Friday, 30 April 2010
Thursday, 29 April 2010
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Friday, 23 April 2010
Friday, 16 April 2010
Today my Dad gave me an extremely early Birthday present. As in, my Birthday isn't for another two and a half months. I received the film New Moon on Blu-Ray. How good is that? How lucky am I?
I thought I would share with you a map of the locations I have lived. Having a Dad who was in the Royal Australian Air Force, ensured high chance of being posted around Australia every couple of years.
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Okay, now this is a response to Pip, over at Meet Me At Mike's…
- In the 80s, I earned 3 star badges for passing roller skating classes (beginners, intermediate & advanced skate tricks).
- I was eating ice cubes on the tail end of my pregnancy with Gwen.
- I have a single freckle on the underside of my LHS pinkie.
- Say it loud, then cast your head down with shame — I am a chocaholic (last week proved it, when I personally demolished 95% of the Easter chocolate in the house).
- I have a dream of running a doll & toy museum that focuses on the 80s.
- When I was a kid I wanted to be a Gooney.
- I haven't eaten Murtaba in such a long while — and I want some tonight.
- On and off I am attempting to teach myself to knit and crochet.
- I sometimes battle mild doses of obsessive compulsions.
- I too would like to write, or even illustrate a book.
I had this wonderful idea for a craft project. I sometimes keep my mind open to potential homemade ideas for entertaining my bub, Gwen. So the latest idea has been a wall hanging of the alphabet — sort of like hanging clothes on the line.
- To make the alphabet pieces, decorate each piece of card with paint or gluing down pages from old magazines.
- Then, with a texta draw an outline of each letter of the alphabet. We need these to be larger than life (so the letters can be seen on the wall), so use one card per letter.
- Cut out, around each alphabet piece, following the outlines from step two.
- Layout the letters across the ground, spaced a little apart, and line up a piece of string so you know just how much you need. Then cut the string to the length you need. Allow a little extra to the sides for hanging later.
- Begin attaching the letters to the string. Either, use clothes pegs, or stapling.
- You can now hang the alphabet line of string on the wall. Tie up the ends to hooks, which can go into the wall. If you are not comfortable about placing holes in the wall, you can buy adhesive plastic hooks, which will not damage the plaster.
Monday, 12 April 2010
Saturday, 10 April 2010
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
I also watched a fun sci-fi telly series titled Warehouse 13. I highly recommend watching this show. It sort of a family fun, X Files, meets Indianna Jones, meets Buffy. And this comes as no surprise, as one of the creators of this show is the utterly brilliant Jane Espenson — writer and Co-Executive Producer of the Buffy series (All Hail Jane!).
Monday, 5 April 2010
Author's Note: This is a work of fiction. Enjoy...
Today I begin my story. It is an intriguing one to some, but there are those who would not believe it. I, however, would not demand that you believe these words but would suggest that you listen and only pass judgement at the end of this tale.
As a young girl my imagination was fertile with ideas from stories I had read, and tall tales that I created for myself. And for every adventure that took place in the jungles of my bedroom a story was written, a map was drawn, a doll was made and a costume was worn.
Then, as the years passed by my adventures lessened and another world took hold. My parents were gone and in their place an unknown relative was given charge over me. She didn’t approve of my world of dreams and told me that the real world had other uses for me. So with the burdening and worrisome thoughts of what I was going to be when I grew up, I forgot about the other world that I had created. The final nail was driven when I was sent away from home to a boarding school. From that point, every piece of my dream world was boxed up and left in the dark to be covered with dust and forgotten.
Many moons pass overhead and I return to the house of my childhood a grown girl, with a husband, Jimmy, and daughter, Eliza. The years had not been kind to the house. Or more to the point, the lady who was supposed to take care of me was never a particularly good housekeeper.
The relative has passed on, and I bring my family to see the house of my childhood. We consider selling the house, but something pulls at me and says ‘no’. It is my daughter. She tugs at my hand, “Mummy can we stay here?” The house is dreary and needs a lot of work, and yet tiny Eliza wants to stay.
It is the end of the school year for Eliza and we are all home together – the family unit. Jimmy and I begin cleaning the house starting from the bottom up. Eliza spends time becoming acquainted with the wild garden. At the end of each day she tells us about the faeries she has met. Jimmy and I pass a smile to each other.
Jimmy and I begin looking at the furniture to see what can be saved. Eliza begins to explore the house. She goes up a flight of stairs beyond the second floor, straight up to the attic and disappears into the room for a few hours.
It is dinnertime and Eliza has not come downstairs yet. Jimmy goes upstairs to look for our daughter. While setting the table I hear Jimmy call out to me. He is up in the attic too. I stop what I am doing and follow the sounds of my family. I travel up stairs that I have not set foot on for twenty-four years. The floorboards squeak with a long past familiarity.
I stand in the doorway of a dusty attic with light coming from a single dim light bulb and the setting sun outside. The room is filled with trunks and crates. Eliza sits in the middle of the floor with a trunk open in front of her. Jimmy squats down next to Eliza his hand touching her head. Eliza sees me. “Mummy, I found your things.”
I move to my family and look into the trunk. Eliza pulls out a bundle of old dress ups.
“How do you know these belong to me?” I ask Eliza.
With all seriousness and something of a smile, “They told me I would find your things up here.”
“Who are they?” Jimmy looks concerned.
“The faeries in the garden.” Eliza turns to me, “They said you might not remember.”
I shake my head, and lead Eliza with Jimmy back down the stairs. We don’t know what to make of what Eliza has just said. But it is time that we have dinner. Sometimes these things are more easily understood by the normal light of day.
Later that night, after Eliza is in bed, I go downstairs and step into the backyard. It is summer, though for such a hot day, there is now a light breeze that relieves some of the heat. The garden, once a well-managed lot has become overgrown with roses. It is actually the one nice trait of the property’s current condition. I look into the darkness and wonder about what Eliza saw.