Friday, June 29, 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Phew ... it isn't whooping cough

Just a particularly nasty flu. Poor Rodge.

In other news, Nora is 3 months old today. And Rodge turns 30 tomorrow! Keeping celebrations low-key, due to both ill-health and my disorganisation. Thinking I'll just cook something special for dinner and make him his favourite cake.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Waiting ...

Rodge has been really sick. Flu-like and achy over the weekend, culminating in night time bouts of violent coughing that prompt vomiting. Not pretty. A quick google search confirmed that it may be whooping cough, despite us all being immunised. Worried for the health of mainly little Nora, but also Oscar and myself, I've abandoned him temporarily, at least until results come back from the doctor. Feeling very, very grateful to have parents living within driving distance, with space for our mess.

ps While Rodge was out I snuck back into our place, did a little cleaning and left him some of this soup on the stove.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

This is my suburb: Open Marrickville

Saturday was the beginning of a 10 day local celebration of culture and diversity. The sun shone for music, dancing, free coffee, homemade sweets, playdough, colouring in, henna tattoos (I got one, for the first time ever) and coffee cup reading.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

David Greenhalgh

Progress, lit by fish  David Greenhalgh

My talented young cousin had an exhibition opening last night at Kudos Gallery. Nora and I attended, and I made an impulse purchase of the above artwork. I love the subject matter, the linework, the light and dark. It reminds me ever so slightly of Tim Winton's Cloudstreet.

As I was there, I noticed that David's mum Fiona (the lady who made this blanket) was positively glowing with pride over her son's achievements. It was beautiful to watch. It made me think, one day Oscar will be a fully grown man. And whatever his choices and achievements, I'm certain there will be moments when I feel that sense of pride.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Embroidering hearts II

Still enjoying my Prints Charming hearts. It is my evening activity if both the bubs are asleep before me.

I've discovered the most fabulous website full of hand embroidery tutorials. Seriously, if you are a bit of a novice embroiderer like me, check it out. Sarah has taught me feather stitch, three different variations of chain stitch and raised fishbone stitch. I've started treating the hearts as a little bit of a sampler.

See my first progress photos of the hearts here.

Monday, June 18, 2012


I hope I pass my love of reading onto Oscar and Nora. I believe that if a child enjoys reading, it makes their journey through school so much smoother. And although I think that when I read to my children it should be a fun, light-hearted and bonding experience, I found this article really interesting. I've started to consciously implement print-referencing, particularly when I'm reading a book with repetition.

Sunday, June 17, 2012


Winter sun, my favourite kind. It was lovely to spend time with family. Chatting, eating, discussing, exploring, discovering and of course chasing Oscar everywhere!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

This is my suburb

Lets face it, I love blogs because I'm an enormous sticky beak. I love seeing inside your houses, your wardrobes, your kitchens. I love seeing the artwork on your walls and the furniture you own.

I also love seeing the neighbourhood that you live in. Many blogs I visit regularly have a rural, coastal or simply completely foreign setting. I love seeing where you all choose to live your lives.

As I set out to walk to baby rhyme time at the library this morning, I put my camera around my neck, so I could share my neighbourhood with you. Enjoy.

Where the angel once stood

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Nora's Space

Nora 'sleeps' in a corner of our bedroom. I have a feeling she'll grow out of her bassinet any day now and we'll be doing a little bit of shuffling to make us all fit in our small apartment.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Are you a secret blogger?

Tess took it.

My family know I blog. But in the real world, very few other friends or acquaintances are aware of this blog's existence. For such a public pastime, I'm a little shy about it. Yesterday, at a party, I mentioned to a friend that I've been blogging. She urged me to send her the link. I have. I'm nervous.

Has anyone else kept their blog a secret?

ps I'm also a little nervous about posting a photo of myself, but feel that one day, I should make a proper introduction. One day.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Flowers for Friday: Red Hot Pokers

Happy long weekend to all.

Bottom pic is of my mum with Oscar and Nora (all rugged up). Photos taken in my parents yard.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Embroidering hearts

When my mum drops by, she always brings goodies; some old magazines to find inspiration, her pearl barley and lamb recipe, pink lady apples, socks and singlets for the babies, a thrifted tablecloth ... I could go on.

The other day it was an embroidery kit by Prints Charming. She handed the embroidery kit to me, saying, I thought you might like to make this for Nora. I laughed. I don't think I have time Mum. I started it while she was there anyways. She left me her stash of embroidery threads. And I've found, if you're enjoying something, you make time.

Like so many things I post here it is a work in progress –

The Floss Box taught me to embroider spiderwebs and needle weave.

View all the embroidering hearts.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Archibald + Finders Keepers

Natasha Bieniek, Fluoroscuro 

If any Sydneysiders wake up tomorrow morning with nothing to do, head to the Archibald. It is the last weekend. Oscar, Nora, GrandmaAunty Amy & I went this afternoon. I loved it. 

There is also the finders keepers markets if you're looking for a bit of handmade inspirational goodness. (We dropped by there on the way home from the Archibald).

Whatever you end up doing, have a lovely weekend.

Flowers for Friday: in my parents' garden

My parents have the most amazing garden. My sister posted a recent pic of it here.