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.
Saturday, 31 January 2009
It is begging I know but please leave a comment as my kids have challenged me to get as many birthday wishes as possible.
Friday, 30 January 2009
Who would have thought that locating a young dog to offer it a good home would be so fraught with mishap? They are either not suitable to CK (spaniels), not suitable to me (fussy on coat texture and colour) or not suitable to Pr.C-W (fussy on letting a chinese-crested dog) into her life.
Dear inhabitants of the innernets - please help! Send good puppy finding thoughts winging their way up the hill because this is beginning to drive me CRAZY!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, 29 January 2009
After leaving the farm we drove along the Great Ocean Road, CK and I were both very excited about seeing the magnificence of the sights again. The terences sat in the back seat creating some crazy small person pretend game and paying scant attention to the behest of their parents to admire 'the amazing scenery mostly obscured by scrub before them'.
Until we stopped here. The Blowhole.
For nearly half an hour we stood watching the sea come rolling in along this rock shelf before bursting up over the edge.
I could have stayed longer.
When we got back in the car the childer were suddenly interested and looking out of the windows ;-)
Loch Ard Gorge. A famous spot along the shipwreck coast and one of the places CK has most fond memories of from his first trip. destructoBoy had a great time chasing and dodging the waves as they rolled up the sand.
Until one caught him.
His bravery dissipated just a little.
We drove on to the 12 Apostles and considered each grown-up tying a child to their waist to stop them being blown away!
Thanks for being my willing
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Why have I posted this? I don't sell things on ETSY. I am not American. But I do feel this impinges on an individual's rights to choose handmade, hand-crafted objects over mass- produced, plastic blah!
Don't get me wrong, I like mass-produced, plastic blah. We have a piece or two of it up here on the ;-) But I also like handmade products, things that incorporate the integrity and love of the craftsperson for their field. So, getting all political on you now, please read this because it has impact on us all.
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
TODAY! THE CPSIA BLOG-IN - R.I.P HANDMADE
Today is the CPSIA Blog-in. So far, today, 241 blogs carry an article. If you would like to join you can either copy the blog post below (taken from KITSCHY COO'S BLOG) or write you own. Make sure you add you blog to the list in the Etsy forums. HERE
.................................................................................................................................................................................Less Less than two weeks to go now to the crucial date of Feb 10, when the CPSIA comes into effect.
This far-reaching act is starting to be noticed by more than just the sellers it affects directly, with coverage in some news programmes and the US national press. I agreed to do a CPSIA post today as part of a group of Etsy sellers that are affected by this law (thread is here). As it currently stands, the following extract of text will be posted on 165 blogs today, but the number is growing rapidly."
As parents and concerned citizens I’m sure most of us at one time or another have been confronted with the question of lead poisoning. But have you asked yourself what your government is doing to protect your children from lead contained in toys? The answer? They're banning toys, taking books from schools and libraries, hurting low income families, killing entrepreneurial spirit and risking putting the economy in an even greater depression than we've seen in decades. I'd like to introduce you to their solution: the CPSIA.
Do you know about the CPSIA? No? Then I ask you to take a few minutes to find out about it.The CPSIA stands for Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a new set of laws that will come into effect on 10 February, 2009 and will impact many, many people in a negative way. Make no mistake, this is very real. View it for yourself. If Forbes, the American Library Association and numerous other media are paying attention, perhaps you should too. How will these new laws affect you? Well, here are a few examples:
To the Parents of Young Students:Due to the new law, expect to see the cost of school supplies sky rocket. While those paper clips weren't originally intended for your student to use, they will need to be tested now that your 11-year-old needs them for his school project.
This law applies to any and all school supplies (textbooks, pencils, crayons, paper, etc.) being used by children under 12.To the Avid Reader:Due to the new law, all children's books will be pulled from library and school shelves, as there is no exemption for them. That’s okay though, there's always television. Our children don’t need to learn the love of reading after all. Article from the American Library Association http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=1322
To the Lover of All Things Handmade: Due to the new law, you will now be given a cotton ball and an instruction manual so you can make it yourself since that blanket you originally had your eye on for $50 will now cost you around $1,000 after it's passed testing. It won't even be the one-of-a-kind blanket you were hoping for. Items are destroyed in the testing process making one-of-a-kind items virtually impossible. So that gorgeous hand-knit hat you bought your child this past winter won’t be available next winter.
