Sunday, May 10, 2009
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...