Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Spent a wonderful afternoon in Hyde Park. We sat in the sunshine reading and watching the activity buzz around us. The colourful women below were taking part in a charity walk for mouth cancer, I think. There were loads of other people walking, but none as dressed up as them. They seemed to be having fun. I saw another couple walking - he dressed as The Tin Man and she Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. I was however, too slow with the camera.
Off for a drive into the countryside tomorrow...please sun, come with.
Thursday, 17 September 2009
I was lucky enough to see him in New York a couple years back, where he did a reading from his book Slam at Barnes & Noble. I bought the book there and then, but the queue to get it signed was waaaaaay too long. I was more patient this time around (plus the line was shorter) and have my personally signed copy of his new book right beside me.
As a writer myself, he is one of my greatest inspirations. Not only does he write engaging novels about every day people living every day lives, many of which have been adapted to film, he has also co-written a screenplay, An Education, to be released in the UK at the end of October.
Mr Hornby, thank you for writing such wonderful books. I dare to dream of a career as stellar as yours.
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
I contracted a rather serious (and noisy) dose of hiccups just before bedtime (what are the chances), and despite attempts to get rid of them via the traditional methods of holding my breath, gulping water, standing on one leg, doing a cartwheel...ok...I may have made some of those up...whatever, the hiccups were still hanging on, begging me to stay awake a little longer.
Then wa-la...I discovered a cure.
Next time you get the hiccups, give this remedy a whirl:
I've just returned from a week in Cornwall (south west England), and boy was I treated to some dandy weather. The sun streamed through my bedroom window around 7am each day, beckoning me to get out into the open, deep breathe the fresh air and make the most of the glorious day ahead. Water, sunshine, sailing boats, rolling green hills, flowers, trickling streams...I feel relaxed just thinking about it.
I've always considered myself a city girl - New York is one of my favourite places in the world - so it came as quite a surprise when I found myself contemplating village life. Its simplicity and serenity are the draw cards. There's no pressure to be anywhere or do anything. I could just be. And when I can just be, I am inspired, refreshed and focused. Plus, there was a great pub serving scrumptious food just down the road!
Hope you enjoy these images of idyllic Cornwall...
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
We discovered a little zoo in Golders Hill Park during our walk the other day. The place was teeming with kids thanks to school holidays. They appeared to be delighted at the sight of the animals. I guess they were squealing with delight..or do only pigs do that?
Regardless, I thought it was cool to find donkeys and deer within walking distance to where I live. Now you wouldn't get THAT in Australia!
Thursday, 6 August 2009
Jeremiah was a bullfrog,
he was a good friend of mine,
I never understood a single word he said,
but I helped him drink his wine...
Sing it, Joy to the World...
All the boys and girls now...
Joy to the fishies in the deep blue sea...
And Joy to you and me.
Lyrics from www.lyricsdownload.com
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Saturday, 18 July 2009
I'm glad they're back with a vengeance, readily available to purchase at market stalls, bakeries, department stores and supermarkets.
Sweet. Colourful. Moist. Delicious. Irresistible. I love cupcakes. Yum!
Thursday, 23 April 2009
It's been surprisingly sunny, so we arrived at the perfect time. We've heard that London is beautiful in the spring/summer, and I'm starting to believe it. Bring on the sunshine and warm weather I say....although it was hilarious to read a newspaper article declaring a weekend forecast of a searing 21 degrees celsius - that's winter weather in Oz!!!
My 5 favourite things about London thus far...
1. Pre-packed sandwiches - so much choice.
2. Tulips, daffodils and blossoms....everywhere!
3. The Moroccan food stand at Camden Markets - deeeelicious!
4. The Underground - aside from the dust, fumes and crowded carriages, it makes a piece of cake out of exploring London.
5. The markets - I've only been to two so far, but I can't wait to explore the rest.
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Friday, 30 January 2009
She died suddenly this morning. Massive brain haemorrage. There was nothing the doctors could do to prolong her time with us. I am in total and absolute shock, but the worst part - I didn't get to say goodbye.
Spend time with your loved ones today........PLEASE.
