makar [ˈmækər]
n (Literature / Poetry) Scot a creative artist, esp a poet
[a Scot variant of maker]

Thursday, February 28, 2013

I spent a few evenings last week watching a brilliant (four hour) documentary about Andy Warhol on ABC iview. Despite having studied Modern Art for a year when I was 18, and seeing two exhibitions of his work, it wasn't until I watched this documentary that I really started to appreciate what he was all about. I love this quote of his:

"Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art."


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I'm a little behind with my 52 lists with Meet Me At Mike's - this one's been floating around the kitchen on the back of a fuel voucher for at least a week. I've been feeling a bit quiet and sad lately, neither of which are easy to be when you have noisy and (generally) happy kids jumping all over the place. A cold that dragged on (I feel like they have been back-to-back recently), and then some really devastating news about some people we know, sent me into a funk. Trying to understand this crazy world and make some sense of the awful things that happen, or maybe just trying to accept that terrible accidents do sometimes happen for no reason. Anyway, I've gone all maudlin, and I had no intention of doing so. All I can conclude is that you just have to focus on the little stuff, and try to love each and every precious moment, even the slightly grotty ones! Here's my list:

Things I Do Everyday

Cook, cook, cook
Sweep the floor
Wear sunscreen
Drink (quite a lot of) coffee and tea
Eat fruit and veg
Listen to the radio
Put a wash on & hang it out
Give lots of cuddles
Tell my kids & husband that I love them
Lose something & find something else
Spend too long on my laptop/iPhone
Feed my baby to sleep

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Something weird happened to me today. I was drinking a coffee and reading my book in the cafe of a bookshop, a very rare occurrence indeed. Two children were at school, and the other was asleep in the stroller. I looked up from the page to discover that the author of the book was sitting on the next table to me. Surely, it couldn't really be him, but it was. I later saw a photo of him in the newspaper. I wonder if he noticed that I was reading his book? I hope he did. It would make my day to see a stranger reading my book in a cafe, sipping a latte, and enjoying a few quiet minutes, while her baby slept. Strange though, don't you think?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Someone's borrowed my camera again...These photos were taken on a perfectly ordinary morning in the park, a few weeks ago. We've been a bit housebound over the last few days of hot weather, and these photos, with their jaunty angles and dramatic shadows, remind me of how much I love just spending time in the park with a friend or two, and the kids. Happy days!

Monday, February 11, 2013

The packed lunches are challenging enough, but it's the after school hunger that I'm struggling to satiate. They are so hungry and so angry if I don't provide food the moment they leave the school gates! But I don't want them to fill up on rubbish, and I want them to still have an appetite for dinner. It needs to be something that they think is a treat, plus something that I'm am happy for them to eat. Last week, these amazing chocolate brownies were a big hit. My daughter, who always suspects I've hidden beetroot in anything chocolate, and claims not to like coconut, loved them!

100g dark cooking chocolate
3/4 cup coconut oil or butter
6 eggs
1 cup raw sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sifted coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup pecans (optional)

Melt chocolate and coconut oil together.
Remove from heat, and mix in sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
Stir in remaining ingredients.
Spread into a lined slice tin.
Bake at 175 C for 30 minutes.
Cool and then cut into squares.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

52 Lists with Meet me at Mike's 

The Best Snacks (I love snacking - my dad calls it my "grazing habit"!)

Crumpets with peanut butter and sliced banana
Plain yoghurt and frozen berries
Fresh dates straight from the fridge
Almonds and brazils
Banana bread
Zucchini bread
A mango
Cold pizza
Pop corn with maple syrup
Chocolate covered goji berries
A slice of cheese

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

I hope this is true...

I found it on Emma Chapman's blog, Fall No Further. Her novel, How to Be a Good Wife, was recently reviewed in The Australian, and sounds brilliant. I'm just a tiny bit jealous!

Monday, February 4, 2013

My little boy was sick today, and so I kept him at home, away from all the excited kids at school. We made some apple juice and raspberry icy poles, and I read him this sweet and funny book: The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson.

I loved this little bit, towards the end, about how there is not "only one sort of night. [...] There are lots of other kinds, all beautiful".

"There are hot, scented summer nights; and cold windy nights when the scuffling clouds make ragged shadows across the ground; and breathless, thundery nights which are suddenly slashed with jagged white lightening; and fresh spring nights, when even the day birds can't bear to sleep; and muffled winter nights when snow blankets the ground and ices the houses and trees. Oh the nights I have seen".

And now I can hear him coughing again, poor thing. I hope tonight is a good one, and that in the morning he will be back to his happy self. 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

My baby girl's off to school tomorrow.

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