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From little things, big things grow...What? There's 600 million reasons I could think of to explain the name of this blog. I'll mention them sometime.Who? Jen. 32. Female. Melbourne, Australia.When? Here, since 03.03.09. Online in general, since '97. Online ramblings, since 24.05.99 in various incarnations.Where else?Grow It, Eat It - where I put most of the stuff about my gardening, cooking and attempts at reaching out at a dream of self-sufficiency.



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22 September 14

Baby watch!

My sister’s waters broke this morning.
So…waiting waiting waiting. So far seems to be playing out just like my labor - she’s 37 weeks exactly, just like I was.
Looking forward to meeting my first niece! 😍

21 September 14

Real training starts

Seven weeks today til The Bloody Long Walk (35km - will my legs fall off? Also: it’s a charity walk, time to start soliciting donations; be glad you aren’t friends with me on FB).

I went to the gym this morning and did my best distance in 30min on the bike. The gym is a surprisingly busy place at 7:30am on a Sunday. Got home, breakfasted, then the three of us headed out on a training walk. We did 10km with a break at the park at the halfway point - there is only so long a two year old will stay contained in a pram. The husband had the pleasure of pushing the close to 30kg of pram and I’m very grateful for that, and glad that F won’t be in tow on the day.

Now I’m ready for a sleep, and since F is napping & the sun is shining I’m going to go and bask in it.

20 September 14

We haven’t hit the “Why?” stage yet, but there’s a new question around here.
“What’s tat noise?” is a regular.
“What hap-end?” is new, and getting a good work out.

Posted: 6:39 AM


Boiling lava in Marum crater

Ambrym is a large basaltic volcano with a 12-km-wide caldera. It is not only one of the most active volcanoes of Vanuatu, but also in the world. Ambrym’s caldera is a wide, impressive moon-like landscape containing an ash plain, cut by innumerable erosion gullies and containing several active craters and recent lava flows.

The caldera is believed to have formed during a major plinian eruption with dacitic pyroclastic flows about 1900 years ago. Activity after the caldera formation was concentrated around two vents that have become large complex craters called Marum and Benbow. Often, both Marum and Benbow (as well as other craters) contain small lava lakes, which occasionally erupt lava flows onto the caldera floor, or even exit the caldera through erosion gaps.

To capture close-up footage of this lava lake on the Pacific island of Vanuatu, Geoff Mackley and his colleagues had to brave excruciating heat and some rather precarious-looking abseiling.

You can see more incredible shots at Mackley’s website.

Credit: Geoff Mackley, Bradley Ambrose, Nathan Berg

We didn’t visit this particular volcano when we went to Vanuatu on our honeymoon (we went to the top of Mt Yasur on Tanna, and peered into the crater, and watched the “fireworks” as the sunset) and oh my fucking god that was an intense experience.


Reblogged: we-are-star-stuff

19 September 14

That goddamn black dog

(NB I don’t know how to do trigger warnings and all, but keep scrolling if big mental health isn’t your thing. And it’s long-ish.)

I got gallomped over the head (or nipped at the heels?) by the black dog earlier this week, and it’s clear that although I may go many months and maybe even years completely fine, I realised there will probably always some degree of depression and / or anxiety in my life.

That was a depressing realisation in itself.

I thought I’d been doing okay. Tuesday I caught up with a bunch of friends which was great (crazy and busy and chaotic as a bunch of mummas and multiple kidlets in a public place can be), and afterwards I was struck with how profoundly lonely I’ve been. Life has been on autopilot for a while with clearly insufficient real-life socialisation.

And Wednesday. For the first time in a long time some particularly unsavoury thoughts popped into my head. The big guns came out of the blue. That kind of thinking hasn’t happened a lot for me and certainly not previously without a lot of slow spiralling for weeks/months beforehand. So it was a surprise - a scary, rather startling and disappointing surprise.

I guess the advantage of having not had the slow spiral into depression my thinking (on the whole) can clearly identify this as a major red flag and that it is not okay.

I am sitting tight with this for now. There are no plans or means. I am constantly checking my thinking. I have short term things to look forward to. My husband knows about this out of the blue relapse, though not to the extent. I will be okay. I am considering jumping back in to therapy with a psychologist (though I hate talking about it and loathe to build up rapport again).

I will be okay.

18 September 14
How I felt yesterday. And how I hope I don’t feel today.

How I felt yesterday.
And how I hope I don’t feel today.

Reblogged: ifblankcouldtalk

15 September 14

I’ve become that evil mumma that has a child whose excited about ‘kini (zucchini), chickpeas, raw sliced mushrooms, and freshly picked snow peas. He thinks he’s getting a treat when I put ‘sprinkles’ on his breakfast - they’re actually chia and linseeds.

I’m just making the most of it whilst it lasts, and getting as much goodness into him as I can in the meantime.

13 September 14
Yep. Another Saturday in the sun, daydreaming about landscaping my backyard.

Yep. Another Saturday in the sun, daydreaming about landscaping my backyard.

12 September 14
9:02pm on a Friday night. So good to be in bed already. Hoping a good night’s sleep and tomorrow’s sunshine improves my mood.

9:02pm on a Friday night. So good to be in bed already. Hoping a good night’s sleep and tomorrow’s sunshine improves my mood.

Posted: 8:19 PM

Feeling old and out of the loop (or out of touch?) - when I have to google expressions and turns of phrase on tumblr and the wider internets.

Then again, it sometimes happens in real life too when I have no idea about some pop culture reference…

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh