Only Draw on Paper

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The 'only draw on paper' message isn't really getting through. I was not happy when I found these these but the more I look at them I have to admit that there is something compelling about these scribbled on faces.


Saturday, May 30, 2015


Friday, May 29, 2015

The bees have returned to the garden this week. All the wet weather we have been having must have quietened them down a little. Most of our camellias are in bloom and the other flowering plants will benefit from the attention too. I hope that the lavender I planted last year survives. The summer was very wet and they don't have any flowers on them. I am not confident that they will survive. They won't be my first failure in the garden but it will be the first time I have planted lavender and it hasn't made it. It is usually a reliable plant for me.  Maybe the reappearance of the bees will help the lavender too but without any blossoms I don't know what they can do. They will have to work some of their pollination magic as they flit from yard to yard.


Thursday, May 28, 2015


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Our current bedtime story book. The Naming of Tishkin Silk. A very nice way to make some quiet space at the end of the day.

On the Shelf

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

We are unlikely to run out of tea and coffee cups.


Monday, May 25, 2015


Friday, May 22, 2015

Too Much

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Some goodness from Sweetie.

Pieces that make up the whole

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

While she sleeps.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Her favourite shoes.

Good Morning

Monday, May 18, 2015


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Captain America has spoken.

Kitchen Counter

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A few days a week the kids get the bus home from school. There is a park near the bus stop and occasionally we stay for a play before coming home and getting the afternoon stuff started. We did that on Tuesday with Cupcake Oma and my niece A. The kids had a wonderful time and when we got back to the car this had fallen from a tree and landed on the hood so we brought it home. It has been sitting on the dinner table all week long. A pretty reminder of a little spot of joy.

Mobius Strip

Friday, May 15, 2015

It has been very cold this week. I decided to blatantly copy all those New Yorkers I saw in Febraury and bought myself a big grey snood at KMart. It is warm and cosy and speaks to my questionable sense of style.

Twinkle Twinkle

Thursday, May 14, 2015

If in doubt remember the papaya is the star.

Mother's Day

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Big teeth, bad shoes.
Photo by Sweetie.
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Heart full.

Good Morning

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Monday, May 11, 2015

Part of my mother's day card from JW.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

That mobile I made for G's room now hangs in the room that the younger 3 girls share. I really need to finish painting in there. I know it won't take long it is just a matter of making the time to do it but for now the girls quite like the little strip of lilac paint at the top of the wall.
Happy Mother's Day to everyone who is a mum, has a mum or wants to be a mum. xx


Saturday, May 09, 2015


Friday, May 08, 2015

It was a macaron, cupcake and quilt book kind of day. Some of the little duyvkens haven't been well this week and we are all tired. Thank goodness the weekend is nearly here!


Thursday, May 07, 2015


Wednesday, May 06, 2015

I had a haircut while the duckling sat on the lap and pulled faces at herself in the mirror.
I felt the sunshine on my skin while I hung washing on the clothesline.
I watched the Chris Rock movie Top 5 with Mr Duyvken. We loved it.
It was a very good day.
Tomorrow I am going to a little mother's day thing at Sweetie's pre-school, I think it's going to be a pretty good day too.
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Heart full.

Wet Weather

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Pyjama Day

Monday, May 04, 2015

Black and White..

Sunday, May 03, 2015

...and in need of a wash.

Good Morning

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Citrus and Podcasts

Friday, May 01, 2015

Oranges and lemons,
Say the bells of St Clements.
You owe me five farthings
Say the bells of St Martins
When will you pay me?
Say the bells of Old Bailey
When I grow rich,
Say the bells of Shoreditch
When will that be?
Say the bells of Stepney.
I do not know,
Says the great bell of Bow.
Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
And here comes a chopper to chop off your head!

I recently started listening to podcasts and I have quickly developed a few favourites. I keep trying to write a decent post about them all but get mired down in it and then pulled away by something more pressing so instead I offer you a list.

1. Chat 10 Looks 3
This is a fairly regular recording of conversations between Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales. Australians will know immediately who these two are but overseas readers might not have come across these political journalists before. They are both very interesting and compelling in their own right and when they chat it is truly delightful. They cover a broad range of topics that can generally be grouped under the heading of 'recent favourites'. Things they have read, watched, cooked and chatted about are covered and I have then read, watched and cooked some of the things that they recommend and thoroughly enjoyed them all. 
My mum has developed a bit of a relationship with the crossword writers over all the years that she has been doing the puzzle in the Sydney Morning Herald. She knows as soon as she sees the initials in the bottom corner how difficult it is going to be. Some writers think the way she thinks and speak the same cultural language so she finds those puzzles easier and more enjoyable. I feel that way about these two women. The books they reference in discussion are often books I have read and some of the things they have recommended that I have then read have been absolute pearlers. I love seeing the notification pop up on my phone when there is a new episode available.

Alec Baldwin chats to various people (actors, artists, writers, etc) and although he isn't someone I have ever warmed to he has a beautiful tone to his voice and the conversations are compelling. I don't know how he does it but I love listening to it. 

The famed Serial podcast led me to this very popular podcast and there is so much about it that is delightful. Ira Glass has a wonderfully unique voice, the storytelling structure is strictly adhered to and gives each episode a lovely and predictable rhythm and all the stories are a little window into a life far from my own and yet very recognisable.

4. Conversations with Richard Fidler
One of my favourite radio programs is also available as podcast. I am not often listening to the radio when the show is on so being able to catch up when it suits me feels very luxurious.

Do you have any favourites you can share, dear Reader?

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