Saturday, November 29, 2008

I love council workers with a sense of humour.

Well looky here

Friday, November 28, 2008

I found this on the Pottery Barn website when I was browsing their 'Shop By Room' feature. It seems that it's not so outrageous to think that I could get a hall runner to match my favourite take-away coffee cups. What a pity you can't get them here in Aus!

Tagged - 6 then 6

I've been tagged my Blackbird to do a picture meme and these are the rules:
* Go to your Sixth Picture Folder then pick your Sixth Picture.
* Pray that you remember the details.
* Tag 5 others.
The 6th folder in my photos file is 2006 and the 6th folder there is July06. There are plenty of photos of the kids and my godchildren but also plenty of pictures like this one. What a memory trip! I had completely forgotten about this. Let me explain.
My darling husband has more than a passing interest in bikes and cycling. He commutes to work (22kms each way), goes riding on weekends with friends, does track racing through the winter, moutain bikes when he can and loves triathlon and Ironman racing. This picture that he lovingly set up (that's our white doona the bike is sitting on top of - clearly I was out of the room when he did that!!) and took is of my old road bike. He took it apart, resprayed and rebuilt it so that he could have a single speed bike. He even had custom bike stickers made for it that read 'one less car' and 'singleton'. It was a project that I never really understood but then when I think about it some of my favourite hobbies don't make much sense either. eg patchwork quilting - why cut a piece of perfectly good fabric into little pieces and then sew it all back together again?
So, if you are ever reading my blog and think 'there's something not quite right about that woman' rest assured that I am not alone.
Now, who to tag? I don't want to leave anyone out but neither do I want to impose a task on someone that they have no interest in doing so let's do it this way. If you are reading and want to play along please do! I'd love to see where your 6 then 6 takes you.

Morning Coffee

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Since having JW I have gotten into the habit of getting a coffee in the mornings on the way home from dropping G at school. It's become a nice little routine and the people at the local bakery know my coffee order and always take a few seconds to chat to J and C which they adore.

Note to self - always take time to chat to little ones, it gives them such a thrill.

It's an indulgence I am making the most of because I have a rigorous budget planned for 2009 and 5 coffees a week isn't going to make the cut!

One of my strange little quirks is that when I get home I transfer the coffee into a mug with a thin rim before I drink it. The bakery has the prettiest plastic cups though, I'd love a runner for the hallway in this pattern. How kooky would I look taking it with me to the local rug shops to see if they can match it up for me?

And Blackbird has tagged me so that will be tomorrow's post. I am delighted to be tagged and look forward to looking through the photo file to see where the 6 then 6 takes me. Thank you dear Blackbird!

Names and Numbers

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

When you stay at Bloomfield Wilderness Lodge you fly in from Cairns on a scarily small plane.

There are so few guests, you really feel that you have the whole place to yourself and the horizons are breathtaking in every direction - ocean, river, reef, rainforest, wilderness.

See how beautiful this is? And how remote? And how small? Can you even spot it in this picture below?

We had an amazing honeymoon. Amazing. We didn't live together before we were married. We didn't even have 'sleepovers' so being suddenly immersed in one another was astonishing and wonderful. I have such fond memories of those first few days of marriage. And having this backdrop for those memories makes them feel vast and timeless and cinematic.
We have never been back but I know that I will always love this little part of Far North Queensland. I don't think I need to capitalise far and north but it feels better so Far and North they will stay and I will Always Remember that.

We decided when we were still on our honeymoon that when we owned our own home we would name it 'Bloomfield' after our wonderful surroundings. All these years of renting and saving and plotting and then, finally, searching and negotiating and purchasing and we still want to name our home (which is terribly gauche) and we still want to name it Bloomfield.
I haven't spent much time on it but in the 12mths we have been living here I have kept my eyes open for name plaques and signs and I think I have a couple of genuine contenders.

Any thoughts?
*Enamel numbers from juliefleming.com.au
Enamel name plate from vitrasignage.com.au
Stainless steel numbers and letters from aussiestainless.com.au

Almost 4!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Someone special will be turning 4 soon. He has been so patient all year waiting for his birthday and is thrilled that his turn has finally come around. We're compiling a bunch of his favourite yellow photos to use as an invitation and are planning some games we will play when his cousins and friends come over to celebrate. According to the birthday boy Duck Duck Goose is 'a must'.

We're also planning that all the guests will get a sunflower to take home. J has been caring for this one for the past month and is very proud of how well it is doing.

We'll be back soon

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Elizabeth Beach 2003
I was looking through some of the older photo files on the computer today and came across this one. It is one of my favourites. Taken at a beautiful place on a beautiful day with my beautiful family at a beautiful time in our lives.


Monday, November 17, 2008

Blatant theft or sharing the love?
You decide.

