Monday, December 3, 2012

Apologies for the radio silence.  I've been Tumblr-ing a bit over here, and you can follow my ramblings on Twitter here.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

First sourdough.

I've made things with yeast for years, but this week was my first foray into the world of sourdough.  Ta da!

My first loaves were misshapen and a bit overcooked, but the crust was crunchy, the middle was soft and chewy, and the flavour - yum!  

I'm definitely a convert.

First sourdough

(Photo by Jem, because I couldn't figure out how to change the settings on his fancypants camera)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Good Dog

Jeremy found this picture book today whilst rearranging our (many, many) books.  It's one I wrote and illustrated when I was in Prep, 22 years ago now.  (!!)  It's a cute keepsake from my childhood, and so I thought you might like to see it!

Good Dog.
Good Dog.  by Elizabeth Clark

Page 1
Once upon a time there was a good dog. name (sic)
She didn't chew the Mayor's pants or bark at 
Miss Barrett the teacher and she always ate 
up all her dinner and she never pulled at 
her leash.

Page 2
One day she had puppies.
Her owners were very surprised.
When the puppies were older they got names.
One was called Barny, another was called Silky 
and her sister was called Milky.

Page 3
At first they could not see.
Then when they were older they could see a little bit
Silky was as soft as silk
Milky was the colour of milk.
Barny liked to sleep in the barn.

Page 4
The puppies liked to play together but
after awhile they got into fights.
So their mother had to get them apart
So they obeyed her and played nicely.

(with thanks to my handsome book-stand, Jeremy!)

Sunday, January 1, 2012


I have plans for 2012.

In 2012 I will pay off my bank loan!  This is special since once that's out of the way, I'll be able to start saving.  I have so many things I want to do, and to be financially free is the beginning.

In 2012, I'm travelling.  A seaside holiday in March, a trip to Kakadu in July.  It's been nearly 20 years since I was last in Darwin, and I'm excited to see how much I remember, and how much it's changed since I was 8.

In 2012, I will keep gardening.  In the three months since we've moved to a new house, we have done so much work on it, and it's only the beginning!  Right now we've only got lettuces, but soon the broccoli will be ready to harvest, and the tomatoes, and the beans, and pumpkins and zucchinis.  !!!

In 2012, I am going to see some music.  PJ Harvey this month at MONA FOMA, and Justin Townes Earle in Melbourne in April.  I hope there'll be more shows, and I hope I discover some new bands, too!

In 2012, I will spend time with my family and my friends.  My mama and her sister are visiting in couple of weeks, and I can't wait to see them.  I'll make time for coffee dates, and for long phone/Skype conversations with friends further afield.  I'll also take the time to remember and honour friends and family who are no longer here.

In 2012, I will cook and eat delicious food, in delicious company.

In 2012, I will keep driving and working towards getting my license.

In 2012, I will be kind and generous, thoughtful and considered, peaceful and joyful.

New Years Rulin's by Woody Guthrie, shared with me by my mother-in-law.