the rambles of a family of five in Australia


Once upon a winter time

Mummy & E, with tremendous taste in head-gear!

Rugged up for a walk around ‘our place’

This beautiful green view never fails to delight us – and what a contrast to the same time last year!

Bidding our family visitors ‘adieu’ in January. We had the BEST time with them.

It was too cold to sit on the ground, but too lovely not to be outside. Mistress Suze ‘taking the air’ in her highchair.

Fun with friends: E and Miss P racing down the path in our back garden.

The hand gestures while talking definitely don’t come from Daddy’s side of the family!

Our cheeky blossom, watching E and Miss P, wishing she could join in the fun.

Lovely P.

A beautiful winter day, with a bright blue sky and full of sunshine.

Our laughing son.

With ‘tangaroo’ tattoo to mark Australia Day. Suze had a ‘wala’ and Mummy had a badger (wombat)!

Dad & E next to the finished Snowman.

Proud as punch!

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How to skin a pheasant…

So, on New Year’s Day we were given two pheasants and two partridges ‘in the feather’ and it fell to us to get them ready for cooking.
Here are a few quick photos.

Sydney handing over our feathered bounty

R & E in the coal shed, working on a plan of attack.

E thinks a hoe would work better than mere kitchen scissors.

Before we realised that plucking it was NEVER going to work!

Ready for a quick wipe-down, then into a curry. A good afternoon’s work, really. Although H did tell R that if there ever were a survivalist-type scenario, she would be a vegetarian, as killing and plucking/skinning animals each day really isn’t her bag.

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Living in the light (of snow and other things)

Yesterday afternoon it began to snow. It began almost lazily, tiny little flakes spiralling from the sky in drifts and eddies, but it was constant, and soon the flakes began to get bigger.

In a surprisingly short time everything was blanketed in white, soft snow.

E was rapt.

This morning, he dug his little red car out of its drift and brummed it around the garden, removing his gloves to better enable him to fill the boot of the car with snow.

Later, he and R built a snowman.

It was a very joyful morning.

Later, on our return from church, we ate lunch, then introduced the poppets to their comfortable beds for a snow-time snooze.

Downstairs, the loungeroom was unusually bright, the effect of all the light being reflected off the blanket of snow surrounding the house, in through all the windows. It felt a bit like being on stage or the set of a film (not that I have ever been on the set of a film, mind you!)

It put me in mind of the passage we’d been looking at in church this morning 1 Peter 2:13. I was doing a little contextual reading and ended up on verses 18-21:

“…knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”

In turn, this led me to Hebrews 1:1-4

“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”

For me, the linking imagery in my day, the weather and these Bible passages has been the idea of brightness, specifically the brightness of the glory of Christ in God. If beautiful snow can cause us to stop and marvel, how much more the dazzling beauty of Christ Himself? This has been a comfort and reminder to look upwards with joy and thankfulness this week.