Friday, June 29, 2012

All Girls Adventure

Yesterday the girls had a school free day and it was just lovely not having to arise early, to get them to dress, to eat a quick breaky, make lunches and race off to school.

Instead our day started with a much needed sleep in. Breakfast was relaxed with scrambled eggs on muffins, then we dressed leisurely by the heater.

Our dog Lucy needed to be walked but instead of our usual stroll along the creek on the way to school, I thought it would be fun to go along a track by the Yarra River that we haven't been on for ages.

With me carrying a pack of supplies for hungry, thirsty girls we set off on our adventure.

We listened to birds.
We climbed under bridges and over fences.
We pretended we were about to enter Mirkwood Forest (The Hobbit).
We rolled and played in long grass and rolling down hills.
We popped boiled sweets in our mouths.
We laughed and squealed as Lucy raced into big puddles then chased us as we ran so as not to get wet when she shook herself.
We wandered home three hours later, tired but happy to have been enjoying the outdoors that is on our doorstep less than 4klms from the centre of Melbourne.

Today I've been enjoying my last day of quite for the next two weeks, as the school holidays are about to begin.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


 I've seen the film more than once, then found the book for less than $2.00 at a trash & treasure market.

I'm finding that so far the film script is almost true to the book, with the book having just a little bit more detail as you would expect.

Andy is reading this to the girls, I thought it's a bit too old for them yet but they seem to be enjoying the adventure, not to mention how much of a thrill he's getting out of it.

 I'll have to read it next as it's been over 20 years since I last read it, plus the film will be coming out later in the year.

I'm reading this to the girls when I can get a chance (as The Hobbit has taken over). The story is exciting and a little scary but we're enjoying it.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Winter Solstice

For the winter solstice some images that I enjoy.

A place to curl up via

Dreaming of Narnia - magical via

Keeping warm via

Drinking this via

Love, love love via

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Hard Rubbish

 Yeap! I'm still trawling the streets going through the hard rubbish and here are some more pieces that I've collected. Sometimes I wish I had a bigger vehicle as I had to say no today to two huge terracotta pot plants and a big metal candelabra, which would have looked amazing for our winter solstice party in a few weeks. Still I'm chuffed with what I did salvage.

 I so love this old wicker basket with it's pale green chippy paint. You know, apart from being a little damp as it's been raining most of the w'end, this old girl has no fault except looking gloriously shabby. She's stands at hip height and is a bit on the slender side, so I'm not sure at this stage what her future function will be but she is gorgeous.

 A metal outdoor chair and it's not alone, as I got three of them, so I'll be whipping up some cushions for these soon, put some stoppers on the legs and "wholla'.

 An old timber box that even has shelving, a little clean up and I'll be putting that to use.

 This lovely floor lamp only needs to be wired up, I already have a shade that's been waiting a base, I never expected to find one on the street. Apart from a few small scratches it's in a dandy condition.

 Well my heart skipped a beat when I found these pieces of Vintage Axminster carpet, isn't it pretty.

I purchased this metal ornament from a garage sale today, it's going to look lovely hung up on the outside wall.

For more vintage goodness visit Her Library Adventures.

Monday, June 4, 2012


Selling our excess, the girls made some pocket money. Miss Lucy stayed close by keeping watch.

 Yesterday we took off on a Sunday drive in the country and stopped at a sourdough bakery for morning tea. I was impressed with the wall and how it had been built from recycled bits and pieces.

 Love this huge outdoor oven where the bakery has bread making classes. I'd love to attend one day.

   Snug inside with a book. My favourite cafes are the ones that have a box of books and toys to keep the kids amuse.

On our day out we brought home - 

Two big bags of sheep poo for the garden
A triple grafted apple tree to plant - Fuji, Royal Gala & Five Crown
A large loaf of sourdough
A dozen huge free range eggs $4.80, so much cheaper
A 10kg potatoes for $5.00

That night dinner was a potatoe & artichoke (yes I still have some) soup with a ham hock and buttered sourdough.