Expanding & Afternoon Routines


Last weekend we had Dennis a farmer from down the road come up to our place to expand our vegetable garden. It was time to make a new bed – turns out that my measurements were all wrong and we have ended up with 18m x 10m new patch of freshly turned soil. As our soil is super clay like and often has large hidden boulders its best to use an excavator for the initial turning. Dennis used a ripper to turn the soil. All that is left is for Roy and I to go through pull out all the weeds, add mushroom compost some chicken shit and hill it up ready for planting at the end of August. The Ekka holiday is looming and I am not ready.


Since we brought Isla home we established an afternoon evening routine pretty early on. Hoping that this would help get the little wiggle monster to bed easier. Some days it works others it takes an extra few hours of attention before she finally settles and goes to sleep. Each afternoon once the sun has gone behind the hill which is about 3pm for us at the moment, I load Isla up in to the wheelbarrow in her car seat and head on down the hill. We take a quick stop at the chook pen to check feed and water then to the veggie patch.

I spend most of my time here attempting to water the garden the best I can. Some days I am successful others not so much. Its a great spot for an afternoon tea session that’s for sure. After I have harvested the days pickings we head on back to the chook pen. We sit there and watch the chickens fight over food, grazing and then going to roost for the night. It can be quite eventful. Once the chooks are all secure for the night we then head back to the house.

By this time it’s about 5.30 in the arvo. Time for a quick feed depending on the day. Bath time is at 6pm every night. Then its roll around on the bed time topped off with dinner. Then we read two books – too many cheeky dogs and trouble for trumpets. Usually we don’t get all the way through trouble for trumpets, it has too many words and not enough page turning according to Isla. Then I give her a last top up before bed. At this moment I hope that she goes to sleep and stays asleep. Sometimes I win and other time I am up for several more hours while she fights the sleep.

Anyone got any super tricks for getting a bub to sleep at night? She is a good sleeper once she is there but it’s just the fight I want to reduce.


Who loves bath time? Yes Isla loves to play in water, just need to find a decent salt water pool near by to take her for a good swim.


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Lizzie Moult

Lizzie Moult

Planning, cooking, chasing kids & running an online business; it might seem like there is a lot going on. Yet Lizzie is all about living simply and creating a flexible lifestyle that enables plenty of travel, adventure and quality time. A lifestyle writer and photographer for over 10 years for numerous publications, working online for over 14 years Lizzie also works as a mentor for women who are looking to create and live a life with passion & purpose at www.lizziemoult.com.

11 Responses

  1. She is so adorable……………umm….well what works for one child may not work for the other and that also applies in the same family. If you see her rubbing her eyes etc. that’s the “get her to bed” signs and even delaying that for 15 mins can mean the difference between her being over tired and not going to bed at all. It’s so tricky because it’s all trial and error. Maybe some “Steve Parish, bush or sea music” on a cd player in her room or lullabies for her to go off to sleep. Tight and warm and snug is good. I love your afternoon routine of her in the capsule in the wheelbarrow……..now that’s what I call farm living. Have a good week. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment too….Regards Kathy A, Brisbane.

  2. Awww I’m sure Isla will get into a good sleep routine soon. When my niece and nephew were little, I used to be able to make them drowsy by running my finger down from their forehead and over their nose. lol. It makes their eyes close involuntarily and woohoo, sometimes you can get them into la la land quick as a wink!

  3. Oh what a cutie! And so exciting to be getting more garden dug! Lewi used to feed to sleep which worked really well for us. He didn’t sleep through the night until he was 3 but he slept with me so it wasn’t a problem. Lavender is a great sleep inducer. Maybe that could help? xx

    1. i was thinking about using lavender, just wasn’t too sure if would be to strong to use on a sensitive nose. Might give it a go all the same. Some days she does fall asleep feeding and then goes off to bed ok. Others she wakes up and pretends to be lively then is a nightmare to get to sleep again. Mind you it could be a lot worse. I am quite lucky she sleeps through the night most nights. I just want to make it easier.

  4. What a great photo of Isla! With all the excitement going on — congrats on expanding the veggie patch! — she probably doesn’t want to miss a thing, so she insists on staying up. 😉 All kids seem to be different, but at that age they change a lot, so I’ll bet before long she’ll be quicker to get to sleep.

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