Summer babies and summer so far

29Dec08

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Isabel’s birthday on 16 December always marks the start of summer for me. Everyone else in our little household is a winter baby – and Isabel is our only summer baby.

On her birthday Isabel received a hard carry case for her Fender guitar and the three remaining Twilight books that she didn’t have. We had laksa that evening, which is always a treat. Later on in the week (when school was about to finish) Iz had a couple of friends over for a sleepover. They had gone to the movies to see the Twilight movie. I made a big pot of curry and we had pavlova nests with strawberries and cream for dessert (and no birthday candles which I have only just realised!). The girls – Isabel, Charley and Anne –  didn’t eat a whole lot as they had been eating movie chocolate all day!

I love this photo of the girls, that’s Charley, Iz and Anne – the languid lines. They are taking up the available floor space in our tiny lounge so you get an idea of the limited space we are living in.

lounging

lounging

We went up to Bowral to have a Christmas lunch with my mum and dad on the Sunday before Christmas. We had a BBQ (I’ll describe my dad’s famous barbies one day – they always include BBQ’d tomatoes with grated cheese on top, and a huge variety of lamb, steak, sausages and shaslicks).
We spent Christmas down at Candelo where Carl’s parents live. We had a great Christmas lunch that included rolled turkey breast (stuffed with tomato, basil, prosciutto and pine nuts), ham, and a terrine I made (pork, chicken, pistachios, cranberries). I have never made a terrine before – very easy- just get all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix them all completely by hand.  Line a loaf pan with pancetta and then place all the terrine ingredients inside, cover and cook in the oven. After cooking the fun bit is then wrapping a brick in an old tea towel and foil and then squashing the terrine. The flavours really developed and I think I’ll make more terrines – great for picnics and summer. 

yummy terrine

yummy terrine

[There were obviously more ingredients than the ones I listed – fresh thyme (made a huge difference), brandy, S & P, parsley].
I got a hammock for Christmas and a large bottle of my favourite L’Occitane perfume.  On Christmas afternoon Carls’ dad asked us all out onto his balcony off his bedroom where there was a display of his wood turned  crafts – including vases, plates, bowls. Carl’s mum also had also made a huge range of hand knitted beanies, completely from her head (no patterns!). We got to choose a beanie each and some wood turned gifts (we chose a vase made from cotoneaster and a plate with a china insert of an English country scene complete with dogs, horses).

beanie buddies

beanie buddies

I love this picture of me with the kids.  They love their beanies too, and have been wearing them even on hot summer days (ignoring our pleas to take them off).
We also went down to the beach- here are the dogs in the doggy part of Merimbula beach.  Memphis (tan dog) is currently living down with Carl’s parents while we rent & he likes jumping fences (we were worried about the free-ranging chooks next door to us) and Edie have a great time chasing waves and haring up and down the beach. I love exercising them to the point of almost complete exhaustion, although being dogs they just keep going (and snoozed in the car all the way home).

crazy beach dogs

crazy beach dogs

 

Anyway home again, home again jiggedy jig and just hanging around the house which is kind of nice – just doing whatever – which seems to include lots of discussion and daydreaming about the house – as we will definitely be in our new house for Christmas 2009. New Years Eve will be spent here in Canberra and then Isabel and I will spend 3-4 days in Sydney.
Loads to look forward to and loads to be thankful for.
Kx

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