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The past two years have been all about adjusting to motherhood and finding my way through it via craft. The out pouring of this came in the form of my blog Aunty Mum. Now I'm finally finding my feet, the children are growing, I'm getting some independence and my interests are morphing . . . into cooking. Join me in exploring creativity in many forms, food, fabric, frowns and laughter.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cakes, Decorations and Tantrums


I can’t decide what’s more stressful: very tired children in desperate need of a holiday; or a stressed out mother who has done no Christmas shopping, almost no Christmas baking and has only one more child free day before the holidays start.

Knowing that cake decoration is not my forte I’ve decided to share with you my effort for a Christmas Cake. I did have gorgeous photographs of the un-iced version as it shows a beautiful Victorian fruit cake from a recipe handed down for generations in my mother’s family. Unfortunately I accidentally deleted the photographs rather than transferring them to the computer as my kids were all having a tanty about something or other.


There are two major flaws with this decorating . . . the first being the heat of our New Zealand summer. Fondant only seems to want to wilt in this weather and gets damper instead of setting properly. The second is that I rolled the fondant way too thin. But we live and learn and the kids think it’s the most beautiful Christmas cake ever crafted. They’re so sweet.

As for the knitting, well it’s taken very much a back seat over the past week. There just isn’t the time right now to relax of an afternoon and enjoy watching the children play while I create. This is the key reason I’m looking forward to next week. Apart from the last minute dash around the supermarket on Christmas Eve to get all the truly fun and naughty food, my preparations should be over with by tomorrow night so we’ll be able to head down to the park/beach for sand and swing fun; we should be able to relax around the house and enjoy the heat and the paddling pool; we should be able to sleep late without worrying about catching busses, making school lunches and driving up to kindy every day. (I know that the “sleep late” thing is but a dream, but that’s the stuff life is made of they tell me.)

Now I’d best go get my oldest girl organised for her school prize giving. She’s not up for any awards but she insists on going along every year. Thanks again to Kim who is ferrying her about once again. I realised today that Kim has fast become a “chocolate cheescake friend” . . . the kind of friend I have to make a double chocolate cheescake for to say thank you for all the wonderful help she gives us.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas may be for children . . .


But Christmas Trees are not!

I hate how anally retentive I get about Christmas Trees, the correct way to decorate them and the perfect placing of each ornament with love, precision and care. So this year I’m trying my hardest to let the tree be, just as it is and not tamper with it when the children are sleeping soundly and unaware of what I’m up to.



Yes, I’m afraid I have been known to take all the decorations off the tree and re-apply them hoping they won’t notice the difference. This year I’m determined to leave it just as it is.

Of course, it doesn’t help that I’m suddenly laden with a summer cold, have sneezed for two days and have a temperature on the inside at the same time our day is having a “temperature” of its own. Colds are so much easier to handle when it’s cold outdoors.

We attempted to enjoy our tree erection process aided by favourite songs like Snoopy’s Christmas, Rudolph and Jingle Bells and the kids had a great time showing off their handywork to their Dad when he arrived so it can’t be as bad as I feel it is.

So it’s the last week of school and kindy and then we’re into the holidays for six weeks. I’m starting to get worried now as I’m fed up after one day: what will we be like by the time school goes back? I’ll be sure to let you know if we survive!

My Brother the Artist

DSCF1441We’ve had a surprise visit from my brother this weekend and the children have had a fabulous time hanging out with their dad. But the biggest blessing came when he handed me his portfolio case and I pulled this partially complete drawing out.

Now, I’ve always known my brother was talented but I had no idea just how talented. This girl is so beautiful that I feel sad she has to return to Auckland with Andrew to be completed and, no doubt, sold on to someone else. Oh how I wish she could stay.


My brother has chosen an interesting life; a life where he has no fixed abode, where he spends his days sitting on inner city streets and creating work like this. I’ve been guilty of being quite frustrated with his choices, disbelieving of some of his tall tales and sceptical of whether he was truly creating works of art or just bumming around. I definitely have to re-think the latter.



