Saturday, March 16, 2013


Here we are half way through March and I am just doing a recap on February.  It was a mad, busy, hot month and I am glad now to be heading into autumn.  Nevertheless, good things happened and much was enjoyed.


Interventions: A life in War and Peace by Kofi Annan  4.5 stars
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton 3.5 stars


Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale
The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver


Searching For Sugarman 5 stars
The Lincoln Lawyer 3 stars
We bought a Zoo 4 stars
Lost in Translation 4.5 stars
Shame 3.5 stars
An Education 4 stars

TV Watching has been My Kitchen Rules and lots of old episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond, which are all new to me


ABC Classic FM, especially the daily interview


baby shirt and pants
toddler top and bloomers
4 tops
8 skirts
1 dress


Kale - delicious baked with shredded coconut, a little sesame oil, a little more olive oil and a good sprinkling of Tamari


none, that I can think of.  Perhaps starting a month of 'fill in' work.  It is nice to be working in a social environment again but I think I will return to my making with renewed vigour when the month is up


CBD on several occasions for different things


White peaches fro breakfast most days, with yoghurt and a mix of seeds.

Watching Billie play and hide in bushes in the garden (did not enjoy seeing her did holes, which she has just started doing!)

So these were my highlights from February.

Thursday, January 31, 2013


This post will be a round up for January.  It has been a hot dry month, more so than is usual for Melbourne.  Great beach weather, which I think has contributed to my feeling that the whole city has been on holiday. The streets, the roads, the neighbourhood, the shops have all been quieter.  Even though I have worked for most of the month, I have felt that light easy holiday feeling. I've eaten lunch outside under a shady tree on quite a few occasions and have felt very relaxed.  Many evenings have been spent watching a DVD, thus continuing the 'holiday' mood. Anyway, these are my January highlights:


Standing in Another Man's Grave  4.5 stars 
The Convent  4 stars
Beautiful Ruins 1 star
Best Australian Poems 2012 3.5 stars


Best Australian Essays 2012
Gone Girl


The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford  4.5 stars
The Descendants 3 stars
Beasts of the Southern Wild 5 stars
in her Shoes 3.5 stars
127 Hours 3.5 stars
The Kids are Alright 3 stars
Enid 4 stars
The Hunger Games 1.5stars


lots of Radio National and their Summer Series.  Especially
The Best of Books and Arts Daily


3 dresses
4 tops
2 skirts


How to make broccoli taste yummy - recipe here at Amateur Gourmet (photo from there, too)
Lake Buffalo


Billie had her first birthday


Warburton (3 x 1 day)
Bright (5 Days) 

I hope your year has started well.  Well, here's to February!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Bright and Beautiful Weekend

I've just returned from a wonderful long Australia Day weekend staying in Bright.  Most activities focused on Buffalo, Mountain and Lake but the Ovens River was also much enjoyed.  It was hot! Much hotter than Melbourne but thankfully our little cottage had air conditioning.  I've only been to Bright in the summer and I love it so much.  This is the fourth time I've been, and always on this long weekend in January. I have a hunch I would love the place even more in the autumn, with its abundance of red leaves and maybe, even more again in winter when there was snow on the mountains.  Perhaps this will be the year when I make it back again in some other season? we'll have to see.  What about you?  Did you do something special over the weekend?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Andy Warhoo? Dress

The Big Ones for ’68 Paper Dress by Universal Fashions, USA, 1968. Photo: Panos Davios. © ATOPOS collection. via the Barbican Museum 

As soon as I saw the faces fabric at IKEA I had in mind the paper dress with 1968's famous faces, painted by Andy Warhol.  I used a vintage mail order pattern from the 1960s to make the dress, which looks like a simple shift dress from the front but wraps at the back to do up with two buttons.  It is a fun dress that turned out just the way I had hoped

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday Snippets

{sunday snippets} A collection of photos from your week. No need for words. Let the pictures tell your story. Joining in with Cathy and others here

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday snippets

{sunday snippets} A collection of photos from your week. No need for words. Let the pictures tell your story. Joining in with Cathy and others here

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Blogtoberfest Day 31: October Over and Out

Here it is - the last post for October 2012 and the end of Blogtoberfest for this year.  Big thanks to Kat for hosting it.
My copy of Awe-manac arrived in the mail this week.   I'm going to enjoy it's little prompts for inspiration and fun, especially for journal writing. One of the suggestions for this week was to write a poem where each line begins with letters in order of the word OCTOBER. So just for fun, and without much thought or care, I came up with these three:

Once only ever
There be
One of me so why not
Be the best me I can be
Remember this!

Once the roses
Come into their first bloom of Spring
There will be new dreams.
Ones where
Beauty inspires.
Even when it is

Once more I
Check the letterbox.
There's no mail yet
On Mondays its really late
But that never stops me
Expecting that the mailman's
Routine just might have changed.

Happy Halloween!  Happy All Saints Eve!