Monday, 31 May 2010
Nothing has been done -- the nursery is unplanned, clothes need to be sorted, washed and stored, and nappies laid out. Of course, I know that all a tiny baby needs is a soft, warm place to sleep, and lots of time with Mummy, so I'm not particularly worried. It's more my wardrobe that needs to be settled!
So last week my Mother took me shopping -- first to the chocolate cafe for tea and a single exquisite chocolate (for me), a milkshake and a piece of mudcake (for Boo) -- and then to the lingerie boutique in Toy Town. Here I chose a lovely, simple blue nightie with buttons down the front, and a pair of snuggly pastel pink pyjamas which also open at the front.
And, as a treat, the quaint bedjacket I ooohed over was added to the gift.
Who would have thought I'd love a bedjacket? It's always seemed to me to be the domain of little-old-ladies and patient invalids.
ut I've been grateful for it every morning since it was bought, as it's perfect to cuddle into and keeps me toasty when I lie in bed and drink my tea while gazing out the window. And I know it will come in extra handy on cold nights and chilly mornings when I pull Alphonse into bed with me to feed him (we try not to co-sleep, but I do have my babies in a crib just beside my bed, and pull them into the warmth to feed).
Sunday, 30 May 2010
I woke late, and opened the family room curtains to see Boo and Granny busily mulching the front border with leaves, then drank my tea while the gardeners (joined by Papa, now) planted 20 small hedges and three large trees in our field. Immediately the expanse of grass seems to have become a garden -- there are still two flowering cherries to be put in, and in just a few years I know it will look magnificent.
Then I puttered about the house, cleaning and making cream-of-courgette soup, while Boo bathed and dressed before going out with Papa on a shopping excursion.
Jumps meanwhile mowed, raked, (sadly buried a deceased chicken), and chopped and stacked wood, and he's now in the shed finishing up a homebrew that needs to be bottled.
The fire's on, windows and curtains are closed, and dinner prepped -- we're tucked in cosily for the night and ready for the storm to do its worst!
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
However, Anna has kindly left it up, and I have been getting such a lot of pleasure from browsing the archives. It's also a nice opportunity to try some Schoolhouse recipes at leisure -- like this one, for chocolate sauce.
The sauce is quick and easy to make, and certainly ticks the box for "delicious" -- and it turns into a soft, sticky chocolate toffee after resting in the fridge overnight (ask me how I know!).
Boo enjoyed it on his icecream, but drew the line at putting the syrupy stuff in his morning hot chocolate -- he knows how he likes it made and he's not going to change!
A good store-cupboard treat for cold and rainy days. Just like today, in fact.
Monday, 24 May 2010
Then we made a bunch together and tied it with a thick pink ribbon. I think it's splendid, don't you?
Friday, 21 May 2010
But when the little boy went into the coop his loving chickens made him a bed of soft feathers, and kept him warm all night by placing their motherly wings around him.
So, last night Boo announced he would "sleep with the chickens".
Jumps and I were quite amused, but told him it was much too cold and dark and smelly in there. "Of course it's not!" declared Boo. "I'll simply take my sleeping bag and torch with me."
We decided to see how far he'd get, and helped our little man pack a box of biscuits, a bottle of water, his sleeping bag and torch, then waved him good bye as he marched out the door into the dark, dark night.
Of course we then peered out the window, and to our surprise saw his little light bobbing further and further away down the field, then heard the creak of an opening gate as he entered the pen.
We were both astonished at his bravery.
"If he's not back in 10 minutes I'm going to get him," said Jumps, while I silently determined I'd give him five minutes at the most!
But almost immediately we saw the little light bobbing closer, and a small voice asked if someone would come to help him open his sleeping bag, as he was having trouble. When Jumps suggested that perhaps Daddy could come and help him bring everything inside after all, Boo agreed to come home for the night and sleep in his own warm bed. When it's summer again Daddy promised they'd set up the tent in the garden just beside the coop.
But what bravery! And how fervently he believes in fairy tales!
Thursday, 20 May 2010
For a long while it sat empty, but I think these intriguing, sturdy, almost primitive plants rather suit the mysterious bas-relief depicted. Which, by the way, shows the ancient story of St Hubert and the Hart.
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
My mother propagated this pretty plant from one flourishing in her front garden -- I've taken slips and potted two more, so hopefully in a few months I'll have at least one matching plant at the other side of our entrance.