My mum and brother have taken the children to play at the school for an  hour so I can begin to prepare lunch in peace and they can have some time with him without me telling them off all the time. So I’m now going to take myself to the kitchen and make quiche and salad and gaze upon this. I must make him promise to draw something for me . . . and I’m even willing to pay for it.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Janae


As I write this blog Janae and Rogan are playing on Janae’s new water slide. Well, Rogan’s having a ball and Janae is so tired from all the excitement she’s sitting naked in the middle of the lawn crying. However, don’t let the current mood lead to you believe that her third birthday has been anything other than very successful.


Her gifts were opened excitedly by six thirty this morning. Thankfully, the scooter was a huge hit. Every person who arrived this morning was greeted with a display of how clever she was on it.





All her gifts were received with a very grateful “Thank you” before being ripped into with glee. Here she is carrying Nanny’s gift in.




There was, of course the mandatory licking of the icing bowl to be undertaken this morning.





Lots of yummy food to be eaten . . . most of it sweet and tasty . . . which will account for a good deal of the mood going on right now.



And a birthday cake to be eaten. I apologise for my huge lack of finesse in cake making. It really is not my forte, however, when you’re three you don’t really care do you?


Now I’m counting down the hours until bedtime. We have another huge day tomorrow with celebration lunches for Nana’s 65th birthday and then the Christmas carols in the park tomorrow night. Boy, it’s going to be a long day on Sunday.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Birthday Galore


I cannot believe how many birthdays there are this week. The most important, of course, is that of our little Janae. She will be three tomorrow. Here are her gifts from us all wrapped and waiting to be discovered in the morning.

I’ve spent all day shopping and preparing for the party tomorrow. Seven little girls racing around the lawn . . . can you hear the noise?

But we’ve been so blessed because Janae’s best friend Ava has her very own bouncy castle and she’s bringing it tomorrow. I’m praying for no rain so that they can be outdoors and having fun rather than cramped in the toy room so here’s hoping.


It’s also Anna’s birthday today. I haven’t had a chance to see her so here’s her gift ready for when she drops off her daughter tomorrow morning. She’s a choc-o-holic so it’s just a box of chocolates. But it comes with a caveat: she must not allow her husband to hide them from her and if she wants to sit down and eat them all in one sitting then she jolly well should!


And Nana’s birthday is on Saturday. She’s always been disappointed because Janae was born a day early and they don’t share a birthday, but I think it’s better that way. I’ve bought her a rose from the children. Nana has a lovely big deck off her lounge with lots of pots and plants and, while she’s not strictly a rose plant person, I know that every summer, when this flowers, she’ll think of her grandchildren.

So, it’s happy birthday to all, and to all a happy birthday. The cake is cooling in the kitchen ready for icing tomorrow; the party treats are in the pantry; the gifts are wrapped. All that’s required of me now is a decent night’s sleep so that I can cope with the chaos tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Too Hot to Think

Today has been one of those days where I wonder what the weather will be like come February as it’s so warm and it’s only December (just). But, jobs to be done so no slacking due to heat.

We have Janae’s birthday party on Friday and I couldn’t have little girls wading through knee length grass to get to the outdoor toys; thus the mower was deployed. I only mowed a week ago and I still managed to get 15 catcher loads of grass off. In between I had to stop to de-head lice my children. Poor little Rogan has picked up some nasties in his hair and was sent home from Kindy. So, out with the conditioner and all three children are in the process of transforming from the “unwashed” to the washed once again.


It’s the Mainly Music final session tomorrow and it’s the Christmas special. This morning Janae and I were at Carolyn’s wrapping children’s presents, sampling her delicious shortbread that makes up part of the mums gifts and have quite a chat and giggle. But I had to come home and get started on my contribution to morning tea. Usually we have some fabulous women from our congregation that have a roster and provide morning tea for the mothers, but we’re special lady-less this week so it’s down to us. I’ve been perfecting my neenish tarts in preparation for Christmas and I’ve managed to churn out these delicious little treats for tomorrow. The best part is, my children don’t seem to care for them so there’s no danger of them being snapped up early in the morning. Neenish tarts always make me think of Christmas as they were the true sweet treat my mother always made. I think they lasted until Boxing Day and that was it until the next Christmas.


