Thursday, 15 October 2009

right now


I know Soule Mama writes these lists, as does my friend Jessica, so I am borrowing from them - I don't think they will mind. Here is my right now list. Right now for this day as we all know that tomorrow is another day...

Right now I am;

watching - well waiting for Saturday night for 'The Bill' - all slick and smick in its new format

smelling - the jasmine from our garden


reading - anything about China


enjoying - the sunshine, when we are lucky enough to get some

listening
- to Minnie's compilation car CD that include tracks by The Cure, Joan Armatrading,
Jai Laga'aia, Van Hallen, Playschool and Run DMC...

making - lots of collages with Minnie - we need PVA in bucket size containers

sewing - not nearly enough

drinking - Bickfords Lime Juice Cordial

wanting - to have dinner at Rick Stein's new restaurant

embracing - (literally) Minnie and Steve at every opportunity I get.

What are you doing right now?

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

the lounge room



The lounge room at the Blue House is perhaps the smallest lounge room in the world. Well not quite but very tiny. It reminds me of living in our flat in London, huddled near the radiator, hot tea in hand, rug on our laps. Its that kind of room. Perfect for winters and chilly evenings as it heats up in a few minutes. But its small. Only about 4m by 4m. Its full with the people of the house in here, then add the great Molly and Daisy the cat and its almost bursting at the seams.

But in its defence, this room is also perfect for balmy nights as the french doors open onto the veranda that looks out to the lake and sea. People and pets can spill out onto the veranda making the room feel somewhat larger. In the grand renovation plans this room with become another bedroom and a huge new living space will be added at the back of the house, off the kitchen (with is vast when compared to this little lounge room). The lucky person who gets this room with the french doors and the sea views...



A room this small gets tired and boring quite quickly so this weekend we changed the curtains and the cushion covers. All white curtains add a sense of space to the room and the black and white (and green) cushion covers are fresh and new and a bit grown up. I didn't sew the cushions covers as the lovely people at IKEA saved me the job. They are so kind, those people.

As they say, a change is as good as a holiday. I am feeling more relaxed already...

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Molly - big, yellow fluffy trouble

Molly, photo byMinnie

Oh boy. That dog. That great big fluffy yellow cyclone. She is mad, stark raving mad. If you ever call at the blue house, on the phone or in person, you will hear the following;

'What has she got NOW?'

You see Molly is a handful. 24kgs of trouble. Oh, yes she looks all sweet with those big brown sad eyes and that cute face. But, in her veins pumps 100% naughtiness. Her trouble is that is she takes things. Mostly she just takes them out to the yard to her 'nest' - the spot near the clothesline that is littered with the remains of her hourly offerings to the 'dog gods'.
Molly takes the cloths from the sink, the mail from the table, the hairbrushes, toothbrushes and plugs. She takes our underpants, our socks, her blankets, our blankets, our clothes and of course our shoes. She takes the remote controls and DVDS and books and adds them to her nest. She eats the paper items and chews the rest.

Everyday she steals things. Recently I left her in while we popped out to the shops. I accidentally left the hall doors open so instead of only being in the kitchen and back hall, she had the run of the entire house. When I came home, it looked like there had been a burglary. She had taken my little bag of bits that I move between different handbags and this is what she ate;

1 pkt Buttermenthols - eaten

1 tin of extra strong mints - eaten

5 tampons - chewed up

2 pads - chewed up

2 permanent markers - destroyed

1 hair slide, eaten

2 hair clips, destroyed

And one balloon pump, destroyed, a pile of Minnie's art work, a toothbrush, one tube of toothpaste and a packet of biscuits. Last week, she ate Minnie's bike helmet, 2 bags and my hand written recipe book.

And she brings us things - whenever we come home or wake up or enter a room she brings us something really special to show us how much she love us. Its usually soggy paper or knickers or a tea towel or a shoe. We pat her head and tell her 'good girl' and she looks all clever and happy with her self. Molly even takes things to the cat every time she sees her - the cat thinks the dog is mental. Then Molly goes and does something really 'cute' like eat my glasses (oh, yes - my actual glasses, the ones I have for seeing).

You know what? Even when I am often heard saying 'That bloody dog,' we do all love her.