Trash Towers Dictionary
BSD - Been Seen Done. Devised while travelling the Great Ocean Road on CK's first Australian trip. Every lookout point was as fabulous as the previous and we got a little bit magnificenced out so rather than pull in we would shout BSD and keep driving.
Now general usage for when a situation is over or beyond repair.
bob - noun. Princess Curly- Wurly's word meaning all sweets, chocolate and yummy things.
blurry - (pr. to rhyme with hurry) Sth African/Zimbabwean term and my favourite polite swearword. Means kind of like bloody but usuable in mixed company. See 'Feck' & 'Eejit'
eejit - Irish term meaning 'idiot'. Suitable for use in polite company. Used by my Aunt Marion.
feck - Irish term used by my Aunt Marion so it cannot be rude!
ho-ho -(pr. with a short o). Zimbabwean word for bugs.
lani - (sp?) Sthn African word - means posh, expensive, elegant, stylish.
La Villa de Lamaca - (translates from Ital. as The houseof snails. My 'green' house out in the garden with all my a/c (ref: above) stuff in it. Built by CK and Babyman for me. CK lost his fingerprints over it. I cannot actually get in there at the moment!
lubbard - derived from 'beloved'. Devised by my then two y.o. son b/c unlike his sister he could not say 'Mother Beloved'. Usually prefaced by a noun.
OfStEd - Office for Standards in Education. Bossy civil servants who would like to see every child in formal, full-time education from birth.
Q.I. - Quite interesting.
terence - sobriquet applicable to all small children. Originated with one 'borrowed' child who could not pronounce ' terrorist' .
TG - exclamation. Thank God! An interesting choice for the dictionary of a recovering Catholic but is a phrase used by my Irish family and is now deeply fixed in my conversational repetoire. (reference also PG - Please God).
TGTH - The Great Trip Home. Alt. known as 'How I spent Christmas and N.Y 2008.
Friday, 29 February 2008
Thursday, 28 February 2008
Wednesday, 27 February 2008
Have you heard of the chippie (crisp to you Brits) scarf? WKM has a picture posted here and I was so entranced by her fabulous work that I thought I would give it a go.
My plan was to make it for a friend's birthday (beg. Feb since you ask) and even splashed out on some NORO in a colourway I thought may suit her. This in itself makes me saintly as I have never really got the appeal of Noro.
I sent out a distress call and WMK came dashing to my rescue with not just one but TWO circular needles. Figuring this was a bit excessive I carefully put one set away and kept on going. A few more rows of increasing and I was up to over 600 stitches!! AND they were stretched over BOTH sets of WMK's needles.
By the time I got to the end of the eighth row my fingers were starting to cry real tears and the wool was never going to last through to casting off so I let it sit in one of the increasing number of knitting bags to
fester develop for a little while.
But last weekend I had had enough. This chippie scarf, much as I loved it, was going nowhere. So I dedicated Saturday night in front of the telly to restructuring my scarf-in-progress.
This is the result.
But I am hoping I have a new home for waiting for it.
Tuesday, 26 February 2008
Sadly Patti, the answer is actually yes! Yes, I did one day think that people on the innernets around the world would be looking at and commenting on my jugs. Now before you all begin to a) turn away in disgust thinking I am nothing but a weirdy perv or b) read on avidly only to be majorly disappointed let me explain. Come with me on a tale of one girl's dreams and hopes of a simple life.......................
thanks for all your help :-)
Monday, 25 February 2008
Did you click on that link to the Great Ocean Road? I loved that picture so much I now have it as my wallpaper.
One which needs serious consideration.
Pretty and pointless?
Useful and ugly?
Seriously. I need to know!
* I may have made this one up but I couldn't find the 'ine' group name for rabbits, you know like porcine = pigs, equine = horses, etc, etc.