And I had to share this picture with you. The other morning Janae was being a little troublesome due to getting up far too early so I threatened to send her off in my suitcase to some place exotic. She thought this was a great idea and jumped in ready to go. Her pillow nor her koala fitted in the case so I’m guessing she postponed her trip until I can get a bigger case.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Rip Roaring Retreat

I’ve just come home from a wonderful weekend away with a bunch of women ranging in age from 80 to 20 up in the Kaimais at a little place called the “Lazy Tramper”. Actually, a more aptly named venue for yours truly couldn’t possibly have been found.

It was a weekend filled with laughter, inspirational speakers, glorious food and a New Zealand singer, Nicky Moran, that everyone has to hear. Nicky has the most amazing voice. While I hate to pigeon hole anyone, she is like a modern amalgamation of Carole King and Norah Jones but so much more. And I was so blessed to be given her latest CD by one of the ladies at the retreat.

I charged my camera up especially to take lots of photographs but never got around to taking any so I’ve added some of the children playing when we got home. So often, after I’ve been away for a couple of days, it’s difficult to get into the swing of things and we fall out. Today we’ve had a lovely couple of hours in the searing heat.


We filled up the paddling pool and wallowed for a bit in cold water. We got the bubble mix and blew bubbles.

Janae, our little bee whisperer has been chasing bees around the lawn. I keep waiting for the scream that we associate with a first bee sting but it’s yet to come. She can pick them up with her bare fingers, stand on them, pick them up in all sorts of containers and they’ve yet to sting her. It’s coming though, I’m sure.


And on Friday, before getting away for the weekend, I finally finished the back of my jumper. Whew, what a marathon. But now I’ve done one side I know I can do another. I’ve just about completed the ribbing on the front and, once the children are tucked up in bed, I’ll do some more out in the cool evening air . . . that’s assuming there is going to be some cool evening air.

Right, fights are erupting so it must be dinner time.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Wonderful, Wet, Summer Morning


In the middle of winter I always long for weeks and weeks of sunshine that I know come with summer. The reality of weeks and weeks of sunshine is that I end up longing for rain. And today it arrived. Nice, wet, nourishing rain.

Janae and I had no option but to get the recipe books out and do some baking. Today I decided that I was going to make some things that I’d never made before as I’m completely over the usual family favourites. So above is a picture of our peanut brittle cookies. These were fun as I got to roast peanuts, make toffee to pour all over them and the best bit is the kids don’t like them so I get to share them with the Mainly Music mums tomorrow.

I also got my mother’s enthusiasm going when I phoned and asked for her recipe for good old fashioned sultana cake. This was a cake I didn’t much care for as a child, but as an adult it’s delicious. And the best part is that it’s all in archaic measurements. It had me completely bamboozled for a while. I can cope with ounces and pounds usually but this was strange. The recipe called for three quarters of a pound of sugar and half a pound of flour etc. Why it couldn’t just say 12 ounces and so on. We got there in the end and it’s come out looking like something from the Women’s Institute bake-off.

The final piece of baking was totally child oriented and they are ring shaped, chocolate flavoured cookies covered in chocolate icing and sprinkles. The look on Kayley and Rogan’s faces when I presented them with the cookies for afternoon tea made the whole fiddly process worthwhile. In fact, I think they’re going to form an essential part of our birthday party fare from now on. I just have to invest in a smaller doughnut cutter.


