Monday, December 24, 2012

Last post for 2012

I've always loved the traditional looking Christmas decorations and put them up every year despite the fact our Christmas lands in Summer.  I always dream of a white Christmas, and have been lucky enough to have experienced it.  But I must face facts that I am Australian and this is where my family are, so most of my Christmases will be hot ones.  But that doesn't mean I can't bring a little bit of European Christmas into my home.  Why not?  So every year out comes the holly (yes it's plastic, but where am I going to find genuine holly here in this climate?) and the baubles and tree and nutcracker type decorations.  I drive hubby mad, but he puts up with it - after all it's only once a year.

To my friends in Blogtopia, I wish you all a safe, peaceful and happy Christmas and can't wait to get back to blogging again in 2013.

Finally - here's something a little less traditional - but I think perfect for the occasion.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

A catchup, a concert, and a random pumpkin

I've been on holidays for almost a week now and have spent just about every second cleaning the house - with no results.  So today I'm going to accept that it will never be as I want and just enjoy the first day of my daughter's school holidays.

I'm also going to take this opportunity to catch up on my blogging.

A very belated Halloween pumpkin

Last week (or was it the week before?) we went to an 80's concert and saw Simple Minds, Devo and The Church (I'm showing my age).    I wanted to look a little funky, but not too 80's so The Jam t-shirts and dunlop volleys were out.   Instead plain t-shirt, jeans, jangly earings and what I now call my Marianne boots were the order of the evening.

I tried capturing the action on stage, but it was just too much of a grown up photo job for my little phone camera.  So I had fun shooting the action in the audience instead.  Nice to see Devo hats still around.

It was the boost I needed after a long and cranky day at work.

And I learned that it's still possible to chair boogy at - erm - not quite middle age, and after consuming a fair amount of wine - but only if one is wearing grippy boots.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A christmas wish

I've been meaning to post for a few days now, but my heart wasn't in it since I heard tragic news of the loss of so many sweet babies, as well as the loss of brave teachers who put the lives of their small charges before their own.  As you know I don't often comment on world events, unless it's something that has affected me so much that I can't keep silent about it. 

This is one of them.

I could go on about gun laws and the need for change, but I won't.  That's already being debated and people don't need my 2 cents.  But if we could just love each other a little more..............

At this time of year we all hear about peace on earth and good will to all men - are they just words?  As I type, the first funerals have already been held.  The first of so many.   My whole heart goes out to the families who lost an angel and to those families of the teachers, who must be feeling a mixture of pride and desperate grief.  To the children who survived, but who would be utterly traumatised, and to the community as a whole.  My love to all of you.

Tomorrow I will go back to my usual posting, but for now my Christmas wish this year is that the people of Newtown, Connecticut somehow find a little comfort.

And that we all love each other a little more................

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Lights, french lessons, and stampeding children

I'm just home from Christmas Carols on Manly oval, and have learned that to get in the way of a wall of children in the throes of Santa frenzy is unwise................ (was too busy shielding daughter and coffee to take photos, so here are some from last night)

Last night while running late for French class, I passed this Vivian Chan Shaw dress in the Queen Victoria Building and was stopped in my tracks.
Photo from Vivian Chan Shaw

I didn't dare tell our teacher that I was 15 minutes late instead of 5 because I was licking a shop window (I'm sure the QVB now has a security file on me).

However, make to French class I did and a couple of hours later I emerged no more French than when I went in (but pleasantly tired from laughing at my attempts) , and in dire need of a cafe au lait.

Then I noticed that the Town Hall was lit up like a - well - a Christmas tree.  So I decided not to rush home, and instead take an easy stroll back to the car stopping on the way to take some more pretty Christmasish photos.

I discovered the top of that other tree, gatecrashed an after hours photo shoot, and saw another shop window I liked (but refrained from giving it a dribble clean).

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Out with the old.............

Monday morning, sipping coffee in bed, thinking about the long full week ahead.  Just having a few quiet moments before I had to get up and start the week.  Little did I know that by the end of the day I'd be sobbing into a rather soggy mobile phone to hubby, and then drafting a letter of resignation.

However all was not lost, and one does not dwell for long on the dreary in Blogtopia.  There is a carol evening and a concert to attend, vintage clothes to sigh over, and a new job to look forward to.

And today I (almost) completed sorting daughter's wardrobe.  There's a Christmas miracle in itself.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A weekend away in our backyard

Last weekend my glamorous neighbor and I went to our French class on Saturday, to make up for missing our class during the week.  This gave us the opportunity for a spot of window shopping, make up purchasing, and  David Jones Christmas display window gazing.  To mark the occasion I wore one of my favourite dresses.  A floaty Barkins dress with pretty embroidery on the bodice and sleeves I found at Rozelle markets about a year ago.

Off to Queen Victoria Building for the biggest Christmas tree ever and a spot of more window shopping.

Yes it's still November, and yes I guess I'm jumping the gun, but I do so love Christmas.  The baubles, the lights, the food, the carols.  I love the feel of the shops, and thankfully my GN (glamorous neighbour) feels the same.  We were as a couple of girls in a toy shop.  Then it was a quick stop at Allens Music which is housed in the old Bank of NSW building, but is sadly closing down, for some last minute buys for GN's muso husband, before catching the train home.  Another bonus photo opportunity of an old glass ceiling and tiled floor you just don't see anymore.

While we were skipping the Christmas lights fantastic, hubby and daughter were hitting the garage sales and scored a few bargins for the house.  My favourite being a fantastic coffee sign? picture? that is now gracing our lounge wall.  It goes well with our other previous treasure finds.


On Sunday we hit (well actually almost missed as we got there so late) Carlingford markets, and remember those shoes on my Christmas wish list?  Well I found something very similar.

 We had a lovely weekend away - and we didn't even leave the city.

Friday, November 16, 2012

All i want for christmas - no white goods!

Well, now I've got Halloween and daughter's birthday safely tucked away for another year (and allergies have receded to functioning levels), my mind is turning to the upcoming celebrations of Chanukah and Christmas.  There are a lot of things I covet - err I mean I plan to ask Santa for.  Things like these from Vintage Clothing
pictures from Vintage Clothing

Picture from Vintage Clothing

Picture from Vintage Clothing

Or these shoes from Asos

Or a holiday in
Photo from International Internships

Photo from Expat Blog

Or one of those adorable quilts from France.
Picture from Kaboodle
 But no, it's not to be.  For after a year of medical expenses and every dang major appliance breaking down we have nought to spare.

Yes folks - for this

and this and this and this and this and this!!!!    all needed fixing or replacing!

It's been a white good conspiracy.

Then other essentials to life decided to join the walk out.  Namely this
(failed brakes)
and this
(cracked shower screen)

All in all it makes one feel like this


So how does one cope with these hiccoughs?  One drinks.  And one dreams of poisoning all manufacturers that make appliances that break down just after the warranty expires.

However on a happier note, I have lots of lovely new white goods which will (hopefully) last a while - and best of all - the coffee machine comes home from the repair shop soon.  One feels like donning a 1950's style apron and twirling from dishwasher to washing machine to oven as I do my chores on my new gadgets.

Though if things keep going the way they are, then the only things that Santa will bring daughter this Christmas will be clean laundry and home cooked meals.............................