Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sunshine on a Sunday.

You've got to make the most of the beautiful sunshiney winter days here in Victoria - they're a rarity! Today was one of those gorgeous days so my little bird lover & her bird phobic mum headed to our local wetland reserve to do a spot of bird watching, bird chasing (her not me obviously) & some topping up of our Vitamin D levels. The two big kids are both quite unwell, so they were at home with dad.
We spotted this little swan family there, mum, dad & four cygnets gliding through the water, i wish i had of taken a better shot, but i wasn't get any closer to the protective parents! Hope you all enjoyed your Sunday too, whatever you did.


I have not had a chance to go op-shopping in what seems like forever...........and i'm really feeling the urge to get scrounging & thrifting. So this little artwork & easel is something i bought a while ago & would love to share with you all.
This little oil painting is only tiny - about 12cm x 9cm, but i think the detail is quite amazing. I often wonder who painted it & where that beautiful scene is........
Go check out all the wonderful treasures that Sophie & other lucky ducks have found over at Her Library Adventures.

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Starting a new job, one child with croup, flat car battery, a poor dead goldfish, school reports, a baby with fevers, a hot-water service on it's last legs, school excursion, freezing cold weather, doctor appointments, a laptop that's been away getting fixed, a pasta machine that broke, certainly no time at all for op-shopping.........That's our week, so please excuse my absence & lack of creativity lately.........i just want to runaway (expect i love my new job too much!).

Monday, June 20, 2011

A - Z of me.

A fun little getting to know me exercise i found over at Her Library know i'm a sucker for these things! If you join in let me know.

A - Age :: 34
B - Bed size :: queen
C - Chore you hate :: cleaning out the fridge.
D - Dogs :: none, but Chas is saving for one apparently.
E - Essential start to your day :: A cup of green tea & a browse of my favourite websites.
F - Favourite colour :: yellow at the moment.
G - Gold or silver :: silver, have never worn gold.
H - Height :: I don't now, isn't that terrible?! But i am short, that i know.
I - Instruments you play :: I learnt the organ when i was younger, but hardly remember how to play it now.
J - Job Title :: Retail sales assistant. Yes i got a job! And in my favourite clothes store too :)
K - Kids :: Three, Chas (7), Amity (5 1/2) & Scarlett (16 mths).
L - Live :: gippsland, victoria, australia
M - Middle name :: jane
N - Nicknames :: some people call me Marley, my family call me "witch", hehehe.
O - Overnight hospital stays :: 5. Three for when i had my babies, 1 when i had concussion when i was 5 & 1 for when Amity had an op. Hopefully that'll be it.
P - Pet Peeve :: Bad spelling & grammar, i'm one of those people who secretly correct people's posts.
Q - Quote from a movie :: "Frankly my dear, i don't give a damn....", need i say anymore?
R - Right or left handed :: right
S - Siblings :: two sisters & one brother
T - Time you wake up :: I set the alarm for 7.30am but don't get up until 8am, luckily The Bloke is a morning person.
U - Unusual fact about yourself :: i have a phobia of chooks, seriously they scare me so much - it's a family joke
V - Vegetable you hate :: capsicum
W - What makes you run late :: The Bloke, he's always late, if i'm not with him i'm on time.
X - Xrays :: teeth & brain (and yes, i do have one!)
Y - Yummy food that you make :: wontons are a speciality of mine.
Z - Zoo animals :: giraffes are cool. 

Friday, June 17, 2011

From The Archives.

Linking up again with The Beetle Shack, with another photo from my archives.
This is my two sisters & i, this photo was taken in about 1985 - 86. We had just been to our local Show, a huge event in a small country town, where we had all just won "Miss Showgirl". Vanessa & i came equal first in our section & Kristen came first in her section. As you can see, we were in co-ordinating dresses that mum had made. Most exciting part was that we made the front page of our local paper the following Wednesday! I love this photo, such a wonderful memory - also because of the fact that it was taken in my Nanna & Nonno's lovely front garden, who luckily for us, lived next door.
And yes, Vanessa & i had to walk around with that sash around the both of us, hahaha!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Lemon Cordial.

If life (or in my case, the mother-in-law) gives you lemons.................make cordial!

