Tuesday, 30 September 2008


Oh man, this is just too cool.

Stop Motion Spaghetti Cooking - Watch more free videos


Finally the computer, internet and camera have all come together at the same point.  Technology just isn't my forte sometimes, over the weekend I managed to kill our internet so I had to make up parts of my assignment and Andrew had to rush to work to upload it to the uni website in time.  And all this was meant to make life easier?  Hmph.
Anyways, I'm back.  With a few snippets of England to begin with.  It was so nice to get away with no lugging of textbooks (mine that is, Andrew had to take some large and cumbersome reading with him to brush up for his Certified Engineer interview).  We hit all the good old spots in London and it was soooo good to be back.  Portobello Road is a must visit when Andrew and I are in town.  We spent aaaages there this time.  It's just too good not to spend hours rambling along, musing over the goods and not-so-goods.  Trinny, I wish we'd been able to make it there when we were in London the first time.  Maybe we can all go there when everyone is retired and spending their kids inheritance!!
I kept a lookout for Kati's Titanic Bell.  The first time we visited the market (way back in 2001, can you believe it?!) Kati was oggling this bell that had 'Titanic' inscribed on it.  She was all 'Calli, look, it's the bell from the Titanic!'  I hated to do it, but I just had to point out the many other stalls that had 'Titanic bells' for sale, who knew that a ship could have so many bells that remained perfectly shined after sinking?!
There's a new pie shop along the way too.  It just looked so tempting.  Unfortunately we resisted the temptation but check out the website, ain't it a barrel of cute?
I've set out to try my hand at TtV, Through the Viewfinder.  It's pretty much digital photography through the lense of an old camera.  We tried various cameras but they were pretty pricey.  We ended up with one that isn't quite what we were looking for, but we're hoping with a little manipulation we'll have some fun photos.  And it'll be good for getting shots of Whopp-a-titee at Christmas, you point the digital camera towards the ground so no one knows you're photo stealing.
We didn't make it any further south in London than Oxford Street (Oh my, how C.R.A.Z.Y. is the Primark flagship store?) so not really back to any of my old stomping grounds.  But it was so good to go back, to hear English being spoken, to eat salt and vinegar chips, to take the tube and to just wander around London streets again.

Just a wee Bit

It is with reluctance that I say that there is definitely a little bit of the Macdonald girl in my boy...after all he is a boy and it just doesn't seem right somehow. But how can I not say it when he comes out dressed up like a member of the Village People and then proceeds to pose like this...yes, there is a little bit of Macdonald girl in this little man...even if it is not a little bit of this Macdonald girl! (That is a question I ponder almost daily...why do my children channel my sisters?...must be so I don't miss them so much...it doesn't ache quite so much when Connor pulls a funny face and I see Linny or Kenzi does a funny naked dance and I see KT, they both crack each other up and laugh and laugh and I see Strawberry girl!)

A Sign?

Can you see what my sign says? Now can you see what the shadow behind the signs says? I'm taking it as a sign from above that we need to go to Paris. I've always wanted directions written across the sky! Just very happy my sign didn't say 'Hang out the washing'. Go Paris is far more dream worthy! He He

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Gotta Be Made Of...

I just lost 8 hours. And that's big when it's assignment time. Usually they're due at 11:59pm Armidale time. I was all set to work today and tomorrow and get it in by 4pm Amsterdam time. Now I'm going to be working all day and all night to get it in by 9am. It's due 5pm Armidale time. Gulp. That's where the Milo comes in. I haven't had any since the wedding. One Point Five Years. Oh boy oh boy. I'm glugging Milo, sending up "Oh dear God, Please, please, please' help me prayers, typing, deleting, turning pages and googling. But there's always room for the Four Sisters. Always.

Saturday, 27 September 2008

The adventure begins!!

About Flamin Time …

Finally I steal a computer and here we go people, hold on this is 3 months in 3hours!

(To my darling family, you will appreciate that I chose this font (whiwh wont work on blogger!) as it reminds me of my handwriting- Perfect! I really should have been a doctor with the beautiful scrawl of mine!)

ONE: FAREWELLS TO DUBLIN, adventure begins!
TWO: HELLO BONNY DUNDEE, how I love thee!

From Ireland to the Land of the Scots!

So after 10months of nursing in Ireland I decided there was more to life and life COULD be a whole lot better…. I didn’t even make 12months what a yellow bellied chicken!!

I loved this place; light house a Christian homless centre giving out food, clothes, smiles, laughter and love... The lads (well maybe papas!!) Warriors of Goodness, Godly-ness & fun!

Mum Monica at the light hose what a kindered spirit!

Solomon a total fave from Romania reminded me of dad!

The chancey smooth talker & entertainer, but you had to like him! Anton.

Another of my faves, she has a beautiful sad story which I will tell you one day.

My other special place in Dublin Mrs Quinns Charity shop on Crumlin Road. Jean the lady in black is a hard talking but golden hearted angel who I scabbed many meals, treasures & adventures & laughs from!! Thanks a million!

Best filler job: Babara & Wolly
I love the sun burnt design on this door

the hinge is long gone.

So I far-welled some really good friends, my wonderful little church and one of the best random ‘gap filler’ jobs ever and off to Scotland I jetted for about €4.50!! (I LOVE Easy Jet!!) I met Mum for the first time in a little over 12months in the airport; it was a precious reunion with a sprinkle of tears before I grabbed and ran her to the train station to get us to Dundee. Bonny blessed Dundee!
Here staying at my Scottish families house (I LOVE more than easyjet the SINGERS of BONNY DUNDEE!!)

