Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Possum in the roof

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Don't be fooled by this cute image.... I know they are protected and we wouldn't dream of harming them, but OMG do they make some racquet when they are in the ceiling directly above our bed!

Just as we wanted to go to sleep they sounded as though they/it are in full 'party mode' or full 'furniture moving' mode.   The scratching and noise in general was unbelievable.

My husband bailed early and went to sleep on No 3's bottom bunk and I thought I could tough it out.  An hour or so later  ignoring it was impossible.  The scratching was so much I had visions of it/they falling through my newish ceiling and scratching my eyes out!   A little while later I headed for the back lounge, doona and pillow in hand.

A couple of weeks ago a big branch from our next door neighbours' jacaranda fell onto our roof breaking the corner of the guttering, breaking the clothesline and some broken terracotta tile was evident too.  Guessing maybe it's got in through the broken tile as this is the first time we've had a visitor like this in the roof.



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I have a possum man here at the moment so fingers crossed he finds how it got in and works out how to get it out preferably by tonight - that would be lovely!

ps: it is the cost of a good pair of shoes to rectify this 







Monday, 28 May 2012

Pondering ...





































Looking back at these photos I took of my 19 year old niece Kate, not so long ago, on a beautiful sunny Sydney day... I have started looking into Photography courses.    It was such a fun day and we worked hard in terms of going to a few different locations and I was delighted with how much we got done between 10am and 230pm.   Had to be home for school pick up of course!

I am lucky to have 8 nieces and its always great to have a day like this seeing as I am mostly hanging with my 3 boys doing 'boy things' so to speak.   I have also taken photos similar to this of another one of my nieces and they were great too.    So good that they let me practise on them.

Taking photos has always been a passion of mine.   Capturing people, places, buildings, babies, interiors, emotion, excitement... anything really.   My husband gave me the camera I have at the moment, a few years ago for Mothers Day and I have given it a good work out ever since.

Having project managed our house renovation and I feel like I can now sink my teeth into a fun course just for me.  Photography & Interiors are the courses that I have been looking closely at.  Cannot wait; just need to see when they start and which one I will get the most out of!!!

Any recommendations to a good photography course in Sydney would be welcomed.

Happy Monday.....

Friday, 13 April 2012

School Hols - simple pleasures & One Direction

School holidays are the best! After a busy term 1 at school we all needed a holiday and we are loving it; almost at the end of week 1! Sleeping in, long pyjama mornings and having no usual sporting commitments. No racing around from A to B and C to D.

Apart from the 3 generations boys camping trip over Easter we are not going away. Living in Sydney there is always something to do so we are very lucky. Being a 'tourist in your own city' is always great for the kids or doing simple things like going to the park or the oval for some kicking practice. At the park there's a big swing which I can fit on with the boys. Thank you Council for the big swing, it's pretty cool; not a care in the world when we're on it. I get really dizzy when they spin me around too fast though; call me boring or too old but I just like to go back and forth. Going green is not fun.

Yesterday we went with Grandma to the Fish Markets. Once the boys got over the initial smell they enjoyed looking at all the fish, crabs, octopus, lobsters and boats. It's foodie heaven at the fish markets; the cheeses, olives and condiments and a fabulous fruit shop. We also shared a big platter of seafood while we were there - so good! My eldest son is a Jamie Oliver in the making so he loved it, especially looking at all the cheeses and herbs etc.

With the corporate working day almost over my two eldest went into the city to meet up with hub. I dropped them there straight from the fish markets. They got more then they bargained for. With walking a block to their Dads work, they were surprised to get caught up with 100s of girls screaming for One Direction outside The Intercontinental. When the boys got home they said it was an adrenaline rush. So cute!! They are not huge One Direction fans but I think they loved experiencing the hype and the atmosphere and seeing so many girls their age on mass! An experience like that is great - doesn't cost a cent; it just presents itself and you enjoy it for what it's worth!! They secretly loved every minute of it.




















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These boys can draw a crowd of screaming girls

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Big enough to care for another Dare!

Flicking through a Grazia magazine teamed with a glass of wine. Sunday evening ...it's a rare occasion...home alone... - my hub and 3 boys have gone away on a 3 generations boys camping trip. May I add the house is so quiet without them!

My brother, his wife and their 1 & 2 year old were visiting for the weekend at Mums. Combining catching up with them and having a little 'me' time the weekend has been rather full in a lovely way.

This week has involved partaking in another foxinflats.com.au style dare! #armpartydare it's been heaps of fun and lots of others have joined in too sharing their arm party jingles. There is an endless array of amazing arm jewellery out on the streets and it was great to see it all in Andrea's latest dare.

So many great bracelets and bangles, needed to be exposed! There are no rules as to how many, there is no right or wrong and sometimes it's a case of 'the more, the merrier!'

Hope the Easter break has treated you well. Here are some photos of the week that was.

Lou x





Thursday, 22 March 2012

Its One thing building a house...

For some time now I have known I have to shift some clutter out of my house. Hoarding is one of my weak points; I get it from my Mum - bless her.

Speaking of Mum, It's her birthday today ... Happy Birthday Mum ~ you're not just a Mum you are my best friend mwah.

Clutter - being furniture that I don't have the room for. I worked almost all day on this yesterday; twas a workout!

They are gorgeous pieces but I don't have the room or the right space for them. My hubby's a minimalist so he will be stoked. Have started photographing it to sell at an 'on-seller' in Sydney, more to be photographed.

A discussion I remember having with my builder at one stage (big empty room stage) is that it is
ONE THING TO BUILD A HOUSE but
ANOTHER TO FURNISH A HOUSE.

So true.... Only few people can have everything at once. Even then; they are still aiming for something else or wanting what they haven't got. Human nature.

Maybe one day I can open a Furniture / China Op Shop. Know the perfect person to do it with ... The birthday girl herself ; )

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Last Week - a Sparkle dare from FoxinFlats

You may or may not have heard about Fox in Flats. If you haven't, you can check it out at foxinflats.com.au Andrea dares whoever is keen to wear say hot pink lips for a week straight or wear vintage for a week and in last week's case a dare to sparkle for a week. If nothing at all, it's a great chance to go through your wardrobe and see what you have got and what you may need. We always 'need' something in that department especially at the start of a new season.

Foxinflats dares are a great diversion from your usual weekly routine and it only takes a few seconds to snap a picture or two for evidence if you want to join the banter. This was really my first time joining in a dare as such. Watching from the wings is fun too.

Going through my wardrobe initially I discovered quite a few of the sequin/sparkly options were a little too much on the 'black tie' side of things. Knowing straight away I wasn't going to do the school run in those sparkly numbers.

Setting those things aside... I ended up being able to 'play the game' quite well with the below items. One day I even put on the sparkly gold eyeliner, which I forgot I had purchased for a friends 40th!! Loved the #sparkledare and cudos to Foxinflats for instigating it!

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