Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Monday, 28 September 2009
Sunday, 27 September 2009
One apple, after three years, gobbled on six slices of toast for breakfast today- Harvest Sunday in the Land of the Strawberries!
Makes me feel better about reactivating FarmVille! Not only in the virtual land do we plough the fields and scatter...!
Saturday, 26 September 2009
But we all know that strawberries need the right conditions...
...with the promise of easier walking at the top, on the other side of the wall...
Careful nurturing may be required,
and meeting nice friends for lunch in the middle helps, if you can find them...
but they are invariably better when the light comes on...
Good times had by all!
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
I took Ghosts to read in the GP's waiting area this morning, which is right beside the Library area (and above the pool) in our Wellbeing Centre. So I did make a childless foray into those stacks too- much more hushed and hallowed without suns- definitely a lesson learnt! So today's theme would appear to be love gone awry...
Or love goes awry meets gingerbread theme of this autumn with the Bean's gingerbread steamers, lattes et al...
And finally, moving from love to gingerbread to all things delicious and good...
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Monday, 21 September 2009
11. Rhubarb bundles
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Many significant things have passed below my bridge this weekend, of which one was a delivery of rhubarb! Thanks to Rod and Dee for same; my rhubarb this summer has been thin and sickly, and thus muchly lovely it was to be given a bag of thick and juicy stems.
None of the above photos are, obviously, of my rhubarb. I did arrange a suitably bloggy photo as I started to chop this afternoon, but once again I have killed the camera battery by having it plugged into the computer too long, resulting in Significant Thing Number 2.
Hence my deactivated FB status may yet lead to the hoped for productive use of time, but this won't necessarily mean less time right here! I can guarantee that it won't be leading to a batch of handmade macaroons, although maybe the muffins could appear alongside the standard crumble and little jar of Jamie Oliver directed compote (delicious with cheese- much of which has also gorgeously been left behind by Rod and Dee)... Who's for lunch tomorrow?
Saturday, 19 September 2009
I can't quite work out how to rotate this picture! (This will come as no surprise to those of you who know me well.) It does, somewhat askewedly, record the pancake breakfast that Prince Charming got up to make for us all this morning, and you can barely make out said pancakes on the left, which should be the top. There are no pancakes to be found on suns' plates for obvious reasons! The wolfing only stopped when Jojo declared that he was sick with pancakes... Only to state that he would however be returning to the three quarters of his third pancake after a little break. It's late now, and he is long abed, so I may just hasard to discard the remains...
This was a deliberately lazy start to our Saturday. Mattman especially is visibly exhausted after three weeks of adjusting to a new, much stepped up work routine in the classroom, as well as to a whole new playground dynamic where playing Clone Wars doesn't compete with football. He has two "I've been brave today" stickers on his star chart and they were much warranted. Jojo seems thankfully less grumpy in the afternoons, and hasn't perpetrated any scrambled acts since last weekend- to my knowledge!
We did mean lazy to be the theme of the day, but managed nonetheless to: meet my parents for lunch in town, buy new walking boots for the suns, in the hope that this weather will hold for some mountains next week, fit in a playpark before swimming lessons, call with fabulous friends for outside coffee, arrange piano lessons with their third musical sun, and finally cook dinner for friends and their fourth child. On a news break from Daniel Craig and movie history's greatest shower scene, I am washing twelve socks, six sweatshirts and four pairs of shorts.
Friday, 18 September 2009
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Well, actually, girls, my house is sparkling! But thanks for asking- it was inspired by you that I filled my squirter with vinegar and water, scrumpled up Tuesday's papers (pausing briefly over the picture of Patrick Swayze), and cleaned windows throughout the land. This having cleaned all the floors of the land, washed dishes, fed two small boys, collected a bigger boy, and listened to four boys play slightly unsupervised in the garden!
And did I mention that I also made it to the Bean- recently discovered but increasingly beloved coffee shop in a garden village- for an hour's green tea break with its regulars. Oh and homework is done too; ode to joy!
A day of happy, after two and a half weeks of unhappy, slowly readjusting to routine, families.
I'm just off now to cook from scratch... Who knows what tomorrow holds?
Monday, 14 September 2009
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Motherhood I know in my head to be a long-term process, as I know that to make an omelette... But I've only got one basket for these eggs, and sometimes it gets heavy!
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
With credits to Crafting Catherine for the splurge incentive and C for the philosophical conundrum...
Sunday, 6 September 2009
Saturday, 5 September 2009
You can take Hide and Seek with you to any location,
find some sun as well, if you're lucky,
and even some partially hidden meaning in Ulster-Scots!