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hello, i’m so glad you’re here

June 21, 2014

This online space is a collection of stories of the times during our weekends that are lived within the space of our arm’s reach… the places that are the source of our ‘humanness’… the foundations on which the rest of our life is built. The pieces of our life that quietly pass by – no grand adventures, no obviously meaningful exchanges. The moments where chores happen, we take our children to sports practise, we do our grocery shopping, go for a run, attend a weekend event, spend reverent time with our chosen deity, catch up with friends, try something new or stay home and fold the laundry.

The moments we often perceive as everyday / boring / not worth telling about, are very often just the moments that someone else craves… These are the moments that make up our lives… These are weekends, collected.

» We’d love to have you join us

4 for jan, feb, mar, apr

May 18, 2015

hello everyone,

there’s been some beautiful #weekendscollected images appearing in the instagram feed and i’ve chosen four favourites for each of the months of the year so far.

JAN – adventuring

1 // @circleofpines little adventurer. 2 // @nina_nixon goes adventuring.
3 // @theforagedlife has a microadventure. 4 // @robynpeel spends sunday at the seaside.

FEB – love & friendship

1 // making new friends by @jadescottforeadventure. 2 // sisterly love from @tallsmallgirl.
3 // @ridasj‘s girl and her dada. 4 // mischief from @nina_nixon.

MAR – drink up, dreamers

1 // @xantheb has tea & treats. 2 // @jeaninestewart has afternoon drinks, wishing it was saturday.
3 // @thisenchantedpixie makes coffee. 4 // @circleofpines in a minimal mood.

APR – beautiful simplicity

1 // @akamarpreet‘s father. 2 // @circleofpines daffodils.
3 // @circleofpines magnolia. 4 // @bristolparentingcafe violet and the eggs.

submissions to the website are always openwhat do your MAY weekends look like?

the wash

May 17, 2015


Washing and cleaning and walking. Mark Strand and Sean Hayes. Coffee, iced tea.

Conversation and laughter. A sprinkle of dissent between the kids. But moving on.

Card games, silly games. Friends. Bananas and apples and gouda cheese. Not together.

A morning sky that was blue, so blue. The afternoon sky clouding with grey, quiet grey. The trees filling out. The tulips popping forth. The grass freshly mown.

Later the wind blows, rain falls, twinkle lights switch on.

In the dark, there is a wash of yes and so much that’s good. An understanding that there needn’t be more. An embrace. An acknowledgement. Thank you and I’ll see you again soon.

michelle gd is an artist living in northern Virginia.  Using writing and photography as forms of meditation, she explores the connections between the beautiful and messy bits of life.
website:  michellegd.com
instagram:  instagram.com/michelle_gd

a spontaneous Saturday

December 14, 2014

Saturday – A Time Capsule film from xanthe berkeley on Vimeo.

A spontaneous Saturday out with my boys. A beautiful winters day full of sunshine and shadows… just hanging out with no plans other than to just be. Plus, the new love of basketball had to be documented.

[Not only does Xanthe make amazing films, she will also teach you how you can make your own family films! Visit A YEAR OF CREATING TIME CAPSULES – 2015 for all the details and to sign up]

I am Xanthe living in London, UK… with the love of my life, our two amazing boys and two adorable cats…Website: www.xantheberkeley.com
Instagram: xantheb

A Play Date on a Rainy Sunday

December 7, 2014

Weekends are for fun right?

As a kid I used to feel like the weekend went on forever and there were HOURS to fill in whatever way I chose. Yet in the past few years those same 48 hours seem to pass by in a blur of things to do, people to see, communications to catch up on, projects to move forward and work to complete.

I felt that so much of my life seemed to be about outcome and achievement and ticking things off lists that I lost room for play. Of doing things with no care about the outcome or the purpose and just enjoying the activity in the moment. So I’ve consciously decided to add more play to my life and last Sunday three friends joined me for a play date. A day of walking, creating, play doh, coloured pens, stickers, journaling, food, photos, laughter, fun and SO MUCH RAIN!

