Friday, August 28, 2015


Some things I'm thankful for today:

Sunshine. And being able to drag school books into it so it can be thoroughly enjoyed. Here she is with her new glasses! I love the interesting way her mind works: "Mummy, what if money actually grew on your skin like warts and you had to cut them out to use it?" Ah. Yes, indeed. An interesting question.

Music. I'm so thankful to have this electric piano, and I love listening to my son play it.* He likes to experiment with everything. What would this piece sound like if I played it up a tone? Or added some incidental sharps? What about with this rhythm? Or on pan pipes? And sometimes when the experimenting goes on and on I can say "I love what you're doing there, but can you put headphones on now please?" :)

He's an interesting boy, this one. Always had a great focus on things (that he's interested in). Apart from showing him correct posture at the piano he's never had any lessons. I give him some tips every now and then, but he's very self-driven and has pretty much taught himself. I really love the fact that he can so freely explore on this instrument. Lessons have been great for other instruments, but he's never wanted them for piano and now I'm very thankful for that.

Stories. So many of them flowing from my daughter's brain! With ideas that make me laugh out loud. I was sorting through some cupboards the other day and found her first written story - one of my favourites - "The Lick of Time", about a dog with a magic tongue that licked people and sent them back in time. Love that imagination!

The hammock chair. So many lovely quiet moments in this spot. Listening to the birds. Watching the pear flowers flutter by in the breeze. Snuggling in with a book. Ahhhh.

*I love hearing all my children play music, don't get me wrong! I was just enjoying this particular example today.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Random moments during the week

Yep, it was delicious, thank you. I still claim that Love, Bake, Nourish by Amber Rose is one of the best cake books ever.

This photo session for my design assignment threatened to go completely silly and end up in Ancient Egyptian mummy style rather than flower fairy, if you know what I mean....

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Design blog

I've had to start up a new blog for my design course. Yes, you may find this amusing, as I find it challenging to regularly post to this one! Feel free to hop on over and have a peek.

Monday, August 10, 2015

A creative week

Crocheted guinea pigs galore, created by eldest chicken.

Gauntlets and swords being created by the girls, thanks to Warfare by Ducttape. (Boy joined in later, but at this stage was gripped by a book)

Some fun with wooden scrabble tiles that I recently purchased. A bit of editing in Photoshop, as there was only one 'o' in the pack!