Monday, 29 July 2013

Cats and Dogs

It's absolutely pouring down outside, so I've got that cosy smug feeling of not having to go anywhere (Hopefully it will have stopped raining by school pick up time..)
I took Molly to the vet this morning and had to have a sit down and a cup of tea afterwards to recover from the cost... She's getting to that expensive age where everything starts wearing out (teeth, joints etc...) Poor old dog!
This is another old surf dog we met on holiday -

And some rainy windswept photos from today -

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Photo heavy post...

Some more photos from the weekend. 

Sometimes the best bit about going away is coming home and looking at all your photos.

Who am I kidding - it's always the best bit!

Hamelin Bay

Road through the forest

 A cool painted shed at our campsite

The biggest best rainbow ever - I couldn't fit it all in one photo (and I took the first five photos in black and white because I forgot to change the settings on my camera... rainbows in black and white - not so good!)

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse - where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet


Posing seagull...

Monday, 22 July 2013

Playing with Fire

We went camping near Augusta for a few days - the best thing about camping in the winter is that you're allowed to have a camp fire.

The words any Moody Boy (or Man) loves to hear - 'Go stand over there and wave this burning stick in the air really fast' *

Well, that's just showing off...

When they (eventually) got bored I invented something I like to call 'Moon Drawing' 
Stick your camera on long exposure, aim it at the moon and wiggle it around...
I call this one 'Ball of String'.

*Waving burning sticks should not be attempted by unsupervised children (or men) and should never be attempted in the summer...

Tuesday, 16 July 2013


Wet and windy here...

Sticker frenzy..

Air drying clay village..

A glimpse of blue.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Surreal and Delicious

Just some nice photos from our day in Freo - we went to watch The Bugalugs Bum Thief at The Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (surreal), then had lunch at Little Creatures (delicious).






Thursday, 11 July 2013

Winter Beach

I think I like our beach best in the winter - bigger waves, emptier sand, we usually have it to ourselves apart from the surfers.

Molly the beach dog!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Opposites attract..

I bet you didn't know that your 9th wedding anniversary is the yeast-based condiment anniversary did you?

OK, that's not true, it's apparently pottery and willow. 
I'm sticking with Marmite.

So the Vegemite/Marmite pic is to illustrate the meeting of two glorious nations nine years ago on perhaps the most stressful day of my life. Most people have beautiful sunlit memories of their wedding day. I recall mainly the fact that I was seven months pregnant, and had met my soon to be in-laws just the day before.. Add to that the fact that I really, really hate being the centre of attention, and you can get the general idea.
(Being enormously pregnant I also couldn't drink...)

Still, the following nine years have been pretty good - so you could say it was worth it.
Not doing it again though.

Saturday, 6 July 2013


Mark and I seemed to wake up with the same idea today. To put off the important but boring jobs by appearing to be busy all day doing something else...
It worked well.

Instead of flattening the garden and covering over our new septic tank lids (exciting..), Mark tidied his shed.
It took all day and he's now out there in the dark fitting a new light. (He's jealous of our next door neighbour's Man Cave.)

Instead of cleaning the carpet and hanging out yet more washing, I....decorated the toilet window.

Yes, it really needed doing.

Here is the Before - perspex with handy ventilation holes to let the mozzies in to bite you whilst sat on the loo in the middle of the night.

One roll of white contact paper later...

Here is the After:

Yes - it look so long to do it was dark outside when I finished.

The outside view is even better than the inside! Pity no-one will see it apart from our resident frogs.

Job done. My sense of satisfaction is marred slightly by the pile of washing still in the machine....

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

What I read in June...

I bought the first two from the library for a dollar! (A dollar for both!)
Both worth a read.
The Nature of Ice

The Friday Night Knitting Club

Five Bells

I'm discovering a lot of Australian authors, and Gail Jones is my new favourite - I'm now reading Sorry which I'm having trouble putting down.

The Language of Others

I love Clare Morrall's novels because they're usually set in Birmingham which takes me back to my uni days - especially this one which is partly set in Selly Oak and Harborne - ah those were the days...

The Midnight Zoo

I picked up The Midnight Zoo while the boys were in their art class at the library - it's really a children's book but  I loved its depiction of three children taking care of each other and then discovering a zoo full of animals to take care of.

What have you been reading?