And while all this baking was going on little Janae was a princess. Well . . . maybe not a princess but queen of play dough certainly. It took almost as long to clean this mess up as it did to make it. But I didn’t have the heart to disturb her fun as she was, on the whole, being so well behaved and patient with me as I concentrated on measurements rather than her. Well done Janae!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

No Time for Pictures

Whew . . . what a day it's been . . . busy but very good. We sang this morning and that went rather well, even if I do say so myself. Then this afternoon I really felt for Fergus and Carolyn (the "vicar and his wife") as they had a movie date planned but what to do with little Emily. I put my hand up because I know how lucky I am to have child free time and wanted them to have that too. Then I agreed that Rogan's friend Ben could come over for the afternoon as well. With Ben came his little sister Catarina. Then Kayley came home.

The strange thing is, I didn't really realise how many children were swarming over my home until I got the afternoon tea sorted and out came six plates. Yes! Six! But, strangely enough, it wasn't any more difficult than a Sunday afternoon with three children. I even got about a dozen rows of knitting done and few if any mistakes. The house does look a little battered, but that doesn't bother me tonight. And everyone sort of mucked in.

Emily wasn't very happy about missing out on her mummy and daddy's date so she spent some time at the top of the slide telling me to go away and having a little cry. But, with the enducement of a fun spiky ball, Kayley's undivided attention and a gentle rub down with sunblock she was soon into the swing of things and had big smiles by the time her parents arrived to pick her up.

Janae managed to make Catarina cry by dousing her with cold water in the bath, but a quick change of clothes, a wee cuddle and they were back on track. Kayley, once again assisted with the boys and got them sitting down drawing pirate ships for ages. It all just went quite smoothly.

So, tonight as I sit here, a little exhausted, I'm giving myself a wee pat on the back. We survived and had fun. What could be better than that?

Oh, a funny aside . . . when my mum arrived to drop Kayley home she looked about horrified at the children swarming like giant bees and jumped straight back in her car and ran for the hills. I must remember that when I'm wanting my mum to head home without giving me a list of jobs to do, I'll have to recruit all my friend's children!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Happy Birthday . . .


To me! I can hardly believe another year has gone around. What a whirlwind life is when you get closer to 40. But, to make it a whole lot sweeter I had some friends over last night for wine, Cranium, many, many laughs and lots of yummy food. Yesterday afternoon my mother brought over all these gorgeous roses from her garden to brighten up the living room. They’re just so luscious that you can’t keep your eyes off them.


And I was spoiled rotten too. I don’t ever expect gifts so when they arrive it’s both a shock and a blessing. Anna gave me these lovely scented candles for my kitchen bench. They haven’t photographed well but they’re tall, black and smell delicious. Thank you Anna.


And Carolyn gave me this stunning necklace hand crafted by another friend Carolynne. Now I know you’ll love this and wonder where you can get something similar. Carolynne is having a pre-Christmas showing of all her “bling” at the Omokoroa Centre down by the village pharmacy on Friday night from 7pm so get yourself along there to treat yourself for Christmas or to get something for a well deserving lady that you know. You’ll love giving it and she’ll love wearing it. I know I’m going to wear mine everywhere.

So this morning I’m child free, which is possibly one of the greatest gifts a mother could hope for on her almost 40 birthday (on her 40th she’s expecting a child free weekend). So I’m going to get all the wine glasses put in the dishwasher, get out the eggs, lemon, bacon, bread and anything else I might require for a slap up eggs benedict breakfast for one. Yum!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Note to Self . . . Get Citronella Candles and Bug Spray


I’ve been trying to enjoy this balmy evening out on the patio knitting my jumper. Unfortunately the bugs have got the better of me as I spent more time swatting little biting things than knitting so I really need to get some anti bug stuff as I have a feeling I’ll be doing more of this as the summer wears on. Aside from the bugs, however, I’ve been really enjoying this project. I can’t believe there are only seven rows to go before I start working on the arm holes.

Every row is different and requires a level of concentration that plain old stocking stitch just doesn’t call for. Thankfully, however, it’s a very forgiving pattern and the copious errors don’t show too badly. And I’m loving knitting with cotton in a way I never did with crochet. It’s going to be a dream to wear as it’s super soft and light. I just can’t wait to get it finished now.

