Tuesday, November 18, 2008


And here is the finished product! I am pretty happy with it - it fits really well and is comfortable. I even wore it to a wedding on the weekend even though it didn't really go with the dress I wore... (Click here for pictures of the happy event...)

I have now started on some mystery socks from Sock Knitters Anonymous on Ravelry. Membership is still by invitiation but you can put yourself ont he waiting list. BUt be warned, it is addictive!!! And may involve inspiring you to buy much stash. Although we all know that sock yarn doesn't really count as stash.... :p

xx J.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Knitting update


It suddenly occured to me that perhaps I should give you an update on my current project...

I am knitting Shetland Shorty by Gudrun Johston from Knitty in Morello Mash by Colinette. So lovely to knit with (and a Certain Person thinks I am so in love I am going to run away with it. Lucky he hasn't met my corner rounder yet... :p )

Will post a progress pic soon.

xx J.

Friday, October 10, 2008


I went to Warrnambool and I met... (from left to right)... (me) Anji, Trudi and Christina!!!!

Anji and I have met up before but I have never met with Trudi and CJ in real life, but as we said, it seems like we already know each other so well! Adn what a great afternoon we had. Let's hope we can have many more!

xx J.
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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Dorothy Concert

Well, guess who was a very excited little chicky on Thursday??? I have never had such a well behaved (albeit recovering form conjunctivitis and with a runny nose) little girl... lol


xx J.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Theological quiz

What's your theological worldview?
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You scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God's grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists.



Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan


Classical Liberal


Neo orthodox


Reformed Evangelical




Modern Liberal


Roman Catholic




Saturday, August 30, 2008

End of an Era

Today marks the end of an era. After almost 30 years, Lynn Johnston, creator and writer of For Better or For Worse has finally put down her pencil. I have been following the Patterson's many and varied stories for ten years now and have loved every moment of them. Poignant, funny, insightful and always relevant, Johnston has created a family whose daily life has become an important part of my own. I will miss following their lives further but am very much looking forward to reading the strip again from the beginning - especially those first 20 years!! :) Thanks Lynn for telling such great stories in your own inimitable style.

xx J.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


I am going to let you all in on a little secret...

...I dislike Geelong...

Now, don't get me wrong, it's not personal... I am sure there are nice people in Geelong (in fact I know quite a few) and there is Anaconda and Spotlight and bead shops... but as a way of getting from A to B, efficient it is not.

However, on a recent trip through I realised it has one major advantage over all the other towns on the Princes Highway...

...it has the cheapest petrol.

And not just by a piddly few cents either - it is at least ten cents per litre cheaper and in some cases FIFTEEN!!

So, thank you Geelong. I have filled my tank for the first time in weeks.

xx J.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


....in my own library....

yes, shock and indeed horror....

We have weeded about 25% of our collection and MOVED ALL THE BOOKS...

I don't know where anything is!!! Thankfully I know my DDC (Dewey Decimal Classification) and I can find things if I look properly. WEll, that's the theory, anyway... :P

The upside of all this is, of course, that we now have more space for things like, well, library users and computers... I least I am told that is an upside...I would prefer more books myself....lol

xx J.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


Ok, I thought mice were supposed to be clever...

I came home from my nice five days away from my workplace (but I WAS working, honest!) to a subtle smell and being not quite sure where it came from...

I took me a while to find it...

And it is well and truly STUCK... I am going to have to leave it there for a day or two or else break it in half.

And the blasted cat doesn't even LOOK at it when he comes in the door...

xx J.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Stuff by us...

Here is my first layout for at least twelve months - maybe more (I think anyway). And of course one by TG too. Both done for the Scrapbook Divas July CC.


xx J.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Party, party, party!

TG and I went to a 5th birthday party today. It was a cold cold day but so much fun! Even after too much chocolate. Highlights included Pass the Parcel, a Fairies cake and face painting. She waited so long and was so patient - the party was half over before she finally got it painted. But apparently it was worth it! Hope you all enjoy it as much as she did!

xx J.

Monday, June 16, 2008

New project

Yes, yes, I know.... I haven't blogged for AGES! Well, that's what happens when one has a visit from TD&H... :p

Have you all missed me???


