Monday, December 13, 2010
A few days later the otto bin has been warming up the raw chicken and there is now a serious whiff coming from out of the bin. I am feeling for my neighbours as the bin is sitting right near two of their bedroom windows. Thank goodness Wednesday is bin collection day as the whiff is nauseating.
Stupid, stupid me........yuk, yuk
With Emily walking beside me and Josh peering out from his pram we hoofed it down to the local Coles and whilst walking together we noticed some funny things.
It is interesting how observant little people are. A man walked past us with out a shirt on. So Emily commented to me "Mum, that man has no shirt on", "Why doesn't he have a shirt on", "We can see his boobies". The man promptly put his shirt on, perhaps he over heard us!
On our return walk we happened to hear a bleating sound that was much like a goat. It seemed a bit odd that there would be a goat around but chained to the fence on a building site (being cleared for a new house) there was a little black goat bleating away with nobody paying it any attention. Not really the kind of animal you would expect to see, I wondered who it belonged to?
Then to top it off I like sticky beaking into other peoples front gardens. I noticed that one house had very bright coloured potted flowers lined up in front of the wall of the house. They were very bright indeed so much so that I realised they weren't even real.......they were plastic flowers. Who puts plastic flowers in pots along the front of the their house. Interesting indeed.
So, when you went walking recently, what did you see?
Friday, November 26, 2010
Little J is half way to three! Not quite a big boy but no longer a baby. Still crying as the main way to communicate a need but learning new words every day. Relishing in his play mate Emily and trying to copy all the things she does, whilst learning to be independent. But most of all loves cuddles or "cuggles" as he calls them, rumbling around on the floor with Emily, his bath time nuddy run, and patting the "gog" aka Zorro
This age is so beautiful, I wish I could bottle it up so I never forget what he was like.
Love you Little J
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Watching the paving contractor make laying this square of paving look super easy. It took him only five hours!
Enjoying babycinos for morning tea now that we have our coffee machine fixed. Boy, how we missed them.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
So after another day spent slogging it out Ash constructed 2 of 3 new beds for the expanded vegies. This is what they look like, 1.2 x 1.2 constructed out of ACQ treated pine (arsenic free) and stained in merbau. Looks pretty good hey! I will have to repost another photo in 2 months time when it is full of green growing goodness.
Whilst I will never have the time or resources to have an actual backyard market garden I am looking forward to increasing our produce to share more with family and friends.
Now to start planning what to plant! That is tonight's job.
So here they are! Already broken in after a play around at the park this afternoon
Emily joined in as well, having always wanted a pair of sparkly shoes I decided that she was old enough to appreciate them and they do look like cinderella slippers which is what she has nick named them. Perfect for wearing with dresses and skirts for summertime fun.
But the most exciting activity of the day was Joshua's first haircut. Some passer bys were heard to confuse his gender in the past week due I would imagine to the length of his mop which has been growing at some rate since his birth so off to the local men's barber to see if they could help.
A lovely lady spent a good 10 minutes cutting it away and we are left with this. Short enough but with little bit of a wave remaining. And yes I did keep a lock or two as a momento.
Photo is not the best but hey you get the idea!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
All this was necessary to create this
This weekend we need to find somewhere to move all that excess dirt to so Ashley will be constructing several new garden beds that form part of the design.
It is great to see it all coming together, super effort Ash!
And indeed they are all of Joshua, the last is my fav, taken a few weeks ago he looks so peaceful sleeping and much more like a baby than the active toddler he actually is.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
To get the project started little Joshua wanted to play Daddy's little helper and share in the action. He enjoyed playing and looking at the hammer and drill, so cute
I love watching how inquisitive lttle people are in exploring new things.
Case in point Mr Weather man; this weekend we hired a rotary hoe. Check it out, that is some serious machine for a backyard
Alas the rotary hoe was money well spent and it did a great job tearing up our old, half dead lawn and loosening up the hard compacted ground.
It feels great to have started our project and I am confident that we can get it completed within the next two months, especially with daylight savings allowing for some early evening work when Ashley arrives home from work.
And I will need some gumboots after all, just to make sure I don't get stuck in the mud during the next few weeks.
Monday, September 27, 2010
A mouse is back in the little red house but hey I have written about that enough so onto something new.
I love noticing different things when I am out of the house, some attract my attention because they are weird and wonderful, other things because I just like to wonder how or why it is happening.
Some of the interesting things that have caught my attention of late.
A man riding his bike along the local main road, nothing new here, but running alongside him was not one but two dogs that he was holding onto via two leads. Check that out! How is it possible to do that, I can hardly even walk Zorro on a lead let alone ride a bike holding the lead beside me.
