Thursday, October 29, 2015

A rite of passage.

For the Pillbug Queen

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Waving to you all through the flemish glass. If I could paint it would look like this.

Star Jasmine

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

And long evening light.

The Modern Day Pirate

Friday, October 23, 2015

His casts his eyes across a sea of blue, his hands firmly on the wheel.
His barque is a hyundai getz, his parrot a cockatiel.
He knows that he does not belong on these suburban streets,
But out beyond the briney break, across the seven seas.
For now he'll sit on starboard side, shout fore when the lights go green,
Blast sea shanties from the stereo and wait for his ships to come in.
Be true to yourself (even if that means having a bird on your shoulder at all times) and take the time to notice when you are happy.

Little Hands

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A little early morning baking in preparation for Grandparents and Special Friends Day at pre-school.


Monday, October 19, 2015


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Getting Our Feet Wet

Thursday, October 15, 2015

It's always good to be by the shore even if it is just a brief splash before picking up the kids from school.

Little Llamas Located (the power of intention)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The parcel is on it's way back to me. Turns out Her Majesty's Pleasure has strict limits. Royal Mail doesn't give you very long to collect parcels that are waiting for you so it has been put on a plane and returned to the colonies. Then I will have to steel myself to send it off again.
I distracted myself and bought a dress.
I am incredibly grateful to know where it is. Thank you Universe!

Little Lost Llamas

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I submitted a Lost Item Enquiry with Auspost today. The llama quilt hasn't arrived in Bristol yet. I hope those little lost llamas can find their way home. I have a good feeling about them arriving this week. A good feeling - you hear that universe?


We have taken a lot of photos over the years! I came across this very wonderful memory from 2010. It is thoroughly self-indulgent to share it with you but this is a blog after all so here it is. These photos were taken at The Tropical Spice Garden in Penang. It is a beautiful garden, set on the edge of a beautiful island. We walked through the gardens, finding it ever more beautiful with each corner we turned. We climbed up through the muggy heat of the lower gardens and came to the Monkey Tree Restaurant. We sat on the deck, looking out over Teluk Bahang bay and I ate the best tofu I have ever had. I would love to be able to replicate it but I know that unless I was sitting in a magical garden on a steamy afternoon with my family it wouldn't taste quite as good. I would love to go back here one day. When we visited in 2010 we had 4 little duyvkens and I was pregnant with Sweetie. Time flies!


Monday, October 12, 2015

First match of the summer hockey season for G tonight. The sky was exquisite. For the next couple of months this is going to be a very pleasant way to end a very busy Monday afternoon. I am so glad I took my camera.

First Times

Thursday, October 08, 2015

She is juicing oranges. Twisting both hands as she works. Learning the coordination and rhythm of this sticky task. She is quiet while she works, all her attention poured into moving her hands in the right way. It is wonderful to watch.
There are endless wonders if you have your eyes open and make the time to notice them. There are so many horrors too, happening right this minute as I am standing in my kitchen on a grey day with my golden peachy girl. How is that possible? I have been thinking about it a lot lately.
I am reading 'The Dust that Falls from Dreams' by Louis de  Bernieres and came across this passage this morning;
'...he found Sophie in her nightdress and dressing gown, sitting by the window, apparently writing in the air with her forefinger. He stood behind her and saw that she was disturbing the tiny motes that sparkled in the bright shaft of sunlight.
'Look at all the little shiny specks, swirling about,' said Sophie. 'Do you know what they are?'
'Do you? What are they?'
'They're the dust that falls from dreams.'
'The dust that falls from dreams,' repeated Fairhead, his voice full of wonder. He was only just beginning the long journey towards the revelation that he had married a truly original and remarkable woman, and felt again a pang of gratitude and incredulity.
'Yes,' said Sophie. 'This is the dust from last night's dreams. I'm writing our names. I'm writing with my finger in the dust that falls from dreams.''
I know not everyone's idea of contentment is to juice oranges with their mother or their child in a peaceful, quiet kitchen with a secure, quiet life. But I hope everyone has the opportunity to notice the dust motes, the dust that falls from dreams, and to write their names. I may have to start a 'contentment for all' movement. It's not a particularly strong rallying cry (I will work on it) but I hope you find a moment of true contentment today. I offer you a gentle fistbump across the digital divide from my kitchen to you, wherever you may be.

Happy Birthday C

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

9 years old today! She helped me put these fruit cups together this morning to take to school so she can celebrate her birthday with her classmates. They are very easy to put together, are allergy friendly and the teachers tell me the kids gobble them up. Although the most important thing about them is that she gets to share her birthday joy with the kids at school and it doesn't really matter what form that sharing takes, don't you think?
Now I need to organise a birthday cake to have after dinner tonight. It is so hot today I am tempted to not use the oven and just get ice-cream sundae fixings instead.
I can't believe our sweet, strong, sensitive girl is 9. Happiest of birthdays to you, lovely C.


Saturday, October 03, 2015

Back to school haircuts. I took a picture because an actual hairdresser cut their hair this time. I always think it looks ok when I do it but when they get cut by a professional I realise how basic my efforts are.

Posie Gets Cosy

Friday, October 02, 2015

Do you follow Alicia Paulson's blog, dear reader? If you like beautifully crafted things and beautiful photos then I can recommend it. She is an exceptional needleworker (among other things) and her latest project is so exquisite I wanted to share it with you. I took one look at it and knew straight away that it wouldn't even make my 'maybe one day' list. 3rd Birthday Quilt.


Thursday, October 01, 2015

Warm sunshine. Summer can't come fast enough.

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