Sunday, April 27, 2008

Fabrics and Invitations
I just had a look at the new arrivals at Reprodepot Fabrics.
There are some gorgeous designs. I chose some that really took my fancy.

I love the simplicity of the owls.

The Red Riding Hood collection is adorable.

I love anything with trees, especially if it is blue.

I thought this was striking - I like the use of the green and purple.

I am very tempted to buy this. I love fabric with text.

And here is another "Dick and Jane" fabric, this time just with the text.

I recently blogged about a skirt I had made using the "Dick and Jane" fabric. I have been working on my 40th invitations using some of the fabric in the range as an inspiration.

I sewed a piece of the fabric onto card and used sticker letters to write names.

On the back I stuck a photo of myself with the details of my party.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Today's Projects
Madeleine was very keen to make a vegetable garden (she has been tending a garden at school, and wants to apply that knowledge at home), so yesterday we went to buy some wood to make a raised bed for her to grow some veggies in.
We began this morning by making a box out of pine, and then staking it in to the ground.

Andrew then made many trips with the wheelbarrow to fill it with soil - we have a mound of earth at the end of our backyard that was dug out a few years ago when we paved.

We then added lots of compost and chook manure and mixed it through.

Madeleine planted broccoli and peas, and I put in an artichoke.

I had an old art easel in the garage which we pushed into the top. We are hoping the peas are going to grow up and around it.

I have some candle lanterns where the fabric was deteriorating around the frames. I pulled it off and used some scrap booking papers to recover them. (I am not a scrapbooker, but I cannot resist some of the beautiful papers, and often have a pile of them to use for all sorts of craft projects.)

Anzac Day
Today is a public holiday in Australia. (As a teacher I would prefer that public holidays didn't fall during school holidays. It does not make it feel special at all.)

Anzac Day is commemorated by Australia and New Zealand on 25 April every year to remember members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who landed at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Anzac Day is also a public holiday in the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tonga.
All across Australia there were dawn services where wreathes were laid, prayers said, "the Last Post" played, and the national anthem is sung. Often the fourth stanza of a poem, "For the Fallen" is recited.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

After the dawn services there are marches, or parades, where service men and women march to commemorate the diggers (soldiers) lost during war.
And then there are games of Two-up in pubs (and lots of beer drinking I imagine), the only day it is legal in Australia to play this game.

Anzac Biscuits
Traditional biscuits baked by anxious wives and mothers during World War I, packed in food parcels, and sent to the Australian soldiers in the trenches.

1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup plain flour
1 cup sugar
125g (4oz) butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon water

Preheat oven to 300F (150C)
Mix oats, flour, sugar and coconut together.
Melt syrup and butter together.
Mix soda with boiling water and add to melted butter and syrup.
Add to dry ingredients.
Place 1 tablespoonfuls of mixture on greased tray (allow room for spreading).
Bake for 20 minutes.
Loosen while warm, cool on trays.
(makes about 35)

These are yummy. One of my favourite biscuits of all time.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Old Door
I spotted an old screen door over my neighbour's fence this week, and then I could not get it out of my mind. I lay in bed thinking about all the possibilities it had.
I eventually rang and asked if she would sell it to me.
She gave it to me! (Thankyou Colleen)
The wood is rotting at the base of it. This helped me make a final decision.
I am going to take the iron center out of it, and then maybe turn it into a mirror.
And Madeleine and I are going to make a vegetable garden tomorrow, and use the frame to grow peas up. I am going to attach chicken wire to the frame in place of the iron swirls.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Themes and Rats... anyway, it's all about washing
Today I have taken on the mammoth task of the ironing basket. Aaaaghhh. It has been piling up for a number of weeks now. I could not leave it any longer.
As I was ironing and hanging my clothes along a door frame, I noticed a theme (of sorts) that my clothes follows....

