Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The last few weeks in photos

I have to touch on the horrible violent event of last week, just to acknowledge it as I post my daily normal-ness here. Sigh. Surely some things must really change? We can't just become numb or put it in the too hard basket can we? It's been occupying my mind a lot. Anyhow. That's not why I'm here right now. Moving on (here, now).

For twelve years in this house we managed with a bathroom that was horribly ugly and became more broken and leaky and damp and nasty until we had about four plumbers standing around looking at pipes and saying it was, really, not worth investigating and mending any further. Hello, dear bank lender....

Now we have a nearly-finished bathroom that is just so luxurious in comparison, despite being only 2.1 x 2.1 metres square, and sure beats the heck out of 'washing' ourselves in the laundry sink as we did for several weeks. It's fabulous. And I have wanted one of those telephone-shower things in the bath for as long as I can remember.

We've picked strawberries and made jam. Clem's drawing and writing has taken off like a rocket since he's been at school. Um, including a lovely picture of 'farmers' on the wall by his bed. And spelling Jasper 'JasB'. He has been running a shop out of his bedroom for a couple of weeks, selling us back our wine collection and his toys and books in exchange for handfuls of buttons. Cute as that may sound, he has been driving us all nuts on the behaviour front at home. We have researched more strategies that include a lot of clear, consistent (and firmly enforced) rules, calm in the face of tantrums, encouragement in self-help skills and chores/responsibilities. It's coming along.

I have sewed a bit, including the 'shorts' (longs) for Clem from Cloud 9 organic Ed Emberley lions and tigers, which I have loved for ages. Also, a dress for me that you can hardly see in the pic above and I really should devote an actual post to because although it's incredibly simple it has been in high, high rotation in our speedily warming summer.

Charlie's been sewing. We have Wanderer caterpillars. A friend and I have been working very hard to set up a new business (more on that, I hope, soon!). You know. Life. 

I hope yours has been safe and happy.

- Jane x


  1. The bathroom looks great! Our tiny bath is the only up grade we've made to our old little home and what a difference! I can't wait to hear all about the new business, so very exciting!

  2. Busy, busy. Your new bathroom looks wonderful and I love the shorts. A new business sounds intriguing - maybe Clem can give you some financial advice as he obviously has an entrepreneurial streak. A x

    1. Clem's shop works on the interesting basis of customer handing over a fistful of money and the shopkeeper then deciding what the customer can buy with that. Hmm... perhaps he's onto something?

  3. Oh, pretty, pretty bathroom!! Much better than the laundry sink :)
    And I love that first shot of Clem!!

  4. Such great pics, Jane....
    Bathroom looks fab - and looking forward to seeing your new dress up closer.
    Hope the new regime for Clem is a success - I'm trying 'sleeptalk' with my boys at the moment
    And am intrigued by the new venture...

  5. Merry Christmas Jane. Lovely photos as usual

  6. I love the blue colour you chose for your bathroom tiles! Just gorgeous. And very curious about your business venture....? Do tell.

  7. I love your new bathroom!
    There is only one good thing about having had a crappy one first,you really really appreciate the posh number.
    Merry Christmas to you.
    xx N

  8. I'm impressed by your strawberry jam! Its my dream to grow enough strawberries to be able to make jam. Good luck with the new business. x t.


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