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Right Now

Hessian Bunting FlagsFabric flags outdoor fun

Right now I am loving…

The fluttering flags on the back porch.
The smell of the orange blossoms.
The sound of Adelaide giggling and practicing a range of sounds – most that involve sharing a large amount of drool.
The way Ruben has started becoming very attached to certain soft toys. It balances out the obsession with knight’s battles and fights between Buzz Lightyear and Bumblebee.
Alex’s joy at finally getting the hang of front flips on the trampoline.
That Michael and I both received books in the post recently that we are loving. Michael’s – The Second World War. Mine – The Happiness Project. (Let’s ignore how far removed they are from each other.) It’s amazing what time you can find to read when you really want to.



a List and a Long Weekend

On the brink of a long weekend and I am pondering how to spend it.

Ok, a list of things to accomplish:

1. Make ~ and enjoy ~ nutella and banana crepes.  Have a random craving for them.

2. Decorate a certain wall at home.  It’s a big white canvas right now, just begging for a bit of love and enthusiasm.

3. Make a headband. I have just stumbled across this blog and have been ever so inspired.

4. Make some bunting. I love Wanderlust‘s style.  (Must move beyond paper garlands.  But they can be so pretty!)

5. Brainstorm ways that being creative could earn $

6. Take a bunch of photos of our home. And the kids.

7. Try not to go online and spend hours and hours perusing the blogs that I haven’t as yet encountered on this list.

Is 7 a good number?  It’ll do.

{photo by me on a walk in Positano.  don’t you just want want to peek inside?}


(Hobby) Farmers? No. We Are Not.

Recently, a couple of my in-laws have been – rather enthusiastically – raising the topic of my husband and I owning a farm.  Now, once we recovered from the laughter that followed (our finances are very far from healthy), I started to ponder what would make them suggest such a thing.  They pointed out that Bean “would love it!”.  Wouldn’t most kids?  Especially boys.  But isn’t the whole great farm living idea much better in theory?  Or at least only for a holiday…

Mo & Bean

My brother and I spent nearly every school holiday on a huge farm in Narrogin, Western Australia.  Herding cattle and sheep, riding horses, watching puppies being born, collecting eggs, riding around in a ute… Fun times. Loved it.

The prospect of actually owning a farm – and please note, we are discussing this in more of a “hobby farm” sort of way – at this point in my life is so not appealing.  Not even in the slightest.  We have four chickens and a vegetable patch and I barely remember to look after them.  (Side note: thank you for keeping our backyard alive, my love.)

It sounds kind of sweet – “oh, we could have a pet sheep!  And call him Dinner!  And a couple of horses!  And a llama!” (admittedly, the llama would be cool.  As would an alpaca.  But that is beside the point).  A few good reasons why this would be an entirely impractical lifestyle choice?  Because it would be a lifestyle.  I barely have the time to drench myself in all the creative projects that are buzzing around inside my brain as it is – and I am pretty sure that having a farm involves a lot of work.   I love the city.  I also love to travel.  A farm does not really fit particularly well into either of these penchants.

Sorry to babble a bit, just needed to air those thoughts.  So, as much as this sweet little boy would love to be outdoors every day and get up close and personal with a range of animal-folk, he will have to suffice with just chickens for now.  And frequent trips to the zoo with his Oma.

{photos by me from our trip North in September 2009}


Becoming At Home

We moved in to a new house a few weeks ago.   It is small, old, en route to being demolished and we were lucky enough to have it offered to us rent free (!!) for a year until it is no more.  The luxury of being able to do whatever you wish to a house is quite huge.  The block itself is big, lending itself to a range of different opportunities.  The mulberry tree in the corner of the backyard is so big it is serving as a double carport.

A massive flurry of cleaning and wallpaper-stripping and painting took place – and then we moved in.  We are still in the midst of nesting and making it as cosy as possible, but as corners become sorted I will post some before-and-after photos.  For impressive they shall be…

There are lovely plans for various projects; Mo intends to create a vegetable patch, the kids have an array of paints to splash around (anywhere!)…
More ideas include a massive Inspiration Board (Jordan Clarke has some great suggestions) , a big splotch of blackboard paint in the kitchen, and numerous garlands.
I think there is room for a couple of chickens.  And a toddler-friendly playground – I am really liking the notions in the Places for Play Exhibition, especially this one in Frysja, Norway.

Where to start, where to start…

Ultimately, I hope this new home manages to reflect our family – creative, busy and practical.  We have so many hobbies – from computer games (Lord of the Rings and Sims 3 are the go right now) to badminton (must find a more practical position for the net than between the Hills Hoist – don’t you love them! – and a mandarin tree) to golf (I am hoping to find room for a small putting area) to sewing.  Reflect the family and all our interests – and still manage to have style.  There is the challenge.

This challenge is also made tricky by a couple of other issues – the fact we have basically no spare money, and not enough space to fit in all of our stuff and all four children.   If we were minimalists (that’s a dirty word around these parts) with a healthy budget I would love some of the spaces to look like photographer Rion Nakaya’s – as seen here.  If I were to attempt to cater to both of our tastes I would probably be a little less retro-orientated…   Mo, being a disliker of all things vintage (styles that reflect his childhood are something that should be left in the past, apparently), would probably appreciate something a little more postmodern and earthy.  Minus old-school.  But, like in every happy relationship, there will be certain compromises. Fortunately we do possess simliar tastes in almost everything. (else).

Visit regularly for updates as we (quickly) settle in.


right now

I am

aching  for the warmth of spring that will soon exhale its breath and make the air smell sweet

hoping  to squeeze in a trip to the beach tomorrow (for the first time in months!)

nibbling  on a mint slice as I sip on strong, hot and tasty tea

concocting   a number of art projects in my head (bunting? painting? fimo?) and
wondering  how I will find the time to create them

craving  a new book to become immersed in

trying to avoid  looking up any travel blogs for fear of getting an unaffordable destination stuck in my head

missing  the smell of my baby’s head (work days are tough)