Sunday, 24 February 2008
I was asked yesterday by the delightful annie if I missed the open blue skies of home. I have to say it really chimed with the conversations I have been having with Pr. C-Dub and Babyman this half term holiday (oh lack of routine, I shall miss you tomorow). Chimed b/c we have begun our countdown and, being good mother, I have started preparing my babies for the Great Trip Home (GTH for short).
As the date draws nearer this will include keeping them awake and hyped for 24 hours at a time, feeding them completely tasteless, nutritionally crubbish food in difficult to open packaging, complete with useless cutlery, and jamming their legs against a board. But for now I am content with opening discussions about how things are different 'at home'.
Driving down to meet my very lovely, real imaginary friend Missus Moogsmum we passed through lots of rolling farmland and hills. Being Engerland that comes with windy, twisty roads, something there are few of in Australia. Except here.
Like so many Australians I love the Dorethea McKellar poem and have come to greater appreciate the early stanzas more the longer I live in the UK .
(please excuse if it is not 100% correct but I am doing this from memory)
Do you know, before I moved to this hilltop town I did not even know what a coppice was? So I definitely wasn't able to share in the love of it, strong or otherwise. But now I do and again I kind of do however to answer your question Annie - yes I do sometimes miss the open, blue skies of home.
Saturday, 23 February 2008
Friday, 22 February 2008
Unbelievably CK and I are now very definitely into our second decade of
Whichever timezone you reside in February 22 is very definitely or very nearly over and so is our anniversary. In the years since that hot afternoon by the Yarra he has lost even more hair colour and a moustache while I have gained the odd ounce and we are both now the proud possessors of an extra dog and two growing children.
Usually this day is given the same in depth level of attention and care as Valentine's Day. As in we kind of remember a day or so after, which is kind of funny b/c we chose 22/02 as CK was more likely to remember such a date. Truth be told he is usually the one who clocks it first.
Unlike most years it has coincided with half term and he has most of this week off so we went out for lunch today. Yes, sounds good huh? A romantic lunch looking over the very pretty local vistas you may be thinking but no. A cramped table for four with wooden bench seats at the local greasy spoon was our lunch place today. But the kids had fun and surely that is all that matters, right? Right?!
School goes back on Monday and Babyman's shoes were in such an appalling state the bin ate them as soon as we came last Friday; so having exhausted the possibilities up on our hilltop we headed west to a BIG town and spoke to the
This shop is famous for having shoes in every size but usually the ones in mine are made for the 'blind transvestite' market but look what I found in the back corners of this shoe shop!!!!!!
Now I am not a heels kind of gal (Moogsmum may kindly attest to this) but good grief!! look at these! And they are kind of comfy (in a 'don't make em wear these too long' kind of way). *sigh*
And best bit? CK said he would buy them as an anniversary present. Generous huh? Well only kind of b/c it is a joint account but I appreciated the thought.
I am off now to open the chilled bottle of champagne we were given for Christmas.
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
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Tuesday, 19 February 2008
Of course it also didn't help that I was walking so funny, what with the bolt cutters down my knickers and all.
But with only a minor issue of concern (as in I had no idea what Missus Moog and the Mooglets actually looked like!) we all met up and proceeded to fight our way through the gazillions of people flooding Moors Valley. At this point Mrs Moog and I made a blood oath that we wouldn't blog pre-visit again as all the hundredty people who read these pages knew where we would be and came to join in ;-)
Some may have had a lot of energy to burn off
and others looked for sun shining through in an attempt to thaw just a little!
One of the things I love about the blogoverse is the general lovlieness and generosity of the people who inhabit the part I like to be in. Lesley ever so kindly brought along gifts. A beautiful bag each for myself and Princess Curly-Wurly and a felted snail for Babyman. (note to self: listen to CK next time and take gifts. second note to self: do not admit his rightness to CK). Of course there are some who cannot take responsibility for their own actions. And those of us for whom the consequences are a brand new bag muddied and sad.
So much of our time today was spent like this
We loved this dog.
