31 May 2007


We've had another visitor to the bird feeder - a Crimson Rosella. He was very nervous, and didn't stay long.

We've also had a couple of very cold nights. Last night it was down to -4 degrees C, and our heater wasn't working. This morning we were amazed by this ice on the table, which was under the back verandah!

I've also one a little sewing - this skirt made of polar fleece for Annabelle. She loves to wear skirts, and the only ones she had are flimsy little cotton ones. What a terrible photo.

I have also celebrated my birthday. Not particularly exciting this year.

I am struggling at the moment, as women I was delighted to be sharing a pregnancy with, are giving birth. I am happy for them, but am also mourning our loss.

Some food for thought; I was talking with a woman whose children are roughly the same ages as mine. She was filling in a form, and trying to decide what occupation to put down. She works 7 hours a week as a bookkeeper, does a party plan (one party a week) business, and the rest of the time is at home with the kids. She was trying to choose between the bookkeeping, and partyplan entrepeneur titles, as that is her 'real life.'

Right now, I am happy to be spending my real life with my family. Later, I still expect to be spending my real life with them, and time away will just be a necessary evil .

28 May 2007

A weekend in the garden

We spent quite a lot of time in the garden this weekend. It didn't look like a nice day at 8am but things improved.

DH worked with his parents to make me a vegetable garden for my birthday. I am really excited about this. It's 3m x 1.5m, and I have planted it full of broad beans and snowpeas. It's actually a little late to be planting for winter here, so the legumes are just to improve the soil till spring time. If we get any beans or peas then that is just a bonus. The garden is muched with sugar cane mulch, and the forecast says rain tonight. Perfect!

The other action is that DH has killed our nest of European wasps. I am glad about this, since we spend a lot of time at the clothesline, which is right next to the nest.

The chookhouse is finished, and ready for occupants, who we hope to buy on the weekend from Hall markets.
I've finished knitting my PoshYarns cashmere scarf. It is incredibly soft - I need more cashmere in my life
And finally, Lucas and Annabelle have continued being their lovely selves. They are both enthusiastic, loving and cooperative, wich apparently isn't all that typical.

25 May 2007

Frosty mornings

We're getting foggy, frosty mornings now. But then the sun burns through, and it's a bright, cool day. This is all novel and exciting. I have lived in a cold place before, but I was at Uni, and absorbed in other things.
I also wasn't concerned about heating bills then. This year, it could be a big deal.
As Nalani's due date approaches, I am feeling lower and lower. There's nothing to be done, except knitting, and baking, and remembering.
Yesterday, in the middle of Kmart, Lucas asked me if I was growing a baby in my tummy. I thought I was going to instantly vomit. Instead, I coughed and answered "No." To which he replied "I am." And Annabelle agreed "Me too."

24 May 2007

Finally some crafting content

I've started knitting some gorgeous 100% cashmere from Posh Yarns. It's 4 ply, and my intention was to knit socks. I don't know what I was thinking, because there's not enough. But it's just perfect for this scarf. I can't believe how nice it is to knit - my hands are warm, and (almost) feel like they've been moisturised.

There has also been some cutting for my new bed quilt - the central part is going to be alternated 9 patch blocks with plain blocks, all 9 inch blocks, since I love the fabrics so much.

21 May 2007

Meme time

From Susan in Stitches, a quilting meme;

Bold for stuff you've done
italic for stuff you want to do and leave the rest normal

