Monday, January 25, 2010

My Summer Holiday: A Random Muddling of Musings (Not Exactly the Inevitable First Day Back at School Homework Essay)

Musing One
It feels like I have been holidaying forever but it was basically all an excuse to eat an indecent amount of ice cream. One time I ordered a lemon gelati because the words of a (male) friend echoed in my ears: a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips. Watching everyone else tuck into creamy swirls punctuated by chocolatey nutty goodness was too much to bear. I vow never again to waste calories destined for ice cream on gelati.

Musing Two
Despite slatherings of ‘sunscream’, beach umbrellas, hats and long-sleeved shirts, we were tricked by the delicious sea breeze and the cool salt water and spent way too long out in 43 degrees. And I thought I had sun protection sussed. Some of the sting went away when the heavens opened and the rain came and the kids danced (yet to explain rain dances generally happen before the main event).



Musing Three
We have beachcombed basically to the moon and back, only horizontally. The middle kid could muddle together an entire seal skeleton if he tried, but the award for Most Interesting Holiday Find goes to the eldest. Thinking she was assisting the middle kid with the construction of his seal, she gleefully handed him half a human upper denture. To my disgust, the Mr has brought it home, in order to impress Grandma. In the meanwhile, every now and then I wonder if washed-up-on-the-rocks-denture-finding is something a responsible citizen should consider reporting to, er, someone?

Musing Four
I presumed no one would be overly excited about denture or bits of seal pics, but to be true to the spirit of the holiday it is necessary to include alternative images of to-be-forever-treasured (sigh) collections:

The observant will note the inclusion of a sock. The laundry collection hardly looks different once pockets have been emptied and you scale things up to Everest-like proportion:



Collector Kid found his feathers at the local wild life park. While everyone fed cassowaries and kangaroos, he looked on wistfully, unable to let go of his two-hour grip for fear of losing wispy lorikeet bottom feathers:





Collector Kid had nothing to do with the missing heads. In fact he felt most sorry for the deadness of the headless:



Collector Kid turns midwife to hatchling ladybirds:



Thank goodness for an occasional bit of collection non-challenge. Couldn’t face the pongy dead crab bits.



Musing Five
On the crafty front, I made twenty kazillion felt sandwiches. Or twenty. Or nearly twenty. I’m still going. I could break any World’s Slowest Crafting record and end up in the Guinness Book of Records. This would at least be more dignified than winning World’s Longest and Thickest and Curliest and How Do You Do Anything(?) Fingernails.

That lovely STARLET lady at M* had recently, gorgeously gifted me Simple Jug Covers by Vicki Moodie. Melanie is already half-responsible (I’m also blaming this lady) for inspiring the neverending granny squaring and now the pulse-quickening obsession with jug covers. Who would have thunk it.



I can relate to Mel’s appreciation of the tinkling glass bead clink against the side of a jug. So I went and appreciated all over again:



Tragically, I ran out of tinkling clinking things to attach to crocheted circles. Inspired by the so very talented Susanna, I turned to guerilla crafting the rented holiday house garden. Pretty tricky stuff with three kid helpers and one of them climbing on your head. Some breezes were gustier than others and some leaves more fragile. Sometimes I cheated and worked on them indoors. Take one look at Susanna’s stunning work and you’ll see how embarrassingly clumsy and clunky these efforts are:





The ones I like best, are those that live on the trees in various states of completion (depending on whether kid was on head):





Musing Six
Oh and this happened:



Except I knew it was happening and stayed stum and didn’t care. The others were reading a bedtime story and I was having such a nice time with a glass of wine and a newspaper and things were oh so quiet and still. Plus she has the softest skin.



The End

40 comments:

Kirsty said...

What a gorgeous holiday you all had! I LOVE the leaves. They look wonderful.

Cathy (Tinniegirl) said...

I couldn't tear myself away from the screen. I was riveted by your holiday musings. Just fabulous.

Love the guerrilla crafting oh so much.

Welcome back. We missed ya.

Vic said...

Wow! What beautiful photos & a gorgeous time you all had! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing, I've enjoyed this post immensly.

My favourite too is the guerrilla crafting, although dancing wee girls is right up there.

Wonderful.

Mel said...

My head is spinning - so much excellent stuff! Love the collector kid, love love love him!

And the guerilla crafting? Genius! I'd love to see the look on the next guests faces when they see what they thing they can see!

Sooooo glad you're "back"!

CurlyPops said...

I wanna tag along next time you head off on holidays...
Oh to be a fly on the wall when the next tenant comes along and discovers the crocheted leaves in the garden!

Jodie said...

Those leaves - you are killing me.

Andi said...

You are bloody funny Mrs!!!
The leaves still on the trees are wonderful!!
Andi :-)

Kylie said...

Wow! What an amazing holiday! Love it all but I just adore those crocheted leaves - how fabulous are they?! Great holiday pics, Mrs :) Glad you're back. Kx

Christina Lowry said...

Love the adventures in sorbolene there. Sometimes a kids just gotta do what a kids gotta do.

I am definately a beach treasure looker-er, but I must say I would have to stop at partial dentures. Bugs, shells, feathers fine, dentures? No.

