When you put a lukewarm cup of coffee in the microwave, it's quicker to press Start and let it start cooking on high for one minute, than it is to press the '1' then the '5' and then Start. I'll just stand here and watch and I'll stop it after 10 or 15 seconds. I've … Continue reading When your tank is overflowing…
I know I said 'Never again.' And it was only a couple of weeks ago that I said it. But I lied. I am doing it again. Another market. This weekend. Yes, I am serious. I have a lot of cool stock. It's still all packed up from the last market and it was begging … Continue reading I lied. And I’m probably crazy.
I'm not going to lie. I totally underestimated the physical, financial and emotional costs of a two-day market in Melbourne. In the lead up, life revolved around getting ready for the market. My answer to anything that Elsie and Maeve asked was standard: 'Can we do some baking?' 'Yes. After the market.' 'Can you make … Continue reading How was the market?
I had a picture in my mind of how it would turn out. Actually the picture in my mind was compliments of Pinterest: Source I gave Elsie and Maeve a canvas each, showed them this picture on the computer and waited for the announcement that they wanted to make one exactly the same. 'That's cool!' … Continue reading Taking an idea and making it your own
My brother-in-law said something good when Elsie was a couple of years old. I told him that when she was born (at 24-weeks gestation) we sat beside our critical baby, born before any part of her body (inside or out) was ready and all of a sudden the drought and the failed crops didn't matter; we … Continue reading Worrying is like a rocking chair
That was the autumn break. Sixty-one millimetres of rain in 12 hours. It fills empty water tanks and the cracks in the ground, puts moisture in crop beds and waters those already sown, it lifts the spirits of the older generations and creates puddles for the younger ones. Oh dear, all of a sudden I … Continue reading You asked for tops for boys?
The problem was Maeve’s birthday cake. She'd made a choice from the Women’s Weekly Kids’ Cakes book; a castle. This wasn't a square cake with four upturned ice-cream cones as turrets either. No. The one she wanted had ornate gates made from icing piped onto baking paper and left to set before standing at the grand … Continue reading The birthday cake that kept on giving
Is anyone else ticking things off their calendar like it’s a relief? ‘Oh thank goodness, we can tick that one off.’ Is that how I want to teach our girls to live their lives? Everyone’s talking about it. December is crazy when it comes to functions, break ups, Christmas parties, Christmas drinks, as well as … Continue reading Advent calendar or not, the countdown is on
If you've just tuned in, there was no exam. Just late night preparations for The Square - Bendigo's Handmade Market yesterday. And it was worth it. We do love that market; the venue, the organisers, the other stallholders, the crowd, the sales, the marketing. It was another great day. I've just added a cool new … Continue reading I passed the exam