Monday, November 16, 2009

Looking Up



Saturday morning, after a foot-stomping evening of Heel and Toe, the Mr and I redeemed the Christmas 2008 Grandparent Weekend Babysitting Voucher, headed into central Melbourne and had two arguments within the first hour.

They were sort of necessary arguments because I was feeling weird and the getting huffy, then huffier and then getting over it had an all round clearing-the-air effect. After that we remembered how to be just ‘us’ for the first time in ages and I stopped scanning crowds trying to locate three kids.

I spend a lot of time looking down at kid level. Which is why I admit that I quite like hanging washing on the line (it’s a glamourous life). Looking up past the pegs reminds me to notice stuff like cloud critters, or a flock of birds making like an arrowhead, or how much moss has grown on our roof tiles.

This weekend I was up-looking with abandon...





...and wondering who invented the sport of Tied Together Shoe Throwing.



Someone up high was looking straight back down, because odds dictate that I should have walked into something unforgiving and pole-like.

There was also much looking elsewhere with the Melbourne Theatre Company Garage Sale, which involved the essential purchase of a mountain of wooden hair curlers for the princely sum of $1. I haven’t the foggiest why we bought them – everyone in the family has more curls than they know what to do with – but they were a Mr find, which confirms that he and I are on the same weirdy wavelength.



There was a spirited attempt at a cinematic catch-up watching two hit-the-spot movies.

And a visit to the Thread Den market to see Sandra of Pepperberry & Co and her notebooks:



Jo and Evelyn with their felty lovelies:



And to pick up a fabric pack of typographic, dotty goodness from SpinSpin:



I’m aiming at a glass half full approach, so Monday promises more of that looking-up malarkey as I tackle teetering, back-to-real-life mountains of last weeks’ washing.

Hope your Monday is looking up!

31 comments:

--ginger. said...

We ALWAYS have a pre-vacay, er, um, *cough* AIR CLEAR. [fight.] Good job getting it over with right away.

Kylie said...

It is now! What a fabulous post! Love those photos and all the fab goodies you've found. I would have found it hard to resist the wooden rollers too! Have a great day. K

Sherrin said...

Lovely! It's easy to forget to look up... or even around (!) when you're always chasing kids. Your weekend sounds lovely. Beautiful images, too. (I cannot believe I forgot the theatre company garage sale.)

katiecrackernuts said...

Why is it that a fight is the usual when the kiddlings disappear. My partner and I often row just at the point we know a bevy of teenagers is heading out the door not to be seen for days. Grrr. The photos of your trip look great ... I love the curlers. How were they heated? Or is that what the hot rags were for. I used to curl my hair with hot rags - just as my mother had before me.

Tee hee. Re your comment on my op shop post, no, I didn't get paid to shop, this one was voluntary, but I hope to get paid to shop in the future.

Tas said...

Never underestimate the uses for wooden hair curlers...I can't think of a single one at the moment, hair curling aside, but I am sure that there are gazollions out there. When the hubby and I step out without children, I think that we spend the 1st few hours getting to know each other again because we kind of lose that when focussed on the kids 99.9% of the time.

Christy said...

It's always great to look up!Loving your photos as always! Have a fabby week! xx

Suse said...

Ooh yes I am envious.

One Flew Over said...

Kid free weekends are so good for the soul!

Angus in Northcote said...

The garage sale!

Awesome.

Alas, I was less than 1000 metres away in a recording studio doing NOTHING. Sigh.

p.s. that first photo is a face.

CurlyPops said...

What a lovely weekend, and what a change from your normality!
I've never understood the fascination with throwing away ones shoes either...strange

willywagtail said...

Looks like you oldies there need a bit of education. LOL (I think I might be the oldie though) According to my sources, straight from high school and elsewhere, two shoes tied together and thrown over a line indicate the proximity of a drug dealer. What I can't understand is if that were true then how come they aren't all arrested. I admire the way your photos are totally straight. Very important for the viewer of said photos to not end up feeling tipsy. Cherrie

Madeline said...

Little one's do have that look down effect on a gal. While it's fun to see all the stuff that's down...up is such a nice change.

