Thursday, October 25, 2012


It was hot today. I did lots of washing, because I LOVE having a washing line.

Then, we acted like Summer and ate watermelon on the deck: well I ate it, Nora made a mess with it and Oscar fed it to his dinosaurs.

In the bottom photo Miss Nora is singing to her hands, her favourite pastime of late. It is very cute. She is finally wearing her Little Lambs dress and frilly knickers which she won through a today i giveaway. She doesn't quite fit it yet, which means this dress will be perfect for when Summer really hits.

ps I love the lemon kisses dress.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Oscar's Space

Oscar card made by my mum, square with eyes by my lil sis Tess. 

Rainbow strip dolls quilt made many years ago by Tess

Crochet blanket a gift from his bisabuela for when he gets his big boy bed

He colour codes his cars to match the rug, clever huh?

Oscar LOVES his room. I love his room. I love that he loves his room.

His favourite thing about his space? The pink walls, of course!

My favourite thing about his space? The secondhand rainbow ikea rug. It is wool. It is lush. It is perfect for playing.

The downfall of his room is that the window looks directly into the neighbours' main bedroom. I'm yet to hang his blind. (I know, I'm a bit slow). I'm also trying to come up with a few other solutions to promote privacy but not block light. I've pinned this or this for possible future projects. My clever aunt suggested a window box.

In truthfulness, the whole space, not yet properly arranged is about to be rearranged. Oscar is still in his cot, but it is time to pass it onto Nora. A moment I'm avoiding. Once the bed is in, then I will hang some pictures and find some shelving for books and his beloved cars.

Have you had to transition a toddler from a cot? If so, please tell me it isn't too difficult!

Also if anyone has a window box, I'd love any advice.

Monday, October 22, 2012

This is my suburb: Marrickville Festival

In previous years, we lived on the same road as the festival. We have listened to stalls being setup along the street into the wee hours of the morning. We have awoken to the sound of magpies instead of our usual steady hum of traffic. I have wandered downstairs with Oscar in tow and walked down the centre of the road watching stall owners bring out their wares. Our entire day we would listen to the soundtrack of the festival, a steady hum of music and crowds.

This year the festival seemed much more subdued. I'm not entirely certain if it is because we moved away or if there really where less stalls, less crowds, less craziness.

Either way, I still enjoyed inviting friends and family around. I bought a handmade hat for Nora, some lovely honey and a secondhand basket (for only 50c) in which to store toys. And we ate the most delicious gozleme, of course.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Flowers for Friday: time of Ngoonungi

The original inhabitants of Sydney, the D'harawal, do not break the year into four seasons. They acknowledge six seasons. Right now, September – October, is the time of Ngoonungi. Last night, I was aware of this as I listened to the screeching of the flying foxes in the trees outside our new home.

The time of the Ngoonungi is also an important ceremonial time for the D'harawal, marked by the first flowers of the Waratahs.

I've been craving a little road-trip to view some Waratahs, they are not rare flowers, but you don't see much of them in urban Sydney. Their spectacular size and vibrant colour magnetise me. I know of two bushland locations where they are sure to be, but I'm yet to set aside the time to visit.

As I drove home from Coledale via the National Park, I kept my eyes open, hoping to glimpse some. I spotted many magnificent Gymea Lilies. I pulled over once and took this quick photo of what I call 'bacon and eggs', but alas no Waratahs.

Lucky Kate over at Foxes Lane seems to have them in her own backyard.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Smith girls

A favourite pastime of mine is to look through old family photos.

Here are the Smith girls. My great-great Aunts. Pictured with local boys, two of whom became future husbands. I don't know all their names or who is who, but there is a Kitty, a Lulu, a Lil (in the middle) and a Nell. Eating watermelon at Elfern, Dumaresq Island, Cundletown, NSW, early 1900's.

This photo reminds me of Summer, which is just around the corner.

Now, speaking of Summer. For me, Summer will always bring Christmas, and to that end, I have decided to join in on a handmade ornament swap, hosted by Christina Lowry. I've never done anything like this before and I find the prospect incredibly exciting. I'm looking forward to seeing who I get paired with and deciding what to make. It is open to bloggers and non-bloggers, national and international. Sign ups close on the 21st of October. Come join in.

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Before we moved, to give Rodge some space to do necessary difficult moving tasks, Oscar, Nora and I escaped for the long weekend to Coledale. Staying at my Aunty's place, with a handful of other family members, we had the most marvellous, magical time.

I am so grateful for such beautiful places. Gorgeous rainforest, even though it is only just beginning to regenerate after years of destruction from mining.

I am so grateful to have a family that enjoys the company of my boisterous and energetic two year old.

I am so grateful that my children get to experience such wonderful places and people as part of their childhood. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Flowers for Friday: Dianella ... and we finally moved.

We moved last Friday, in the heat, so different from the freezing rain today. Although the move was a long time in the making, I was completely disorganised and there was a flurry of last minute packing. There is still so much to be done, in terms of unpacking, arranging, organising, decluttering.

I'm falling in love with our new home a little more every day, but I'll save that for another post.

In my past 10 or so internetless days, much more than just the move occured, so there are an awful lot of things I could be writing about here. Instead I thought I'd keep it simple and just share a photo of the pretty little native Dianella, which is flowering in the council strips along Sydenham Road.

I hope everyone has a warm weekend.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The hand-me-down series: the snails, cars, houses and bears onesie

Photos on the left are of the Master Oscar as we explore and relax in the grounds of the National Gallery, March 2011. Both photos by my sister Tess.

Photos on the right are of Miss Nora as we have lunch amongst the renovations at our soon-to-be home, September 2012.

I think of my two babies as looking distinctly different, but here they appear so similar. Both wearing a cute onesie featuring little pictures of snails and houses and cars and bears, gifted to Oscar by my mum. Brand unknown – the tag has been cut off.