Oh, just one of you - thanks Mum... :p

Apart from our visitor, I have also been busy studying Auslan (Australian Sign Language) at TAFE. It's fun - but time-consuming! Plus all the normal everyday Mummy and household tasks...

I have found some time to knit however. Here is a photo of my latest project. I am halfway through so will post a progress pic soon...

xx J.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Lucky shot...

It's been really cold recently. I have no idea why this rose is still blooming, but I was lucky enough to wake up earlier in the week and see this beautiful frosted bloom. I was also lucky enough to catch it at just the right time and in just the right light.

Well worth getting my slippers wet... :)

God's Creation is truly wonderful...

xx J.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Socks!!!! Stash!!!! Silly!!!!

Yes! I have finally finished my first pair of socks. And very comfy they are too...

I also received some new stash!! Such gorgeous colours!! The first four skeins are from The Knittery (Moonlight, Warm Pinks, Vineyard and Merlot) and the fifth is Lilac Ranco Solid from Araucania (bought at The Wool Shack). I bought some new knit picks needles too. So expect to see more socks in the near(ish) future!

And finally, a couple of photos of TG being silly...


xx J.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Good Weekend

TG and I have had a good weekend... (and it's about time!!!)

We put her new birthday doona cover on TG's bed...

Tested out some faerie wings...

Had fun at a 4th birthday party....

And enjoyed a wonderful (and fun) visit from TD&H... as you can see the tower goes "all the way to the roof!" Oh the benefits to being tall.... :p

xx J.

Saturday, April 19, 2008


I know, I know... I have left you alone for a whole week!!!

Bad Blogger!.... :)

Thought I would drop in with a couple of photos of my completed sock... The second one is about 5 cm in...


xx J.

Friday, April 11, 2008

CBCA awards

Well, it's that time of year again when I go crazy trying to read all the books on the Childrens' Book Council of Australia awards shortlist in order to disagree with the judges when the winner is announced on the 15th of August. The Older readers list is as follows:

For once I have not actually read ANY of the shortlisted books so that is interesting in itself. Normally I have read at least two on the older readers list and sometimes more.

So I am starting with Pharaoh: the boy who conquered the Nile by Jackie French (yes, that is the same woman who used to be on Burke's Backyard!) and so far it is ok. Nothing earth-shattering though.

I am quite miffed that Joel and Cat set the story straight is not on the list - but at least it has been made a notable.

Anyway, in other news...
  • I am still not 100% - am awaiting results to see where we go from here. I am hoping that it is jsut the minor infection they think it is rather than something chronic.
  • TG has had her 4th birthday - time has just FLOWN! Photos here.
  • School has started again - it has only been a week and reality has already hit us like a Mac Truck! Only 11 weeks to go!!! :)
xx J.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Home again!

Well, here I am after 2 weeks of travelling. And am so very tired. :)

Aren't you supposed to relax and recharge on holiday??

It wasn't helped by getting sick with some sort of bug in the middle of it all (and still having it now!). But I still had a good time away and I will put up some pics sometime soon (just as soon as I can find the connection from my new camera!!!)

Work tomorrow (if I am well enough!) Wish me luck!!

xx J.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Yes, it's that time of year again... :P

And what have I been doing you may ask???

Ok Ok, since you ask so nicely, here is a little taste of it so far...

  • cleaning house
  • packing
  • watching Stargate
  • knitting sock(s)
  • backing up photos
  • travelling
  • eating chocolate
  • drinking (too much) coffee
  • shopping
  • spending time with friends
  • unpacking
  • reading Calvin and Hobbes
  • reading Unshelved
  • reading Yarn
  • more knitting
  • listening to very welcome rain
And today we are off again - this time to Melbourne for hopefully more of the same!

xx J.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Where does the Sun sleep??

That is the question Miss Almost Four asked me on the way home tonight. Where do such questions come from?????? And how easy and tempting is it to give the "lies to kiddies" answer of "just over there in the ocean" or whatever the standard answer is.

Thank goodness for Charlie and Lola and their globe is all I can say - was slightly easier to explain that way...

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Itchy feet

No, I'm not moving!

I finally succumbed and flea bombed the house this morning. Vacuuming every couple of days just wasn't picking up the little buggers. So I have used nasty chemicals. Let's hope it works.

