December 05, 2008

Dear Barbara, We Love You!

Dear Barb,

In our learning room, I, Ben and Sarah are getting around the table, trying to make words out of the feelings we have been keeping for you. Ben keeps frowning, just a way how he's engaged in a deep thought, with his lower lip tucked in, and playing with a pen in between his little fingers. Sarah keeps chirping out some words while trying to make the best thought she ever feels, while she must be unaware that she's too noisy for her big brother.

We then decided to go outside, to the roses beds, to the paddock and orchard, to track back what we usually did when you, Bryan and The Binsteds gathered together for luncheon date here. We stopped at the greengage tree.

homegrown greengages

Ben said, 'Pity the plums are not ripen yet, Mum. Otherwise, Barbara would be enjoying them. I know Barbara likes greengages.' And Sarah nodded approvingly. So, we just took a snapshot of the green plums when they are still... green, just for you to remember the time you were enjoying them (the peach which you said you had to eat it over your kitchen sink because the juice is running down your chin is apparently not ripen as well, not just yet, but we'll keep you posted) when you visited us way back then.

homegrown strawberries

homegrown strawberries homegrown strawberries-2 by arfi binsted copyright 2008


And then, we came to the strawberry patch. Sarah jumped up and cried 'Mum! Mum! Strawberries are all ripen! We should make strawberry smoothies for Barbara! I am sure she'll like it!'. As we all have known that you love pink, we then agreed to make pink smoothies, we picked the strawberries and managed to bring home three handfuls red, juicy, and fragrant ones out of those we should have scoffed. Mind you, these little children love enjoying freshly picked fruits or vegetables and will eat them straight away (not to mention their mother).

pink for Barb

There they were, being busy bees in the kitchen themselves, washing, whizzing the strawberries, mixing them with honey, a banana, plain yogurt and a little drizzle of cranberry juice. They also decided what to use on the photo shoot. Sarah included her dance skirt on the backdrop. I just had a few moment to capture the smoothies when they allowed me, before the smoothies had really gone. Here's what they have scribbled:

we love you, barb!

Ben is going to be 6 years old the end of this year and he has developed his own scribble, although his handwriting is still large and disorganized. I'll be busy preparing his birthday party after Christmas for sure, which is reminded all the time. He is curious what presents he's going to receive for his birthday. On that card, he also wrote to you on behalf of his ginger cat, Bow Bow.

Sarah is now 4.5 years old and definitely is catching up with her brother. She is writing the words in the pink heart. I think she meant to write 'I love you', but she wrote 'I hope you' instead. Well, I guess she means something good.

John's sending you his smile and hope. We'd love to visit you some time when we're traveling to Australia. Hopefully, we will as well be able to go visit Indonesia again next year. Finger crossed, what will happen will happen. Good timing is all we need to work on today.

That's all the updates from the Binsteds household and farm since it's been a long time we haven't had luncheon date anymore. We are all thinking of you and will always send our best love your way. Stay strong, Barb. We love you!

Love from us all,
The Binsteds at the farm

P.S: You may be expecting to receive this similar big hug from other fellow bloggers who are involved in Secret Blog Event, a special blogging for our special friends, secretly hosted by Bron and Ilva.

25 comments:

Barbara said...

Oh arfi you made me cry. This is so sweet. Currently on the Gold Coast there is a group opposing a Muslim group wishing to open their own school. Each night on TV we see people waving Australian flags in protest against it. It makes me feel very sad and ashamed. This morning I said to Bryan I'd like them all to meet Arfi to know one of the kindest, sweetest nicest people on this earth. Thank you Arfi for your beautiful friendship.

Arfi Binsted said...

It is sad really, Barb to actually witness this act of discrimination and racial matters, while there is always beneficial thing to embrace other cultures for not being so selfish and narrow-minded. I think Australia has a slogan as a multicultural nation, so why this thing still happening is absolutely against the motto itself.

I thank you too for our wonderful friendship. Big Bear hugs.

Peter G said...

Family, friends fun and fruit! You have it all covered Arfi. atch out for my "kid" and "adult" friendly strawberry mix coming up soon! Hope all is well!

Bron said...

What an absolutely beautiful post and hug Arfi, such wonderful words and a delicious smoothie! I think this is going to be my favourite food blogging event yet!

yasmeen said...

Mashallah you have adorable kids Arfi.This is such a thoughtful post to cheer up Barbara:)

Srivalli said...

Arfi, this is such a lovely and sweet post...loved reading about your adorable kids...and your garden bounties are too good!!..

Pearlsofeast said...

Arfi, this is such a thoughtful post and sorry to hear about Barbara.Good luck and best wishes to her.

Happy cook said...

Really touching post. Our best wishes to Barbara.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Heart touching and heart warming post dear. Mashaallah the kids look gr8. Allhumdulliah nice to know you had a gr8 family time. We are with you Barbara. Love You.

Cakelaw said...

A beautiful post Arfi with gorgeous photographs. My best wishes also go to Barb.

glamah16 said...

What a beautiful post and great think all of you are doing.

Jescel said...

toucing post, Arfi. And your kids are lovely too. best wishes to Barbara... (your farm is awesome!)

Peabody said...

A beautiful post, and your kids helping out was very sweet.

bee said...

you have the most gorgeous garden, and the most delightful kids!!!

Ilva said...

Thank you so much for participating, beautiful feelings and photos as usual!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

These photos are so heart-warming, Arfi, especially those tiny hands clutching the fresh berries. What a lovely gift for Barbara this is.

ChrisB said...

That is such a beautiful post for Barbara.

Kalyn said...

What a lovely post. I love the way you have included the children too. Hugs to you all, as well as Barbara.

Tartelette said...

What an awesome post Arfi! Loved it!! And I loved how you used your daughter's ballet skirt for the picture!

Beccy said...

I love your letter to Barbara, I'd also love to be enjoying a smoothy made from freshly picked fruit.

Passionate About Baking said...

Oh Arfi, a beautiful beautiful post! Breaks my heart to see how unfair life can be. People like you just make it a LOAD worthwhile!
XOXO

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

;) such a warm wonderful hug!
So delightful to think of fruits in the past ripening for fruit into the future! And what could be better than fresh strawberries in a smoothie - perfect Hug!!

Jen Yu said...

How beautifully sweet and loving! Wonderful that your little ones helped with the hug and the recipe. It looks fantastic.

Chez Us said...

Your post is so touching! I love that your children were involved and wrote those beautiful notes -- definitely brought tears to my eyes!

Suzana said...

Arfi, that's an adorable moving post. You, Ben and Sarah know how to make someone feel very loved! I'm sure Barbara is very thankful for your friendship, and the beautiful smoothies. ;)