Hayley Egan said...

People always told me in that shoes over wire in Melbourne marks places to buy drugs (Tania, put the camera down and get away from the shoes!!) but then, I figure If I know that, shouldn't the police? There must be a deeper explanation. Nice photos, I think you should ask for a few more vouchers for christmas, but don't get too used to looking up at the sky, that blonde one will be hitch-hiking across the country within minutes...

Gina said...

Glad you had a good time away, if only so I can look at your fabulous photos afterward! Hope you spent just a wee bit of time looking sideways at the Mr...

Love the hair rollers. No doubt they'll appear in a gorgeous vignette Chez M&E in the near future. I would expect no less!

Cath from chunkychooky said...

A great bit of urban myth about the shoes+ buying drugs but lets face - its pretty obvious and if a lot of us 30 somethingers know about it its safe to assume so do the cops... Ido love those wooden hair curlers... endless possibilities... I see little people....

Sandrine said...

Great post Mrs Tania, looking up is a great moto for the week;)It helps when you are only short :)

Lola Nova said...

So glad to hear you had a "just you two" weekend. It's been ages but, I do recall it taking a bit acclimation before the smoothing out.
Love the fabrics! I would have bought the hair curlers too!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

It's just as well all your commenters weren't at the sale , by the looks of it . You'd have been trampled in the rush . They'd look lovely in a shallow cream bowl .
Years ago I worked with a fanatical anti-smoker . She had wooden executive toys on her coffee table for any guest who felt the need to smoke . She'd have loved these .

Selina said...

I am always amazed what I find when I get down on the floor, kind of on ant level!!

Kaylovesvintage said...

I had to learn , how to spend quality time with Mister kay agin,lol

guess it"s time to go to see my family in Australia

Spin Spin said...

Hey! Great to meet you too and glad you like the fabric :) The weekend sounds like it turned out great - fingers crossed you get another voucher this Christmas?! Oh, and your photos are **amazing**!

heather said...

my man and i do that too, but we usually get into it before going to parties. i don't understand it. cuz we don't resolve the issue, and then crash the party with our sour faces and feel horrible. anyhoo. looking up is something i could benefit from doing more of, for sure. garage-sale hunting with husband sounds dreamy.....

Kirsty said...

What a gorgeous weekend! You lucky pair.

Kate said...

Sounds and looks perfect! I often have to stop myself from counting to 3 when in public places too.

Thea said...

Sounds like you had a nice break. The wooden curlers are a cool find. I had never seen these before.

Claire - Craft Schmaft said...

Hooray for child free weekends, aren't they just the best? And hellooooo typo fabric, I love it!

kellyi said...

Having read the comments, I am a little surprised at the shoe meaning. As some one said, isn't it a bit of a giveaway?

BUT may be no one has told the police! They could be out of the loop. You know what you have to do.....

(PS - Play Piano Today! Is a great book and comes with a playalong cd. Very cool.)

Nikki Cardigan said...

Love your take on hanging our the washing... but really, I love your take on many things!

Great that you had some precious kid free time with your Mr. And you guys did well to have the necessary arguments early on so as to leave the rest of the weekend free to just be!

Happydacks said...

Loved reading this post so much-
I read it out to 'he who roll his eyes skyward' at this sort of thing...and he laughed to!
We need something like this too, I had better book a baby sitter soon!
Chele x

thea said...

It seems all I ever yack on about is looking up, so it's SO nice to see someone else doing it!!

:)

thea.
xx

(www.forthevisionaries.tumblr.com)

Karin said...

Funny to read about that argument at the beginning of your day. I just had a similar afternoon with Chris yesterday. For the first time in years we went shopping, getting a drink, eating out, while my parents watched the little ones. It was really weird in the beginning (like you I was constantly checking where those little people were and I heard them all the time. Did you notice that too? That they seemed to have planted their little voices in your head? Or is that just me being crazy?) and indeed, we had a little argument in the car first. But after that it was great to be 'out' for a couple of hours.

Good to hear you had such a wonderful time. The pictures are great!