The tropical wet season is here!
It has arrived with a vengeance as the effects of Cyclone Oswald are felt travelling south from the Gulf. The highway north of us is closed due to flooding, as are many of our city's roads. It will get worse before it gets any better.
Our house is set high, so the water flows down the driveway, but not before a few inches sits across the back yard. In a rare few minutes between the heavy downpours I went outside for a look around.
I finally got to wear the gum boots I bought 6 months ago!
Whilst I was outside, some friends made their way inside for cover. This green tree frog was as big as Mr E's hand!
Blossom counted eleven much smaller green tree frogs around the kitchen while she was making a cuppa!
She has become rather good at catching, then re-locating them outside, away from Princess Sophie. But they are territorial and so return visits to the kitchen are common.
Although there's plenty about this torrential rain that's not very good (towns under flood alert), one good thing is the slight drop in daytime temperature. It's still about 30C (86F) but with the rain it feels quite pleasant inside.
Pleasant enough for a slow cooked meal from Jamie Oliver's book, "Jamie Does...".
I chose to make a Moroccan inspired recipe, "Simple Lamb Tangia" - lamb cuts, preserved lemons, a garlic bulb, onions, saffron, olives, onion, carrots, potato, and water. Cooked over 4 hours on a low oven, it melted off the bone - delicious! We had bought some freshly baked Turkish bread that morning which soaked up the sauce...mmmm....
Summer here in Australia heralds the best of stone fruits and blueberries, so a huge bowl of fresh fruit salad for the family to snack on is prepared every second day. It takes me about 20 minutes to make, and puts a smile on every one's face. It's so much healthier that most snack foods they would choose if left to their own devices. ;-)
In the sewing room I have spent many an hour hidden away working on the sketches for a new BOM I have had in my mind for about a year. All 8 blocks are now drawn up, and the quilt is planned on graph paper. Another day of fine tuning it all, and then I can begin choosing threads, and preparing the linen for stitching...
BUT, I have to finish my latest single stitchery, 'Romeo Roses" first! Here is one small section...
Another couple of days and it will be ready to show you. Can't wait to frame it!
Before Christmas when Blossom and I were trawling the TYPO store, I came across a satchel in a variety of gorgeous colours - Aqua, Orange, Lime, Yellow, and Red....
After two separate visits to the shop I couldn't get it out of my mind, so I had to buy one! You see, I often go out with sketch book, pencils, journals, and notebooks filled with ideas that pop into my head. Normally I'd carry them around in a calico bag, but they fit perfectly in my new satchel...
Now when I go out with my 'stuff,' to spend time in a quiet place where copious amounts of coffee and cake are served (a place where I can collate my ideas and thoughts about future designs), I feel very professional carrying my very own red satchel. Kinda like going off to 'grown-up' school. ;-)
And you know, that's important to me.
You see, this year I am taking Elefantz from a beloved home-hobby-business, into a slightly spiffier professional direction. It's one of my adventures for 2013, and the red satchel holds significance in helping to bring that adventure mindset to life.
But more about that another day. Tee hee...
What have you bought yourself recently that lifted your spirits, or helped you step into a fresh mindset?
Wherever you are, enjoy the rest of your week, and thank you for visiting with me here today. You make me smile all over. :-)