Sunday, November 30, 2008

Hold Back The Rain

This blog is a week-in-review type post as I have been so busy I haven't even had time to check my email let alone update my blog!

Last weekend I went to Madeleine's end of year dance concert, which was fabulous despite the antics of the supposedly funny MC's (rude and inappropriate humour which was just plain dull). My favourite dancers, besides Madeleine of course, are the little kids that are probably only 18 months to 2 years old - they're so cute in their little outfits looking at each other to try and work out the next dance move!

On Friday night Aaron went prawning with his mates and couldn't understand why I wasn't interested in joining them - midnight in cold water up to my armpits holding out a net??? Thanks but no thanks! Instead I stayed home where it was warm and comfy - until he got home and decided to use my body heat to warm up his cold limbs!

This morning Noel, Danielle, Madeleine and Mason dropped by for a visit so I took Mason out to play with Sandy as he seems quite interested in animals and not the least bit scared of them! I did pick up Ella so he could give her a pat but she's not the patient sort of cat and I was a bit worried she was going to swipe him, whereas Sandy is used to children and is very tolerant - she was also happy to clean up any left over food on his face (but don't tell Danielle that).

This afternoon the two girls from next door, Ashley and Elizabeth, asked me if I would give them $2 each if they washed Sandy for me. Sandy was due for a bath but the weather had been awful lately so I hadn't had a chance to do it myself so I readily agreed.

Of course dogs can always sense when something they don't want, like going to the vets or having a bath, is about to happen and they quickly disappear so it took me a little while to get Sandy on her lead.

Although Sandy doesn't like the water (yet she jumps into the lake whenever we go for a walk) she loves being brushed and towel dried so she ends up semi-enjoying the experience!

We've had rain off and on for the past few weeks so I was happy it was a beautiful sunny day as Sandy's fur takes a while to dry and she hates me using the blow drier on her!
Without warning the sky darkened and it looked like rain - and there's me with a line full of washing!

It's supposedly summer in two days time but I have my doubts about a hot Christmas this year as we haven't had any really warm weather yet, in fact it seems to rain every other day!

Ashley, Sandy and Elizabeth

A clean Sandy eating her treat

The heavens opened up

Friday, November 21, 2008

Water Babies

This video was forwarded to me this morning and I think it's absolutely gorgeous! I had to share!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Afternoon tea

My lovely friend Corinne is doing a course in ceramics and after some gentle persuasion, along the lines of ‘can you make something for me’, she made me a very groovy teapot!

My funky new tea pot

Chai tea and some home made biscuits; what more could a girl ask for?

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I Wanna Take You Higher

In my back yard I have a very handy - but very ugly – garden shed. I decided to grow sweet peas over the front to make it look a bit more attractive but after I’d already planted the seeds I was told by several people that I’d planted them in the wrong spot.

Despite being told they weren’t going to grow I was still hoping that by Spring I’d have a lovely display of sweet peas so I made sure they received lots of sun and water and slowly my seeds grew into seedlings. Over the past few weeks I’ve been watching the sweet peas grow higher and higher and then finally the first flower appeared!

I’ve been told that if you cut the flowers it actually produces even more so I’ve given a bunch to my Mother and I keep a fresh bunch on the dining room table. Spring is such a lovely time of year.

From little things big things grow!

I love the variety of colours

So delicate and pretty

My yesterday, today and tomorrow - which I had been told was planted in the wrong spot!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Rose Arcana

My lovely man brought me flowers last night, beautiful roses handpicked from his garden.

To most people this wouldn’t be out of the ordinary, especially to people like my work colleague Robyn who has been the recipient of many bouquets – I think she received at least 3 last Valentines Day, Aaron, however, is incredibly shy so it was a lovely surprise to receive flowers from him for no particular reason – especially as he walked across the road with them in broad daylight!

As I was looking for a vase to put the flowers in I heard a little voice from outside say “on the count of 3”, which was followed by half a dozen children, who were playing out the front of my house, yelling out “Carolyn’s got a boyfriend”. This declaration was followed by a lot of giggles and Aaron and I smiled at each other until one of them yelled out “Nice flowers, did you pick them yourself”?

I was cursing the children under my breath and assumed this was going to be the one and only time Aaron brought me flowers (my first bunch in over 8 years) but he calmly went to the door and yelled out that he was going to contact their school and have their school hours extended until 7pm! That soon made them scatter so there’s still hope that there may be more flowers in the future!

My lovely, and fragrant, roses

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Drug (It's Just A State Of Mind)

I looked after Mason and Maddy yesterday morning as Noel was moving the last of the boxes from the old house to the new and Danielle had to work.

Maddy was in a crazy mood yesterday, typical 10 year old craziness that led Danielle and I to ask her several times 'what are you on'? The answer of course is that she's 10 and full of energy, whereas there are days I feel a hundred, and the 5-hour daily commute to work doesn't help matters.

I was trying to get a 'nice' photo of Maddy but she kept pulling faces at me - until I told her I was going to post them on my blog and then she stopped with the faces!