A gift




Three hours a day. That is how long we spend in the car each day driving Elsa to and from school. About 200km. So today, when a friend offered to do the school run both ways it felt like a gift. A most precious gift of three hours and half a tank of petrol.

It's only lunch time and already Hugo and I seem to have done so much. But a walk in the paddock with Mabel* in the early autumn sunshine was a highlight. Hugo found an enormous pine cone and hauled it home to decorate.

Now, tomatoes are simmering for pasta sauce, the bread dough is rising, child and puppy are sleeping. And I still have all afternoon to do things. I think we'll bake some biscuits. To give to my friend when she drops off Elsa. To say thanks for the gift.

What would you do with an extra three hours in your day?

* despite graduating from puppy school last night, shall now be known as Cujo

9 comments:

  1. I think I would try to have a day like yours. It sounds lovely. We have a long school commute as well--about two hours total each day--and I dream about homeschooling. The student in question does not!

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  2. I think I would sit down and crochet at the moment! Baking and a walk do sound great. Perhaps even a little nap... :)

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  3. Bet you're looking forward to the Easter break from driving! Mabel has grown so much. Extra 3 hours hmm- walk Nigella at the beach, brush Nigella, spend time in the garden or at the block with Rob. Cook a special dinner. Maybe that's more than 3 hours. Glad you had a lovely productive day.

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  4. It looks like that 3 hours was very well spent. Perfect for exploring the Autumnal morning.
    With 3 sneaky hours, I'd go sit in a book shop.. If it was by myself I would.

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  5. What a real gift - how lovely and as always a little jealous

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  6. Sit on my bum and do bugger all for the first few days and then I would get off the couch and start to plan some fun stuff. xx Sorry to hear about your loss...I'll just blow you a kiss and hope all your lovlies are around you to give you a squeeze xx

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  7. what a real gift.
    glad you enjoyed your "extra time"
    have a happy day..

    p.s. - I grew up using mason & ball jars - the ring is just to secure the seal - a bit like the clip for Fowlers. You've done some great preserving!

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  8. Wow! that is a lot of driving. We were spending almost two hours a day on the run until recently when we moved closer to the school. Beautiful pictures:)

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  9. Wow! that is a lot of driving. We were spending almost two hours a day on the run until recently when we moved closer to the school. Beautiful pictures:)

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