To the Environmentalist:Due to the new law, all items in non-compliance will now be dumped into our already overflowing landfills. Imagine not just products from the small business owners, but the Big Box Stores as well. You can't sell it so you must toss it. Or be potentially sued for selling it. You can't even give them away. If you are caught, it is still a violation.
To the Second-Hand Shopper:Due to the new law, you will now need to spend $20 for that brand new pair of jeans for your 2-year old, rather than shop at the Goodwill for second hand. Many resale shops are eliminating children's items all together to avoid future lawsuits.To the Entrepreneur:Due to this new law, you will be forced to adhere to strict testing of your unique products or discontinue to make and/or sell them. Small businesses will be likely to be unable to afford the cost of testing and be forced to close up shop. Due to the current economic state, you'll have to hope for the best when it comes to finding a new job in Corporate America.
To the Antique Toy Collector:Due to the new law, you'd better start buying now because it's all going to private collection and will no longer be available to purchase. “Because the new rules apply retroactively, toys and clothes already on the shelf will have to be thrown out if they aren't certified as safe.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123189645948879745.html
To the American Economy:Already struggling under an economy that hasn’t been this weak in decades, the American economy will be hit harder with the inevitable loss of jobs and revenues from suppliers, small businesses and consumers. The required testing is far too costly and restrictive for small businesses or individuals to undertake.
To the Worldwide Economy:Due to this new law, many foreign manufacturers have already pulled out of the US market. You can imagine the impact of this on their businesses. If you think this is exaggerating, here is a recent article from Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/2009/01/16/cpsia-safety-toys-oped-cx_wo_0116olson.htmlAnd for those of you prepared to be stupefied and boggled, The New Law: http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.htmlDid you know? If this upsets or alarms you, please react.
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
I won a lil' giveaway over at Pumkin Patch Primitives just recently and how lucky am I??
Not only did this creative (and highly descriptive and appropriate) piece of fabulousness turn up at my house last week.
Monday, 26 January 2009
Well, actually I was given quite a few, what with it being Christmas and all...... however .... I was given a present by Missus Proprietress at Ballaarat Patchwork! I think she got me off to a head start with a few squares predone, realising if I had a plan to follow and a swift kick workwards it was unlikely to join my fabric collection.
Yesterday afternoon I had a can of Pepsi. Is it a higher %volume than the other brand? Because in the space of four hours I had drunk my third can. Not drinking tea or coffee MAY predispose me to a slightly unusual reaction to such things, the nett result was me being awake until 0215 this morning ;-)
However I used my time productively - I got the sewing machine out of its cage about 2300 hrs last night and pieced a few more squares and then blocks! I have two more blocks to complete and then BAM! I have nearly a quilt.
Some of you may be aware an internationally recognised and attended 'Trash & Treasure Meet' took place while I was back in Australia. What some of you Johnny Foreigners (Why yes! That would be anyone not from or not living in Australia! It is Australia Day today so suck it up and let's move on ;-) may not realise is that a 'Trash & Treasure Meet' is what is known in the UK as a 'Car Boot Sale' and I believe in the US as a 'Swap Meet'. Sadly neither of these would have worked as cleverly as the pun Jodie fashioned so it is fortuitous I was headed back home for Christmas!
The first collage shows what happens when you put a crafting of bloggers into a delightful shop frontage - much chatting, laughter and purchasing (but obviously not from me as I was mid-car windscree/running away from home saga!) .
2. Lovely wee quilt and chatty bloggy heads and bodies.
3. A little of the loveliness available at Ballarat Patchwork.
4. The other side of the loveliness at Ballarat Patchwork (plus bloggy body).
And once the car was all fixed by the nice man I made my way back to the second stage of the Trash and Treasure Meet in the hot Australian sun.
