Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Paper Craft

A paper window box that Sarah finished yesterday. Unfortunately my photo does not do this justice.

I love the concepts from the French company "Djeco". We have a few other projects from them that involve stitching, that are yet to be completed.

We might try something like this again but using recycled items with lots of cutting, colouring and pasting.

Your only limited by your imagination.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Hub

Sarah was at home today resting with a cold.

To keep her occupied quietly, we made minted chocolate biscuit shapes, dipped in melted minted chocolate.

She finished a beautiful paper craft display - photo tomorrow.

She also then painted a lovely Spring scene, while I prepared tonight's dinner, a Moroccan Lamb Tagine.

Our table was covered completely with our days efforts.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Vintage Finds

A Sunday garage sale usually has less dealers arriving early, so I hoped I would have some luck in finding some goodies. I arrived 15 minutes early and saw people already walking away with some treasures. Blast!!

There were lots of boxes to scrounge through and hidden treasures still to discover. I walked away happy with these finds.

Chicken, rooster and clock $1.00 each

Remember these fabric dolls from the 70's, I so wanted one when I was little
and for $1.00 she is now mine. Her nose is a little grubby but that's ok.

Yet another old case $2.00.

Doulton Grecian Key $20 the lot

Swinnertons b & b plates and saucers $4.00
I just love the colours.

These were hidden in a plain looking box and it was love at first sight.
Just look at the gorgeous colours and they work. *Swoon*

Pop over to Sophie's for more finds.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Show Is Over

Today the girls are home as the school is recovering from performing for three nights in this years musical. The lead actors performed in all three nights and the rest of the cast& crew shared the roles. My girls were on opening night, for which I was glad to get it over and done with, as they have been so excited for weeks. There were over 400 guests at each night and the place was buzzing.

This was the first year for us to be a part of this biannual event and let me just say, we were astounded. It was absolutely fabulous. I have never seen such a wonderful quality production that involved the whole school.

It was hard to imagine that it was written by the students and they are only primary school children. There were laughs aplenty with moments of cuteness involving the little preps.

In the last scene which was close to 10pm, there was one little 5 year old who just couldn't hold it in any longer and had a little toilet accident on stage, my heart melted for her, one of the backstage crew a 5th or 6th grader, raced out and gently led her off stage, then another came out with a mop, while the musical kept on going, she was then gently led back out again while an older girl stood there with her hand on her shoulder so that she could continue her performance. It was so sweet to see such thoughtfulness, it brought tears to my eyes.

On the way home the girls were excited, then Ava said I'm not tired, not long after I looked around and the poor little petal was sound asleep.

Please excuse the photo quality.

The peasant and the courier

Sarah at center

These girls were delightful, singing little ditties throughout the musical

This girl in the pink vest, did an amazing performance.
The boy in the blue shirt was Prince Horatio The Heroic,
"he could dance, he could prance, he also wore funky pants".

The knights - Sir Talkalot, Sir Cryalot, Sir Dreamalot, Sir Helpalot.

Ava at center
The biker next to her was one of The Village people.
They all broke out into YMCA.

The Cast

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Tonight I'm off to the opening performance of this year's school play.

The play, music and songs have been written by the students and the whole school,
about 300 students from prep to grade six, will take turns to perform "Tagged" over the next three nights.

Both my girls will be on stage for the first time. Ava as a peasant and Sarah as a courtier.

I've had my hair done (colour, cut and straightened).
I've just baked two chocolate cakes to add to the other treats for interval.

Now I'm just looking forward to sitting back and enjoying the show.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Finished "The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic", a fun quick read. Some parts made me cringe with embarrassment, others just made me laugh. All in all just what I needed as an in-betweenie.

This is my new read " The Caliph's House". I had read a review by Susan Kurosawa, who regularly writes in the Travel section of The Australian ( now that's some shoes I'd like to wear, she gets to go to all the great places), stating that this was an enjoyable book.

I do love a good travel story and Morocco was a place I didn't get to on my travels but would have liked to. Maybe in the future, but for now I'll just be an armchair traveller.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

This Week

This week I finally finished my mammoth read "The Count Of Monte Cristo", which I loved. I felt very lost without it, you know that's a sign of a good book. I needed something a bit lighter to read and decided on this one. I loved the film "Confessions of a Shopaholic" which was
based on this book, it has some similarities but is different enough to keep me interested.

