Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I noticed today that this is my 492nd post. I can't even remember when I started, although as it was in Leila's first year I guess it's been over 2 years. 500 posts is a landmark but I'm almost sure I'll forget it when the post comes around. So, thank you all for reading, for your kind and generous comments and encouragement; also to all of you whose posts I look for each day, whose creativity inspires me - thank you.
I haven't been making many dolls of late so poor little Kate above has been waiting so long for company that I feel it's only fair I offer her to one of you, as a belated Christmas gift. I intend to get into the swing of sewing again next year (after a machine service) and put some more time into the dolls.
If you, or some little person you know, would like to give Kate a home, please leave a comment and I will draw a name when we're back from my parents by the evening on the 28th. I will send worldwide, so anyone can enter.
postscript - I'll be back tomorrow - the 29th - so the draw is extended for another day!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Today it feels like holidays are starting. We all had breakfast together and the tone, the mood of the house has altered ever so slightly. Tidying up was put off until tomorrow, Geoff actually took the papers to the front verandah and read to me from an article while the girls played in the yard. I took out this to cut while I listened to him and the girls. I think the girls know Dad's going to be around too, there's just a slight shift, but it's a good one, I hope it last at least, oh, 3 weeks!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
We're off to school shortly, for a breakup party in the park. Leila has been helping decorate the gingerbread we'll take to share, concentrating so hard on covering every single millimetre in sweet stickiness. From 1:30pm today we're officially on holiday - HOORAY!!!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I know this is a bit of a cop out, posting a photo not my own in a Christmas month daily posting exercise, however. It's a working day, it's very wet, the girls are OVERtired and well, well, it is what it is.
For those of you who, like me, have enthusiastically consumed this series of books, you may be interested to know that the Swedish films made of this books, well, they're every bit as good as the books. "Men who hate Women" is great, apparently the second one (which we have ready to watch) is even better.
The woman in the picture is Salander from the books and although not as petite as I'd imagined her, she's amazing - it's amazing. Thank god the Swedes got to them before Hollywood did.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Today though, a gift came home for me, from Miss F. I did literacy each week in Ella's class in terms 1-3, something I really enjoyed and I know Ella did too. It gave me such a deep appreciation for all that one teacher is expected to achieve with a group of 20 children, all with differing personalities, abilities and enthusiasms. So, Miss F sent home a gift for me to thank me for the help I'd given her. The unexpected thoughtfulness is often the most pleasurable.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Watercolours to the ready Ella painted this picture for her teacher - a beach scene of a "lovely long sandy beach with the waves gently rolling in". I think Miss F will be pleased.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Monday, December 07, 2009
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Friday, December 04, 2009
Thursday, December 03, 2009
I love gardenias, the way their petals gracefully curl and unfold. I love their strong, rich perfume.
I wanted gardenias in my wedding flowers and on the tables, but my mum thought their perfume would be too strong, so I relented and now regret. She doesn't love them as I do.
This bowl will live beside my bed and continue to perfume my bedroom even once their flowers have turned brown.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
I have a small collection of Father Christmas' from different places. This little fella is from Oslo in Norway. There was a shop full of them, but for some reason I only bought the one. I know he's actually quite gnarly but something about his smile lets me know there's a definite twinkle in those eyes.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
A post a day for me in December, day 1.
Refrigerator pickles. I love cucumbers. We have a lot in the garden this year and they are spreading enthusiastically. I love pickled goods, especially cucumbers, and particularly when dill is added to the mix.
I haven't tried this before, but it's been on my list for a while. Lebanese cucumbers super fresh and so crunchy. 4 cups of water to 3/4 cup of white wine vinegar. Stir in 4 tbs of salt (preferably kosher but whatever you have). Lay fresh dill at the bottom of your jar, squeeze in cukes all snug and tight. Slice garlic to taste and pop on top ( I used 2 cloves), I also added more sprigs of fresh dill, some mustard seeds, peppercorns and fennel seeds. Cover with brine. Top with cling wrap and leave on counter for a couple of days to sour then seal with lid and transfer to fridge. Eat often!
See you around day 5 with feedback.