25 March 2008

Hands up

those who ate too much chocolate over Easter, I know I certainly did. Not only chocolate but all the other good things in life. Friday night we went to a friends house for the yummiest seafood feast of crayfish(lobster) prawns and freshly caught calamari, along with a great selection of yummy salads, my poor tummy had had enough by the end but my mouth just kept wanting to eat, it all tasted too good. The rest of the weekend was mostly spent around the house with just the odd venture out to get videos or attend an Easter service. All in all a great battery recharger.
The loveliest thing this morning was to wake to rain,nothing to heavy at the moment but it is meant to last for a couple of days and the veggie patch is loving it. It's the first rain we've had in months and it's delicious.
Have just heard the posties squeaky brakes so better go and see whether he has bought any thing other than bills.
ETA Thanks to those of you who left a comment and said hi, it's nice to hear from you.

20 March 2008

So who are you???

My counter keeps going up but no one is saying hello, so if you have time leave a comment and say gidday.

Poor neglected blog

Paper crafts-not just for indoors.Monkey in the pumpkin patch
Sally and Paul's wedding gift box(don't look Sal) I also have a matching card. This is my favourite
paper at the moment from the new Kaiser range

An Easter card for Joseph's girl friend

Just a little pop up card

I love these new tree stamps from hero arts and the curlicue background stamp from stampit

Egg boxes for the primary school boys teachers

I haven't tended to my little blog for ages. Not a lot has been happening here, just the routine of school, work, sport and the always present household duties.

I have been playing with my toys though and especially my new nestability dies, I really love the scallop circles and have even used it to make stakes for my herb garden. I bought the new Penny Black fresh new day stamp set thinking that it would be a good one for the kids to make their Easter cards with but have ended up using them more myself.

The family is looking forward to the long weekend over Easter, the down time will be nice. We head off in a couple of weeks to my nieces wedding on the Saturday (hence the wedding box, Sal, if you are looking at this close your eyes now) and baby Xavier's Baptism on the Sunday and a family catch up. I'm really looking forward to seeing my big brother too, he is down from Darwin and will get to stay for the wedding., we haven't caught up other than the phone since the beginning of last year.

I hope everyone has a great and safe Easter, cheers.

3 March 2008

Dad's album

Unfortunately the crackle medium did not work as well under the blue paint as the brown but it still has a slightly distressed look.

My Dad died a few days after my 14th birthday but I have never in all this time made an album for him, I have done pages but never an actual album until now. When I was in Adelaide at the stamping and scrapping fair a few weeks back I came across this little album and these papers that remind me so much of my Dad. I think his favourite shirt was similar in colours, very 70s, the era I remember him in best. I had Saturday night with only the two older boys so while I watched the vicar of dibley I managed to get this done with my stable table balanced on my lap, one of those things I had bought and rarely used but now have discovered it great for small projects while I'm watching tv in the lounge. All I have to do now is get some photos printed off, going down to pick out my new printer today, my other one no longer wants to print properly, add some journaling and it's all done.

2 March 2008

I love a sunburnt country

Bren after the big trip in the very little plane Over lake torrens
Cattle on Mulgaria station

I don't think I'll ever complain about it being dry here again
The Murray river near Murray Bridge

Salt plains on lake Torrens
Ocean near Port Pirie

More of the salt plains

I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of drought and flooding rains, I love her far horizons, I love her jewel sea, Her beauty and her terror - The wide brown land for me.
These photos remind me so much of this poem.

Brendan just returned from a quick trip up to Mulgaria (above Lake Torrens in South Australia) to check over a drought affected property up there. It is amazing to see the diverse type of country from the air and I loved seeing his photos and thought I'd put a few on here to share. He took 137 so I won't put all of them on. I was so relieved to see him arrive home safe and sound as three of them flew up in a single engine plane, it seemed so small sitting on the tarmac but they said the flight was great and passed really quickly, and no wonder with all the lovely scenery.

Not a post about a pretty cobweb

But more about the fact that Joseph made me run inside and grab the camera when he spotted it. I love that they see beauty in the everyday things like cobwebs and sunsets and are starting to appreciate what the camera can do to record it.