Thursday, July 31, 2008


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

...you can take anthopomorphism a little too far.

Make that much too far.

Oh my.
(Photo from the JCrew website)

Finding time

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

You know how everyone says that there simply aren't enough hours in the day? Well, I have managed to find an extra hour. A whole 60 minutes! I can't believe but it's true. I barely knew what to do with myself yesterday when I realised.
What's the secret?

G has started catching the bus to and from school.

It's not a long drive to school but when I add in the time taken to get all the kids out of the car and back in again when we drop her off it adds up to over half an hour in the morning and the same again in the afternoon. The bus stop is just a couple of minutes away so even with the time spent waiting for the bus it comes in under 10 minutes.

So what did I do with my extra hour? I ironed, I took some photographs and I pondered baby names. Sure, it's not life-changing but it felt pretty good to me!

The first 3 months

Monday, July 28, 2008

1 month old

2 months old

3 months old

I really should take that last photo again and flip her on her tummy, should I?

Juliet Willa (J Willa as she's become known around here) is 3 months old. I know, I can't believe it either! She's a darling and we love her beautiful smile, her constant chatter and her amazingly laid back disposition. Seriously - zen should be her middle name. Which has me thinking that we might try to have another baby.

Am I insane? Probably... I am trying to answer that question at the moment. There's a lot of indecision around here at the moment.

Cow up a Tree

Friday, July 25, 2008

John Kelly does a lot of cow sculptures but they're so delightful I understand why. G and I enjoyed seeing this one at Docklands when we went on a girls only weekend to Melbourne earlier this month. It was a cold and cloudy day so the picture isn't wonderful but there are some much better ones on flickr. Here and here, for example.

The Fairy Tree

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

All great quests should start with an intriguing sign

lead down a winding path
and end with a great discovery.

This beautiful tree is in the Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne just a short stroll from Captain Cook's Cottage (which apparently isn't really the home he grew up in - but that's another post) and if you happen to have a 7 year old who fervently believes in fairies it is the most wonderful thing you could hope to find on a cold and grey Sunday morning.

The plaque at the base of the tree reads:
"I have carved in a tree in the Fitzroy Gardens for you, and the fairies, but mostly for the fairies and those who believe in them, for they will understand it is necessary to have a fairy sanctuary - a place that is sacred and safe as a home should be to all living creatures." --Ola Cohn 1934-- Australian sculpter and artist.

Here are some of my favourite carvings;

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