Spring would not be spring without bird songs – Francis M. Chapman
I love the quote above, it’s just so very true! The most apparent thing about Spring is the bird song, at least, in my very own garden. I live in the heart of a fairly busy city, but my simple garden is like a little sanctuary. My adventurous daughter made a fat ball for the garden birds at one of her girls club session recently. We really enjoyed watching little birds like robins and tits frequenting our garden after we hung the fat ball on our plum tree. My youngest two then decided to make more fat balls so that they benefit more garden birds. I enjoyed the whole experience as much as my daughters, it was well worth it when we spotted more birds in our garden each day. And the best reward of all is the bird song of course. The sweet melody you hear the moment you wake up, you know Spring is here to stay! The days are also beginning to get longer now; sunrise at 6.45 am, sunset around 7.45 pm. I really welcome the extra daylight hours, makes me realise how dull it’s been throughout the dark gloomy winter. Anyway, time to look forward now, Alhamdulillah! I leave you with images taken from our bird feeding project, hope you’ll like them. Till we meet again next time, take good care everyone!
my girls all set to work
vegetable fat, seeds, bread crumbs; all mixed together to form a dough
tie a string to the pine cone
shaped the dough into fat balls around the pine cones
we hung the fat balls on our plum tree, along with a seed feeder
we watched the robin redbreast nibbling the fat ball
the blue tit came along too
they were not happy to see each other!
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist. – Oscar Wilde
Live a good life. And in the end it’s not the years in a life, it’s the life in the years. –Abraham Lincoln
Each day is a new life. Seize it. Live it. – David Guy Powers
Greetings everyone! Apologies for the long silence. I’ve been rather busy of late, so many things happening all at once. But it’s been good, Alhamdulillah. When my beloved father passed away 13 years ago, I remember feeling so low to the point that I no longer felt joy in living. It was as if a part of me had been taken away. It took me a long while to recover. I look back on those gloomy years I went through and I’m glad I’ve come out of it. I still remember my father now and then but I snap out of my sadness quickly knowing that I have so much to be happy and grateful for. I also know my father would want me to continue living to the fullest, embracing each and every experience I encounter just like he had done. He would have said, “My dear, go and be happy.” That’s exactly what I’m doing now. As I go about my daily life of being a home educator, a mother and a wife, I get the chance to live life fully again. It’s a wonderful feeling which I hope will stay with me for many years to come, God Willing. Anyway, enough of my chattering, let me share a few pictures I’ve taken recently. They say a picture tells a thousand words, saves me from typing it all! The joy of Spring has certainly caught up with us, we are savouring every moment of this beautiful season. Stay tuned for more Spring updates, au revoir for now!
my colourful Spring primroses
lambing season had begun; we witnessed a lamb being born at the farm today!
my middle daughter can ride rather well now
my youngest enjoying Spring with her new found friend
trees blossoming, a sure sign of Spring!
robin redbreast, a regular visitor in our Spring garden!
February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March. ~J.R. Stockton
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
~ Anne Bradstreet
The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within.
~William C. Bryant
Hello everyone, how are you? Finally we are at winter’s end here, the early signs of Spring already in place. Temperature’s climbed up to almost 10c where we are, lots of rain forecasted for the next seven days though. Which is good of course as the plants can all grow again! I need to do a major garden tidy-up once Spring is official, something I look forward to. It’s rather therapeutic to be honest. Right now it’s a week’s half term break here for us. My older two are at home, so I’m extra busy. But it’s nice to have them all together, I’m the sort who loves the chaos and madness of a large family. I remember when I was young I vowed to have more children than my mom did. Well, I have 1 extra, I guess that counts! I have nothing much to blog about at the moment but I still feel like blogging! Will make up for it, I promise. I leave you with some random pictures I’ve taken recently, hope you will like them. It’s a bit difficult to snap pictures of my older two now that they’re teenagers, they’re not so willing to pose for me these days. Unlike when they were younger, how I miss them being small. Why do children grow up so fast? Anyway, will be back real soon, all being well. Take care till we met again!
