Monday, September 27, 2010

From Chaos To Calm


Yesterday was one of those days for me. I had a moment in the morning when I just lost it. That doesn't normally happen to me, but I felt as if I was on a treadmill, constantly picking up after the family as they 'd move from room to room spreading their stuff everywhere, cleaning up spills on floors that I'd just cleaned, pulling out clothes that I'd just packed away. I felt that I was going to burst, then it all came exploding out.

I felt embarrassed after, but better that I'd let it out and my family realised that they need to a bit more thoughtful and sometimes I also need looking after.

They made breakfast for me, then we went for a lovely long walk along the river in the beautiful spring sunshine. I felt much better, who couldn't on such a great day.

I love reading everyone's post's and writing my own, but for the next few days I'm going to have a little break and I'll be out and about in the great outdoors recharging my batteries. I'll chat to all in a few days, take care all.




Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Box From Afar

A few weeks ago I was reading a post by the lovely Angela of The Bounty Huntress. Her wacky sense of humor always makes me laugh and I just love how she hunts down interesting and unusual items, she certainly lives by her blog name. This post was about how she home schools her children and how she had a corner in her house of collected items from around the world. I asked Angela if she'd like something from Australia, to which she said a swap would be fun.

I decided to send souvenir type items, some were so tacky they made me laugh and I think her family also enjoyed them.

My parcel arrived a few days ago, but I didn't open it straight away, as I wanted us all to be together for the big opening to see what was inside. The suspense was killing me.

The time had finally arrived the next day when we were all excited to see what's in the box.
Hands were diving in, items were being pulled out and admired, lots of squealing, jumping up and down and oohing.

Angela had put a lot of thought and energy into her parcel. She even managed to make it into a Spring theme. There was a leather bag that I had admired from a past post of hers, candy, a ceramic butterfly plate, a wooden pot, stickers, postcards from Texas, a book and my favourite, two beautiful embroidered vintage pillowcases for the girls. She had even put in cotton, wool and needles for my craft.

Thank you so much Angela, it was heaps of fun.



Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Busy Week

It's the school holidays and have we been busy.

Tuesday - A visit to see Nanna and Aunty Janet.

Wednesday - A scooter ride to the labyrinth to visit the fairies.

Thursday - A full day at the show, where we had so much fun, there was something for everyone. When the 3.00pm tired's hit, we hit the CWA (Country Women's Association) canteen for Devonshire Tea, and I must say the best scones I'd had in a long time. The lady's make about 3,500 scones each day. WOW!

Friday - Rushed to hospital with Ava who had a bad knock on the back of the head. I got a hell of fright, thank goodness she is fine, but she does have a very sore lump on the old noggin.

Saturday - Had friends over for a BBQ to watch the AFL Grand Final. It became a very exciting game that ended in a draw and has to be replayed next week. How ridiculous! Give them 5 min extra till someone scores. Oh well! It means we will just have to have another BBQ.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone.


For the fairies




About to go on the scary ghost train

One for the blokes







Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday Treasures

Deary deary me! With the school holidays I'm finding it difficult to get much done except entertaining my girls, which is a good thing, however I find I am once again doing Tuesday's Treasures on Wednesday.

Today we went a scootering down to the creek to pick flowers and leave them as a tribute to the fairies in the center of the labyrinth. There was lots of long grass, flowers and butterflies which inspired me to do a search for "green" on Made It.








Monday, September 20, 2010

Donkey Tale


For Sunday's BBQ breaky, I had bought some Weiss-wurst sausages. Ava loves her sausages and on eating these she said, "they are yummy sausages mummy". Now in my attempt in keeping with the German sausage theme, I replied "danke" (thank you), to which she replied with a look of wonder,
" DONKEY! Donkey sausages" followed by lots of giggles.

The mind boggles.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Vintage Kids Books

I've been a bit slack lately in the hunt for vintage finds. There must be something wrong with me, I just haven't felt the urge. Perhaps it's because Spring is here and I am feeling the need to declutter. The other day I found myself pulling everything out of the small storage cupboard under the stairs and going through the boxes making a huge mess on the floor, in an effort to reorganise and EVEN remove items to the bin. I actually felt a sense of satisfaction with my efforts. I think the linen cupboard is next on the hit list to get an overhaul. Is anyone else having that cleaning of the nest feeling, or am I going a bit loopy?

I went a wandering at Green Tea and Red Nails blog the other day and was inspired by her post on little golden books. So I took some photo's of some of my girls vintage books. My favourites are the vintage ladybird books, they have some amazing subjects and the cutest pictures.

When I was a little girl, I remember wanting to learn how to sew and my mother gave me a book to assist me. I adored it then and still do.






I also love these books which I bought last year at a market. I haven't seen anymore like them.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Queen Vic

Today I pootled into the city to visit a Melbourne icon, the Queen Victoria Market. This market has everything from shoes, fashion, souvenirs, fresh f & v, seafood, butchers, and of course my favourite the deli's.

The deli's are housed in one of the oldest buildings, where the market has been going since 1878. Each shop is jam packed full of delightful produce.

There are cheeses, polish sausages, all sorts of deli meats, olives of every description, dips, antipasto, fresh breads. I want to try it all and most vendors are more than happy to let you sample before you buy. I ended up buying a french brie that was infused with truffle that was $104.00 a kilo.

Holy Swiss cheese Batman!!

My wee piece will be enough for us to enjoy for Fun Food Friday, and it only set me back $9.00. A bargain for a piece of heaven.

The heavenly French Shop

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Guess Who's Had A Birthday?

It was ME!!

Have a look at my sweet family, having a go at making me a cake, and it was just the best cake, because it was made with love.

Hubby and the girls had lots of fun and managed to get cake mixture sprayed over the tiles on the wall. They realised that you actually have to turn of the beater before you remove it from the bowl. Hmm! Funny about that!

The girls did a fantastic job of decorating it without any help, Sarah even wrote on it with sparkly liquid icing. It was very special.





Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday's Treasures

What a gorgeous sunny day today is. For this weeks treasures from made it I used "linen" for the search. Check out all these lovelies that I found.





Saturday, September 11, 2010

Farmer's Market Day

A short ride along the Yarra River this morning and we were at the Collingwood Children's Farm for the monthly Farmer's Market. I know I've said this before, but it is such a wonderful place. It's only 4 klm from the city center and it's hard to believe your not in the country.

There were stalls selling all types of local fresh produce. Organic fruit, veg, meat, olive oil, bread, flowers, I even found home spun wool. We enjoyed eating large pancakes with maple syrup, fresh squeezed orange juice, soy chai, bratwurst sausages in a roll. Mmm yum!

Then it was time to explore the gardens and visit some cute newly born babies. The girls even milked the cow. Fun! Fun! Fun!

I hope your all enjoying your weekend.

Alison

XOX

Spring blossom's







Ladies making Tussie Mussie's



Sarah milking




The cutest lambkin's


All the little piggies

City in the distance