This one was a little bit easy for me - because I LOVE freecycle!!!! Had a good sort out and everything in the picture had to go. The green bag is full of things for the charity shop, but there was no way I was heading into town on a Saturday afternoon so will call in first thing Monday. The rest was offered on freecycle mid-afternoon and everthing had been claimed by teatime - half has been collected already and the rest should be picked up tomorrow! What a great system - big cheers to the person who thought of it and all those who act as moderators. I was discussing the pledges and freecycle with Craig and he asked how many things he thought I had offered. So of course this got me thinking and I thought I'd check - the grand total to date is 132! I have also received some amzing things, both as replies to their offers and also from my wanteds. The generosity of people has never failed to amaze me and as I look around me whilst I type I can see at least half a dozen items that I've collected - thank you. x
Sunday, 31 August 2008
Saturday, 30 August 2008
Friday, 29 August 2008
Thursday, 28 August 2008
I was the one who introduced the bottle banks to my mum and dad whilst still at school and have been recycling what I can since then so we are already doing quite a lot of the actions. Since having children my interest in it has increased and we've made lots of positive changes to the amount of waste we produce and to our exposure to toxic chemicals. Since I've read through the full pledge list I can see that we are doing quite well, although there's always room for improvement. It's funny but when things become part of your every day life you stop noticing them anymore so this was a great exercise for me to re-iterate what we do.
Along the same lines, she says “mucky” when she sees a monkey. So you can again imagine what came out of the little babe’s mouth when we went to a soft play area called Funky Monkeys!!!
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
It really was amazing to watch it - you could see his mouth working and the lettuce leaf actually disappearing whilst you watched! Now slugs are one of the only things that make my skin really crawl but it was incredible to watch.
I don't really mind them and I know I was fascinated by them as a child and so too are my little girls. They find it very funny when they crawl all over their hands and arms. When I looked at this pot there were 10 caterpillars on it and they had decimated the nasturtium but hadn't touched the geranium.
Also note the black dots around the base of the pot - caterpillar poo!
Tuesday, 26 August 2008
We went for lunch at my parents yesterday and my uncle was there. We have seen him quite regularly since we returned from NZ which is great as we hadn't seen much of him over recent years. He was asking us all about NZ and the geography of the land and I mentioned that Edmund Hillary had learnt to climb mountains on Mt Cook, in NZ South Island, before he went on to conquer Everest. Uncle Jim replied - "Mmm, I met him once" .......!!!! I was gobsmacked but apparently he was working at a hotel in Liverpool and met Edmund Hillary - I thought that was soooo cool.
Saturday, 23 August 2008
Friday, 22 August 2008
THINGS TO DO IN MY TOWN FOR (ALMOST) FREE MEME from the lovely Julie. Here are the rules (because it wouldn't be a meme without rules):
1. List (at least) five things to do for free in your city or town, not just well publicised touristy things, but things YOU might do too!
2. Write it with a visitor in mind.
3. Tag three people* - extra fun if they live somewhere you'd like to know better or you're going to sometime soon.
4. If you're anonymous/coy about where you live, choose another town or city that you know.
Well it's not my current town but it was once my town so I'm doing Wellington, NZ:
1 Te Papa - now I know this is right up there on the tourist trail but it is one of the best museums I have ever been too. Great for adults and really good interactive parts for the children. We spent a lot of time in front of the wild boar with Maia!
2 Cuba Street - this is just great for people watching, with a small playground for the children and an awesome 'bucket fountain' which captivates you whatever age. Full of lovely boutique shops, cafes and bars so it's only free if you show some restraint!
3 Cycling round the bays - this can be as little or as much as you like - you can start at Island Bay and head left or right. Right takes you to Owhiro Bay and then onto Red Rocks, left can take you round the whole peninsula bringing you back into the city at Oriental Bay. It's an awesome cycle and you have the chance of seeing dolphins and penguins amongst other wildlife. On a good day you can also see the snow capped top of the Kaikouras - great view!
4 Walking - there are so many walks in Wellington it's hard to know which to say. A great one starts at the harbour right in the city and then head around the water at the back of Te Papa along towards Oriental Bay. There's now a children's playground with a cool skateboard type frame in, you can see the old boat sheds, the fountain in the harbour and finish at the beach at Oriental Bay.
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Monday, 18 August 2008
Just pour into the bath whilst the water is running and make sure they are all dissolved before slipping into the warm bath and relaxing. This blend is perfect for any muscular or joint aches and pains and is quite invigorating so wouldn't be one to use before bed, maybe try lavender, frankincence and bergamot for that.Having just made this and posted I realise I must incorporate more into my life again ....... I feel another post coming on, but I must run and get on with jobs :(
Sunday, 17 August 2008
Saturday, 16 August 2008
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
Sunday, 10 August 2008
No 3 Bake (you'll soon see a theme here - Unhappy? Bake! Raining? Bake! Bored? Bake! ......)
This brings to mind a peaceful family scene with mum and daughters together in the creation of something delicious to eat - maybe a little splodge of mix here and a smile there. Reality? It usually ends up quite stressful, lots of mess, me not quite so angelic and just hurrying to get the damn thing in the oven - not to even mention the clearing up! However, the end result is always worth it. Today a new recipe Sticky Date and Orange Flapjack. Found this under a pile of paper on the workbench not sure where it came from but sounded lovely.
Friday, 8 August 2008
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
Since coming out of hospital Maia's arty endeavours have gone into overdrive! So here are some samples:
A cute little gecko!
Wands - Maia made the painted one and it was so popular with her little sister we had to make another for her!
A thank you card for the nurses who looked after us so well