Of course, now they are having their last hurrah on my feet... itchy itchy itchy!!! And out comes the stingose!

xx J.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Book Review - Chocolat by Joanne Harris

I don't know why it has taken me so long to get around to reading this book! I love the film and I have actually borrowed the book at least 3 times and never even opened it. Until this time. When I couldn't put it down.

And I loved it.

Joanne Harris skillfully paints wonderful characters and invokes magical imagery with simple words. The village setting really could be in any time - it is only the outside world that dates the novel. Harris draws from myth and legend as well as shrewd observation to give us not just a beautiful and satisfying story but also a mystical version of a moral tale. It's a great read, but don't expect it to bear much resemblance to the film - or should that read the other way around??

Chocolat reads as a modern day fairytale - but with the dark bits left in - and is well worth a read.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Labour Day

Only 6 working days to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It has been a very short but also very busy term and I shall be glad to see the back of it. And today was a lovely break spent with friends doing as little as possible... :)

On another note, my parents have gone back from whence they came. (or at least are on the way - I just had the phone call to say so!) My house is much tidier and, unsurprisingly, I am somewhat calmer... :)

As my house has been tidied on several occasions and by three different people I am still in the process of finding things that have been put in odd places. Unfortunately, some of those things were put away by yours truly. *sigh*

Tonight I have finally found my camera and so, for your viewing pleasure, I am putting up a few photos that I meant to put up a while ago...

TG's new slippers of which she is very proud. And yes, they really are that pink...

My new knitting basket that I bought from the RSPCA shop. I am still looking for a zip up knitting bag to take projects away with me but I do love this basket. It fits all the wool for this multicolour cardigan I am knitting for TG and looks good to boot.

And, finally, I have gone back to a bit of stitching this weekend. Here is two thirds of Barnabee's Quest. It's still an enjoyable stitch and I might even finish this one!!!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Grey invaders...

My parents have arrived for their semi-annual visit. It is nice to have them here and I managed to get most if the place cleared in time. And my wonderful cleaning fairy did a superb job in finishing off the rest! So my house feels most restful.

And TG is quite happy to have an additional audience for her incessant chatter... lol

Back to the naturopath tomorrow for a follow up - a bit later than we were supposed to go but hopefully we can work around that! And then some shopping! Maybe we can visit Bunnings... since we will have both Granddad and TG with us I expect we may end up there at some stage... just to soak in the atmosphere if nothing else...

xx J.

Friday, February 29, 2008


Oh. So. Tired.


And so very glad that I now have nice comfortable flat shoes to wear to work instead of those horrible boots I was wearing before. They may look good but my feet didn't like them much! Of course, now everyone has suddenly grown an inch and a half... it may not sound like much but it's noticeable when you're only 5'4"...

Bring on the weekend!!!!!!!!!

xx J.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Happy dancing

I got my refund today! Should be able to pay off the CC and change it to a Debit one. Wooohooo!!!

Very busy at work - fully booked most of this week. Still, only one day to go!

The house is still looking like a non-incendiary bomb has hit it (can you have one of those???) so I fear this weekend will be busy too.

Well, at least the washing is out and I have clean dishes (and benches) for breakfast so perhaps I should be thankful for small mercies!

xx J.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Think Pink!

Attention all stitchers! Check out this great prize on the Stitch Pink Blog!

xx J.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


I think that Tuesday night is now officially "nothing AT ALL on telly night". No more NCIS, Numb3ers, Monarchy or even Dancing with the Stars! (Yes, I realise for some of you that last one may be scraping the bottom of the barrel, but I like it. Blame my mother - she started it!)

What will I do now???

More Stargate??? Hire a DVD?? Read??

Or, shock horror, do some housework??????????

Maybe I'll just go to bed early... :p

xx J.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

On my own two feet

Well, I am feeling much better today - I think a combination of rest, full meals and time has really helped. And thanks to those people who have emailed, MSNed me and left comments to let me know you were thinking of me. I appreciated it very much.

One added bonus to being ill was that I would miss the swimming sports. It wasn't deliberate - just excellent timing. But, alas, it was not to be. For, on Friday, it rained. And was cold. And windy. So the sports have been moved to tomorrow. When it will also be cold, wet and windy. I wonder how many times we can cancel the thing????