Especially during his turning circle among the trees. CRASH!
The mothers mostly spent the day like this.
But I think my best and favourite image I shall take away from meeting up with my real imaginary friend Moogsmum is
Sausage Monster and Babyman storming through the day as only small boys can.
Monday, 18 February 2008
I mean that in both a figurative and a literal sense. Here at Trash Towers the wallpaper is aural (this another of those words pronounced differently here from Australia). When the radios are all turned (which is most of the day) you can hear Radio Four from anywhere in the house and while I recognise it is not a big house, it is quite up and downy and cornery.
I preface this post in this way because I heard a fabulous interview and follow-up on the Today programme over the last week. Some (obviously very nice) bloggy fella has a whole site dedicated to people's personal stories. Stories that encompass a whole lifetime or simply a snapshot of moment but they must be only six words long.
*Wow!* Doesn't that give a body pause for thought? I was reminded of it while reading Princess Genevieve relating of her Norwegian trip. Apparently 'the Vikings were a violent people'.
A snapshot of my autobiopgraphy today could read - 'Two children starve while mother blogs.'
Although with the minutes edging ever closer until I take my teenaged face off to meet up with the fabulous Missus Moogsmum tomorrow it may well say - 'Kidnapped! Cage knitted from steel wool.'
As CK has pointed out this is a terrific example I am setting for both my impressionably aged children. Not only have I built up an online friendship with some faceless (although now not thanks to last week's post) internet persona who may in reality turn out to be a 50 foot tall (the height grew with the telling over the weekend) Scots bloke with a nice line in white vans and building collections of caged people BUT I have arranged to meet up with said friend. Apparently tomorrow I am to look for secret signals which will be used to call in the rest of the army of Scotsmen with similar interests. That and put a pair of boltcutters down my knickers!
I have never been clear in which branch of spec./black ops he was involved but am beginning to think it may have been a little kinky!
The game is over and exhaustion has set in. Until they negotiate my release, goodnight!
Thursday, 14 February 2008
This is my new friend. His name is Pinkus (so dubbed by Princess Curly-Wurly). This clever creature has come a terribly long way. The lovely Turtle sent him in my fabulous 'Mmmmm.... hot cocoa swap' package all the way from America.
When he turned up here all he wanted was to get out into the sunshine. Fortunately for him we are in the grip of a sunny-not cold wave. We took him to the Library but sadly it was closed on a Wednesday afternoon.
As we couldn't look at English books we visited a lovely shop.
Then we came home and did drawing.
Apparently this is what Pinkus saw in the box on the way over here.
There was lots of lovely stuff in my parcel - two fabulous and different types of cocoa/hot chocolate, yarn, a hippo and (funniest of all) some gorgeous foot beautifier stuff. I say funniest b/c I am famed in several continents for having possibly the stinkiest feet ever in the history of the universe!
Hello!!?!? HIPPO! In my house!
Look how wide his mouth opens!!
After life getting in the way several times yesterday I finished off 'this most romantic of evenings' by sharing this with CK.
He didn't want any. Hahahahahahahahaha!
Now that she has been initiated to the delights of Picasa there will be no stopping her I am sure but one of her creations gave me an urge to do the same at my house.
So this afternoon my borrowed child and I trawled downstairs to see where we could find heart shapes.
I think we did pretty well.
Monday, 11 February 2008
Father finished college.
Mother went to college.
Mother finished college.
Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor. Yep, yep and yep.
Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers. Took me five readings to understand this one. I guess.
Had more than 50 books in your childhood home. Uh-huh.
Had more than 500 books in your childhood home. Do we count everyone's books? B/c probably.
Were read children’s books by a parent. Not that I remember but we must have been. I remember my dad making up stories at bedtime. Did you know he went to school with some fella called Bill Shakespeare?!
Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18. yep.
Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18. Cello, trombone, basketball and then jazz ballet for six weeks. I begged my mum to buy the spotty blue leotard. *sigh* it was beautiful.
