Four years ago, we sat in this very same cosy farmhouse and pondered our future. What did we want to do with our one wild and precious life? We knew we wanted to be on the land, always. We knew we wanted to do it together, always. We knew we also wanted to explore and spread and sprout and bloom. We also knew we were desperately unhappy in our current situation. So, we left. Hard as it was. Fortune favours the brave. We traveled Australia for 18 months as homeless nomad gypsies, in search of Home…which landed us right back where we started from, in a whole new situation, but that’s a whole other story…
Whilst we bumped along dusty outback tracks, worked on cattle stations and danced together most nights by our campfire to Bjork’s ‘Leaving On A Jet Plane’, an idea brewed in the depths of my creative mind. I wanted to create an online space full of simple country living pleasures, stories of hardworking farmers, their produce, living seasonally and creatively, growing, sowing, baking, making. Sharing creative projects and whatever comes out of my oven in any particular season. This idea bubbled and brewed…until in 2014 I launched She Sows Seeds, which in a way became that ‘baby’. Yet still, it bubbled and brewed. I wasn’t done.
While I grew a seed of a different sort, a chubby baby girl named Eleanor, the idea bubbled and brewed. The busyness of mothering ebbed and flowed, the idea bubbled and brewed. Until I left my baby blossom for the first time to attend Problogger last year, returning with creative vigour and purpose. I was a woman on a mission.
Next week, the idea which bubbled and brewed throughout 2012 and far beyond, will come to fruition. I will be publishing a seasonal digital magazine, blossom + sprout. The Autumn edition will feature local Gippsland businesses, farmy folk, fellow creatives, recipes, gardening advice and imagery from our country lifestyle which has become the Home we so longed to find.
Watch this space for more details and the launch day…and apologies for the deafening silence around these parts as I put my skates on and the finishing touches on my ‘new baby’. I am blossoming and sprouting and growing and stretching towards the sun, and it’s pretty fabulous. I hope you will too.