Tuesday, May 31, 2011

And in the Evening...

Husband E received this painting from us to 'mark' his birthday (ie I liked the painting very much!). The painting was done by a father at our local school, frame from IKEA.

The colourful candle was made by 5 year old daughter. Everything looks better in candlelight.

Eating by candlelight really helps to make the meal much more enjoyable.

Success. Every year for husband E's birthday, I recreate his favourite pudding which his mother often made. It is a short crust pastry, filled with sweetened apples and then a syrup is poured over the whole lot. Once baked, the pastry is crunchy in parts and caramelised in others. It is delicious.

Celebrations ....

...for husband E's birthday in the morning.....

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Our Street: Thunder and Autumn Leaves.

I love Autumn. It is my favourite time of the year. Sadly we have lost our beautiful tree from the front of the driveway which always put on a glorious show at this time of year.

This morning, 4 year old daughter and I walked down our street to photograph the beautiful colours. Unfortunately, this happy time was clouded by an angry lady who took exception to me photographing the street and accused me of being "... that person who carries a camera!" I was very confused by this, but later enquiries yielded knowledge of a feud between this lady and another in our street, perhaps involving photographic evidence.

I am fatigued by the fact that I had to edit this photo, ensuring that no registration plates on the vehicles showed; in case someone was to use that information inappropriately. I am fatigued that I had to photograph my daughter's feet to preserve her identity and I am fatigued that my happy stroll with our little daughter was clouded by this thunderous outburst.

Bring on heaven!


... quite delicious with garlic, parmesan and a little cream.

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Spoonful of Sugar....

.... well some mini toblerones packed for munching whilst 9 year daughter, 6 year old daughter and I went to see Mary Poppins at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney.

The stage production had some different takes on the original movie that I saw as a 6 year old (and many times over since). It was done brilliantly well and we thoroughly enjoyed it. 6 year old daughter did say that she preferred the original 'Bert'..... and I still think that Julie Andrews is the Mary Poppins. 9 year old daughter loved the special effects. Not another peep from me though, I would hate to spoil the surprises if some of you are going to see it.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


We are preparing for a very excited, 5 year old's birthday party.

Mothers' Day.

Thoughtful gifts for Mothers' Day....

Thursday, May 5, 2011