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Staying Connected

My friend Kim lives in the UK.

Everyday this week, while she’s been in lockdown in England and we’ve been staying at home here in Sydney, she and I have been working on crossword puzzles together.

It’s just the best thing.

And yes, it was 4.53am and yes, I did go back to bed…

If our current world crisis had occurred fifty years ago, I wonder how things might have been different. Perhaps lower population density might have resulted in a more contained spread. But I suspect the sense of isolation would have been far greater too – I know how difficult it was for my folks when they moved to Australia and could only speak to their family via telephone for precious minutes once a year.

So today, I’m feeling incredibly grateful for technology that lets me share a crossword with a faraway friend via my mobile phone.Thank you, lovely Kim, for helping to keep me sane during isolation! And for knowing all the answers to the hard clues!

Thank you also to all of you who are reading these daily posts. It’s not easy to find something to write about each day – especially when we’re not venturing out much – so I’m grateful for your patience with the somewhat random and brief nature of these scribblings. And again, I’m thankful that 21st century technology lets us touch base like this every morning.

Wishing you all a restful Sunday, and I’d love to hear about the creative ways you’ve found to stay connected during lockdown! ♥

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This is what my poor husband woke up to yesterday morning.

An excited wife in a paper hat.

He rubbed his eyes, looked at me, and said.. “I have no words..”

. . . . .

It all started the day before when I read this tweet. There’s not a lot about the COVID-19 crisis that’s bringing me joy, but these photos quite literally gave me life


My sister subsequently sent me the original article – here’s the link if you’d like to read it.

. . . . .

The following morning, finding myself awake yet again at 5am, I made an imperial social distancing hat from a fettuccine box and some cardboard leftover from an old school project on the solar system that one of the kids did in Year Five (lockdowns are when we quarter hoarders really come into our own). Then I wrapped it all in rescued paper from Reverse Garbage.

Tah-dah! I’m ready for the Imperial Court now!

It works a bit too well, as I can’t fit through the internal doorways in our house with it on.

Mind you, going through doorways sideways might be the new norm if quarantine eating keeps going the way it is. My darling sister sent me this as well, bless her socks…

So here I am, in my imperial social distancing hat, wishing you all a happy day! Stay safe, folks! ♥

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Last week, I chipped a ceramic ornament and asked Steady Hands Pete to fix it for me.

Pete: “Can you get me the box with the hot glue gun, please?”

Me: ~hands him a box~

Pete: “This is the wrong one.

Me: “No, it’s not…”

Pete: “Babe, it’s full of Muppets.”

My life is one endless comedy sketch. Also, I have a box of Muppets, which makes me very, very happy!

. . . . .

We’re big Jim Henson fans in our house – so much so that we even built our own Muppet in 2001. I’m not sure if any of you remember Benny? Small Man named him after the Elton John song and we didn’t have the heart to tell him at the time that that Bennie was female…


Did you know Eva’s dad actually worked with Jim Henson years ago? That still blows me away! Any other Muppet fans out there? If so, who was your favourite? ♥

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Never a Cross Word

Ok, that was a bad pun, but crossword puzzles really do make me happy!

Over the years, we’ve bought several of books of puzzles but this series is our all-time favourite. We usually order them from Amazon…

Pete, Small Man and I have been enjoying these so much that I thought I’d be just a little bit naughty and share one of them with you for the weekend. If you’d like to have a go, I’ve scanned a single puzzle for you to print out and work on.

Here are the links in pdf format:



And I don’t know about you, but I usually need to look up at least a couple of answers in every puzzle. If you need to do the same, here’s a photo of the solutions.

Hope you have as much fun with this as we always do! Wishing you a peaceful and relaxing weekend! ♥

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Ammonite Tea Bowls

Soo…you know I collect fossils, right?

This little beauty is a particular treasure – a 180 million year old dactylioceras ammonite, possibly from either Germany or the UK. It comes with provenance too – it was a gift from Tom of the Living Fossil Gallery who originally got it from the great Warren Somerville. It’s perfectly formed and if you look very closely, you can see the leaf-like suture pattern on the top right of the spiral…

After seeing ammonite-imprinted pottery on a UK website, I asked my friend Steve Sheridan last year if I could commission him to make some ammonite tea bowls for me. He took an imprint of my fossil, then produced these absolutely stunning pieces for me…

Each has a wee ammonite – my wee ammonite – in the base. The one I’m using most often has a green celadon glaze and fits perfectly in my hands…

The blue celadon is slightly larger and a good size for herbal teas. I love how individual every single one of Steve’s bowls are…

I told Steve that I was more than happy for him to make these to sell, so if you’re interested, here’s a link to his website. This isn’t an ad though, I just think Steve and Trish are wonderful! ♥

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