Anyway, we shall see what happens... wish us luck!

xx J.

Saturday, February 23, 2008


Yes, at long last the intrepid traveller has come home. Big cuddles and kisses all round...


"I want to watch something Mummy"
"We're watching the car race"
"But I want to watch my show"

I suppose I wasn't all that interested in the Clipsal 500 after all...

And I probably really don't want to know how many times I have seen the Wiggles Movie.

Although considering I know all the songs and can quote most of it, I'd say it was a fair few times.

Oh well. As long as it's not The Fairies I suppose I'll still at least have some brain cells!!! (Those of you who have little girls will know exactly what I mean there... :) )

xx J.

Friday, February 22, 2008

While I have been ill...

...I have:

  • watched almost TWO seasons of Stargate SG1
  • watched Oprah - more than once :o
  • slept in
  • read for more than 5 minutes without interruption
  • taken useless medication
  • tried not to think about work :)
TG comes home tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

xx J.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

I have been remiss in blogging recently. Here I am to explain my absence...

On Sunday I woke up at 5 am feeling like this...

And it wasn't just a little bit - the room was SPINNING....


People who have known me since before this blog began will know that this is not the first time this has happened...

Although, according to my GP, this time it is a virus and he is "not too worried". Well, bully for him... :) I suppose I should have more faith in the medical profession. I have had all the necessary tests done and should have some more idea tomorrow.

Anyway, the room stopped spinning sometime overnight Sunday night - and now I feel like one of these...

Let's hope I can put one foot safely in front of the other soon.... lol

And driving myself around would be nice.

Luckily TG's wonderful grandparents (all of them!) came to the rescue and she is currently sojourning with Grandma J and having a great time by all accounts! :) She even got to go to Bunnings, which is, of course, the epitome of all shopping expeditions and everything a little girl dreams of... :)

I wonder if she will want to come home???

xx J.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Debt Free!!!!!!!!

Well, sort of... except for the CC and the mortgage of course...

I went to the accountant today to get my tax done (yes, I *do* know that I'm a bit late) and it seems that this will be the year that I finally pay off my HECS debt! Wooohoooo!!!!!!

And I might even get a refund as well.

My Goodness... How unusual....

xx J.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


"I asked Nanna Fejo what she would have me say today about her story. She thought for a few moments then said that what I should say today was that all mothers are important. And she added: ‘Families—keeping them together is very important. It’s a good thing that you are surrounded by love and that love is passed down the generations. That’s what gives you happiness.’ "

As quoted by Kevin Rudd in his speech today.

TG got lots of hugs today...

xx J.

PS. Have uploaded some photos. Click here for the getting ready photos, and here for the wedding ones. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Wedding photos

Just a few to keep you all going. It was a great day and I will blog about it gradually during the week. Enjoy!

xx J.

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Friday, February 08, 2008


Well, the big day is almost upon us... I have pink nails (fingers AND toes) and have very little time before I am put to work... Such is life... *sigh*

BTB is going slightly? nuts and we are all off to Lavender Farm Very Soon. I am hoping that once we get there she will RELAX - but I am not holding out much hope! Wish us luck!

xx J.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Notes from today

  • Primary school still feels like more fun than Secondary school
  • Choosing a Beanie Kid for someone else is tricky
  • Melbourne really does have all four seasons in one day
  • No matter how hungry you are - you still feel stuffed full after one dish at the Pancake Parlour
  • There are far too many Beanie Kids
  • Small children do not like being woken up - even by Grandma
  • Late night shopping is eerie but much more satisfying then shopping during the day
  • Small children seem to actually like McDonald's
  • Smiggle stationery is expensive but really, really nice
  • It is difficult to find ladies black cushion foot socks in a size 8-11 (or in any colour for that matter)
  • It is possible to park at a busy shopping centre without hitting another car - I did it twice today... :)
  • High heels are not good for flat feet
  • Not all Beanie Kids are cute
  • Life is much more fun when you have friends to share it with :)

xx J.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Hen's night - a (mostly) photo essay...

We all started off at the Bride-To-Be's house. Well, most of us... one person's husband had jumped into the surf earlier with his (electronic) car keys in his pocket so it took her a while to get to us...

And then off we went to the Empress for a great dinner. BTB seemed to enjoy herself...

