my life in the land down under

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Moving Day Minus One

Kelly & Levi are moving house tomorrow, so tonight was their last dinner with us.

Tomorrow is also my birthday.

So John cooked a lovely dinner with help from Bryce – they wouldn’t let me participate – and the five of us shared a meal together. We even sat around the dining table, which is rare in our house! Unfortunately Bryce’s Kelly couldn’t join us this time. If you are reading this though Kelly, we missed you and hope you are having a good time & learning lots, wishing you safe travel home in a couple of days.

The dessert was especially delicious: a mix of raspberries, mango, banana, chocolate eclairs, passionfruit ice-cream & cream (did I miss anything?) – tomorrow will be a big day so we will need all the sustenance we can get. 🙂

Thanks to all tonight for good food, good company and fun conversation – and for washing the dishes!

I gave in and opened a couple of presents, but have saved some for the actual day and to share with my Mum who celebrates her birthday on Sunday.




Housework Day

After my first quilting lesson yesterday I was keen to get on with some stitching, but I’ve had a busy and social week and today the chores were lined up waiting up for me… dusting and vacuuming, mopping the tiled floors, cleaning the  ensuite, and about four loads of washing – great weather for getting it all dry on the line, just needs folding & putting away now. When browsing some quilting websites a while ago I kept coming across sayings like “Sewing forever, housework whenever” and now I’m beginning to understand!

We have a very noisy vacuum cleaner so I usually wear earmuffs while I’m using it – while doing the kitchen floor I suddenly thought I could hear music playing over the noise of the vacuum cleaner. Puzzled, I looked up to see where it was coming from. I had been playing some music on my computer while I was working earlier, but surely it hadn’t switched itself back on?!

The culprit was nodding his head and swaying his arms to a catchy Spanish tune…

The Singing Gorilla

My step-daughter and her husband have been living with us for a few months but will be moving out soon. While sorting out boxes a few days ago she came across this character – apparently my husband and the kids bought him at a market somewhere years ago. She popped in a new battery and now he responds to a loud clap or click of the fingers – and also to our vacuum cleaner!!

Guaranteed to shift a bad mood and bring a smile to the face…