1 1/2 cups lemon juice
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp lemon zest
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan & bring to the boil, stirring. Simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool. Strain the cordial & pour into a bottle. Refrigerate. Before serving dilute with water & ice.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Scenes from our weekend.

We soaked up some sunshine in our hometown with family this long weekend. Here are a few snaps before the camera battery decided to die.

Was just what we needed.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

What i am doing - In June.

Remember when you were little & the adults would say "the older you get the faster the year goes by"? Yep. Well i'm one of those adults now & i really can't believe how quickly June has come upon us - we are half way through the year already! Sheesh. Anyway, here's what i am up to.....

:: listening to chas reading. love it.
:: cooking homemade steak & mushie pies in my pie maker.....mmm
:: drinking Black Tea.....straight black, no sugar - that's how i like it.
:: reading Nothing prepared me! By Edna Eckford Quilty. A woman's bio of living on a cattle station in the outback. Great story.
:: wanting  Spring already.
:: looking Forward to our first market, i'm very excited.
:: playing With my photos over at Picnik. fun, fun, fun.
:: remembering when chas & amity were scarlett's age....doesn't seem so long ago
:: sewing  Cute little houses - stay tuned.
:: wishing i could go on a massive clothes shopping trip, so many sales on at the moment
:: enjoying the cows in the paddocks around us, cos we just found out they ain't going to be paddocks for much longer : (
:: waiting for the phone to ring
:: liking  Scarlett's love of having a book read to her
:: wondering why on earth did i have to have a coffee after 13 years of not drinking it? it was ewww.
:: loving a long weekend & this weekend is a four day one for us!
:: hoping i get a job soon
:: believing good things come to those who wait  
:: wearing pj's & dressing gown.
:: following The Stripe Mania board over at Pinterest
:: considering  dressing my girls matching.....what the??? always said i'd never do that.
:: knowing i just want to hibernate, it is soooo cold here at the moment
:: noticing stripes are everywhere.
:: thinking just looked in my wardrobe - i think i'm a cardigan junkie
:: needing some 'nice' boyish fabrics
:: giggling at, so funny - i was literally lol!
:: organizing goodies for our market - did i mention i'm getting excited?
:: feeling hopeful

Sorry no photo today, i'm too cold & lazy to go get the camera &'s freezing!! Hope you all stay warm & cozy this June.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Before & After.

Oh yes, it's the same boy. Can you believe the difference? I still get a little surprise everytime i see him! He just loves his new-do & so do i - one less head of hair to get ready in the morning. Scarlett couldn't believe her 'tazzy' had ears.....hehehe!

Friday, June 3, 2011

From the archives.

I stumbled (yes, stumbled......did you not know it's possible to stumble on a computer?) across a new blog recently, The Beetle Shack. Such a great read, you really should wander over (yes, you can wander too!) & check out all Emily's delightful posts. I love her From The Archives idea & had recently been thinking about looking through some old photos - this was all the motivation i needed. So here's my first From The Archives photo......

Oh my goodness, i remember this day like it was yesterday........but it wasn't because look how tiny they are! It was the 19th January 2006 a very, very hot day, there were bushfires in the district not far from my brother's house & The Bloke was there helping to hose their house down. Amity would've only been about 7 weeks old here & Chas about 19 months - he was busting to hold her, so i just braved it (and prayed he wouldn't drop her) & grabbed the camera. The grin on his face says it all. This is one of my favouritest photos ever........gosh they were so cute. Sigh.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


I just wanted to say a little sorry BIG thankyou to those who leave comments here on my blog. Reading all your sweet messages really make my day & leave a smile on my face! You are all so kind.
I am not sure whether you go back & check the comments section after you have posted them, so sometimes i don't know whether to reply to them or not? I just love my blog & sharing my humble little life with you all, so please know that your thoughts don't go unnoticed or unappreciated - i cherish them all.
I also like to leave comments on the blogs i read, but lately i have been able to comment on any other Blogger blogs!? It's very frustrating, so if i'm a regular at your blog & you haven't heard from me in a while......i am still reading all your wonderful posts & am not ignoring you on purpose.

So thankyou again my sweet bloggy readers.......