29 Feb 2008

Roosting Robin round 2

And I forgot to say I have snuck in under the February deadline for the Roosting Robin;

And life rolls on...

Thanks for all your kind comments - I appreciate them.

I've spent a little time crafting, and here is last year's Easter wallhanging, getting a little closer to actually hanging.

We visited the Canberra Show for the first time. Like most things here, I compare it to the Sydney version. Definitely a small town relation.

My Mum came up to visit for a few days, mainly to check on how I was doing. And the surprising answer was, just fine. That is, as soon as the phone call happened to say the new baby had arrived safely. Suddenly she was no longer the pregnancy that should have been mine, but herself. Thank heavens.

For Christmas, my parents gave me a Pandora bracelet. The charms they gave me with it were an angel (for Nalani) and a gift box (for Christmas). Since then DH has given me a swan, and I've bought myself an elephant. Mum and Dad went shopping before Mum came up, and found a heart for me. I wear it all the time, and look at it often.

In other news, I am about to get myself organised and draw the longest ever blogging contest. And the winner is; Gabrielle!

17 Feb 2008


I'm a little distracted right now - can't focus, want to start new things, can't sleep, and it's driving me crazy.

There are obvious causes - we're coming up to the one year anniversary of Nalani's birth and death, and my sister-in-law is about to give birth. She's a couple of days overdue now, and so my inlaws are ready at any moment to jump in the car and speed away up the coast. This pregnancy was announced 3 days before Nalani's due date, so has been a heartache since the start (yes, I know this is just my envy and jealousy, but there it is.)

All this has naturally got my mind lingering on births. DH and I still have not discussed the possibility of more children. First I was waiting to discuss Nalani's autopsy at the hospital. This happened, and then I waited for the report to arrive. This arrived in January. Now I am waiting for our niece/nephew to arrive, and my feelings to stabilise again. I know that I am still not capable of a rational conversation.

Lucas' illness has turned out to be a type of food poisoning, and a type which is notifiable to the Health Department. How embarassing. It's been agonising trying to remember where we ate 2 weeks ago, in case the Health Dept do ring and question us. I think he's turned the corner though. I hope so, as preschool is on Monday, and I don't want him to miss out too much right at the beginning.

14 Feb 2008

Apron Action

I signed up for the Sassy Apron Swap some time ago, and suddenly realised yesterday that the parcels are due at the beginning of March, not the end (who knows why I thought that.)

So today became apron sewing day. The theme is spring, and I found the perfect material. It reminds me of tablecloths, and Easter and has just lovely pansies. I was thinking of ricrac, or cotton lace, but it didn't really need any embellishment.

Of course, this may just be my natural inclination to laziness shining through. And generally, I don't like things too fussy.

This swap is a large one, so I have not hesitated in revealing my apron fully here. Tomorrow (or the weekend) I plan to assemble the parcel, ready to be posted Monday... after all, it has a long way to go to it's new American home.

13 Feb 2008

A momentous day

In parliament today, our Prime Minister will say SORRY;

"That today we honour the Indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

We reflect on their past mistreatment.

We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were Stolen Generations - this blemished chapter in our nation's history.

The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia's history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future.

We apologise for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians.

We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country.

For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry.

To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry.

And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.

We the Parliament of Australia respectfully request that this apology be received in the spirit in which it is offered as part of the healing of the nation.

For the future we take heart; resolving that this new page in the history of our great continent can now be written.

We today take this first step by acknowledging the past and laying claim to a future that embraces all Australians.

A future where this Parliament resolves that the injustices of the past must never, never happen again.

A future where we harness the determination of all Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to close the gap that lies between us in life expectancy, educational achievement and economic opportunity.

A future where we embrace the possibility of new solutions to enduring problems where old approaches have failed.

A future based on mutual respect, mutual resolve and mutual responsibility.

A future where all Australians, whatever their origins, are truly equal partners, with equal opportunities and with an equal stake in shaping the next chapter in the history of this great country, Australia."

This has been so long coming.

11 Feb 2008

Another step....

into the independent world.

Lucas started preschool today. It was an introductory session, with only half the class there, and running for half the usual time. We discussed what would happen many times in advance, and he seemed absolutely fine. Parents were welcome to stay while the children worked on puzzles and read stories, and during this time Lucas asked me three times if I was going yet (I choose to believe this was to confirm arrangements rather than a hint to go...)

He wasn't well over the weekend, but appeared fine this morning. This afternoon he's again not so good, so I guess there's a decision to be made tomorrow morning. A pity to miss the first full day, if it can be helped.

I've had a relaxing weekend, with time to go solo shopping. (Last weekend DH was building a fence with our neighbour, so no time out at all for me.) The weather has turned cool, although my sister assures me it is way too soon to be considered autumn yet.

There has also been time for knitting. I have completed the Branching Out scarf in Posh Yarn, and another 2 dishcloths, one of which will be DH's Valentine's Day gift - yep, we do go all out!

In other news, I conquered a small fear of large groups, and attended a meeting of the Canberra Quilters. It was an interesting evening, and I enjoyed it.

1 Feb 2008

More creativity

in the kitchen this time.

Yesterday, we admired Smiley Biscuits at the local bakery. At $2 a piece, we didn't purchase any, but instead made our own. Our favourite gingerbread base (scroll down), and decorated with icing and Smarties, and the kids can't wait till they're dry. (I might have to have another coffee just to sample one properly too...)

I'll be back later with the lucky draw result...