The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively. Usually.
Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18. Nope.
Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs. No.
Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs. No.
Went to a private high school. From ages eight to 17.
Went to summer camp. Didn't really have them in Australia.
Had a private tutor before you turned 18 . Yes. My aunt organised it for Human Development in Society (stupid made-up subject). The tutor was the examiner for the State. I so had no interest and barely scraped the exams.
Family vacations involved staying at hotels. We stayed in motels sometimes en route to where ever but hotels? Only remember once, in Ireland in 1978.
Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18. My clothing was sometimes bought new but not very often. There were too many above me for me to get new.
Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them. I have bought me cars but never new. The closest we have got was one that was 18 months old.
There was original art in your house when you were a child. Does mine count? What about photies?
Had a phone in your room before you turned 18. Hahahahaha! My mother would NEVER allow that.
You and your family lived in a single family house. Huh? It was just us in the house if that is what this question means.
Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home. No.
You had your own room as a child. Only for the last few years as there became fewer of us at home.
Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course. What is this?
Had your own TV in your room in High School. Ref: answer for phone question.
Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College. I had a bank account. Does this help?
Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16. Yep.
Went on a cruise with your family. Nope.
Went on more than one cruise with your family. Still nope.
Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up. Sometimes. Two of my brothers snuck me away from school for the day to see the Piccaso exhibition.
You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family. Not in dollars and cents but I was certainly aware of heating/food/phone bills.
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Thursday, 7 February 2008
She fully expected said box to arrive while she was here in November.
Nor did it come for Christmas.
In fact it completely missed January as well.
After six months she was starting to imagine that sharks and dolphins were wearing the inevitable Christmas pullovers (T.G. usually avoiding ones with 'interesting' pictures and applique) and playing with the kids' stuff. But no!!!
Look what the Parcel Force man brought to my house today!
Then we unwrapped it!
Babyman is loving the whole hot drinks thing - I think he gets it from his father.
On the other hand Princess Curly-Wurly couldn't do coy to save her life. It automatically comes out as superior.
First you take a piece of plain old white paper.
Then you practice some transcendental origami on it.
Then using your bestest and most pretty handwriting you write out the names of every lovely real imaginary person who left lovely birthday greetings.
Once they are all folded in to identical bits with even edges and no distinguishing features you put them in the fabulous basket you received said birthday.
Then taking two handy slaves you have them each draw a piece of paper out and show to the camera
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Wednesday, 6 February 2008
Monkee Maker has
After the saga of getting pictures on yesterday's post I assumed (perhaps erroneously) that there was a slight hiccup in Blogger's works somewhere and the little men who ride the exercise bikes that power the whole set-up were having a tea break.
In my defense I have to confess first to idiot downloading from The Camera itself. I was obviously just pressing buttons blindly and managed to put each image into my picture file THREE times. I hadn't quite figured this out when constructing the post and so when I deleted the excess (or 'trimmed the fat' as CK puts it in managerspeak) I actually sent the interesting part of that whole set-up to Blogger's Room 101!
When I am not fighting a disappearing battery, children's lunch boxes and the lack of a shower I shall edit to re-include the photies.
Tuesday, 5 February 2008
Have I mentioned recently that I have a new love? *sigh*
I have taken so many pictures in the last few days, over 350!!!
Hands up who misses the days of film pictures?
I thought so.
I am so loving the clarity and resolution. The other day, in crubbish light, I even got individual hairs on my black dog's coat!
But isn't this pretty? I do like Art Nouveau.
The cocoa swap is coming to its close and now I have to prepare my parcel to send on its way to a new home. One of the things to include was a 'friend', I was thinking perhaps Mr.SnootyKnickers . He'd be a good choice wouldn't he?
Saturday, 2 February 2008
I played around being all touristy with my birthday present and discovered a third of Bath is missing.
Do you lot up in Brizzle know anything about this?
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