Sunday, 16 May 2010
Outside My Window... Evening is drawing in, and the air is quickly turning cold. I've just put on the fire -- which I'm becoming quite expert at -- so that when Boo comes home (he's gone with Papa to take Oliver home after the weekend) the house will be toasty ...
I am thankful ... for my marvellous endocrinologist, who returns my emails at 11:30pm on a weekend(!), is practical, forthright and kind, and the foremost specialist in Australia on pregnancy and diabetes. (And did I mention she is free? So I'll be thankful here too for our medical system, which ensures free comprehensive pregnancy care -- including delivery, obstetrics and ultrasounds -- for every Australian) ...
From the kitchen... Fresh-baked bread (make by Jumps this morning) but very little else -- Dad has made beef stroganoff for tonight, and tomorrow evening we're off to Grandma's for a meat-pie dinner. So a break from the kitchen for me!
I am wearing... huge maternity pants and a warm brown tracksuit top (which no longer does up at the front -- Alphonse is shaping up to be a BIG baby) ...
I am creating... still more name banners (birthdays every week it seems!) -- these for Rory, Jaxon and Lexa ...
I am going... to the prenatal endocrine clinic in the city every two weeks from now on, with an ultrasound at each visit to check baby's well-being and growth. I'll also have to stay in the city fulltime for three weeks before my due date, which on one hand will be a holiday, but I will miss home and find it difficult to be idle when I'm sure to be in nesting mode ...
I am reading... I know you've got soul by Jeremy Clarkson, Freak onomics, and a host of New Scientists and Economists. I'll pretty much pick up anything that looks interesting and is lying around ...
One of my favorite things... is one-on-one chats with either of my parents in their cosy loungeroom or spacious sitting room. I so enjoy the adult relationship we have now -- they're both very interesting people whose ideas and opinions I respect (even if we don't always agree on everything) ...
Here is a picture thought I am sharing... (autumn leaves brighten up the fruitbowl in the dining room) ...
Friday, 14 May 2010
Then it was time to fill buckets with fresh milk the feed the calves. I love how Boo always jumps into new experiences enthusiastically -- he was first to carry a bucket, and petted the calves without fear. He's seldom shy around adults, either, and laughed uproariously when the farmer let a calf such his fingers. At first Boo said he'd never let a calf do that to him, but before long he was offering fingers, elbows and knees to the babies to suck!
At the moment the tree is a rainbow of colours -- reds, greens, pinks and yellows -- but before long there will only be bare branches and cloudy skies to look at, so every morning now I drink in the view.
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Not that Boo and I had a party to go to, just a happy day at home for the two of us. So we halved the ingredients and only made five nice big joys: one for daddy, one for mummy, one for Boo, and two for preschool.
90g butter or margarine
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon honey
4 cups Corn Flakes
Preheat oven to 150°C.
- Line 12hole patty pan with paper cases.
- Melt butter, sugar and honey together in a saucepan until frothy.
- Add Corn Flakes and mix well.
- Working quickly spoon into paper patty cases.
- Bake in a slow oven 150°C for 10 minutes.
Recipe from Kelloggs.
Monday, 10 May 2010
... my precious men (big and little) ...
... a wonderful Mother's Day.
Saturday, 8 May 2010
Friday, 7 May 2010
For the last few months I've had a hankering for Chinese dumpling soup, and generally indulge myself at lunchtime. It's low-fat, low-carb and packed with vegies, so it's a craving I'm happy to satisfy.
We've found a supplier of mouthwatering frozen dumplings in several varieties: pork and coriander; vegetarian with tofu; chicken and water-chesnuts; and beef and bamboo shoots.
I simply boil up a pot of stock (as easy as putting on a saucepan of water or premade stock, and throwing in a package of spices), and once that's bubbling toss in a handful of dumplings. Three or four minutes to chop a carrot, some capsicum, snow peas and bok choy, then into the pot with those, too.
Finally some shredded coriander, a quick mix through the broth, and into a deep soup bowl to slurp in the sunshine.
Thursday, 6 May 2010
This arrangement meant we always had to take the long way around from one house to another -- down past the Asel tree and across part of the driveway.
But a few months ago Gran decided that Boo needed a special pathway straight to the manor, and so she cut a hole in the fence and built a pretty shortcut through the trees.
Monday, 3 May 2010
This is an easy melt-n-mix recipe from Taste.com -- Jumps suggested it would be perfect with a cup of tea and a scone at the church social.
He insisted we have one "redback spider" (the poisonous variety which we see around here every now and then), and then two "greenbacks" (his own invention).