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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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29 July 14
"Uh, I’ll, um, just rest my head here…"

"Uh, I’ll, um, just rest my head here…"

Tags: wallydog
Posted: 7:45 AM
I see this happening a lot. Parents will tell a child to shake hands/hug/give someone a kiss, or people meeting a child will swoop in and demand physical contact, without checking with the child to see how she might feel about it. There’s an assumption that children’s bodies are part of the commons, and that adults are welcome and encouraged to include physical contact (I’m talking about nonsexual physical contact here, obviously) in their interactions with children. Children are punished for asserting their boundaries and saying no — I see kids sent to their rooms, or ordered to hug an adult back, or otherwise penalised for saying that their bodies are their own and they’d feel more comfortable not touching someone.

Most parents, I strongly believe, do this with the best of intentions. They want their kids to be outgoing and social, and they also want people who are meeting their kids to feel like the kids are engaging with them. But at the same time, it teaches children that they don’t have boundaries, that adults won’t respect their bodies, and that later on in life, they shouldn’t assert themselves when they’re uncomfortable with contact. That has real consequences, and it feeds into larger conversations about consent, bodies, and autonomy.

It’s ‘good manners’ to let someone touch you even when you don’t want her to.

Reblogged: brutereason

Posted: 7:40 AM

Awkward things F has said lately….

"Phone AWAY!" (Yelp. I hardly look at it when he’s around lately, but clearly he needed more attention right at that second.)

During a nappy change…
“Mum penis?”
“No, mum doesn’t have a penis. You have a penis.”
“Dad penis?”
“Yes, Dad has a penis, and you have a penis.”
“My penis. Mum penis?”
“No, I don’t have a penis. Dad has a penis because he’s a man and you have a penis because you’re a boy.”
“Man penis!”
(I can just see this one being blurted out in public, what with his propensity to point out every person as “a mummy”, “a daddy”, or “a man”.)

28 July 14
jandillmann:

Knit one row a day for a year, matching the yarn color to the color of the sky that day.

jandillmann:

Knit one row a day for a year, matching the yarn color to the color of the sky that day.

Reblogged: rosalindrobertson

27 July 14
A lot of the local parks are installing these kind of play areas for nature-based play. Some include paths through tall (for kids) grasses, others piles of rocks for scrambling over. Places for imaginative and physical play. 
I’m hoping to put in something similar to this when we re-do bits of the backyard. (If and when our renovations eventually start happening!).

A lot of the local parks are installing these kind of play areas for nature-based play. Some include paths through tall (for kids) grasses, others piles of rocks for scrambling over. Places for imaginative and physical play.
I’m hoping to put in something similar to this when we re-do bits of the backyard. (If and when our renovations eventually start happening!).

26 July 14

It’s only just gone 6:30pm, and I’m ready for bed. These 5:30am starts to the day are wiping me out!

(Keep telling myself this too shall pass. Keep forgetting to go to bed earlier.)

Posted: 12:35 PM
We went on a train adventure this morning; and I’ve just tucked a very tired little boy into bed for his nap. Clearly trains are a very exciting concept for this little munchkin.

We went on a train adventure this morning; and I’ve just tucked a very tired little boy into bed for his nap. Clearly trains are a very exciting concept for this little munchkin.

25 July 14
Afternoon treat for the commute home after a crazy couple of work days.

Afternoon treat for the commute home after a crazy couple of work days.

Tags: nom nom nom
Posted: 7:42 AM
Tonight’s dinner. My husband can cook to a recipe, the throw-it-together casseroles / stir fries etc tend to be my thing, though typing it up from my morning commute is a bit of a challenge. 

I refuse to use good wine stash in weeknight dinners. The Aldi $3.99 a bottle does the job quite adequately.

Tonight’s dinner. My husband can cook to a recipe, the throw-it-together casseroles / stir fries etc tend to be my thing, though typing it up from my morning commute is a bit of a challenge.

I refuse to use good wine stash in weeknight dinners. The Aldi $3.99 a bottle does the job quite adequately.

Posted: 7:10 AM
From yesterday - reminded myself why I hadn’t worn grey tights in 15 years. I thought it would be a good idea, since I was wearing navy (you know, instead of black tights).

Major flashbacks to my high schools’ winter uniform. 

Not sure I’ll be wearing them again - they were even a little too long so I got the ankle sag happening and all. 

I’m clearly such a fashionista.

From yesterday - reminded myself why I hadn’t worn grey tights in 15 years. I thought it would be a good idea, since I was wearing navy (you know, instead of black tights).

Major flashbacks to my high schools’ winter uniform.

Not sure I’ll be wearing them again - they were even a little too long so I got the ankle sag happening and all.

I’m clearly such a fashionista.

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh