Sunday, 19 December 2010
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
I didn't even know that this chewy bone was in the basket...heaven knows how long its been there but Zac didn't seem to mind.
Saturday, 11 December 2010
Where did he go?
This hiding place took us quite some time to find....
My mother knitted these figures quick a few years back now and I remember commenting when I saw the empty crib that she'd forgotten to knit the Baby Jesus. She opened a drawer near by with a wink to show me that she hadn't forgotten, he just hadn't arrived yet and wouldn't until Christmas morning. I've been carrying on the tradition ever since.
I'm away now to carry on with my preparations. This afternoon baking Mince Pies.
Hopefully some will last past the weekend!
Monday, 6 December 2010
Yet again, he's managed to find us, in fact over the years he's found us no matter where we are in the world. Even when we've been travelling - he's so clever he just knows where we are.
He normally appears on the 1st of December and there's always an excited buzz when he's discovered.
When my son was a wee toot, first thing in the morning he would dash to find out where the Elf was hiding and on occasions we would see him standing very close to the Elf having a very private conversation.....so cute. I would have loved to have been privy to those conversations.
Thankfully, the Elf doesn't live with our Christmas decorations because upon setting up for this years celebrations, I found that we are missing quite a few items, garlands, wreaths, table candle displays etc. I think one large box appears to have been 'lost' in transit shall we say....
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
I have to confess I saw one similar in the Sunday Age Magazine and just had have a go.
Friday, 26 November 2010
But later this afternoon four cockatoo's returned and appeared in the tree outside my lounge window.
They began squawking to each other and so I gave one of my impersonations which actually went down well with the group. So much so in fact that one flew up onto the roof. I then heard his claws patter along coming nearer...then up he popped for a closer look at me.
He certainly is. I was just a little concerned whatever it was I was saying may have been inviting him in and the lounge door was wide open. After taking this photo I moved into the house just in case by some fluke he wanted to drink from my birdbath. And guess what.....
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Phewph, can you believe it? I can't.....I've nearly completed the renovation of the pine drawers.
I know its been quite a task, but I finished the final coat of satin varnish yesterday.
All that's left is to buy some drawer liners and return them into my guest bedroom.
It's certainly been a bigger commitment than I thought it was going to be but I think it was worth it.
I'll post the last photo when they're in situ and suitably dressed!
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Monday, 22 November 2010
Unfortunately, I'm not an expert on lizards, so I can't tell you what kind he/she is. Maybe someone out there in Blogdom may know and can kindly enlighten us.
Oh yes, and should I evict him if he is an unsavoury character?
I'm not sure I like him living so near my bedroom window, but I suppose we do share this planet!
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
A few girls from my book club have been trying during last year to synchronize our diaries but inevitably we just didn't manage it. But that was all rectified yesterday when four of us took off for a beautiful girlie day...and yes, we did lunch too.
I have read 'The Heart Garden' by Janine Burke, so was particularly interested in Heide I. http://www.iwi.nsw.gov.au/files/u1/heartgarden_html.pdfSunday Reed was a keen and imaginative gardener. Much of her inspiration came from nature.She raced out to the garden each morning and spent most of her day there, working like a Trojan. She had some help but mostly it was just her and John. She was a real "greenie", concerned about the environment and a vegetarian decades before it was fashionable. She used to say "I don't like eating my friends". When she started work on the Heide garden in 1935, her ideas were informed by a taste for formal French gardens but later she became
interested in the more lavish, romantic effects of English gardens. As you can see here....
I believe that the roses were planted by Sunday and because this isn't smellaputer you'll have to take my word for it....these roses knocked you out with their perfume.
It was such a beautiful setting.
We saw Mirka Mora's work which is being exhibited within the building. As you would expect we weren't allowed to take photo's but there is a lovely entrance with windows at the rear, which Mirka has painted a mural. By the time we entered the sun was lower and perfect to set off her work on the glass.
As you may have heard before I'm missing a garden but I certainly had my green fix at HeideThere was a board that discribed all the months of the year with the produce that was planted in this vegie garden. I heard from a friend that they pick the fresh produce and herbs from here to supply the Cafe Vue where we had lunch. The only downside to the whole day was that lunch took three and a half hours which we're not entirely sure why? Maybe it was the walk from the vegie plot to the kitchen that took the time?
I just loved the light here and can see why it might have been such an inspiration for all the artists who came to stay and work here.
Just a few pics to let you see around the place
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Well, who should be sitting there but Santa chilling before the Christmas rush
Friday, 12 November 2010
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
As you can see Muffin wasn't impressed either.
Watching paint dry isn't one of her favourite past times
Monday, 8 November 2010
Now we've ventured into November, its suddenly dawned on me that my guests will be arriving in Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve...eek! That's just weeks away and not months anymore. I don't particularly want the guest room to reek of paint and turps.
My guests will have trouble with their jet lag never mind the fumes knocking them out.
Armed with all the tools and a perfect day plus a cuppa to get the job off to a good start...off I went. It was great to be outdoors not only for the fantastic temperature but also the fumes.
Well that was until I noticed someone else was very interested in my work....a little too interested! Pest...Seven out of ten drawers well under way...phewph...I never realised this was going to be such a big job. It seemed an easy little task when I did the small bedside cabinet.
Sunday, 7 November 2010
I just need to train this one not to do the Flock Call before breakfast.
Friday, 5 November 2010
But surely not...the road is fairly heavily tree lined and has numerous telephone cables etc so to think that someone would be trying to fly something in this area was just ludicrous to my mind. There's also masses of space on the nearby sports ovals.....so what was he thinking?
I then started to take photo's of it until I realised he was taking photo's of a nearby house that is going on the property market. He was taking the amazing ariel shots that I'd seen in the magazines and I have to confess that I hadn't given a thought as to how they were obtained.
Now I know....and look at that cloudless blue sky.
I then realised that I was hanging out of my window to get a good shot and that the neighbours might not like the fact that I was going to be on their promotion photo's. Imagine that wouldn't do the selling price any good, so I quickly decided to hide!
It's okay I think I got away with it because I've seen the shots and you can't make out that its me hanging out of the bathroom window, they've blurred that part.