Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Yesterday one of the Age newspaper's columnists published a light-hearted but nonetheless fairly cutting review of one of my favourite shows, Inspector Rex: http://www.theage.com.au/news/entertainment/tv--radio/canine-cop-has-the-chops-for-comedy/2009/06/24/1245522871409.html. One thing the writer really didn't seem to get about the show is that it's because of the sometimes slightly falling-flat jokes, the just-too-complicated-to really-happen tricks with the dog and the overall improbabilty of the situations the characters sometimes find themselves in, that make this show is such a heartwarming and satisfying way to spend an hour. Also, of course, the stories are simply often really good but the Age managed to overlook that too!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
40g melted butter
300 ml milk
Mix it all together. Make little dumpling balls. Drop them into boiling water and when they bob to the surface, you're good to go. I added sliced chives to the mixture and a little bit of salt.
Love doing things I didn't think I could do. Going to try some sweet ones tonight, with apricot sauce. And sorry, no pictorial evidence...they were gobbled up in ten minutes...
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Quiet times here in the Woods...I am marking exams... Suprisingly though, this has not utterly stifled my creativity! Last night I finished a set of 4 cards for my blogging buddy Helena (http://sketchandcolour.blogspot.com/) which I have to say I am moderately pleased with and I have just now sewed some quirky 60s buttons on a very boring jumper and so giving it a much-needed and long-overdue overhaul (I have been staring balefully at it in the wardrobe for months). I would like to show you these efforts but my camera is temporarily kaputt and the usual stand-by - the phone on my mobile - has similarly become tired and emotional. Also, I don't want Helena to see the cards before they reach her! :) So, you will just have to imagine my inventive endeavours. But, so that this entry is not text, text, text, I thought I would stick with last week's nostalgia theme and post this little treat. Hope you all are having a great weekend :)
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Is anyone else watching Mad Men, the tv series about the Madison Avenue ad agency, set in the early 1960s? If you're reading this in the States, I think you're episodes and episodes ahead of us here. We are only about 6 eps into season 1 but I have to say I love it as much as the advertising for it told me I should. Many of the characters are repugnant - the men are so sexist! - but there's something compelling about it nonetheless. Initially I thought I would just watch it for the wonderful 60s decor and costuming because I really didn't like the characters. And this normally switches me off a book, tv show or movie very quickly. But there's something kind of mesmerising about just watching the sets unfold before you - they really do make you feel that you are looking through a window and into another era. And I have always said that if I could do one thing it would be to time travel, so this suits me very well. My mother who was actually around in the early 1960s (though not on Madison Avenue!) isn't a fan of the show but she does concede that they set the scene very well.
Now I find myself warming to the characters. Especially Peggy - slightly dorky, a little too earnest but genuinely nice and looking for just a little more than what the mainstream is offering. So, I'm posting a link here to a great exchange between her and Joan, the office bombshell (see, now I'm slipping into 6os speak!). Just as I've discovered the joys of embedding a clip (thanks WS!), the poster of this clip has preventing the embedding of it. Oh well! Follow the link if you like and you'll get the gist of it, just the same!
And if you're a Simpsons fan too, you'll probably like their spoof of Mad Men's opening credits:
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I love music. It can alter my mood in an instant. And I have pretty eclectic tastes too - what I'm listening to really has to match my mood in that moment and so, different things appeal at different times. And I have always loved music. I can remember getting my first LP (that dates me nicely!) at age 4 - it was Abba and I was a major fan. I even had Abba socks and like a lot of girls around the world at that time I'm sure, I wanted to have straight blonde hair just like Agnetha. A big ask for a kid with curly dark hair! But one of the first music clips I remember seeing on tv is this one by Andy Gibb. It wasn't exactly this one - I remember the 'official' clip in which he was riding a bicycle - but this song still brings back strong memories of the the 70s for me, and takes me straight back to that moment. How about you? What's the first song you remember?
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I have been a little under the weather these last couple of days. I've had long-standing issues with sinusitis and asthma and despite the weather being exceedingly cold and despite the fact that I was already sniffing and sneezing, I decided it would be a very good idea to clean out our very dusty storage space on Sunday morning. Not very surprisingly, within an hour I was sneezing violently and my left eye had swollen up. Brilliant! So Sunday afternoon was a write-off, spent on the couch watching a truly daft Elvis movie and feeling sorry for myself. I felt a little better yesterday but the weather this long weekend just passed - rain, cold winds - has not inclined me to do too much at all. It is 8 degrees (celsius) here at the moment...
But enough of the downer that is winter. The second season of "Flight of the Conchords" started here last night and so I thought I would give you the link to one of my favourite songs of theirs, "Foux De Fa Fa". I mean no disrespect to the French by posting this link. I have been to Paris and it's lovely. This is more about the absurdity of what they teach you at school when learning a foreign language.