Then there was the young man, riding his bike into the local supermarket car park, attached to the back is a little trailer with a sub woofer powered by an adapted car battery of sorts. His choice of music was not my style but her certainly attracted attention.
Then there are the bike riders with strange spokes sticking up off their bike helmets. Why, I asked? To ward off the swooping magpies of course.
So next time you are out and about, open your eyes and wonder at something new.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
To kick start the project I went out on a limb and picked out 16m2 pavers for the entertaining area on the weekend. Ash was away on a man's weekend so it was up to me to make the choice, not easy let me tell you. There was a big range in price, colour, size and type but I hope that what ended up with will fit with the theme / style of the backyard which can best be described as natural and informal. And of course I hope Ash likes them!
Now I need to source a contractor to lay them as we have decided that laying pavers is a bit above our DIY skill level, after all somethings are better left to the experts.
So it begins, there is no going back and I couldn't be more excited.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Turn Max to "ON"..... let me explain a little more.
When Joshua was born Emily received her only baby boy doll named Max. We picked him up from ELC. At the time and throughout the past year he has been well loved and one of Emily's fav companions, recently when we were looking for something to do for the afternoon I decided that Emily was old enough to enjoy playing with Max on another level. So, I switched him on and put his battery in. What a delight for her, not only does Max's mouth move in and out when he sucks on his dummy and bottle, cries and babbles but the best bit for Emily is that Max burbs!
It has been so much fun for her and she has taken delight in showing any friends and family the new and improved Max.
Little Joshie boy
Sesame Street on TV
Another one of Josh
Friday, September 03, 2010
We started them off on the 18th August and finally are getting some little buds of life sprouting up. I have experimented with a few different approaches of what to put the seeds in to see what works best and what is most economical.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Yesterday two came in search of her, oh my goodness, enough already. Poor Emily cried "Daddy, Daddy there is a mouse behind my dolly!". Ash was not sure whether to believe her but had a check and blow me down there it was. In broad daylight and all, this mouse was obviously not taught very well.
So off I went to acquire some more traps at Coles. Last night we discovered there were in fact two little mice, they were much smaller than the one caught last week. Well, there was much calamity around the house last night as Ashley tried to capture them, including waking Emily up at 11pm with by switching the light on whilst I used a toy to flick it out from under the bookshelf whilst Ashley wrapped it up in a towel before we decided to put it in the freezer. Poor Emi she was so shaken that she slept the night in our room.
This morning we discovered the second one caught in the trap set in the kitchen. Please, please let that be the last of them. There is something about these little pesky creatures that sends me screaming from the room, give me a spider or cockroach any day.
Unfortunately our little girl has now developed a bit of a phobia. Every little noise is claimed to be a mouse and today she was stuck on her stool in the bathroom refusing to come out in case there was a mouse about. I hope that this will fade in time, poor thing.
Let's hope my next post will be about a non mouse related source of excitement
Morale of the story, we must scout around for the holes in the floors and walls on the weekend!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
We tried peanut butter on two separate evenings but the cheeky thing just licked all the peanut butter off so we upped our game and last night Ashley added some chunks of cheese to lure it out.
After setting them it was off to bed and listen out for any movement, soon after there was a commotion and we both sprung out of bed and into the kitchen to see what we had found.
It was a relief but also a bit sad, the old school traps mean a pretty violent end for the mouse and whilst there was no blood it still wasn't nice. I declared that disposing of it was a man's job so Ash dropped into a bag and straight out to the bin.
So there ends the story of the mouse at Little Red House.
Only funny part was Emily asking Dad tonight if the mouse had it's head cut off, oh dear, I wonder where she got that concept from, especially considering that she is renowned for story telling her adventures, let's hope this one doesn't come up during group time at day care tomorrow
Sunday, August 22, 2010
There was lots of little black poos all around the house; in the pantry, behind the couch, in the bedrooms but I had not seen anything moving about so I wasn't sure what it might be.
However this morning I knew we had a crisis after discovering this in the pantry today
Some little thing had ripped open a pack of breadcrumbs........cheeky little rodent, hope it found them tasty.
So it was off to Bunnings this morning with Emily to find am old school mouse trap (neck snapper). The man about Little Red House will set it up tonight with some peanut butter. We have found this to be the most effective lure.
Let's hope we catch it and have no more surprises in the morning
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Instead the little people and I enjoyed a spontaneous trip to Avoca Beach. One of the brilliant things about living on the central coast is being able to drive to the beach within 20 minutes or so. Awesome!
