It's raining a lot and we're hopeful that our very very late wet season has truly arrived because the dam is at less than 17% capacity and our town needs water.
I stood at the living room window this morning and gratefully watched this much needed water from heaven soak the ground below...
The house becomes very dark on rainy days but I do love it so.
Even though it's still very warm and terribly humid outside, the air conditioner humming away inside gives me a sense of autumn and makes me want to put a pot of thick minestrone soup on the stove and bake bread for supper tonight.
I'm missing 'real' autumns and winters today. Since moving to the tropics in 2009 we've not experienced one, no longer needing our comforting woolen winter coats or soft and toasty sheepskin Ugg boots. We haven't needed heating in the house nor sat through a wild winter storm.
Life in the tropics is very different to what I've known most of my life. To be sure it has beauty and I've grown to embrace much about living here...but just for today I'm a little melancholy and longing for falling autumn leaves and a reason to wear one of my dear old cardigans.
Perhaps I've been melancholy for more than a day?
Mr E came home from work early yesterday to surprise me with flowers. It seems he'd noticed I haven't been buying them lately. Isn't he precious? They're so beautiful...
I think this glorious autumn-y hued flower is a dahlia. Gardening dears, am I correct?
Baking has been back in full swing I'm pleased to say.
After Tuesday's failure of the not-very-pleasant buckwheat slice base, I scraped off the raspberry chia jam and coconut/almond topping so as not to waste the yummy bits. My first plan to re-use the toppings was to smother them with custard as a dessert that night but then I decided to 'jam' two pieces together with lemon curd and create a whole new slice!
Mr E was most impressed...
....but in case that didn't work out I had plan D ready to go and baked my beloved more of his favourite Banana, Date and Ginger loaf.
I have to show you the little Anna Gare measuring cups I bought myself for Christmas. Truly, they are unusable for accurate measuring because I'm just not sure where to fill to, but they look so cheery in my kitchen that I don't care if all they ever do is hold strawberries because they're so pretty...
Funny, but as I was taking these photos the first tea towel I pulled out of my kitchen drawer was the pink check one which has my Love To Bake heart stitched on to it and it also made me smile, which is a lovely thing on a melancholy day.
And then I thought, give the girls a smile too.
So here you are.
Free pattern download until the end of April here in my shop.
So what shall I do this very rainy day?
I shall stitch and re-watch Darling Buds of May which I just borrowed from the library for the third or fourth time...
I love the warmth and the delight and love for others in Darling Buds, and there's a lot of domesticity that inspires me too. I doubt I will ever have enough of learning about and living within a gentle domestic life.
The stitching is Block 3 of "The Love of Home BOM" and I'll share this free pattern with you on April 1st if you're sewing along this year...
Before I go, a little word of explanation...
I feel the need to share this via the blog.
Many dear blog readers regularly email me to chat about our shared love for God, interest in the gentle domestic life, similar health challenges and other things.
It's very humbling to have such beautiful hearts open themselves up and tell me about their lives when they have never met me and I do not take that lightly.
For the longest time I have tried to respond as quickly as I can, not a rushed reply, but to chat as though we were having a cuppa on the back porch...but the emails have increased as more and more 'kindred' souls seek to become email friends with me.
Dear hearts, I am sorry but I am unable to create time for what would surely be a lovely time of fellowship. In doing so my family would lose me, housework would be a hope, Bible study a memory, and designing would fall by the wayside.
I have a handful of precious true friends who live far away and even struggle to maintain regular contact with them, so please do not be offended.
This is one of the many reasons I began the Gentle Domesticity Facebook group.
It's an open kitchen table, someone always there with a cuppa and cake ready to chat, and I get to drop in each day at morning or afternoon tea to soak in the conversation and offer my own thoughts too.
I'd "love" for you to join us and that way there's no pressure on my part or yours.
Visit as often or as seldom as you want.
You're always welcome.
The weather forecast is for lots more rain and we may even have a cyclone forming off the coast by Saturday.
You know what that means?
More baking, more stitching, and I might even pop that soup on after all.
Have a beautiful day. xx