Wednesday, October 7, 2015

taking stock..

when in a blogging funk, take stock with Pip's list..

Making: body exfoliating cloths from raw linen
Cooking: chow mein
Drinking: a crisp white wine on those warm evenings we had recently, ahh felt like summer 
Reading: To Kill A Mockingbird for the first time since year 8 (albeit very slowly)
Wanting: a holiday
Looking: for the perfect pair of bathers, I don't know if there is such a thing (urgh!)
Playing: hookey on the back deck
Deciding: what to do for the big boys 14th birthday 
Wishing: we could afford both money and time to make some home improvements
Enjoying: warmth, finally after a very long winter
Waiting: for November when my mum and dad move to town, permanently!
Liking: hanging the washing outside and it drying the very same day
Wondering: how the heck I'm going to make our office (in the living area) look good with a second work station
Loving: beach swims after school
Pondering: 3 year old kinder, to go or not to go?
Considering: a season pass to Adventure Park for xmas, we've been once and its a 5min drive away
Buying: op shopped bits and pieces for the kids school concert costumes
Watching: Frozen..still 
Hoping: I can keep the rose clipping from mum and dad's very first home alive at my house

Marvelling: at the depth and content of Olive's imaginative play, she blows my mind
Cringing: at the awful things people say 
Needing: a haircut
Questioning: weather its time for a professional colour to beat those greys, and time to stop doing it myself
Smelling: the ocean air and spring blossoms and mozzie spray
Wearing: skirts and open shoes 
Following: the Humans of New York refugee series, the lives people live is unfathomable
Noticing: the neighbours porch looks into our living room since we had to cut the fruit trees back
Knowing: we need a higher fence
Thinking: I might go and see the new Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore movie..all on my own, its been years
Admiring: my hardworking, patient man 
Sorting: through all the stuff! 
Getting: rid of most of it!
Bookmarking: blogs, but never finding the time to go back to read them
Coveting: beautiful handmade homewares for those home improvements we can't yet afford
Disliking: the ugly new houses replacing beautiful old ones in our town
Opening: happy mail 
Giggling: at Olive complimenting my singing in the car
Feeling: blessed to live where we live, especially this time of year
Snacking: too much
Helping: a two year old learn to share
Hearing: too many sad news stories 

Monday, September 21, 2015


she quotes scenes from movies and applies them to real life moments..
Me as I sneeze: "Bless me!"
Olive: "oh mumma, you sick!"
Me: "I'm fine darling"
Olive: "you have fwozen heart (cups my face in her hands) tooo love fix it.."

"i don like fairy dust.." 

"is mornin' time!"

a contemplative moment..

followed by taking over mumma's chair..
I couldn't decide between these two this week, they both made me smile.

It's become a portrait blog, or so it seems.

I've been in a quandary as the boys get older, about what to share and what not to.  I feel that so much of what I used to write are not my stories to tell anymore.  Yet they're such significant moments I want to record and treasure.

I hope to find a balance in my mind and heart, because how I miss it!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015


all the softness..

"i just gonna weeeed (read).."

the climbing, incessant climbing!

mesmerised by the liquid wand, but for me, its about the vest..and those chunky arms

'mine dancer skirt' and she lifts her leg up behind (not so gracefully) then twirls..

all the beautiful hair, it grows thicker every day

I suggested we grab our coats and go outside, she replied..'are you kidding me!'

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

the sunset series..

Another birthday, another sunset..

My darling husband and the middle guy share July birthday's only one week apart.  My two Cancerians.  So it was back to the beach to soak in another winter sunset.

It's been a big year for us already, with lots of challenges thrown our way.  A 'one step forward, two steps back' kind of year.

This man who I am so blessed to call my husband.  

This beautiful man with all of the integrity, honesty and pride.

He is humble and generous and loves with all of his being.

He is compassionate and determined and so very wise.

This man who is an amazing father, husband, son and friend.  He deserves the world's weight in goodness and light.

