A little bit of loveliness for Easter Saturday

The incomparable Marilyn Horne and Joan Sutherland singing “Mira, O Norma”. Ah, this is a wonderful duet!

And now this:

Joan Sutherland singing “Allejua” from Mozart’s “Exsultate, jubilate”. Ah, lovely.

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Posted by on April 19, 2014 in Music


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Australian coffee

No secret that I love my morning coffee. And the afternoon coffee.

For the uninitiated, this is a guide to the Australian way of drinking and preparing coffee:

For my US friends, this is probably why lots of Aussies have a bit of a problem drinking standard coffee in the US. I guess we’re not used to filter coffee that sits on a heater. I’m still teased about how much milk I needed to put in Starbucks coffee, for example.

At home, I sometimes use a coffee plunger  but I’m more likely to use a cafetiere like one of these, bubbling away on the hob.

And then there’s my in-a-hurry-baby-get-me-dat-coffee-now coffee maker.
Yup, it’s not the most utterly fabuloso thing ever, but hey, it’s fast, it’s utterly drinkable, even for coffee snobs, and it makes me happy and bearable first thing in the morning.

I rarely drink instant coffee. It has a funny aftertaste.

So what do I order in a cafe? A flat white. Boring name, but I’ll leave the description to Dom Knight from the article above:

A cup of steaming baristartery often topped with a little leaf or love heart which is completely pointless when immediately covered by a plastic takeaway lid. The flat white has begun conquering the UK and US, and I’m fully confident it’ll become the world’s favourite morning coffee – the balance between the flavour of the coffee and comfort factor of the milk is perfect to begin the day. I reckon ordering a flat white says nothing much about you except that you like coffee.

I’ve had my flat white for the morning. I’m good to go. 🙂



Posted by on February 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Happy Christmas!

Busy Christmas for me, slightly less so for DD since she didn’t have to sing at mass and have a rehearsal before the service.

Lunch with the in-laws, then we visited a friend late afternoon. DD received (I think) too many presents. In a way, I’m relieved she liked the presents I gave her – a doll and some books. Sometimes it seems like a present race, to see who gives the best presents and who gains a child’s love the quickest by giving expensive gifts.

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Posted by on December 27, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Possibly the silliest and most uncomfortable idea this month

Nah, make it this quarter.

Because, who wouldn’t want undies that are basically a sanitary napkin held by clear bra straps?

invisible undies

Sorry if you were trying to eat something when you saw that image.

I am grateful to Mamamia website for this little gem.

To be fair, these undies haven’t gone into production yet and the inventor is seeking seed money.

For women of my age, these look like the horrid sanitary napkin slings that our mothers endured before the easy-to-use sticky backing was put on pads. I can’t honestly think of anyone who sees the resemblance who would willingly buy one of these.

And one good fart would make the entire undies not only invisible but also in smithereens!

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Posted by on November 27, 2013 in Defies description


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Recommended Tumblr – World’s Best Father

Today’s post cracked me up! Alice Bee is such a funny little girl. I suspect that DD and her father had a few talks like this!

I love the photography as well. Way to go, World’s Best Father!

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Posted by on November 27, 2013 in Uncategorized


A little privacy here, please!

bathroom kitty

A friend told me that I would go for a few years hoping that I could use the bathroom in peace, now that I had a little kid. She was right. As soon as I got into the shower, for example, there’d be a hollerin’ and a yellin’ letting me know that something was happening.

Fortunately DD is less likely to do this nowadays, being Miss Seven-and-a-half-years-old. I still have the occasional interruption while I’ve got shampoo in my eyes, usually along the lines of “How do you spell such-and-such?” or “Can we get a Monster High doll when we go to Costco?”

Just as DD got out of the habit of barging into the bathroom, along came the Little Cat Prince. From a young age, he was fascinated with whatever might be happening behind a closed door, especially the door to the en suite bathroom. DD reckons the cat is looking for Narnia.

I reckon he likes watching the water drops run down the shower screen as well as playing near the plug hole afterwards. He has been chased out of the shower base because he’s ended up with a totally drenched bottom and tail from sitting in a puddle!

The Little Cat Prince also believes that hoomins who are sitting on the porcelain throne are fair game for attention. He pushes aside the sliding door and immediately starts to wrap around the fortunate hoomin’s ankles, purring all the while. This is from a cat who normally doesn’t show lots of overt affection. He’s British, after all, said a friend!

The Little Cat Prince also tries this trick with visitors and those who weren’t watching while shutting the bathroom door will find there’s a cat “helping” them, whether they want it or not!

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Posted by on October 25, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Easter Island – Dr April Love-Fordham

One of the interesting things about some of the facebook groups I’m in is how I’m drawn to read all sorts of things about scripture, spirituality, social justice and more. I sometimes disagree, sometimes agree, and I’m often provoked into thinking about how I have attained my current position.

Well, I enjoyed reading this post. “What had seemed so crazy suddenly made sense. […] often we don’t understand what the Bible is saying simply because we don’t ponder it long enough exploring all the possibilities. We accept what others believe without thinking for ourselves. ”

Excellent point.


Posted by on October 22, 2013 in Uncategorized