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
This is a photo of my beautiful nonna (grandma), taken at my parent's house on (almost) the eve of my 30th birthday. She's 82 here. We were having a family shindig, as Nathan and I were heading off to New York a couple days later to celebrate my entry into the next decade of adulthood. If I could do one thing, it would be to spend more time with my nonna. To drink endless cups of coffee with her, etching the stories of her life into my memory forever. What were her dreams? Who were her best friends when she was five, nine, 12 years old? What were her favourite things to do as a 16 year old? Life was a lot harder for her than I will ever experience in my lifetime, yet despite all this, she has remained ever elegant and loving, offering boundless generosity to anyone she meets.
Here's to you nonna - ti amo sempre.
Now it's my turn to tag the following bloggers:
New York City Daily Photo
Coco's Tea Party
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
The intricate detail and beauty of her illustrations...
The vibrant colours....
The use of luscious fabrics...
Is it possible to envy the wardrobe of something unreal?
I am left gasping at the sheer loveliness of Kat's work.
Monday, 19 January 2009
Saturday, 17 January 2009
We had dinner last night at a place called Soda along Perth's northern beaches. It was a 42 degree celsius day, so we were inclined to bathe in this icy cold water.
Sunset on the horizon of the Indian Ocean - simply magic!
Thursday, 15 January 2009
I've two and four garbage bags of shoes and clothes to sell, respectively, yet my remaining wardrobe is still bursting at the hinges...although I can actually differentiate between my pieces now. I'm pretty embarassed at such waste, but it's obvious isn't it? I desperately needed each and every one of these items at time of purchase!
My new year's/new country resolution is to only buy what I really, really, really, really, really need. Although how will I resist all those markets and their nik nak offerings that await me in London? Plus I feel the need to start collecting antique tea cups and saucers, much to Nathan's dismay :o(
Must get back to covering myself in dust as I continue sorting through our much loved, but seldom used bric a brac....such a nice word for "crap" don't you think?
Happy Thursday/Friday to you wherever you may be in this world!
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Image from Black*Eiffel
Don't you just love these balloon images?
Being the sentimental creature that I am, they remind me of the simplicity of childhood, where fighting for the red balloon over the pink was the one and only concern of the day.
There's something so very innocent, yet romantic about balloons, particularly in these beautifully captured images.
But their most vital strength is their ability to make me smile.
Hope they make you smile too :o)
Monday, 12 January 2009
Then yesterday, when I was feeling less than energetic and mighty hungry, I declared to the husband that I was NOW going to start eating meat again. The time had come.
No sooner had these words tumbled from my lips that we drove by a billboard exclaiming Go Veg, Be Green.
Well, there goes that idea... :o(
P.S Happy 2009 to you all by the way! Hope it's a year crammed with a multitude of opportunity to make your dreams reality.
Monday, 22 December 2008
At the same time though, when I give it due consideration and think what "meat" product I'd actually like to eat, I feel a little queasy and put off by the whole idea.
What to do? What to do?
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Saw the ad again last night whilst sitting on the couch with Nathan. All of a sudden I went quiet, allegedly. I then started blushing a little, allegedly.
Come to think of it, I do recall feeling a little feverish after that first occasion. Any clues as to why would be greatly appreciated...
Sunday, 7 December 2008
Friday, 5 December 2008
The MSG (mono sodium glutamate) is shooting its way through my bloodstream, causing a dense cloud of haziness to wash over me. My senses have dulled and the effects are similar to that feeling you get after downing a bottle of wine.
I've known MSG doesn't agree with me for some time now, but I'd never really delved further into it, so I thought I'd do a little google search and this is some of what I found:
- MSG is a salt of the amino acid glutamate
- Too much glutamate in the body leads it to change to GABA, another amino acid
- GABA, whilst being waved about as a potential alternative to ritalin and dexies, may be addictive. It has a slightly sedative effect, which helps induce relaxation and sleep, and it affects the same receptors in the brain as valium.
I found a really good overview of MSG here, which I think is worth a read.
But maybe you should finish eating those noodles first!
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Monday, 1 December 2008
I was even more chuffed with my purchase when I went to wash them. Turning the shorts inside out, I found this on the inner pocket....
It's the detail that makes the difference, and even though this print serves absolutely no purpose (unless I decide to wear my shorts the wrong side out), I love knowing that someone, somewhere made an effort to put it there.