1. Missus FlowerGarden with that naughty little Lucy Locket.
2. Ricrac coming toward me brandishing said naughty Locket.
3. View of a collective bloggers' picnic.
4. Locket being the recipient of bloggy love.
5. RicRac lightly tossing the salad prior to my pedicure ;-)
6. That naughty Locket girl sitting quietly and giggling at all the grown-up chat going on around her!
And after Stage Three of the meet-up at Jodie's house (with the beautifully washed floors and a quiet nana nap for those in need) we ventured up to the delights of Annie's Flowergarden for Stage Four. But do you know? That naughty Locket child pushed her way to the front AGAIN! So much for only being 'seen and not heard'. That child needed to learn a lesson about grown-up time and start to make herself 'not seen and not heard'! She only had herself to blame when things started to turn a bit lairy!
Saturday, 24 January 2009
I went and played at the fabulous 'HobbySew' in Echuca (can't get a link to fire up but I have a photie somewhere I shall post when I find) and I bought a pack of squares.
Two packs actually. One was a Moda pack and possibly the other one was too. I can't remember and have thrown the wrapper out but they are very beautiful, non?
My problem is - what do I do with them?
Do I join them all together randomly? Sash them with plain coloured strips? Cut them up along the lines of a traditional pattern?
Are they ready to use straight away or must I wash them first? I just don't understand!
Although DestructoBoy and I had a pleasant evening laying them out in different patterns :-)
Sylv was quite impressed, she returned home the next day with a present for me! These clever small people living a sweet little retro life
and a pack of squares to match!
If only I knew what to do!
He arrived a few days before we left and the childer and I trailed him as he walked both dogs together at the same time for the first time ever. Halfway through I asked him how it was and he said (promise this is an exact quote) "Like I am walking with my arms stuck out in front of me." Right away I knew it was going to be a hard row for my dogs to hoe (metaphorically typing of course) because he took no joy whatsoever in them, his surroundings, the fresh air, nothing! However I closed my eyes and mind to it all and off we went.
I may have to repost this picture - I tried to be clever and blend the pattern with the fabric but I think it may just be a jumble, let me know. The lovely Emma (again) at Ballarat Patchwork offered a door prize for any bloggers who left their blogname in a hat on the table. Even in my frantic car windscreen saga state I knew it would be a good plan to write my details on a piece of A4 embossed and embellished cardstock that vibrated and sparkled when touched - I was bound to get a prize ;-)
And for this post finally we have the fabric I found and fell in love with. Hands up who <3s Spotlight? (all of you non-Australian dwellers just put your hands up anyway because you WOULD love it if you could see it!)
Did I tell you we went to Echuca? Princess C-W took her project, we went on the Murray, we touched the Murray, we got extremely hot, we booked two hotel rooms and slept in one, we ate the worst meal EVER in Moama and while they mooched the main street I went and played in a lovely patchwork shop! The nice lady even offered to lock the doors as they walked away to give me enough time!
1. I bought this fat quarter of the housework fairies for a) the irony and b) the chartreuse background (apologies Wonderwoman ;-)
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
2. Farmhouse still life (or as Giovanna's m-i-l would call it - firewood)
3. Is it mutual love? Princess Curly Wurly and a racehorse foal.
4. Feeding the racehorses.
Saturday, 17 January 2009
I was done with sleeping by 0400 and up at 0500 and then the terences were up and moving by 05:30 so not too bad given that we were all asleep before 20:30 the previous night.
With all my heart I am in love with the transit hotel in Changi, it made the looooooooong leg of the flight completely bearable.
Leaving at 0900 meant we travelled back to the UK following daylight so there was very little sleep action going on in that 14 hours in a tin can. Except for d/Boy. He fell asleep for half an hour as we taxied to the runway at Changi and then again as the pilot informed us we would have to circle for a bit (30 mins plus!) before we could land at Heathrow.
I always try to be one of the last people off the plane. I see no point in standing in that narrow aisle for the 20/30 mins it can take before the crew even open the doors. So we just sat and let him sleep. His sleep was so deep and so long and sooooo0o not wanting to be disturbed that the crew were waiting to disembark while I was struggling to get his sleep-filled feet back into trainers.
