Thursday, July 31, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
I managed to squeeze in another novel - a bit of a feat while starting a new school term and all the organisation that is involved.
"As I resigned myself to the fact that the latest Household Guide I'd written would be my last, I conceived in a flash the best idea ever. I rang Nancy and left a message. 'Think of the title,' I said. ‘How catchy does The Household Guide to Dying sound?'"
When Delia Bennet – author and domestic advice columnist – is diagnosed with cancer, she knows it's time to get her house in order. After all, she's got to secure the future for her husband, their two daughters and their five beloved chickens. But as she writes lists and makes plans, questions both large and small creep in. Should she divulge her best culinary secrets? Read her favourite novels one last time? Plan her daughters' far-off weddings?
Complicating her dilemma is the matter of the past, and a remote country town where she fled as a pregnant teenager, only to leave broken hearted eight years later.
Researching and writing her final Household Guide, Delia is forced to confront the pieces of herself she left behind. She learns what matters is not the past but the present – that the art of dying is all about truly living.
Fresh, witty, deeply moving – and a celebration of love, family and that place we call home – this unforgettable story will surprise and delight the reader until the very last page.
(Pan Macmillan Australia)
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
"Hooray." (I think typed with a touch of sarcasm.)
"ah back to the bogpond you go..." (This company's email addresses end with bigpond.)
"Don't do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hate telstra. Poor
you!" (Another happy customer.)
"you can't beat them
they are just too big and toooooo powerful
you just have to accept it"
Thursday, July 17, 2008
This week we had our lounges cleaned.
And, no I say to the woman taking my booking, I don't want any fabric protector sprayed on afterwards - I have plans.
We bought our lounges in the 90s.
It was our first really expensive, grown-up, furniture purchase. We had just dabbled at playing house before then.
And, following the trend of the day, we went for bottle green.
We were happy with the green.
We loved it.
As time passed, and we entered the new century, my ideas changed, and I longed for an update.
I covered our 3 seater with a heavy cream cloth. It looks brilliant when clean. But it took me eight hours, and I lost all my enthusiasm to continue with the 2 seater.
Last week I began to entertain the thought of dying the 2 seater myself. Mmmmmm... but how?
I thought of several options, but eventually I settled on painting fabric dye on with a sponge.
I chose Rit liquid dye in dark brown.
I mixed a whole bottle into a ceramic bowl of boiling water, and then began. The dye was very concentrated as I wanted to achieve a good, dark coverage.
It was very messy, and often just dripped onto the floor, so I needed lots of old towels to soak up the run-off.
It took two bottles of dye to cover the base, and another two to dye the cushion covers.
Tomorrow I am going to spray the lounge with Scotchgard to protect it.
Here you can see the pretty lights I bought when I was giving the lounge room a makeover earlier in the year, glowing behind the now chocolate (sounds much better than 'dark brown') lounge.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Last night I went and saw Mongol.
It was magnificent.
If you get a chance, go and see it.
Tadanobu Asano in Bodrov's film is strictly Temudjin, not the great Khan. He lived from 1162 to 1227, and "Mongol" covers the years between 1171 and the beginning of the unification of Mongolian tribes around the turn of the century.In fact, the spookily powerful child Temudjin (Odnyam Odsuren) dominates the first part of the film, undergoing trials and tribulations that make the lives of Dickens' abused and imperiled children look like a picnic. From age nine into his 30s, Temudjin was orphaned, hunted, imprisoned, enslaved, and constantly threatened by extinction. Literally alone in the vast landscape (brilliantly photographed by Rogier Stoffers and Sergei Trofimov), Temudjin escapes death repeatedly, at times almost mysteriously."Mongol" is huge - with endless vistas and epic crowd scenes, quite without special effects - but Bodrov keeps the setting just that, never strutting visuals for their own sake. The film is about people, and the cast is magnificent. (IMDb)
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
The place mats match my wall perfectly.
Anyway, we had dinner with Megan and Nick (a new friend), who are here on holidays from New Zealand.
Megan is Brent's sister. We stayed in her house in 2005 when we holidayed in NZ.
Two of our dearest friends (Heather has a blog - Heather Here, so go and have a look at the house renovations they are doing at the moment. They are cladding their house in corrugated iron, a very popular building material in New Zealand.)
Sunday, July 13, 2008
One bright splash of colour. A cactus that flowers in June.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
It is a bit brighter and 'warmer' for Winter.
And while I was in the bedroom I took some more photos.
These shelves are where I keep all my stuff (wrapping paper, paints, craft bits and pieces etc.) They certainly have filled up since I gave them a makeover.
My side of the room, with lots of reading material, in the form of house/garden/renovation magazines, on the tray.
My sister-in-law, Bronwynne gave me this sweet (ummm... not sure what to call it!) thing to hang my jewellery on. And the jacket is one my mum embroidered for my kids when they were babies.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
As it is school holidays, we took the kids out bike riding this afternoon.
And my goodness, it was cold!
Now I know those of you from other lands, might look at the photos of my children and exclaim, "But the boy only has one layer on!"
But I expect that if you are riding, you are keeping yourself warm via exercise.
Plus, small boy does not seem to feel the cold as much as 40 year old woman.
We have actually been having quite a cold week in Sydney.
Today had a minimum of 5 degrees Celsius, and I'm sure it was only around 14 degrees this afternoon - the wind chill factor making it feel worse. (Temperature converter in the sidebar.)
Zac enjoying a swing.
Friday, July 04, 2008
(It was actually one of those 24 hour reads, as I started the evening before and totally lost track of time, and then had to make myself go to bed, as it was going to be a very busy day yesterday.)