Saturday, 18 February 2017


I'm running late with this, but as I mentioned the last few weeks have been pretty hectic. The day I took this photograph Elroy was 23 months. So crazy, so close to two. I think he has found the change in circumstances at home challenging, day sleeps have been problematic, the builders are noisy and right outside his bedroom window, so we have moved is cot into our bedroom on a few occasions, mostly it has worked but not this week. He also refuses to sleep when he is at daycare, I don't think he is dropping them or is ready but it has made life that much more challenging. He is also using 'no' at lot and getting upset/having mini tantrums when he doesn't get exactly what he wants. I am having to remind myself that this is just a stage and that he is learning what the rules and boundaries are.

the last two weeks

Why a massive balloon banner saying congrats (and yes I know the s is backwards!) you may ask. Two weeks ago Matt finished up at the place he has been working for for the last 12 years, he's moving on to something new and hopefully fulfilling for him. A new challenge is good. So the last two weeks have been a break before starting the new job. 

I took full advantage and had a little break all on my own in Melbourne for three whole days. I visited the David Hockney exhibition, which was quite beautiful and so inspiring. He really is an incredible artist and his skill with a new medium (the iPhone/iPad) is impressive. The colours were so vibrant and the print quality is great. So, can you tell I loved it? I had intended on doing a few tram trips out of the city but the sweltering heat (37 celcius) discouraged that. I did head out to Guild of Objects and Beatrix Bakes in North Melbourne, had lunch at Rustica Canteen, dinner at the Flowerdrum with my parents (who were also in Melbourne at the same time), the obligatory breakfast at the European (Melbourne really is all about the food) and too much wandering in the air conditioned shopping centres. 

At home we visited the Wooden Boat festival, the beach, have been out for lunch, and all the while the builders have been working away. We are starting to get a good idea of what our extended space will be like, and the views are going to be so good, decisions about external colours have been made, and I think so far so good.

Next week is back to our regular routine, and hopefully some time for me to catch up with a few posts here!

Thursday, 9 February 2017


Loves jumping on the bed. Still uses the mailing tube as a guitar. He was a bit under the weather for a week or so, which meant he was a bit more clingy and asked for lots of hugs (definitely a positive to the situation). But as always bounced back to his cheerful self pretty quickly.

Sunday, 5 February 2017


I'm late in posting these, but still they are so sweet. Hanging out with his beautiful whale from Big Stuffed in between bouts of watching our builders work from his bedroom window. Currently he is loving Olympia's cover of Beck's 'Dreams' we have had to play it so many times, and to be honest I really don't mind that. He's also into singing 'Happy Birthday', this morning it was happy birthday to 'the bushes' - he was looking out the window, or Mr Frumble from the Richard Scarry books. I love hearing him sing.

Friday, 27 January 2017


My brain is so confused about what day it is, yesterday felt like a sunday (being the Australia day public holiday) and yet tomorrow is the weekend. I'm not complaining though! We spent most of the day hanging out at home, but in the afternoon visited friends, ate amazing home-made pizza, drank French champagne and listened to the hottest 100. I'd say that is pretty good way to spend a public holiday.

This week the builders finished digging out the footings for our extension (the digger was supposed to do it, but on the day the driver baulked and said it was too steep) and the concrete truck came and filled the holes. It's sort of exciting. Next week they will start the framing. We need to go and look at carpets and flooring options, but I don't think that's a job for this weekend. Instead we might go to the beach and take it easy, the weather is supposed to be good and I think we should soak it up before it's gone.


This is such a sweet age, that's what everyone says, and it is so very true (other than the 5-10% of crazy behaviour!). Elroy loves to help wth jobs, sort the washing, put it in the washing machine, help mix muffins (or just pour flour everywhere), tell Jerry what he should be doing ('shoo Jerry', 'Jerry sit' - poor Jerry), he says I love you mummy or daddy, loves big hugs, wants us to play duplo with him, or put on a record. He is bossy, but sweet and will say please.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

So, this went up last week! After over four years of planning and discussions we are doing it! I'm actually feeling a little bit amazed. When you think about something for so long, it's nice for it to become a reality. We are going to be living in a construction site for the next six months or so, and I know it's not going to be easy, there are going to be tears and arguments and stresses, but I think it is really going to be worth it. Tomorrow the builder will start the prep for the extension, digging the footings, unless the predicted rain causes delay!) in our back garden, and at some point in the next few weeks they will also start turning our current living room into a bathroom! I have been madly trying to make decisions about tiles and grout colours and the vanity, but I think I'm done now and almost everything has been ordered. I've started pulling together a little bit of an inspiration post so I'm sure that will be up over the weekend. This may end up becoming a renovation blog for a while!