However we got there and he dragged his sleepy body through the corridors at LHR, remained standing while we collected the five bags from the carousel and then swayed gently as I let him go to jampack the trolley with the luggage AND the seven pieces of hand luggage we had accumulated in our trek.
by the time we got to immigration there were no queues in the EU line so the nice official had plenty of time to look through our passports while he waited for d/Boy to catch up with us. Eventually we were let through and despite Pr.C-Dub's desire to go through the Red lane (because that is what I needed at that point - bored customs officials completely emptying all 12 of the bags I had with me while I held up a dozing seven y.o.!) we were out and free and heading home towards our very own hilltop town.
What waited me on return? Oh the fun is just beginning!
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Keep a spare thought in your minds for us if you will be so kind, I would hate for the pilot to evict us at 35,000 feet!
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
After a month exactly since we left frozen, grey old Blighty the terences and myself begin the epic journey home. It took CK 40 hours from take-off to arriving back ontop the hill but I have a horrible feeling ours will be some many years longer. My best guess at the moment is 6.38 years.
The bags are mostly packed, I have found my sunglasses and my new shoes (was wearing both on Sat. if those in attendance would like to fondly remember my footwear - you didn't see them? Oh! I suppose most of the time I was barefoot but it is the only way to enjoy a Ceasar Salad Pedicure, don't you know ;-) and after a very sleepless night last night this morning the nice man confirmed the existence of my passport on their system and booked me and the terences in!
Princess Curly-Wurly has been in tears because she wants to go home now please and also because she doesn't want to have to say goodbye to her cousins and beloved Grandmother.
destructo-Boy is ready to go home because he misses his daddy.
I just wish someone would invent a teleporter because I have a horrible feeling the time it takes to get home will just keep on rising!
Thanks for being with me on The Great Trip Home.
Monday, 12 January 2009
And while I don't fool myself for a second it was to see me it was rather thrilling to be in the company of so many talented and clever and crafty (in a nice way) blogging women.
Huge thanks to Ric-Rac for being head honcho organiser person and chief salad thrower-arounder. Emma for being hostess for the first part of the event and graceful giver-awayer of such fabulous door prizes (Oh! And guess who is taking one home??? Heeee). Annie FlowerGarden for being such a kind hostess and opening her home in the evening to a loud and hungry rabble and finally to Silly Gilly (oo lala!) for being my companion in staying on.
I had a great time and when (IF!!) I ever get home I shall post pictures.
Friday, 2 January 2009
1. 28.12 Skippy. (Hall's Gap Wildlife Park)
2. 28.12 A real live dingo. (Hall's Gap Wildlife Park)
3. 28.12 PK feeding 'Wobblies' (wallabies - she loved winding up the other tourists. Hall's Gap Wildlife Park)
4. 28.12 Hall's Gap, Grampians.
5. 29.12 A real live wild emu at Tower Hill.
6. 29.12 Tree Bark.
7. 28.12 My 'Deer' destructoBoy
this one reads left to right from the top corner.
1. 27/12 The soldiers who defeated the miners during the historic battle of the Eureka Stockade (google it if political history interests you - or not) - or rather their painted bollard personages.
2. 28/12 Our very broken down car just past Lake Burrumbeet en route to the Grampians from Ballarat.
3. 27/12 Artwork of the Southern Cross (again - google it if pol.sci or astronomy speak to you) in the Eureka Park. (Waves at someone living near here;-)
4. 28/12 Fence post beside road where we sat for 2.5 hours aiting for new (even crappier)car to be delivered!
5. 27/12 Two pale English children wondering why Australian horses are wooden?
6. 27/12 Mahoosive example of the Eureka flag (politics/history/astronomy -I'm just saying for those interested)
7. 28/12 Pale Englishman pacing up and down side of road for over 2.5 hours b/c he can't sit down just onto the ground! By the time the 'new' car turned up even his watch strap was white with sunscreen.
Thursday, 1 January 2009
Top left across
1. 25/12 destructoBoy whacking the ball for all he is worth. (about 9pm by this point!)
2. 25/12 Christmas Tree as decorated by all the kids under the tutelage and watchful eye of Giovanna
3. 25/12 Playing cricket out in the oval near Granma's with all his boy cousins and two uncles and LOVING IT!
4. 25/12 Christmas decorations at Giovanna's house.
Reading top left corner across
1. 24/12 Princess Curly Wurly at the National Gallery of Victoria Water Wall.