at night and knowing the last of my out-that-night teenagers is safely home.

  3. Hi Clare, the photo of your little boy is just precious. Look how he is holding the guitar, those little hands have it just right. Lovely.
    Have a fab Friday
    Fi

  4. I see eliots a lefty guitarist, he really loved that ukelele a open day, hope you had a great time as well Also the native bees the you we talking about in the comment section are called blue banded bees. I also think you will love the book the native Australian bee book by tim heard

  5. eliots a lefty guitarist, he really loved that ukelele a open day, hope you had a great time as well Also the native bees the you we talking about in the comment section are called blue banded bees. I also think you will love the book the native Australian bee book by tim heard

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