Oh and CONGRATULATIONS to the Cats. Go Geelong!!!
Saturday, 29 September 2007
Friday, 28 September 2007
Here is a photo that brings back memories of camping trips taken every Easter at Tocumwal on the Murray River.
Every Easter we would load into the car at some ungodly hour of the morning, preferably while it was still dark, and head up to the Murray. I remember Mick and I would go straight back to sleep in the nest Mum and Dad had made on the back seat. No need for seat belts in the 70's obviously. Why Dad felt it necessary to leave so early I have no idea - must ask him.
We would then spend a glorious Easter with a couple of other families doing what kids do best... swimming, digging, swinging out over the river on a tyre, eating jaffles, hunting for wildlife, making fires, (you could do that in the 70's too!) and generally running amok and having a ball.
There would be a massive communal fire going day and night, trench toilets that you filled in as you went, 3 of the mums were teachers so there were always activities going for anyone who was interested. One year we dyed every tea towel with natural dyes we made over the camp-fire and bark paintings that eventually became part of a gallery exhibition we put on for the grown-ups. Every night there were poetry recitals, charades, camp-fire songs, and more jaffles and sticks sprouting hot runny marshmallows.
The tents were triangular and orange and there were very few mod-cons but what splendid times they were.
Note - left to right, Jenny Pearson, Sally Waring, Georgie Gamble, Jason Gamble (up top), Cindy Gamble, Mick Pearson (on pole)
Recently we received our first shipment of Penelope Peapods...
These delightful cane baskets transform from a carry bag to a baby bassinet in the blink of an eye. After carrying around your super-cute bag you can fold down the gingham to reveal a sleeping baby complete with matching suit and hat. They are beautifully made and are the delight of little girls of all ages.
Forget Bratz, this Christmas Penelope Peapod is the way to go!
Tuesday, 25 September 2007
My great gift pick for this week is.....GEL GEMS
They are made of a clear rubbery substance and will stick to most smooth surfaces, including stainless steel fridges!! They look absolutely amazing when on a window as the light through the gel is gorgeous. We have ballerinas, boats, dogs, butterflies etc and they range from $10 to $19.
Sunday, 23 September 2007
I spent most of the day yesterday trying to fit all our new stock into the shop in some semblance of order. Customers were very understanding and stepped politely over piles of tees and baskets of squeakers as I tried a bit of re-jigging.
Friday, 21 September 2007
Wednesday, 19 September 2007
I also wanted to add a point to my tag post from yesterday. A few people have emailed me and can't believe I left off one of the weirdest things about me. (They think it's weird, I don't particularly).
9. I have never been pissed, or even tipsy. I don't drink alcohol.
Apparently a lot of the world's population find this strange especially as there is no religious or cultural reason for it. I just was never interested. I always get asked lots of questions when people find out like... 'Did you have a bad experience?' 'How did you kiss boys, sober?' 'How can you dance sober?' etc. etc.
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
First the rules....
a. Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves.
b. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed.
c.At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog!
Some of these will be obvious to anyone who reads my blog regularly but some might not be...here goes.
1. I have always wanted to be in a musical - Unfortunately I can neither sing nor dance but a girl can dream. I used to watch 'Oklahoma', 'Seven Brides For Seven Brothers', 'Singing In The Rain' etc endlessly, wishing that I was Debbie Reynolds or Shirley Jones. I still watch 'Grease', 'West Side Story', etc and itch and twitch to get up and be a part of the magic they create. I firmly believe that 'High School Musical' is the best thing to happen to television in decades!! Which brings me to my next point.
2. I still think like a sixteen year old! - My friends endlessly tease me about my love of all things 'teen'. Give me a movie set in a high school with a couple of cute leads and I am hooked. 'Blue Water High' is one of my favourite TV shows! I love knowing what is in the top 10 and have a Myspace page and a Facebook page. I own Avril Lavigne CDs and Mandy Moore is one of my favourite actresses.