Over all it’s been a fabulous day really. I was treated to a hair cut for my birthday by the wonderfully lovely Doreen. The children and I picked the first of our summer vegetables from the garden (a broccoli and a cabbage) to go with our spaghetti Bol for dinner. Janae and I had unexpected visitors this morning and I finally got the first proof of our ads completed for the Carols in the Park event that’s coming up in a couple of weeks. My coffee/bible group is organising carols “for the children, by the children” in our local park this year so if you’re around Omokoroa on December 4 come on down, bring your picnic dinner and join us in some singing. All that’s left for me to do is fix the errors in the proofs, distribute them to the schools and various other places, con a friend into playing the keyboard for us (but we won’t ask him to sing as he’s far too good and will put the rest of us off) and turn up on the day.

Well, time’s marching on and despite the fact it’s far too tempting to stay out and enjoy the evening I must get off to bed as Janae and I have to dance our little feet off at Mainly Music in the morning. See you again soon!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Cable Chaos


I started my next project yesterday, and then started it again, and then started it again. Just prior to the third attempt I almost gave in completely and made something else, but my stubborn nature got the better of me. I thought to myself, I know how to knit and I know how to read so I should be able to do this and I will if it kills me. Finally by 1am this morning I was starting to get the hang of it all.


And this little chart here was the big problem. It’s not entirely accurate. There are four rows on this chart that call for four stitches where there are only two. Once I’d figured that out I was on my way and now I’ve completed the first pattern repeat.

I started with the back of the garment as that’s probably the best place to make all your mistakes and bungles and, trust me, there are plenty in here: the forgiving thing about an intricate pattern is that they’re harder to spot. And you’ll notice that I’ve taken to writing all over the page too. This isn’t something I do lightly as I have this insane sense of respect for a printed page. However, these little scribblings and notations have been something of a saving grace as I don’t have to keep counting rows that are repeated, I just check the list of stitches I’ve written down and bingo, I’m through another tricky section.

The only real downside of this is that it’s not a child friendly project. I simply cannot, even with notes, some confidence and a modicum of patience, knit this while the children are around. Ah well, it’s a good thing they’re still young enough to put to bed early and have plenty of time to knit in the evenings. And, my vegetable garden and other parts of the outdoors will be pleased to receive a little more attention too.

I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the progress of this. It’s good to know it’ll never get too boring to continue with.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Finished at Last


I plodded through last night and managed to get my cardigan finished at last. And this morning, with a cool spring morning, I have been wearing it with much love and satisfaction.

I learned how to pick up stitches quickly, neatly and easily last night so there’s the added bonus of having a new trick up my cardigan sleeve as well.



I’m very pleased that I stuck with a hood instead of just a collar. I doubt I’ll ever put the hood on but it just makes the garment feel a little more modern. I’m determined to wear it to music practice tonight as a bit of a brag . . . let’s face it . . . we’ve got to shine our lights on our gifts from time to time.



And as I was wandering around the garden this morning I was admiring my Kaimai Sunset rose climbing against my bedroom wall and just had to share it with you. This poor rose has had a few struggles this year with rust and aphids but it’s had a spray now and is really starting to show its true colours. It’s quite a sight as you drive up to the house each day. Thank you Anne Marie for your very wise suggestion of rose.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Mum’s Home

My mother has been away in Australia for two weeks and returned last night. I volunteered to do the midnight pickup and collected my cousin Tom from the airport at the same time. As always, Mum came home loaded down with gifts. Here’s the one she’s given me today . . .


I have wanted this cook book ever since watching Julie Goodwin win the first Aussie Masterchef. This afternoon I’ve been flicking through the pages, smiling at the titles to some of the dishes, mouth watering at others and being completely inspired. You see I’ve finally been confessing a long time dream . . . to be a pastry chef. And I’m starting to believe that I could just about achieve it.


