Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Painting by Jaison Cianelli

Date: Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Expected Maximum Temperature: 43 degrees Celsius (109 degrees Fahrenheit)

Time: 8.15 am
Temperature: 33 degrees Celsius (91 degrees Fahrenheit)

Time: 1.30 pm
Temperature: 43 degrees Celsius (109 degrees Fahrenheit)

Time: 3.30 pm
Temperature: 44 degrees Celsius (111 degrees Fahrenheit)

Record Breaking Heatwave Forecast

And on a somewhat related topic (here's hoping it doesnt evaporate!): Enough Water for 7 Months

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Bailey: Noodle Spoodle (& care for pets)

One of my favourite topics to read in Blog Land is about people and their pets. I am especially fond of blogs that regularly share pictures of the gorgeous, furry members of a family.

I, too, have a fur baby. His name is Bailey, and he is an 18-month-old English Spoodle (which is an English Cocker-Spaniel x Poodle, also known as a Cockadoodle or Cocker-Poodle). We have had him since he was twelve weeks old.

Some might say that Bailey likes to destroy things, but I prefer to think of it as being inquisitive. He loves the sound that paper makes as he shreds it to pieces, and gets so excited by the Rip! of a piece of cloth. He likes pulling balls apart and leaving bite-sized pieces around the house, but none of this is nearly as much fun as going on a mission to remove the squeeker parts from his squeeky-toys.

He is certainly a little eccentric. Sometimes it is hard to remember that he is a dog, not a human being! Over the past few months he somehow managed to convince SJ and I that our bed was also his bed. Every night he would jump onto the bed, give us both goodnight kisses (slobbers) before curling up at my feet and going to sleep. The only problem with this arrangement was that during the night Bailey would stretch himself out, and with his four little paws push us over so far that we were effectively giving half our bed to the dog. This wasnt particularly comfortable, and needless to say things had to change. So this week we have had to teach him to go to sleep in his actual bed, complete with cushiony mattress, fleece blanket and pillow, located next to our bed. He wasnt all that impressed at first, and it took two nights (and a belly full of treats) before he cottoned on. If he's not tired and/or doesnt want to be in his bed he will dig at it, pull the blanket off and drag the pillow into another room. When this fails to get him the attention he seeks, he flops on his bed and sighs consistently for at least twenty minutes, before finally giving in to the sandman and going to sleep.
Despite loving balls (and things that bounce) to pieces (literally), Bailey refuses to play Fetch. It's not that he doesnt know how, because at one time he was more than happy to collect the ball and drop it back at our feet for us to throw again. That was until he realised how much more fun it is to have either mum and/or dad chase him around the house and yard trying to get it back off him. He will play this particular game with anything: balls, rocks, sticks, pillows, pieces of clothing, his leash, flannels, and the list goes on. This is easily his favourite past-time.

For Christmas, SJ & I gave him a bouncing Moose toy, affectionately named “Moosey” (yes, awfully creative). Moosey has since become his favourite toy, but I don’t know how much longer it can withstand Bailey’s constant games. Since Christmas Day poor Moosey has lost his nose, an eye, half his tail, and nearly had his head ripped clean off (I have since sewn it back on)!
This got me thinking about how great it would be to have homemade toys for my pup, and was wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to where I might be able to find patterns and ideas? It’s so easy buying pet toys from the store, but how good are they for your dog? Not only do they tend to be poorly made and do not last very long, what chemicals etc have been used in their creation? Since I always ensure that what I buy for myself is safe, I would like to do the same for my beloved furry friend.
Looks as though I’ve given myself another project for the New Year!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Marie Antoinette: Keeping it Real Award

Thanks to two people for this award: Out Back and PinkFlowerButtons! I feel very chuffed right now, so thank you very much!

Marie Antoinette is such a fascinating historical figure, and one of my personal favourites. If you'd like to learn more about Marie, Queen of France, simply visit this great website.

I would like to continue sharing this award by giving it to the fabulous ladies at the following blogs:

Tea Time
Quirky Knit Girl
Our Red House

Please take a moment to visit them as they are (a select few of) my favourite blogs.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

What's in a blog?

