Thursday, December 30, 2010

African Safari

A beautiful sunny day we had for a trip to the Werribee Open Plain Zoo.

Digging for fossils.

Mum & bub sunning themselves.

Vintage Land Rover to play in.

The things you can do with some old hoses.

Hose shadows.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Knit & Read

Having finished reading Pride & Prejudice and completed the scarflette, I am now onto the next book and new project. I just need to take a photo of the finished scarflette, I wanted to be more masculine looking, so i will ask my man if he will do a spot of modeling for me. That will be fun.

I have never read Jane Eyre before and I'm enjoying it, bleakness and all. I just want to wrap her up in my arms with a big cuddle.

This knitting project is a cloche hat. I took a photocopy of this pattern from a library book, but forgot the picture, so hopefully it will look like it's supposed to.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Lazy Day

All the festivities and visiting have taken it's toll on us and this afternoon I am relaxing in the warm sunshine, while the girls watch Bolt on DVD.

This is my spot where I have enjoyed a cup of tea, read a magazine and a wee nanna nap.

Aaah! How's the serenity!

Thanks to Jem from Mummy Jembelina for leaving a comment which led me onto this fab giveaway here.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Big Day

After getting to bed at around 11pm on Christmas Eve, we had a call to arise at the ungodly hour of 4.30am. Aarghhh!!! "Go back to sleep" was our reply. Then about a half hour later, " Can we get up now", "NO"!!!

We caved in at 5.30am as two excited little girls crawled into our bed.

What's in the Secret Santa Swap, all the way from England.
The girls were also given parcels.


My Secret Santa Surprise. Thank you Lucy, from Lemonade Kitty you certainly did your homework. I love it all. I will take more photo's later, as this was rushed in on the frenzy of the morning.

Daddy's gift

We saved the best for last, and look at that face.

After lots of excitement and unwrapping, it was then time for a two hour drive to Ballarat.

Yes, we ate heaps.
Yes, we played games.
Yes, we had lots of fun.
Yes, we were very tired.

I drove home most of with way in a silent car, as the gang had finally succumbed to sleep.
I fell into bed exhausted.

Boxing day, lazy day, at last.

Girls have been checking out their loot.
Andy watching the cricket.
Me, finally a chance to look at my goodies.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

Just one more sleep.

Tomorrow after much unwrapping, we will be traveling to Ballarat to spend the day with family who will be gathering there from all over Victoria.

We all will be bringing something different to share, for our picnic by the lake.
It will be a nice mild day in the mid 20's.
There is a large adventure playground for the girls.
We will play bocce, cricket and frisbee.
We will feed the swans and the ducks.
We will walk off our lunch with a stroll around the lake.

I have made a cake and pudding.
I am baking chickens.
I will make potatoe salad.

Wishing you all a wonderful and safe festive season.

Hope Santa brings you that special gift.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Nipper Christmas

Last night at our surf life saving club, the nippers had their Christmas party. The clubs colours just happen to be Christmas looking.

Each child had a ride in the dinghies, splashing through the waves with squeals of fear and delight. Surf Santa arrived with bags of lollies for all the kids and they were also given long sleeve T's with the clubs logo, followed by plates of party food.

What an amazing effort all these people do in volunteering there time every week to train children and adults the fundamentals of water safety, through games and competitions.

With the summer ahead and people frolicking to the beach, stay safe and swim between the flags.

Getting ready to go out in the boat. How's that for excitement.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tuesday Treasures

Four more sleeps to Christmas and our northern hemisphere friends will be having a white Christmas and maybe even some Australians in Alpine regions. Wow!

So for today's treasures from Made It, I've selected some lovely items about snow.

Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Easy Strawberry Yoghurt Ice Cream

Yesterday on visiting Kate's blog Foxes Lane, I discovered she currently has an abundance of strawberries and was need in of some ideas.

Then today I almost bought ice cream from the supermarket, when I looked at the ingredients and decided I didn't want a cocktail of numbers for the girls to eat.

So at the green grocer, we bought some strawberries which were cheap, and used them to make an all natural yummy ice cream.

So Kate here's a recipe that might be useful.

Strawberry Yoghurt Ice Cream

300g strawberries
250g natural yoghurt
110g caster sugar

Blend strawbs till soupy.
Mix sugar & yoghurt till sugar dissolved.
Stir in strawbs to yoghurt.

Put into ice cream machine.

20 - 40 min later.

Lick,lick, lick.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Flastin City

With the end of school, comes home all the craft.

I am inundated with drawings, recycled box projects and other bits of special creations.

Ava brought home this amazing creation that she worked on with two other little girls. I was astounded at the detail, effort and imagination of three little five year old's.

It is called Flastin City, which I think is meant to be plasticine, however I just love it as it's is.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Local

It was the last day of school and teachers, parents and students were out celebrating at the local pub.

The pub is a community hub of our inner city village and Friday afternoons is when a lot of the local families meet for a chat, a laugh and a drink.

Last night the pub was full of parents all enjoying themselves, with the kids all playing happily together.

It was a nice way to wind down after a long and busy year.

Kids on the windowsill

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Vintage Christmas Cards

I still haven't got my cards out yet. AARRGGHHHH!!! Hopefully I can do them tonight.

It's been absolutely crazy this week, I have the girls going to three birthday parties this weekend, then there's the endless Christmas parties. Phew!! I think we are all in need of a doona day, thank goodness for the holidays.

Anyway, I'm sure your all going through similar silly season madness and are also looking forward to a break.

I found this box of wee oh so cute vintage cards in my desk today, I just can't bring myself to use them, but I thought I'd share their sweetness with all of you.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tuesday Treasures

A little birdy told me, that today's Tuesday Treasures from Made It, should be about our cute feathered friends.

Here are some lovely little finds.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Vintage Finds - A Blast From The Past

I discovered this little wicker style bag yesterday at a garage sale, which brought back memories of my childhood, of dressing up in our best clothes to go to Sunday school and one of my sisters carring a bag similar to this. Not sure if I'll get to keep it though, as Sarah has taken a shine to it.

For more vintage finds go visit Sophie at Her Library Adventures.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Jane Austen, Knitting & Fruit

Hello fellow blog pals.

I'm sitting inside after a huge deluge of rain has come down on Melbourne. Thank goodness the humidity has dropped, as it has been a sticky sweaty few days.

So it would seem it bit strange that I am knitting a scarf in these conditions, however when the knitting bug hits, it's hard to ignore. I'm using the wool that was given to me by the lovely Angela of Bounty Huntress.

The other day I watched for about the fourth time, The Jane Austen Book Club, which has now set me off in reading her books again. So I am starting with Pride and Prejudice, and I have to say I am a tragic when it comes to Miss Austen, I love all the films and mini series that have been made. I must buy myself the Lost in Austen series, where a modern girl travels back in time and meets Mr Darcy. Hmmm if only.

Now for something completely different, out of my bedroom window I have this huge fruit tree, as do the next five houses in my street. Now I think this fruit is a cherry plum but not sure, any ideas.

What I want to do is collect mine and make it into jam, then ask my neighbours, if they mind if I collect theirs and in return give them a pot or two of the finished product.

Before I lived in this street I used to see all this fruit just fall to the ground and get wasted. I just hope I'll have enough empty jars, maybe I should ask them to start collecting those for me as well.