Sometimes it’s hard living in a country that isn’t your own.
Sometimes it’s hard because life here is different to what you are used to and you long to slip back into that which is familiar and comfortable. Where you don’t need to worry if you are making a cultural faux pas or saying the wrong thing.
Sometimes it’s hard because of what is happening in your home country. This last week has been one of those times. When I log on to my computer my home page is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s news page. I have shed many tears this week watching fire tear through my beloved country. Logically I know that there is nothing I could do if I was there, but my heart is heavy nonetheless.
Gorgeous Man and I spent 2 years living in country Victoria and one year in Melbourne and our familiarity with the area has made this all the more difficult to see.
There were some bright moments this week though.
The first of our Scarves For Africa project has arrived at my house.
This lovely bottle green beauty comes from Vikki, a South African knitter I ‘met’ on Ravelry. She may also have included some delicious hot chocolate which I would never buy for myself because it’s so delicious and I have no self control it’s too decadent to have in the cupboard. But since there’s no longer any evidence, you’ll never know.
A few weeks ago I won a contest on Leah’s blog, She has the Logic of a Puggle. Her wonderful prize arrived yesterday.
Given my current feelings of homesickness. I have to confess that I got a little teary eyed when I opened up the parcel and saw this fabric with little Australias and the names of some of my favourite Australian places printed on it.
The fabric for the doll pattern is currently sitting on the table waiting for Gorgeous Girl to have a nap so that I can cut it out and make a few.
I got sick of Gorgeous Girl’s toys being scattered from one end of the living room to the other, so I visited Plastics 4 Africa (that’s the actual shop name) and bought a small washing basket that she can easily reach into. We are now working on putting her toys away before getting new things to play with. Right now she is packing up her beads so that she can play with her Tupperware shape ball. She’s grasped the concept of packing away well, as long as we tell her. We aren’t quite at the stage of packing up independently yet.
This week Gorgeous Girl started threading plastic beads onto laces and that has become a favourite toy.
I’m off to do the Mummy thing and hopefully sneak in a bit of sewing…