And some people turned up with some interesting items for the 'marriage survival kit'. Not only were there the traditional pink fluffy handcuffs and massage oil, but also panadol (to avoid those pesky headaches...) and THESE knickers... :O

Then, after the obligatory bright pink sparkly veil and flashing sash were donned (with the also usual protestation from BTB!) we headed off to Bimbos for more drinks and chocolate pizza! YUM!

I couldn't fit everyone in the photo so here's the person that got cut off... :)

And here is BTB looking daggers at me - good shot I thought.... :P

Chief Bridesmaid brought out the dare cards and much hilarity ensued. We hardly did any of them of course - but they *were* funny. BTB was dared to slap a bloke on the bottom and say "looking good there!".

The bouncer was quite appreciative.

After this we headed off to the Night Cat - noisy but FUN! Except for the sleazy bloke that kept trying to pick up BTB. There's always one... *sigh* But we did get rid of him eventually.

Then it was off to sit outside, have a drink and catch our breath while BTB and another of the girls did a dare each. The bloke enjoyed his nice friendly hug - and yes, that's ALL.

We split up and some headed off to more clubbing, some to home, and the rest of us went to a hotel for the night. What a great idea! Way to go Second Bridesmaid!

A shot of the morning after. Apparently this is what the BTB felt like as well...

And I couldn't resist an arty architecture shot - SORRY! - what do you all expect?? After all, we were on the tenth floor...

We had a great night and I think I even got more sleep than I usually get.

But I am still so very very tired. But, must get energetic as it all starts again on Friday for The Wedding :O

Wish us luck!

xx J.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Quite possibly asleep...

We are safely home.

TG is asleep (I may also be... :) )

Hen's night was fun and the Bride To Be had a hangover this morning so all was as it should be...

I will give a more full report tomorrow.... but here are a few pics to whet your appetite... :P

xx J.

Friday, February 01, 2008


The first week of work is OVER! Woohooo! I always hate the first week because it always takes me a little while to get into the swing of things.

Oh, and getting up early too, of course...

It is only one week until the Big Day! Yes, The Wedding of the Year (and possibly the century!) is happening next Saturday. So that means that the Hen's night is being held tomorrow night. I cannot reveal too much - but there will be some small slight revenge.... :P But only slight - We are all ten years older than MY hen's night... and perhaps a tiny bit more sensible... :)

This means of course that I have to stay up past ten pm and have a good time... Can I do it??? Will it be possible for me to drink a glass of wine and stay awake??? Will I remember to wear sensible (but stylish!) shoes so I don't complain about my feet??? Will I just get over it???? LOL

All will be revealed in the next episode.... same bat time same bat channel.... stay tuned!

xx J.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

It's late....

...and I am tired...

I have been knitting and watching Pride and Prejudice (the 1995 BBC version that started Darcymania as well as re-popularised Jane Austen) and am somewhat surprised (and slightly unnerved) that I can actually pay attention to my knitting (only 4 mistakes tonight! lol) and not have to look at the screen to know exactly what is going on.

Do you think that perhaps I have seen it a few too many times???

Work was busy and there were no students. Perfect :)

They will be back tomorrow. But I won't! It's my day off!! What a great way to start the week!

I had better go to bed so that I can enjoy it as mucha s possible...


xx J.

Monday, January 28, 2008


Yes, it's that four-letter word again...

Tomorrow it's back to alarms, routines and actually paying attention to said alarms and routines.

So, today, I did those few little things that I could no longer put off until another day...

  • planted the poor pot-bound hydrangea that's been sitting by the back door all January (kris kringle present from work)
  • folded a mountain of washing
  • cleaned up the kitchen COMPLETELY
  • decluttered half the dining table
  • vacuumed the carpets (actually I HAVE done this a few times these holidays - just not last week...)
I still need to mop the floors and mow (again *sigh*. Does it never end???) but apparently doing puzzles with small child is more important...lol

I have done lunches though - so there's one bit of routine I am following already.

TG is asleep in her bed rather than mine - so there's another... lol

And I am about to head off to bed - only 15 minutes late :O - wonder how long that will last.... lol

BTW - just a short note - DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT watch Top Gear and attempt to knit a complicated (or even uncomplicated) lace pattern correctly at the same time. I do not think it is possible. It certainly wasn't tonight.... but I fudged it and it looks alright. And Top Gear was very very funny :) So all is well...

xx J.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

It's over...

