Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jimmy's things

My third child is a collector. He has a keen eye for things, and as we make our rounds around the neighbourhood, here are some of the things he picks up and hands to me:

Snail shells are definitely a favourite, and the nursery rhyme "What are little boys made of?" springs to my mind when I see him with them:

What are little boys made of?
What are little boys made of?
Snips and snails
And puppy-dogs' tails,
That's what little boys are made of.

The other things that currently adorn our home are candles and matches. Jimmy doesn't have a problem doing wees outside, in the garden or in the potty. But he has a thing against sitting on the potty or toilet for doing poos. So we are trying to encourage him to wee or poo in the potty by rewarding him with candle that he can blow out.

And the other things which are commonly found in the Su-March-Borstelmann household these days are half eaten apples and pears.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Perth Winter Lights

We're almost halfway through the winter here in Perth, and I always heave a sigh of relief when the first big heavy storms and strong winds descend on us. It means there aren't many more to go, and our winters usually end up being fairly mild with an average maximum of 18C. We survive a cold front and freezing night of 2C, and temperatures currently take forever to move up in the mornings.

On the weekend, Rob suggested that we check out the display of lights in the city. Perth Winter Lights are held at Brookfield Place:-

A stunning winter light show for the entire family will be projected across Brookfield Place's beautiful heritage buildings. The historic buildings located along Perth's St Georges Terrace provide a rare ensemble of heritage facades, upon which award-winning projection company The Electric Canvas will work their decorative magic and bring the architecture to life in an awe-inspiring display.

The Brookfield Place Heritage Buildings received an award in 2013, and this is the first time I've had the opportunity to really see and appreciate them. A number of restaurants, cafes and bars front the street, but step into the alleyways and you start to appreciate the architecture that has been designed to exude warmth and style.

As Jimmy runs up and down the steps and through glass doors, my distracted mind wishes for a quiet intimate evening with just Rob and I, enjoying a night out ...

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Taste in shoes

It's interesting getting older. My taste in clothes have changed, things which I would never consider wearing are now a part of my wardrobe.

My summer shoes are usually very casual sandals with a bit of a heel. I wore these ones for a long long time until they died:

followed by these ones, which then got so grubby and a bit worn that I had to reluctantly part with them.

I know. Pretty boring.

This year, I finally decided to try flats. I don't really think much of them. They lack the heel which gives me the bit of height which I need. They tend to get sweaty. Being a covered up front-and-back-heel job means I also have a small problem with sizes as I have one foot 1/2 size bigger than the other.

But they are SO cheap. I got the first 3 online from Rubi shoes, and the one on the right is from a Cotton On shop in the city. They ranged from $5-$10. So I suppose they will be a one or two season, see how it goes type of shoes.


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