Featuring Jack in all his glorious fuzziness. I was photographing jewellery in the last of the afternoon sun when along came a great big ball of fuzz in search of a sunny spot. He plonked himself down right on top of my necklace and stretched out to snooze. “Excuse me!” said I, but he would not deign to acknowledge me. Except to deliver a withering glare and show off his whiskers. A rustle in the garden – what was that?! Nothing there – flop! See what I mean about the whiskers? You’ll have to wait till tomorrow for the pictures … Continue reading Caturday

Link-fest No. 12 + DUFC

One of the reasons there’s been so little blogging going on around here lately is that I’m re-reading The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett at the moment. In fact I’m fighting the urge to go back to my book right now! Here’s why: Guest post by Linda Gillard at Rhapsody in Books reviewing the seriesETA: Another lovely review of the Lymond series – Been There, Dunnett by Marjorie Leithead at Textualities Anyhoo, have some links: The 16th Down Under Feminists Carnival this month is hosted by Hexy at Hexpletive. Ariane’s Unsolicited careers advice for high school kids. Lauredhel’s recent posts … Continue reading Link-fest No. 12 + DUFC

Bootstraps, I has ’em

Now I just need to work out how to haul myself up by them. Some of you may have noticed a distinct lack of new content around these parts of late (go on, please say you’ve noticed?), poor old June has a mere 3 posts to its name! I think it’s time I did something about that, don’t you? It’s not like I haven’t had time really, there have been plenty of hours during which I have sat with my laptop on my knee and wandered around the blogosphere thinking to myself “I should post a comment there” or “ooo! … Continue reading Bootstraps, I has ’em

Kids and animals are a bugger to photograph

I started out this morning with the intent of having a decent photo of each of the kids and pets with which to illustrate the ever so fascinating story of my Sunday. I should know better than to make plans that depend on kids and animals behaving for a camera. The short version of my day goes like this: Get out of bed several hours later than intended (must have needed that sleep-in). Flail ineffectually at the chaos in the house (Adam has done wonders with it today as I came and went). Take Clara to dog park, forget to … Continue reading Kids and animals are a bugger to photograph

Link-fest No. 6

Feel like reading something silly? There’s a new post up on yogabeans! A review of Deadwood on Heroine Content. Train your goldfish with a training kit from ThinkGeek. Ninja cat comes closer without moving PhysioProf and Dr Isis are engaged in a recipe war. I find it oddly compelling. The Vorkosigan Companion will be mine. My lovely friend Susan has a new blog featuring cats and vegan food porn for your reading pleasure. And lastly, The Rotund has managed to convince me that taking the kids to Disneyland/Disney World might not be a completely terrible idea. Caitlin will be ever … Continue reading Link-fest No. 6

Beautiful plumage!

Our back deck has a number of regular visitors. There’s the rainbow lorikeets who cling to the fly screen and screech at us demanding breakfast. There’s the possum who comes every evening to clean up anything the birds leave behind. There’s the crimson rosella who with great daring braves the wrath of the lorikeets to try for a share of the apples and bird seed (it never works, those lorikeets are fierce!). And very occasionally we get the King Parrots who are regulars at our neighbour’s back deck and rarely grace us with their presence. One of them dropped in … Continue reading Beautiful plumage!

*Takes a deep breath*

*in* *out* *in* *out* Calm… Today was going so well till this evening. I’d got the kids to school on time (instead of our usual by the skin of the teeth thing). I’d been to work and done useful things, picked the kids up and then come home for the kids to change clothes and to let the dog out for a bit. We’d done a quick dash down to Marsfield to visit Great Grandma and made it back to Caitlin’s dance class on time thanks to an incredible run of green lights all the way along Pennant Hills Road … Continue reading *Takes a deep breath*

Samantha vs. the laptop

Sam: Right, just let me get comfy here *knead knead knead knead knead* You weren’t using those boobs for anything important were you? Me: Sit down you loopy cat, I can’t see the keyboard. Sam: I only sat down because I wanted to you know. Me: Fine, just don’t move, I’m blogging this. Extra points if you can identify the Giant Microbes in the glass bowl behind me.(photos taken with my laptop’s webcam) Continue reading Samantha vs. the laptop


You’re Prufrock and Other Observations! by T.S. Eliot Though you are very short and often overshadowed, your voice is poeticand lyrical. Dark and brooding, you see the world as a hopeless effort of people tryingto impress other people. Though you make reference to almost everything, you’ve reallyheard enough about Michelangelo. You measure out your life with coffee spoons. Take the Book Quizat the Blue Pyramid. Coffee spoons? Coffee spoons?! But I answered “yes” to the tea question! Damn it, now I’m going to have to find it and read it. I’m pretty sure the only T.S. Elliot I’ve read till … Continue reading Okaaaay….