It’s true that chickens love dirt baths. But did you know how much dirt one little chook can carry?
Dixie shook herself / himself off to demonstrate …
You might recognise Dixie from my earlier post “K. Rudd on the Hustings“. For Dixie’s fans: s/he is the only one of four to not yet lay an egg – but since Dix – who is also known as Kevin07 – hasn’t been crowing, s/he’s safe from the fate of city roosters …
If Dixie does crow, he mightn’t get the foreign posting he was hoping for….
I love the Italian proverb on these gorgeous little ice cream cups: After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box. Says a lot.
What I loved even more was the ice cream itself. Miss Six had American Chocolate – which we all enjoyed. I had Pistachio – which we all enjoyed. Miss Nine finished her Carmel & Hazelnut Gelato before I could introduce her to the joys of taxation (‘Mama Tax’).
Have a great Friday! If it’s not so great, ice cream helps….
Craft is something that other people do better than me.
I’m mostly appreciative of other people’s efforts (although please don’t send me any toilet roll dollies) and I know a winner when I see it.
It being spring carnival / school fete season, I thought I’d share two little projects which you might find inspiring. Since a hot glue gun is a weapon in my hands, I won’t pretend to know how to make these items, but will depend upon the picture-being-worth-a-thousand-words saying. So, my four thousand words on craft this week are as follows:
With thanks to readers Lee (for the colouring kit) & Joanna (for the purse-sized notebook).
This new show, choreographed by Australia’s beloved Jason Gilkison, doesn’t just burn the floor – it burns the house down.
Gilkison has become international hot property, choreographing and judging most recently, on the American and Australian dance show franchise, “So You Think You Can Dance.” I’ll admit to a slight addiction to the show and a great admiration for Gilkison. You can see his style and great Aussie humour in his choreography. Fans of our boys, The Cat Empire will enjoy the Jive number he set to “Fishies“.
The chorie is inspired, the costuming just yummy and the dancing is HOT. The live singing is great and the stage setup is just right. It was non-stop action: one song led into another and there was no intermission. It was the fastest 70 minutes of my life.
The show’s on the Gold Coast at the moment from 26/8 to 31/10, at the Jupiters Hotel & Casino. It’s great value at $59 a ticket or $69 with dinner – and there is no parking fee (compare the Entertainment Centre & Convention Centre, in Brisbane). The show kept the whole family totally engaged – you can take the kids and grandma. As a guide, there aren’t any moments where you wish you’d not brought grandma or kids – nothing that can’t be overcome with a quick pass of the chips and lemonade, according to discretion. [There's nothing like say, Pink's rendition of "I Touch Myself" in her last Australian concert, which had parents with children in attendance want to just die - for anyone who didn't hear about it, you didn't need to understand International Sign Language to get it - it followed more common conventions... And no, I didn't take my kids to that one!]
Don’t miss the show. Book here.
I recently went on excursion with year ones (as in 6 & 7 year olds) to Brisbane’s GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) and noticed this poster flashed up on the screen (from another cohort of children, not our year ones). Children had been invited to draw whatever they liked on sheets of card and they were put up on display.
Give the kid a prize for combining humour with scientific acumen.
PS. How are the ‘green cars’ Toyota was building us for our $35M grant?
For some reason, people ask me for makeup advice, not realising perhaps, that for me, if it doesn’t go on in 5, it doesn’t go on at all. I like makeup that is easy, not obscenely expensive and doesn’t cause my skin to react.
One of my favourite products (and one of the few things that I don’t react to) is Jane Iredale’s lip crayons.
* the colour range – goes with everything
* the convenience of lip-liner and lipstick in one
* that they’re creamy and hydrating (somewhere between a lip pencil and lipstick in consistency)
* that they stay on a bit better than standard lipsticks or glosses
* they don’t burn and tend not to bleed
* they don’t melt or break on the first day of summer in Brisbane
* they come with a sharpener
* they blend ie. you can put one colour down and then another over the top of it to get the exact shade you need – or you can put coloured gloss (I like Iredale’s glosses as well) over the top.
They also go on fast, with no fuss – so they get my big tick.
Brisbane ladies can look up my fav supplier, La Bella Sophia Hair Nails & Beauty, and speak with Deb.