Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
It is now raining so we are slowly decorating the house with red, being our favourite Christmas colour and my daughter's favourite all year round.
I have even painted my toenails red and got a red mask for an upcoming masquerade party.
Hope you are having a good weekend.
Friday, November 26, 2010
A shower for Christmas in the house that is or a fantastic outdoor one, I have been having regular showers, just not at home.
Luckily it has been warm this week which meant we have been able to wash the kids with a bucket of water out on the deck. Nothing as glamorous as these outdoor showers.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
My father in law and his partner were visiting from Adelaide this weekend and so we spent most of it in the City - enjoying the buzz, trying out different places for coffee, visiting Santa's cave in Myer and today walking around the Botanic Gardens - perfect weather for it all.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Our beautiful Canadian Maple we planted a few years ago is going well and so are our herbs and geraniums, we have had good rain fall this year but now time to mulch before the hot summer arrives. Especially as next week it is predicted we will have a week of days all over 30 degrees.
Next plan is to weed, tidy, plant flowers in pots and get ready to set up a fairy garden for my daughters birthday in December. Shhh, its a surprise!
Happy Friday and hope you have a great weekend.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
So if this is the case what would you give up? I suppose if I really had a choice probably timeline and at this point that is exactly what is happening, so maybe I should be sort of happy about that?
Anyway on a bathroom that was meant to take three to four weeks we have really blown our timeline. We are now nearing end of week four and still no sign of a plasterer. We have been told we may get one this Friday but not sure as yet as they haven't chosen which one they are going with. We are meant to find out tomorrow exactly what is happening, so fingers crossed.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Basil, the perfect plant to adorn your kitchen table or island bench. The smell is divine, the colour of the leaves vibrant and uplifting and a great addition to that summer pasta, bruschetta or salad.
So even though the weather was fairly wet this weekend and so couldn't do much in the garden, with basil now in season I just had to get some for inside the house and I think it looks great in this blue pot.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
4 things that..... are usually in my handbag
Besides the usual purse, money, keys
- Small tube of Paw Paw Cream
- Aseop hand cream
- oh and things for the kids - tissues, wipes, museli bars, and a spare pair of undies for my daughter!
4 things that..... are in my bedroom
My usual bedroom has currently got a lot of dust, builders tools and boxes filled with bathroom fittings but ignoring this, normally though:
- My antique dressing table which was the first piece of furniture I bought.
- Turquoise vase filled with leaves or flowers from our garden.
- Various pretty boxes containing costume jewellery.
- Last but not least my gorgeous brown eyed hubby (he has the longest eyelashes which everyone comments on and luckily my daughter inherited).
Like Trish, I too think never say never and don't really have any regrets...but things I haven't done or haven't done enough of yet:
- Travel - have seen the East Coast of Australia, Japan, UK and parts of Western and Central Europe but want to see Eastern. Also love to see New York and Canada, South America, more of Asia, South Africa and of course more of Australia. On this I do wish I had lived in London when my friends and brother and sister did but maybe something I will just have to do down the track.
- Learn Italian past the basic beginners Italian I do know.
- I often wish I studied Architecture or design at University, but renovating the house and this blog lets me dabble in the area and who knows maybe one day.
- Do all the piano grades.
Hmmm this is a hard one as trying to think what would be most interesting....
- I have worked as a DJ in a night club and ran a music street mag for a short time.
- I suffered postnatal depression after my second child, my little boy was born and even though I was 'better' by the time he was six months probably didn't really feel myself until he was about 18 months (he is now nearly two and a half).
- I love music and dancing and love to sing and dance madly around the house with my kids to pop music, even Britney.
- A little accident prone, as a child fell down stairs in the Eiffel tower and a week later fell off a swing in Switzerland. Now continually stubbing my toe or hitting fingers - mind you have never broken a bone (touch wood).
