First Times

Thursday, October 08, 2015

She is juicing oranges. Twisting both hands as she works. Learning the coordination and rhythm of this sticky task. She is quiet while she works, all her attention poured into moving her hands in the right way. It is wonderful to watch.
There are endless wonders if you have your eyes open and make the time to notice them. There are so many horrors too, happening right this minute as I am standing in my kitchen on a grey day with my golden peachy girl. How is that possible? I have been thinking about it a lot lately.
I am reading 'The Dust that Falls from Dreams' by Louis de  Bernieres and came across this passage this morning;
'...he found Sophie in her nightdress and dressing gown, sitting by the window, apparently writing in the air with her forefinger. He stood behind her and saw that she was disturbing the tiny motes that sparkled in the bright shaft of sunlight.
'Look at all the little shiny specks, swirling about,' said Sophie. 'Do you know what they are?'
'Do you? What are they?'
'They're the dust that falls from dreams.'
'The dust that falls from dreams,' repeated Fairhead, his voice full of wonder. He was only just beginning the long journey towards the revelation that he had married a truly original and remarkable woman, and felt again a pang of gratitude and incredulity.
'Yes,' said Sophie. 'This is the dust from last night's dreams. I'm writing our names. I'm writing with my finger in the dust that falls from dreams.''
I know not everyone's idea of contentment is to juice oranges with their mother or their child in a peaceful, quiet kitchen with a secure, quiet life. But I hope everyone has the opportunity to notice the dust motes, the dust that falls from dreams, and to write their names. I may have to start a 'contentment for all' movement. It's not a particularly strong rallying cry (I will work on it) but I hope you find a moment of true contentment today. I offer you a gentle fistbump across the digital divide from my kitchen to you, wherever you may be.

Happy Birthday C

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

9 years old today! She helped me put these fruit cups together this morning to take to school so she can celebrate her birthday with her classmates. They are very easy to put together, are allergy friendly and the teachers tell me the kids gobble them up. Although the most important thing about them is that she gets to share her birthday joy with the kids at school and it doesn't really matter what form that sharing takes, don't you think?
Now I need to organise a birthday cake to have after dinner tonight. It is so hot today I am tempted to not use the oven and just get ice-cream sundae fixings instead.
I can't believe our sweet, strong, sensitive girl is 9. Happiest of birthdays to you, lovely C.


Saturday, October 03, 2015

Back to school haircuts. I took a picture because an actual hairdresser cut their hair this time. I always think it looks ok when I do it but when they get cut by a professional I realise how basic my efforts are.

Posie Gets Cosy

Friday, October 02, 2015

Do you follow Alicia Paulson's blog, dear reader? If you like beautifully crafted things and beautiful photos then I can recommend it. She is an exceptional needleworker (among other things) and her latest project is so exquisite I wanted to share it with you. I took one look at it and knew straight away that it wouldn't even make my 'maybe one day' list. 3rd Birthday Quilt.


Thursday, October 01, 2015

Warm sunshine. Summer can't come fast enough.

Number 6

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

On the littlest duckling's birthday another baby girl was born. A baby girl who is also the sixth child in her family. Isn't that a lovely coincidence? There is a bit of a gap between this new little girl and her bigger brothers and sisters so there are lots of strong arms to carry her and warm laps eager to hold her. I think she is going to grow up in a very special cocoon indeed.
I wrapped up one of my little babushka/matroyshka dolls to send up north to their beautiful house in the trees near the easternmost edge of the Australia.
Welcome to the world Lucy!


Tuesday, September 29, 2015


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Saturday, September 26, 2015

For one or my beautiful god daughters who is turning 12.

Construction Chic

Friday, September 25, 2015

Offcuts of rebar are lying around the house and there are muddy boot prints tracking through the rooms. We're going to make it a 'thing'.


Thursday, September 24, 2015


I have never managed to make a baked cheesecake that didn't crack but covering it with strawberries is yummy way to hide the flaw.

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