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Saturday, January 30, 2010

A hunting we wiLL GO.. THRIFTING

oK WHO knows how
much fun yard sales are?
I do that's who.
They are on my Top 5 favorite things to do.
It is always so interesting to rummage thru "other people's stuff". It gives insight on how other people live; what they collect; what they like; what they no longer feel they need.
I believe the 'things' in our lives tell a big story.
If someone were to plunder thru your things, wouldn't they be able to write a pretty long summary of you, even if they didn't know you? What would it sAy?
This was a nice find for $3 - an old leather bag...love the clasps. It now contains our "HATS". wHEW. We needed it too. Hats everywhere. Now everyone knows where they go. And where to look. Instead of always asking ME.


bEAnbaG. dONtcha love a beanbag?


Old CHILDREN'S CHAIRS. Art project in mind..

Approvals!


Nice old FOWLER pottery. i LOVE old bowls. I love old things!!





Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Weekending


Butter Cookies: recipe on www.mrmonkeysuit.typepad.com. Wow, the windows. Where is that list of mine. I just can't do it alone. Pack your bags, mama. Bring your windex too!

Nesta squeezed himself in. Kids do love BOXES. He needs an international mailing label.



Owl perched up. He has found a new hiding spot. Oh, the places they go.


So, have you heard? Bob Dylan & Blind Boys of Alabama, with others, are performing at the WHITE HOUSE !

Monday, January 25, 2010

A WALK IN the PARK







We had a nice weekend of family fun, as always. Took the kids up to LIFFEY FALLS , a world heritage reserve area here in TASMANIA. Picnic then walk to the falls, kids had a ball in the water. Jack climbed over the rocks, left two, and brought back two. Nesta is at home wherever he is i think. See him straight chillin in the water??


On the way back, stopped by Ashgrove cheese farm for the BEST cheese in AUSTRALIA! Man.,oh man. This cheese melts in your mouth, we love love love it. We drink their milk too; being the organic milk snobs that we are......






A bird in the bedroom. This was hilarious. At first i was trying to capture the bird and John trying TO capture it; then what became funnier was NESTA laughing at it all. He thought it was just so funny there was a bird flapping around in the house and we stopped what we were doing (which was not much let me tell you) just to laugh at him laughing at it all. Meanwhile the poor bird saw his chance and took it. Escaping from the crazy cackelling family he went back out. Which was good, I don't believe John and that BROOM was gonna cut it.























A sneak peek....ooh its pretty!!




This week on the agenda: enlist this boy into school. I've been thinking about it....and i'm sure Jack will fit right in and love spending time away doing something different. He says he wants to go. I can probably even spy on him with the binoculars if i want. ....And I want.
We can go shopping! He needs a uniform! They all look like little tiny soldiers in school here! plain shirt, special shorts (i forgot), special socks (forgot, again), and black shoes. Awww...
























































Off now to bake cookies. When you next see this boy, he will look a bit different!


















Saturday, January 23, 2010

beach fridays










Beach friday at Hawley...windy & nice. Picnic lunch (chicken and sand)....and radio cricket.







Sunny week here, very nice weather we are having. If Tasmania were like this more during the year It wouldn't be half bad.

Our summer garden is coming up nicely, we should have enough to do some canning and freezing I hope. My basil is yet to appear, It would help if we put the seeds in probably.

Todays chores: WINDOW CLEANING. Because we are a small island (about the size of Jekyll maybe?) and because the birds have nothing better to do than fence sitting, well doing what birds do and with the island 'sea breeze' as i'm told to call it,,,,,,leave the windows splatterd . ahem. yuk

  • Tip to the wise: if you decide to stick the beach washing in the machine 'as is' instead of shaking it all out cause you just dont feel like it there will still be sand somehow on your sheets when you wash them two weeks later. God i hate it when they are right

  • Another tip to the wise: never do 'fence kickin in' then tell the 4year old accomplice 'not to tell'. He will run and do just the opposite.

















































  • Here Jack is 'out to sea' . . isnt that great!














  • Schooling and letter writing. Love that the J is sometimes backwards..these little moments of learning are memories for an admiring mother...watching them grow up is wonderful. I will call this 'toothbrush art'. I thought they sure were quiet in there.













the quilt is coming along.

i started a new knitting project (yes i know)



have a glass bottle tree on my mind from the scarecrow book.





tomorrow is a funfunfunFUN woodworking day. i cant wait. i might play with it more than the kids!

















Sunday, January 10, 2010


Friday at Hawley Beach!
Lots of fun this weekend, it was HOT and SUNNY and very much like SUMMER! I think it's here! The kids just love time at the beach. We went back on Saturday and he wanted to stay for a picnic; so next time I told him.....
Nestas best thing to do (which is everything at the beach , really) is to scavenge the rocks for cockel shells. He sticks one on each finger (poor creatures shaking within). They smell lovely when found in the car the next week. Jack gets busy looking in the rocks, surfing the waves he says, and then playing in the sand. After my mermaid seaweed palace was on the market, Jack looks at it, then at John and says ' why didn't we think of that?'
The vacuum died last week (what a sad loss, I am unconsolable).
The water purifier is roaring madly (a sure sign of upcoming failure). We already had to replace the computer.
Mechanical things do not like to be stored for any great length of time. We are looking around wondering what is going to clink out next?
Jack is in there tinkering on the piano.
John is still asleep.
I dreamed about visiting a haunted building last night!
Time to go outside now and water this corn, we've got (ANOTHER) garden !!
Two summers in a row?
Yes, oh Yes.