Thursday, March 31, 2011

Having Fun

Just a little post
while I wait to collect my daughter
from work

Ket is working in a laboratory in Fremantle
(60 ks from home)
and doesn't finish until 10pm

It's perfect work for a uni student
And not too bad for a uni student Mum
who can study while they wait

..... I should be studying
But here I am!
Having fun

I'm at ECU in Mt Lawley this year
It's a little different.

Monday, March 28, 2011

You can never have too much to smile about

To get the ball rolling
and back into the swing of things

a photo

or two

or three

 0r four

From Christmas

I know... it was months ago

But just looking at them makes me smile.

And you can never have too much to smile about.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ain't life grand?

I have really loved going to Fremantle every week for Uni

On my last day of the semester 
I was delighted to see some yarnbombing
I love yarnbombing
There is something wonderfully subversive about it.
Yarnbombing demands attention 
and pays homage to the sacred crafts of knitting and crochet. 
And while a little bit of my puritan heart tsk tsks 
at the impracticality of blankets for buildings
The rest of my spirit sings with this celebration 
of the womanly skills our grandmothers gave us.

The yarnbombing website is an inspiration for those of us
who nurture a rebel within.

It was an interesting day.
Seeing yarnbombing in the morning,
then my exams,
then home.... and seeing the first fire for the season.

This is what it looked like on the horizon in Midland

And from my driveway. 

It was definitely a wake up call for summer. 

Now is the perfect time to get to work on the property.

Not only has university finished for the year
my daughter has also finished her ballet exams,
and is in the process of doing her log book for her drivers license.
Here she is, on the left, in her last rehearsal before her exam.

I will miss driving my daughter to endless ballet classes;
it's been a wonderful time of talking and sharing. 
My new free time can be put to good use
 Mowing and raking and weeding. 
I'm actually looking forward to it.
Ain't life grand?

Monday, September 20, 2010

I'd better get a wriggle on....

I've finally made some time to catch up on some other bloggers.
Slowly but surely I'm making my way through my favourites list.
The problem is, of course, I do have a lot of favourites.
And despite my absurdly time snatching schedule, I keep wanting to take on more projects...

Like this little dress at Jellywares

Fortunately I can put this one on hold as Jodie hasn't released the pattern yet
And I have no little girls to make it for.

This pattern from Elaine at Northern Lights is perfect for my grandson Charlie

Luckily it's spring, so I can put them,

And these,

On hold too.

At least crocheting is wonderfully portable,
which is more than can be said of some patchwork.

I love this from Hen at Henhouse.  

And this from Cardygirl

Aren't they all scrumptious?
One of these days I may actually post something I've made
But I wouldn't hold your breath waiting!

This week my great accomplishment was mark of 96% on a maths test.Whoohoo
I'm doing an enabling course at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle. So I'm revisiting all those much neglected subjects of English and Mathematics plus a few new ones, like research skills (on databases) and computer skills.

I'm having very mixed results. Maths is fun, especially as I'm one of the few in my class (all of whom are young enough to be my children!) who knows their times tables. Which really makes me smile. Computer Skills is horrible. I find learning on line quite a trial and I get very bad tempered with it. Which makes me frown and my classmates smile.

I love it.
If I pass, and I hope I will, next year I plan to ..... ..... well that's the million dollar question, isn't it? Like craft, there are so many options for study and I'm finding it very hard to choose just one. Applications for enrollment are due by next week.
I'd better get a wriggle on and make up my mind

Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Real Indulgence

I go a university down by the ocean
near the port in Fremantle

So some days
I meet my daughter 

and go to a late lunch by the water

Other days
I sit in a courtyard
and study

On the weekends
I usually try and reduce
the mountains of washing,
and catch the dust bunnies
that hide in the corners.

But this weekend
I visited my Mum 
and enjoyed 

her garden
and her cooking

I know. 

It really was an indulgence

Thank you for the wonderful words of support for my uni studies. 
I'm excited and terrified at the same time. :-)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Neglecting my dear little blog

I feel sad that I've neglected my dear little blog

And all my lovely new friends.

Its just that,

I am so busy, running around,

Like a chook without a head.

I shouldn't even be here now,

I should be busy doing something else.

Because ... you see ... I have

...Against all better judgement

And prudent time management...

Enrolled to study

At University.

I really must be demented

To return to study after so many years.

(And after dropping out of Uni

Back in the 80s

When I was pregnant with my first child )

But if truth be told,

And it should be,

Student life is a lot of fun.

It's revisitng my youth

And finding little bits of myself

I had forgotten about.

Its time away

from all the "stuff"

I am responsible for.

Its wonderful, self indulgent Me time.

Now I just need to figure out

How to make it smooth sailing on calm waters!

(- : All good advice will be greatly appreciated.  :-)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

An inherited talent

Looking back over my blog
I get the feeling
It's got a bit too sweet
All love and joy 
And happy families


I'm not sure how that happened
When I first started my blog
I had visions that it would be a journal
A reflection, perhaps, of my creative journey


I seem to be discovering
That my greatest creative achievement 
Is not made of fabric and thread
Or paper and ink


It's made of laughter and tears
Of love and memories and stories and secrets
It's always changing and growing 
And it's definitely a work in progress


Today we celebrated my grandson Charlie's 1st birthday
And the photos above are snippets of his party 
Last weekend we celebrated 
My Uncle Keith's 97th birthday
Here's Uncle Keith with my Dad, his brother-in-law

And here's my Great Aunt Henrietta, who is also in her 90s
with my daughter and my mother
at Uncle Keith's party


 Perhaps making families is an inherited talent
I do, after all, come from a long line of families.