Around twelve months ago my mum decided she would create for herself a blogspot page whereby she could share with the rest of the world her experiences of living in outback Australia. Thinking this was a grand idea, I too decided to create a blogspot page, but at the time of its creation I had no idea what to use it for. I already had my livejournal and a Facebook page as a means of keeping contact with old friends and as a way to make new ones. I didnt really need another space on the world wide web, but I still wanted one.

But what to do with it?

Over the past twelve months I have kept my livejournal and blogspot relatively independant of one another. I have predominantly used my livejournal for what I call "life updates", whilst my blogspot has been used to share some of my paper-craft creations (decos, greeting cards, bookmarks and ATCs), as well as a place to store all the links to all the other wonderful blogs I've stumbled across over the last year (something I cannot do at livejournal), a list which seems to increase by the month! So many interesting lives, but so little time, right?

I have not been one to post regular entries on either pages. In fact, my updates here have been somewhat sporadic, unclear and awfully random. The truth is, I often find it difficult to find things to write about, and there's only so many day-to-day happenings and paper-crafts I can share before it's all been done and I feel that I am starting to repeat myself.

I dont know why this is so, but it is incredily hard for me to find things to talk about: my day-to-day life isnt really all that interesting. In fact, it's quite repetitive and I'd consider it quite dull. Yet, over the past few months I have realised that there are new people visiting my livejournal and blogspot as a result of my visits to theirs. Comments are always polite and encouraging. Perhaps there is potential for me too to have a wonderfully interesting livejournal and blogspot, without the need to keep them entirely separate? That is the challenge I am giving myself for this New Year: to make a little nothing into a little something!

I'm still not entirely sure of how I will go about this, but therein lies the challenge. Any hints, suggestions and tips will be greatly received! How do you use your livejournal or blog page? I feel I will have to learn to organise my time a little better and find greater inspiration from the seemingly less-significant things in life.

So, what information about myself might a stranger find interesting? What could I possibly tell you that would make you want to return and read more?

I am fast approaching my 28th birthday, and so far life has been a whirlwind of decisions and events. I was born on the far-west coast of South Australia, and grew up on one of the most amazing coastlines the world has to offer. I spent a lot of time at the beach, either swimming, boarding or surfing. It was dry and hot, but the sea kept us cool. Life wasnt normal unless there was sand and salt in everything.

However, my fondest childhood memories are those spent with my maternal grandparents on their farm, herding or sheering sheep with my poppa, sowing or reaping crops, baking cakes with my nanna, learning how to milk a cow or feed a lamb, collecting eggs, playing in haystacks, getting incredibly grotty, and eating endless amounts of yummy treats. You probably wouldnt think from looking at me that I was a "farm kid", but I like that about me.

Then we moved. My teenage years were spent in the arid parts of South Australia, what a visitor might term "the Outback", with dry heat and plenty of flies, and the majestic purple hue of the Flinders Ranges in the background. No awe-inspiring beaches and no means for farming. Life seemed to just slip by, and the next thing I know I have completed highschool and moved to the city to study at University. Seven years later I walk away with two Bachelor degrees: Arts in Anthropology and Politics, and Laws. With a dream to work as a political researcher (a career that is difficult to establish and even harder to maintain), I set off into the world ready to be an adult and find a steady job.

Nearly three years later, having had no real success and being subjected to some terribly awful employment; earning plenty of money but never seeming to see any of it; becoming increasinly pessimistic at the world and the people in it; missing family and realising that I am a true country-girl at heart who has grown tired of the city (and with a partner exactly the same), the decision is made to pack up the belongings and the beloved dog and move back to the Outback.

In 2009 it is my wish that life be less complicated, filled less with worry and more smiles, laughter. I want to be able to develop and maintain a lifestyle that is kind not only to myself but to Mother Earth as well. But trying to live a more simple existence isnt always easy. The first six months out here has been a bumpy ride, but the future looks promising. I see a little piece of serenity on the horizon. Time spent with my partner and Noodle Spoodle, and for indulging in my favourite past-times of reading, crafting, cooking and blogging. I want to rediscover the passion for learning new things, and the inspiration to make it happen. I want 2009 to be the start of something splendid that is worth writing about.

And if you happen to stop by (either here or at
my livejournal) I would be more than happy to share it with you.

Here's hoping 2009 is a grand one for everybody!