3. In another life I believe I was a 1950's bobbysoxer and a cheerleader!!!
4. I ate jam sandwiches every day of my life until 2 years ago. I only limited them due to peer pressure to eat 'better'. Now they are more a weekly thing although I still have jam toast every morning. In Kris's household I am known as 'The Jam Sandwich.'
5. I don't think exercise is at all good for you. Everyone I know who exercises regularly is injured which proves my point. In my 20's I was known as the 'Three-toed Sloth, due to my dislike of expending unnecessary energy. (It may also have had something to do with the pack of Dunnhill Grey I smoked every day for 15 years!)
6. I love reading. I will read the side of a cereal box if I forgot to take my book to breakfast. I read in the car while stopped at lights. I can read and walk home at the same time. I always carry a book in my bag because you never know when you might get 5 minutes to read. I used to invite friends over to swim at my house and then spend all afternoon reading. (sorry Alex!) I usually have a couple of books on the go for different occasions - one that fits in my bag, one for book group, one to read in bed etc. I am also a book nerd because I prefer classics to modern lit. I also have a habit of reading certain loved books over and over again.
7. I am a Primary Teacher who worked at an all boys school before having kids. Prior to that I managed a restaurant in Richmond and worked in retail (visual display and merchandising focus) for 10 years.
8. Cotton wool makes me FREAK! I can not stand it. Even talking about it sets my teeth on edge and blocks my breathing! It's not that easy having babies when you can't touch cotton wool. I can't write any more...blahhhh!
Monday, 17 September 2007
On Saturday Johanna from One Red Robin dropped off some fabulous, handmade, one of a kind softies. (I have borrowed these shots from her site as I forgot to take my camera to work.) The huggable bunnies and rabbits are just waiting for little hands to love them and take them home.
This is the gorgeous Chibi doll I fell in love with and now resides at my house.
This is the last order Johanna is doing for a while so they really are very special.
Chibi doll $39 and huggable cat and bunny $37
Friday, 14 September 2007
Thursday, 13 September 2007
My neighbour and I have a fabulous system going where we mow each others naturestrip whenever we are doing our own. This ensures a gorgeous streetscape outside our homes with half the effort. (I have to admit that I am not the one that aerates the grass, or fertilises! )
We also do our next neighbour who I don't think even owns a mower! But how far do you go? Do you stop at the first driveway? Do you venture over and be a good Samaritan? Do you run the risk of offending if you don't ask if you can mow first? (what if they like their grass long)
I figure that as I have the mower out, I'm happy to keep going if it's needed but I'm scared I will offend.
And my next query is why are so few people willing to go to a bit more effort and help out their neighbours?
I know I am very lucky because not only does my lawn get mowed but my bins also mysteriously get put away. I LOVE KINGSVILLE!
Wednesday, 12 September 2007
The wonderful BABYLEGS haven't been mentioned before in this blog so I thought I'd share them with you. They are an American product that was developed by a Mum to keep her babies legs warm during nappy-free time. Since then she had discovered that kids of all ages love wearing them. They make fabulous leg warmers for chilly spring mornings and are so quick to peel off when the sun warms up. I have even been known to wear them on my arms in cooler weather!
And of course they are just perfect for the budding ballerina!
They come in one size so the taller you are the lower on the leg they sit. We have dozens of styles and colours and at $17.00 they are one of my top present picks.
Monday, 10 September 2007
Friday, 7 September 2007
I am now full of enthusiasm and excitement and can't wait to get stuck back into it again. How could you not when there are flowers like these just waiting to to be loved into bloom.
(I now have a totally inflated view of myself as a gardener and think I am pretty shit-hot as a horticulturalist!)
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
Tuesday, 4 September 2007
It is the Gilmore House in Stars Hollow Connecticut USA.
I super prize from CHALK will be winging its way to you in the next day or two.
And I promise that soon I will write a post that is actually related to CHALK seeing as this is the CHALK blog!
Monday, 3 September 2007