Saturday, June 28, 2014

round and round we go

I found a big bag of these at my local Vinnies.

They were too good to leave behind.

So I used some scrap wool to crochet around them.

Now I have a bit of a head start on Christmas decorations.
When do you start making your decorations?
What have you re-made from supposed junk?
What have you been up to?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

last one .....for a while

For someone who doesn't really blog personal stuff
I seem to be doing a lot of it lately.
As some of you may know my son has been dreaming
of joining the Australian Navy for years.
He has planned and worked for this for a long time.
He has had many assessments and interviews
and finally the time has come.
The family piled into my old car and took
ourselves off to Melbourne.

On the morning he was to leave my son asked me to
leave the motel and have a walk with him.
He took me to the State Library where I stood in awe
of this beautiful building.
My boy apologised that it wasn't open but knew I
would still like to at least see it.

Not long after we watched him take his oath
and finish his life as a civilian .

He has been nervous for weeks but when it was done
I think he may have been relieved.
We won't be able to speak to him for a while.
We won't be able to see him for a while.
We will be missing him very much for a while.

He hopped on that bus and took a huge  piece
of my heart with him.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

caramel slice

I've been making my boy a lot of his favourites.
Yesterday was caramel slice.
Today was apple slice.
Tomorrow we are taking carrot cake for the big road trip.
I thought you might like to try this really easy
but very delicious caramel slice recipe.
You will need ~
Base - I cup sifted plain flour
1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup coconut
125g melted margarine.
Mix all base ingredients together and press into
a greased 28 x 18 cm tin.
Bake at 180c about 25 minutes.
Caramel ~ 2 tbsp. golden syrup, 3 tbsp margarine
and a tin of sweetened condensed milk.
Stir over a low heat until combined.
Pour over cooked base and bake at 180c
about 20 minutes.
Allow to cool.
Melt 125g nice chocolate with 60g copha.
Pour over caramel.
Put waaaay in the back of the fridge to cool.
If you don't put it in the back it will get eaten
before it's cooled properly.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

a sailor went to sea sea sea

Things have been a little quiet on my blog lately
as I have been helping my son get organised
for his new life in the Navy.
There have been many , many interviews over 2 years
and lots of planning to be done.

I had a surprise send off for him on the weekend with
over 80 people , we had such fun!
Can you imagine some of these being able to keep a secret?
They did and it is because my boy is such a well liked
kid they wanted it to be fantastic for him.
I could not be more proud of my son Jack
and so sad but happy for him at the same time.
The family are all going to send him off at Melbourne
on the weekend so if you don't hear from
me it's because I'm sobbing or cleaning his room
or probably sobbing at the state of his room.
Either way I know I'll be sobbing.
Yep sobbing now.
Gosh I love this kid and I'm going to miss him so much.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

not much. too much.

Crazy , crazy week here.

When life gets so busy and stuff is going on
the only solution is to post a rabble
of totally unrelated photos and say hi!

Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.