Sunday, June 21, 2009


Winter in Melbourne is great. It's cold and you need a warm jacket and you can knit as many scarves as you like and wear them! Some other stuff thats good -

*great coffee places. I live in Melbourne so of course! But I don't live in the trendy 'inner' but where I am there are hidden gems like a place in Beaumaris called Gypsy - sorry,no weblink - but its this funky place with music, a fire, and just a beautiful environment

*I'm a little obsessed with want that life! Wow she's an inspiration and a joy to read. I did lots of crafty earthy stuff with my kids when they were little. I love reading of her adventures - it takes me back to a time when the kids were little and we had sooo much fun! (not that we don't now but teenage is a whole different kind of fun!

Some other good stuff -
*my kids
*babies (my sisters)
*Music (Mick thomas, Cat Empire,)

*winter at the beach in Melbourne
*Winter cooking - soups, stews, curries
*knitting sewing and more knitting!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Be Careful

Not these


Thursday, April 2, 2009

I'm Sick of....

This blog was never going to be a winge fest but There are lots of things today I'm sick of so here goes! I'm sick of....
*teenage children arguing!
*teenage boys who think I' a monster Mum because i want him to go to bed at 11 when he's been up at 5 for 1 training session ane home at 10 from the other. Apparently because theres no school tomorrow, he should just watch t.v til - whenever!
*friends who can't make a bloody decision and because I'm the one with no husband, I have to step in to the breach - or maybe I'm just a soft touch!
*people who think because our children are not talking, therefore we don't either. Surely by this age we realise its just another freaking 'stage'
*Friends who are succesful and in London workshopping their play. sigh no thats just envy!
* noone reading this anyway so who cares.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Wuthering Heights

I'm rereading and re-reading the classics at the moment. I've just finished Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I loved it so much! I think its my favourite (ok one of) books. Sooo Sooo sad and tragic. I cried. Love can be such a force, and unattainable must be the hardest. oh. Poor Heathcliff.
Back to Jane Eyre now....

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Off to the Country!

I've just been at a bbq where they have a BIG t.v and Foxtel. 10 minutes after we got home Midnight Oil came on (at the musicrelief concert). I so wanted to see them! Ah well as there is no plasma or Foxtel here, we shall have to be content with the wireless!
On another note entirely, In Melb this week there is the Stitches and Craft show. But its not at the place close to home but at a huge new venue way the other side of town. So instead I have planned a train journey to this on my day off.

I'm not sure why travelling into the country seems easier than going across town (in fact walking distance to my ex, so its not like I don't know how to get there!) but it just feels like a les stressful day. So thats what I'll do!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Stuff we can do.

I still feel consumed, like everybody else in this state, and country, by the enormity of the bush fire tragedy. I can't give much in a monetry sense but there is still stuff I can do. I'll spend time on the weekend making soft toys for and the toy society(I know - its pathetic that I can't hyperlink. will work it out soon!)

and, if you live in Melbourne's bayside area there's this.

St Stephen’s Church 25 Donald St Highett have generously donated their premises as a collection point for donated goods. We are suggesting to members of the public to donate by putting something extra in your shopping trolley or look in your cupboards for goods which are within their use by dates. Goods can be delivered to the church – at any time as someone will usually be in attendance; if for some reason no one is there - please leave goods at the Vicarage Patio. St Stephens have advised that the church will be available for as long as donations are needed. Many of St Stephen’s parishioners will be volunteering to pack donated goods but they need your help.

Emergency relief teams have put out an urgent call for the donation of personal hygiene and baby care items. All donated goods will be packed into personal care kits by volunteers at the church. Kits will be packed into donated toiletry bags or large zip lock bags – so please donate these if you are able. These kits will then be delivered to official distribution centres ready for distribution. As such in addition to the items listed below we are asking for donations of packing boxes, packing tape and markers for labelling boxes.

We recognise that many in the community may not be able to assist by donating goods or money – but non the less wish to help – people may assist by volunteering to pack kits, making refreshments (tea, coffee etc) for volunteer teams operating from the church, coordinating the arrival of goods etc or even by answering telephone calls which will probably come in on my mobile. We have already had one local business donate some personal care items – if you know of any businesses who may do something similar please ask them. We can assist by providing volunteers to pick up goods from businesses. Please register your availability to volunteer by return email:

Suggested items (but by no means limited to):

Dental Care: Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Mouthwash, Dental floss.

Hair Care: Shampoo, Conditioner, Combs, Brushes. General hygiene products t& other items: Soap (preferably perfume free), Sorbelene, Deodorant, Women’s sanitary products, disposable razors, toilet paper, Insect repellent, Sunscreen lotion, Moisturiser, Torches, Batteries (for torches), Batteries (for hearing aides & watches), Face washers, Hand Towels, Band aides, Antiseptic spray, Antiseptic Hand wash. Baby Care Products, Disposable nappies, Nappy Wipes, Barrier/Nappy Rash cream, Bottles, Teats, Bottle Sterilising kits & solution items.

We have just added pet care items to the list. For many people the only thing they have left is their pet. It is important that owners can keep their pets with them where possible. The donation of pet food, feed/water bowels, leads, collars etc will facilitate pets remaining with their owners.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Fires

Its incomprehenively awful. Shattering. Ugly. Sad and all those things and then even more,and again incomprehensible.