I actually see a bit of me in this book, when I was younger. I had several shop cards and run them up to the max without little thought about having to pay the money back. Happy to say I've changed my ways.

I will get around to reading the books that other bloggers suggested, but I don't have them in my home library yet.

Apple and sultana cake another CWA recipe and a yummy one.

Ava has her plaster removed. Yay! But how do you tell a six year old she can't use the monkey bars for the next four weeks.

A stroll to the Fairfield Boathouse for afternoon tea, scones with lashings of cream.

My beach collections - driftwood

Ava's collections - stones

Sarah's collections - glass

Saturday, August 13, 2011


Ok folks, it's that time of the year again to support this fab community radio station by subscribing. Without our support this station would not be able to continue.

I have this playing pretty much all the time. I enjoy all of it, from listening to talented local musicians, obscure and well known artists and of course the interesting discussions and interviews.

When we moved to Perth for two years, I was feeling lost without my RRR, until we discovered we could stream it. Yipee!!

I almost forgot, you can win some great prizes. So phone, or go to rrr.org.au

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Vintage Finds - Travel

A garage sale by friends moving OS and I spy with my excited eye these two old well travelled cases.

These also had to come home with me.

Old ship and hotel labels, the details on this one is 16th March 1968 Melb to Japan.
Another is the Hotel Luna Venezia.

Both cases $10.00.

They do however have a smell, not sure how to get rid of that due to the fabric lining.

Pop over to Sophies for more vintage goodies.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

A Big Read

This book was recommended to me by the owner of my local cafe. He said he read it twice once in Spanish and once in English and said it was very exciting both times.

I was reluctant to start at first, as it has over 800 pages in small type and knew it would take me a long time to finish. I have never seen this as a film or been told about the content, so I didn't really know what the story was about. Dumas wrote it in the 1840's and I have to say it is so exciting.

I am now nearing the end with less than 200 pages to go and I'm finding I'm reading every spare moment as I'm intrigued as to how it will end.

This book has kept me entertained all winter long. I would sit in the cafe with my pot of chai and now and again my friend would check up on me and see where I was at in the story.

It's nice to share favourite books with someone, and I've enjoyed this recommendation. I hope to pass this on to Andy to read soon. He also has no idea about the story and is looking forward to see if it is as good as I've been saying.

What would you recommend to a friend as a great read?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

CWA Recipe #2 Lemon Delicious

Ooh yeah! This was yum. Ava's eyes popped out of her head with delight upon her first taste.

It could have been disastrous though, as I got distracted, and read 1 1/4 cups of flour instead of
1 1/4 tbls. I ended up scooping out as much as I could and hoped for the best. Phew! It worked.

Update on wild onions.

Thanks for the advice but I have had no success. I've googled but the recipes I found tend to use fresh wild onions, so really not the same and today I went back to the shop. Their advice was to cut them up and add to a salad, but they didn't really know. Maybe my taste buds are too delicate, I don't know. So I think I'll do some of my own experimenting, firstly I will wash away the salty brine, then let them soak in a balsamic, oil and herb bath. We shall see if that improves the little blighters.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Any Ideas?

Ok! I know this is a bit strange, but I thought I'd ask and see if anyone can give me some advice.

Today I went shopping at a lovely Italian grocer's, enjoying wandering up and down looking at all the goodies. Anyway, I picked up this jar of wild onions in water and thought they looked nice, so I bought them.

When I got home I opened it and popped one in my mouth, thinking it would be something like a pickled onion. Well, let me tell you, within one crunch I couldn't get the thing out of my mouth quick enough. It was bitter and oh so salty. Ugh! I can still taste it.

What can I do with them, am I supposed to wash them first then use them in casseroles, are they going to taste nice then, or are they destined for the bin.

Can anyone help?

Monday, August 1, 2011

First Recipe

Today I made the first recipe from the CWA cookbook.

Almond Biscuits.

This recipe had only 2 tbls of ground almonds and 4 cups of flour with a few drops of almond essence. Not really my idea of almond biscuits.

It did make heaps and I am so grateful for my new large oven as I was able to put 3 trays in at the same time.

They taste fine, nothing exciting though. Still my girls and Andy will polish them off.