Friday, September 28, 2007

The Cheaper Version
Yesterday while I was doing my grocery shopping I bought myself some light pink rubber clogs. I can't say 'crocs' because they only cost $5.95, as opposed to $59.95. I bought them to garden in, and they are wonderful. I spent the day weeding and mulching yesterday, and just hosed them at the end. Brilliant. And they are surprisingly comfortable. I have ruined many a pair of shoes in the garden, and this is now the answer to that problem.
Life has been incredibly busy recently, but school has now finished and I am on holidays. Tonight I plan to sit down with a glass of wine and catch up with all my blogging friend's news.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Bad Hair
We all have bad hair days - days that everything seems to go wrong, and at the root of it is your bad hair. I think that I am the queen of these days.
Some people have lovely hair that sits nicely without any blow drying or product. My friend Lou has hair like that. It looks like it is styled no matter what time of day or night. So does my daughter Lauren - lovely straight hair that sit perfectly in a bob (if only she would brush it sometimes... but that is another story).
I spotted this book again yesterday. Owned by my friend Cath. It is mesmerizing. How anyone left the house with some of these 'dos' is hard to fathom. If you enjoy a laugh, this is the book for you.
Bad Hair: A Collection of Bad Hairstyles So Bad You Can't Look Away by James Innes Smith and Henreitta Webb.
(Description by the publisher)
A hair-raising journey through the era when big was king.
In the beginning, there was the hair. And some of the hair was bad, but it was small. As men and women everywhere worked to improve and increase their lot, however, they stumbled onto some of humankind's most miraculous innovations: spray, gel, mousse, crimping irons, and of course, the perm. With these new tools, people everywhere suddenly found themselves able to coax their lank, lifeless tresses toward glorious new heights. The age of big hair had begun.
Now, the greatest of these bouffants, afros, rakes, beehives, and Flock-of-Seagulls have been plucked from their spots in hairdressers' windows and given the respect they so clearly demand. Bigger and badder than you ever dreamed possible, Big Hair goes out to all those people of yesteryear who were unafraid to think BIG.
Of course, one cannot think of bad hair without thinking back to the 80s, when there was a whole series of hair dos that are laughable; but also cringe worthy as many of us probably sported them.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Mosaic Pictures
I found an amazing application (on FaceBook) today that turns photos into mosaics. These are two pictures of my nieces, Jessica and Sophie. I chose 'jellyfish' for Jessica, and 'flowers' for Sophie.
I used to marvel at mosaic pictures like these, imagining the hours and painstaking work that must have gone into them. Now it is too easy.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Wendy and David's Wedding

It was a glorious day. The views over Sydney Harbour were spectacular. And Wendy and David glowed.
Here are a couple of videos of some very funny moments on the dance floor at the wedding.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Nails and a Tag
I feel like a real girly girl. I had my nails done yesterday. Gel tips. I have awful stubby fingers, and never seem to be able to grow my nails to any decent length. Now they are long and groomed, and have made my fingers look better. I don't know how long I will be able to maintain them as they have been getting in the way. I have not tried to put my contact lenses in yet, or do any gardening.
And Marie from A Little Bit of Country on the Shore has tagged me. I need to list 7 random things about me then tag 7 others to do the same by leaving them a comment.
Ok then...
1.(Keeping to the nails theme) I love painting my toenails dark pink.
2. I have a sugar in my first cup of tea in the morning, but none after that.
3. My favourite colour is purple.
4. I suffer from depression. (Now there is a serious random fact!)
5. Whilst growing up I wanted to be a vet.
6. My favourite food is pizza. (Home made is best.)
7. I would love to live by the ocean.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Another Baby!!
My sister-in-law, Rosie, is pregnant. Yay! I have added a ticker to my sidebar to count down the days.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Wendy's Bridal Shower
This morning a large group of us had breakfast at a cafe with Wendy. She is getting married next weekend! It was a fun time - yummy food and lots of laughs. Cath organised a trivia quiz about famous romances of history, and naming the artist and title of a range of love songs.
We are all looking forward to next Saturday when Dave and Wendy say "I do!"

Friday, September 07, 2007

Headless Chickens
One night at Rimwood Farm... thanks to the APEC long weekend
I collected the girls early from school yesterday (as there was no school today), and we drove out to Little Hartley to stay at 'the farm' for one night. Andrew and I both have events to go to tomorrow, so it was just a short holiday. The scenery is so beautiful that I took lots of photos.

It rained on and off, but Boris loved the wide open spaces, and the hidden treasures that a farm offers.Boris with a piece of bone he dug up.
I discovered that television viewing included 'the Lifestyle channel' (pay TV - a luxury we do not have at home), and I watched numerous shows today. 2 x Better Homes and Gardens, Chelsea Flower Show 2007, 2 x Grand Designs, and a dreadful show called Pushy Parents.
We actually watch Grand Designs every week on the ABC, and really enjoy it. It is presented by Kevin McCloud, who Andrew thinks it quite pretentious, but I like his commentary and insights. If you enjoy watching new houses being built, or very old ones being remodelled, this is the show for you. The houses are very grand.
Presented by design expert Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs charts the in-depth process of ambitious design projects, from the initial detail of blueprints, to the long and often arduous task of turning the designs into a practical living space. One of the leading lights in the field of design, Kevin McCloud is the writer as well as the presenter of Grand Designs. Having trained in both architecture and design, he has earned quite a reputation for his ability to give upscale properties a complete makeover. The series sees Kevin accompanying self-builders on their journey to create their dream home, as he offers advice, guidance and often a sympathetic ear as budgets and schedules inevitably run over. Discover how ambitious design concepts work out in practice; follow the progress of houses with unforeseen complications and no stretch in budget; and chart the changes and compromises in the design detail that ensue along the way. (Lifestyle channel)

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Native Hibiscus
Yesterday I found a lovely plant which happens to be an Australian native. It has mauve flowers and will grow into a medium sized shrub. Apparently it is fast growing, and will reach a medium height of 2-3m (7-10') by about 1.5m (5') wide. Its growth habit and foliage is similar to a tomato plant. An added bonus is that it is supposed to attract birds to the garden.
I have only recently become a fan of our native flora, and have really begun to appreciate its beauty, and range of flowers and foliage. My favourite gardens were always the English cottage gardens, full of beautiful blooms. Australian native gardens always seemed ugly and desolate, and I think the ways the plants were used in suburban Sydney gardens, in the past, were very dull. Due to years of drought, and the push to plant water wise gardens, a lot of more attractive natives have become available.
PS: I am now friends with Priscilla and Kate on facebook. Are there anyother of my blogging friends out there on facebook?

Monday, September 03, 2007

I must admit that I have joined the FaceBook phenomena, and have quite enjoyed catching up with all sorts of people who I have not seen for a long time, plus 'communicating' with my regular circle of friends. I know, I can always pick up the phone and talk to them, or drop around for a cup of tea... but I can't constantly send them growing gifts or hatching eggs in the real world. That would just not be practical or possible.
It is certainly easier to use than MySpace. Far less clunky.
I still love my blog though. It allows me far more creativity.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

It's Spring!
I took this photo of some magnificant flowers in Margaret's (Andrew's aunty) garden today. They go by the the very unattractive name of 'pig face', which really does not do them justice.
The temperatures we have been having has meant that the garden has already begun to bloom with Spring colour. I was inspired to photograph what was flowering in our garden at the moment.