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Fairy Wren Cottage blog is a journal of sorts about seasonal living & stopping to see the beauty in our day.
Your time is precious, it's the greatest gift we can give ourselves & it's humbling that you would  take time out of your day to visit.

hello & welcome!

Jude 

The Back Orchard

We’ve just come in from spending the afternoon outside. What started out as checking on the hens in the Back Orchard when they were sounding their loud clucking alarm call ended in us coming in at 6pm. The days surely are becoming lighter for longer. Such a good way to clear our thoughts, we have […]

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Plastic free July

I read a comment by someone who said they didn’t know where to start with going plastic free, she felt that there was just so much information out there and it was a little overwhelming what to do and what not to do. Fair enough, sometimes it can all feel like a bit of a mine  field,  picking through […]

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Nest. A new free ebook.

Thank you so much for the lovely feedback about my new free ebook Nest. Looking for the Light during the colder months. If you haven’t had the opportunity to download the ebook yet it’s there for when you are ready. If you are undecided and wondering what it is about well  the title is pretty […]

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Our Hen House Yard.

  Do you watch BBC Gardener’s World? There was a segment in an episode late 2017 about scientific studies proving that growing plants close to buildings helps insulate a building, there is the micro climate they create plus so many other benefits. I think we may have all realised that to some extent but a […]

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Slow Clothing!

Just like looking in our supermarket trolley to see what I could make from scratch at home to cut down on food miles, chemicals, cost and achieve a better tasting food or product we can use in the home, I have been borrowing the same kind of concept applying it to my wardrobe for the […]

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Drawstring Bag Tutorial

These bags are a great alternative to wrapping paper. They also make great bread bags to store your homemade loaf in or to take to the shop when you buy a loaf instead of using a paper bag or plastic bag.  There are so many uses: handy to put kitchen supplies in when camping,  they […]

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Wrapping Paper vs. Reusable Bags.

I may be the Christmas Scrooge when it comes to single use wrapping paper, especially the foil stuff, everything really that doesn’t break down in the compost heap.  Every Christmas I wonder if someone has done the science experiment comparing how long foil wrapping paper takes to break down in landfill, especially with all the […]

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Shifting to Fairy Wren Cottage.

We shifted to our property Fairy Wren Cottage in country Tasmania just over eight years ago.  The cottage was liveable if you liked shag pile carpet in every room including the kitchen and toilet, false ceilings just above the door frame height were made   from masonite and joined with plastic strips, the window frames were […]

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Our Handmade Home.

Like some women collect shoes or jewellery or like some men collect fishing rods and footy souvenirs, I like collecting machine embroidered or better still hand embroidered linen. Always trying to find a use for this beautiful work.  It somehow feels like I am honouring the embroiderer and all their hand work doesn’t go to […]

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Break it down….

Because of my hand injury I am unable to do most things in one sitting, apply that to everything, cooking, gardening, getting dressed, you name it, so I break a task up into small doable steps for me.  Of course somedays are better than others. Like everything I do in my life since the accident […]

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