Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Then there were 9! Introducing our newest grandchild-Katelyn May. Katelyn is the third child of our daughter Rachael and her husband Ben-she is sister of Elijah and Thomas.

Born on Thursday May 7th ( a little early), she weighed in at a healthy 7lb 6oz-which by our normal family birth weights is quite teeny! :)

Her shares her middle name with my mother, her great-grandmother. :) My mum made the dress Katelyn is wearing 32 years ago as part of a layette when I was expecting my first baby. Many other babies over the years have worn the cardigan, booties and shawl from the layette-but the only other to have worn the dress was Katelyn's mum.

9 grandchildren in 8.5 years! Cristian & I wouldn't have believed it 10 years ago if you had told us that we would have 9 grandchildren to love & cherish!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

It's been a year since I last updated this blog-and it's been quite a year!

Introducing our newest grandchild (#8)-our 6th grandson, Kayden Oliver born 18th March and weighing in at 10lb 4oz. He is the son of our daughter Chloe and her fiancé, Brent. Big sister Isabelle is thrilled with her new brother. :)

Grandchild #9 is due in a few weeks. :)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Missing..... blogging mojo.
I'll return just as soon as it does!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Grieving for Gran...

Today we lay to rest our beloved Gran- my husband's Grandmother. She passed away last Sunday evening. Until recently she lived at home-but time took it's toll and she moved into respite care after a heart attack some weeks back.

She was a Great-grandmother of 12 and great-great grandmother of 7...meeting out two youngest grandchildren in the week prior to passing.

Gran taught me a lot-about relationships and family; about how to enjoy and appreciate each day. One of 10 siblings, she lived through the Great Depression and knew how to live within her means.

Dancing the night away in her younger years, she also loved sport ( being VERY competitive in nature), cooking and cards.

Cognitive until the end, I adored those opportunities I had to chat with her-discussing the differences and similarities between our two generations.

RIP Edna Barbara Saunders ( nee Arnott).

Monday, December 30, 2013

Prodigal returns...albeit briefly!

Whoops- a 3 month hiatus from blogging crept up unexpectedly! Real life has been happening-with all it's ups and downs...we have welcomed two new grandchildren: Thomas on October 31st ( 2nd son for our middle child & her husband) and then on December 16th Peyton arrived ( 4th child & 1st daughter for our eldest & his fiancée). We now have 5 grandsons and 2 grand daughters to love!

We have bid goodbye to a friend and have our elderly ( 95.5yr old) grandmother transitioned into fulltime care. We have celebrated birthdays & milestones with family & friends.Swings and roundabouts, such as life always brings.

From our family to yours...we hope that your festive season has been all you could wish for and that the New Year brings a full and productive life to you all. XXX

Thomas Scott-all 9lb 14oz of him!

Peyton Rose-weighing in at a healthy 8lb 6oz at 38 weeks gestation. :)

Sunday, September 22, 2013


Just quickly popping in with an update.

* Today we divided our back section ( 40m x 13m) into 3 yards using star pickets and stock wire. We have two meat lambs coming tomorrow and we will use the 3 yard system and allow them to strip graze one section before moving into the next and so on.

* I've planted a Lapin Cherry tree, a peacharine, 8 white carpet roses and some variegated grasses. Plus sown carrots, radishes, beetroot and some more lettuce.

* My employment has been insanely busy-but I'm off to a professional conference in New Zealand next week and will go over a couple of days earlier for a few days sightseeing first.

Back soon. :

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Home harvests..

With busy times at the moment, it is heartwarming to walk out to the vegie garden at the end of the day and harvest items for that night's dinner.

Sunday's harvest:broccoli, small cauliflower, young cabbage, snowpeas and eggs.

This mornings forage: Cauliflower,4 eggs, kale, asparagus & one shallot

Budget dinner when two of the grandsons were here on Friday night consisted of beef & vege casserole topped with herby cheese dumplings.....grandson #2 went home and told his Dad that I fed them ducklings!
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