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Monthly Archives: July 2009

hells bells

We do a bit of music in our house. I love it, the kids love it, and (ahem) apologies to the neighbours for all the drumming and maraca-ing. And, um, now I may have bought some bells. A whole scale of them. They're quite tuneful and they remind me of […]

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something so beautiful

John William Waterhouse is my favourite artist of all time.  He was an English Pre-Raphaelite painter and something about the lush medieval-style gorgeousness of his paintings struck me from when I was a teenager.  Looking at his work, for me, has always been like taking a deep breath of warm […]

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treats for you, not them

Not sure about you but I occasionally have a stash of something totally un-allowed in the cupboard. Not just child unfriendly but totally inappropriate.  It's my own secret stash. A particular treat for a particularly dire afternoon perhaps, when the whinging and whining and washing just about does me in.  […]

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too many toys

I've been promising myself and the kids that we're going to sort out the toys, give away the ones we don't want and then also give away the ones we don't need.  Probably like you, we've accumulated so many. And they really play with so few. The puzzles. The Duplo. […]

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Dougie’s to-die-for Guacamole

My very grown-up and wonderful six year old nephew Dougie had dinner at my house a few nights ago and earnestly recited a recipe from memory that he had seen being made (on Playschool) and that he thought I might like.  More than anything I loved the fact he gave […]

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recipe for fun

What you are proud of in your child says so much about you. Some people are proudest of their child's good manners. Some of clever speaking. Some of inventive imaginative play. I am intensely proud of the fact Henry, 4, can crack a series of eggs into a cake batter […]

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quickest apple pie ever

OK. In a recipe for a super quick apple pie you might think making your own pastry might be ridiculous. But seriously, this pastry is SO QUICK to make you'll have it rolled out quicker than defrosting a piece of store-bought stuff, I promise.  I had a moments notice that Ad […]

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mum’s winter garden

Mum and Dad have a gorgeous garden. They live in an old farmhouse, and the gardens are quite large. Here's some of the garden in winter (just imagine springtime…) I love the water-spitting frog Endless lemons… …and my question about seasonability of strawberries answered!  Drove past a guy selling berries […]

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not quite coffee picking

Playing in the coffee rather than working: marvellousness.  Not that I've done much coffee picking the last few seasons as I've been conveniently absent from the state of NSW. (AND I still score home grown/picked/processed+roasted beans. Counting myself very lucky…) We did a lot of hiding and seeking instead. My […]

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on the farm

We're staying with my parents on the farm for a couple of days, breathing the fresh air and drinking lots of home grown coffee. I love this place. Dad has bees. He got his first hive when he was 14. These hives are slightly newer (and I'm guessing the bees aren't […]

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