And on to the rodents... while we were away last week, one of my brother-in-laws stayed at our place to look after the hens, and to have some time out. While he was watching TV of an evening he saw a mouse/rat, which always ran towards the laundry if spooked (eeewwwhhhhh!) He didn't do anything about said rodent, as he thought he was "cute".

Jump forward to this week... lots of rain (yay!), and washing (boooo!), and the need to used both the washing machine and the dryer.

There is a dreadful smell emanating from one of the two machines in the laundry. I suspect said rodent has made a home/graveyard in one of them, and now we are suffering. All of our clothes are smelling DEAD.

What to do? Pull the machines apart and check all cavities? Run the washing machine through several hot cycles with bleach? Leave the dryer running for 24 hours on HOT?

Signed: disgusted!!

Update 2 1/2 hours later...

A shrivelled, and yet not quite dry, carcass just fell out of the dryer. Absolutely disgusting. All clothes going back in for another wash.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Those of you who know me, know that I love IKEA. A lot of the furniture in our house was purchased there.
I just found this quiz (via How About Orange).
Test yourself on your knowledge of IKEA product names.
I scored 6/10. "You know your furniture." Not bad.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

I am a BIG Battlestar Galactica fan. It is with great anticipation I wait for, and with great excitement that I watch, each new episode.
This is the 4th and final series. I have just read (and am very unhappy about), that the final 10 episodes won't be aired until 2009. Aaaaaghhhh.

Twelve Cylon models.

Seven are known.

Four live in secret.

One will be revealed.

Does this mean we have to wait another year to find out who the 5th is??!!

I have a theory that it is Kara Thrace (Starbuck).

But you never know... it could turn out to be Commander William Adama!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

(Oliver's favourite song at the moment... I know it's old, it is just on our ipod playlist for the car)

You are Ocean Blue

You're both warm and practical.
You're very driven, but you're also very well rounded.
You tend to see both sides to every issue, and people consider you a natural diplomat.


"There is no blue without yellow and without orange."
Vincent Van GoghDutch Post-Impressionist Painter. 1853–1890. Letter, June 1888. The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, vol. 3, no. B6 (1958).


(Photos from Flickr)

More about blue here.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Rimwood Farm
We returned tonight from our annual holiday at "the farm".

A fun time was had by all, but the general consensus was that we all could have done with an extra night.

I could feel myself start to unwind yesterday, around 3pm. Before this I was unable to concentrate for more than 30 seconds on anything. This meant that I did not read a single book (only two chapters), nor did I complete a jigsaw puzzle (actually, Lou may have something to do with this!), nor did I watch a movie in its entirety (although saw most of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" today).
I flittered from one activity to another... with a snack and a glass of wine to complete each snippet of an activity.
I did, once again, enjoy the pleasures of pay TV, with the many decorating shows on the Lifestyle channel, when the children weren't watching Nickelodeon.

The men indulged in their pyromaniacal (I'm sure that is a word) tendencies by building a bonfire...
and then sitting around it the next day and enjoying some ales and rugby magazines.

Kids around the bonfire.

Enjoying the fire the next day. Andrew was enjoying himself, just not the camera being pointed at him again.

A bottle that was thrown into the fire to watch it melt! One of the 'cleansing ales' after it had been consumed.

A parents vs kids "Spongebob" quiz.

The result of too much sugar and high GI foods... really only of interest to those shown in them!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Out of the Office
We are going away today. Off to the farm. Yay! Holidays at last.
I know I have not blogged much lately, but life has been busy. I'll come back refreshed and ready to tackle life again.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Andrew's Party

A friend from my childhood (and throughout my adult years too), Robynne.

Andrew's delight, opening many old bottles of red that he has been saving for some time.A great picture of Gail. It captures her joy.

Andrew listening to Brent's speech.

My sister Philippa.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

One blog that I have subscribed to, so I get an email each time there is a new post, is Indexed. Over the past year I have nodded, laughed, or looked quizzically at the cards.
They are worth a look.