Friday, 28 October 2016


It's been a long week around here, Elroy has really been unwell with a mix of croup, new teeth and hay fever, it's been miserable. We are all really tired and looking forward to the weekend! Fortunately the weather has been improving and I think we will take a day trip to the east coast, maybe visit the local primary school fair for Elroy to enjoy, cook some good food and rest up.

A few other things:
• I got my copy of A Year Between Friends a few weeks ago and it is wonderful (I'm about half way through), I have followed them since almost the start and have all the quarterlies and books etc, it is very inspiring.

• I've also been reading The Light Between Oceans, I nearly went to see thump film last weekend, but I knew it was going to make me cry and I wasn't quite in that zone (I saw Bridget Jones' Baby instead) so I'm reading it and then I'll see the film - and still cry!!

• Very excited to get tickets to see Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in January.

• I bought these shoes the other day and I'm really loving them.

• Part of me hates the whole Halloween in Australia thing (it just doesn't make sense), but then I also kinda wish I had the opportunity to dress Elroy up as something!

Tuesday, 25 October 2016


I couldn't choose just one photograph this week, and both seem appropriate. The first was taken on the public holiday last week, I can't remember what song they were listening to, judging by Matts hand I'd say it was a punk song. Elroy frequently gets called 'punk' but in a cute endearing kinda way.  He is cheeky. He hates the change table,will squirm all over the place and stand up and demand a hug, and put his arms around your neck. It's super cute, and he knows that he can get away with it.

The second photograph I took on Sunday, when he was a bit out of sorts and looking so pale. He woke up on Monday with laboured breathing and a terrible cough. The doctor confirmed croup, poor baby. Fortunately he seems to be on the mend now.

Spring list

Thinking: far too much lately, I need to let go of things a little bit.
Making: a screen print for Elroy's room, well I've made plans to make one... just have to actually do it!
Eating: nothing exciting or different but I recently purchased Neighborhood and I plan to try quite a few recipes from that, I also think I might get Molly on the Range as it looks beautiful and inspiring.
Playing: Paul Dempsey's Strange Loop after seeing him a few weeks ago, also we have been listening to the Play School Famous Friends album with Elroy and I've enjoyed it too (there's a funny Molly Meldrum joke in there)
Wanting: new shoes, a casual pair for walking the dog and wearing to the park and shop but I don't seem to be able to find the right thing.
Hoping: we start to get some warmer sunnier days, we've had hints but nothing for more than a day or two - there's currently snow on the mountain!!
Enjoying: running again, my exercise routine since Elroy was born has been sporadic, and while I walk a lot it's just not enough. I've been trying to build it up slowly as I have lower back problems, but so far so good.
Anticipating: the count down to the end of the year, how is it almost November already.
Liking: French movies on sbs on demand
Planning: a few day trips over the next few weekends to break the routine
Reading: mostly magazines at the moment, I need a new book.
Looking: for a wooden tea set for Elroy, that is simple and plain and not pink.
Deciding: on fittings and flooring for our house.
Loving: the light at this time of year, the change in angle means we get that much more in our house during the day.
Wishing: for new castle pillowcases (just for something different!!) and the bedding too.....
Planning: Christmas gift lists, there was talk of it at work and some people are done already, I figured I should think about it.
Noticing: that I really feel like writing here more, but I just don't know where to start.

Thursday, 20 October 2016


Look at that blondie, he is so fair and pale. Yesterday we were in the car, he talks a lot in the car (he talks a lot in general) and I realised he was singing, such a lovely sweet little voice 'tinkle tinkle star' and moving his hands to do the actions. It was a very very sweet moment. They have a new carer at daycare and I've noticed that she will often be outside with the children singing and showing them the actions. Clearly Elroy is enjoying this very much, and while we listen to a lot of music for him at home, I think it's very nice for him to have that experience.

Monday, 17 October 2016


I anticipated that today I would probably have some photos to share from our weekend in Melbourne, but due to windy dusty weather, one crazy (and then vomiting baby) and two rather knackered parents that didn't happen at all. We did have a lovely time, breakfast at our usual the European, a walk to the park, I got to wander around the finders keepers market, we caught up with my aunt and cousin at the Collingwood Children's Farm, and snuck in a little bit of shopping. Poor Elroy was sick a few times on Saturday night, I don't know what caused it, it's so hard when you aren't at home with your own things (i.e. extra clothes/towels etc), he was so good about it all really. But on Sunday he was beat and a bit crazy.

I have this week off work, I realised that in the last seven (eight?) years that I've had my job I have never worked show week (Hobart has a public holiday on a Thursday the second last week in October). I really needed a break and some time out, Elroy will still have two days at day care, and while some of the time has been booked for appointments I don't normally get to, I do have a few plans just for me!! So excited!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016


19 months this week! Lots more talking and requests 'yog-ut bowl?', 'daddy gone' (fifty million times a day! He loves his dad this boy), 'zabar?' (muesli bar), 'dink?' (drink), 'stickers?'. The other day Elroy was playing at his little table and was surrounded by his ride on trike and baskets with toys, so I moved a basket and he gave me quite a stern look and pulled the basket back and said 'shut door'. I'd love to know where his imagination had taken him. He has started to give directions to Jerry, calls his name and tells him to sit and shoo. I've noticed that he is now just starting to pose for photographs, and will take pictures with his toy camera. It's all very sweet. On the flip side he is determined, sometimes getting him strapped into the car seat or pram is a challenge, he is very clear about which books he wants to read and food he will eat.

Friday, 7 October 2016

seven things: just for me, for right now

This week, for some reason that I'm not entirely sure, has been a hard slog. I've been tired and emotional and super-hyper-sensitive. I know 'things' shouldn't be the answer to cheering yourself up (and I'm going to get to the gym today and play some very loud music while I run) but regardless this is a list of things I would love just for me, for right now.

1. Molly on the Range - this book looks amazing, such great photographs.
2. Elk Accessories sneakers - thinking I would wear these a lot, sadly they are out in my size...
3. Oeuf daisy pillow - ok so this pillow is for children, but I am completely in love with it and am going to add it to my christmas list.
4. On the Loom by Maryanne Moodie - I tired weaving, one afternoon on a loom I made out of cardboard, it didn't quite work but I think I'd like to get a little loom and this book and give it another try.
5. Lightly volcanic bowl - oh this bowl, it has been on my wish list for so long, another for the christmas list.
6. Mecca Cosmetica kissable lips - 'cause I get such dry lips at work and this looks cute.
7. Not Perfect Linen pillowcases - I think I've said it enough here before, I am a sucker for pillowcases.