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Friday, 17 March 2017

Five Photos of My New Life

For this weeks Five on Friday, I wanted to share with you 5 photos from my new life that make me incredibly happy. It's hard when you run a small business to let work take over your life and to live in your head a bit. It's easy to forget to be present, in the here and now. Taking in the good bits of life. The bits that stop and make you smile.

Ultimately, we moved here to change our lives for the better. Sometimes it'll come to the end of the week and I literally haven't left the boundaries of our garden. No bueno. I've been making a conscious effort on days when I'm working to snatch some time outside with the womb-fruits, even if it's only 5 minutes to go and check on the chickens. And I feel so much better! I know when the house build commences that I'll be outside all of the time, but at the moment I'm so consumed with work and trying to build my business up to something sustainable for us, that I forget to live.

But, I must remember - 'We work to live, not live to work'.

So, here are five pictures, all snapped at various times, that make me incredibly happy.


Rori helped us re-pot some tomato plants that had outgrown their seedling pots, and into some upcycled pots made from recycled plastic water bottles. Rori loves to get her hands in the dirt and telling the plants as she tucks them up in their soil duvet 'Na-Night!'
Rori watering the tomato plants

Rori up at the crack of dawn to let our chickens out of their coop and give them their breakfast in the Community Garden we have started in our village.
Rori feeding the chickens

Two eggs from our chickens. Look at the size difference! The littlest egg was a first lay for our chicken Polly, now she's laying huge eggs like the ones on the left consistently.
A couple of eggs from our chickens

 Logan and Rori love having more freedom to run and play. The village we live in is so small and secure, they have much more freedom to play outside. I managed to capture this recent cuddle they had outside the one and only shop in our village - it only sells bread and cakes!
Sibling love

We've wanted chickens for as long as I can remember. Back when we used to day dream about the 'good life' we would have 'one day', it always involved the countryside and chickens. That was our measure of the good life and happiness. So every time I spend with our chickens, I find something else to love about them. First and foremost, it's because to us, they equal freedom from our old 9-5 lives, but recently it's also been their little scaly feet. I love them!
scaly chicken feet!

I hope you've all had a great week so far and are looking forward to the weekend. We've got a lot of repotting seedlings and plating out to do over in the communal garden. We also need to build something around the veg beds to make them more secure, the chickens have decided that the seedlings are especially for them to feast on!




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  1. Joys of every day life - enjoy to the fullest! I have been there - running a small business with no time for the real life. Your kids and photos are full of happiness!

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    1. Thank you, living life to the fullest is a good motto to live by!

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  2. Happy days, they go so fast and you really notice it with the children growing up. Looks like you're having a whale of a time.🐣

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  3. Sometimes work can be all consuming. No doubt all the work you are putting into setting up your business will pay out later. In the meantime, it is lovely to see that you still manage to snatch many moments here and there to enjoy the everyday loveliness that surrounds you. I sure will look at chicken feet in a different way now :-) They sell bags of frozen chicken feet at our local Chinese supermarket, I can't imagine eating them!
    I have just reduced my work hours to 0.8 FTE and the difference it makes is amazing. I have played games with my younger two on a week day and we've been to the park and on long dog walks, something we haven't done in a long time. Good luck with your business, the bikinis you make are the coolest I have seen for a long time, I'll show them to my daughter (my bikini days are over, need something to hold the rolls together, body armour essentially).

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    1. I was scarred as a teenager at a 'proper' Chinese restaurant, watching them serve up and munch on chicken feet. Now I feel I can fully appreciate the beauty of them ;) Good for you for reducing your work hours so you can enjoy some of those special moments with your kiddies, it makes life just that much sweeter doesn't it?
      Thank you so much! I used to think that since having the kids that my bikini days were over too, but now I've decided to embrace this Mum-bod

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  4. They are so cute at that age !

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    1. They are, but they're growing up too quickly!

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  5. What a wonderful Five! Love seeing the photos of the kids. They look so free and happy. Glad the place you're living is so great. Chickens look interesting to keep. The eggs are fabulous - so different from shop bought ones.

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    1. Free and happy are certainly the right words, I like to joke and say that I now have free-range chickens and free-range children!

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  6. The feet is literally my least favourite part of our chickens! 😂

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    1. Find beauty in the strange places one wouldn't usually look!

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  7. What a cute little egg! What did you make with it?

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    1. It went into a batch of pancakes on a Sunday morning!

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  8. Wonderful five. Your children are adorable and I agree with Rori ... I love playing in the dirt and seeing plants thrive. I love fresh eggs and living in the city I have to depend on the farmers market. Happy Friday!

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    1. Thank you, I think they're adorable too, but I am biased :D When we lived in the city I used to love my local farmer's market, so much variety!

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  9. When I used to visit my grandparents on the farm, my job was to pick the tomato worms off the plants and feed them to the chickens. I loved it.

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    1. That sounds like a good job to me, I'll have to see about talking Logan into this, I think he'd enjoy it

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  10. Your sweet babies look like life in the village is good for them. Congrats on living the life you love.

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    1. Thank you, they seem to love it, that's for sure!

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  11. Polly's tiny egg looks like a test run with her figuring out how egg laying worked! It must be lovely to know your children are growing up in a safe, open environment.

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    1. Yes I think you're right! All of the other chickens seemed to be thrown in at the deep end with a normal sized egg on their first go! It's a lovely feeling to see them so safe and happy

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  12. Such sweet five photos of your babies. They are adorable.
    When I was little my mother was keeping chickens in the corner of our garden, and I was able to eat fresh eggs.
    Happy new week to you!

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    1. Thank you :)
      Nothing beats fresh eggs - so much more flavour than the ones you buy at the supermarket. Happy New Week to you too!

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  13. Such sweet children! They appear to be enjoying their lives!

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  14. watering the tomato plants is the most adorable picture.. so cute baby..

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  15. Wonderful fives - such sweet and simple moments to treasure! Sounds like you have your priorities straight! Love seeing those precious little ones and who doesn't love chickens? Unfortunately I can't have them here.....too many predators:( Thanks for stopping by! x Karen

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    1. The simple moments are the best and most satisfying ones for sure :)

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  16. Sounds like you made all the right choices for your family and yourself, simplicity rules!
    Amalia
    xo

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  17. I love that you are looking for things to make you happy. I used to do that, and found I was actually happier because I was looking for it all day long! So many people need to learn to work to live. I enjoyed your post.
    Cindy

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    1. Happiness is abundant if only we seek it :) Thanks Cindy

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  18. Lovely photos: supercute kids and elegant black chickens!
    By the way, your hair colour is great.

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  19. Great photos of your lovely children. The size difference in the eggs is amazing:)

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    1. it is quite astounding! I find it so wondrous that chickens can form and lay an egg in only 24 hours!

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