So this afternoon I came home and whipped up my first pavlova. I’ve never made one because I always thought they were too difficult and because my mother is the queen of pavlova making. I’m quite happy with it as my first effort and now it’s decorated with some cream, fresh strawberries and drizzled with chocolate. The truly crazy thing is I don’t actually like pav but as Tom’s here and we’re having a roast beef for dinner I thought I’d give it a go. I’ll let you know what everyone thought of it.

And the cardigan is still trudging along. I’m on the final piece of the jigsaw which is the hood. I’m half way through that, then I’ll attach it, pick up the ribbing stitches and that’ll be it complete. I can’t wait.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Failure to Launch

I had visions at the end of last week of long hours finishing my cardigan while the children played happily and the sun shone down. Well, the children did play happily for the most part but there were other distractions I’m afraid.

I rose very early Saturday morning to get on with four loads of washing that needed folding, children’s drawers that needed sorting, bedrooms that required complete overhauls in terms of tidiness, floors to vacuum  . . . and the list goes on. Then my dad turned up to erect my garden shed.


As with most men any construction job requires a person to stand, admire, hand the odd tool and give a wall a shove when required. That, for a great deal of the morning was my job. I did manage to juggle my time between the house work and the shed and we were pretty much done by the time I had to drop the kids off at Nanas while I went to music practice for the afternoon. Needless to say, after a day like this I was in bed very early so no knitting in front of the telly.

And Sunday has turned out to be only slightly more conducive to knitting. We had an early start again with practice before church but I held out hope for this afternoon. Alas, more interruptions . . .


Our lovely friends John and Chris arrived with all this box hedging. Their gardener has removed it from their garden and they brought it to us knowing that I could use it. It’s a lovely gift and one that will take more time away from completing my project. I intend to get the sprinkler out this evening and soften the ground for planting tomorrow. I’m hoping there’s enough hedge to plant a little along one side of my patio. We’ll just have to see.

So, to sum up I’ve only completed one and half borders of the front and haven’t even made a start on the hood (which I’m thinking of swapping out for a collar instead). Maybe I’ll adjust my goal to completion by the end of this week.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


My littlest darling (Janae) has just started a full day at preschool and I can’t believe how much you can get done without having to change dvds or pretend to be superheros down the hallway calling out “to the rescue” or drink pretend cups of tea every five minutes.


I dropped everyone off this morning and joined the long line of traffic heading into town to get the groceries. Even taking a sneaky shortcut I only managed to get there in 35 minutes. But it was worth the wait as I chose the yarn for my next project . . .


It’s a gorgeous denim blue cotton. I’ve changed my mind (don’t act so surprised) and I just had to make this amazing cable jumper before something lacy. I’ve been pouring over the stitch pattern for days now and it’s all starting to make a lot more sense so I couldn’t resist giving it a go.


And finally I’ve cut the grass. This job usually takes about an hour and a half as I have to keep popping indoors to check on little angels, referee arguments or see to other little dramas. This morning I stopped for a five minute chat over the fence with neighbour Tony and then straight back into it. I’ve been putting this particular job off for days in hope of rain as an excuse but it’s let me down when I needed it most so I just couldn’t avoid it any longer.

Now I have two hours left before I start to collect the children one by one so I’m going to put my feet up and keep on with my red cardi in a bid to keep my promise of finishing by the end of the weekend.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Furious Knitting


I’ve spent all my free time over the past two days trying to get the cardigan finished to a stage where I can sew it together in readiness for the hood and borders. At last I’m there.

I’ve tried it on and I’m happy (reasonably) with the fit and more than happy with the look. The length is perfect for keeping the lower back and bum warm in the cooler months so now I’m trying to keep the motivation going to get it completed.


Because I have this strange habit of always folding over the bottom of my sleeves (it’s probably got something to do with having abnormally short arms) I decided to make the cuffs slightly longer and put the detail on the “wrong” side so that when I turn them up you don’t lose all that hard work. I’m really pleased with this.


