Please and Thank You

January 1, 2015

Our niece and nephew live in a different country, and therefore we don’t see them all that often. Aged six and a half and three and a half (those halves really matter), they change a lot between visits and I never feel like I can keep up. Just as I’m learning all the names of trains in an effort to impress a certain small, impossibly cute gentleman, he moves onto something else. They’re always teaching us things, from Chinese phrases and songs, to how to make the best mango smoothie (“you really need vanilla extra but you can use yoghurt instead of ice-cream if you don’t have any”). They’re also showing us how much our hearts can grow and that we had better be prepared to move and dance and discover the world with unaffected and curious eyes…because they’re not stopping or waiting. And we don’t want to miss it.















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♥ Visiting Ashcombe Maze, dancing in the lavender and eating Transition Farm snow peas.
♥ Tasting cider and sparkling apple juice at Mock Red Hill.
♥ Picking strawberries and eating strawberry ice-cream (it’s farm fresh!!) at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm.
♥ Making and eating pizza at my parents’ house in Red Hill, after meeting the chooks, picking lemons and sneaking up on birds.
♥ Learning how to throw a frisbee, making friends at the beach and playing on the swings.
♥ Just generally stealing our hearts.

Heidi xo








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  • laurasmess January 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    It’s so hard having family overseas. I feel like I hardly know half of my family as they’re scattered all over the globe. Thankfully, our nieces and nephew live 45 minutes away in Western Australia so we do get to see them quite a bit. Mostly for pizza nights or attendance at basketball games… we had them sleep over in our living room once (Aaron made a teepee out of bed sheets attached to the light fitting, we snuggled inside and watched ‘Frozen’ whilst eating fresh strawberries and homemade ice cream. They LOVED it) before making pancakes for breakfast. Ah, childhood. Having children in your immediate sphere definitely teaches you things. And keeps you young.
    Glad that you guys managed to spend some quality time with the little gent and lady. They’re gorgeous, you’re gorgeous… thanks for pouring your thoughts onto this page Heidi. It’s been a beautiful read on the first day of the new year xxx

    • Heidi January 7, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Oh I’m so pleased, lovely. Thank you for your words. Teepee sleepovers are just the BEST, right? What a treat x

  • Yasmeen | Wandering Spice January 2, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    What sweet photos. You know how sincerely I understand this debacle of having family spread out across the globe. You’re doing everything right, creating memories they’ll never forget x

    • Heidi January 7, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Thank you, love x

  • Mardi January 5, 2015 at 10:10 am

    My Nan and Pop used to have a house at Dromana, and we’d go down in summer as kids. I have such great memories of visiting the Maze with Sarah, my cousin and Pop. Though that was back in the days of the Arthur’s Seat chairlift, so we took that up and down the hill.
    No doubt your niece and nephew will have lovely memories of going to Ashcombe with you for years to come!

    • Heidi January 7, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Ahhh that chairlift, such a shame it died. Thank you, lovely x

  • Nicole - Champagne and Chips January 6, 2015 at 8:24 am

    I have nieces and nephews 3, 5 and 7. We see them about once a year and cling on tight because we so desperately want them to grow up knowing us.

    • Heidi January 7, 2015 at 10:55 am

      It’s such a hard thing. Cling tight, pour love & they will know. I’m keen to try & write letters more x

  • Bea January 13, 2015 at 2:18 am

    I love reading your blog! It is well put together. Seeing a glimpse of life in a different part of the world from mine is super cool!