Monthly Archives: March 2009

More Random Stuff

Random is about as much as I can ‘do’ at the moment.

Birds: I haven’t seen a sulphur crested cockatoo since we’ve been in Jabiru, but there are plenty of corellas.  They like to roost together by the hundreds per tree where they make a very eerie moaning noise as a group.  I like cockatoos better, they have way more personality.

Also there are heaps of whistling kites gliding around the place,  I bet they’re hunting lizards… probably with more success than Reuben.

Today: This morning I went to a mothers group at the local caravan park pool, very cool and refreshing with lots of mini savloys, fairy bread and sausage rolls.  Then I came home and watched 12 episodes of Sex and the City.  Probably not the most productive way to spend my afternoon.

Making: My focus is totally shot to hell, and it was never much good in the first place.  I couldn’t even bring myself to do some hand embroidery while wasting time this afternoon.  I’m still mulling over the idea of a yellow and white quilt… I’m thinking raw edge applique and triangles.  Haven’t put pen to paper for sketching yet, and still haven’t purchased a bed for it to go on.

The other room: We have a second living room in this house.  It currently houses Chris’ desk, some cupboards which are covered in junk and a freezer.  It’s dreadful.  I have an idea of a long desk along one wall which Chris and I can share as a home office and a few armchairs to make it relaxy and informal.   But I’m stumped at the first hurdle… the long desk.  I know I could do this stylishly and cheaply if there was an Ikea within 2000km of here. 

Also, I want a new couch.  I know which one I want too… but I’d have to get it shipped here from Sydney or something and that’s just crazy. And there’s a bit of weird co-incicdence with it too, totally weird.

But you know,  we have a whole container load of stuff in storage in Melbourne.  Perhaps it isn’t wise to buy new stuff when we could totally clutter this place up with stuff we already own. (but I hate that couch, and I don’t want that bed and the dining table is enormous)

Maybe I should wait until after I have this baby.  Maybe I’ll be thinking clearer.

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Random Stuff

Wild Dogs:  There are plenty of wild dogs around here, they are more ‘dog like’ than the packs around Nhulunbuy which have a real a dingo look about them.  We were told that at certain time of day there a heaps at of wild dogs at the tip… but on the day we visited, there was only one.

We had one try and get into our rubbish bin at about 4am last night, but my personal security team … Reuben and Chris… scared it away.

Sleep: Until that moment, I’d been having a pretty good night’s sleep.  A fairly uncommon experience for me at the moment as I just can’t get comfortable.  Also, my hands get swollen and my fingers get pins and needles in the night.  It’s pregnancy induced carpal tunnel syndrome yay!!!.  Suprisingly, the lack of sleep doesn’t really worry me, probably because I’m free to nap during the day 🙂

Preparations: Baby J is due in 6 weeks. Im not doing much to prepare, though we purchased a basinette and a baby sling last weekend. I do have lots of clothes washed and sorted, but the change table and cot are still to be painted (by Chris)… until then, the baby’s room will continue to look like a junk room.

Last night I wondered if I should make a single bed quilt for the (as yet unpurchased) spare bed.  Chris’ mum will be coming to stay for 3 weeks in June and it might be nice for the bed to have a quilt.  I’m thinking yellows and white.  Just thinking mind you…

This Saturday we are going to an all day birth class in Darwin.  We’re going down on Friday so Chris can get new tires for the car and I can see the obstetrician. 

Did you know that I have to go to Darwin to wait out the last two weeks before the baby’s due date?  Somebody suggested to Chris that he try and arrange to work out of the Darwin office during this time.   Now why didn’t we think of that!  It might not work out, but it could be worth a shot, if only so he can avoid a 3hr drive to Darwin (with no phone reception) while I’m in labour.

I think that’s enough random thoughts for today 🙂


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The Embroidery Itch

In my last post I mentioned that I had an itch to do some embroidery.  So, in my usual fashion, I tossed the zig zag quilit aside and started putting a simple embroidery design together.


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32 years old, 31 weeks pregnant and a Saucy Look

I’m sort of itching to get into a bit of embroidery after this quilt.  I’ve been reading Sheila Paine’s book Embroidered Textiles : a world guide to traditional patterns and I’m feeling very inspired.  

Another book I read this week was Francis Bacon’s Studio by Margarita Cappock, which I got out of the library.  I didn’t know a lot about the artist, but I’m glad I read it as I found it really interesting to see how he manipulated photos to distort figures and how he used sources over and over again.

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