Friday, December 4, 2009

My Place And Yours: Wherever I Lay My Hat, That’s My Home



By the look in your eye I can tell you’re gonna cry.
Is it over me?
If it is, save your tears
For IIIIIIIIIIIIII’m not worth it, you see.
For I’m the type of boy who is always on the roam,
Wherever I lay my hat, that’s my home.*

(The Paul Young version because I have lived all this time until five minutes ago, without knowing Marvin Gaye was the original commitment-phobe, singing floozy).


The very lovely Pip is letting me play My Place and Yours Theme Queen this week. In true themely queenly style, I would love to know, what object would you take wherever you roam, because it makes your house feel like a ‘home’?

We can’t all be as minimal as Paul and his hat. During working stints overseas, there were a small number of objects that followed me everywhere. Marrying the Pom and having Kid Number One in London meant there were a few more treasures of sentimental note to ship to Melbourne. That first three months back here was spent living in an empty house shell. A veritable Christmas in July it was, when the boat landed with our belongings. Sure, we were getting along just fine without them all, but after we unpacked, it was amazing how good for the soul it was to have some of our history about the place.

What are the treasures in your house that signify ‘home’? Is there anything that reminds you of a childhood, a life overseas, a loved one? Is there a blanket you always curl under, a teapot that brews the perfect cuppa? Do you have a ‘Droopy Dog’ like that one above – a twelfth birthday present who fits perfectly in the crook of a sleeping kid’s arm and who may or may not have ventured to Europe in a backpack, ahem, three times?

I can’t believe I just ’fessed up to that.

Is there something that always goes up on your wall (the clock, not the husband) no matter where that wall is?



Any supremely breakable thing (only five left) that you would ship back and forth across the world four times, if only because they are just the best for drinking warm milk – and when all the shelves are bare they sing with lovely colour?



Anything that reminds you of a workplace or a time in your life when there was a little more ‘out and about’ and less of the home in time for the eight o’clock kid bedtime?



Do you have an inspire wire or three, usually chock-a-block with the stuff that fills family life: photos, feather collections, arty stuff? Even if it is currently overcome by a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-cos-you-nearly-forgot advent calendar?



Are there some books that are like old friends? Ones that are prepared to wait out the current crochet obsession?



Do you still use something aged because you love the muscle involved in making coffee, the smell of the grounds and the fact that your friend saw it in her parent’s garage and knew it was THE perfect birthday present?



Your turn – what makes your place your home? Pop on over to Pip’s and sign up to play!


* My apologies if Paul Young, is now in your head. At least this time it’s not Galumph Said The Little Green Frog.

31 comments:

Cherry said...

Hey theme queen! Love the topic - Will certainly join in tomorrow!

Mel said...

Oh well now it IS galumph 'cause that's what you finished on! Oh how I love this post - what an awesome theme your Highness. Since you fessed up I feel I shall have to as well ... more on that when I get around to posting.

Oh and the friend who gifted the coffee grinder is a complete and utter LEGEND and should always be revered as such ;)

Kylie said...

Oh wow! Tania! How can anyone put anything up in comparison to this visual Theme Queen feast? So many amazing fabulous things... I can see how those wooden rollers and dolls eyes fit in at your place now ;) Fabulous - Loved it all... even your snoop-doggy-dog :) K

Cath from chunkychooky said...

I know exactly what mine is. Exactly! easy! don't even have to ponder!!!I am not living in the house unitl it is up. I love it. all will be revealed tommorrw.
great theme- you are a worthy queen.

yardage girl said...

What a lovely post, and a great theme! I will try and play along this week. Nic

CurlyPops said...

Oh dear, I have that awful song in me head.... it truly was a terrible version.
I'm going to have to scout around and see if I can find anything.

Sarah said...

Love all of your things, especially the coffee grinder, gorgeous!
Missed MP&Y last week as I was leaving on a jet plane (actually should say returning on a jet plane...) and am now just in the process of unpacking all of my 'remind me of home' nik naks so your choice this week is perfect!

Hayley Egan said...

