Thursday, October 25, 2012

Inspired by Bento

 Lately I'm inspired again by bento lunches. 

Here and here and here.

Up till now in our family lunchboxes have been a throw-together affair.

crackers (for morning tea)

one bread roll
little packet chips
apple (slinkied, lately)
treat (mostly from a packet - a milo bar, or mini cookies)

Pretty boring, but easy to make at the last minute. 
I would count the items and if there were five of them it was time to stop. 

But now that's all changed.
If I get organised the night before ...

... and if the components can fit into a divided lunchbox ....

... then it's bento all the way here!

These photos are of the best of the lunches
in the last fortnight.
Catering for one vegetarian daughter
and one temporarily gluten-free daughter
(both fussy eaters)
and making it all look appealing
is not easy!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

October, so far

Since school went back

life has been too busy.

School terms often seem to begin like this,

for me, at least.

This time:

Christmas cardmaking night for 30+ women

A little more accompanying of exams

Scripture teaching for an absent friend

Miserable with a cold

Laura gluten-free for 10 days.

But now the load has lifted

and life feels good again.

I've tidied the kitchen

and the living room

and there's room to breathe.

I feel like cooking again.

The sun is shining

and my everyday responsibilities

and weekly commitments 

to help and encourage others

start to feel like a pleasure again.

I minded a Little Person with cute feet today.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Just the two of us

Mum and Dad took the girls for the weekend, leaving us with some rare free time alone.

Unfortunately I was sick with a cold and Saturday was a complete write-off, but we went out on Friday and Sunday when I was feeling alright.

Friday took us in search of shade, it was 33deg with hot winds. We went to Echo Point, Roseville, and were not disappointed. We sat on a hill in the shade, eating chicken salad, overlooking beautiful Middle Harbour, while cool breezes blew up from the water, lovely.

In the evening, we went for dinner and a movie. We saw Arbitrage, starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon. Not the best movie I've ever seen, but engrossing to the end.

Saturday we stayed home, me with my box of tissues, and watched a few (not so great) movies we had recorded earlier.

Sunday after church we headed to Newport Arms and enjoyed another good meal by the water, in beautiful cool but sunny weather, then visited a nursery and picked up the girls.

A good break for us both before heading back into fourth term. Life has been busy lately!

Monday, October 1, 2012

A Long Weekend in the Garden

In Spring 

with the warm weather

I remember that we have a garden.

On Thursday I borrowed a stack of 

garden design books from the library,

and I've been poring over them,

my mind filling with plans.

Even my old gardening books have come out for an airing.  

On Saturday we enjoyed a family lunch

in my parents'-in-law's garden

(where our new trestle table and chairs worked a treat)

to celebrate my father-in-law's 85th birthday.

Sunday some of us weren't feeling so great,

so a quiet afternoon ...

Then this morning I decided that the murraya hedge 

couldn't go another day without a good trim

It's not perfect now, but as good as I can manage,

considering the obstacles.

And really, how long does one want to stand 

at the top of a wobbly old ladder on a public pathway?

Although I did get to chat with some friendly locals.

The celery I grew in a bowl 

is really growing at last.

And from one of the gardening books

I've been thinking again about focal points,

and axes ...

and the importance of having places for the eye to be drawn,

and so for now have moved a seat 

to this empty spot where the 

murrayas would never grow 

for some reason.


Tara Dillard says that a bench as a focal point 

always suggests repose,

even if it is never sat on.

One day I'll have a nicer bench there,

and perhaps an arch or pergola over it.

We had lunch on the verandah 

(another area I have plans for)

and played badminton in the front yard,

to the sound of the ukulele.

A good weekend.

And just as I was about to press "Publish" 
the doorbell rang,
some local relatives were walking by
and we invited them to stay for dinner.
I love spontaneous hospitality,
it's so stress-free!

An extra good weekend.