Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sufjan update

Sufjan opened the night with Seven Swans. Beautiful. And then moved on to tunes/songs from The Age of Adz. You can read a review of his latest album here and here and here.

The night began with a sheer curtain in front of the band, which was raised and lowered during the night, on which images were projected. There was another large screen behind the band.

The combination of lighting and choice of costume was brilliant. Literally. Neon, day glo coloured stripes adorned the stage, instruments and clothing - especially on Sufjan himself. His jeans and t-shirt were amazing. Sufjan made neon cool.

The choice of such bright colours and patterns may sound odd for such an apocalyptic album, but it worked.I did not take these photos - I lifted them from Google images.

But of course the most important part of the evening, the music, was perfect. It has taken me quite a few listens to really appreciate some of the tracks on the album - some grated at first, they are discordant and not the music I have grown to love on his previous albums. But now I do. The band was outstanding. I don't think I have heard anything as good since Pink Floyd.

For me, the highlight of the evening was Vesuvius.

The night was rounded off with Chicago. For me this was a perfect ending. A round trip, so to speak.

The concert touched a chord with its spiritual content and the portrayal of humans needing love and the existence of something more (God). It is not often a concert brings so much with it.

Saturday, January 29, 2011


Tonight I am going to see Sufjan play.
I am sooooo excited!!!

If you asked me if there was anyone I would want to see play live, it would be Sufjan.

I'll let you know all about it tomorrow. If I have not died with delight overnight that is.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Happy 2nd Birthday Holly

We celebrated my niece's birthday this week.

She is an adorable little girl who knows her own mind. She reminds me of her mother!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Answer

Rocket + Water = Love

Rocket has discovered the joy of standing under the sprinkler on a hot day.

He has also had his first experience of the beach. In true Labrador fashion, he went straight in.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cute Gifts

My friend Lou gave me this book recently - a counting book for the middle aged. It is very amusing.
And look at the card that came with it - a retro renovation picture. Well chosen.

My mum bought this tea towel at a craft stall for me. Once again, well chosen.
It came with a bird biscuit cutter.

Monday, January 24, 2011


The kitchen, the heart of the home.
Or the most used room in the house.
Therefore I wanted something open and connected to the dining area.

I have been looking through my photos, looking for some before pics.

This was our tiny kitchen before it was all removed, along with the walls.

It looked through to our dining room, which we managed to squeeze a table and dresser into.

I could not find any photos of the laundry. It was too revolting to photograph anyway.
Now, with all the the walls removed, and the back of the house squared off, the area is all open plan. We had our benches raised above the average height (100cm) as we are a tall family.
The cupboards are a white gloss, the bench top is CaesarStone in the colour snow, and the handles are from IKEA. I love the slide out draws of the pantry, and all the soft close draws to store away all the crockery, cutlery etc.
The laundry is hidden away behind two doors. The cupboards and bench top matches the kitchen.

All in all, I love it.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

101 Things I Love # 7

Watering the garden.
It is a peaceful time when I get to escape the noise and bustle going on inside, slow down, meander and think.

Outdoor movies

Last night we saw Despicable Me at Olympic Park.
A free (always good), novel activity for the holidays.

I was surprised at the number of people there. We rocked up 45 minutes before the movie began and had to fight for a small area of grass.

Lisa out did herself with the snacks, even bringing a bottle of Moet Chandon (because it was all she had in the fridge!!).

We did say next time we would leave the kids at home and see an adult movie (by that I mean more mature, not racy). Much better suited to wine and cheese. We did do it years ago...

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Swimming at Meg's place

Yesterday we had afternoon tea, and went swimming at Meg's place.
Meg is my partner in crime job share partner at work - this year I am working 3 days per week, and Meg will work 2.

She is living through the mess of renovations at the moment. We have been able to whinge and compare notes as it has progressed.
Angie, Meg & Cath + various kids

Meg even has a terracotta warrior in her back yard. He guards the pool. How fun!

A Bedroom for Each Child

 As I said, the main reason for our recent renovation was more space.

The girls were sharing a very tiny room, and fighting constantly.
Storage was a major issue. There was none.

Oliver was in the fortunate position of having a room to himself, and therefore, had more room than anyone else in the family to spread his wings.

The kids chose their rooms early on, from the plans.
Actually, it was more like this -
Madeleine: This room looks the biggest. I want this one. It isn't actually.
Lauren: whinging voice Why did she get to choose first... I'm having this one.
Oliver: I guess I'll have this one then.

Some bold and silly colour ideas were bandied around by the kids. I soon put a stop to that, informing them they could chose one wall colour only, which would only be painted on one wall.
They were all fairly clear on what sort of style they wanted. Both girls wanted white, scrolly, metal beds frames; both of which I bought on eBay. Oliver wanted the old bunk bed the girls were previously using, so we painted them white.
The best thing about the rooms are the huge built in wardrobes, that hide everything away.