Thursday, January 31, 2008
Oliver began school today. A much anticipated event, and it went without a hitch.
He was mercilessly bossed around by his sisters this morning, and he in turn nagged me about leaving for school. If he was in charge we would have arrived at the school gate at 8am (school doesn't begin til 9.15am).
He was walked to his room by his 'buddy', and was shown where to put his bag etc. We left not long after, as he was not the slightest bit interested in us anymore. It helps that he has spent many an hour in various classrooms at the school, as I have assisted with reading groups in the girl's rooms over the past 3 years.
I collected a very happy and satisfied boy from the classroom door this afternoon... only 13 more years to go!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I have seen this on many, many blogs now, so thought I would join in.
You are playing for a handmade bag, 100% cotton, from Amy Butler's 'Temple' range. The longer handle loops through the shorter one to close it, and to use to carry it.
I have been selling my bags on etsy, but have none listed at the moment (will have to remedy that this weekend!!)
Simply leave a comment by 2nd February, and I will randomly choose a winner from the names entered. If you do not have a blog, or do not check your blog regularly, please leave an email address.
Giveaway Now Closed
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
George: The sea was angry that day my friends, like an old man trying to return soup at a deli! (Do you know that quote?)More photos here.
While we were in Avoca I manage to see two movies.
As It Is In Heaven. I loved it, loved it, loved it! Wikipedia says it is the longest running film in Australia.
A successful international conductor suddenly interrupts his career and returns alone to his childhood village in Norrland, in the far north of Sweden.It doesn't take long before he is asked to come and listen to the fragment of a church choir, which practises every Thursday in the parish hall. Just come along and give a little bit of good advice. He can't say no, and from that moment, nothing in the village is the same again. The choir develops and grows. He makes both friends and enemies. And he finds love.
Three American brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year set off on a train voyage across India with a plan to find themselves and bond with each other -- to become brothers again like they used to be. Their "spiritual quest", however, veers rapidly off-course (due to events involving over-the-counter pain killers, Indian cough syrup, and pepper spray), and they eventually find themselves stranded alone in the middle of the desert with eleven suitcases, a printer, and a laminating machine. At this moment, a new, unplanned journey suddenly begins.
I have seen some other movies these holidays, and may mention them at another time.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I attached the fabric using a staple gun.
And while I was reorganising I strung some star fairy lights around the walls, and put them on a timer so they turn off at bedtime.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
And Snowden Flood, who has a fantastic series of urban landscape plates, among other goodies.
Japanese artist, Shinzi Katoh, has some wonderful wares for sale too.
Pieces from of these designers can be found on THREEpotatoFOUR, a blog and an online shop.
Of course I have chosen bird related items, as they are my 'thing' at the moment, but there are many other designs and treasures.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Here are some photos I took of our time away.
The view from the back deck on Friday, Saturday and then Sunday.
When we first arrived the rain was bucketing down, and it gradually dried up as the weekend progressed.
Vanessa and I visited SO many gorgeous antique and old wares stores. Tomorrow I will show what I bought. It was too heavy to lift out of the back of the car, and I will need the assistance of a strong man (whom, I might say, isn't particularly sharing the joy of my find!).
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Last night we had a BBQ at a friend's place, and ended the night watching a DVD of the Midnight Oil concert on Goat Island from 1985. It was to celebrate Triple J's (radio station) 10th birthday. I remember the concert as it was the first I recall being simulcast on TV (ABC) and the radio (Triple J). Some highlights in viewing this the second time around were:
I read Anne Enright's "The Gathering"this week. I felt that I should read it as it won the Man Booker Prize in 2007, and I like to be familiar with award winning books. Does anyone else do that?
Anyway, I would not say it was an easy or enjoyable read, and I wouldn't rush out and buy it if you would rather not read about sexual abuse (and who would really!), and don't like the odd bit of bad language.
The novel is a saga covering three generations of an Irish family and is set in Ireland and England. Its title refers to the funeral of Liam Hegarty, an alcoholic who committed suicide in the sea at Brighton. His mother and the nine surviving Hegarty children gather in Dublin for his wake. The novel's narrator is 39-year-old Veronica, the sibling who was closest to Liam. She looks through her family's troubled history to try to make sense of his death. She thinks that the reason for his alcoholism lies in something that happened to him in his childhood when he stayed in his grandmother's house. She uncovers uncomfortable truths about her family. (Wikipedia)
There is a major development ( new shopping center ) in progress, which will not be completed until 2010.
And our church will be smack bang in the middle of it! I think that is amazing.
Tomorrow I am off for a short break with some girlfriends. Two whole nights of child free fun. I do love my children dearly, but they are driving me bananas with their holiday squabbles!
We are going to Blackheath,in the Blue Mountains,to celebrate a friend's 40th birthday.