Friday, August 1, 2014

Floral Friday ~ A Flower Arrangement

Time got away from me last month and I missed participating in Floral Friday. Life's pretty full-on here at the moment, and I nearly let the same thing happen this month....but I decided not to. I've said it before, but one of the things I love about this project is that it does make you stop and smell the flowers. Or pick them, in this case.

None of our traditional flowering plants are in bloom this month, and aside from that we don't actually have many! Never the less, I managed to pull together a little garden posy for today and as a matter of fact, I'm actually very happy with the way it turned out.
 I didn't realise that our veggie patch was such a beautiful place until I went up there this morning with the goal to come back with a bunch of flowers. This bunch is not only pretty but is so fragrant too. The fruity sage (the little red flowers) smells divine, mixed with lavender and the single rose you see in the centre. The rose is a recent purchase and has the most beautiful scent - similar to that of a Mr. Lincoln, but not quite as overwhelmingly perfumed. I think it may become a firm fragrant of mine.
Also in my posy are the flowers of cinnamon basil (it doesn't smell that pleasant but the other flowers mask it), a little daisy, leaves of yarrow and some pink flower that I can't remember the name of.
All in all I'm very pleased with my efforts, and I think the little vase wrapped in brown paper makes it extra sweet.


Now, have you any flowery goodness happening at your house this Friday? Join in over at Trishie's or you can go on the email list for next month!

"Floral Friday is a monthly photography project with different themes each month. This series is about fun and taking time out to smell the flowers. To play along this month, simply add the link to while walking post below. To play along next time, please email Trishie for next month's theme."

Sarah x

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What Does Living Simply Mean To You?

 In our local area, we've hit the point in our growing season where we're harvesting a lot of produce as the veggies we planted back in Autumn are coming to their peak. I didn't actually realise how much food we were producing for ourselves until I was at the supermarket the other day. Walking through the veggie section, I heard myself saying, we don't need zucchini, there's some at home that need picking, we've got plenty of lettuce, don't need tomatoes...the list went on. It felt good. 
When you're busy and there are so many goals that you're still aiming to reach sometimes it can be hard to take a step back and say hey! look at how much we've accomplished. We've got our own supply of beef, eggs, most of our veggies and even chicken! (Despite the fact that growing your own poultry does mean that it's something of a treat)

Sometimes I find that I can get caught in the trap of feeling like I'm not achieving enough, I'm not doing this "self-sustainability" thing right. 
You build yourself up to be living in as high a pressure environment as if you had a high-flying corporate job and purchased all of your food from the shop and spent your week running around in circles trying to get everything done. 
Adding all of that pressure to yourself is not only counter-productive, it's not good for you and you may as well be enjoying a more relaxed life and eating vegetables that have been sprayed and chickens from a battery farm. You'd probably be healthier.

I love the way that Katie from House of Humble summed it up in this post - 

"I think a lot of people entertaining the idea of simplifying probably feel that way at times. Like you have to embrace “the good life” completely and make all your own clothes, grow all of your own food, make all of your own cleaning products, knit all of your own dishcloths, make all of your own soap, raise chickens for eggs and a cow for milk and sheep for yarn for all the knitting you must do… Or else you aren’t doing it right." 

The fact of the matter is, it isn't actually possible to achieve all this. Certainly not with a small team - like a couple or a family. You'd need an entire family circle to achieve all of that. And I mean entire, second-cousins-twice-removed included! And reality is that even of you did have your entire family working and living like that, everyone wouldn't be doing the same thing. Everyone wouldn't be trying to have a finger in every single individual pie. You'd all have your areas, your interests; the things you were good at and the things you weren't.

I think along this journey to a simpler life you have to be careful that you don't turn it into an even more complicated life than the other one you used to lead. 
Living simply is about doing just that - learning to relish and enjoy the simple things in life. It's about letting go, sitting back and actually smelling the roses. Or the lavender, or the freshly dug carrots. Whatever takes your fancy really. 
Everyone's journey is different, everyone's path leads them to a different patch.
I think the way to true simplicity - and happiness - is to learn to just let yourself live.

What does living simply, or just living at all, mean to you?

Sarah x

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Sweet Boutique

A new shop has opened in my local area. A sweet, beautiful, utterly gorgeous boutique.
It's a pop-up shop collaboration between Megsy-Jane & Robintail. If you know of these businesses you'll already be guessing just how lovely this little shop is. What's more is it's situated in picturesque Yungaburra, in a heritage listed building at that!

As you walk into this sweet little store your ears are greeted with the soft sound of retro music bubbling away in the corner and your eyes are delighted by the loveliness that surrounds you. Stylish clothes for babes and tots, beautiful jewellery, floral hair pieces as well as sweet patchwork quilts, art deco prints and even some of yours truly's hand knitted softies. It's a feast for your eyes, 100% Australian Handmade and the perfect place to head if you've got a female in the family (or a friend!) that needs a gift. And I'm not just saying that because I am stocked things form a teency weency part of the store.

Most of you probably don't know this, but I already do all of the product photography for Robintail. So of course I jumped at the chance to photograph the shop when it opened, and I even had fun putting together a short film for them (below). I love having the chance to photograph anything new; although I love taking pictures around our farm, as the seasons always change the picture, I do relish the chance to photograph something fresh and new.

A Sweet Boutique from Chantille Fleur on Vimeo.
Music: Magic Moments by Perry Como (full length version available from iTunes)

I hope you enjoy watching the video as much as I enjoyed making it!
And, if you live in the Cairns area, why not make the trip up this weekend for a wander through the Yungaburra markets and peek at this pretty new boutique?

Sarah x