Weekend reading

1 June 2012
For all the young mums - Carlos Gonzalez, the doctor who wants parents to break the rules.

Twenty predictions for the next 25 years.

How to fold a T shirt. You Tube

Wool soaker long pants pattern

Starting a sourdough starter.

More bread!

I have a copy of Seeing the Everyday magazine here, sent to me all the way from Cambridge, Massachusetts. I have to tell you, I really enjoyed reading it. Not only is it free of advertising, the content is about real work and therefore about real life. Even the paper feels lovely on the hand. It's not a glossy, artificial magazine, this feels and reads like our lives. I have never read a magazine before about the value of work, but it's here, right here in my hands. If you have a chance to read a copy, grab it. There is also a website and blog so you get the idea, but seeing photos of brooms sweeping, a story about washing baby clothes and breakfasts is a real delight.

FROM OUR MOB - links to people who comment here.

Over at Enchanted Moments, I found what I think is a typical old-fashioned backyard, full of character. I can see an outdoor sink, chooks, a rabbit, the vegie patch, a rake and lots of corrugated iron. I love it! I could easily sit on that bench with a cuppa and spend an hour or so chatting with Mrs Enchanted Moments.

There is a lot to look at and discover at Vintage Rose - there is a lovely party, lots of pure breed chooks and a journey back in time. This is a lovely blog and well worth a visit.

I hope you enjoy the weekend. I'm looking forward to a rest and the work over the next couple of days. I'll see you again next week!


  1. That t-shirt folding video is priceless. Hmmm have you been peeking in my closets? :)

  2. I love your Wendell Berry quote.
    It's just how I feel at the moment.

  3. Hi Rhonda can you check the link on the first line about breaking the rules, I tried it twice but didn't link in.
    I also received my Seeing the Everyday Magazaine last Friday and I've only had time to sit and read a few stories...but it's great isn't it and the photography is fantastic. I ended up emailing the photographer to tell him how great I thought his photos were matching the stories.
    I tried making your basic bread the other day and to proof the yeast and I had 3 attempts and nothing and ended up throwing my dough in the bin. My water was not too hot but I couldn't get the yeast to bubble like your picture. No idea what I'm doing wrong....it doesn't seem that it should be that hard to do. The yeast was new from Simply Good at Alderley. Any ideas? Kathy, Brisbane

  4. Morning Rhonda, thanks so much for the lovely intro for visitors popping over to my blog...it is indeed an old fashioned yard that I potter around in and my word you would be more than welcome to sit and chat down there with me and a cup of tea...you have been on my mind all week as I have baked orange cakes for a neighbour who is ill, and lunch boxes, tried out your biscuit recipe and have been rugged up on the lounge with my quiet time reading your book each night. I am finished now and can say that it is a great read.the book made me feel, that yes, I am doing the right thing home here with my children, it was a good choice to make ten years ago, and I wouldn't change it for the world...I belong home here, making life as simple and comfortable as I can for my family..and I intend to keep spreading the word.....enjoy your day...Suzanne, Adelaide......

  5. I just read a beautiful poem on the 'seeing the everyday' blog. It's called the 'song of a fifth child' (last part of the song)- "The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow, for children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow. So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep. I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep." Anyone with grown children will attest to that, so take in all those precious moments 'the everyday'. Cherish

  6. I found the 25 predictions hilarious. I remember reading a similar list in 1970 of "what the world will be like in 200" and I don't think ONE of the predictions came true (living on the moon, wearing spandex and eating pills instead of food). I'm also interested in what proportion of the world's population the predictions apply to. I'm certain that the 'smart clothing' isn't going to revolutionise the lives of sub-Saharan Africa (or cloning or gene therapy or longevity treatments or all the other things we're expecting to become commonplace in the West. Food for thought.

  7. Hi Rhonda... Enchanted Moments is my beautiful sister. I was in WA recently and bought your book in a gorgeous shop in Toodyay which was called "The Emporium". Excited, I rang my sister that night and told her I bought the book and she had bought it the week before as a Mother's Day pressie for her children to give her - and there I was I was going to give it to her but she got in before me..... How coincidental? I do try and do things around my home to make life simpler - just the other day I made some Orange vinegar cleaner. Thank you for all your wonderful wisdom and advice - we can only benefit from your sageness!

  8. I look forward to these weekend reading posts, Rhonda!
    It's so much fun to see what you have found for us to check out.
    Thank you for all you do!


  9. I haven't seen that magazine, actually rarely buy a magazine these days, but will certainly look for it now. (I went to college in Cambridge MA and live only 70 miles from there...it made me smile to see you mention my stomping grounds!)

  10. Rhonda, i have a favour to ask.
    A visitor recently broke the glass top of our dutch lamp. I have spent hours on the internet to no avail looking for a replacement. I was hoping your readers or you may know of somewhere i can buy a replacement here in Australia. Are you able to point me....please? Thank you Debra

  11. Debra, you could try the antique light company. They are at 511 Victoria st Abbortsford Victoria. They have a website with more contact details. Cheers, Cherish

  12. Thank you so much Cherish. I will try them first thing Monday.
    Thank you

  13. Thank you Rhonda for mentioning my blog and your lovely comments. I don't get a lot of time of the computer especially with homeschooling and everything that goes along with keeping a home!
    I wanted to mention that I purchased your book a couple of months ago and really enjoyed it. It now sits proudly on my coffee table so visitors can have a look.
    Take care and have a lovely week.


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