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Pattern Library is back

Miscellaneous - 11 January 2021 - No Comments

Ok, I give in! I’ve put it back up. Just don’t ask me any questions about it, I’m at zero spoons for anything weaving related and all my stuff is packed up in boxes. 😛 Seriously though, my life went completely to shit over the last 3-4 years and I had to pull back from […]

Avian Assault

Miscellaneous - 18 March 2020 - No Comments

The cockatoos have been pruning the liquidambar Again in their quest for seed pods Shearing off the softer tips of branches Dropping them down on deck, Garden, and path, sprays of green On the piles of last year’s discarded leaves Seed pods rain down too Some in fragments ripped apart By hungry beaks, some whole […]


Miscellaneous - 11 March 2020 - No Comments

My mind is not always kind to me And sometimes When it has been particularly unruly I take it to see someone who Is qualified to help with unruly minds And I tell this person stories Of what is going on in my life And how I feel about those things And how that makes […]


Miscellaneous - 1 February 2020 - 2 Comments

The last year and a bit has, quite frankly, been hellish. The unrelenting stress ended up with my immune system doing its best to kill me, I got chronic idiopathic urticaria – head to toe hives for 10 weeks, along with angioedema which had my face and, at its worst, throat as well, swelling up […]

Untaken paths.

Miscellaneous - 2 January 2019 - 1 Comment

I’ve just finished reading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. It was, of course, wonderful. This post is not about the book. “Face your life Its pain, its pleasure, Leave no path untaken” There are paths I didn’t take in life. Ones I travelled a little way down and then got stuck at some barrier […]

New Year, New Beginnings

Miscellaneous - 31 December 2018 - 3 Comments

It’s been a long time since I blogged. Life got interesting. In the “may you live in interesting times” curse sort of way. Big changes. I’m single. After 26 years of marriage. And not by my choice. I won’t say much about that here. If you’ve sent me messages about the tablet weaving patterns and […]

The edges of things

Writing - 16 May 2017 - No Comments

Where the mountains meet sky Where rocks break sea Where skin touches skin And breath is breathed in Where a knife’s edge curls wood Where hands shape clay Where thought becomes form And beauty is made Where minds grow invention Where pen marks page Where words start stories And ink bleeds and fades Where streams […]

25 years

Family & Parenting, Stuff About Me - 1 February 2017 - 3 Comments

I don’t know what he’s grinning about, he’d forgotten my ring. I wore stupid feet hurting shoes. It was all terribly traditional, church wedding, Dad walked me down the aisle. I think this was one of the solemn bits. I’m not very good at solemn. We’re both reasonably good at being grinning idiots though. And then […]

It’s just a poem, ok. Mostly.

Writing - 16 January 2017 - 1 Comment

I don’t want to be angry any more, or sad, or exhausted I don’t want to feel resentment or despair Irritation, disappointment Fear But I can’t walk away I can’t not see, not know, not care I think I remember how to be happy Content At peace But I do not know how to get […]

Winterfest 2016 – The Peasant’s Feast

Food Glorious Food, Historical reenactment - 11 July 2016 - No Comments

The Revolting Peasants were persuaded by nefarious means (ok, Andrew asked me and I said yes) to provide a Saturday night feast for the Winterfest reenactors. We were catering for 100 people. I did my usual thing, when it comes to cooking stuff, of reading lots of different recipes and using an idea from this […]

Ham and cheese scrolls

Food Glorious Food - 29 May 2016 - 2 Comments

A photo posted by Mim (@mimblespix) on May 21, 2016 at 2:59am PDT Dough – from bread machine recipe for pull apart bread 2 teaspoons dry yeast 500g bread flour 1 tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 tablespoons dry milk powder 25g butter 360ml water 2 tablespoons tomato paste Garlic powder Oregano Basil Diced […]


Keeping the Masses Entertained - 16 February 2016 - No Comments

In the midst of a silly thing that I am doing on Instagram and Tumblr (at Calmly Colouring), with a colouring book and Black Books quotes, I did a slightly sillier thing over the course of seven days. It went like this. Heh. Heh. Look. Bernard… #thelittlebookofcolouringforcalm #blackbooks #waitforit #nospoilers A photo posted by Mim […]

An Aussie Atheist Christmas

Family & Parenting, Stuff About Me - 8 December 2015 - No Comments

I was reading through Greta Christina’s post Seven Reasons for Atheists to Celebrate the Holidays about why atheists might be quite into holidays that have religious origins and nodding enthusiastically but finding myself having to gloss over references to winter. And then reason number 1 was all about winter and I really felt it was […]

#KellsWritingChallenge Day 7 – The high road

Keeping the Masses Entertained, Stuff About Me - 14 December 2014 - 3 Comments

Every time I’ve looked at this writing prompt the ONLY thing that pops into my head is the chorus from The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond as sung by Harry Secombe playing Neddie Seagoon in The Goons episode “The Treasure in the Lake” (aka “The Treasure of Loch Lomond”). O ye’ll tak’ the high road, […]

#KellsWritingChallenge Day 5 – If only…

Writing - 12 December 2014 - 3 Comments

A long time ago and far, far away…well, a week ago at least, and further away than you or I can comfortably walk, like at least 3 postcodes away…anyway, that’s not important. The important part is that this is the beginning of a story and that’s how you do beginnings. Establish time and place. Gives […]

