Sunday, 19 November 2017

a few things

We've had the most stunning weekend weather-wise, it feels like summer already, and I've had my first swim in the ocean for the year (well close enough). I'm not foolish enough to think it is permanent so we have been trying to make the most of it. It helps lighten the exhaustion that I'm feeling at the moment which is definitely both mental and physical (I have yet another cold/virus/sinus thing going on). Things are starting to crack ever so slightly, but fortunately one more week until we are off to Sydney for a short break.

There have been some other nice 'things' of note lately too:

I loved watching Sarah Blasko on ABC last tuesday night. It was so interesting to have some insight into how she works creatively. I am looking forward to hearing her new album next year, I saw her a few months back playing solo at the Theatre Royal and it was pretty magical, new songs were really great and she has such a stage pre.

I think I've mentioned the Bang On podcast before, but I still love it, it never fails to get me to laugh out loud, which can be rather amusing in itself when I'm walking Jerry with headphones it.

I set myself a challenge of reading a book a month this year, and sure enough I am a quarter of the way into number 12 (I'm quite chuffed I've made it). I'm reading The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose, and so far I'm loving it, before that I read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and A Man Called Ove, and loved both.

Another tv show I've been watching and enjoying is the French show Call My Agent (or Dix Pour Cent - why the name change?).

And finally, the photo's above are from about a month ago, I've been really poor with it lately, so there are lilacs from the garden, Elroy on his vintage wooden rocking horse that some friends so kindly gave him, and fish tacos (which reminds me we should have those again soon).

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

getting by

Jerry's face says it all really. The last few months have been tough, illness wise, and there hasn't been time or energy for much else other than the day to day getting by. I'm so hoping that we are nearing the end of it all. This morning the weather was absolutely stunning, and I had Elroy and Jerry packed in the car by 8:30am for a few good hours on the beach for fresh air and sunshine. It was wonderful and very needed.

I do like this time of year, I'm pretty sure I say that every year, but I am looking forward to a little holiday soon and then the last few weeks of the year, to celebrating christmas with a boy who is just getting his head around the idea of what it means, and planning some nice activities with him. I'm going to try to blog more, that is the aim!!

Friday, 13 October 2017

seven things from my corner pantry

Recently I came across  My Corner Pantry and I felt a little excited, they sell a lovely collection of curated pieces for home/children/accessories. Maybe it is because I spend way (way) too much time online, but I do sometimes feel like I have seen it all before. It’s either one style or another and all the same things, and I feel jaded. But this store has lots of lovely patterns and cheerful designs. Naturally I had to order a few things (the hat, towel and pillowcase above)!

Friday, 29 September 2017

two and a half

You might have noticed I am no longer doing the 52 project, it was very hard when we were living away from home earlier this year, and although I did finish the year and took the photographs, it just didn't seem necessary to post the last five or six weeks (or however many it was!). I don't think it is a bad thing to lesson the amount of content my child features in, however Elroy recently reached the two and a half milestone and I wanted to write a little bit to remember this time. He is good, mostly, but can also be so challenging. The refusal to listen, to reason is difficult, and he throws things (which I hate), and says "Mummy I want" a lot, and he has started to drop his day sleep which makes for some testing times. I know these are all age related things. But also he is sweet, and kind and affectionate. He loves to grab your hand and pull you to play with him, loves cuddles, or a snuggle, and is chatty and comes up with some great stories. He is very much besotted with Thomas the Tank Engine, every conversation links back to that in some way, has become quite confident riding his balance bike, loves the park, the pool, the art museum (MONA), music (mostly rock and punk it seems), Richard Scarry books, the library, his friend next door and helping to cook, or helping with anything really.

I have always loved Joanna Goddard's posts about what her children say, and so here are some of Elroy's gems:

When we arrived at the park and to no one in particular:
"Hello boys, pleased to meet you, I'm Elroy"

Elroy: "Are you a boy or a girl?"
Me:"I'm a girl"
Elroy: "Are you a fairy?"

"I love you all the time" (oh this one is my favourite!!)

When the white cockatoos squawk
Elroy: "Wha's that?"
Me: "the cockies"
Elroy: "They're making a tennis racquet today!"

"Chin-ished" (finished)

Sings: "incy wincy spider climbs up the farm, eee, iii, eee, iii, o"

Sunday, 24 September 2017

a few things

I feel lucky because I don't work Fridays so weekends are always that little bit longer, but this one was particularly good. The weather on Friday was spectacular, finally a beautiful warm sunny day, and after spending the day outside we ended it with dinner at Local Pizza and finally checked out the James Turrell installation a MONA. In true Hobart style Saturday was a wash out (complete with thunder and lightning), but Matt and I were lucky enough to squeeze in a date night and we have been able to get through a few more house chores, it is getting ever so much closer to feeling right.

I've been saving up a few links from the last week or so to share too, lots of good things at the moment:

* getting to catch up with Sonya for lunch at the pigeon whole bakery, I've long admired Sonya's blog, she writes so well and always has some really great finds and recipes to share so it was really lovely to meet her and have a chat.

* Bjork's interview with Jefferson Hack for Nowness, I'm looking forward to hearing this new album

* the Ostro cook book - it's one of those books where I want to cook every single recipe - tonight we made the pici with meatballs

* Lucy's picture wall video - gave me the final push to just get our pictures up on the wall (see above)

* this actually might have been last week, but a cool Brooklyn house on a Cup of Jo

* the preview for Isle of Dogs - I'm so excited about this film!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

seven things: spring wear for elroy

I don't blog about it much, but I have a definite weakness for children's clothing. There are just so many amazing designers and I find them quite inspiring. Most of the boys clothes available locally are very boring and dull, the Europeans definitely do it best. Elroy is very fair (and pale) and he can wear a lot of those softer pinks/beige/rust toned colours, so I tend to be drawn towards them. Also blue and stripes!! We have just started swimming lessons again for the season, so he could do with a bag for his towel and the bensimons are perfect pull on sneakers. Now we just have to hope that the weather warms up a little bit! 

1. Tiny Cottons stripe tee 2.  Bobo Choses otariinae leggings 3.  Bensimon slip-ons 4.  Bobo Choses calypso tote bag 5. Mini Rodini sausage dog tee 6.  Cotton On swim short 7.  Tiny Cottons llamas pant

Sunday, 10 September 2017

this weekend

There has been lots lately that I have intended to blog about, what I've been reading (Party Girls Die in Pearls, Round to Ours), watching (Versailles, Suits, Madame), and listening to (The National, Mac Demarco - but not the most recent one) but because I've been doing all that, fighting off a virus, parenting a two year old who had the flu (and who is two - challenging time), and working, and everything else that has to be done, it hasn't happened. And I'm sad about that. I want to write this stuff down, mostly for my self, because I enjoy doing this.

This weekend we took Elroy to the snow on the mountain for the very first time, on the day he turned two and a half. He wasn't super keen on it to start, there was a fair bit of grizzling and "I need a cuddle" (which means he wants to be carried), but after a while he really got into it and enjoyed climbing over rocks and exploring, growling like rock dinosaurs (whatever they are).

We also started to put some pictures up on the rather bare white walls at home (starting with Elroy's room). We have been back in the house for about three months now and I have been feeling immobile with indecision about how I want to approach the decorating part. Elroy's room was easy, but I am genuinely stuck with what to put up on the bare wall behind our dining table, we already have lots of pieces but none of them feel quite right. It might be a case of get something up for now, and in time (and when the budget allows) find something new. I wish I could afford an interior designer to make these decisions for me! Not ever going to happen.