19 July 2011

I'm a Little Teapot

"Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea." ~ Anonymous

Don't you just love that quote?  Such comfort food.

Can you pick which one is made of papier?

I spent a lot of time putting together this image of a teapot.  I joined together many rectangles and ovals - I suppose using the Gazelle Funtime software to create your own images is a little bit like drawing, where you initially represent your subject using lots of basic shapes.  After I had the very basic shapes, which I then pulled out of shape and welded together I created a teapot!  With a lid!

"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me".  ~ C S Lewis

16 July 2011

Last Day of the Holidays

I thought I would celebrate the last official day of the school holidays (Friday) with a pyjama day.  Dallying around the place in my "jim-jams" eating, reading and watching dvd's.

But oh, the sun finally came out and beckoned me out of my pyjamas and out of doors.  So, into the kitchen I ventured and made a feast for us to graze from for the remainder of the day.

Pasta Salad, Bread Dipped in Saffron Orange Oil with Dukkah,
Feta and Tomato Salad with hot Garlic Croutons

I just can't wait to be shot of this cold, wet, miserable weather.

13 July 2011

Devils in Disguise

They are the vandals of the bird kingdom.  Beautiful to look at, but it's all downhill after that.  As they flash by my floor-to-ceiling windows catching the meagre winter light, I actually think that brilliant white kites have been let loose in the sky.  Enter the Sulfur crested cockatoo.  Named so, I think, not for their bright yellow crest - which is the colour of sulphur - but more so because of the smell that sulphur gives off and its resemblance to the character of the bird (rotten).
Eyeing off fresh tasty treats from my herb garden.

All in all there were 27 of them!!

They retreated to the safety of loftier heights.
There they were all arranged in their sentry-like stance leering over my newly-planted herbs from the safety of the rooftop.  Needless to say I ran outside and (after photographing them) began waving my arms and yelling like a banshee, to which they all took off in terrified (read nonchalant) flight and resettled themselves from a higher vantage point.

So far my herbs have remained intact - but I remain vigilant.

Not so lucky my neighbours protea shrub - which is just beginning to sprout its giant spring blooms.  Yesterday I returned from a morning of running errands only to see the footpath and surrounding lawn littered with the detritus of the protea.  I really did think that vandals had taken a baseball bat to the tree - not that such things happen around here - but the amount of damage was remarkable.

When I looked closer in the surrounding trees what should I see but the black cousin of the Sulphur crested cockatoo, the Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo.  I have lived in this part of Melbourne for twenty years now and I have never seen these devils before.  I wonder what recent freak of nature has sent these ne'er-do-wells of the skies scurrying to this end of Melbourne?  Probably habitat destruction.

"On closer internet inspection it turns out that they are native to this area," she reported sheepishly.  Perhaps we are the marauding invaders and they are merely exacting their revenge?

Do you have any wildlife in your garden that you would like to change?

12 July 2011

A Wise Old Owl Sat on an Oak

The more he saw the less he spoke; the less he spoke, the more he heard.

Part of my daily working life involves working alongside a wonderful lady by the name of Bev.  She knows everything about how the place works.  She is the oracle.  I have so much to learn from her, not just the cogs of the machine, but how to be patient and more caring to people.  With Bev as my benchmark, I fear I have a long way to go!

Happy Birthday to you Bev!!
Bev is celebrating her birthday tomorrow.  I gave her this card just before the school holidays commenced and would like to wish her all the best for her day.

The body, wings and hat were all cut out on the Gazelle Die Cutter.  The eyes and nose were cut out using a variety of punches that I own.  The best thing about using the Funtime software that came with the Gazelle, is that I can resize my images to any size I want - making them incrementally smaller and larger.

To whom do you look for guidance?