#KellsWritingChallenge Day 4 – There’s no time like the present

Family & Parenting - 12 December 2014 - 1 Comment

Once upon a time I used to try and photograph and video all the performances that my kids were involved in. It was never a particularly successful endeavour largely due to a combination of inadequate equipment, an unskilled operator, and a rather limiting reluctance to be one of those parents standing up/sneaking down the aisle/laying […]

#KellsWritingChallenge Day 3 – Chocolate cake

Miscellaneous - 11 December 2014 - No Comments

Yesterday there should have been a post using the prompt “chocolate cake”. Yesterday was not a day conducive to writing, let alone writing about chocolate cake. I don’t think I care enough about chocolate cake to write a post about it. Mr17 probably cares enough, if his rant on the subject of the difference between […]

#KellsWritingChallenge Day 2 – Summer

Stuff About Me - 9 December 2014 - 1 Comment

Not my favourite time of the year. In fact, I’m with Brocklesnitch on the subject of summer, it generally makes me miserable and because I’m not a fan of being miserable and we have air-conditioning at home it also tends to result in a massive electricity bill. Which I feel guilty about. But not quite […]

#KellsWritingChallenge Day 1 – Moving

Stuff About Me - 8 December 2014 - 2 Comments

Can’t get moving. That’s me, most of the time. Starting things takes this monumental effort. And nothing happens without a looming deadline. So it’s kind of handy that Kellie invited me to participate in her 10 day writing challenge, because I’ve been eying this much neglected blog for months and thinking it’d be nice to […]

Mea culpa – tablet weaving pattern stuff up

Miscellaneous - 28 February 2014 - No Comments

I was contacted a couple of days ago by someone who was having trouble with one of my patterns, turned that was because the pattern was broken. Argh. Oh god. How many people have tried to use it? How many people are cursing me? Anyway, an updated version of the Birka pattern was uploaded on […]

Baked beans for brunch

Food Glorious Food - 5 January 2014 - 2 Comments

We had visitors coming for brunch this morning so obviously I decided to make something I’ve never made before without actually following any particular recipe. I’ve wanted to make baked beans for years but have never got around to it. I’m going to be doing it lots from now on, because these were really rather […]

Happy New Year – 2013 in review

Miscellaneous - 2 January 2014 - 2 Comments

I don’t approve of New Years resolutions, they’re silly things decided at an arbitrary time for dubious reasons and doomed to be forgotten completely 2 weeks later. So I don’t make them. Except when I do. And usually not on New Years Day. We might come back to that later. 2013 has not been a […]

Tablet weaving pattern library update

Fibre & Needle Crafts, Miscellaneous - 12 October 2013 - 13 Comments

I’ve edited the Pattern Library page and put a bunch of new patterns on there along with a PDF that contains all the patterns in the one file. Here, have a few pics of stuff I’ve been weaving lately:

Poetry of the wee small hours

Writing - 27 July 2013 - No Comments

Insomnia – a poem Bedside lamp ticks, metal cowl cooling Slower, slower, tick…tick…silence The NAS grunks as a laptop backs up Good data protection habits erode sleep My husband snores and couplets form I reach for my phone. (Written at 2:30am)

Friday Fragments – Heatwave edition

Blog Link-ups and Memes, Family & Parenting, Home Is Where The Chaos Is, Pets and Other Wildlife - 18 January 2013 - 16 Comments

It’s been quite some time since I’ve put together a Friday Fragments post, let’s see if I remember how this goes! Today has been the hottest day ever on record in Sydney, 45.8°C (114.4°F) at Observatory Hill in the city. My Twitter stream and Facebook newsfeed are full of screenshots of people’s weather apps and […]

The great bunny escape of 2013

Pets and Other Wildlife - 8 January 2013 - 4 Comments

My neighbour came to our door late on Monday afternoon and said “Your rabbits are out in the yard.” To which I intelligently replied “OUT out?” because clearly she’d have come to tell me they were out in their normal enclosure. “Yes, out out.” I think I remembered to say thank you as I closed […]

Still renovating

Miscellaneous - 6 January 2013 - 4 Comments

There’s been a bit more work done since my last renovations post back in September. The backyard was finished – topsoil and plants in the garden beds. Adam and David built the shed, the garden beds were mulched and the lawn was laid Clara approved of the new lawn We bought some outdoor furniture And […]

Peter Pan – Belvoir St Theatre

Keeping the Masses Entertained - 6 January 2013 - 1 Comment

Our Christmas present from my mum this year was tickets for the whole family, including her, to see the Belvoir St Theatre production of Peter Pan. She had also bought a ticket for my dad, but unfortunately he was stuck in hospital going green with envy rather than joining us tonight. This did mean we […]

Did I tell you I’ve got a writing gig?

Feminism, Stuff About Me - 3 January 2013 - 4 Comments

It’s true, I was invited to join the ranks of the authors at Hoyden About Town. Which was in various degrees very flattering, a bit scarey and rather bemusing. The last because it’s not like I’ve been writing much lately, or indeed much of substance on any regular basis ever. So I wrestled with a […]

Summer, therefore beach

Family & Parenting - 3 January 2013 - 1 Comment

Yes, even when the sky is grey, the wind is blustery and the air temperature is verging on colder than the water. (Possible slight exaggeration for dramatic effect, but only slight.) Tom had been campaigning for a beach visit for several days, this morning he got up and dressed in his swimmers, apparently our “yeah, […]