Friday, November 19, 2010

Making the most of a trip to the City

Today we had an appointment at the Children's Hospital in Melbourne so it was a great opportunity to do some shopping in the city and take a look at the Myer Christmas Windows. This is the 55th year that Myer has created these beautifully displayed Christmas windows and every year there is a new theme to delight young and old. This year it is the story of The Nutcracker. Apparently there is 14 kilograms of glitter imported from Germany that make the windows so bright and sparkly. Kaylee was very impressed with the flying fairies, dancing people, tumbling acrobats, spinning tea cups and all the other things that move. Santa reads the story of The Nutcracker as you progress along the windows so you can bet we are going to have to read that story many more times before Christmas.

A trip to the city isn't complete without a visit to the yarn store and this visit was particularly lovely. Who doesn't love free yarn! I guess we do pay for it somewhere along the way but I got the large Noro Kureyon Sock yarn, 2 balls of Morris Woollahra and a skein of Noro Iro free today with the loyalty club gift voucher. Wooohoooo!

A loop around the city on the free tram ended the day on a happy note especially for Kaylee who loves to go on the tram. Anyone picking up the trend that I like 'free'!

Then it was the long drive home again which gave Kaylee a chance to catch up on some sleep.


Thursday, November 18, 2010


We had the best time last night. We went on a twilight ride on Puffing Billy, ate a picnic dinner in the Gembrook Park and enjoyed the late night train ride back through the fern gullies and countryside in the pitch dark. The chug chug chugging and the wind in our hair was awesome.  We missed your puff Billy as the carriages were pulled by the diesel engine which was a little disappointing but it didn't really matter at all as none of the atmosphere was lost. Urged on by Tara and possibly the bottle of Wolf Blass Verae I sat with my legs dangling out the windows as is the customary practice (for the kids at least) on this train. If Tara could do it with her leg in plaster then so could I! It was a lot of fun. The evening is an annual event organised for members of the local Fire Brigades.


Sunday, November 14, 2010


to ME

Yes it was my birthday yesterday as most of you know, except of course if you are my husband who seems to have forgotten my special day! Were my hints too subtle perhaps! :)
Nonetheless the day was a good one with  family and friends spoilling me with gifts and kind words. Thank you everyone, it is much appreciated and made me feel loved.

It is a day tinged with sadness as it is sandwiched between mum and dad's anniversaries which occur on the 12th and 16th and although it doesn't take an anniversary for me to think of them they are especially in my thoughts at this time of year. Time passes but they are forever in my heart.

Oh yarn how I love you! My birthday present to myself was a trip to the yarn store today where I think I have managed to find some worsted weight yarn for a pretty cowl. I'll have to check it on Ravelry because I have been wrong before but I am hopeful that I got it right this time. Why is worsted weight yarn so hard to find in Oz? I was so excited about finding yarn for the cowl that I completely forgot about the wonderful sock pattern that also uses worsted weight yarn. Grrr!

Heartfelt thanks to my blog pals and best friends  Erin and Katie for your birthday wishes. You made me very happy and the day extra special  :)
Love you ladies xox


Friday, November 12, 2010


'You can shed tears that she is gone or you can smile because she has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back or you can open your eyes and see all she's left. Your heart can be empty because you can't see her or you can be full of the love you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday or you can be happy because of yesterday. You can remember her and only that she's gone or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back or you can do what she'd want : smile, open your eyes, love and go on.'

Whatever we were to each other, that we still are.
Love you Mum.