Today there was nobody around and although it was a bit blowy (as you can see by Emily's hair below), it was glorious.
We enjoyed digging in the sand, squashing sand castles, crawling all over the sand (Josh) and collecting sea water without getting too wet (Emily) and we were lucky to share it with our friend Sam and cousin Issy.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
A treasure box indeed, what a great idea!
This prompted a little backyard exploration and foraging (mainly on my part) to put together several treasures to go into the little box. There was some rocks, leaves, pieces of plants, shells, some sugar snap peas, flowers. It was quite the collection.
Tonight Emily was very keen to show Dad the treasure box when he arrived home. He was very impressed, but identified one of the "rocks" to actually be a small bit of Zorro's dog poo. Fail Mummy, Fail!
Needless to say I promptly through the "rock" into the bin whilst having a rollicking good laugh.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Since my initial post there has been no action but lots more dreaming! Mainly on my part I guess. I have collected a fair number of gardening design books borrowed from the library along with ones in my own collection and whilst they all offer lots of inspiration it is almost a bit overwhelming to have too many sources to look through. I feel as if I have lost my design mojo a little, so this week I am going to work hard to have one more look through all my books and finalise the first draft and then set about finding some contractors to look at some quotes for the paving. Whilst I would love for us (or should I say the man about the Little Red House) to have a go at doing this it would possibly be a bit foolhardy and could end badly so I will need to find us a reliable paving guy aka a Nigel Ruck type.
With only two weeks to the start of Spring there is only fourteen weeks until Summer will be arriving so we best stop procrastinating and getting working!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
I knew that he would be okay but was so glad when he came home and I could actually give him a big cuddle.
Turns out he had not one but eight teeth removed. I know that is a lot of teeth to have removed!! And some serious damage all caused by a ball obsession.
So you ask, how many teeth does he have left? It is hard to tell as he is not so keen on opening his mouth for an inspection (understandably so) But there are a few left and the vet assures us that he will still be able to eat but no bones or hard treats and definitely no tennis balls!
Here he is recovering inside yesterday. He is a pretty tough dog, not a whimper just happily curled up on his bed, nice and warm
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Friday, August 06, 2010
Six years after moving to the coast, our little family (me included) has become more interested in spending more time in our own patch of green out the back which has kick started a beautification project to finish off the backyard. At the moment we have already constructed and grown a line of native hakea trees, a veggie bed and a large garden bed of natives backed by a slow growing native lilli pilli hedge which might reach the top of our back fence soon (pleasssee!)
So what are we going to?
Paving & pergola big enough to accommodate an 8 seat table and BBQ, drainage, new lawn, sandpit, dwarf fruit trees, new washing line, a kids blackboard, expanded veggie beds and loads new plants to look after and enjoy. That pretty much sums it up, we will see how many of these we are able to achieve before the onset of summer.
I have been mulling over this for many months, indeed years, so it is time to put plans into action. I am currently exploring how to set it out, materials and of course the most important "how to" for some of the bigger jobs.
I know a post is far more interesting with photos so it's a shame our PC expired yesterday otherwise I would have dug up some old pics of the yard to accompany this post but perhaps I will find some to post up once the plan is finalised.
A new project is always exciting and I love having something to plan and look forward to. The thought of having somewhere to have lunch or dinner outdoors without a mish mash of borrowed tables and chairs is exciting (sad I know) so it is time to get going this weekend (hint, hint Ashley!)
I think I will provide a weekly update of our progress so I hope you enjoy reading about and seeing our "Backyard Dreaming" come to life
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Twelve months ago I had no idea what a "blog" even was, but happened across one during a search for some kids party food ideas and thus by journey as a reader of blogs began.
Having pondered the thought of writing a blog for some months I have decided to give it a go. After all what is the worst case scenario; other than I am the only who might read it!
So here is what I came up with:
1. I once wanted to be a journalist or work in PR but gave up on that idea long ago, so maybe this is my only chance to publish a piece of writing (albeit I am not sure you would really call a blog "publishing")
2. With the intention of primarily looking after my children for the next few years I feel a desperate need to keep my skills relevant, keep up with technology, interact with other adults and have someone to listen to what I have to say other than my two kids.
3. I feel the need to keep a personal record of this time of my life and the lives of my children. Looking back at on my childhood I have many memories but most are vague so I feel writing a blog will serve as a memory jogger in the future and might make some good fodder for the 21st, wedding speeches etc
4. The online world is truly amazing, there is a so many inspiring people out there and this is one way to perhaps connect with some of them.
So let's go and see what happens