nine patch
log cabin
curved piecing by hand
curved piecing by machine
hand applique [ needle turned ]
hand applique tacked edges
hand applique with fusible / blanket stitch
reverse applique [ hand or machine ]
Afro-American improvisational style quilt
machine applique
whole cloth (well, it's an UFO)
english paper piecing by hand
american piecing by hand
american piecing by machine
strip or string piecing
kaleidoscope or mandala [ not stack and whack]
stencilled quilt
hand quilting
machine quilting
quilted commercially with a longarm machine
3D folded flowers
made a quilt on commission
sold a quilt other than a commission piece
taught quilting at any level
stack and whack
stack and slash
Anjii's Angles
embellished with embroidery, beads, etc
celtic applique / bias work
Amish style quilt
Cathedral Windows
stained glass quilt [ any method ]
had an original design published
written a quilt book
scrap quilt
baltimore applique
sampler quilt
japanese design
foundation piecing
crazy patchwork
silk fabrics
cotton fabrics
woollen fabrics
row by row
1930s or feedsack fabric
1880s reproduction fabric
tea cosy
item for an animal
hand dyed fabric [ yours or someone else's]
round robin
non-traditional quilt
traditional quilt
full sized bed quilt
patchwork or quilted clothing
christmas themed [ quilt, wallhanging, stocking, etc ]
medallion quilt
raffle quilt [ all or part ]
baby quilt
landscape quilt
participated in a group challenge
exhibited a quilt overseas
made a prize winning quilt

Mmmm, plenty of room to expand still.

And another meme, as I've been tagged by Kylie

And the rules are:
• Start with 7 random facts/habits about yourself, that others may not know!
• People who are tagged have to write their 7 things on their blog
• Then choose another 7 people to get tagged and list their names
So here they are...

1. I studied tapdancing for 7 years.
2. I have 2 sisters, and between us we have 6 living children, and have lost 8.
3. I am a teacher of Agriculture, who has not taught for 4 years. No doubt I will have lost my nerve when I re-enter a classroom.
4. My dream job is to work in a wilderness area in Africa. Unfortunately, I didn't realise this was possible when I could have chosen such things.
5. I love to cook, and don't let my husband's likes determine our daily menu.
6. I love to read, and always have a book on the go. I read while cooking, watching tv, washing the dishes..
7. I love gambling. Now I mainly gamble through entering competitions, and risking rain on my washing, but I love the pokie machines.

I'm not going to tag anyone - but go ahead and do it (it's trickier than it looks!)

18 May 2007

UFO update + Mothering Sunday

An update on the list;

Lucas socks - just cast on FINISHED

Lucas jumper - front and back done Actually the front isn't finished yet, but I'm working on it n daylight (navy too hard to see at night)

Dylan cardigan - front and back done FINISHED

Clark cardigan - on second front

clapotis wrap - stalled due to run out of yarn

Jasper cardigan - just needs buttons FINISHED

Darwin cardigan - just needs buttons

scarf - about half way through

It was Mother's Day on Sunday, which we spent with the ILs, and shopping at various outdoor markets. I'm a bit annoyed with the whole concept right now, as I figure it's not a real thing anyway, and is guaranteed to upset people who have lost their mothers, or their children, or aren't mothers when they want to be. Anyway, here are my 2 lovely children who gave me tulip bulbs and citus trees and secateurs and uncooked buttermilk pancakes on Sunday;
Completely unposed, just the spot they chose to eat their apples.
Yesterday we went into the city for lunch with DH. Lucas asked if he could climb a tree. I said yes, and this is what happened;
My keyboard is playing up which is very annoying, and scary in a laptop.

11 May 2007

Backyard Action

First, the mushroom farm is coming through - Annabelle has been having a great time eating our produce. Good thing too, as the rest of us don't enjoy mushrooms AT ALL.

Next, more visitors to the bird feeder. These are galahs, who were very nervous while eating.

And finally, some crafty kids out the back. This picture doesn't show much of the craft (which was revolting anyway) but it does show some pretty cute smiles between the children.

I need to add that Lucas is being incredibly cute at the moment. He has just added "May" and "Wonderful" to his vocabulary. Sounds very polite - Mummy, may I have an apple etc.

6 May 2007

Bookcrossing comes through!

I started Bookcrossing about 3 years ago, released a few books, forgot for a while, released a few more, and then forgot. Today that changed - someone found one of my books!

I released it at Mogo Zoo a little over two years ago, and that's where they found it. I guess the lions have been reading it... Seriously, this was really exciting, and I have labelled a new stack of books, which were destined for the op shop.

We've had a nice weekend - bought a new quilt cover, did a little gardening, and visited the Guide fete at Government House. The gardening was a bit painful - it turns out what looked like nice shrubs are actually a giant festering lantana-like plant strangling various bushes. There's plenty more work to be done, so I'll take photos next time.

