Thank you for the gorgeous comments yesterday. It sounds a bit hollow to say now that I wasn't fishing for compliments, and I really wasn't, but it means a great deal to me to receive your lovely words and to feel like I'm on the right road here, thank you.

Four things to celebrate:

1. a DELICIOUS smelling citrus cake which I put in the oven after I got the kids to bed tonight and which is out now cooling, waiting to be iced, making the house smell totally amazing. Bugger essential oils. This is the stuff. Will post it tomorrow (if there's any left!)


Because it was a working from home day today and who is to say you can't reconcile a payroll while measuring oats? Recipe here. They're such a staple Australian treat, perfect for an afternoon munch after preschool and school. 

3. Growing stuff

Next to my now completely out of control sweet potato,  I'm growing mixed lettuce. Look at those little heads just poking up, so perfect.  Also basil in little seed-raiser pots further along the windowsill, but not yet shooting. The kids love it. 

The herbs outside took a beating in the last lot of prolonged Sydney rain and so I've had to start again. I'm also losing the battle with the caterpillars for the tomato plants and am about to google a solution in exterminator mode (sorry caterpillars.)

4. The traveller

Our baby now weighs the equivalent of about 510 paperclips apparently, and might look something like this. She has eyebrows and fingernails and is almost as long as a school ruler (30cms). Plus my belly button sticks out which the kids (and my dear friend Ness) think is totally hilarious and obviously for poking. 

A very good reason to celebrate.


10 Comments on “gladness
March 5, 2010 at 12:41 am

Hmmm.. a girl you say *makes mental note then tries to look innocuous*

March 5, 2010 at 9:35 am

number 4 is number 1 !!!

March 5, 2010 at 11:34 am

aww my ANZAC biscuits NEVER look like that.
it always turns into more of a slice than a biscuit

March 5, 2010 at 12:04 pm

a girl?? is that news??

March 5, 2010 at 12:11 pm

TELL me you knew that or I obviously have to call you in prostrate apology that you found out here. It’s relatively new news and we only found out because Henry said he would give back a boy. It was all about managing expectations.

March 5, 2010 at 12:13 pm

hmmm. Maybe boil the golden syrup and butter a fraction longer? reduce your flour slightly? Make sure you’re using plain flour, not self raising flour? cook them a fraction longer?

March 5, 2010 at 12:14 pm

there is a whole post in that one! MAN have I had some feedback about vegetarian pregnancy…!

March 5, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I never use emoticons ‘cept today 🙂

March 6, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Heh, As much as I’ve always found paper clips a fascinating subject, I had no idea life could also be measured in such terms.

Incidentally, I love that cute mini hothouse for your seedlings. Might just be borrowing that idea some time soon.

Seems like I learn something new every day on your blog. In this case, two new things even. Time well spent!

March 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm

I think belly buttons are definitely for poking 🙂

thanks for the email.


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