Out and about

The last wintery walks

The calendar says we’re in the first days of Spring.

And we’re expecting a “warm” few days this week.

So maybe the worst of Winter is over.

I’ve enjoyed these dried lavender flower heads all winter.

The roadside planting should probably have been nicely dead headed after the flowers finished. But look how spectacular they look in the afternoon sunshine!

And speaking of spectacular. Look at these gorgeous red stems.

I think it’s a Coral Bark Maple – Acer palmatum ‘Sango kaku’.

The planting in front of the pale walls of the house is a genius touch.

Family life, Out and about

Using ESP to pack for baby

After packing for Alisi for several trips, short, long, local and international I realised I was using ESP to decide what to take.

ESP … short for eating – sleeping – pooing.

The only way my baby addled brain can be sure I’ve packed the amazing amount of “stuff” Alisi needs is to break the list down to activities

Hence, eating, sleeping, pooing. Plus a few more.

Here are a few ideas for you.

Eating: bibs, baby food, sippy cup, bowl and spoons, etc.

Sleeping: sleeping bag, travel cot, pyjamas, wraps, blankets, sheets, etc.

Pooing: nappies, wipes, nappy rash cream, etc.

Playing: toys, playmat, books, etc.

Wearing: this one’s obvious isn’t it?

Bathing: towel, face washer, soap, etc.

Sightseeing: pram, hats, etc.

Caring: Toothbrush, Panadol, nail scissors, sunscreen, medications, etc.

If you’re travelling by plane you can also pack a mini-ESP bag for the flight.

I’ve found this list works – wherever we’re going and whatever the climate. Hope it helps you too!

Out and about

Library Thursday: Alisi’s first trip to the library

OK – so I’m getting bored with the board books we have. There are only so many times I can look at Humpty Dumpty sitting on that wall and point out his bow tie and the flower in his hat.

A trip to the local library was desparately needed.

And today was the day. Our local library has recently been extended and refurbished. They now have a fantastic space for all their kids books. There’s even an aquarium!

Alisi picked out two new books to borrow (with a bit of help from me) and we’ll spend the next couple of weeks getting familiar with them.

Out and about

Bucket hats

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Creative Commons

Today is a day for bucket hats.

It’s a sunny spring day in Sydney so Alisi and I escaped the house and went for walk.

My little munchkin wore her bucket hat.

We bumped into an old couple we regularly see on our walks. They’re always pushing a pram as well.

They’re Eastern European and the woman always says “Hello” with a very gutteral “h”. A bit like the Inigo Montoya character from “The Princess Bride“.

I almost didn’t recognise them because they were pram-free and wearing matching bucket hats!

How about these bucket hats from Etsy.

Image courtesy of Pretty Baby Bowtique

A white bucket hat with a huge plum flower clip from Pretty Baby Bowtique.

Image courtesy of If The Hat Fits by Jackie

Or this purple pansy number by If The Hat Fits by Jackie.

Image courtesy of Hip Baby Boutique

Or this cute reversible bucket hat by Hip Baby Boutique.

Out and about

Spring has sprung

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licensed via Creative Commons

Returning to Sydney after two weeks away in Fiji I’ve found that Spring has well and truly sprung!

The wisteria and azaleas are flowering, and the jasmine is out and smelling divine.

I love this time of year.

The air is warming up and we’ve got the long days of summer to look forward to.

Out and about

Magical walk

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This afternoon, Alisi and I had a wonderful walk. The gray skies and rain all day didn’t bode well, but it turned out to be quite magical.

For some reason it was very quiet. The swishing of the pram wheels over the wet footpath was all I could really hear.

The rain had stopped and there were a few patches of blue in the late afternoon sky. But everything was still wet and the bark on the trees glistened.

It really highlighted the beautiful bark on a crepe myrtle we pass. The frilly flowers of crepe myrtle are pretty – but a bit over the top. I think the star of the show is always the bark. I love the amazing colours – pinks, greens, greys, oranges and yellows.

Out and about

Shock of tulips

While out for our walk the other day, Alisi and I spied these tulips in the front yard of an apartment block.

I’m not sure how they managed to get them to grow so well in Sydney’s climate – but there they were. Someone’s obviously put alot of love into them.

Out and about

Our neighbours have an egg or 16 in the oven

Our new neighbours, the brush turkeys, appear to be up to more than just hanging out in the park next door – as previously reported.

They’ve built themselves a mound.

Brush turkeys have communal nests made from earth and leaf litter. The heat generated by the decomposing materials is enough to incubate the eggs. Amazing!

The brush turkey chicks dig themselves out of the mound once hatched and fend for themselves from then on. So we might see some lonely looking babies soon.