I have all sorts of craft jealous about those jug covers. I am writing it on my crafty list of things to do eventually! :)

PS. Crochet leaves are going to be the new black now!

Sue said...

This post brought joy to my heart....Your children are being raised with a zest and creativity that all kids deserve but sadly don't all get.

Mama Mogantosh said...

Lordy, this made me laugh. Those leaves are fabulous! Collecter Kid has a sweet soul. And your photography is really beautiful- I'm envious. Happy holidays. x

red or gray art said...

laughter and beauty with a whole lot of fun tucked in between...how could anyone resist the rain dance and oh that grin!

Cherry said...

What a divine holiday. Love the photo of your rain dancing children the most.

Gina said...

Ahhhh, she's home... and now I feel like I am, too.

Wonderful musings. I felt like I was at the beach with you for a few minutes. The sorbolene incident was a bit close to home but ours was performed with sunscreen and lathered over not one but two bodies, and an entire bedroom. Eek.

The gumleaf-on-tree Susanna rip off is brilliant! I loved your previous post on her and spent a few hours gasping at the delicate beauty of her work... but I enjoy the humour in yours just as much.

xx G

Fer said...

Well I'm impressed! (child on head and all...)

The gum leaves are amazing. You're so cool...!

FWOG. A blog. By Fi and Wendy. said...

"every now and then I wonder if washed-up-on-the-rocks-denture-finding is something a responsible citizen should consider reporting to, er, someone?"

I think this is required only if they are still attached...

And you get an A+ for the 'what I did on my hols' essay – hilarious.
W

crzylady said...

i might be morbid but I was hoping for a photo of the dentures! What a forever great holiday story! Guerilla crafting looks a bit odd to me :\ we do guerilla poetry in my little land, I don't think I would have the patience to make lovely intricate stitches on plants.
Good for you for not interrupting the wine!

Michelle said...

Sounds like a great holiday. Would love to be a fly on the wall when someone discovers those crocheted leaves.

Little Ted Canvas said...

Gorgeous, all of it! Thanks for sharing...

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

I'm not sure what I liked better ... the choppers in the shell collection or the day spa sorbolene wrap. Looks like a fabulous holiday!

Welcome home.

sophie said...

What a beautiful post, I felt completely transported!! your photos are divine!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Oh , that's what jug covers are ! I was wondering why you felt the need of a '70s crocheted bikini .
A+

Nikki Cardigan said...

Welcome home. Very glad to hear from you and see lots of what I expected from the M&E gang... creating, exploring, eating and making messes!

Hayley Egan said...

I would be quite puzzled if i rented a holiday house with crocheted leaves on its trees...

beck said...

Great to see you back! Loved the update, looks like you all had yourselves a fabulous, beachy, fun, creative, collectable, danceable summer holiday. Hope you enjoy the last week of unstructured time! xo

Kaylovesvintage said...

did I tell you we got winter holidays soon...cold , grey , could be snow or rain

enjoy

Cath from chunkychooky said...

you know i missed you. I glad we got the full round up of your absence- looks like you had a great time- I cannot beleive you crochet the leaves still ON THE TREE!!!! Its so fantastic I lvoe it!!!
Yours and Mels crochet is really so inspiring- I want to learnt better this year- i can just make beanies, thats all- nothing fancy yet.

Umatji said...

Oh I don't know what to say! Love the leaves, the moist child, the story, the absence makes the heart grow fonder, the wonderful myrtle and eunice style posts I love so much, oh I feel all over weak. Must be the late night and the sleep deprivation combined with the lovely pics and missing your stories. Hope this finds you well.

nevin said...

Wow!! Looks like a fabulous holiday!
Just fabulous..

Megan.K. said...

What fabulous holidaying!
LOVE the leaves.
But I especially love that top photo of the girls - the sweet childhood joy you have captured there. Makes me smile.
x

Madeline said...

Sounds like a wonderful holiday! I'm suddenly feeling the urge to go embellish some leaves.

katiecrackernuts said...

I am a fan of the feather collection. I am still kicking myself for jogging past a beautiful cockatoo feather today. Could still be there tomorrow.

PottyMouthMama said...

Next time you go on holidays, I am coming.

Lola Nova said...

Oh, this was a marvelous read! It was just what I needed after a most harrowing and cold rain blasting day. I too have let a little lotion explosion go unheeded right in front of me, sometimes it is just the right thing to do at the moment.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely loved reading and seeing all you got up to on your holiday. Good to have you back

MiM said...

what a gorgeous holiday , the leaves are divine :)

handmade romance said...

fantastic musings! love collector kid!! : ) those pretty, crafty leaves and those cute bright eyes in the last pic.

Tricia said...

I just love your 'guerilla crafting'. Magical.

and collector kid!! I want one. I just love nature tables and I imagine he would have a pretty cvool nature table :-)

Cindy said...

Oh my so much to love I reckon. Who doesn't love a collector on holidays! And teeth - who on earth woudl find teeth

♥♥♥ w o o l f ♥♥♥ said...

i'm amazed at the crochet on leafs. how splendid