Friday, December 21, 2012

A Last Day, Teacher Gifts, Weekly Stills and The Longest Blog Title In The History Of The World (oh, and merry christmas)

This morning Zeph and I wandered through our humble vegetable gardens collecting edible treasures for his teachers. Into a cane basket we placed some beautifully ripened tomatoes, fresh garlic, a range of herbs, yellow zucchini, egg plant, beans and some eggs from the hens down the back.

It seemed only fitting that we gifted them with items that we're produced with time, love and care. A small and humble expression of our gratitude for the amazing work they do. It's been with gentle guidance and genuine love filled words that they have taught Zeph this year and he is better for it. Dave and I couldn't be more pleased.

Without hesitation we marched out the front gates, sunflowers and wicker baskets in hand. Upon arrival Zeph announced "I grew these for you", he received warm smiles and firm hugs in return.

So that marks the end of the school year and the beginning of the holiday period. Tonight, Dave and I will celebrate in the cool evening breeze with take out chinese (honey king prawns, i need you) and a bottle of ice cold sparkling mineral water... okay, Dave will have james Squires and i'll wish I was having James Squires too.

Next year will be an exciting one for us, full of changes, new projects and new children.

I thought I'd leave you with a few places to visit should you have the time and the inclination. I'll also be adding the STILLS linky and including some of my favourite Beetle Shack posts. Please feel free to leave some of your highlights there too.

Have a beautiful Christmas my friends. My you be blessed with patience and a tiny bit of solitude amongst the mayhem.

If you have the time why not

1. Watch this film including some very exciting news.
2. Oogle this amazing back yard creation.
3. Encourage your kids to spend some time here (fun and educational).
4. Wet your appetite for all things surf, summer and adventuresome.
5. Make my all time favourite summer dessert.
6. Check back on Monday to see if you've won this amazing giveaway.
7. Grab a 'Weekly Stills' button and add it to your side bar.
8. Reflect upon your 2012 New Years Resolutions (here's mine) and start writing your 2013 list. eep.
9. Take the time to visit our sponsors on the side bar
10. Add some of your favourite posts to the linky below.

The Beetle Shack

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  1. What a beautiful, yummy AND thoughtful gift. As a teacher myself I would be very happy to receive a gift that came with so much love. x

  2. That is such a nice gift...I am sure the teachers would appreciate husband is a teacher and he brings home mostly waistline and I would have loved some veggies!

  3. Such a lovely idea, I will remember that for next year! Your photos always look amazing, may I ask what sort of camera u use? Have a merry christmas filled with plenty of laughter, happiness and great food! Liz

    1. hey Liza (or luke?) thanks :) I use a canon 60D with a 1.4 50mm lens. If my photography is any good it's because of the camera, not my skill! :)

      xo em

  4. lovely photos, as always Em. And that is such a thoughtful gift - my dad's a primary school teacher and we all get a little over the roses chocolates - but the cards are always so sweet :-) Happy holidays lovely, look forward to following your 2013 as well xx

  5. Such a lovely gift! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Look forward to reading your blog in 2013. xo Za

  6. That is they sweetest, most thoughtful gift. I am sure that meant more to his teacher than you guys know.


  7. What an amazing gift. I cannot wait for our garden to produce some food as yummy as your basket of goddies.

  8. i would have loved one of my little ones to have brought me a treat basket like that. i do have a mighty collection of soap and chocolate. and a bag of crystals and beads from a 6 year old who collects them {precious!} snatched your button for the upcoming year. been doing a version of stills but joining team em this round:) xx ashley

  9. This is my first time commenting here. Wishing you and your family the very best for the Christmas season.
    Thank you very much for the recommendation of Elf shoes. I have ordered some great sandals for my extremely hard to shop for seventeen yr old daughter.
    I also took advantage of the 10% off.
    Best wishes,

    1. I'm replying to myself but just wanted to add that I've also bought her a vintage backpack from Bleeker St Vintage as she is starting Uni next year.
      She is going to love me!

    2. Hey Carolyn,

      I'm so thrilled to hear this! I know your daughter will LOVE the shoes, they are so comfortable and beautiful quality too! And as for bleeker St, say no more, it's simply perfection!

      Merry Christmas Carolyn, It's lovely to have you here :)

      xo em

  10. handmade, handgrown makes for the best gifts. wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas Em! I've loved the Weekly Stills linky and can't wait to join in each week of 2013! Happy Holidays to you xx

  11. A very merry Christmas to you and your family Em!

    I am grabbing that button now!

    xo jody

  12. What a great gift! Hoping you guys have a very merry Christmas! xx

  13. You really make it appear so easy along with your presentation however I to find this matter to be actually something which I feel I would by no means understand. It sort of feels too complex and very extensive for me. I am looking ahead on your next submit, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  14. Em, I've loved discovering your blog this year (I was a preliminary judge in the Kidspot comp) and have enjoyed every post that pops up in my reader. Merry Christmas lovely lady x

  15. Merry Christmas Em, have yourself a lovely one x

  16. That was a really thoughtful gift. Last year I was given one of my all time favourite gifts, a fruit basket and a speech (so cute) from one of my very grown up kinder girls. But nothing beats homegrown. I am going to add it to my list of suggested presents for teachers when friends ask. Merry Christmas!

    1. I wanted to add that the thought that went into the present was magic. I bet the teachers felt really appreciated. That appreciation is something a tin of biscuits or choccies just can't quite convey. "You've nurtured my child for a year...enjoy the shortbread" Haha.

  17. You lovely Em are an angel on earth! Much love, delicious feasting and Nana naps for you this Christmas :) x

  18. most adorable and thoughtful teacher gifts ever! But of course... after all, you are a teacher!


  19. oh... and happy lovely jolly christmas to you all... from us! x

  20. What a lovely gif t for the teacher, wishing you a wonderful Christmas. x

  21. What a beautiful gift! I'm looking forward to seeing what 2013 has in store for you and celebrating with you along the way.
    Merry Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!

  22. Loving the home-grown basket. Have a lovely Xmas babe with your hubby and your 2.5 :) Thanks for your support in 2012. Alison xx

  23. Such a beautiful idea. I shall have to remember this for when we manage to start a vegie garden... (whenever that might be).
    Love to you and your family Em! Thanks for creating such a wonderful space for us to visit.
    Merry Christmas!
    Ronnie xo

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em