Well, that's an awful lot of blog posts, even if they have been spread across almost 15 years. Some of you reading today have been here since I began this online journal of life, and some have only recently dropped by, so whoever you are, and from wherever you have come, welcome.
In those almost fifteen years, the blog has been viewed nearly ten million times...and when I saw that number a couple of weeks ago, I kind of retreated, or perhaps hibernated is a better description, within my mind so that I could pray and deeply consider whether or not it was time to sign off on the Elefantz blog and close it's door.
Mmmm...some days I thought 'yes' it's time to wave goodbye, and other days I thought the complete opposite because sharing about God, homemaking, and sewing still feels so important, and I genuinely love to encourage women in those areas. So here I am back today after an intentional break, inspired also by Jesus, who often went away to pray and separate Himself from the world, having decided to leave the door of Elefantz open a while longer.
You may have noticed many of your favourite bloggers closing their doors these past few years? I sorely miss a few which spoke deeply into my heart, writers who broadened my homemaker eyes, and threw the light of Christ into more than few dark valleys - however, I understand why some quit blogging as they needed more time for family and responsibilities, and then I discovered a few others chose to go the route of social media instead, which is not my thing so I soon lost touch with them. Life is a series of seasons, and though I seriously considered saying farewell, now is not that season for me. But one day it will be, and that's fine.
SOOO...here at home it's winter, but it's a very warm one still. I'm continuing to wear cotton shifts and sandals, swimming at least one kilometre a day in our pool, using the ceiling fans in the afternoon (but yay, not needing the air conditioner), gardening every day, eating salads with each meal, sitting out under the poinciana tree in the late afternoon with a book and a cuppa before staring dinner, stitching a little here and there, playing with new bread recipes, enjoying the odd day with Blossom and the children through the week, catching up with Rosie every few weeks, and pondering whether or not to start a crochet rug or wait a couple more weeks and see if the weather cools.
Remember the Garden commonplace book I began? The free cover pattern is HERE if you missed it...
I listed everything we have in the garden as of this month, and will begin to write notes on the individual plants this week...
Our garden at this time of year keeps me very busy, but it's a real joyful busyness. I'd dearly love a normal cold winter like most of you have, so I can sit by a fire, cook soups and stews, and sip on hot chocolate...but a tropical winter just isn't like that. It is though, much cooler than our spring, summer and autumn, so it's quite natural to want to be outdoors a lot in the fresh air and sunshine without experiencing the "melt". ;-)
Here's some pics from around the garden...
Have a wonderful week, and be sure to count your blessings, for even in hard times, there are blessings to be found. I'm going to bake an apricot cake now, as I re-discovered my own recipe when looking for something in an old blog post! If you'd like to make it, the recipe is HERE. This cake will be dessert for a few nights, and is especially nice with custard or ice-cream.
Bless you heaps!