“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea” ~ Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
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Jeepers, it’s been a long time between posts – I’ve missed you! We’ve just come back from a short holiday, where we were outrageously busy. I don’t think holiday is the right word for it. There needs to be another phrase for going away with small children.
My little man turned three this month. Amongst all the rainy days we were lucky enough to pick one that had a bit of sunshine for his party. We invited a few of his little friends over. I put out a suitcase full of dress-up clothes and turned on a bubble machine and they pretty much kept themselves entertained for a few hours.
For baby D’s little party I had a rainbow theme, because rainbows are fun and colourful and bright, what’s not to love?
Happy Easter everyone!
We had a very lovely Easter Sunday at a friend’s house. She organised a sweet egg hunt for the kids and they got such a thrill searching all over the garden for the shiny coloured eggs and rabbits and filling their baskets.
She also has the most adorable Easter decorations. I never knew anyone to decorate their house for Easter until I met her and it’s so nice. Though it’s really difficult to buy nice decorations in Perth, of course she got them in Europe. I have seen some cute felted Easter bunnies on Etsy.
I don’t think i’ll get much blogging done over the next few days, but I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays.
If like me you are doing the last minute pressie buying and wrapping, you may find these handy. Beautiful free gift tag printables you can download from eat drink chic.
May the joy you feel at Christmas, the holiday delight, remain with you through coming days and make your pathway bright. x
Our gingerbread house was so much less stressful this year, usually it’s a battle against nature to get it up before it all melts in the heat. I have discovered the secret is in the icing mix. This recipe that I posted earlier is a winner.
It’s become somewhat of a tradition, I have been assembling a gingerbread house with my Dad the last few years. I love doing these things with him. Without putting a lot of forethought into it I guess I have started some Christmas traditions for my boys. I’m sure they will remember them with joy in their hearts. The excitement of waking up to see what’s in the calendar each morning, the smell of the gingerbread house, the Baby D Martin Christmas album I have on repeat for the whole of December.
I’ve been thinking about what Christmas traditions I had when I was small. I can’t think of anything traditionally Christmasy. Growing up in the Northern Territory there were no real Christmas trees, (too hot for them to grow), no gingerbread cookies on the fake tree (the ants would get them) and no swimming at the beach (crocs and jellyfish had it to themselves). With Christmas falling in the Wet Season we would have a big breakfast on the verandah and by 10 am the day would already be heavy with humidity. In spite of the weather, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the serving up of baked ham and hot roast with gravy at lunch. After lunch, when we were all drowsy from overeating, just when we the heat was getting too much to take, the sky would erupt with an afternoon thunderstorm.
There’s nothing like the monsoon rain, quickly the air changes, there is a coolness to it that hints at the relief that is to come. You can smell the rain coming. The sky shifts from light blue to deep violet and the colours of the trees and grass become more vivid. You hear the drumming of the raindrops on the tin roof before you see them, and then suddenly the heavens open and within minutes there are channels of water gushing over the earth. The raindrops are so generous and the relief is instant. You can’t resist running out into the yard looking skyward and spinning around it. We always ended up playing backyard cricket in the afternoon rainstorm on Christmas day.
So maybe not your typical Christmas, but it was magic nonetheless.
Today we went to our first ever halloween party. Some friends of ours have two boys with birthdays falling in the weeks either side of October 31st, so it’s the perfect excuse for a halloween themed party.
Not having grown up with it, I think the concept of halloween is a rather scary affair for little ones. There is altogether too much blood / undead creatures / creepy crawlies for my taste. Though it was fun to see everyone dress up, we saw witches, ladybugs, vampires, dinosaurs and fairies and that was just the adults. The party was decorated with brilliant halloween flair. They even made a haunted house for the kiddies, which I was disappointed I was too big to crawl through myself.
So what to take as my food to share to a halloween party? I wanted to do something easy and not time consuming. These turned out really well, and were very quick and easy. Take an apple or pear, slice out a wedge for the mouth and use a melon-baller to make two eye sockets, (brush with lemon juice to stop the fruit going brown) poke in some slivered almonds for teeth and plonk in a couple of red raspberry eyes. All done, and halfway healthy too.
I have been fantasising about hosting a garden party, I am madly collecting images that tickle my fancy and make me want to hoard dozens of mismatched floral saucers. My next birthday I’ll be 30, it’s a while away yet but I think it will be the perfect excuse to decorate my backyard in paper pom-poms and over sized pastel balloons.
1. paper streamers from style me pretty
2. mismatched cups and saucers from ruffled blog
3. lanterns by martha stewart weddings
4. pastel balloons from sarah k lassen
5. garden party from SF girl by bay
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