It rained non-stop for the whole day and we were only joined by committed runners and avid dog walkers as we wandered around Hampstead Heath. Yet as we stomped along with our feet getting more saturated by the minute we laughed at the fact that none of us would have chosen to leave the house if we hadn’t decided to meet up. Our day of play had us out of the house and relishing in the moment. We noticed the way that the rain made the autumn leaves even more vibrant. We sunk into the silence as we let our fingers talk through the play doh. We discussed the various hats we wear in life and how we could bring more joy and happiness to these relationships. We connected to nature, each other and probably most importantly, ourselves. And as we headed home after a warming pub lunch we all had smiles on our faces and knew our cold and wet feet would soon be warm.

Robyn Peel is a coach, mentor, facilitator and general lover of people and life. She wants to help people relish in the simple pleasures that life brings and find joy in living life their way.

Website: robynpeel.com
Twitter: robynpeel
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4 for NOV

December 1, 2014

I LOVE seeing things being done and shared using the #weekendscollected tag on instagram and thought I would start sharing four of my favourites each month.

Here’s four from November:


1 // @jeaninestewart: Saturday morning. French toast and Bob Marley on the record player. 2 // @tallsmallgirl goes flying solo. 3 // @circleofpines is out on a ramble with some other adventurers. 4 // @littlegreenshed lingers in bed with a cup of tea and a magazine.

Do you have a recipe or weekend you’d like to share? Visit the submit page for all the details and get writing / creating – we’d love to have you join us.

On instagram? Tag your photos with #weekendscollected.

4 for OCT

November 10, 2014

I LOVE seeing things being made and shared using the #weekendscollected tag on instagram and thought I would start sharing four of my favourites each month.

Here’s four from October:


1 // @xantheb’s son Cosmo makes bread. 2 // @rachlees89 makes the windfall apple cake that @circleofpines shared the recipe for. 3 // @soulaperture has a man that makes her breakfast on the weekends! 4 // @nina_nixon’s italian hot chocolate.

Do you have a recipe or weekend you’d like to share? Visit the submit page for all the details and get writing / creating – we’d love to have you join us.

On instagram? Tag your photos with #weekendscollected.

The Lewis Road Creamery Chocolate Milk Craze

October 25, 2014

It appears Lewis Road Creamery has a hit on their hands. They normally make high-end (expensive, organic, somewhat hipster) butter and milk, and they teamed up with Whittaker’s to make a chocolate milk. It’s got to the point where most stockists sell out within hours. In the time it took me to buy a few bits at my local fruit and veg shop (RAW, the only ones on Waiheke Island who sell it), two people came in to ask if they had any. “No, it comes in on Wednesday” was the reply, tho they should have added “and it’ll be gone on Wednesday”, too.

Stuff had this to say:


A north Waikato milk producer has been churning out Lewis Road Creamery Fresh Chocolate Milk as fast as it can make it, but scarce supply has resulted in customers waiting at supermarkets to snap up fresh deliveries.

Lewis Road Creamery’s Angela Weeks said a small team was working around the clock to make as much chocolate milk as it could, going through 3000 kilograms of Whittaker’s five roll refined creamy milk chocolate and 24,000 litres of milk a week.

Havelock North New World owner-operator Richard Lucas said the supermarket received 90 bottles this morning.

The chocolate milk was one of the fastest-selling new products he had seen for a long time.

“It has been a phenomenon,” he said.

The store was selling 300-millilitre bottles for $3.59 and 750ml bottles for $6.29.

The normal price of a bottle of their milk is around $4.50. Non-organic, regular milk is around $2/L. And also:

Security guards have been employed to monitor supermarket fridges containing Lewis Road Creamery Fresh Chocolate Milk as customer demand continues to froth over.

Since the chocolate milk went on sale three weeks ago, demand has been so great that customers are queuing up for fresh deliveries, purchase limits have been put in place at supermarkets, and security guards are being employed to watch over fridges containing the chocolate gold.

Being a bit of a choc-o-phile, I thought that it shouldn’t be too hard to make my own. Turns out, it’s not.

