Friday, March 6, 2015

things that surprise - in my neighbourhood

Living in Adelaide in the summer is not easy for me - once the temperatures start to soar I feel my heat anger (h-anger, if you will) start to set in. I really would happily spend the whole of summer inside and never venture out into the heat at all... I dislike it that much.

So it's good for me to be caught by beautiful outdoors things in summer.

Next to the trees where the boys slack-lined on Saturday, (which happened to be very hot and sticky) there was a group of enormous trees and singing and flying and landing and hanging were hundreds and hundreds of bats.

I have never seen a bat in the wild.

I thought bats were nocturnal.

It was absolutely incredible and very awe inspiring to see these creatures/mammals flying around and nesting in the trees and to hear them singing (is that what you call it?).

That night seeing the bats was Bounce's grateful thing for the day, I think it was mine too.

I discover these are in fact a megabat, perhaps batman has some competition!

Maybe venturing out on the weekend was worth the heat and the sticky.

Do you ever find delight in the most unexpected of places?
What has surprised you lately?

love you more than a grey-headed flying fox xxx

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Yeah I Made It...10/52 Photo Books

The last 2 years I have participated in the 52 project where you take a photo of your child every week.

It might be true that I am several years behind in printing my photos, yes! but I have managed to upload the 52 (ish ++) photos from each week of last year. I did the year before too and it makes me happy to think of these being a little record that belongs to them as they grow.

The boys are thrilled to have these and we have so enjoyed looking through them and talking about our memories of the year that has been.

Now to get the photos from 2014 organised and printed. I'm a convert to photo books now so much less work than getting photos and an album and putting them all in... I'll add that to the goals list.

Happy memories for 2 special boys - sorted and done. Are you up to date with printing your photos?

Sometimes I wonder that even though children these days are so well photographed how many of them will have any physical records or if they'll disappear with the speed of technology??

love you more than a tick off the to do list xxx

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

reading on the train

So I am on the train to work 3 mornings a week which gives me some time for reading - just small snatches but really that's all that I can manage anyway with the transition to working again and the thinking time it's taking up in my head!

Here are 3 very different books I've completed in the last 3 weeks:

After Darkness by Christine Piper.

I knew from the first sentence of this book it was going to be beautifully written. The novel won the Vogel's literary award and it is well deserved. The novel opens in Australia 1942 in an internment camp for Japanese immigrants and Australians of Japanese descent. Essentially this is not a war novel it is a novel about a man coming to terms with who he is, how his past has shaped him and ultimately how he has run from things and how he can redeem his failings. The novel flashes back and forwards through Ibaraki's life. It moves convincingly and with grace between it's Japanese and Australian landscapes. It is moving and thought provoking and it pushes the questions of how we choose to respond in the face of opposition and cultural expectations. This book is one to read and talk about with others - I think it would be perfect for a book group of thoughtful people.

Details - Allen and Unwin, Jan 2015 RRP $19.99

RALF, How a Giant Schnauzer brought hope, happiness and healing to sick children by Anne Crawford.

Not being much of a pet person I wanted to read this to challenge myself and to learn about how animals can make a difference to people in therapy situations. The book follows Ralf's life, the situations which lead him to land with the Lovick family and the journey that lead them to dog therapy. For me the hero of the book was Caroline Lovick the mother/owner of Ralf's family and the hours and hours she has given and continues to give for no credit to those who are sick. The book is a joyful, feel-good read that also presents a case for the use of animals in therapy and paints a picture of a very special dog who seems to have a temperament that could not be more perfect for his role. If you love animals and stories about people who invest extraordinarily on behalf of others you will love this book. This is the kind of book I can also imagine reading aloud and sharing with my own boys - although the pet pestering would become relentless!

Details - Allen and Unwin, Feb 2015 RRP $29.99, also available as an ebook.

The Secret Life of Luke Livingstone by Charity Norman.

A novel about a man who has it all a beautiful marriage, adult children, adored grand-babies, a successful career, financial stability... all of it and none of it. This novel is an easy read, it took me a couple of days, but it is also one of those wonderful opportunities that stories give us, to walk a mile in another person's shoes. Luke has gender dysphoria, which means he is, feels he is, believes he is a woman and he has spent a life time of self-loathing and denial until in his 50s he decides he cannot go on any longer. What follows is the fallout for him, his marriage, their children... all of it. I enjoyed this novel it's not explicit or even sexual, it's a novel about love and courage and understanding. It gave me a lot to think about and I think that that can only be a really good thing. I would recommend this to anyone who likes reading chic lit (which I do) but who also likes books that stray from the obvious path and offer a bit more (which I do).
Details - Allen and Unwin, Feb 2015 RRP $29.99, also available as an ebook.

it was my pleasure to receive these lovely books from Allen and Unwin - reviews entirely my own opinions, it is my policy not to review any book I would not recommend to others

love you more than a book that extends your perceptions xxx

Monday, March 2, 2015

9/52 - weekending

this weekend was good to us

writers festival

slack lining in the park



just a really good weekend for hanging out with my favourite people

love you more than managing to keep your balance xxx

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Yeah I Made It...9/52 little makes

Birthday pillowcase

Seahorse baby taggie

I rather like the seahorse baby taggy which is good because on Weds 11th of March I am going to be the crafter in residence at E for Ethel's as part of their fringe programme, so I am going to sit down and make a whole lot. Then I'll need some more friends to have babies so I can give them away - although Bounce would happily have a bed full of them.

Do come and visit me if you like - it's a fabulous cafe.

The new challenge is going to be finding time for creative pursuits in the midst of balancing the new job. I still hold that making is good for me and creativeness and nurturing it enlarges me and extends me.... I believe it is worthwhile so I need to make time for it.

How do you balance giving time to creativity?
Do you see it as a top priority or a nice optional extra?

love you more than a full box of gifts ready to give xxx

Monday, February 23, 2015


It's been a long week.

A week of learning curves, helpful people, less than helpful people, early mornings, high emotions (on my part) and way too much heat.

The summer here has been good - by my standards, which probably means terrible for most Adelaidians. However Friday, Sat, Sun have been gross. Too hot for me and sticky to go with it.

I don't like being hot at all and on days where the heat is soaring and I have walked to the library to do printing and found it closed, in 40+ I am not pleasant to be around.

I'm learning but I have a long way to go.

These boys have been so good, little troupers.

I do love them dearly.

... and as The Atlas always reminds me there are few things that are not improved by a good water fight.

how about you? Hot or Cold? and do you get heat rage too?

love you more than a day inside, all day xxx

Friday, February 20, 2015

Yeah I Made It... 8/52 Coffee Table Makeover

This new place we are in isn't furnished (hooray!) which means that we needed to get furniture.

This coffee table arrived looking totally fine but I wanted to do a little makeover on it.

Sanded and primed (yawn)

Coat one

Tape applied

Coat two and three

Tape removed - we all liked this bit!

A few patches needed a recoat (nothing a small paintbrush and spray paint in the lid couldn't fix)

it worked!

Before and Afterish

I've decided that teal and navy are a perfect combo. There will be another coffee table makeover in this same combo but a different style. I also grabbed a table from someone's hard rubbish the other day for the boys room that will undergo a similar transformation.

Have you ever done a hard rubbish snatch??

love you more than a house full of colourful furniture xxx