Now the deal is I have to tag 4 people. This is really difficult because I read so many great blogs and have met wonderful people. So I have chosen 4 I enjoy and women who often leave lovely comments on mine. Enjoy!
Laura at My Summerhouse
Bec at Memory Garden
Sonia at Rain and Sage
Nessa at NessaKnit
It quickly made me realise that I also need to think about storage or reducing the amount of kids toys in the house before they get all the new ones (especially as of January we will be living in half a house for six months).
As the only grandchildren on both sides they tend to get a lot. We are always telling family not to buy them so much but living interstate they see it as a great opportunity to make up for time not spent with them.
This reminded me that the second post I wrote on this blog was all about the toy invasion in our house – see here.
In summary I have found Ikea a great place for good, inexpensive storage options, use bookcases as much as possible and regularly reduce the toys by giving to friends with younger children or to the Salvation Army.
I also am looking at and recommending to others gift ideas that aren’t toys that I know the kids will still love, like a family pass to the Zoo, books, craft things and outdoor items including mini garden sets.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Magical picture we bought at the St Kilda markets - maybe for one of the kids new bedrooms.
If you are a Seinfeld fan you may remember the episode where George's father kept chanting serenity now to remain calm, well that is what I am trying to say to myself today - serenity now!
Why, because we are heading into our third week without a bathroom and were told today that we still don't have a date for when the plasterer is coming. I was told at the beginning of this there would be days when no one turns up and so was expecting it but didn't think it would be consecutive days on such a short job. We were told the new bathroom (ensuite) and walk in robe would take three to four weeks, hmmm!
So this could mean another few weeks of heading around to friends houses for showers and bathing the kids, my daughter and I sleeping in the lounge on the sofa bed (not overly comfortable for two adults, so hubby still sleeping in her bed) and on the days we have various tradies, cleaning up after they have left. All leading very quickly into Christmas and my daughters and my birthdays in December.
So serenity now! Not as hard because at least we are having beautiful weather this week. Good for getting out an about. And tomorrow I am heading off with my daughter to a getting to know her school session, I can't believe she turns five soon and is starting school next year, very exciting but a little sad at the same time.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Funnily enough I already have but the other way around. As a young child I lived just outside a small English village and walked down a country lane surrounded by green fields to school. I had a beautiful forest just down the road that we would go for walks in every weekend. Then at the age of 10 I moved with my family to the Adelaide Hills where I could see a hill with sheep and horses out of my bedroom window.
But then in my late 20s (10 years ago) decided to move to a inner City suburb of Melbourne with my then fiancé, now husband. So the question I suppose is more, could I go back? Part of me would like to, especially as my parents still live in the Adelaide Hills and my oldest close friends are there, but a lot harder now with children and I do love the buzz of Melbourne.
I also wonder how easy it would be to sell our home, one we have now lived in for nearly seven years, are currently renovating and last but by no means least brought our children home to just after they were born. We have planted trees in the garden and watched them grow, we measure our children against them.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
My colour inspiration - Mediterranean blue, blooming bougainvillea, pots of red geraniums, white wash buildings, natural stone and the list goes on......
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
This follows on from the night before of her saying ' Mummy why are you and Daddy always angry? Be happy Mum smile.'
This comment certainly hit me. Hubby and I talked about it later that night realising that even though we thought we were doing ok with our stress levels around the renovation there was an obvious tension.
So Sunday we decided to have a bit of fun and embrace Halloween with the kids.
And since then we have been making more of an effort to remain calm, go take time out if needed and try and just enjoy the process. As they say 'life is about the journey.'
Monday, November 1, 2010
All our rooms in our house with the exception of the kids bedroom are currently painted an off white, which makes a great canvas or backdrop for our pictures, furniture, wooden floorboards and ornaments.
I have started to think though it would be great to inject a little bit of colour onto the walls and what better place then the hallway, the main entrance into our house - maybe a blue but what blue? There are so many options. Maybe I could try different ones throughout the house but not sure how Hubby will feel about that.