1. Political Show - Insiders. Barry Cassidy is a bit irritating but it's very informative.
2. Picnic food - cheeses, crackers, fruit. I never quite know what to do when I am packing a picnic, other people are much better at it than I am.
3. Vodka, fresh lime, sugar syrup, soda water. YUM!
4. US president -I decided to make this a question about Australian prime ministers instead for obvious reasons :-) I'll say Harold Holt, his term was certainly memorable!
5. Kind of student to teach - enthusiastic, shy, and well-meaning. I like to think I'd be good with kids who need a lot of help but I don't think I would be.
6. Hobby you do or wish you still did - quilting falls into both those categories. I also am looking forward to taking up baking again. Our oven doesn't hold a steady temp so anything other than a basic slice is asking too much. I miss baking cupcakes!
7. Sports commentator - Murray Walker. I love watching F1 and he was always my fave. He could mix metaphors better than most!
8. Sport to watch on tv - F1 and tour de france. Greg adores cycling and watching the tour together each year is a lot of fun. I enjoy the scenery (which is breathtaking) more than the actual cycling but each year I get a little more into it.
9. Animal to have as a pet. Surely I have enough children to excuse me from pet ownership but if I have to pick something I'll say dog.
10. Halloween costume you have worn - I am sure my mum dressed us up beautifully when we lived in the US but I was so small I don't really remember. Sorry mum!
11. Kind of dessert - now this is my kind of question. I am a baked cheesecake girl. End of story. If that is on the menu I don't bother reading any further. I also love tart au citron and choux pastry stuffed with creme patissiere. I love it, love it, love it.
12. Comic strip - no idea.
13. Style or make of footwear - love shoes but don't tend to buy them. That said, stick glitter on something and I find it hard to resist. My feet would fit right in up on the Gold Coast.
14. Ice-cream flavour - vanilla. I'm so exciting.
15. College or university president - um, no. Going to uni was about all I could manage :-)
16. Internet news source - I love abc.net.au/news.
17. Vacation spot - I'd go to Paris in a heartbeat, the US to see my sister and sister-in-law and their beautiful girls
18. Wine - I'm not a drinker at the best of times but wine is really not my thing.
19. Way to waste time instead of working - BLOGGING
20. Student excuse for late work - I really don't remember, wish I could, I am sure it was hopeless!
21. Reality show - home makeover programs. I would never leave the couch if we had the Lifestyle channel
22. Jewellery on a man - each to their own. Getting het up about how other people choose to adorn themselves would be such a waste of energy. I'm not a fan of looking for things to complain about.
23. Pizza topping - I don't like pizza. I am the only person I know who doesn't like it. Please tell me I am not alone!
24. Children's movie - current favourite would be Bee Movie. It's so delightful. And Princess Bride is always in my top 10.
25. Celebrity you wish would retire - just one? Shortlist would be Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks and Renee Zellwegger (yes, I know she's in Bee Movie. I'm allowed to be contrary!).... for some reason I can't suspend disbelief when watching films they are in and therefore don't really enjoy them as much. Surely, they've all made enough cash to see them through a nice, comfy retirement?


Friday, November 14, 2008

I have not been making much progress with my new niece's quilt. Each day I wake determined to spend a little time on it and each night I go to bed certain that tomorrow will have a little room in it for quilt making.
Which proves once and for all that I am an optimist.
I have had my sewing machine sitting on the table for a couple of weeks just waiting for the right moment but it has not yet arrived. It is constantly in the way of homework, dinner, breakfast, and crafting but I can't bring myself to put it back in the cupboard because that would be admitting defeat.

Seeing it all set up and ready to sew when I turn the lights out each evening makes me think of the fairy tale, The Shoemaker and the Elves. I can imagine the shoemaker's weariness each night as he falls asleep knowing how much work is waiting for him and his delight each morning when he sees the beautiful shoes all cobbled and ready to go. I half hope that one morning I will come out to find the quilt top all pieced and sandwiched and ready to be quilted. No luck so far but hopefully my real life little elves will entertain themselves well this weekend I will find the time and the energy to get it finished.

I Heart Bed Bath n Table

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Bed Bath and Table have all their christmas stock out (yes, I know it's only November) and I have a very soft spot for ornaments that can only be on display for a month and then need to be stored for the rest of the year.
I'm all about practical.
I bought 3 of these beautiful (but difficult to photograph) mirrored stars to hang above the girl's beds. I'm going to leave them on the wall year round because I just adore them and I don't think they look too Christmas-y I love having the pocket money to buy the odd little thing like this. After a few very lean years these little indulgences feel extra special.

The House of Pox

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

There hasn't been much spare time in the past few weeks for doing things that are blogworthy, or even time to blog for that matter.
J came down with a very mild case of chicken pox (mild thanks to the vaccination he had at 18mths) and then JW caught it too. She had not yet had the vaccination and she had it quite badly. The poor little thing was not happy with all the itching and the fevers.
Mama wasn't happy either.
Then, everyone else came down with the flu.
Which is excellent, of course.
I know you're all jealous.
When I downloaded the photos from the past couple of weeks I noticed that they all had a quiet, solitary look to them which captures the mood well.
The pear photo was taken when I was tiptoeing around feverishly sleeping children and trying not to fret.
I should have just succumbed, I am excellent at fretting.
I know, it's a gift.
So, here's to a summer of good health for my family and for yours.

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