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- frolicking in the winter sunshine after a long drive. (Large fallen citrus fruits double as balls)
- making flourless orange cake from home-grown oranges (I used Jill Dupleix’s version of Claudia Roden’s recipe from New Food)
- slow cooked dinners (Tessa Kiros’s beef and carrot stew and bolognaise-esque ragu) and hot puddings (apple crumble and lemon delicious)
- a boy who wants to help with baking (or does he just want to lick out the bowl?)
- knitting in red and red and grey. The aim was to make a quick woollie for growing girls, but I ran out of wool. While waiting for more, I accidentally cast on another Shetland triangle shawl … and a cowl …
- finally finishing the cardigan, a supersized version of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s February Baby Jacket. Not finding it easy to go out and buy buttons so considering covering some that I found in the sewing box. Hedgehog-printed cotton on red wool – what do you think..?
- enjoying listening to podcasts while rinsing dishes and stacking the dishwasher, and – if I’m lucky – while knitting. Currently engaging are classic novels and chat via CraftLit, Cast On back catalogue and Fibre Beat.
- for the under-two’s, talking is the new walking. Long time favorites are “bird”, “shoes” and “(ba)nana”, but vocabularies are quickly expanding.
- seeing Toy Story 3 at the cinema. I probably don’t get out enough, but this was the best film I’ve seen in ages! Funny and heartbreaking. (Anyone else in tears at the end?)
- noticing that spring is in the air, the wattle is in flower and blossom is starting to appear in the neighbourhood.
Things that are inspiring and delighting me at the moment …
- Cooking with my boy. Anzac biscuits and “Gingerbread men” again, this time using Nigella’s biscuit recipe from How to Eat. A winner.
- Actually LEAVING THE HOUSE without children to see some beautiful films in the Jacques Demy program at the Melbourne Cinemateque. Sigh! Followed by very fine tapas and drinks at Movida.
- Attending a real life Stitch’n Bitch meetup, in person, and spending some quality knitting time with some lovely ladies.
- A lovely box in the mail. I bid on a couple of items in the Uniform Project‘s accessory auction, not expecting success, and actually won both. The 365 days of reinventing the little black dress have ended, and apart from raising money for educating underprivileged kids, Sheena has made so many rethink their consumption of clothing. Limitation inspires creativity.
- Soba noodles – everybody here likes them!
- Following Amy‘s example, I have graduated to washing my hair with bicarb soda and cider vinegar – shampoo free via Beauty and the Bees hair washing soap. I feel a small sense of triumph at this.
- Being able to wear my woollies again.
- Dragons and knights and dinosaurs and Peter Pan!
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|The weather||The weather (too hot)|
|Poppies for remembrance||To be totally obvious (but it goes with the poppies), War|
|Fresh peaches on my muesli and yoghurt, and breakfast outside in the cool of the morning||Not managing to buy a house on the weekend (sob)|
|Slipping back into work without too much drama. Sadly, it’s like I’ve never been away in some ways.||Getting up at 6.30. Driving in heavy traffic for an hour to get to work.|
|Getting a babysitter, leaving the house without children, eating Indian food and seeing a movie!||The children, unused to it, don’t like us getting a babysitter and leaving the house. (But they survived)|
|If this keeps up, dinner here is on the cards!||Our good friends moving back to Sydney in a few weeks … sob|
|Thinking about Christmas and doing a bit of on-line shopping for gifts, and planning crafty activities||Thinking about Christmas … only how many days away?|
|Home-made icy poles, strawberries and watermelon||A proper breakfast (as far as young R is concerned)|
Also really hot is the garage (literally), and drawing on the ground, and of course, Buzz Lightyear.
|Flowers appearing in the garden to be picked by little hands and given proudly to mummy||Babies waking constantly at night|
|Picking a rose bud to put in a vase in the kitchen so I can look at while doing the dishes||Having to do the dishes. A lot. (We do have a dishwasher now, but it’s still hard to keep on top of it. And don’t get me started on the laundry …)|
|Trips to the market for mangoes, strawberries, basil and Mr Pitta pitta bread||Having to go back to work in three weeks! This means having to get up at 6.30am to have any hope of arriving there on time, made more difficult by the interrupted nights mentioned above.|
|Japanese biscuits and edamame||Almost any other food that four-year-olds liked last week|
|Origami (well, isn’t it?)||A distinct lack of household organisation|
|Rediscovering childhood favourite books … like The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Gouge. Obscure even when I first borrowed it from the library in the early 1970′s, but now made into a (less subtle) film so back in print||Being sprayed with baby food as babies decide that it’s good to practice blowing raspberries during mealtimes|
|Being set to embark on a new knitting project, maybe this or this …||A self-imposed deadline to complete a shawl before my aunt’s 80th birthday|
|Dottie Angel’s challenge||Probably having to spend money on (larger) clothes for afore-mentioned return to the workplace|
I know it started yesterday, but it really feels like Spring today! The air smells of Spring, and it’s warm enough to throw open the windows and doors and let the air in, sunny enough to hang the washing on the line instead of on the clothes-horse near the heater. Pleasant enough to enjoy lunch outside, and let the babies crawl out the door and on to the deck.
Subtle changes too in our daily routine. A bit of a pattern is developing, two daytime sleeps and a big sleep at night (still interrupted unfortunately) for the babies. They are eating solids better, and not so reliant on me feeding them, which means that I might get a little more freedom.
On the weekend I ventured out alone with three children to meet friends at the art gallery to see the Dali exhibition. I duly went in (hooray for prioity queues for parents with little kids), but had to concentrate so much on guiding a double pram and four-year-old through the crowds that I didn’t really see much of the exhibition. But this adventure was really more about getting out and seeing our friends, also with children. We did see the film Destino, a collaboration by Dali and Disney, which was really wonderful and worth the trip. Eventually we headed out to the sculpture garden to let the 3- and 4-year-olds run around, while my friend’s older children looked at the rest of the show. From what little I could gather, it looked like a very interestingly curated and presented exhibition. Dali isn’t a straightforward subject and although historically important has perhaps been criticized for his overt marketing and commercialising of his own images. I’m not sure how the exhibition dealt with this, but it did include examples of his many collaborations.
After a quick feed for the babies, Mr Foxy collected all my children to take them home for lunch, while Ms E and I went back to see a little more of the exhibition, then sped off to the cinema to see The September Issue. Three whole hours to ourselves! The film was a really well-made documentary about putting together the largest issue of American Vogue, with the natural drama of the interaction of the dictatorial cool-business-headed editor Wintour and the passionate and artistic creative director Coddington. And some footage of Paris and frocks to enjoy too. The whole thing was so nicely handled, truthful but respectful, dramatic but non-sensationalist, a welcome respite from the brash culture of tell-all reality tv.
There’s alot to like about seasonal changes and the opening up of possibilities.