I had planned on doing both borders at the same time on one needle but then realised I’ve only got one ball of wool left so that won’t work. Alas I’ll have to be pleased with one at a time. It’s only 18 stitches so it shouldn’t take too long, so long as I keep pressing on. You never know, If I work hard, I might have it done by the end of the weekend. In fact, I might just go chose the wool for the next project to keep me going. I’ll let you know how I get along.

Monday, October 25, 2010


You know, I find it a little disturbing but I’m quite looking forward to the summer holidays. We stay at home, bask in the outdoors, warmth and sunshine, eat when we’re hungry, sleep when we’re sleepy and just relax. This long weekend has been exactly that and it’s been fabulous.

We’ve spent time cleaning Granddad’s hunting buggy.

DSCF1302 We’ve built huts out of lawn chairs, blankets and towels.


We have cuddled lambs to make them feel better for losing their tails.


And I’ve really started towards the home stretch of my cardigan.


There’s still quite a way to go . . . complete sleeve, make hood, make front borders and then sew together but I finally feel like I’m getting somewhere.

So, as you can see, if our summer holiday is as peaceful, relaxing and fulfilling as this we’ll all be sad to go back to school by February.  Oh, and a big thank you to Nana who has had a different child every night for the past three nights and is coming to look after the children tonight while I go to a quick music practice.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Kindy Bliss


Once again it’s been an age since I’ve posted. It never ceases to amaze me how life just gets in the way sometimes. But, being busy has also been rewarding . . . especially for Rogan.

He started at kindy last week and, apart from being a very tired little boy, he’s a very happy little boy. He is in absolute bliss hanging out with other big four year old boys; he’s got loads of fun things to do all day every day; he’s bringing home lots of his creations (mostly to do with paper and flying machines). But his best day was yesterday when he was allowed to bring home the kindy camera to capture some of his favourite things from home.

I had to edit the shots after he’d gone to bed as there were many grand features such as an empty sofa, the base bricks of a wall, and countless shots of the back of Janae’s head.

Here are a few samples of Rogan’s “favourite things”.

IMG_8677 This is Chester the giraffe . . . Rogan’s bed toy.


Two of Rogan’s favourite things in one shot . . . his little sister and the television.


And his train set, hiding under his bed waiting for a rainy day.

Creatively it’s been a slow month. I’m currently working on my long red cardigan . . . yes still. It’s coming along, but I had a wee glitch I’m afraid. I completed the fronts and the back and decided it would be a good idea to lay it out on the table to see how it looks. I then discovered that the fronts were a good three inches longer than the back. Hmmmmm, how could that have happened. It was not an error in the pattern (which I was certain had to be the case) but instead it was my need to get it finished before the weather became too hot to wear it. Instead of 12 rows between increases I’d only done eight. Alas it required pulling apart and fixing which, thankfully, hasn’t been too arduous.

I’m also eager to complete this project as my fingers and brain are aching to make something else. I have in mind a little lacy something for the summer. These days my wardrobe tends to be developed on clothes that would be appropriate for singing on Sunday mornings and a nice, sedate but elegant jumper I’m sure will be just the ticket.

I’ve also been making little paper boxes for Mainly Music. Our mums are very reticent in telling us when their birthdays are so we’ve decided on “spot” prizes each week. I had the bright idea of making boxes and putting some chocolates in them.The only trouble with bright ideas is that they have to be undertaken. It took me about three hours to make seven boxes but I’ve now borrowed a guillotine to cut the paper so it should be much quicker going; and Kim’s offered to come round for coffee, cake and an helping hand one evening so we’ll be all set in no time.

Well, that’s enough knitting procrastination. 24 rows to go before I’ve completed the back . . . again. Best go. Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Photographer is Born

Rogan got hold of the camera this morning and wandered around the house taking photographs while I braved the elements and put washing on the line (with great optimism as I’m sure it’s about to rain).

Here’s some of his handy work. Let me tell you, it’s a good thing that we have digital technology . . . it’d have cost a fortune if we were still using celluloid.



DSCF1228A little more practice is required I think and probably some direction. Perhaps we’ll head out on a photographic expedition on Friday . . . weather pending.