We have found some stuff that I know we will NEVER feel right about parting with. If we ever end up back in Australia I'm going to have to tone the sentimentality down a notch...

Leonie Guld said...

Hey....that is one fantastic photo of your MR....!!

ange_moore said...

I love this post - it really, really makes me reminiscent of pre-kid, world travelling. And you have fabulous photos of some truely beautiful and special possessions. My brother had a dog like your first pic and I'm pretty sure it'd fill a spot in his rucksack when travelling!

beck said...

You really know how to jazz up a girls Friday night don't you??? There I was all pyjama-fied and cosy and now I'm on a mission. Great theme honey, or should that be Your Royal Honey? Sleep tight xo

M* (Melanie) said...

Thanks for making me smile. Can't wait to join in tomorrow! xo

michelle said...

well done theme queen. love the topic. will sweat on it tonight and join in tomorrow

Tracey said...

Hmmm... I'd love to play. Nothing comes to mind though. GOing off to hunt some loved items x

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Child of the 80s here, so I get that. Didn't know the Marvin Gaye version either! Frog good. :)

Just to pass on the earworm, and a similar theme to your song... SuperTramp 'Goodbye Stranger', the whistly bit.

No world travelling for me, so I haven't got any must have stuff tested out. My sewing machine?!

I love your stuff - that is one fabulous clock.

elly bee said...

OOOOOH, now you have me. I love it that droopie is still around the house, off course I regocnise the HEMA warm milky ones (perfect for our coffee overhere) and now I have to do something about my tuinstruinen blog (sorry for other visitors, it is not up to date, but I will try to place of my 'always in my place items). you devil...! and sweetie.
ebxx

One Flew Over said...

For me...it's my cookbooks and ceramics that I bought on my travels whilst living in London.

I was GUTTED whne we unpacked and found some hadn't survived.

It's kinda strange too but I always feel a real sense of home when I visit mum and dad. I seem to revert to my inner child, without a care in the world!

mybricole said...

Great choice for this week's theme. I had the same puppy but he was white with brown ears. so sweet!

Two Tuesdays said...

Corker of a theme! Well done.

Lola Nova said...

I swore I wouldn't join any more of these fun things until next year but, I must say that I love your theme...and your things. I actually had a moment yesterday in which I realized that there were two new fairly (to us) items in the house that are fast becoming an integral part of our home, part of our tribe of things. Have a lovely weekend :)

Madeline said...

Your things are always so beautifully quirky. And, yes, we have stuff around here that we'd prefer not to ever live without...my first teddy bear...now Levi's, my collection of broken down teapots that couldn't make tea if they tried, a desk I bought for $10 when I was sixteen...paint peeling and all...I love it, and piles of books that have most definitely made it to best friend status.

marian said...

super theme, Tania!..a little challenging & thought provoking, i like that!..i ssoo enjoyed reading your post :)) cheers, Marian

Meagan @ecoMILF said...

Awesome theme. WIll have to have a real think about this and maybe joining later on in the week.

Little Ted Canvas said...

Like everyone else, love your theme choice! And your coffee grinder!

Cass said...

Charlotte has just been watching Harry Potter and then saw your photos and she wants to know if that is the troll from the first movie?

Jacqui said...

I didn't know there was a Marvin Gaye version until I read this post, I feel terribly 80s now... Great meme topic, I posted about my backpacking stuffed animal too - I think there's a lot of independent young ladies out there doing it on their own with a little something at the bottom of the pack to cuddle at night :) Hmmm...that sounds vaguely naughty or something doesn't it, despite being such an innocent topic!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

That dog does have a Michael Palin look to him , I agree .
As for the theme ? a great idea !

The Back Shed said...

Well done on the Theme! Made me think and sometimes I need to do that. Loved your post.

GUGAW said...

gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! so homely and lovely :)

Cindy said...

I have to say that this post is I reckon the perfect wrap up as to why I love your beautiful blog so much. The photos, your perspectives, your sense of humor. It is a great theme to boot

Lillabilly said...

OMG I have a droopie dog just like that from when I was a child!! He is known around here as "Drooper" Your's looks like he is in about the same condition as mine! Gotta love old toys!