He makes us laugh every single day, and we are so lucky to be his family.

(all pictures by him, except the one of him x)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

the sunset series..

Our beautiful middle guy turned eleven yesterday.

E L E V E N !

It was a very big, and very happy day, of going to the movies in town with some friends, timezone fun, dodgeball in the backyard, cake and, in keeping with tradition...a sunset walk.

It was sooo cold, we could see our breath in the still, icy air.

We wandered, marvelled at a lone surfer braving the arctic water, and we watched the enormous waves crash in with such effortless force.

There was some shell collecting and dune climbing.

There was a dash to rescue the baby girl from being dumped by an unexpected wave, and there was the filling of sea water into my boots because I was not quite quick enough to save us both!

The colours were beautifully pastel and serene before the darkness swiftly moved in.

We went home with cold faces and pink cheeks to warm showers, and birthday fish 'n chips, and we curled up on the couch for movie night.

All a little bit perfect really.

Happy Birthday darling James! We're so glad you had the best day x

(photo credit: all pics by Nick)

Sunday, July 5, 2015


winter legs, because how could I not

winter wanders, collecting treasures in the dunes

a little girl, sometimes I have to pinch myself to believe its true

"one pona time.." reading a bedtime story to her toys

catching up, and joining in with jodi here...

Thursday, June 25, 2015

the ribbed beanie..a pattern

After so many lovely compliments on the ribbed slouchy and lots of requests for a pattern, I've managed to pull one together!  Well, a pattern of sorts, more of a 'how to' I'd say.

As most of you would know, I'm not so great with the pattern following and like to make things up as I go.  For this one, with whoever I happened to be making for, I'd chain roughly how long I thought it should be to make a good slouch (using different family members head sizes to guide)  and then repeat row after row until it looked about the right size.

For this exercise, I am basing my pattern on the adult one pictured above in olive green.  It's a little more slouchy on my middle guy because it was made for my husband, but I actually like it like this on him! 

The cream one with the pompom was made for a ten year old, which fits more snug but still has slouch when its not turned up.

You'll need a 4.5mm hook and approx. 100 - 150gm of 8ply yarn.

To begin, I have chained 60 (50 for the child size) plus 1 (this is my turning stitch)

First Row..
1 treble into the back loop of each chain all the way to the end, chain 1 and turn your work

Second Row..
just like your first row, 1 treble into the back stitch of each treble in the previous row, do this all the way to the end, chain 1 and turn your work

Subsequent Rows..
Repeat as per row 2 until your work is the desired width to wrap around the head. For this I have worked approx. 47 rows.

After about the fourth row, you'll be able to see the rib effect taking shape..

To finish..
Tie off your yarn, leaving a long tail.  Make sure it's long enough to gather your top and to stitch the beanie's sides together.

To gather your top, we simply weave the yarn tail through the top stitches using a tapestry needle, and pull tight so that it forms a round.

Fasten this off and neatly stitch up your gap at the very top.  You could use a pompom to disguise your stitching if its a bit rough.

All that needs to be done now is to join your sides, once again using a tapestry needle.  Be careful to keep your stitches neat and you'll find they will be almost invisible when you hold/wear your beanie.
Weave in your ends.

I hope this has been helpful to those who asked.

Enjoy, and keep warm!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

another portrait catch up..

olive: leven, twel, oneteen, firteen, fitteen..hide and seek, always a favourite

olive: watching her watch the wiggles in the early morning light, joy!

olive and eddie: noses, sibling love
she grabs our heads and wiggles her nose onto ours..

olive: the way too big tap shoes have been re-discovered..

olive: her moods are erratic, she'll scream wildly and suddenly, she'll drop her lip over the smallest of things, and then wipe away her tears joyful and excited saying "I happy now, I happy now!"

I'm posting weekly over on Instagram, but playing a bit of a monthly catch up in this little space.

joining in with jodi here...