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.