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.
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
We drove up to a small market town - home of the fabulous Millie Moon and Marmalade Yarns
and the further we drove from home the heavier the rain got. Once there it reached the point that both children strapped on lifejackets before exiting the car. However a restorative break in a really old-fashioned tearooms made Grandad a bit happier.
Jetlag is being handled quite well with both of them still being awake after 9:30 tonight. Fortunately muchos bob was delivered as the bags were unpacked on Monday. Yay for Cherry Ripes ;-)
Sylv and I were both doing a little showing off on Monday afternoon and the despised Noro hat was claimed for repatriation to Australia so my friend will have to live without. T.G. I never told her about it I s'pose.
Saturday, 25 July 2009
However with the wool sitting upstairs getting progressively twiggier everytime I looked at it I finally knitted it up into this hat last Winter.
(same one who didn't get the scarf it was originally) needs it to cover her ears as well as keep her head warm so YAY for my over-zealous hat knitting technique!
The Lower 40 has seen more than abundant growth over the last few months and Princess Curly-Wurly was delighted to pick this mahoosive marrow from her side of the acreage.
And there you have my finishes, wanna see the Summer project?
Coming home from a dog walk last night d/Boy asked if he could paint his cricket bat. As I listening to him enumerate his design ideas I thought 'Why not?' So many times children hear grown-ups say 'No' or some platitude that amounts to the same thing - Yes dear, Maybe later, or Oh no, I don't think so.
What a gift to be able to say yes. Yes my darling, go and use your hands to create something of beauty. Yes my boy, take your clever idea and your interest in cricket and join them to make a project you will remember forever. Yes d/Boy use your imagination. So once home he got his bat and rubbed it down with sandpaper, checking several times to see what came next. Finally he was able to apply the filler.
And finally my sneaky peek.....
Friday, 24 July 2009
'Expected' is necessary I grant you, and is sometimes extremely useful, but I watch people refuse to let themselves take part in the flight of fancy with the toddler who is convinced she has ridden a moonbeam to a distant planet. 'Expected' can be quite sad. Not wanting to sound too Pollyana-ish but 'imagining' lends itself to growth and development. However old you are imagining is fun, the stars are within your reach and even if you did look silly do we really care what the rest of the world thinks? No! So please over the coming weekend take time to let your imagination come out to play, watchthe clouds, lean across a stranger's fence and literally smell the roses. Sometimes a box isjust a box and others it can be a swamp, a jungle, the desert, anything you choose.
Saturday, 18 July 2009
So I dropped back in to collect it just before lunchtime and I am sooooooooo glad I did.
As it is the end of the school year ALL the artwork, notes and pieces of paper that have been lurking in the bottom of their drawers have turned up finally turned up at my house.
These images are my favourites.
And then today I got my firstest parcel from the Secret Swapper. OOooooooOOooooooo!
Dear lovely Secret Swappy person,
thank you for my parcel. I am loving it.
Monday, 13 July 2009
"Congratulations, your N.V.Q. Level Three was successful."
Saturday, 11 July 2009
Friday, 10 July 2009
Both deep and wide cover were necessary but the fielders relished the challenge.
Despite hosting The Ashes for the first time the facilities were stunning.
Then it was in for tea.
Thursday, 9 July 2009
The nice wee lady with the teeny weeny baby was a little taken aback as the Southern Division of A.R.S.E. invaded but seemed quite happy once we paid for all the lovely skeins of softy hand-dyed merino, alpaca and sock yarn we chose.
I also bought a box. Look its got a little hole in the side! What do you think that might be for?
Look what popped up in all those gorgeous coloured paper shreds .
A Half an Acre sock bunny!
No especial favourites but I have a great fondness for soft, soft yarns be they cotton, fibre, arcylic or other.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
Currently they are all in a library bag as I am in the middle of sorting them. I am boycotting my local library!
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I guess I am 'intermediate' with pretensions to advanced but quite honestly I am too lazy and HOORAY for stocking stitch socks!
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
5. What's your favorite scent?
clean scents but sweet too. Hmmm, apple, fresh laundry, plumeria....
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I don't spin but stitch, sew, paint and shout at children. I figure there is no point paying someone else to have all the fun ;-)
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
traditional jazz, swing, M.O.R./easy listening, blues, ummm.... c&w, classical...... errr..... pretty much anything I guess. Oh except thrash metal ;-)
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
love me some green
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Four people in the house and three dogs. chronologically two of the people are adults.
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Ponchos? Not since the 1970s despite my daughter's best efforts to convince me.
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
squares, scarves, hats, children's jumpers and socks.
13. What are you knitting right now?
As above except for the scarves but I bought some new wool on the weekend so that will soon change!
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I use straights and don't mind what they are made from as long as there is no scraping sound when I am knitting.
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
Nope I have child slave labour ;-)
17. How old is your oldest UFO?
Knitted? About 18 months. I refuse to admit to the age of anything else!
18. What is your favorite holiday? What winter holiday do you observe?
I love Christmas bestest.
19. Is there anything that you collect?
mmmmmm... not really.
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I buy knitting magazines when I see one I like the look of but there are so many books and patterns in this house and online still to be used......
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
I am determined to actually complete a proper lace and/or cable pattern before the end of the year!
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes I am. My feet are weirdly big for a girl. Not clown big you inderstand but big enough that I can rarely find shoes in 'normal' shops - 42/43/44 european depending on who makes the shoe!23. When is your birthday?
beginning of the year.
24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?
I am Skippy on Ravelry.
Monday, 6 July 2009
Lunch ..... mmmmmm ....
Then bombing off down the A30 with Maria Juanita Conchita Gonzalez topless all the way. Stopped in briefly to see my god-daughter and admire the canula strapped to her big sister's arm (! very unexpected by everyone that was) before pitching up home in time to have destructoBoy direct me up the drive from his vantage point sticking up through the roof of Maria Juanita Conchita Gonzalez.
Saturday, 4 July 2009
It is so pretty :-)
In the space of 30 hours I have gone from a grown-up, restrained silver Audi estate with enough room for a bazillion kids, 500 car seats and three dogs to a surfie chick, bush-bashing, (occasionally) completely topless jeep-y kind of thing with just enough room in the boot for a picnic blanket and an esky (coolbox) filled with sparkly wine and strawberries.
And I love it.
This afternoon we took the front roof section off and while the kids and I went bombing around back lanes they decided my whizzy new car is in fact a limousine! I feel certain the suspension has different ideas.
After much discussion we came to the conclusion that the best way to find out the car's name was to ask it so may I present ....
"My name is ....
Wednesday, 1 July 2009
She knits ....
she bakes ....
she takes photies ....
Go nag her to post pictures.
Or just go visit and share the bloggy love.