Friday, November 30, 2007

What Kind of Christmas Tree Am I?

You Are a Minimal Christmas Tree

You're not a total Scrooge, but you feel no need to go overboard at Christmas.
Less is more, and your Christmas reflects refined quality.

I like to think that this describes me... the 'refined quality' bit!
Christmas Trees
I have dusted off the Christmas tree decorations, and have assembled the trees. Yes, two this year. I wanted the traditional green tree back again, but had to give the wire one I created last year another turn as it took so long to make!!

So a blue theme for the family room...

and a red & green theme for the lounge room.

I have put the trees up a couple of days early because we are so busy over the weekend I would not have a chance to do it.

Tomorrow I have a stall at the North Epping Village Fair, selling my handbags. If you are in the area come and have a look and say hello.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

You Are a Plain Ole Cup of Joe

But don't think plain - instead think, uncomplicated
You're a low maintenance kind of girl... who can hang with the guys
Down to earth, easy going, and fun! Yup, that's you: the friend everyone invites.
And your dependable too. Both for a laugh and a sympathetic ear.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Dance, Dance, Dance
Lauren finished up her year of dance this afternoon with a final concert. This is a photo of her in her tap costume. This year's theme was "Disco", and I enjoyed singing along to many old 70's tracks at the concert last night. Lauren's class performed two numbers - one to "Dance the Night Away", and the other to "Blame It on the Boogie". It is a credit to Miss Jane (the dance teacher), that she manages to organise 150 students on and off stage as the concert rolls on, and then all back into the hall and onto the stage together for a big finale.
It is always a relief when these things end for the year, not because they haven't been enjoyable, but because it frees up time to fit the ever increasing demands that the rush before Christmas brings. And I'm sure Miss Jane is breathing a sigh of relief and looking forward to a holiday now!
On Thursday afternoon we picked up 4 hens from a local supplier. We were all very excited to see them introduced into our backyard, and they were promptly freed from the cardboard box we used to transported them home in, to explore the new terrain. This was a mistake.
Boris, our 13 1/2 year old labrador, who has trouble climbing the back stairs to come inside these days, had a sudden burst of youth, and showed great interest in the new arrivals. The poor birds were horrified.
I never realised how many hiding spots our yard provided. It is very easy to see a blond labrador moving about in the garden beds - not so for small brown hens who can stay incredibly still, and therefore camouflaged. It took Andrew and I two hours to locate them and shut them in their coop.
The hens are 15 weeks old, and won't start laying til January. I am looking forward to all the fresh eggs, and the chicken manure I can add to the compost.

Friday, November 23, 2007

One of Oliver's Birthday Gifts
Thanks Bronwynne & David, and Rosie & Peter for the K-nex.
Tomato Chutney
This recipe is also a favourite to make and give away at Christmas time. The great thing about this recipe is that it can be make earlier than the tapenade I posted yesterday, as it keeps longer. This tomato chutney is yummy on pasta too. Click on the recipe to enlarge.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Fig Tapenade
Something I like to do (if I am not completely swamped) in the last few days before Christmas is to make homemade food gifts for people. This is one of my favourites, and is completely delicious. We like to eat it with a strong tasting cheese, on crackers, with a glass of something bubbly of course. Click on the recipe to enlarge it.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

U2 - Wave of Sorrow
It was a big day for Oliver yesterday. He turned five.
His day began with the excitement of a new 'boy' bike (he has made do with his sister's hot pink bicycles for awhile now).
He also attended his first orientation morning for Kindergarten, which he begins next year. In Australia, Kindergarten is the first year of school. Madeleine and Lauren were very pleased that he was there.
Then it was lunch at Philly and Brad's, and home for a ride on his new bike at our local park.
The day ended with dinner at McDonalds (Oliver's choice).
He fell asleep as soon as he got into bed last night, exhausted from a busy and happy day.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Facets by KathrynAnother handmade item I bought recently that I adore. It is a sterling silver ring, that reminds me of coral. Beautiful and organic. To see Kathryn's work (and her shop) click here.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Lola Collection

I recently bought some beautiful, handmade pendants from 'the Lola Collection'. I won't show you exactly what I bought as they are Christmas gifts. Lola's pendants have fantastic images for old maps, stamps and illustrations. They are truly unique. You can visit her shop here.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Across the Universe

Last night I went to see an amazing movie called 'Across the Universe'. Those of you that know me, know that I am not a musical fan. However, 3 of the last 4 movies I have seen have been this genre. 'Across the Universe' is a love story told with the aid of 34 Beatles' songs, mostly sung by the cast. It was thoroughly enjoyable - even worth buying the DVD when it is released.
Across the Universe is a 2007 musical film directed by Julie Taymor . The script is based on an original story credited to Taymor, Clement and La Frenais that incorporates 34 compositions written by members of The Beatles.
There are cameo appearances by Bono
as Dr. Robert (a counter-culture shaman), Eddie Izzard as Mr. Kite (a circus ringmaster), Joe Cocker as three street characters and Salma Hayek who appears (through digital special effects) as five nurses.
Evan Rachel Wood as Lucy Carrigan
Jim Sturgess as Jude Feeny
Joe Anderson as Max Carrigan
Dana Fuchs as Sadie
Martin Luther McCoy as JoJo
T.V. Carpio as Prudence

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Dinner and Very Old Port
Last night we had dinner at the Zufferey's place - an absolute feast of Lebanese food. It was delicious. At the end of the meal Camile poured us some port (also delicious, tasting of raisins and cinnamon), which turned out to be made in 1901!! Magnificent. None of us had ever drunk anything so old.

It was great to look at Pauline's art again and see what she is working on now, and the kids had a great time running wild outside and playing fuze ball indoors.