Thursday, April 20, 2006


...two weeks here. Fly out tomorrow. I'm so excited - seven-year-old-girl-night-before-her-birthday-excited. Hope to find some NZ crafty goodness. xx

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Five - My Lucky Number.

I've been tagged by Louise at Elsewhere.


Five minutes to yourself: how would you spend them, ideally?
A quick coffee in Mexico.

Five bucks to spend right now; how would you spend it?
Pretty paper.
Ball of wool.

Five items in your house you could part with, right now, that you hadn’t thought of already?
1. Old pair of shoes I seem to move every morning as I look for the shoes I want.
2. Chutney in the fridge...been a few weeks.
3. Lint.
4. Those things you use to tie up garbage bags...seem to have 1000s of them.
5. Wonky coat-hangers.

Five items you absolutely, positively could never part with in your house?
1. Toby
2. Photos
3. Blythe
4. Rebecca dvd.
5. My grandmother's chair.

Five words you love?
1. Icicle
2. Adorable
3. Recalcitrant
4. Sparkle
5. Eclipse

Five folk I'm tagging in return:
red felt flower
Dots and Loops
Jam Fancy
crafty badger

Thanks Louise!

Easter Chocolate Bliss Out

It's all a surgery blur but E and I had such a fun Easter. Went up to my sister's farm with the rest of my family - 26 of us in all. Hight moments include helping my brother in-law round up sheep, watching my Dad's face as my sister walked out with a cake to celebrate his 76th birthday, making 35 cupcakes with pale green frosting and fluffy chickens on top, eating chocolate from koko black and playing spotlight tiggy with my 11 nieces and nephews. Hope everyone had a good one.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Changing The World: One Dog At A Time...

Look who snuck up onto the bed for a bit of quiet time...he knows I don't have the heart to chuck him off when he looks like this!
Here are some more lovely dogs; Molly Chicken's cute little pup and Camilla's Morran. What a sweet hound.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


I do not have a desk with a view. To my left is bank of open plan offices. The top of a coat rack sticks up like the very top of a mast. We have quite a few indoor plants - but they look fake. I suppose they're meant to make us feel better about being inside but all they do is remind me of what I'm missing.

The ceiling in my office is quite low (anyone seen Being John Malkovich?). Okay, so not that bad. If I push my roller chair away from my desk and scoot to the right, I can see a high window in the distance. At this time of the afternoon, and when it's sunny, like now - the red brick buildings across the way turn this liquid honey colour - seriously, it's such a beautiful, thick, buttery red - you can't believe that sun and brick can make such a thing.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Easter Cards

This weekend was the first of cooler days. Sun was around here and there but mostly is was rain and dark clouds. All the elements were saying "snuggle down". We had a good friend up for the weekend, so it wasn't hard to do. Good bottle(s)of wine, glow of the heater, hot-cross buns with real butter, rain splashed windows and watching the remarkable The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Japser Morello, a short film by Anthony Lucas and the latest Pride and Prejudice.

Toby (wonder dog) got a great run when Em and I went for a short bike ride, but he was happier leaping from lap to lap. Ever tried knitting with a Jack Russell on your knees?

Anyway. Easter cards. I made some. Pictures from a great book called Happy Kitty Bunny Pony.

Days are getting sweeter.

Some Books I've Really Enjoyed

  • Apples For Jam by Tessa Kiros
  • Saturday by Ian McEwan
  • Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life by Andrew Motion
  • The Bell Jar by Syliva Plath
  • Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
  • Stasiland by Anna Funder

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