Monday, 12 February 2018

seven things for valentines

Valentines isn't huge in our house, but occasionally gifts are exchanged. I think it's nice to gift the people you love. I know it's not about gifts, but let me just say when you are parenting an almost three year old, both work, and both end up exhausted on the couch each night, it is nice to do something every now and again.

So here is my rather random, collection of things that could be loosely associated with valentines day (basically it's just a few things I like, pretty sure Matt doesn't want any of these things for valentines).

1. Moglea heart card (I love all their stationary, cards and gift wrap) 2. Oeuf love garland  (this garland - all the heart eyes!) 3.  Laura Lombardi necklace (also love this Elk one) 4. Bisous! poster 5. Citta melt candle holder 6. Rodin Olio Lusso 7. Pressed peony phone case by Jasmine Dowling for The Dairy


We've just had a long weekend and I'm feeling rather tired, but a good tired I think. It's been busy lately, and as always my mind has been on overdrive. Elroy started a at a new early learning centre last week, I think the change will be good, but I was feeling worried and concerned about whether we had made the right decision in the lead up. He seems pretty happy with it, although he doesn't want to wear the uniform!

I went to see Nigella Lawson speak a week ago, and that was pretty cool, and it might have sparked me back into enjoying cooking again. My friends also mentioned that they order a box from Backyard Bounty weekly, so we received our first one on friday and have been making all kinds of things - rhubarb and strawberry pie, rhubarb muffins, roast beetroot and freekah salad, spanish tortilla...

I also went to see the film Call Me By Your Name which was beautiful, I really loved it a lot and I'd love to watch it again. It makes me want to spend summer in the Italian countryside so badly! Next on my list is Ladybird.

Elroy and I did some valentines crafting. Crafting (or painting) with Elroy is always a very frentic activity, whereby he thinks he knows how to do things which he actually doesn't, has no patience for me to explain them to him, and makes more mess than I can handle (and actually I handle his messes ok).

And today we did our, apparently annual (we went almost exactly the same time last year), visit to Mona where we take the ferry rather than driving there. It's lovely and I can see why it draws so many tourists to Hobart, it's great seeing the city from the water. The new space that they recently opened was really great, I love the new James Turrell, and I'm looking forward to maybe getting out there again soon child free.

The next month is going to be an interesting one, with lots of solo parenting for me, I'm not nervous, but I know there are going to be moments where we both lose it completely!

(sorry for the rather boring and over saturated photographs - not quite in the zone at the moment with photography).

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

jam etc

Our bottom garden is a bit wild at the moment, it was inaccessible for most of last year, the grass has only been cut once and it long and straggly and gone to seed. Likewise the fruit trees are overgrown, and need some tender care. But the apricots this year have been amazing, we have two trees, and both have produced a lot of fruit. The downside to this is that neither Matt nor Elroy love them particularly. So I made a small batch of jam, and I've made the Violet apricot and raspberry cake about four times now (it's really great) because we all eat that, the rest of the apricots have been blanched and bagged and frozen for crumbles and pies on cold winter days. Although I think I might make crostada, because it is such a great recipe, surely the boys will eat that too.

Monday, 29 January 2018

long weekend

We just had a very hot long weekend. Which is nice, except that half our house stays lovely and cool, and the other half (with our bedrooms) heats up and stays around the 30 degree mark all night long. So we are all a little tired! But we had a lovely day at the beach on friday, Elroy had his first sleep over with my parents, so we went out for dinner and then saw I, Tonya (that was pretty good), had breakfast out, listened to the hottest 100 with friends, I made chocolate cupcakes with coconut icing, and there were bubbles, lots of bubbles 'cause our kid loves them. This summer really feels like summer, maybe because last year we were so focused on the house we missed it a bit, but I am really enjoying it. Just need to have a few more beach days because the water is vaguely warm...for Tasmania.

Friday, 19 January 2018


I've long had a 'thing' for Hay, years ago when it was near impossible to buy in Australia I spent...ahem, well more that I should have on buying a set of the boxes. It was the beautiful colours that completely drew me in. I still love their designs, and colours, so much, and love visiting the store in Sydney when we are there. Although I never come away with much because choosing is too hard. I really love the new market range (and the associated images - brilliantly done), it wasn't available in Australia when I visited Sydney in December, but I'm thinking of a trip on my own later this year so hopefully it will be then, and I can take home a few pieces! Those sponges, the dinnerware, the simple tea towels.

All images from Hay.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

A very random selection of photos from the last week or so. We have been having some of the most amazing evening skies this year. I frequently sit on our couch looking out the window and watching the chamge from golden, to pink, then that dark grey. It is very pretty - and my attempt at capturing it is very poor.

I've lost my blogging mojo this last week, work was/is busy and I haven't been sleeping well. I'm back into my crappy routine of crashing on the couch in the evenings and disappearing down the internet wormhole. But I am trying to fight back. I'm almost halfway through my first book of the year, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. I'm a big fan of both Jane Eyre and Whuthering Heights, but have never read Anne Bronte's work. the similarities are there, the writing and story-telling style, so I am very much enjoying it. We finished watching the second series of the Crown, which, I think, has been much more interesting than the first, and had our first date night this year. We tried out Ti Ama and then went to see Downsizing (which was not what I was expecting and I'm not sure I would recommend?). So, little steps to fight the ho hum.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

last week of the break

This year I decided to take an extra week off work for the break and it was a good decision (I now wish I had taken another!). Matt was away for a few days mountain bike riding, but fortunately Elroy had care a few of the days, which meant I was completely solo and free to do whatever I wanted. I took myself out for lunch both days (and went to the gym), had a facial, shopped at Grey and Felt, listened to music that no one else in our house likes (loudly) and read.

So good, it really helped and I do feel like I have had a holiday. I have relised that is a very important thing for me to do this year, do things that are 'me' and make me feel 'me' otherwise it all gets too hard. So in that vein I went to see Chali 2na and Krafty Kuts last night with a friend from school and danced to hip hop for two hours, sure I felt old but that's ok, it was fun.

I'm dreading the return of routine and drudgery this week, I wish I knew how to manage it better, that's going to be interesting.