Can anyone guess what the rest of my summer will be spent doing?
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Can anyone guess what the rest of my summer will be spent doing?
My in laws are Catholic, and we attended Christmas Eve Mass. The children were invited to join the choir with their country cousins, and had a great time in the choir loft while we enjoyed the service downstairs. I love this beautiful church.
Christmas Day dawned bright and early. Brighter and earlier for some than others. This picture was taken at about 5:30am, when I got up to keep 5 excited children company while they waited for the rest of the family to wake. The sixth child had far more sense, and had to woken by an over excited grandfather who couldn't wait for present time!
Isn't this cubby house fabulous! Although still under construction, it was much admired. A veritable Taj Mahal. We can't wait to see it completed, with window boxes and numerous other exciting features. Good job, Uncle Brian!
... and waited ...
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
We discovered on a foray into the Christmas sales, that our taste in trees runs towards the more expensive end of the market. Way beyond our planned budget. So a compromise was reached. As we will not be celebrating at home anyway, we decided to get a live tree, in this case a native pine tree, and keep the decorations small. It's rather pretty with the lights on at night.
We're all crammed into a small hired car at the moment. It's been one issue after another having ours repaired, and at this stage we won't have it back until January 7th. The biggest car we could get was a Corolla. We were not impressed, especially with travelling to spend the holiday with family. At least the insurance policy covers the replacement vehicle.
This will probably be my last post before Christmas, so I am wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season. Take care, and I'll see you all again soon!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
We caught the train into the city. This is what I got when I asked the kids to smile. Not a clue!
We saw the city Christmas tree.
And climbed on the nearby artworks, which reminded me of gifts beneath the tree, or perhaps a bauble knocked down by a curious kitten.
My favourites are these leadlight angels, which look down on you throughout the Queen Street Mall. I am sure at night they are divine. We are going out for dinner in the city in a few days, so I will take my camera back at night.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I have lost my cookies. This is completely different to losing your marbles. Perhaps losing my marbles would have been preferable. I rely entirely on my smart little laptop remembering all the passwords for me. I am not even sure of my email password. But yesterday my laptop died. Complete with every photo I have ever taken (not backed up, naturally). And my precious little cookies.
Everyone cross your fingers that Darling Computer Genius Husband (who brought home the new-to-me laptop I am using at this moment) can retrieve all my data from the old hard drive and put it on this one. Until then I'll muddle through without my passwords. Sigh.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
December has been its usual rush of activities. I have had little time for blog updates, as well as a few days there where I had no internet at all, through my own clumsiness. I knocked my laptop off the little table it sit on, and it fell straight onto the external modem plugged into the side ( I have a very well loved hand me down computer, no fancy internal modems for me!) It snapped the modem in half, and it took me a few days to get back online. Everything else is fine, and fortunately we had a spare modem, so it was not an expensive mistake.
The Christmas party was a delightful evening. Fantastic dinner and a dessert table laden with delicious little delicacies, including my all time favourite, Creme Caramel, a dessert that brings back memories from a very happy childhood holiday. We stayed the night at the Marriott in the city, and relished the exquisite linen and an actual bath tub. The view of the Brisbane River was pretty good too. We eventually retrieved our children from their ever indulgent grand parents on Sunday. It was a lovely little holiday, just what twe needed to launch into the couple of weeks since then.We smiled back at the moon, Jupiter and Venus. Blurry picture, because heat has melted the glue in my tripod, so I need to stick it back together.
We said a fond farewell to Mr Brown, one of the most outstanding, patient teachers I know. Josh is so excited about moving on to school, but I am already feeling quite sad.
I stitched this Victorian Lace Snowflake, designed by Rosewood Manor (JCS 2007) for Christopher's teacher.
And Peace, also by Rosewood Manor (I didn't notice the coincidence until just now!), from JCS 2008 for Samara's teacher. This is the fourth year in a row that I have had a child in her class, and now I hear a rumour that she'll be teaching Samara again next year. She is very pleased with her growing ornament collection. She has more of my ornaments than I do!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I struggled to find a dress I liked. I searched the stores, then moved on to try and find a pattern I liked. Every pattern I chose was out of stock, so I gave up and went home. Then I remembered my favourite very simple, very forgiving black dress. It's a bit casual, so I have made this stretchy bolero (New Look 6559) to go over the top, and tizzed it up a bit with the bead fringe. That bead fringe is a pain to sew on!
So tomorrow we ship the kids off to Grandma and Pop's place, and head into the city for a night of wine and fine dining at the Mariott, followed by a fancy motel room and room service breakfast.
Thanks Grandma and Pop!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
It turns out that our yard is the local drainage, and the water is pouring through around the house.
We won't know the full extent of the damage until tomorrow morning, but the glass in the car held up, we still have a roof, and the rest we can cope with. I doubt there will be many tomatoes left on the vines, though.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I was hugely impressed by the pastel still life fruit. The kids were encouraged to look at shapes, light and colour, and there were some very impressive results!
And here is the proud artist, showing us one of his works. I am really looking forward to these creations coming home!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
The swing set had reached the end of its usefulness as a swing set, but the frame is still good, so I got a hammock to use instead. A very popular decision.
Now all we need is the holidays! Only five weeks to go!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
This one has been christened with a trip to the movies with a dear friend. We saw The Duchess, which I enjoyed very much, though now I have to drink Earl Grey tea all the time, and I'll probably never think of a Devonshire tea the same again. The costumes were spectacular. As soon as I got a moment I googled Duchess Georgiana of Devonshire. There were a few liberties taken with the plot, but in general I felt it was a very interesting movie. Life was so different for women in the 18th century.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Mud pies occupied a whole morning.
Other than that, I did a bit of sewing, a redwork piece for a friend's birthday, a couple of blouses for myself.
Sometimes the quiet times are the best times.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Your result for Reincarnation Placement Exam...
38% Intrigue, 44% Civilization, 63% Humanity, 43% Urbanization.
After much consideration, we have decided to make you a LolCat.
Actually, there wasn't much consideration at all. It was the easiest decision we've made all day.
Why? Because, according to your answers, you want to have your good times, but don't seem too interested in all that "other stuff." You know... civilization, adventure, that sort of thing.
We hope you like being fluffy.
I don't know... Can you has cheezburger?
Friday, September 26, 2008
Running into the wind. It was a very windy day, and once we'd left the shelter of the shoreline, we were buffeted so much. Hats flew away more than once.
I love pictures taken when they are all peering at something and totally unaware that I am watching them.