Monday, April 27, 2009
This morning I came home, after running some errands, to find a parcel on my front verandah.
A package from Hey Lucy.
And its contents were so beautifully wrapped and presented!!
Thank you Marne.
The CD is of Marne's favourite Christmas songs. I did try to listen to some of it today, but there was some major eye rolling about its out of season-ness.
And the other part was a gorgeous cushion cover (handmade of course). It has a bunny screen printed on the toille, and is hand quilted. The backing is a lovely linen.Go and have a look at Hey Lucy on Etsy.
And spend some time at the Hey Lucy blog. It is a truly inspiring and a happy place... the colours, the photographs, the projects... just lovely.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Kingfish Peruvian Ceviche
The Idea of North were amazing. So clever.
The Peruvian cook cleans the fish and lets it soak in salt water for 10 minutes and then removes it and pats it dry.
1 lb fish fillets of corbina, red snapper, or any good quality whitefish
juice of three lemons
juice of three sour oranges or limes
one medium onion, thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste
a pinch of cayenne pepper
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 hot pepper, chopped fine
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (coriander)
Cut fish into pieces and place on a platter. Place the thinly sliced onions on the fish. Then add the remaining ingredients, covering with the juices. Place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving. Serve on bed of lettuce and garnish with cold sweet potato or corn-on-the-cob.
I wish I could sing...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
IKEA sell cheap clothes hampers ($3.95), and I have bought quite a few of over the years. I use them for all sorts of things - handbags and scarves in the bottom of my wardrobe, 'green' shopping bags in the laundry etc.
The one we use for the dirty clothes had seen better days... the plastic had all ripped due to laundry being forced into it again and again.
Last night I made a fabric bag for the frame instead.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
* warm weather,
* walks with friends (yes, I am glad everyone insisted I step out on the early morning power walk),
* the kids enjoying the large open, rural-type activities,
* burning things (see below).
The low points:
* me (best left unexplained),
* having to come home to a dog-free house.
The urge to build bonfires (especially amongst the males members of our party) was strong, and a definite highlight for most.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Today we made the heartbreaking decision to say goodbye to Boris.
He has been a loyal friend.
We will miss him terribly.
Monday, April 13, 2009
We spent today, down on the south coast, at my parent's place.
The kids ate truck loads of chocolate.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
a truly gorgeous child showing off his hat at the school Easter Hat Parade.
PS: The piece of glittery fabric around his wrist is not something he would usually don - its purpose was for a dance his class performed for the doting parents and grandparents.
Sunday, April 05, 2009
and then holidays. Winding up another incredibly busy school term.
I do resolve to actually blog a bit more during the holidays.
I have just booked a family holiday for May. Last year we went to the Gold Coast for the first time, and enjoyed it so much that we are going to do it again. May is a perfect time of year - while it is cooling down in Sydney, Queensland is still lovely and warm.
Here is where we are going to be staying:
Roseanne McNulty, forgotten centenarian, long-time resident of the Roscommon regional mental hospital, is facing an imminent upheaval. The decrepit Victorian institution is soon to be demolished, leaving its residents displaced in a starkly changed modern Ireland that has all but buried its violent origins. Attempting to organise her memories, some reliable, others shifting, she embarks on the writing of a chronicle.