Winter Solstice Birthday and days by the fire…

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The Southern Hemisphere is enjoying the Winter Solstice today and didn’t it put on a show this morning! We had -3C here overnight and when I was taking the boys to school this morning the frost and ice was still thick. It is so nice to walk through with your boots on, crunching along.

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Even though it has been super cold in the mornings and from about 3:30pm-ish, the days have been clear, sunny and stunning. Even though I enjoy the cold, it’s nice to know that today was the longest day and it is now the downhill slide to Spring!

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One thing we look for with the Solstice is our eldest boy, Declan’s Birthday which was a few days ago. I still can’t believe he is 9 now! We woke to a sea of birthday paper while he frantically unwrapped his gifts on our bed…this has become a tradition on anyone’s Birthdays.

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There was two cakes as well. An amazing chocolate sponge and cream cake with chocolate covered marshmallows, that my Sister made and this Spiderman cake that was Declan’s request…I preferred my Sisters cake.

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It has been sooo cold in the studio my fire is still not going in there and I have been trying to get work done in my big feather jacket, beanie and scarf! It’s not the most ideal way to work with cold ceramic let me just say…but I am getting there.

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It has given me a chance to finish off my tax for the year, except for a few things, and I feel like I am finally on top of it all…and all of these orders. There is a box full on the floor too. They are all making their way out at the start of the week.

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Even though it is freezing, by the fire is toasty, candles are glowing, hot soul warming food is being cooked and shared and I am even getting too that Kitchen makeover list finally…only details, but it’s a start.

I hope you enjoy the sunshine over the weekend…I have a lot planned :)

Ness xx



12 Responses to Winter Solstice Birthday and days by the fire…
  1. Fiona, Lilyfield Life
    June 21, 2013 | 10:14 pm

    hi Ness, Happy birthday to your boy! I am also freezing but because i had to send our gas heater in for a service again. I’m sure sydney is not nearly as cold as Tassie but I would love to have the heater back soon! hope you have a lovely weekend

    • Ness Lockyer
      June 21, 2013 | 10:22 pm

      Oh NO!!! That be horrible. It’s bad enough with no studio fire.
      Keep warm lovely and thank you for Declan’s B’day wishes xx

  2. Felicity
    June 21, 2013 | 10:22 pm

    Hi Ness,
    Gorgeous photos as always!! If you don’t mind me asking what camera did you use to shoot the 1st pic of the grass? Was there editing? I’m striving to take great photos like these but can never manage to get the same effect.
    Many thanks!
    P.S I also hope you get your fire going soon :) x

    • Ness Lockyer
      June 21, 2013 | 10:28 pm

      Hi Felicity. I took that on my iPhone as we were racing out the door to School…no editing, just freezing hands :) There are some great tutorials on pinterest about iphone photography if you want some great tips.
      Ness xx
      …I’m hoping that fire is going soon too, or my fingers will drop off 😉

      • Anonymous
        June 22, 2013 | 5:36 pm

        Hi Ness,
        Wow. Your so talented. I’ll definitely go and check out those tips on Pinterest! Thanks for letting me know!
        Hope you have a super weekend :)

        • Ness Lockyer
          June 22, 2013 | 7:19 pm

          Thank you…don’t know about that though…just helping out xx

  3. Eva
    June 22, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    Hi Ness,

    So glad to see that life is still pottering along for you.
    Thought I would let you know that I have just made your ‘Lime Tart’. It is currently cooling down before I put it in the fridge. It doesn’t look anything like yours…..but then, it is only my first go ever at making my own pastry or a tart!! We are all speculating as to how it will taste……

    • Ness Lockyer
      June 22, 2013 | 3:52 pm

      That’s awesome that you have it a go. I’m sure it will be brilliant. Each time you make it, you will get better.
      Thank you
      Ness xx

      • Eva
        June 22, 2013 | 4:03 pm

        We couldn’t wait any longer and had a taste….it’s a little soggy on the bottom but my husband ate 3 pieces!!!!! I’ll know what to do next time. E

        • Ness Lockyer
          June 22, 2013 | 7:20 pm

          Sounds like you need to bake the case for a little longer. Not ‘blind baking’ it for long enough, allows the filling to seep in making it soggy…just have it in for 5-10 minutes longer after you take the rice/beads out.
          I’m so glad you tried it…It is a new favourite in our home.
          Ness xx

  4. Bulb to Blossom
    June 24, 2013 | 12:33 pm

    All of your pictures are so beautiful! I love scrolling down :)

    • Ness Lockyer
      June 24, 2013 | 12:42 pm

      Thank you so much….made my day!
      Ness xx

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