I stressed, waited, stressed, received, stressed, unpacked, stressed, waited, stressed, re-packed, and a little more stressing until all my boxes arrived from Dublin Ireland and were packed and headed to London to jump a boat to my home via places I have never seen or heard of and hopefully arriving in Sydney port sometime before my 40th Birthday!! I had an ‘ace time’ saying good bye to all my wonderful friends in Dundee… I was keen to run off from there after studying but a little piece of my heart still resided there and always will, somewhere below The Law and maybe near my favourite stairs, you know the ones Hamish ;-)

Friday, 26 September 2008

Things that Make Me Happy

Sick beds in the sun with a good book.
Garden beds with promises of what is to come.
Very cool and very cheap fabric.
Surprise pictures that I find when I download my photo's from photographer Kenzi.
Bowls full of fresh mulberries.
Tea cups full of pretty flowers.
A blue bowl full of brown eggs.
Creative kids. Connor made this Mr Bump with very little help or direction from me. So proud!

Tick, Tick, Tick

I am ticking off the Christmas sewing list. Yippee!

These two bags are for our sponsor kids...filled with goodies!

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Shhh.....Artists at Work

A Unicorn with her babies by Kenzi

A Batty Bat by Connor

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

For All the Mummies of Sick Children

I stumbled across this little funny today and thought you guys might get a laugh out of it. Here's hoping you get the chance to be good in bed sometime soon when all the sick kiddies are better.

Ain't No Party Like a Sisters Party

Good things can come out of sick computers. I'm using Kati's old laptop, the one that used to be my laptop before Kati, because our computer is still at the Computer Doctor. Yesterday it had fallen asleep and the screensaver was scrolling pictures across the screen. Pictures of my hens night came up, I had no idea that they were on this computer so I delved in and sat and had a good laugh. What a doozy of a night! Great fun, great friends, great pictures. Thanks sisters of mine, you sure know how to throw a bash.

And onto other things, no posts from me about my adventures last week cause I don't want to download this pics onto this computer and then have to do it on the Mac when it gets home. And the other reason for a lack of posts, I've been in bed surrounded by tissues. I caught a bug thing in England and have spent the last few days in bed with a sore throat, a pounding head, runny nose etc. Just the way to end a holiday. It's clearing up now, I think I was just going down in sympathy with all the nieces and nephew. Get well everyone!

Sunday, 21 September 2008


I have a few favourite songs at the moment and 1 of them is an Alicia Keys song. While I was looking at the lyrics of that song I came across these lyrics and they are mine tonight as I sponge brows and administer medication and clean out buckets....there is an S on my chest!

When I'm breaking down
And I can't be found
And I start to get weak
Cause no one knows
Me underneath these clothes
But I can fly
We can fly, Oooohh

Cause I am a Superwoman
Yes I am
Yes she is
Even when I'm a mess
I still put on a vest
With an S on my chest
Oh yes
I'm a Superwoman!

Oh and this is my favourite song of her's. It's called 'Like You'll never see me again.' This is part of it.

So every time you hold me
Hold me like this is the last time
Every time you kiss me
Kiss me like you'll never see me again
Every time you touch me
Touch me like this is the last time
Promise that you'll love me
Love me like you'll never see me again

Poor Pobj is getting lots of hugs and kisses before he goes away!!!!

Saturday, 20 September 2008

And the Wheels fell off....

Find this here
I was doing so well, blogging everyday in place of my sisters wonderful blog entries...then the wheels fell off in a big way.
Starting from our crazy weekend last weekend, then Kenzi got tonsillitis. Really really sick chicken....no sleep sick. I had some big food orders this week as well, so I juggled that while I nursed Kenzi. Kenzi was on the mend on Thursday and then Connor woke up with the same symptoms on Friday morning. He is even sicker than Kenz. Again no sleep. Pobj has to have a proposal done for work before he flies out on Friday, so he hasn't been home before 7pm. So, here is little old me single mumming it up (Amazing if you are one, amazing) trying to spend quality time with my husband who I won't see for 11 days (Longest time apart for 9 years) and nurse my babies back to health. So, that is a long winded way of saying I will be off air for a time until everything settles and life is a little calmer.
Meanwhile I wonder where all my sisters are to help me laugh my way through this icky, yukky period of life? Kisses until I return full of energy and lots of school holiday fun, wheels all glued and welded back on!

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Toothy Celebrations

I know that some people are shocked and horrified by the whole tooth fairy absence for Connor...but he is nearly 8 for goodness sake and is not into fairies...When Kenzi looses a tooth it will be a different matter, but for Connor we had a tooth tea.
He had a new toothbrush and toothpaste on his plate and he got to wear a crown (which this time was made of paper, but I will sew one up for future toothy celebrations!)
There was also a little note in the package from Pobj and I about how cool it is that he is growing up and how proud we are of him. He totally loved it and even let me take photo's. So this is what we will do for my little man...no fairies but lots of fun!


I love the post. I love recieving snail mail and I love that my kids love it to. Today we got a very big surprise and found a rather large letter in our mail box. It had activities and letters and photo's in it. What a nice surprise. Thank you Linny and Co. I loved it. The kids loved it. Totally worth the effort that I know it takes!