I would like to wish all those celebrating Chinese New Year a fabulous time with your loved ones!
our crocuses are out, a sign that Spring’s on its way!
my middle daughter with our local farm’s Shetland pony
my youngest loves the rabbits at the local farm
red roses on my kitchen table, I have fresh flowers in several rooms almost everyday!
my older two by Mona Lisa portrait in 20007, how I wish they were still as small!
April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. ~William Shakespeare
The sun has come out… and the air is vivid with spring light. ~Byron Caldwell Smith
Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire. ~Virgil
Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
We’ve just returned to one of our favourite haunts, now that Spring is well in the air. It’s exactly 4 years since we’ve been here, my youngest had turned 1 the last time we visited. It hasn’t changed much at all, still as beautiful and breathtaking. Nature at its best, we had a truly lovely day. Reminds me of my childhood, my parents took us out a lot. Penang Botanics Gardens, the Penang beaches and promenades were our regular retreats! 🙂
As usual, I captured countless of photos, I’ve selected some to share with you. I’m not a woman of many words at the moment, rather busy with all the children at home 24/7 during our 2-week Easter holidays. It’s been good, Alhamdulillah, I feel completely relaxed and at peace. I suppose the weather has played a major role, one can’t help but feel cheerful now that the sun’s out and the flowers are blooming in every corner! Enough said, I hope you will enjoy following me through our Spring outing pictures to one of the loveliest farm park around. Take care till next time! Allow me to continue enjoying my Spring sunshine whilst it lasts… 🙂
a beautiful peacock greeted us at the entrance
my family began exploring
let’s feed the sheep first
baa baa black sheep!
marvelling the Shetland ponies
a host of golden daffodils
hubby and I
we fed the goats
they were hungry
let’s head that way now
princess in the castle!
my big girl bonding with her papa
me by the nodding daffodils
simple picnic lunch
one of the slides in the play barn
one last feed before we go
ice-creams before we head home!
This post is about our pet rabbit, Coco Nuit. We brought Coco home from our local farm when he was about 2 months old. My eldest two (13 and 10 now) had wanted him so badly, they fell in love with him when they were helping out at the farm during the half term break. Since I want to reinforce simple living into my family life this year (we’ve always lived simply by the way), I thought it would be great to start with an update on Coco. He’s coming up to a year old now, a slightly bigger bunny who’s quite mischievous and active. Why yesterday he even managed to escape from his run as pictured below. He’s been gnawing at the fence and eventually made a cut through it. We thought the gap was too small for him but he managed to squeeze through somehow, amazing! Caring for a pet rabbit has certainly taught my children a few things; they have to see to his basic needs i.e. food, drink, a clean hutch, regular fur brushing and gentle strokes and cuddle.
They also have to check he’s not covered with fleas especially in the summer months. A trip to the farm to have his nails trimmed is also a must when they get too long! I must admit there are times when my children gets a bit lazy in carrying out their duties (especially during cold winter), I have to remind them how they are responsible for his life and general well-being, he’s not a toy that can just be ignored. I admire my children for having the patience to care for him, and the genuine love they display endears them to me all the more. I strongly believe that when we are in touch with nature and its surroundings, when we care for the animals and the environment around us, we’re more aware of the true value of living. Simple pleasures such as these remain with us forever, they form our personalities and strengthen our characters.
In today’s complex world, people often think material gain is what brings us happiness; the biggest house in the area, the trendiest car, the designer items, the latest gadgets, the list goes on and on. Until the next season of course when something new comes up, or worse still, when the neighbour’s spotted with the most updated version of the current craze! Quite frankly I’m rather tired of watching the world around me trying to keep up with the Joneses, something my family and I shun away from. Both my husband and I are very simple people, and as we grow older (into mid-40s now, quite mature!) we realised how temporary this life is and how unhappy people become when they chase the material world alone. One will always crave for more, it never ends. And then they wonder why deep down they’re never content even though they have everything they could possibly want around them! It’s better to seek simple pleasures in life; they bring you more lasting peace, joy and happiness. Coco has certainly brought us that for the year he’s been with us, we pray he will stay with us for many more years to come, if he doesn’t escape again! Time for hubby to work on a rabbit proof fence!
cleaning Coco’s hutch
he needs tender loving care too
he’s almost a year old now
a happy bunny!