Well, the tennis is now over - and WHAT a finish! Some great new players coming up...

Yes, I will shut up about the tennis now. You know, I'm not really as obsessed as I sound... :)

I managed to get another repeat of the pattern done on my stole - I will take a photo in sunlight tomorrow and post it.

So now I am back to watching Stargate - I am up to season 3. I had forgotten I missed most of the first few seasons of it. Although I will probably go slow on them as I can't knit this pattern and watch at the same time - not without making zillions of mistakes anyway! Might have to listen to music instead.

After Top Gear of course - it's still my first love... lol

xx J.

Friday, January 25, 2008

What the...????

Roger is out of the Australian Open. :O

Oh no.

Who am I going to barrack for now?????

Will TG learn to say GO JO or GO NOVAK???

We shall just have to wait and see...

In other news...

I have been knitting again... I am hoping to get this stole finished in time for my sister's wedding. I think I might be on the losing side with that one too. But I will persevere...

The pattern is by Carrie Griffin and is called Alice's Cheshire Cat Stole. Bear in mind that it is, of course, unblocked - and you will (hopefully) see a lot more of the pattern soon. Yarn is "Moonlight" 2pl merino mohair from The Knittery. ( A good place for lovely yarn and needles...)

I also picked up one of these great magnetic doodads - just LOVE it!

TG is much better today - still has a temp on and off but is talking so can't be all that bad...lol... We went out for breakfast and she told me everything that was happening outside in the street (including the colours of the cars going past). Very Loudly. Thank goodness she is cute is all I can say...

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Oh. My. Goodness.

It may have become evident to some of you that I enjoy watching the odd spot of tennis...

I think it just went up a notch... Tsonga def. Nadal in straight sets???? Has that happened before????

What a great match.

And it ended nicely just before 10pm so I can even go to bed on time!!!!

I had better get used to that though - work starts again on Tuesday... yes, that horrible 4-letter word rears its ugly head... :) I have already been in twice to get a few things done - I even tidied my desk today! But I categorically refuse to go near the place again until I absolutely have to.... :p

I seem to be getting better thank goodness. Tg, however, seems to have picked something up. Mind you she is a resilient little thing. One moment she was fast asleep on the floor (after a temp spike and some Panadol) and the next she was eagerly tucking into my chips :O Just shows that chips have magical properties. I always knew they were special...

xx J.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear sister..........
Happy Birthday to you!

Happy 30th birthday sis - hope you had a great day!

xx J & TG.

Saturday, January 19, 2008


Well, twice in one day!! you will all be sick of me...

Have just finished watching the marathon 5-setter between Roger Federer and Janko Tipsarevic. It was an AMAZING match. There were moments it was so close that I couldn't even look! It went for 4 hours and 27 minutes so they were playing from 5 pm and finished at 9.30 (ish). Now the 7.30 pm night matches are on. It's going to be a loooooong night at Rod Laver Arena....

Roger eventually won (but kudos to the other guy - it could have gone either way) so all is now right with the world... :) TG was allowed to stay up a little and watch with me. I taught her how to say "Go, Roger!" and she even said it a few times off her own bat. What a quick learner... :)

Still coughing and spluttering, but slightly better...

...but had better head off to bed before I get worse...

note to self...

When one has cough one should go to bed early. One should under no circumstances go out to dinner and talk and then stay up until midnight when one comes home.

Especially if one has responsibility for small child.

Small child will wake one up at 7.30 demanding cuddles and breakfast.... :P

Thursday, January 17, 2008




*cough* *cough*

...your regular programming will be returning shortly...

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


We have an oil rig in our port. It's attached to the breakwater which means lots of fishermen have had to go elsewhere. Mind you, it has been reported that htey are catching bigger fish so I don't think everyone is complaining! It will be here for the next month or so at least while they refurbish the galley and quarters and do safety checks.

And it is HUGE. This photo doesn't really do the size justice so you'll just have to take my word for it.

We went yesterday to have a nother look at it and so I could take some photos. It is well within sight of most of the town (which gives you another idea of how big it is!) including the playground. So, of course, TG had some fun too.

xx J.