Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Great Tea Towel Swap

One of my besties and I have a tradition. Should one of us be lucky enough to go away on a holiday, it is a given that we will return bearing gifts. In particular, a gift of the highest touristy calibre!

I do not remember which one of us started this tradition but I do remember the conversation going something along the lines of one of us going on holidays and saying we would bring something back. The other joked and said they definitely wanted a tea towel. I am guessing that buying tea towels seemed like the height of ridiculous, old person behaviour to us at the time (!!). Both of us pictured in our mind's eye the most kitsch, scratchy, touristy kind of tea towel ever seen and it was on!

The Northern Territory does it well!
It is an ongoing challenge to see who can find the best of the worst tea towels in whatever location they are lucky enough to find themselves in. Please understand that there are some quite tasteful tea towels to be found but these do not have a place in my kitchen (or in hers if I can help it).

Many of my treasures are from New Zealand....yes my friend was originally a Kiwi!
This one is special as it did not come from a shop. It has been pre-loved and dried
many a N.Z. dish!
As it stands, my friend is in the lead as she trumped all my efforts with this delight from the Northern Territory. The fact that it is absolutely useless for drying dishes and more suited to chamoising my car only makes it better!

This is the winning t.t so far! Would you hang this on your oven?

Weird? Yes, but it is a tradition that will mean that I am never short of a way to dry a dish and any visitors to my place will most probably leave doubting my taste in kitchen accessories!

The collection

Do you have a favourite souvenir that you buy in every place you have been?

Do you have any traditions that only you and another slightly twisted individual completely understand?

Here's to dry dishes and travelling far and near! Oh, and don't think I won't keep trying to win back the crown.

Kate xx

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Dream a Little Dream

I have been interviewed by Lisa from a lovely blog, Random Acts of Zen about my most incredible dream.

Pop on over to today's post if you would like to see what it is...

What's your dream? Are you able to put it into words? I found it a challenge!

Kate xx


Friday, 5 September 2014

Did Somebody Say Spring Chickens???

Some of you may know, or have gathered that I work in a preschool when I am not crocheting, pretending I can bake, taking photographs or being 'Mum'.

We have been preparing for spring in a rather exciting way over the last few weeks.

We have had fertilised eggs incubating in the classrooms and this week, just after one of the classes had finished dancing the Chicken Dance, the first egg cracked....

this one is called Nugget! He has gone home with one of the educators for the weekend... (I bet he stays longer!)
and we were all overcome by chicken fever!!!

Actually it took a little longer than that but Tuesday evening, Wednesday and Thursday saw a lot of cracking, fluffy excitement for children, parents and educators alike. I was even seen at work obscenely early on a day that I do not work, with Miss B, so that she could visit before she went to school. While she was there she held one (or three), named one and even though we were in danger of missing the school bell, she saw one actually hatching out of its egg. I am guessing that her class at school learnt something about eggs and chickens this week too.

Growing up on a property, I have helped look after chooks, collected eggs, beat broody dears off their nests while armed with rakes and welding gloves and chased many a runaway as the sun goes down but I have never hatched these feathery fiends from eggs before.

It has been a fantastic project to be part of with my little three to five year old friends and fellow educators. There have been so many questions, wonderings and preschooler theories as well as art works, stories and craft creation and the perfect excuse to indulge in the Chicken Dance day after day. I can say with absolute certainty that we have all taken part in the learning, and fun here!

Have you ever hatched chicken eggs?

Do you want to buy a chicken? We have about 40!!!!!!!!!

Have a happy weekend

Kate xx


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Flour, eggs and a little sparkle

The rhythm of the house has changed this week. Master B is far, far away, on a school excursion so Miss B is Queen of the house for the week.

One of Queen B's favourite pass times is baking so today she took advantage of her Mother-in-waiting's full attention and she indulged...

Is there anyone in your house who has a passion for baking? I am definitely going to nurture this interest as I fully encourage and support the baking (and eating) of cake!

Kate xx

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