Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Weekend Wrap



Is there a protocol regarding the late summer consumption of figs? If there is and it involves anything to do with moderation, I’m in a spot of bother.



It’s been a hot, late summer, water play in the Gardens, friend catch-up, surely-the-decent-thing-would-be-to-eat-ice-cream-with-those-figs, sort of weekend. Somewhere in there, we squeezed a visit to the Sustainable Living Festival. Lots to be inspired by. ’Course it was all the old, discarded cigarette lighters collected from the banks of the Yarra River that caught my attention most.



Just goes to show you can find the beauty in anything if you colour code enough.





There was all-you-can-carry chip packet craft:



Finger on the Brangelina-pulse recycled magazine bowls:



The general doing-the-kid-thing (usually in three different directions):



Inadvertent face paint napping (literally) by the Too Many Fish To Fry Kid (rest is for the weak):



All up, it was a pretty great weekend.



Up to half an hour ago. Too much out in the sun, too many happenings, too little sleep: everything ending in the tired and fractious. Three grumpy kids in bed. Two grumpy parents – although one has completely forgotten everything that ever happened this weekend (hopefully including the figs he didn’t eat) because he’s busy watching the demise of the Doctor. I wouldn’t say no to a tardis going spare. A half hour time travel here and there could sometimes come in mighty handy...

26 comments:

Cindy said...

I love the lighters - well not that they were found on at the river. Don't you lvoe those family moments when you shut the door on them in their beds and breath a sigh of relief.
Time travel - yes please! Can I pause it too

m.e (Cathie) said...

wow, time travel, hmm, now where, when, how...ohhh, can't think, need shower & sleep too. your day has exhausted me too.

Sandrine said...

Now if I electrocute myself trying to lick my screen I will have to blame you and the figs!!Not fair...
I like the comment about the colour coding:)hehehe
Bonne nuit x

M* (Melanie) said...

figs. my husband introduced me to figs, quartered, with a smudge of roquefort, wrapped in prosciutto and drizzled lightly with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Come to think of it, he has introduced me to many unforgivable gastronomic acts...it's a tortuous marriage I tell you.

Love the lighters too. So clever.

RIP Dr Tennant. Is it sad that I cried... a lot?

tea with lucy said...

Man-o-man I love figs. We moved out of our old house just as they were about to ripen. Such poor timing...

Hayley Egan said...

Hahaha how adorable is the face painting scene!

Fran said...

Oh I love that she fell asleep while having her face painted, trying to keep up with the older siblings is hard work!

What an inspiring lot of pictures, I particularly love those mosaic balls

crzylady said...

gorgeous photos, as always. What an amazing festival. I am jealous.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Any day out is a success if they sleep like logs that night !
That old favourite phrase of event publicists " Something for everyone " is horribly overused .... but in this case it certainly looks just right . A great day and you've got the photos to prove it .

Jodie said...

Its a deal. I get The Doctor and you get the tardis....

red or gray art said...

the colors made me what to celebrate...so happy to have visited today

Sandra @ Pepperberry & Co. said...

Aw! I spent the last 3 days at the Festival and didn't see so much of what you saw! It's incredible how much goes on at that place. I'm SO loving that lighter art- and what great photos, as usual :-) xx

Kylie said...

Wow! what a fabulous place! Those ciggie lighters are just wonderful :)
Love love love figs and would have been fighting you off myself ;) The Mr here makes a wonderful figs wrapped in prosciutto entree dish that makes me weak at the knees.
We had our first teenager birthday pool party on the weekend... (still recovering!)
Have a great week Ms T.
K x

Christina said...

Awww... sleeping while having ones face painted. Must have been very relaxing. Looks like a fun and busy weekend even if it didn't end on the best note! :)

Little Ted Canvas said...

I say enjoy your figs any which way you like. Over indulge & enjoy!

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

the photos are gorgeous as usual - you must be sick of hearing me say so... figs- after several years of growing them we finally got some off the tree before the birds this year! Hooraaah!
I love the ciggy lighters too- but everyone said that already didn't they... Did she fall asleep whiel she was getting her face painted? funny!!!

One Flew Over said...

Fantastic images Tan! Gorgeous x

Mary said...

Just caught up on your last few posts and you've got me laughing at everything from face painting napping, neeeding 50 tea towels to ensure you get at least 5 goodies (sounds like me) to oven disasters and a bag that smells like cow poo in a good way! Looks like you had a great weekend.

(verification word was 'swarmy' I reckon that is what the weather feels like today)

Mel said...

Ah yes I did hear your ABC afternoons dude talking to our ABC afternoons dude about the sustainable living thingo and thought it sounded it treat. Little did I know I was going to be treated to some awesome photos from it! Great shots. Especially love the face painting snooze. Bless. You gotta grab these naps where yo can get 'em right? Right!

Oh and I recently gorged myself silly on figs wrapped in prosciutto and drizzled with balsamic ....aaaarrrgghhh ... drooling on the key board again ...

Fer said...

Sounds like a pretty good weekend! And yes, we were glued to the telly last night - I'm going to miss David Tennant as The Doctor!!

Beth said...

Glad it's not just me who scoffs down figs! We sneak over the back of our friend's fence to steal them from the neighbour's massive tree. Hehehe

Janet said...

mmm figs.... I can't wait for our baby tree to grow. But nonetheless have procured figs this weekend in abundance and made a beautiful fig tart to share - now even more people are giving me figs! yay - can't have too many figs.

Nikki said...

Great pics, great wrap. LOVE the face-paint nap!!! (Better than my nearly-nap on the Western Freeway yesterday, anyway. Seems your girl and I had a bit in common in the need-to-sleep department!).

Cherie said...

Images and description have made for a gorgeous visit - Thank YOU ;)

Madeline said...

Gorgeous images! And, those figs. Yum.

ellie said...

Late Summer figs - oh how delicious and gooey and mmmmmmm.
You know, I just remembered that I spotted some at the market last weekend, and forgot to slip over to the stall to bring some home. oh. hoping hoping they'll be there again this weekend.
My mother-in-law buys figs at the market and brings them out to share with me, as she knows I'm the only one who'll appreciate a simple perfect just-right-on-it's own fig.

Looks like an excellent Festival. I've been reading about it all around blogland.