Sunday, May 10, 2009

A Sweet Day AND Eye Spy...What I Am Reading Now

It’s Mother’s Day in Australia today and amazingly, for the eighth year running, I escaped the cup of tea from the hot tap and burnt toast breakfast. That’s one inevitability that will be catching up with me. Instead I was presented with a bundle of cards and craft, including handmade “real and stinky” lavender soap and the obligatory purchases from the school’s Mothers Day stall (I was hit with that $4 bill on Friday afternoon). The sweet treats, above, turned out to be the intended smorgasbord-style, communal breakfast in bed.

I haven’t a clue how we crammed the rest of the day in: walks and play in autumn leaves, Grandma’s for the gathering of the clan. Some impressive bubbles blown...

...and seriously tummy-toning giggle fits:

And that was today.

In the meanwhile, Monique has chosen this week’s Eye Spy – and now I need to confess that since infection by the craft bug, I am not reading a heck of a lot. I have two goodies waiting in the wings and once I finally get going, they will be devoured in the only way I know how. It strikes me, for about the twenty-seventh millionth time, that the ability to simultaneously knit and read is one handy life skill.

I did recently spend an afternoon with the extraordinary Maira Kalman, American illustrator and writer. The Principles of Uncertainty, is most definitely a Sunday afternoon read: team with a cosy lap blanket, tea, baked and buttered somethings and a nippy cold to the outside air.

Maira Kalman: “This is a year in my life profusely illustrated. Abounding with anguish, confusion, bits of wisdom. Musings, meanderings, buckets of joie de vivre and restful sojourns.”

The only bit Maira left out, is the promise of a smile on your face and a skip in your step.

Head on over to Cindy’s to see who else is Eye Spying while reading and knitting...


Sandra @ Pepperberry & Co. said...

Ooh, aren't you spoilt? :-)

Those are some gorgeous girls you have there! Are they twins?

Bek said...

Sounds like you had a lovely mother's day! I got tea and toast in bed, but ended up eating just a half of a slice because everyone else was hungry too!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you had a lovely Mother's day. Great photos T, I recognise your eldest but not her almost twin!
That book sounds like a terrific read.
As for breakfast..not in bed but it was served with love (bacon and eggs on toast)!
Mum mentioned she caught up with Grandma Mrytleandeunice as well as Auntie Myrtleandeunice at Mornington!
I'm telling you it's another sign we must make a catch up!ha ha
Love Jen

HappySquirrel said...

Those photos of your children are adorable, and the book you show is just the kind of book I would enjoy! Thanks for stopping by HappySquirrel

Kylie said...

What gorgeous pics! Aren't giggles and bubbles just some of the best things about being a mummy? :))

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Sweeties for breakfast ..... and one of them was a Satin Cushion !With that and the giggles it looks like the perfect day !

Madeline said...

Sounds like a really wonderful Mother's Day. I so wish I could master the skill of simultaneously reading and knitting, but I think I'd need an extra hand!!

Beck said...

Don't you just love the Mother's Day stall?! Those 'special' soaps are just want mummy wants, aren't they? Love the bubbles and giggles, how cute are your babies? If you master the reading & knitting please don't move on to knitting and driving, ok? x

Cindy said...

The photo of the girls laughing is just divine! Hope you had a great mothers day.
So glad you are eye spying too!