Saturday, October 30, 2010

Trying to get into the spirit!

Around the computer

This is Not Free Range Chicken Mum!

I just have to say that this picture drawn by my son, Fiann, could be a good advertisement against bad poultry farming. I mean, look at it...sorry Fi, I know you were not meaning to portray a sick chook but, it does look pretty damn scary. I know most people are pretty savvy so I will spare you guys a tirade against buying "cheap" meat and a description of how one of these battery hens lives it's life but, do check this link if you feel game.
I would rather eat salad and lentils than to buy cheap/nasty poultry.
May this sort of farming disappear forever!!!
Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Thinking about

I have found a personal blog is just perfect for collecting inspiration, a place for space free filing, not to mention it extends my memory.
A couple of my favorites are:

Lisa Roet I saw this artist on Artscape ages ago and was transfixed, I love her respect for our closest relatives and anything that reminds us of our own evolution in this age of Mass extinction is good.
Lisa's compassion shows in her art and displays such a deep respect of primates.
Her conversation with 'Pansy' the talking Ape is deeply touching and there is also footage of the space chimp, ' Ham '. The look on this chimps face when he arrives safely back to our planet is really telling.

Maggie Taylor is another I would like to remember, her work is beautifully dream like. The Girl in a Bee dress is especially lovely.

And for inspiration on responsible sustainable farming:
The Real Dirt on Farmer John

I hope you are having a good day and are finding lots of inspiration, thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Birthday, bass guitar and the flux in time!

It has been wonderfully hectic here lately, I love being on the go, especially with this wonderful warm sunny weather we have had lately - it really helps energy levels!
Some of our favourite people stayed with us for a little holiday and we had great fun, late nights, early mornings and fantastic food. We visited Healesville Sanctuary, again, I love our FOTZ membership. It means we can pop in whenever we feel like it and all without feeling you have to drag tired kids around all day to get your full value!
That is perfect for both kids and adults! 
Myself, Trish, Fiann and Wednesday
We had beautiful days to enjoy the Sanctuary, and all the animals were all out enjoying the sun too!
Here is one of the beautiful Brolgas.
Olga the Brolga?
Also my daughter, Maeve, celebrated her 8th birthday...several times...I braved the city traffic alone with a car full of young, over-excited screechy girls and did NOT get lost in a very new part of Melbourne - this is totally amazing!!! 
Starting off on Bungie trampoline
We went here for most of the day and although it was much smaller and less impressive than it's website, the girls had a really great time. Bungie Trampoline
Our birthday girl is really enjoying her guitar lessons and has shown a really strong interest in bass lines for a while now so...we went shopping for a bass guitar. I have to say we all feel spoilt to have this wonderful instrument in our home! If Fiann and I learn instruments too maybe we could become
the next Partridge family...did I say that out loud?
I loathed the Partridge family!
Maeve's New Bass Guitar 3/4
Also I have finished my Health and Safety training too - hooray! I spent too long reading the manual, trying to grasp it's 'hip' lingo just so I wouldn't look like too big an idiot in front of work mates. Boy, oh boy the language gets quite mind boggling in these manuals although I can see its value. It did offer a clear system to analyse critical points in any processes that need control.
After 8 years with my kids at home and never working in hospitality/produce before, I did manage not to feel like the proverbial fish out of water in this last training session...I kept up well. Which was a great boost!
However...remember when the clocks went forward... recently...I was the very clever woman who turned up at work an hour later than I believed it was...for a while that is...until my manager came in on his day off to tell me I should have opened 10 mins earlier! Just great! I am still blushing.
Can I just say that I find this daylight savings clock changing time always a little disorientating!
My dear husband is still saying things like 'it's only 7.30 real time'.
I can't work like this - I need to know only 1 time at a time! Big sigh!
Thanks for stopping by, take care!

Michele xxx