I have previous experience making chocolate ganache and truffles, so if you haven’t, just take your time, and remember two things: chocolate melts quickly and at fairly low temperatures, and oil (chocolate/milk fat) and water don’t mix, so keep your equipment as dry as you can. It’s not as important with this recipe as it is when making truffles, but it’s a good habit to get into.

The only downside of this is the cost. The LRC chocolate milk sells for $6.30, but once you add in the cost of the milk (about $4.50) and chocolate ($3.50) you’re already over budget. However, given how hard it is to find it at any price….

What you need to make your own:


  • A 750ml bottle of Lewis Road Creamery non-homogenised milk. This could work with any kind of milk, but go for the maximum fat content that you can find. If you have a friend with a dairy farm, get it off them.
  • 75g of good quality chocolate. I used Green and Blacks 85%, but only because my local supermarket was sold out of Whittaker’s and it was the smallest bar of good quality chocolate I could find. In hindsight, it’s a bit dark and bitter for this, so I’d recommend around 100g of Whittaker’s 60% Dark Chocolate if you prefer your chocolate milk less sweet and more bitter, and maybe a 35-40% milk chocolate if you prefer it a little sweeter.

Thats it. Like the best recipes, it has very few ingredients. By comparison, the “real thing” has 86% milk and 13% chocolate, with a little cocoa powder added. I’m not sure it needs the cocoa powder, but adjust to your own taste.

You’ll also need a whisk and a bain marie, which sounds like a complex piece of kitchen equipment, but it’s just a normal pot, with about 1-2cm of water in the bottom, and a glass or metal bowl sitting in it, above the water. You then put the water on a simmer (not boiling) which gently heats whatever is in the bowl. Pretty easy.



First, break the chocolate up into squares, so it melts quicker. Put it in the bowl over the water, and turn the heat on. If bubbles start forming in the water, you may have the heat up too high – remember, slow is the key for chocolate. The chocolate will slowly start to melt, so move it around a little with the whisk to help it along.


Once all the solid bits of chocolate are melted, add about 50ml of milk and whisk until it’s all mixed together. Keep adding the milk slowly, whisking each time, until you have added all the milk. After about 150ml, you can take it off the heat all together.

Put the resulting mix back into the (cleaned) milk bottle, and put in the fridge.


Drink once it’s chilled, and shake it well first, as the non-homogenised milk will seperate out into chocolate milk and chocolate cream. Not a bad thing. I suspect it’ll not last long.

Afternote: I just tried this with 100g of Whittaker’s 66% Dark, and I can’t tell the difference between that and the “real” thing. Takes all of 10 mins, and cooling time, to make. Makes a great Latte/Flat White too.

Nic Wise lives with his wife, one cat and a garden full of birds on a small island just off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand. He can usually be found writing apps for his iPhone, or taking photos on Instagram.

three things

October 18, 2014

Three things I like to do on a dark and rainy October weekend:


Sketch those pretty leaves I collected before the sun ran away and left the full harvest moon and thunderclouds in charge.


Eat a pomegranate, the first miraculous one of the season. Feel the boundary between this world and the next grow thin and ephemeral as a raven’s feather. (Wonder….what happened to Persephone when she was middle-aged like me? The stories don’t say.) Let its vibrant-as-a-pulsating-heartbeat-red inspire my next painting.


Look for signs. Let the memory in my bones, of yellow crocus strong enough to burst out through snow and ice, let it remind me that spring will come back around again.

Heather Cox is a painter, poet, and photographer exploring outer landscapes and inner wildernesses in the red rocks of southwest Utah. Follow her inspirations and adventures at heatherlcoxart.com or on instagram – heatherlcoxart

windfall apple cake

October 12, 2014

Windfall Apple Cake

Windfall Apple Cake-4

In my kitchen, weekends have always been a time for cake. I bake on other days too: for after school snacks, or mid-week puddings, but it is weekend baking that I love the most. A quiet, unhurried potter in the kitchen -with the radio on, and the sunlight softly falling onto the table- is a calming balm to soothe away the stresses of a busy week. Weekend afternoons were made for a hot cup of tea and a slice of still-warm cake.

