Thursday, May 28, 2009
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Things stopping me from blogging:-
- Under Eight's activity day - chaperoning 5 little people in a crowd of 300, took another full day to stop feeling like I'd just run a marathon.
- School camp - purchasing, labelling and packing, emotional trauma of child growing up too soon - still not over that one!
- 36 pretty pink cupcakes - Samara's birthday is turning into a week long saga. Her birthday fell on Under Eights' day, and so the classroom celebration was put off until today. Extras had to be made for the older students who were unable to go on camp, as they are participating in the younger classrooms for the rest of the week. Throw in a few more cupcakes for teachers and a specially gift wrapped one for Joshua's teacher (whose birthday is today).
- The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver - finished reading it between cake batches. Awesome book on so many levels. It tells the story of a missionary family in the Congo during the period of upheaval as Belgium handed over the government to the Congolese. I could really relate to the daughters arriving in the Congo, as my own childhood was eerily similar, though thankfully a lot safer, and happier.
- Riverbend Books and Teahouse - We had made a reservation here last week, and then the restaurant (basically a verandah for the bookstore) was closed due to the rain and wind. We went last night, perfect timing for the purchase of my next book, Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood. Any excuse, hey?
Hopefully next week I will have something to show for my time!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
This is runoff from the inch of rain we received in the past hour. On top of the four - five inches we've already had in the past 36 hours, it's more than the earth can soak up.
I think the brick fence just got on to my list of things that have to go.
Today, however, our backyard, which serves as drainage for seemingly the entire suburb, is ankle deep in water. My violas and alyssum are decidedly soggy. The goldfish's pond has overflowed.
Our car is still at the workshop, giving me a wonderful excuse to keep the kids at home today. It's a 500m walk to the train station. Convenient in fine weather, but certainly not my idea of fun in the current deluge. It's chilly, and I didn't want to think about the wet, cold children in drafty classrooms all day. Far nicer to stay home and drink hot chocolate! Even if homework still needs to be done. Hopefully the car will be done today.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
These are two of the three first limes on my tree. Years of low rainfall meant that it would flower and then the tiny fruit would fall off before they had a chance to grow. This year, at long last, we have actually had substantial rainfall, and here is my reward - three gin and tonics!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Moments after having cast off the ribbed scarf, I was casting on the 39 stitches required for Brooke's Column of Leaves Scarf. Three times. With the help of knitting reference books and youtube videos. It only took an entire day, but I managed to do 3 repetitions of the pattern. Only lots and lots left to go!