Friday, September 28, 2012

Hope is the thing with feathers

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
and sings the tune without the words
and never stops at all
And sweetest in the gale is heard
and sore must be the storm
that could abash the little bird
that kept so many warm.
I've heard it in the chillest land
and on the strangest sea
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

~ Emily Dickinson


Thursday, September 27, 2012

So Brave, Young and Handsome

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADS!  Its both my father and my father-in-law's birthday today!!
Amazing men... with life stories that keep kid's entertained for
hours, and who are still brave, always young and certainly handsome!

'I don't know what else to do.'
'Go to Mexico with Glendon,' said this arresting woman I had married.
She had been listening through our open bedroom window.  'But why, love?'
'Because he dreamed of his wife,' she replied.
There we stayed in the breathless night.  Love is a strange fact - it hopes all things, believes all things, endures all things.  It makes no sense at all.
'I will be home in six weeks,' I said.
'You had better be.'
You're too good for me, Susannah.'
'Yes, I am.'

~ So Brave, Young and Handsome -  Leif Enger

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Lily season

Its lovely to go on a walk and see the fields all speckled in white.

'I know a little garden close
set thick with lily and red rose
where I would wander if I might
from dewy dawn to dewy night'

~ William Morris

Monday, September 24, 2012

All for Jack and the Beanstalk Ballet


After all the preparation, it was a weekend of shows with the loveliest costumes!  A few behind the scenes shots.

Awaiting the curtain call...

Friday, September 21, 2012

Summer wish list

Summer inspiration...

1st - I love the bright pants, so fun  
2nd - A feminine dress for an awesome date night 
3rd - I have always had a soft spot for pearls

I have been on a personal 'shopping fast' for the month of September... its good to say no to yourself sometimes but I can dream and it is getting close to October.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Bolo de Mel

My aunt Ines always sends me a couple of these little cakes, full of spice, nuts and honey. 
Madeiran Honey Cake - excellent with coffee. So moreish!

Monday, September 17, 2012

A hasty wrap

Yes, this is an ugly way to wrap a lovely toasted sandwich.  I suddenly realised the time and folded the foil in a rush... but all she remembered was the note!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Gooseberry Season

She ran all around the house until she found me, held it up breathless 'Mama, the first one! Who should eat it?'  It was large and bright.  'You should'.  She gobbled it down.  Witnessing delight is joy enough. Our gooseberry season has arrived.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Weekends are for

The school tests are over!  Spring is in the air!

We had the funniest game of Putt-Putt in all of history! I laughed throughout at my sister's 'game plan' - it was more like she was playing baseball at one point! All I can say is that I wish I could have recorded it because I would have put in on Youtube for sure! One of her putts sent the ball into the sky for miles then into pool's rocky area where it then leaped against a tree, another rock and landed back in her hand! I can't make this stuff up!

We had to take a break and catch our breath.  Then we renovated the family lounge for movie night with a big blow up mattress, blankets and too many pillows and armed with 'Chip (oven chips - potato and sweet potato chips, the sweet potato were so yummy) & Dip' we settled to watch 'The Lorax'.

We had tea in the garden... keeping still and bird watching.
And after Saturday's stunning weather, Sunday was stormy, but church was a warm.
Psalm 134.2 "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord."

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Let us read

Always an exciting event in our house, the arrival of new books!

'Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world'
~ Voltaire

A classic quote that always makes me want to do both!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Becca's kind of lunch

Vegetable soup, a cream cheese & cucumber sandwich and a little of her 'can't get enough' potato salad.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Mama's birthday

Birthday breakfast with the grandchildren.

Becca made her first solo batch of Brownies this weekend, then put up a blackboard at her grandmother's house for R5 per Brownie - all sold in about 15 minutes, with a few tips.