craft, crochet, granny love, homeschooling, Kimberley, Western Australia, zen

End of August

Hello dear friends. What a week it has been. News of an earthquake and hurricane overseas, which is still on my mind and affecting my friends on the east coast. Sickness here in our household, of various sorts. I can say I have the utmost respect for the amazing discovery of Penicillin, and would be long ago deceased without it. Aren’t we lucky to live in this day and age.

We have mango trees, and boy are they fruiting. Soon, we will have mango delights ! It is such fun to live in a tropical climate, so different to anything i’ve ever experienced before. It has now been ‘dry’ for 6 months, wonderful cool weather. In the next few months it will heat up and bring the rainy ‘wet’ season with it. During the exchange, we experience 8 full months without a single drop of rain. Marvelous how the trees and plants and people adapt.

Due to our illnesses of sorts we’ve had some downtime from the homeschooling, but we have managed to complete our newspaper Biology man, turning it into a fun game to boot. This was super fun for us all….. Moving on into Roman Numerals in our Maths.

I myself having revelations of sorts as I continue reading “Art of zen” as discussed before. So many things I could post from it, but I won’t. Just read it sometime, won’t yoU?  It has helped me become more rooted – in a foreign country that isn’t easy to do I had thought. But aren’t you the same person wherever you roam? Perhaps life throws little tests at us ; intervalls of teaching and learning. The world keeps spinning around and around.

( I’m glad to be on it. )



20 thoughts on “End of August

  1. A mango tree? That would be interesting to have in our backyard…if we lived somewhere tropical. Love how bright the granny squares are and that little snippet of fabric – what will you make with it?


    Posted by Ellen | August 31, 2011, 1:46 pm
  2. I hope everyone starts feeling better at your house….


    A Knittters Notebook


    Posted by Renee | August 31, 2011, 2:55 pm
  3. i have that unicorn fabric in blue and don’t know what to do with it! i only have a 1/2 yard :-( i bought it for my daughter who loves unicorns…


    Posted by Megan | August 31, 2011, 3:03 pm
  4. I live in a tropical country too, very tropical, may I say. We have rain from May to November. Mangoes are at the end of the season here.
    Love you squares.


    Posted by Náhuatl Vargas | August 31, 2011, 4:10 pm
  5. oh, feel better soon!

    i do love your granny squares and i’m feeling like i may have to make some now too. i haven’t read zen in many, many years but i will unearth a copy and reread it. i had mango greek yougart this morning for breakfast, yum. you are so lucky to have a tree. our neighbors had one when we lived in hawaii, luckily they liked to share!

    i have those chaco’s too!


    Posted by Lori | August 31, 2011, 4:15 pm
  6. Love your granny squares! Also, great lesson on biology…love the newspaper man :)


    Posted by Kristen | August 31, 2011, 7:59 pm
  7. ahh….you make me wish i could be living down under too. spent some time there in college. my family spent time there in the 60’s before i was born. i wish….i wish…i wish…if i do that on the first star i see tonight do you think it will work?



    Posted by | August 31, 2011, 9:03 pm
  8. Aren’t mango trees the most amazing looking trees? Why did they decide to put their fruit way on the end of a stem like that? I remember the first time I saw a mango tree, I pulled over to the side of the road and took a picture. lol!


    Posted by Jen Letts | August 31, 2011, 10:07 pm
  9. Cute granny’s love those colours together. Enjoy the Mango’s.


    Posted by mistea | August 31, 2011, 11:04 pm
  10. I love the unicorn fabric–made my daughter a patchwork skirt out of it. Your homeschooling intestine man is awesome! I am going to have to keep this one in my back pocket for when my kids get older.

    Regarding Soule’s book, I do not think it is one that I will refer to often and could have easily checked it out from the library. It is pretty and nice to have but not really a reference (in my opinion).


    Posted by Sachi | September 1, 2011, 1:23 am
  11. Look at those lovely granny squares! I haven’t crocheted anything in such a long time… I need to do something up soon – it always seems to go so much more quickly than knitting!

    I can’t even imagine mango trees in my yard…I bought two at the market last week for 49¢ apiece and considered it a nice little treat. Being able to go outside & pick some whenever I wanted? That would be heavenly… xo


    Posted by meghann | September 1, 2011, 2:43 am
    • 49c apiece?? mangoes are never ever that cheap here …. even in season. enjoy !!
      when i first started crocheting (nadine will testify!) i thought it went by ssssooooo slllloooooww~!
      now, i do agree, knitting takes me forever in comparison. its because of all those stitches on the line, and that dreaded PURL !!!!!!!!! :))))


      Posted by ohangelina | September 1, 2011, 3:06 am
  12. LOve your little squares…i wonder what they will be…or perhaps they are already?…
    Sounds like a great book. I have a foreigner in my family, sometimes it is a little difficult…it/we/them…do not mean it to just is……for some strange reason mangoes are too sweet for me…duh!!


    Posted by debra | September 1, 2011, 4:39 am
    • hi debra.. they are going to be a super cool something (tutorial coming up!) _____/ regarding the awkwardness, i know. you dont mean it to be, but it just is. a harmless accent interpretation, a joke, a gesture, the way different cultures eat/worship/deal with situations and feelings. it is something john and i constantly have to work at as a couple, so it doesnt get in the way. i love to match the sweetness of mangoes with savory MEAT dishes ! mangoes and chicken?? oh YEAH !!


      Posted by ohangelina | September 1, 2011, 4:44 am
  13. Hi Angelina, Thanks for stopping by. I did make the bias, just a random piece of fabric (no name) from Spotlight.
    I notice you have made Waldorf dolls. I am a founding parent of the now Silkwood School. It was Silkwood Steiner School but as it grew and grew away from Anthroposophy the name Steiner was taken from the schools name. Very happy my daughter had those foundations though and happy for the experience for the family. We learnt a lot and made many friends. Really enjoyed the doll making and teaching others too! x


    Posted by debra | September 1, 2011, 11:58 am
  14. Hello, friend. All is well here. Sorry to hear you’re under the weather. Get well quick. Having homeschooled all my kids, the “newspaper biology man” sure brings back memories. I recall those guys and gals hanging all over the house. The granny squares are really really pretty. Like you.


    Posted by Jodi | September 1, 2011, 5:55 pm
  15. I love the idea of having a mango tree in the back garden. So many wonderful food combinations… or would I just sit and eat them straight from the tree. Yum. Hope you all feel better soon.


    Posted by Cheryl | September 1, 2011, 10:57 pm
  16. thank you for the book recommendation – i think it’s just what i need right now!

    love your granny squares.


    Posted by sam lamb | September 2, 2011, 12:30 am

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