Thursday, November 13, 2014

Dining room dreaming

I'm sitting at my dining room table, flies buzzing around me as they slowly die. It's been a warm day here in Melbourne and I've had the back door open. I've been wondering why I started a blog and why I stopped. I had time in the past. I was working one night a week, my kids were smaller. Blogging now has become such a big thing. It's hard to compete! These days I am working 7 days a fortnight. I hardly have time to work in the garden or sew something, let alone blog about it!  I am inspired by things in fleeting moments that pass quickly! I still have plenty to say though. Perhaps I should try and share the inspirations before they fly away! Here a few of my favourite photos shot recently. Random shots of life passing by!

Recent trip to Funfields

A holiday in Torquay 
My friend put together this great blanket to help save our local hall. I've just started to use the blogger app and haven't worked out how to put links in. When I do I will put a link in.
 I sewed some Harry Potter robes. They went as Ron and Ginny Weasley!
 Coburg North Farmers Market!

That's enough for now. I don't want to use up all my enthusiasm!  I should take myself off to bed. I thought when my children were 8 & 9 I would sleep through the night and so would they! Apparently not the case. I had one in my bed from the start who woke me at 4 which then woke the other and we all had an unsettled night. I'm looking forward to a day off tomorrow and I think I should plan to do absolutely nothing! 






 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Long time passing

It has been so long since I wrote anything here! I thought I would start using my iPad to post and do lots of little quick posts instead of long ones. Lets see how I go!!



This is my third loaf of no knead bread. I have been using Gourmet girlfriend's recipe and it is easy and SOOO delicious.
Yesterday was Easter Sunday. The kids were at the farm and I woke up after a post-nightduty sleep wondering what to do with the day. I started looking at the iPad, seeing photos and posts about kids having Easter egg hunts, families away camping, enjoying time together. I started feeling a bit sad and sorry for myself. Then I made a choice not to look at social media, to find the joy in my own company. I read my book, I dug out weeds, I sang to myself and I had a good day!


I am loving my new purple trug in the background!

Today is Easter Monday and I have the day to myself again. I plan to garden, to clean and perhaps to read and I'm going to sing really loudly to the birds in the backyard.
I am reading Shantaram for the second time. I love this book. I will leave you with a quote:

"Prabaker believed with the whole of his heart that his smile made a difference, in people's hearts and in the world. He was right of course, but it took a long time to understand the truth and to accept it"
This week I am going to smile!!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A quest to Montsalvat

My Kids love the show The Legend Of Dick and Dom



Last week we decided to go on our own quest to Montsalvat
Our quest was to find a magic feather. As we arrived, the lady at the desk asked them if they would like a peacock feather! Our quest was over already? Never-mind, we would go exploring anyway. I haven't been there for years but it is still as magical as I remember:







Saturday, July 14, 2012

Pjs are the go

We're almost at the end of the school holidays here in Melbourne. It goes so quickly! On Wednesday my kids went with their Dad up to their farm for four whole nights!! As they drove out of the driveway I started to panic a little. What am I going to do for four days without them? I came inside, sat down with a big peice of paper and wrote a big colourful list of all the things I could do on my own. Do you know what? I've hardly done any of them. I picked up two extra shifts and I have spent the rest of the time in my pyjamas! Sure, I've missed the kids. It's been very quiet here but I have eaten what I liked, I have made messes and cleaned them up and I have been totally occupied! Today is the last day of my own little holiday. I've been busy sewing an quilt for my stepsister's new baby to come. It didn't turn out as perfectly as I would have liked but I think she'll like it.



I made banana bread thanks to Pip.
(See I've eaten some! I think one is coming with me to work to help keep some tired midwives awake)


I made myself some pumpkin soup for lunch.


Then the sun started to shine out my kitchen window!
(Sorry about my sad little iPhone photos. I dream of a new camera one day)
Maybe it is time to get out of my pjs and go for a walk...Should I? 
 




Saturday, May 5, 2012

I've always loved Saturdays more than Sundays. They have a business about them out in the streets. You can here the odd shout from the football ground nearby. People have places to go. When I was a kid, in the early 80's my mum and Dad would go to the Moonee Ponds Market (no longer there) and come home with loads of cold meat, bread, flowers and bundles of food. At lunch we would put it all out on the table with pickled onions, relishes, cheeses, boiled eggs and it would be a free for all lunch, my favorite lunch. There would usually be housework to do. It was my job to clean the bathroom, ready for visitors coming for dinner Saturday night. There would be baking and cooking going on, the dining room table being set for dinner and a feeling of anticipation for a yummy dinner.
These days my Saturdays are usually slow and lazy. We sleep in and watch TV. We usually have eggs for breakfast and stay in our pyjamas all morning. And we have a free for all lunch. Then the kids get organized and head off for the farm. I always work Saturday night shift. This week I woke up and realized that this week the kids are having a double sleep over at the farm and I am a free agent. I have some housework to do , but before that I am off to some markets:
Sisters Market which is in a new venue today and,
Made nThornbury which I haven't been to yet. 
So I had better get my A into G and get moving. 
Do you like Saturdays better?

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Wow! Such a long time since I have written on my blog. I'm not sure there is any one real reason for this and I do not want to bore you with lots of excuses.
 The rain is falling again today. 
Yesterday it was like this:

The view from under my umbrella  
I went to the farm to get a bit of fresh air and help gather some wood. I put on my old Hunters which were given to me in 1989 when I started working as a nanny in England. I love these boots and they are as good as new!

Look what we found in the wood!
So beautiful to be out in the fresh air...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New finds

It's been a while since I posted anything. Where does the time go? Here are a few new things I have found:
 
I've discovered  the Lost And Found Market in East Brunswick recently. I was pleased to find 3 ramekins exactly the same as the ones my mum used when we were kids. Plus a cute old stool. The stool as gone to the farm  as it matches an old chair up there exactly! Miss E uses it to sit by the fire. I am on the lookout for another. We use stools ALL the time!
 



Then, I decided I needed a butter dish. I found a few on eBay, put a few bids on and ended up with two!! I love them both the same.


Then, I had a hankering for home made lemonade. My Grandma always used to have a jug of it in the fridge in a big old jug. So I went searching again on eBay. Look what came up!
Not quite the same as Grandma's but it does the same job!
Sometimes when I get an idea, I obsess about it until there is a conclusion. I suddenly decided I needed a mixer and a processor. I researched, gazed at them in shops, deliberated, especially between the Kitchenaid   and Kenwood chef. We always had Kenwood when I was growing up, but the kitchenaids are so beautiful! 
At last I made a choice and I am pleased. I went for function over style:

They've both been getting a bit of a work out. I'll show you later! Off to get Mr N and his friend from kinder....