Tuesday, 3 June 2014

A Homespun Life..

I've decided my great grandmother Isobel had it right. She tendered her garden, raised her own chickens and gathered her family together each day.  I was always inspired by the prettiness of her era, the embroidered tablecloths, the fine bone china. These days though, I'm more inspired by her way of life, her simple, homespun everyday.  I wish I could ask her how to keep the snails off my broccoli, which breed of hen will be hardy and lay well and what the secret to her shortbread recipe is.  

I crave simplicity in my kitchen, my craft room, my wardrobe... in my whole life. I no longer want a cupboard full of teacups, a basket of unused yarn and box full of pretty fabrics. I want to be practical rather than just crafty.  So I make things to warm us in winter, cloths to keep the house clean, toys for Tallow to play with.  I embrace the tea cup rings on my dining table, love my gently worn, thrifted jeans and yearn for meals made entirely from our own garden. 

I'm no longer searching as much 'out there', in the commercial world for inspiration, I find it just where I am. In the willows that overhang the river and the cockatoo feathers we find on our slow afternoon walks.  It's at the stalls of the local farmers market and in the vibrant marigold blossoms that dance about my garden. They tell me stories and fill my days with colour and possibility.  

Now I look for the artisan in the everyday. The serepe draped around my shoulders, the hand turned mug I saved at the tip shop, the chard and spinach I lovingly tend to in my little veggie patch. It's those pieces of everyday that add up to shape a simple and beautiful homespun life. 

Much Love
xxx

32 comments:

  1. Your move back to Mildura really as been a homecoming of the heart for you hasn't it?

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    1. It really has been Trudie. When I began to rethink the ways wanted to live, more simply and mindfully I had this idea that I needed to move somewhere else to do it. And through moving and shifting our whole world I realised I had all I need right here, and it was me that needed to change, not my location. It has been amazing to be back and start living out our simple life. X

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  2. This is the very reason why when moving back to NZ from London we chose a small coastal/country town. I grow veg, keep chickens, bake, preserve and try to give my three children a simple childhood. Simple is so good for the soul. Elaina xo

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    1. It really is, isn't it Elaina. I just love it and now understand why I was never truly happy living any other way. x

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  3. This is beautiful Sophie. And once again you've so eloquently captured exactly how I've also been feeling lately! I'm becoming much more selective about what I bring home from my op-shopping adventures and I'm trying to pluck up the energy to have a huge purge and clear out our third bedroom, which is currently housing way too much stuff. I love my vintage linens and stacks of mismatched plates but in recent weeks I've really been feeling the weight of all the "things" in our lives...

    Much love, Katie xx

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    1. Awwww thank you so much Katie! It's been a real revelation for me and although I still have a way to go in the stuff department, I realise now I am not refined my that's around me and it's a really amazing feeling. Thank you for you constant inspiration and friendship, I love sharing this journey with you and I totally feel a meet up happening soon x

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  4. You really do have a beautiful way with words Sophie...I agree wholeheartedly with all of your thoughts! x

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    1. Awwww thank you so much Jane. And your beautiful blog has been such a source of inspiration to get back to these simple lovely ways. We must catch up one of these days x

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  5. I'm having a big clean out too ion the midst of a kitchen renovation - I just want what I need and a few things to hang on the walls so it feels like home. I'm loving your garden posts. Sophie I think you would also enjoy 'Paradise in the Garden' by Jenny Allen. It is all about her permaculture approach to her garden in Maleny - Hope there is a copy in your local library. I read it from cover to cover in one go and loved it. I too have too many collections of stuff - it is such a great feeling to take a heap of stuff to the op shop. Loving your blog as always Katie x

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    1. Thanks so much Katie! This book sounds fabulous and I will definitely check it out. I'm fascinated by permaculture at the moment. xx

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  6. My thoughts exactly...I love gathering the makings for dinner each afternoon in the garden, letting inspiration and dishes run through my mind.....really 'being' at home is so rewarding, money can't buy it nor can we bottle it. We just have to stop, and enjoy it.
    Warm regards,
    Jan x

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    1. Oh you said it so perfectly Jan! For the first time in my life I am really enjoying my home and it's the most wonderful feeling, x

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  7. Beautiful post. I think a lot of people are making the shift to simplify at the moment, and living with what is truly meaningful. We certainly are.
    About the snails. Try coffee grounds or saw dust around the base of the plant you're trying to protect, apparently the snails can't go across it. So simple! I'm having the same problem and this was the advice given to me.
    Jacqui x

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    1. Thanks lovely, yes it's so wonderful and inspiring seeing others feeling the same way. Thank you so much for the snail tip, they are baby ones so I hope it works, will definitely try it out. X

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  8. Sounds perfect. I'm trying to live more simply, hoping to section off a corner of my new garden for a veggie patch!

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    1. Oh that's wonderful! Our patch isn't very big but it's certainly productive. Good luck!

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  9. Go with that 'need' it is really rewarding and full-filling. x

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    1. It really is! I'm feeling so blessed to be able to live this way. X

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  10. Such a beautiful post. I totally agree. Nothing inspires me more than my daily walks with our dog and tidy closets&cupboards where everything has a function and space ;)

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    1. Thank you Katherine. Yes it's all about function and space, something that for a (reformed) collector like me was hard to understand. Now I love that everything has a place. Such a good feeling x

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  11. I adore this and you Soph. We are working on our own little homespun life wherever we land our feet. With my man in the military, that includes a new adventure every 2-3 years, but such wonderful new homes we've cultivated. Now in Hawaii, the lush green and SIMPLICITY of life is everywhere. I'll take homespun any day.

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    1. Aww you're so sweet Lindsay. I love hearing about your life in Hawaii, such a beautiful and inspiring place. Here's to homespun days. x

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  12. This is lovely. I think that in the bustle of the almighty capitalism and technology drive we've forgotten what it is to live a true and simple life. Your thoughts and your beautiful world are an inspiration to me.

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    1. Thank you so much Brittany, so sweet of you x

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  13. You have taken the words right out of my mouth. A beautiful piece, heartening and inspiring to read! It's a revolution we need, I'm sure there's enough of us to make it count! ;) Hope it's a happy homespun June!

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    1. Awwww thank you Katie! It really is a revolution and just sharing these ideas and making it happen between all of us here in the blogging community really is making it count, isn't it. Happy homespun June to you too. x

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  14. What a beautiful, inspiring post. I do think a lot of us are aspiring to this kind of simple life and the satisfactions of growing food for ourselves, cooking from scratch and making things for our families. Online at least, it does feel as if there's a lot of us thinking this way these days. I think your grandmother would be proud of you!

    As to the shortbread secret, it could be a dash of rice flour, which seems to add a lovely nutty taste and if you use ground rice instead, a pleasant gritty texture. My family recipe calls for about one part rice flour to four parts plain wheat flour. And for chooks, I don't think you could find a more hardy, gentle breed, who seem to lay continuously, than an isa brown, though I admit i haven't a lot of experience with other breeds.

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    1. Thank you so much Fiona. Yes the online community is so inspiring, so many people going back to simple ways. Yes our recipe has rice flour too, my mum tells me the secret is in the kneading and making them early in the morning. Thanks for the chicken tip too. So excited about getting a few lovely ladies, x

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  15. yes. YES. YES! I am slowly decluttering 6 years worth of want and trying very hard to only replace with need.

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    1. It's a wonderful feeling isn't it Jacinta. So good for the soul x

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  16. There are so many questions I wish I could now ask my grandmother. Lovely words!

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Thank you for stopping by! ~ I just love receiving your comments! I'll be sure to pop by your place too. Much love and vintage dreams ~ Sophie x