Resigned and very, very happy

June 2, 2011

Just after I got to work today, my boss asked me in to his office … I’ve been offered a permanent position at the same level and am thrilled to bits! (I’ve been on a secondment since October last year, and have been loving it.)

So I’ve written my first ever real resignation letter, but can’t tell workmates until all the paperwork is complete.

More later :*)




May 29, 2011

How wonderful :*)

It’s been a long, long summer – no autumn. The end of May, now, and we’ve only had one really big downpour until tonight.

Just so good to hear and feel rain after so long ….


But first …

May 12, 2011

… a quick apology to anyone who comes across this blog expecting anything particularly witty, deep and meaningful, or politically edgy. This is just my way of getting some of the tangled mess out of my head and into some order.

I had a blog from mid-2004 to 2010, though it was dying for attention for the last twelve months until I put it out of its misery. I think it finally expired because I became too careful about what I said – afraid that I’d be criticised or judged.

I’ve resurected it – be gentle!

It’s been a very quiet but busy retreat. Time to come back now.


Thanks for the memories

April 11, 2010

Mr Dombrowski aka Slapper has left the building, without any explanation or goodbye. I’m hurting and don’t understand, but am so glad he was in my life for so long.

I’ve deleted his phone number and email addresses to reduce the risk of me making a fool of myself at random hours of the night. It’s just sad.


Material girl

February 13, 2010

For a few different reasons, it’s been quiet online. In real life, times have been busy.

I’ve rediscovered sewing – in particular, baby cot quilts, and machine sewn ones, at that!

Red’s housemate and good-friend-from-high-school found she was pregnant, so this was the first:

…and a lovely workmate went on maternity leave….

…Then a close workmate told me she was pregnant! I’m so over-the-moon about this. She’s an absolute delight to work with – hard-working, intelligent, and just one of the best women you could possibly share a workplace with.

She also happens to collect matrushkya Russian dolls, so – of course – her quilt has to be related! We don’t know if it’s a boy or girl, but progress will show you how I’m thinking to get around that. Applique on this one – good Russian, Faberge colours. I had spotted the backing fabric a while ago, and thought of Rhi. It all falls together, doesn’t it?!

It’ll be fun.


Dogs on the beach

December 28, 2009

Freya watching Steve…

Scarlett, Purdy’s back end and Tess…

Freya and her new favourite toy…


The day after … Boxing Day food and other bits

December 26, 2009

This is lunch today, after being at the beach early for a swim, mucking around on the beach with Freya, and catching up with doggy friends … sweet and hot pineapple and prawn curry.

The original recipe is here, but I changed it a bit to use what I had – left-over cooked prawns (so they only needed to be heated through), lemon juice instead of lime, lemongrass from a jar and quarter the quantities, served with boiled basmati and wild rice. It’s delicious!

Christmas was great – peaceful and fun, but I missed Maddy. We talked to her a few times, and she was having a great time with friends, but misses the warm, beach Christmases that we always have here. A white Christmas just seems weird when I think about it, but I guess aussies are conditioned to accepting snow and images of roaring fires, etc, thanks to our generic colonial heritage.

I’m definitely on holidays and have fallen willingly into a lovely rhythym of waking early, taking Freya to the beach for a swim, and having a “nana-nap” on the couch in the afternoon sometime.

The Sydney-Hobart yacht race has started, I haven’t had a work-related phone call since Christmas Eve, and all is right with the world :*)

Merry Christmas, everyone.