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    I'm so glad you're here! My name is Krista, though my friends call me George, Phryne, Luna, FaFa, or Poppit, so take your pick. :-) I'm a wood-burning artist, goat farmer, writer and photographer of all things food, travel, and lifestyle.

    Born in Canada, raised in the USA, and shaped by my European roots, I now live on a goat farm in Queensland, Australia with my husband Bear where I celebrate anything that leads to healing, thriving, and loving.

    I look forward to getting to know you and hope we get to visit often as we share good food, great conversation, and the little things that make each of our lives worth living. :-)

Golden Winter Days in Australia

It’s been a rough week with my Bear injured in a car accident, me sick as can be with an awful flu, and caring for a very ill baby goat as the laundry piles higher and vacuuming goes undone.

It’s just been one of those weeks.:-)

But in the midst of the pain and the illness there has been so much goodness.

Like deliciously warm sunshine on chilly winter days. I can’t get over how beautiful Australian winters are.

 

And learning how to make artisan bread in a cast iron pot. I confess I was giddy with happiness over how beautifully it turned out.

 

 

Is there anything more comforting than slices of warm bread slathered in creamy butter?

 

 

I love looking over from my sickbed and seeing Luna (my dog) sleeping beside the baby goat, licking her gently. So sweet.

Having life go topsy-turvy now and then makes me so grateful for all the little good things in my life: essential oils that make the house smell good, hot cups of tea and buttery toast soldiers, episodes of “Who Do You Think You Are” to keep me entertained.

I feel pretty darn lucky.

 

What little things are making your life good today?




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  • neil1964

    I am in total agreement with you K. it is the simple things in life that ground us in that appreciation. …………I’m doing a gratitude diary – writing down 5 things that im grateful for every day……its amazing how lucky we are to live in this land of Oz (Aus) Australia…….

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Neil, I am so glad you shared your project with me. :-) I love that you’re taking time each day to be grateful, and you’ve inspired me to do the same. Thank you. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/foxhomestead Black Fox Homestead

    That is beautiful! It is still hard for me on my side of the world to fully comprehend winter in August. I have never seen bread baked in a cast iron skillet but cast iron is on my running list of things I have yet to get for my kitchen ~ someday. Little happies in my life this morning: my hub is home for this week, the heat broke yesterday and this morning is a cool 80 some degrees. Yesterday we finished filling the raised beds for our garden with some lovely garden soil. So sorry to hear you all have been under the weather ~ hope you both get back on your feet soon.

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      No worries at all, Jenny, it is just as difficult for me to comprehend sweltering heat when I’m shivering! :-) Those are wonderful happies indeed!!! :-)

  • jenny_atasteoftravel

    Your Queensland winter days are beautiful Krista. I’m very impressed with your bread making skills! I hope everyone is feeling better soon

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      They sure are, Jenny. I feel so lucky. :-) Bear is doing heaps better today and I’m getting there. :-)

  • LindyLou Mac

    I am sorry it has not been a good week for you and yours, hope you all recover soon, to get outside and enjoy the beauty around you.

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Thank you so much, Linda. :-) Today is a better day and I’m very grateful. :-)

  • Cailins

    Oh no!! Sending positive thoughts your way. xo

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Thank you, darling!! One better, one to go. :-)

  • MlleParadis

    Hope all gets “straightened out” again soon with you all. (Hope the car accident was only a minor one!) And yes, it looks beautfiul there. All best from L.A.

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Thank you so much, Paradis. The accident wasn’t too bad, thank goodness, and Bear is feeling so much better now. :-)

  • A Canadian Foodie

    I would be giddy making bread like this, too! Can you share the recipe and technique? I am glad you are well now… these are happy and giddy with delight photos – for sure.
    :)
    V

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      I sure will, Valerie! :-) Hopefully in my next post. :-)

  • katyabroad

    That’s Winter? It looks like summer! Sorry to hear you were poorly, hope you are feeling better now. Hope Bear and goat are on the mend too!

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      I know!!!! Isn’t it gorgeous, Katy?! :-) We are doing better, thank you. :-)

  • http://sevengreysweaters.com Amy @ Seven Grey Sweaters

    I’ve had this window sitting open, waiting to comment (oops), but just wanted to say that I’m sorry about the rough week (we had one too that week!) and hope you both are feeling LOTS better now. Sounds like this week is a MUCH better week!!! :)

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Oh, I’m sorry you had one too, luv. Aren’t those bad weeks a bugger? I’m so glad we get through them. :-) xo

  • Ayelet – All Colores

    I didn’t expect a post that starts with accident and an illness to be so filled with gratitude, and yet, it’s such an empowering way to go. Absolutely love this. Hope you too feel better soon…. and that you’ll upload a photo of your dog and your goat bonding :)

    • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

      Thank you so much, Ayelet. :-) Sometimes it’s so hard to look on the bright side, but it always makes things better. :-)

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