Sometimes we take our tea in a flask, and our cake wrapped in tinfoil, to be eaten out in the woods, or atop a hill. Other times, we sit in the garden, mugs in hand, whilst the children play in the afternoon sunshine. More often than not, however, a cake is sliced straight from the cooling rack and eaten at the kitchen table, eager fingers dropping buttery crumbs.

A bowl of windfall apples is a permanent feature in the autumn. A kind friend with bountiful apple trees replenishes it whenever I see her, and in between times, I pick apples up from honesty-box shops or roadside baskets. I use them for breakfasts, or bake crumbles and cookies during the week, but when the weekend arrives, it’s time for a Windfall Apple Cake.

This cake, an adaptation of a Nigel Slater recipe, is a recurrent feature of my autumnal kitchen. At its absolute best eaten fresh from the oven, it will keep for several days in a tin, wrapped in foil. It works well as a pudding with a spoonful of Greek yoghurt.

Bake it, and taste the meditative pleasure of the weekend kitchen.

Windfall Apple Cake-3

Windfall Apple Cake-2


  • 130g butter, softened
  • 130g unrefined caster sugar
  • 2 apples (or 3 if very small)
  • the juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • demerara sugar – 2 tbsp plus more for sprinkling
  • eggs – 2 large
  • 130g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  1. Heat the oven to 180c/gas 4
  2. Line the base and sides of a 24cm square cake tin with greaseproof paper.
  3. Combine the butter and caster sugar, and cream together. If you have a freestanding mixer, you can leave them to mix whilst you get on with the apples.
  4. Core and finely chop the apples and toss with the lemon juice in a bowl. Stir in the demerara sugar and the cinnamon, if using (I love the cake both with and without it, depending on my mood.).
  5. Beat the eggs and whisk with a fork. Slowly add to the butter and sugar, beating as you go. Sift together the flour and baking powder (it may seem a hassle, but it really does make for a lighter cake). Fold them gently into the mixture.
  6. Spread the mixture evenly over the base of the cake tin, scatter the apple pieces on top and pour over any excess lemon juice.
  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the apple pieces have browned, the edges of the cake have shrunk away from the sides of the tin, and a skewer comes out clean. Immediately scatter generously with demerara sugar and allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  8. Eat warm.
Laura Pashby lives in Gloucestershire UK with her husband, three small sons and a collection of vintage cameras. She is a writer, a blogger and an endless photo-taker.

blog: Circle of Pine Trees
instagram : @circleofpines
twitter: @circleofpines

scenes from the weekend

September 28, 2014









1 – 2 // getting out into the garden to plant more of the summer crop before the rain begins

3 // i’m trying a new recipe {black tea spring rolls} to take to a friends for lunch tomorrow. i make them today & we have some for lunch, just incase they don’t work out and i need to come up with something else to take for lunch tomorrow! (i don’t, they’re delicious)

4 // the limoncello i bottled a couple of weeks ago is now ready for tasting. it’s delicious too – super lemony and not too sweet. i soaked the lemons for twice what any internet recipe i found said to do and used about half the quantity of sugar that any recipe said to use. like many other times before, i neglected to write the quantities down, so i’ll have to guess at what i did next time i make this!

5 // lunch with friends on the mainland. the spring rolls are a hit and we have chinese steamboat as our main course. i love these little baskets we use to scoop the goodies out of the broth and into our rice bowl

6 // i hope i’m always delighted by the fact that our house is surrounded by trees

7 // i was given this huge oil lantern years ago and i love it, but it’s really difficult to find wick that fits. i found some thick woven cotton a couple of weeks ago and tried it out last night. not sure if it’s going to work, so i’m back on the hunt for some proper wick for it

8 // the grocery stores close early here and the fridge was empty, so it was burgers outside on the deck for dinner. the perfect end to our weekend

leonie wise – curator of weekends collected. beach lover, island dweller.
website: leoniewise.com
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