I received a wonderful parcel from my mum today. I love getting parcels from her, she buys pre-paid satchels and stuffs them full of all kinds of things.

My favourite thing that arrived today was this apple fabric. It’s quite a large piece, I think I’ll try making a skirt for myself with it.

There was also a pile of assorted cottons for me to play with.

What a great incentive to teach myself how to sew better!

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Matt and I picked a little gremlin up from the airport yesterday. She’s from a town in northern Western Australia and was sent to SAFE in Perth to be rehomed. She’s 6-8 weeks old and I’m cherishing my kitten cuddles because I know she won’t last long when all her vet work is done! Here’s maybe an excessive amount of photos. I still haven’t got a good clear shot, she wiggles too much and it was overcast today so I couldn’t get any good light. Still cute though.

After some discussion we named her Zelda. The other names on the short list were Eleanor and Clementine.

These photos don’t really show that she has a smokey grey undercoat. Very sweet and fuzzy.

I’ve never had such a young kitten, all the cats I’ve adopted have been 11-12 weeks when I took them home, and the fosters I’ve had have all been older kittens. She’s so much fun.

I’m holding her as much as possible without neglecting my girls. I don’t know why she’s not with her Mummy and siblings. I’m no substitute but I’m doing my best.

She loves people, when she sees Matt she tries to climb up his legs. He doesn’t like it.

Kangaroo care for kittens. She likes to sleep tucked into my dressing gown. And ‘sif I’m going to stop her.

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I found a nice big piece of linen on the weekend when I was going through my fabric stash. I’ve been thinking of trying some cross stitch on linen so I thought I may as well just do it!

This is only about a centimetre wide. It was so fiddly at first but I quickly got used to it. It’s about 28 count, so twice as fine as my usual 14 count Aida. I can’t wait to try something bigger! But I have plans for fabric stitched badges, someone just has to buy me a badge maker.

In other news, we picked up a tiny 6-8 week old kitten today. She’s so small! I don’t know what her circumstances are, but she’s come into SAFE care, so she’s pretty lucky. I’ll post photos when I can get one that’s not blurry. At the moment she won’t stay still!

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Scavenger Hunt Sunday

I had a strange week. Mostly stressful, but I was inspired to pick up the camera with another fun scavenger hunt.


Matt’s red bike, with a red wheel so he goes faster.


I would have liked to do some fancy editing for this one. But I’m tired and can’t be bothered. So here’s my washing line, behind my filthy kitchen window.


This is my only archived photo this week. It’s pretty old but I like it.


Pretty little rocks on my laundry window sill. The one in the centre is a beach rock, I love how smooth they are.


Acacia pulchella. Commonly know as Prickly Moses. I’m not sure where the Moses came from, but the Prickly is fairly obvious. Those spines are about a centimetre long and are VERY sharp! I’ve spent a some lovely afternoons picking them out of my thighs, because thick work pants are useless if you have to push your way through a pulchella thicket! They’re lucky they have such beautiful yellow flowers.

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The Lovely Russian

Inspired by Buttercup’s post honouring the lovely sausage dog, I did some Etsy browsing for my favourite animal. I don’t think it’s any secret that I have a soft spot for blue cats. Whenever I see one I just want to take it home and add it to my collection. Russian Blues have the most wonderful personalities, but it’s their looks that win me over.






I’ll have one of each please!

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Breakfast Rice

I shared this photo for yesterdays You Capture, and today I though I would share the recipe. It’s really simple to make, I make a batch that lasts 3-4 days so I don’t even have to think about breakfast, but I get a good healthy start to the day.

Breakfast Rice.

  • 3/4 cups sliced dried apricots.
  • A few peelings of lemon rind.
  • 1 cinnamon stick.
  • 3/4 cups apple or pear juice.
  • 2-3 cups cooked brown rice.
  • 1/3 cups almonds or walnuts, roughly chopped.

Optional extras.

  • 2-3 whole cloves.
  • 1 star anise.
  • 1-2 cardamom pods.

Simmer the chopped fruit, rind, cinnamon stick and any other spices you choose to use in the juice for a few minutes. Add the rice, simmer for a few more minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the nuts and let stand for ten minutes.

Store in a container in the fridge. To serve, pour a little soy/rice milk on the rice and heat in the microwave for 90 seconds, and top with yoghurt if desired.

Easy and delicious!

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You Capture – Mornings

I’m not a morning person. At all. So I guess it makes sense the the first thing that came to mind with the theme ‘mornings’ was my cat, Morgen. She lives with my parents 2000 odd kilometres away, and Morgen is German for morning. Or tomorrow. But morning is more poetic I think. I was learning German when I got her and I practically read the entire German dictionary looking for an apt name. So since I can’t get an actual photo of her, and I don’t want to use an archived photo, here’s my solution.

Maisie is a morning person. Morning cat rather. She’s not allowed on the bench. She knows it, I know it. But I occasionally let her enjoy a morning sun beam… Shh, don’t tell Matt. I love her reflection in the window.

I’ve been a good breakfast eater lately. So here’s a boring morning photo… Just to break up the cat monotony.

Brown rice with dried fruit and almonds. Yum!


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