Wednesday, June 27, 2012

gnome home

My Mum took North and Indi for a little hike the other day and when they came back they had all sorts of treasures that they used to make a 'gnome home'.
Collect moss, pinecones, rocks, flowers, acorns etc. 
Lay them out with a small dish of water on a baking pan.
Wait for the gnomes and fairies to arrive and work their magic. 

It's the simple things!

Thursday, June 21, 2012


We've been home for a few days after two very, very long flights. Brad will be meeting us here in a few weeks. Until then we'll be spending some time with Grandma and Papa who haven't seen us in a whole year. I'll be updating this space with summer photos, recipes, crafting and creating as much as I can. 

This morning I took the kids our for a little walk around the edge of the forest and look who poked her head out and said hello. She wasn't shy at all- quite curious about us actually. Majestic.
There really is no place like home.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

how do you like your porridge?

I have to admit although porridge is slowly growing on me,  it is definitely not my personal favourite breakfast food- not while pancakes are still in existence. My kids on the other hand LOVE porridge. They actually beg for it in the morning. Over the past couple years our porridge-making routine has changed a lot and I can honestly say it keeps getting better. Here's how we presently make ours:

* soak the whole rolled oats over night in water with a touch of apple cider vinegar, we also add raisins or goji berries at this time because they become nice and juicy after soaking. Soaking your grains makes them easier to digest and fast to cook.

* put the soaked oats in a blender or food processor and whiz for 5 seconds so that they are broken up a bit (but not too fine)

* add a generous amount of whole milk, cinnamon and maple syrup and simmer on low heat for 5-8 minutes until thick and creamy, add more milk during this process if necessary

* serve with a dollop of fresh cream, raw sunflower seeds, homemade apple sauce and sliced banana or blueberries depending on the season

How do you like your porridge?

Monday, June 11, 2012

the threefold human being

I thought I'd share another one of my assignments from Steiner Teacher Training. The topic for this task was to describe in 200 words what I think Steiner means by the following quote and to also make note of my understanding of Body, Soul and Spirit. 

"The task of education, understood in a spiritual sense is to bring the Soul-Spirit into harmony with the temporal body. They must be brought into harmony and they must be tuned to one another because when the child is born into the physical world they do not properly fit each other. The task of the teacher is to harmonise these two parts to one another." R.Steiner Foundations of Human Experience p. 39

To prepare for the assignment I was asked to read Theosophy Ch I; Occult Science Ch. II and The Roots of Education Ch. I all by Rudolf Steiner.
(Unrelated photo: My beautiful Mother's Day gift brought home from preschool)

The Threefold Human Being

The Threefold theosophic model gives a holistic view of the human being and of the process of human incarnation. As children’s Temporal bodies are still not connected to The(ir) Spirit, their teacher must enable and assist the process of incarnation.

The Temporal body is the human’s most outer shell and consists of material actions, active forces and sense perceptions that are turned into inner life experiences such as pain and pleasure, impulse and craving. 

The Soul is the human experience of  “I” and relates the individual to the outer world. It is a being of thinking, willing and feeling. The teacher’s goal is to develop the child’s thinking, willing and feeling.  The  I  has a profound influence on the lower bodies. When the  I  is activated in the Body, the Soul reaches an awareness of the higher self or Spirit and connects with the eternal Spirit.

The task of education is to foster healthy child development by strengthening the  I  .When a child’s  I  masters the Body she can control the urges, desires and passions of the lower bodies, and will achieve a higher conscience or morally guided consciousness. She will then be able to perceive her connection with the Universal and become enlightened with Eternal truth. When the ‘Soul-Spirit’ is in harmony with the Body the grown student is then enabled to contribute to society in a moral and meaningful way.  

A very intense topic in a nutshell!

Friday, June 8, 2012

our winter nature table

We have a new reading nook in our house and now that my little ones have a tiny amount of self-control, our nature table is able to be a bit lower down and on display at their eye level. For many months our nature table stood very high above their heads!
King Winter has most definitely arrived in Sydney. Much to most surprise Winter is my favourite season here. You can still go outside and play but it's cold enough that you can rug up in woollen underwear and socks, wear handmade knits, make casseroles, stews and soups for dinner every evening and light candles at breakfast time. 

Our winter table clearly represents more of an archetypal winter but I hope one day this is my children's winter reality! I still have such fond and vivid memories of rugging up in my snowsuit and spending hours in my backyard building snowmen and snow forts. 
I hope you are all enjoying a hot cup of tea on these chilly afternoons and that you are taking things slowly. Another thing I love about this season...