Tuesday, 31 July 2007
The film was brimful of drama and adventure, marvellous effects, and plenty of of teenage angst. We enjoyed ourselves immensely, but I certainly wouldn't take a young child to see this -- it was much too dark and complex. But then Harry and his friends are already 17, so I do think it's appropriate to give the films more depth now.
Then home to dinner (which I'd prepared in the morning): tacos filled with chilli beef, cheese and tomato salsa; Mexican rice with chillies, cumin and avocado; and a side salad. Yum!
Monday, 30 July 2007
Sunday, 29 July 2007
Nance is a quilting teacher, so we had plenty to talk about, and she was sweet and encouraging about my sample quilt.
Our guests arrived at 3:30pm for afternoon tea.
The table was set buffet-style, and we all lounged on comfy chairs after helping ourselves to tea and cakes.
Jumps had only told me our invitation was accepted at 2pm, but luckily I had a well-stocked freezer.
Three kinds of biscuits, gingerbread, carrot cake and even whipped cream appeared as if by magic.
The rosy tea-table posy completed a pretty picture.
I do enjoy shopping for food!
Then we browsed the bric-a-brac stalls; I'm still searching for a pretty little white jug, but didn't see one that was just right.
Although Boo was rather keen on getting one of these as well -- at this I felt it was time to set off home!
Saturday, 28 July 2007
Friday, 27 July 2007
We shopped, visited the library and the post office, and took Grandma to the station. Boo accompanied her on the train three stations down the line, where I waited to meet him, then we both waved her goodbye. Boo cried -- I'm not sure if it was because he was watching her leave, or because he had to get off the train! Then home via another shopping expedition.
The sunny afternoon was then blissful ours to potter.
Boo was entranced with his new train set (thanks to the toy library) so I happily:
... and whipped up fresh fettucine with prawns, roasted capsicum and garlic for dinner (without a recipe).
Thursday, 26 July 2007
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
Monday, 23 July 2007
I've always wanted a patchwork quilt, so each Monday I potter off to the friendly Toytown Uniting church for beginner's classes.
Lessons cost the grand total of $2, and that includes warming cups of tea and assorted biscuits.
Two lovely ladies mind the children, but Boo refuses to go, despite the fact that several children who he knows quite well also go, and there are plenty of toys. But Papa has volunteered to spend the morning with Boo, and often the two of them meet me in town afterwards for a sandwich at the park.
We're making a sampler quilt -- above is a piece called "Card Trick" which was fun and easy to do -- I love the piecing and applique, but find the quilting bit of quilt-making rather hard work!
Beside the springs of Dove,
A Maid whom there were none to praise
And very few to love:
A violet by a mossy stone
Half hidden from the eye!
Fair as a star, when only one
Is shining in the sky.
She lived unknown, and few could know
When Lucy ceased to be;
But she is in her grave, and oh,
The difference to me!
When they bloom the lorikeets come from miles around to sip the nectar. The vivid feathers of the birds were stunning against today's summery sky.
Sunday, 22 July 2007
Boo decorated the birthday cake himself this afternoon, and proudly showed it to everyone he could -- he even invited the neighbours who were passing by to come in and look!
Daddy lit the candles (twice) and Boo blew them out (twice! -- although Jumps claims he did get one).
And eagerly sat with Daddy under the "Tiger Tree" (filled with scary tigers, or so I am told).
While Jumps and I took in the sights and sounds of rushing water ...
.. and the lush greenery.
Then I made the ultimate sacrifice and dragged myself up an enormous hill to the falls. There Boo gorged himself on biscuits, even though Daddy had carried him up most of the steep bits!