Monday, April 13, 2015

Cute puppy photos ...

Riley is home and settling in. Expect more cuteness in the coming weeks ... he doesn't run from the camera like the kids sometimes do and he has no teen privacy issues.

Golden Retriever Puppy

Golden Retriever Puppy

Golden Retriever Puppy

Golden Retriever Puppy

Golden Retriever Puppy

Saturday, April 11, 2015

This week's links ...

We're back home after our Easter break and getting haircuts, winter clothes for The Big Girl, back to swimming for the Little Girl and preparing for the puppy.


1. I was given the beautiful orchid above as a thank-you for managing the Big Girl's basketball team. Now I'd like to keep it alive. This How to Grow Orchids post should help ... apparently it's not too hard.

2. An interesting approach to sticking with good habits.

3. I love these DIY Plant Caloches and considering the difficulty I had with some kind of animal digging up seeds and seedlings in the vegetable garden, I might need to make some myself.

4. I mainly cook my greens and carrots in the microwave but if I ever do them on the stove apparently I could use the water to fertilise my plants.

5. I made these Hot Cross Buns last week ... well kind of because as per usual I was missing a few ingredients ... the mixed spice and peel. They were good ... and unless you're going to eat the whole batch on the day I recommend following his tip of soaking the dried fruit. These are the light and soft type of buns. I wanted to try this choc chip bun recipe but I ran out of time.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

This week's links ...

I presented my seminar paper yesterday so that was a relief ... now I just need to catch up the things I let go the previous couple of days. Today we went to see this little guy ...


Only two more weeks until he comes home. Anyway, here's some links for your weekend.

1. The cutest DIY Mini desktop bullet planter. (looks very easy)

2. Fantastic free printable. One for every day in February.

3. Lots of information on vegetable gardening.

4. Four Tips for Outdoor sports Photography.

5. Growing Potatoes in Containers.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Currently ...


Writing a seminar paper on Augustine's thought on evil.

Smelling banana and choc chip muffins that I just took out of the oven.

Reading The Goldfinch and loving it. I picked it as a prize winner to read this year (#1 on the list)

Hoping The Little Girl will finally make it to swimming training this week after being out of action for 3 weeks with sinus issues. The bag is packed at the back door and I will find out if it's a go when I pick her up from school.

Looking forward to the end of term ... but not happy that the kids holidays don't coincide, only overlaping for one week. 

Trying to avoid getting caught in today's intermittent showers.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015

This week's links ...

We're going to meet our prospective puppy this afternoon ... which has reduced the nagging today because the kids are eager to complete their jobs so they can come with us.

1. Our summer veggies are almost finished, although I'm still getting lots of tomatoes, it will soon be time to plant for winter. Intensive Gardening: Grow more food in less space.

2. Got lots of fresh herbs? Try this: Making herb paste.

3. Alexa has generously provided some photoshop templates for simple modern photo books.

4. With 3 kids I tend to have a lot of interruptions to my day with many of those interruptions a demand for my time and attention which can leave me feeling depleted. I find that reducing decisions can have a big effect on how I feel at the end of the day. Here's 7 ways to minimise decision fatigue.

5. Take the quiz to see which of the four tendencies you are. I came out as an upholder which is probably true.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A long overdue date ...


Late afternoon drinks with family at Noble Rot. We stayed on for dinner and then a walk around the Point.