The kids helped their grandparents do some mulching
and later helped me make Nigella's Birthday Custard Sponge (the first thing I've made from her new cookbook Feast.)
I don't quite know why it looks lopsided here - in any case, it tasted great.

2 May 2007

Pink sky at night, sunset delight?

That's not quite how the saying goes, but it was very nice to see tonight. I tried several times to photograph the pinkness, but just couldn't manage it. If I had PhotoShop, I probably would have tried enhancing the pink to what my eyes saw, but I don't.
Meanwhile, it's Work In Progress Wednesday.
My second pair of two-at-a-time on circular needle toddler socks. Well, they were in progress, and now they're keeping Lucas' feet warm while he's asleep in bed.
Which means it's time to get onto another project. Unfortunately, I've got many to choose from, and the first priority has to be the sleeves for my nephew's cardigan, since my Dad will be taking it to England shortly. Nothing like a deadline.
We've had a nice evening tonight - the inlaws came over for dinner and cards (we play Bolivia), and that's always fun. This morning I had a couple of jobs to do out at the shops, and then this afternoon my sister and her babies came over and played.

1 May 2007

Meme time

1.Whats your name spelt backwards?Hael
2. What did you do last night?surfer the web, finished Eldest, and did a little knitting
3. The last thing you downloaded onto your computer? "Cut' an album by Hunters and Collectors from iTunes
4. Have you ever licked a 9 volt battery?No
5. Last time you swam in a pool?Can't remember
6. What are you wearing?tracksuit pants and a longsleeve top and laceup shoes and socks (of course, Flylady)
7. How many cars have you owned?3
8. Type of music you dislike most?doof doof
9. Are you registered to vote? Voting is mandatory in Australia.
10. Do you have cable?yes
11. What kind of computer do you use?hp laptop
12. Ever made a prank phone call? no
13. You like anyone right now?DH
14. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?no
15. Furthest place you ever travelled? Probably Scotland
16.Do you have a garden? yes, indeed.
17. What’s your favorite comic strip?The Far Side
18. Do you know all the words to the national anthem? yes
19. Shower, morning or night?Morning
20. Best movie you’ve seen in the past month?Casino Royale
21. Favorite pizza toppings? cheese, garlic and shallots.
22. Chips or popcorn? chips
23. What cell phone provider do you have?Optus
24. Have you ever smoked peanut shells?of course not
.25. Have you ever been in a beauty pageant? goodness no.
26. Orange juice or apple?apple
27. Who were the last people you sat at lunch with? my DH and kids
28. Favourite chocolate bar? anything with peanut butter.
29. Who is your longest friend and how long? Kim we were friends 1983-2006
30. Last time you ate a homegrown tomato?a month or two
31. Have you ever won a trophy?Yes. Netball and skiing (a joke trophy from a skitrip, but still)32. Favorite artist?Amy Butler
33. Favorite computer game?Zoo Tycoon
34. Ever ordered from an infomercial? no
35. Sprite or 7-UP? I can't pick the difference, but I drink diet versions always.
36. Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school/work? Primary school, high school, uni (lab coat counts, right?), and Kmart
37. Last thing you bought at the store? Nescafe Vanilla Latte
38. Ever thrown up in public?Yes.
39. Would you prefer being a millionaire or finding true love? I've got true love, so I'll choose the money.
40. Do you believe in love at first sight?no
41.Can exes just be friends? no
42. Who was the last person you visited in the hospital?My friend Kim
43. Did you have long hair as a young kid? Yes
44. What message is on your voicemail machine? You have reached XXXXXXXX. Please leave a message.
45. Where would you like to go right now? Kruger National Park
46. What was the name of your first pet? Heidi, a pomeranian dog
47. What kind of back pack do you have, and what’s in it? I don't have one
48. Last incoming/outgoing call on your phone? yesterday I called DH so Annabelle could announce her triumph in the toilet
49 . What is one thing you are grateful for today?Having a friend who came over this morning.
50. What do you think about most? I don't know - my mind isn't real constant.