Thursday, January 31, 2008
The annual ferry race....
the flag flown around the harbour
some Irish dancing
and some very patient soldiers waiting to re-enact the Rum Rebellion. (more patient than us, we gave up and went to McDonalds in the end!)
We bumped into Dad and Dave and all enjoyed the day and the perfect weather.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
As well as the above we came out of that one great opshop with good-quality embroidered jeans for Em ($6), DVDs (Little Lord Fauntleroy and Around the world in 80 days) 50c each! and books for me:
The Grasmere Journals (Dorothy Wordsworth) - am reading now, a very interesting look at real life in 1800 for a woman (although she did have servant/s and a poet for a brother!
Chocolat - which I wanted to own
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Bronte which I read years ago
Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants
Ibsen's The Dolls House and other plays
The Simple Life - Lauren Wells
The Snow Pony - Alison Lester
plus (sorry to say) a Princess Diaries book I was missing from my last bookfair collection!
all $2 each or less
So lots of varied reading for me!
It was so exciting to find all that great stuff in the one and only op shop around near our B&B!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
... and found some great items in an op shop (for another post). Breakfasts were amazing, whatever we wanted from a long list, we had about 4 courses each and spent the rest of the day recovering. Upon waking we swam and then had our breakfast table laid by the pool, and delicious food served to us as we sat in bathrobes - luxury!
This was another treat provided by our hostess, completely unexpected and delicious for our afternoon tea:
Yes it was all pretty hard to take ...
On another note, today I went to my first ever Stampin' Up party and am looking forward to using the products I have ordered.
And I actually got out my tin whistle and played it at last. We have been playing a bit of recorder and piano the last few days, it is nice to feel musical again. Even though it feels like in the holidays we should had "so much time" to do things like make music (or tidy the house LOL) in actual fact we have been quite busy the last two weeks - after our initial post-Christmas vegetative phase. Well, I guess it would be true to say that we were flat out for 3 days last week at the beach ...
Just one full week left of the summer holidays now, a bit quieter but then mid-next week back into it all ... sigh.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
The girls are at having a sleepover with their cousins, so I get to play! yey!! It so happened that after dropping them off I had to drive right past Ikea, it seemed a shame not to visit. So I enjoyed
- lunch of Swedish meatballs and berry/muesli yoghurt and Ikea chocolate
- poking around looking at things that interested me without anyone saying "Mum you don't need that"
fabric storage boxes in green and calico which coordinate with the greens in our house (not sure what to put in them yet!) and a coordinating laundry bag
- Cute star-shaped lights to use for Christmas and parties reduced from $25 to $10
- a new shower curtain which is very modern but will look great with the border tiles, we have had the other curtain for 10 years now.
- a black alarm clock for my computer desk, I have wanted it for a few years now and finally it is ticking away next to me - you have to wind it!!! It looks great with the vintage phone collected at council clean-up,
- some "beige" cotton fabric to use with patterned fabric - hoping to make another bag soon
- an artists' dummy - not necessary at all, but fun and adds to the artistic look ;-)
- tealights - essential!
Here they are:
The little birds are some I have been admiring at the Hero Arts website, they are from 2 different sets. So cute! And some more to get ready for next Christmas:
Boy am I one happy camper! So of course I have begun to use the new stamps already, and will post the cards during the week (especially an anniversary card which my dear husband may not see in advance). But here is one quick card so as not to keep you in suspense!
Two days ago Emily turned 10, which was a huge milestone for us. Remembering the events as they happened 10 years ago was fun but also scary that time could fly so fast since then. We gave Emily a camera of her own, she is already turning into quite the photographer, wanting to experiment with the different modes. Lots of fun.