2011 the year that was

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Revelstoke, Lake Louise & Red Mountain

 Vancouver in the Spring

 What a year it's been, we've gone from snow to desert, from Canada to Australia. We've renovated (though that is far from finished, so I guess should be said that we're renovating). We're having a baby!! So 2012 is bound to be exciting, bring it on!! Happy New Year!!

Best Movies: Bridesmaids & Super 8
Album on repeat: The Green Album
Books: Finished the Diane Fallon series by Beverly Connor

Read about what happened in 2010 here

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Presents are wrapped and nestled under the tiny twig Christmas tree. Work is finishing up and it's almost time to pack up the car & head down south to the beach & our quick Christmas holiday. 

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas. Enjoy xx

Just a Minute in December

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Reading...... King Brown Country by Russell Skelton. A investigative exploration into the running of Papunya, an indigenous community in the Northern Territory. I'd heard rumors of many of the things written in the book, shocking & saddening to have them confirmed. 

Listening....... Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits and She & Him Christmas Album

Making....... Gingerbread. Am using an excellent (ie easy) recipe I found in a Woolworth's catalogue - see below.

Watching...... Gilmore Girls

Trying........ to decrease my puffy feet. Not having much luck with this.

Christmas Gingerbread
1/2 cup brown sugar
125g unsalted butter, softened
1 egg
2 & 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp bi-carb soda
2 tsp ground ginger
3 tbs golden syrup

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
2. Cream brown sugar and butter together until light & fluffy (I use electric beaters for this). Beat in egg until mixed. 
3. Sift plain flour, bi-carb soda and ginger together, add to creamed mixture.
4. Stir in golden syrup
5. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured board & knead lightly for a few minutes. Wrap in cling wrap & chill for 30 minutes
6. Roll out mixture until 5mm thick
7. Cut into gingerbread men or Christmas shapes
8. Bake on trays covered with baking paper for 10 minutes
9. When cool, decorate with icing

A very Calvin & Hobbes Christmas

Friday, December 16, 2011

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This video was shared on my twitter this morning & I love it. 
Wishing just a little that we were near the snow this Christmas, however I will take a beach Christmas over the snow any day, how about you?

Baby Bump 28 Weeks

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Thongs/flip flops are the only shoes that will fit on my feet & over the weekend even this was doubtful. Turns out 40 degrees Celsius & 40% humidity inflates you like a balloon. The heat also causes all sorts of other ugly problems I won't even mention here.
Top: Urban Outfitters
Pants: Kmart
Shoes: Havianas
Glasses: Raybans
Since this photo was taken we now have a bed, making getting up two or three times a night much more easy. We also have couches! Yay! Comfy places to sit. Life's little luxuries.  

My Christmas Tree

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

 We had our first annual Christmas party last Saturday night & it was only right that the house reflected a little Christmas spirit. The above photo is our Christmas tree. I love the simple stick Christmas tree, but when I asked Nick about it he said 'it's a nice table decoration, not a Christmas tree'. Mmmm, thanks for the feedback. Needless to say, next year, with the baby, we'll have a 'proper' Christmas tree!
Above are some of the other decorations and below is the house ready for the party (sorry for the blur!). I'd hung strands of star christmas decorations on fishing line (incredibly hard to find in Alice Springs (nearest ocean/river 2000km away) from the ceiling. Unfortunately you can't really see them in the photo below.  I'm going to recycle the stars into a mobile for the baby's room. 

We also made gingerbread & sausage rolls, two Christmas essentials, and many, many cocktails. 

How's your Christmas looking?

PS.  One of my favourite bloggers, Nat The Fat Rat, is posting each day about other bloggers Christmas trees (see them here)

The new pram

Monday, December 5, 2011

 My friend was at a lawn sale Saturday morning and spotted this beauty! She'd seen it at a lawn sale a few years ago but wasn't pregnant then and passed it up. So she was pretty excited to see it again & while she didn't feel comfortable buying me a pram, she told me all about it yesterday & we went back to the lawn sale house. Luckily it hadn't sold & we are now the proud owners of a vintage pram!

The hard wheels are well suited to Alice Springs. We have so many prickles here that the wheels on modern prams get a lot of punctures. Hard wheels just roll right over the top. 

A little work is needed to get the pram up to specs. The navy lining is a little ripped at the feet end & on half of one side and it also needs a new mattress but other than a little dust & cleaning, the pram perfect. Hopefully the upholsterer can fix the lining.

I am so thankful to my friend for thinking of us. She also gave a a huge bag of baby clothes she'd picked up at the lawn sales, many of which were hardly worn Pure Baby & Seed clothes. The only proviso is that she'd like them back if she has a girl one day. I'm fine with those terms. Lucky, lucky us!!  

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