more corners of home


dinner time, our place, tonight

You know I don't really know anything about blogging.

I only read my first blog this year, Soulemama, which impressed me no end, in fact, the first post I read was this one, which impressed AND inspired me. She made a felt pea, for heaven's sake. 

Were there really women not so wrung out by life and small children that they were doing such excellent crafty things? 

In May this year I had a revelation… not only were they doing them, they were blogging about doing them. Perhaps I could blog too! I love writing! Given I'm not overly crafty, I thought I'd blog about my edible craft, food! Food and feeding small children!

I thought maybe Mum and my sisters might read it.

Then I found myself digressing.

I started with food then got sidetracked into taking photos of what I'd accidentally left out of the dinner as I cooked it.

Turns out I was a long way from taking photos of a gorgeously dressed little girl playing with a felt pea I had made. 

Even my best-brownie-ever claim was hijacked by small child sticking her fingers in the photo to pick up the crumbs. 

But still, here you are! 

Thank you SO MUCH for reading my blog. I know you're there, I see the stats, even if you don't comment. (PLEASE comment! Have I told you lately how much I love reading your comments?! Thank you to my fabulous regular commenters, you make my day.)

I got an email today from a lovely reader in Germany (Hi Andrea!) who found my blog through my sister Naomi, and who reminded me why I love this so much. 

And why it doesn't matter that I'm not fabulously inspirationally crafty or artistic, that in fact, it's the underbelly of parenting that you relate to. (Or the picture of the garbage bin the kids are nearly put in, thanks, Andrea!)

So while I was going to continue my corners of home thing after I'd decluttered and sorted out the house, I realised you don't care if there's stuff all over the mantlepiece and last night's quinoa on the floor under the kids' stools (in themselves pretty scrappy) – here's one of my favourite places. Our dining table.

Organic pumpkin soup and spelt bread. IKEA cups. 3 bowls – Adam is due home any minute and his is still on the stove staying warm. No kids because they're allowed TV time while I'm cooking dinner. 

Thanks for reading, it's so nice to know I'm not going barmy on my own. 


8 Comments on “more corners of home

October 20, 2009 at 10:03 pm

You’re certainly not on your own:) I for one truly enjoy reading your blog!

October 20, 2009 at 11:14 pm

I feel the same way about my blog. I think people relate to the fact that I plan to do crafty felt pea like creative things… but don’t. Your blog is fab and kick started me into mine. Thanks, Fi. We missed you when you were on holidays.

Alex Nolan
October 20, 2009 at 11:38 pm

Here, here. We did miss you whilst you were on your holidays!

And no, you are not going barmy on your own – I had The. Worst. Day. yesterday. Just terrible. I called Rick and told him that I wasn’t coping, at which point he told me to give Wiliam some teething gel and he’d be home after table tennis. I rather think he missed the point…. I did not feel the slightest bit guilty about watching him trying to bath all three kids and get them ready for bed, whilst I perused the John Lewis website for Christmas present ideas (I think he’s already forgotten my birthday…)

My day is going better today, but I have two minor queries that you could possibly advise on:
1) William won’t eat
2) William won’t sleep

Here’s hoping for a miracle before bedtime…

Welcome home (glad you liked the pressies – oh, and can you get arnica cream in Aus? Sent it anyway!)


October 21, 2009 at 8:13 am

I am glad I found your lovely blog. I like your 20 things to do list. Why is it so hard to make hummus as good as the restaurants?

October 21, 2009 at 10:52 pm

I made the best satay chicken dinner last night! Dave thought it might have been the best dinner I’ve ever made him. (7 years, probably 700 dinners! Okay, mathematicians, that’s only 1 dinner every 3 or 4 nights, that’s the point. A funny joke, if you’re me.)
And I’ve just registered with flylady, (thanks!) and polished my sink, for probably the tenth time in my life. Truly.
And Henry’s been asleep for over an hour. Just now, I’m winning! (Have to make the most of these moments.)
Fi, thanks so much for making me laugh, and for making me feel a bit more balanced. I knew parenting would be hard- I’d been told that, and I believed it. I just thought I was better at hard things.
Love you, biggest kisses to Adam and the kids, and all the family!

International Woman of Mystery
October 22, 2009 at 12:21 am

Sue, I love you. Couldn’t have said it better myself (about parenting being hard). Ooh, and your satay sounds lovely. Yum yum!

Alex Nolan
October 22, 2009 at 7:06 am

Oh my word. Have registered with FlyLady and am now off to polish my sink… x

October 22, 2009 at 1:45 pm

I’m with Y. Love it.


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