Monday, April 21, 2014


This time last year ...

 Four days living in Arthurs Circus, Battery Point, Hobart

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Blessings

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, 
so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; 
“by his wounds you have been healed.”
1 Peter 2:22-25

Friday, April 18, 2014

This time last year ...

... we were in Tasmania.

And since I didn't ever post all those photos then,
you're getting a few of them now.

Cataract Gorge

There has been a lot of talk of "a year ago we were ...."

A year ago we were staying here,

Coachman's Cottage, Brickendon.

Close to the main house:

and feeling like we were living in an Austen novel.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Colours of the holidays

It's been a colourful few days.

Today the girls and I went to the Opera House for  
The Australian Ballet's Introduction to the Ballet -
watching the dancers do their daily class onstage,
and then dance part of Manon, in colourful full costume with a set.
We three sometime ballet dancers loved it.

When we came out at 1.30 the sun was still shining,
blue skies and green palm trees.
Our first fine afternoon in a long time.

It was hot, too, in the sun. The girls had icecreams
(while I sat nibbling on a dry GF/DF biscuit, wishing some things were otherwise)

Yesterday Laura went iceskating with friends
(a big adventure making their way there 
alone on public transport for the first time).

I tidied the plastics cupboard while I waited for the kettle to boil.

Emily and I spent the morning trying and comparing different brands of colouring pencils,
then went out and collected my new reading glasses.
Before I chose frames I'd decided I'd go for tortoiseshell or blue,
remarkably, I found a frame with both colours.
(The jury is still out as to whether they are helping,
I'm still adjusting to them)

Emily made the difficult decision at the art shop,
and invested in 36 Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.

I bought some cable needles, and am knitting cables for the first time.
It seems to be working, and is not as difficult as I expected.
I don't know why I waited so long.

 And just now, a gorgeous sunset,

casting a peachy glow onto Emily's bedroom walls.

I hope you are having a colourful week, too.

Friday, April 11, 2014


While I was tidying my craft room this afternoon,
expecting rain, the sun came out, and we had a sunshower.

Brilliant sunshine with quite heavy rain.

And a surprising number of people walking by in raincoats and with umbrellas.
It was lovely.

Also today, this last day of term, and my first truly free day
in goodness-knows-how-long,
I washed, baked, walked, and rested, watching A Room with a View.
I had some other plans, but not enough energy to carry them out.
I guess my body just needed to slow down a little and spend most of the day resting.

 Now in the late afternoon, the sunshowers continue.
The girls are home, and holidays have begun.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday mornings

Monday mornings.
Emily and Steve have left early.
A flurry of activity around 8.00am as Laura and I 
rush to get her out the door to the bus.
(But not today, she is feeling sick, with a headache).

Breakfast for me.

A load of washing on
(even though it's obviously going to rain here, again.

A quick tidy-up
(easier this morning because we had a clean house
for visitors yesterday).

Preparing for bible study later in the week.
This week: put on the full armor of God, Ephesians 6

A few emails to catch up on.
Perhaps some blogging.
Monday mornings go fast and Emily is home at lunchtime.
(Today we will work on the pieces for her 
saxophone performance half-yearly, tomorrow.)

It's satisfying to feel that things have started well,
with everything tidy-ish.

Cue Morning from the Peer Gynt Suite
(which coincidentally was playing on the stereo while
I took these photos.)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Autumn Evening

Daylight savings has ended, and tonight is our first dark evening.

The weather is appropriately wet and chilly, 
so we feel cosy inside.

Most of the blogs I read are celebrating the first blossoms
and hints of warmer weather.
But here tonight I am celebrating closing the curtains early,
a tidy house, time to sit and read, and just feeling cosy.

Today we also celebrated my dad's 75th birthday with family.

I love the post-visitor feeling, don't you?
A tidy house, leftovers in the fridge, and just a little bit of exhaustion.
There's nothing more relaxing ...