Thank you dear sister

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I received the most wonderful gift from my sister on the weekend. She bought it at the International Children's Book Fair in Bologna and carried it across Italy and Spain just for me because I love children's books and this one has my name on it!

The illustrations are so beautiful.

This picture of Amelia riding on the whale's spout is my favourite.

But there's another reason she bought it for me. Amelia's father looks just like our dad! He loved sitting in his wing chair, he had glasses and he had that exact haircut.

Isn't it wonderful?
See those slippers? I swear my dad had a pair exactly like that. He wasn't the kind of man who would walk around the house barefoot, he was definitely a fan of slippers. Warm, slip-on slippers, just this these ones lived right next to his bed so that he could swing his legs out from under the warm covers in the morning and put his feet straight into them.
That could be me on the floor at his feet drawing a picture and dreaming of owning a dog. Except, I seem to recall that we were not allowed to have pencils and textas on the carpet so I would have been lying further away from the wing chair than in this picture. I would have been right at the edge of the carpet so that I could still lie where it was soft and warm but the paper I was drawing on could be on the floorboards. Oh yes, we'd figured out some work-arounds for our parent's strictest rules.
However, I could well have been dreaming about getting a dog. We were pretty keen to get a pet at various stages of our childhood but mum and dad wouldn't hear of it. Dad had a dog when he was a boy, a puppy called Scooter, and he was so desperately upset when it was run over by a car that he didn't want us to go through that as well. So, apart from looking after the class pet for the holidays a couple of times we were a pet-free family.
The publishing details are below for anyone who is interested in finding out more.

I am making progress on the yo yo colour wheel quilt.
As with all my quilting projects it's not going quickly but I am enjoying it.
It's a good thing I don't do this for a living as I would be as poor as a church mouse!


Sunday, April 26, 2009

We spent the afternoon at the Dunc Gray Velodrome watching Jayson Austin break the one hour masters cycling world record. I'm married to a cycling fan but I had a hard time deciphering what that meant so I will explain it in case there are some among you who are also going 'wha?'.
Basically, he rode at a cracking pace around the velodrome for an hour and tried to go faster than the previous record holder. And he did it! It wasn't riveting viewing (am I allowed to say that?) but it was great to be there supporting someone pushing themselves to do something that hasn't been done before.
Mr Duyvken loves personal challenges and is hatching plans to cycle from Sydney to Melbourne.
I'll let that sink in.
He was intially thinking he would try to do it in 5-7 days but now he's thinking that he should try doing it non-stop.
I'll let that sink in too.
The seats and walls at the velodrome are beautiful but the light was atrocious so I don't have any good photos to share. It couldn't possibly be my photography skills, could it? Hah!

Mirror Ball

Saturday, April 25, 2009

There's no such thing as too much bling.

Thank you notes

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I am sending out little thank you notes today for the lovely gifts that JW got at her birthday party on the weekend. I just do them in photoshop by cropping a photo and adding some text and get them printed at my local photo shop. My lovely local Kodak store people know me well as I am always presenting them with bizarre things to print. But they look lovely and the total cost? $3:40. How good is that?

Corrie's frittata

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

There wasn't enough leftover from the kid's vegie stir fry dinner to feed Mr Duyvken and me tonight but having read Corrie's blog earlier today I knew what I could do to extend it. I added some feta, spinach leaves and 5 eggs and can present Mr Duyvken with a frittata when he walks in the door. Eggy things aren't my faves but he loves them and it means that last night's leftover beijing style eggplant is ALL MINE.

Thanks Corrie!


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

G made herself a lovely cup of jasmine green tea after lunch today with a handful of pink jellybeans on the side. The cup of tea is so grown up but the jellybeans give her away her age, don't you think? She sipped and nibbled while we played High School Musical Top Trumps and the younger ones napped.
I hope I earned some serious mama karma points, Top Trumps is stultifying.

Happy birthdays

Monday, April 20, 2009

Someone special turned 1 on Saturday. I can't believe it!

Quilting Rainbows

Friday, April 03, 2009

I am stitching the yoyos onto the quilt top today and wondering what if I should put a black and white yoyo in the middle of the circle...


Thursday, April 02, 2009

Poor thing came down with a fever tonight. I am trying to convince myself that it's not gastro but, let's face it, it probably is.

Feel like a drink?

Still busy making yoyos and looking after the little ones. What are you doing?

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