things change

1. collect the oranges and mandarins, bag up old ones for Vanessa's pigs

2. bake an ordinary yeasted loaf of bread

3. collect the eggs, feed the chooks

4. shell the peas for the risotto

5. bring in firewood

If you told me ten years ago this would be my to do list for this afternoon, mostly wearing my third baby in a backpack, I'd assume you were in some happy hippy la-la land that had nothing to do with me. 

I love it how things change.

Once upon a time I did not know what a pea pod looked like. I had to read the pack to know how long the frozen peas needed in the microwave.




In other big news, if you've been following along here for any time, you'll know the unlikeliness of me having a large huntsman spider called Garry living on the window of my study

I like being able to see Garry, the surprise factor with largeish spiders is unnerving. If he vanishes for any length of time I feel the need to find him in the vicinity. Not entirely in the interest of his welfare but to mitigate the chance he'll suddenly show up on my desk.

Still, we're cohabiting. That's big. 




I reckon we should make the to do list we want to do. Imagine that, not just the stuff we have to do.

Here's mine. Write it and it will happen?

1. Feed the dogs

2. Order 800 coffee trees

3. Clear the backorders on my small food business

4. Sew Ivy some clothes!

What's the to do list you wish you were doing today? Go on!



12 Comments on “things change

May 26, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Gorgeous photos!
First of all I would incorporate your actual to do list into my “wish” to do list, especially bringing in firewood. Then I’d add, hoisting some more sail, check the nav station, put a brew on in the galley and alter course for warmer waters! Although those two lists combined in the same day could be a bit tricky.
I’m about to return to work part time on Monday after a years maternity leave. I had a whole list of things to get done. Only problem is I havent actually written the list yet!

May 27, 2011 at 12:46 am

wow, ivy is so grown up now.
she is looking gorgeous!!

my dream to do list would be:
– meet natalie portman for lunch
– call lotto to collect winnings
– buy new hammock
– cancel foxtel subscription
– post resigantion letter
– mow lawn in my ride-on mower
– go for a surf
– meet natalie portman for dinner/coffee


p.s next time you blog about a spoder you better have some pics!

May 27, 2011 at 12:50 am

Great post. I am off to write my want to do list now (privately).

May 27, 2011 at 5:03 am

800?! Holy moly!

And is the small food business real? I dont think I quite ‘get’ the rules of this game. But here goes…

1. Get a good photo of my 7-week-old smiling at my Mum. (Mum leaves in 3 days- ouch! But we think the smiles are real!)

2. Get a good photo of same child smiling at my sister! (See, wrong hemisphere- that can go on the list, right?)

3. Sleep and sleep and sleep some more.

4. Um, nope, there’s no number 4. Everything else I can dream about is going to happen soon- we move house next month, and are coming for an Aussie visit in December! (For real this time. Definitely. With Dave. See you on the south coast!)

May 27, 2011 at 5:12 am

Love this post! I need to wash dishes, make a tortilla chicken soup, get a batch of beans going on the stove, feed chickens, bring in laundry, and then unwind from last day of school excitedness.

May 27, 2011 at 11:57 am

bah… to do list went to hell in a hand basket today!!!

However………fresh peas…………..I used to eat more than I put in the pot when I was a kid.

Care to share your risotto recipe???

May 29, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Hey, I got number one- come check it out! Thanks, Fi- I don’t grab the camera nearly often enough, and only thought of it because of this post of yours.

May 30, 2011 at 5:19 pm

my to-do list grows longer and longer and my pregnancy goes on and on. I’m sure you’ve already heard about it, but you would love this story –

May 31, 2011 at 12:15 pm

My want to do list on a particularly crappy day (11 month old very unwell)

1.get a maid, permanently, who can massage.
2.finish the bloody renovations and extension! my dad and tell him I love him
4.weed and re plant the vege garden and plant fruit trees
5.go to bed and sleep for three weeks
6.frontal labotomy

bring on tomorrow!

May 31, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Hi Pixie, there’s a totally cheating risotto over here: and I’ll probably blog a pumpkin risotto later in the week?

May 31, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Hi Nell, I really hope today was a better one for you! Could use a maid & three weeks sleep over here too xx

May 31, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Dude, I do not photograph spiders. And what is it with Natalie Portman? It’s the Hebrew, right? Ivy’s 1 at the end of this month – how grown up is THAT? xx


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