Archive for February, 2009

Pretty in punk – Ruby Tuesday

February 25, 2009


I haven’t participated in Ruby Tuesday, hosted by Mary/The Teach for a while, but a wonderful woodpecker here reminded me that I had a “red” photo to share.

Punk princess

Punk princess

The divine MissN attended a fancy dress “P” party on Saturday.  She went as a punk, as did the party girl (they are soul sisters?) but MissN’s was a much tamer punk than MissA who was authentically outfitted with black wig and chains.  They ate “p” food, pizza, potato wedges, pretzels, pythons, pavlova, drank pink lemonade, pub squash…

Don’t you love the necklace (aka my quilting safety pins?)

1st Annual TheoBloggers Christian Awards

February 24, 2009

One of the things I love about blogging is the new friends I have made. I love being a part of the Christian blogging fellowship. Some of my blogging friends (hi Brad!) are sponsoring these awards. I wish Tulsa was closer! Maybe one year I will get there…

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At the Tulsa (Oklahoma, USA) Workshop this year, we will be having a TheoBloggers® sponsored dinner for Christian bloggers and fans of Christian bloggers on Saturday, March 28th at 11:00 a.m. at the Memorial Road Church of Christ building.  Of the myriad festivities that will occur at that dinner, one of the most exciting will be the first annual TheoBloggers® Christian Bloggers Awards.

Just like blogging, we want to make this a community event.  To do so, we need you to help us nominate bloggers for various awards.  Once the nominations are in, a panel of five judges will consider all comments and frequency of nominations and will sort the nominations and come up with the top three in each category.  At that time, we will make you aware of the finalists and you will get to make the final decision in a second round of voting.  The results of these awards will be announced at the TheoBloggers® dinner and then posted at

We have two categories of awards: “Best of” awards, which focus on individual blogs and posts, and “Blogger of the Year”, which will focus on the overall content and communicative value of the blog.  The “Best of” awards will consist of the following categories:

– Best Marriage/Family/Parenting Blog
– Best Leadership/Discipleship Blog
– Best Devotional/Inspirational Blog
– Best Theological Blog
– Best Practical Ministry Blog
– Best Blog by a Female Blogger
– Best New Blogger – Must have started their first blog in 2008

This form is broken into three parts: your information, “Blogger of the Year” nomination, and “Best of” nomination.  Be sure to use the appropriate spaces for your nominations.  Please revisit the form to nominate additional bloggers. You may nominate as many bloggers per category as you choose.  You may also nominate yourself if you desire, although this does not sit well for the “Most Humble Blogger” award :).

Blogging award nominations will be accepted from February 9th through March 2nd.  Finals voting will be March 9th through March 23rd.

If you have any questions or problems with this form, please contact

For more information on or to register for the Bloggers Luncheon and Awards Presentation, visit

Simple things and chocolate cake

February 23, 2009

It’s a hurting time for so many people.  Victoria is under another bushfire alert.  Please pray that there will be no further injuries, loss of life or property.  Queensland is still flooded (60% of north and north west Queensland is flood affected).  I won’t even mention the world’s financial crisis as I am trying to ignore it.  Dear friends and family are facing very difficult personal situations that are ongoing and have no easy resolution.

It’s too easy to become discouraged and disheartened by the pain that surrounds us.  I choose not to watch the news (or tv apart from the very occasional program – I’m loving Cranford atm) or current affairs programs.  I trust in a future where there will be no pain or heartache or depression or cancer or mental illness and every tear will be wiped away.

Meanwhile I try to nurture my family with loving kindness.  And food.  I bake cake for Sunday afternoon tea. I recently found a wonderful recipe for Chocolate, Orange and Almond Cake. It’s dairy free and gluten free and delicious.  And easy.  The recipe makes a  large cake or 2 smaller ones.  I halve it very succesfully and find it bakes in 45 minutes if I make half.   The first time I made it I couldn’t find the cooking chocolate, so I substituted Lindt 85% Cocoa. It was so good I don’t think I will ever try cooking chocolate (Green and Black’s Dark 70% wasn’t as succesful as Lindt.  Yes, I have made this cake a few times already!)


I set the table with a cloth and get out the cups and saucers and cake forks and make a pot of tea. Yesterday we had honey tea we bought in Mauritius a few years ago (it is still fresh).  yes, I know you aren’t supposed to keep tea.  We need to drink it!

Simple things.  Nurturing things.  Rituals binding us together in love.

I love a sunburnt country

February 9, 2009

by Dorothea McKellar (and NOT Banjo Paterson’s Waltzing Matilda) is perhaps Australia’s most popular poem.


This is a wall hanging (Country Friends stitchery design by Wendy Briggs) inspired by the poem that I made for a friend a few years ago.

The most well known verse is the second stanza:

I love a sunburnt country,

A land of sweeping plains,

Of ragged mountain ranges,

Of drought and flooding rains,

I love her far horizons,

I love her jewel sea,

Her beauty and her terror –

The wide brown land for me.

But we inhabit this ancient and fragile land at a cost. Many Australians have endured record-breaking heatwaves the last couple of weeks, in South Australia (with at least 31 deaths reported) and Victoria.   Sydney has had some extremely hot days but nothing of the kind of heat they have had further south. Flooding rains are causing devastation and illness (350 cases of dengue fever and rising…)  and death in north Queensland.  One of my facebook/twitter friends posted that Cairns has had 12 inches of rain in February so far!

But the horror that is saddening all Australia is the worst bushfires in our recorded history.  Worse than Ash Wednesday. Worse than Black Friday108 126 181 209 fatalities so far (with 5 000 7 000 homeless), and the death toll will rise.


More bodies will be found, some of the seriously wounded will probably die (Melbourne’s bigest trauma hospital ran out of morphine) and 31 fires are still burning.  Marysville exists no more. The town was razed. Kinglake is just an hour or so north of Melbourne. I went raspberry picking there many years ago.  I remember it as lush and forested.


Australia is indeed a country of beauty and terror.  I’m praying for those who are walking in the valley of the shadow of death, praying that they will be showered with goodness and mercy by those (us?) who can touch their lives.

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(Rooruu and Pennie, as well as others I am sure,  also referenced Sunburnt Country in their blogposts about the bushfires.)