Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Monday, 28 October 2013
Kelly, whose former band The Coloured Girls were apparently named for a line from 'Wild Side', could be considered our Australian Reed for his prodigious songwriting talents. His anthems form odes to our country - 'Leaps and Bounds', 'To her Door', 'From Little Things Big Things Grow', 'How to Make Gravy' to name just a few. I remember my best friend being given the album 'Under the Sun', probably for a birthday or maybe just because. I was so jealous - I knew all the words of 'To her Door' and she didn't - it should have been mine!!
Last night's documentary reminded me I don't have enough Paul Kelly songs in my collection. As Megan Washington said, 'he was the guy who wrote all the songs'. For me - somebody who's trying to make and find both time and energy to write - I am in awe of a person who truly lives out their creative desires, always chasing the next song. It must be so satisfying to so fully express oneself - I look forward to the day when I can say the same thing about myself...
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
This is the sum total of our home vegetable garden efforts. It's not for the lack of wanting more, it's just that setting up these raised beds is sooooooo expensive. This planter alone was around the hundred dollar mark and I think I filled it with nearly that much worth in soil and straw alone. The poppy project has introduced me to our local community garden - my project partner is a keen gardener, her raised beds are producing in abundance. I have now taken up some beds of my own and today planted out seed potatoes - kipflers, nicolas and other randoms that sprouted at home. I've added some sugar snap pea seeds to the edges of the bed - they're past their plant-before-by-date, but I didn't think there was any harm in trying.
Jono came along and occupied himself by trying to help with digging, planting and watering. At 2 and a half his attention span is rather short, so I was amazed I got away with spending nearly a couple of hours there - I don't think I'll always be that lucky! I brought home a basket filled with herbs that are grown for everyone to share and a lovely fresh leek that I look forward to frying in a little butter and having with dinner. I can't wait to start eating our own produce and so much sooner than had I waited til we could afford to set up something here... which is just as well, because between Joe's car breaking down last week (battery AND fuel pump!) and our washing machine finally dying this morning, that home vege patch is looking a lot further away!!
Friday, 18 October 2013
The kids came home with holes the size of bowling balls in their stomachs earlier this week. A quick flick through the Women's Weekly Biscuits and Slices book and it was on - baked chocolate slice. Tom and Soph made quite a team, although fights over licking the bowl ensued. One had the slice mix bowl, the other, the icing... And mum had to try a little herself! This was their first joint effort at cooking and hopefully something that will continue. By Tom's age, I was baking cakes by myself, so I feel remiss I haven't let him run wild in the kitchen before now. If the slice was anything to go by, I will be encouraging Tom's (and Sophie's) presence in the kitchen a bit more regularly!!
PS. Sibling bliss is often short-lived. The next day, Sophie cut their pieces of slice to take to school and was quickly accused of short-changing her brother. I stepped in, adding a couple of extra bits to make sure each received the same size. Then Sophie was upset because she thought Tom was getting more... I took out the scales and weighed their servings and that was the end of that!
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
Now these are footless macarons - I don't know whether my mixture was too wet or if I piped them out too thick and inhibited their rising in the oven? I do know, however, that I'm not going to make it a challenge to find out how to perfect the macaron. The way of perfection, I feel, is a slippery slope with far too much tasting and testing involved than is good for the waistline. No, they will only be tested again with purpose - if I know I am going somewhere or have people coming here who can share the goods. Just making them for the family is not going to happen!!
Sunday, 6 October 2013
And whilst not writing at full speed this past month - well these past few months - I continue to read, read, read. I will be in the middle of reading a sentence from a random book and a small piece of text will come in to my head. This morning, for example, I was reading dialogue between a couple skirting around a relationship - something completely unrelated to the thought it triggered which was a new scene between Emily and her mother. Bizarre, I know, nothing to do with the 'will they or won't they' that I was reading in the book. I think it's almost a matter of seeing beyond the writing and in to the method, if that makes sense?!
I'm hoping to write more consistently this month. Term 4 begins on Monday and I have my fingers crossed that the warmer weather will mean less lurgies and more opportunities for writing new content. All in my own time of course, there's no place for superwoman here! My original deadline is March - this is to have the 80,000 words finished and ready for editing. That means about 4,000 words per month between now and then... I think I will take it month by month and see. Until next time!