Thursday, October 8, 2009

My muddie wish list.

It has come to my attention that when you buy an old house (circa 1970's) then basically if it hasn't been kept to it's former glory then there is lots of work to be done. Me, being very impatient and wanting it done now - serious lack of funds preventing this - would like to have many projects going at once. However, this is not the case. As we prepare for yet another very dry and hot summer we also prepare for the evn bigger threat to us - bushfire. So, at the moment home improvements have been put on hold while we clear up the block and cart all the green waste off to the council to be disposed of. The new 10/30 rule is in place and although we have massive gums at our back door we are just giving them a clean up while all there trimmings will be saved for next winter and the leaves and bark will be disposed of. The grass is getting a trim and the yucky noxious wattle weeds are getting removed, the ivy poisoned and pulled out and the gutters cleaned.

In the meantime I will list my dreams for my little muddy among the gums-
*landscape the front garden both near the house and at the road frontage
*re oil all exterior timbers in a dirty dark grimesy oil
*re bag the entire mud exterior
*build the back deck and add another bigger better roof to our alfresco area
*a new letter box built entirely of chunky timbers and stone...lovely
*build a carport to house our cars and protect them from the weather

Not too much to wish for...well maybe a little. It's all the outside stuff that I really enjoy and this is only a list of what needs to be done outside...did I mention there was a bigger list for the inside...oh dear.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Here is something I prepared a little time ago

I wasn't sure when I would jump back on here and write. I am at a stage in the year where I am feeling a little withdrawn from writing. I am emotionally challenged by things going on around me and they are upsetting my eb and flow to write. I cant really complain too much but I have been feeling a little anxious about the 6000 words I have to submit at the end off term four and am even more so scared about the fact I haven't touched my novel for some time now. I need to breathe and take in some air and focus on what it was I was trying to write back in chapter one and how it can be linked to chapter eight and even more so how it all ends. With peaks and troughs taken in to account and a little conflict, but not too much conflict as that would be seen to be meoldrama -- maybe I will get this thing going again. In the meantime I shall just leave you with a little doll I made my niece and let know that I am going to spend some time crafting this week and while I craft I will think about my characters in my novel and what journey I wish them to take.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

And like the Berlin wall it came down with great celebration.

Got a bit of inspiration on Sunday, Jay thought it might me a good start to getting things started around the place. I am very happy with the results and am still trying to get used to the bizarre amount of light in the lounge room now and the fact I can see into the kitchen from my bed room. Thanks Jay. xoxo

Monday, August 3, 2009

So I haven't done this for a while, my blog became redundant after we moved ten minutes up the road to a bushier, friendlier sort of lifestyle. The summer came and went and with it disastrous bush fires causing much grief to the community and alongside the grief great community spirit was born from the ashes and so it was we were welcomed into the neighbourhood.

We chose to move to this, slightly in disrepair, mudbrick house with it's flat lined roof and monstrous wooden beams to give our children a certain sort of upbringing. So far I have enjoyed the six months we have lived in our house amongst the gums, magpies warbling down upon us, while kookaburra's echo their call from an opposite tree.

Yes, it is safe to say we are settling in well. It is a place I can feel myself growing as a writer, a mother and a human being (sometimes us mum's need to distinguish that we are human, after yelling in a fit of rage as your child knocks down every last apple off the grocery stand.) I have given myself time to take a breath and exhale it slowly after quiting my job at the bookstore; too demanding with all the shuttling kids to one end of town and then me shuttling off to the other end. On saying this I know it will be harder financially, but it will be my last year at home with Jax before he goes off to school and becomes a big boy...wheep, wheep.

So things i am enjoying more are- sewing, sitting reading and writing amongst a mudbrick cocoon, spending time with the kidlets, having energy to spend time with Jay after kiddies go to bed and yes, spending time cooking wintry delights!

So wintry delight 1 is a lovely Choc-orange cake care of Margaret Fulton, inspired by lots of oranges from my sisters orange tree.

125g butter, rind and juice of one good sized orange, 3/4 cup of caster sugar, 2 eggs (separated), 2 cups of SR flour, pinch salt and 3 tbs of milk.

On to the business of making

Cream butter and sugar, mix in orange rind. Beat in egg yolks well. Sift flour and salt into butter mix and fold in. Slowly add orange juice and then milk. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold in gently. Spoon the whole lot into a 20 by 20cm round tin that has been greased and the bottom lined. Cook in pre-heated 180 degree oven for 35-40 minutes.

To ice you can use any choc icing mix. I just used a basic icing sugar and added melted butter to mix and then poured over the cake. If chocolate is too decadent (As if...) then you can dust with icing sugar. Ta Da. Enjoy!