Tuesday, February 25, 2014

8 Wonderful Things

Aside from Cecil the Indian Runner Duck, here are 8 other things that have made me smile lately:

1.  Lovely mail from Canada in the form of a beautiful novel I purchased for Eleanor. It is written by fellow blogging buddy Kristie. Kristie has 5 Children, loves to Knit and Travel and lives in British Columbia, Canada, one of my most favourite places in the world. This is her first book. When I found out it featured a young Chinese girl who left her home country to live in  Canada I knew Eleanor would love it. My Kids are fascinated with their Chinese heritage (my Husband is 1/16th Chinese) and I'm also talking a lot about Canada so I loved that the book connected both these countries as well as being a story about loss and belonging. Well, she has finished reading it Kristie, absolutely loved it,  and wants to know when your 2nd book is coming out!!!

 2. We have received the gift of 12 new baby chicks. This is the second time one of our Silver Spangled Hamburgs has snuck off to sit on a clutch of eggs and surprised us with some babies. They are all hiding under her feathers there.

Look! They are the sweetest things ever.

3. A lovely visit with a dear family friend on the weekend and some lemons from the tree and homemade raspberry jam to take home.

4. I love making things for my friends and this gorgeous yarn is destined to become a cowl. I'm thinking this pattern would be nice.

5.  When my Grandmother passed away I was given a bag of all of her beautiful scarves. It's only in the last couple of months, 2 and a half years later, that I have been able to wear any of them them without it causing too much sadness. This silk one is my current favourite and I love how happy it makes me feel wearing her scarves now.

6. My other Grandma lives in Texas. Did you know I was half American? She often sends random things across to us, mostly things featuring the map of Texas. She lives on the very bottom tip of the Gulf Peninsula on the border to Mexico. We have Texas fridge magnets, placemats, Longhorn Cattle Posters and the other day we received this Puzzle of the whole USA (minus Alaska and Hawaii). I don't think it was made in the USA though , unless "Utha" and "Nahville" are the new names for Utah and Nashville :-)

7.  I received this absolutely beautiful wooden share platter from a giveaway I won over on Life in the Country. It's from Cranmore Home, an online boutique, which has the most gorgeous range of homewares I have seen in a long time. Take a look if you like to indulge in online shopping, especially if you are after Australian Designed items. Thank you very much A Farmer's Wife :-) 

8. A gift from Daniel on Valentines Day. We went the whole day without even a mention of Valentines Day. However, at 5.30 that night we met in the carpark to swap cars so he could take the other kids home while I waited in the car for Eleanor to finish dancing. I hopped in his car and looked out the front windscreen and saw a bright pink bouquet of pink chocolate hearts sitting on the end of the park bench. He's good like that.

I hope you are all having a good start to the week.

I'm going to pull my finger out and start putting some organisation into the chaos around here. Nothing too major, just little things that have been annoying me everyday for the whole 2 years we have been back.  Organisation is not my forte but I will give it go.

Welcome to any new readers. It's lovely to have you here. Please don't be too shy to say 'hello' as then I can come and visit you too.

Have a great week!


  1. It really is those little things that when added up, make the bigger picture look fab! :) x

  2. I can't pick which of these 8 things I like the best.

  3. I'm so glad that Eleanor liked the book! It was such a lovely surprise to see the picture of her reading it when I visited your blog today. I'm in Vegas with my mom and some other family members right now, and I read them your post about the various times your kids have embarrassed you and they all thought it was hilarious!

  4. Hey Mel,

    Lovely things, all of them. Happy organising!

    Leanne xx

    Leanne xx

  5. These really are wonderful things! I have Kristie's book too and have only just started it, but it's great so far What a surprise about the chicks! We'll be getting some chicks soon ourselves and I can't wait. :)

  6. Hi Mel, Those eight things look so good. I have yet to read Kristie's book and must get a copy. That was a wonderful present from your husband! It must be nice to have those reminders of America all around the house too.
    Sarah x

  7. Well I guess you have some breathing space now school is back! Nice post Mel, all good things.
    That Valentines present is pretty special. I hope it was for you, just sitting on the bench like that ... I'm joking!
    Some good links to other blogs too, it's always interesting seeing what others enjoy. cheers Wendy
    BTW, just love that photo of Cecil with the green sheen!

  8. Cecil the duck is having a great time in your sandpit lid, he made me smile. So did all the other 8 things you are showing us today. Have a lovely week Mel. Cx

  9. A lovely list Mel, the scarf, the chicks and the chocs but the one that made me smile most of all was the puzzle map complete with spelling mistakes!

  10. Those chicks are just the cutest things! But those knitting needles ... they're huge! One things for sure, it'll be a quick knit!

  11. love your good things post mel! your girl is truly beautiful, love those 'caught you reading' photos! LOVED seeing you in the last post too, so much excitement happening your way. all wonderful things to look forward to. LOVE those teeny chicks and the scarves that bring you comfort and joy. xox lori

  12. gorgeous post Mel! Catching up on your blog today and I just love the cutting board! xx

  13. Those chicks are adorable but Cecil still has my heart :)