It’s been a busy few weeks here at ruthsplace. Gorgeous Girl had school holidays for a week, and Grandma came to visit.
A certain Gorgeous Girl had a birthday.
I baked the cake and assisted with the spreading of the cream, but Gorgeous Girl cut and placed the strawberries all by herself. At the equivalent of $8 for a small punnet strawberries have become an occasional food (as opposed to last year when we lived near strawberry farms and they were an every day food…) Gorgeous Girl is an interesting child who doesn’t like icing (she says it’s too sweet), so strawberries and cream are her favourite cake topping.
Gorgeous Girl’s school is amazing. I sent cake in with her. When we picked her up, the whole class was wearing happy birthday crowns they had made themselves and each kid in the class had made her a card. The teacher does this for every child in the class.
There was presents.
And joy over new clothes. (Thanks Nana).
This colouring book from her uncles was a huge hit.
It has been great to have in the car this week as we have spent a lot of time sitting in this.
It took 2.5 hours to do the school run on Monday morning – a 34 kilometre round trip. The trip to school required a detour on Port Moresby’s back roads, I just followed the car in front and hoped for the best. The picture is the congestion on our normal road home.
A butterfly came to visit Gorgeous Girl.
Yes, she is inside.The building has no walls.
In amongst all the driving and cooking and birthday celebrating I managed some crafting time.
My first (and probably last) time spinning Wensleydale wool.
The colour is pretty, but the yarn itself is hairy and feels very coarse. I have a second braid which I’ll spin up to match, but I don’t think I’ll buy this type of fibre again.
My paper mojo is still hanging around (my knitting mojo seems to have up and left).
My brother took these photos at the beginning of the year and they are just lovely. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a very simple scrapbooker. Clean lines and minimal embellishments. The big flower was cut from patterned paper and the stickers were a gift from my fabulous friend Kerin.
I got a new sewing machine for Christmas. It has sat idle for a long time. First I needed to wait (until May) for my fabric stash to arrive. I used it to finish a few quilts and then my foot got so bad I couldn’t stand to cut fabric. With the improvement in my foot, fabric has been cut and piecing has begun. Progress shots to follow.
And in the interests of keeping things real, you will notice if you look really closely at some of the photos that there are unpacked moving boxes in the background. Part of it is that Gorgeous Man’s new office at work is smaller than his old office and can’t hold all of his work books and we need to buy (and find space for) another bookshelf and part of it is that I can’t work out where I want to hang pictures or where to put things that need long term storage as a few of our closets are damp and turn things mouldy. I’m chipping away at it bit by bit, I got rid of another box yesterday…
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