Thursday, December 13, 2012

Things

 I'm starting to feel a bit Festive. Baked some more of these:

 If you've been reading since 2009 you know that this Carletonware dish was my maternal Grandfather's mother's from the late 40s. I luff it. Once saw its twin in an antique shoppe once for $600.


 Got up this morning at 5 am to action some Hardcore Garden Pruning. I enjoy the Prune but I loathe the Cleanup. Am I the only one who thinks that despite effort and love their garden still looks very Ordinary? Gardening in the Old Testament is so fraught with Disappointment.


 Look at all these little crocus buds about to burst forth:






 Yesterday was a Red Letter Day for Mr FF's brother. This was Me: 
And this was Old Mr FF and his Brother marching into court
 Afterwards we went to a celebratory lunch at Il Centro

 This sand crab lasagne was The Business
 Meanwhile the Baby's artistic skills continue to impress. Is there no end to his talent?
I wrapped all of my Christmas presents tonight and ironed 5 yes that's right, 5 loads of washing. I will sleep soundly tonight (Ha! As if that'd ever happen) knowing that no fabric in the Fuchiadome is wrinkled or crushed.
What are you up to?
xxxxxx

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  1. 5 LOADS! I am deeply impressed.

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    1. yes and lots of big ticket items too like doona covers and fiddly baby clothes.

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    2. Wow - I wish I had your energy! I love the photo of Baby FF next to the Christmas Tree - gorgeous.
      xx

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    3. over here it's 5 .... shirts. No more. Maybe some place-mats, but that's it ;-)

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  2. Right now I'm watching Love Actually. For the umpteenth time.
    xx

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    1. I'm watching it too. Such a lovely movie and Bill Nighy is the star of the show!
      xx

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  3. Dear FF,
    Puffing the gingers, they are super Christmasy.
    I'm impressed no end with the washing, this is a big day. There's always 3 loads every day here and that does me in.
    Impressed with your stamina, your the best.
    Loving the picture of the brothers, with four min men I would love brothers together like this.
    The baby FF is outstanding with his art.
    School holidays here, it's very intense to say the least.
    Love this time of night with a little Kahlua and ice to relax.
    Impressed with the gardening.
    B. x

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  4. Silver cachous gingerbread men even with a cachous smile still feel a bit zombie like. I just can't do those shiny eyes - gives me a shiver. I do like those with old-school currant eyes I'm afraid.

    I am recovering after a hard core day at school. Had a 45 min nap on the couch after the bedtime of the small people and now am sorting out photos of the last month's happenings post kitchen clean up. Please come and iron here, my linen cupboard would not know what hit it!

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  5. God you are a hell of a woman! Do you sleep? Ever?

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  6. I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who irons baby clothes! Keep up the good work!

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  7. I'm doing the same as Annie at the moment. Please, PLEASE, come to my house and do my ironing for me. I really don't enjoy it. I think I peaked too early when I was 4 and used to spend all my time pretending to iron my dolls clothes. xx

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  8. Oh I so know what you mean re gardening. Our garden still just looks like a big decrepit mess and I have worked and worked. The Farmer keeps telling me that all of a sudden it will all come together. I live in hope.

    Congratulations to your brother-in-law on his Red Letter Day. They rarely come along without lots of work so glad you all celebrated.

    I stand in awe of your ironing. Whilst I have high domestic standards I fall down on ironing and hence try to outsource whenever possible.

    Take care.
    T
    xx

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  9. Ooh I think I've been to Il Centro on a business trip some years ago - I remember having sand crab lasagne, Delicious with a capital D!!
    Even Baby FF's artwork is colourful, must run in the family :)
    Your garden looks delightful and full of colour!
    Cheers Judy xx

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  10. Our evening was busy too and involved cooking dinner and feeding sprogs, having a Big Marital Talk about organisational matters, me doing a giant grocery shop, cooking grown up dinner and tidying up endless toys and general detritus. Our back garden has totally gone to the dogs. Front doing well, mostly natives and frankly looks like a May Gibbs cover. Congrats to brother of Mr FF, it looks important! xx

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  11. Oh well, I just saw Blondie perform at the Riverstage.

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  12. FF,
    This morning, after the gym, I'm going to distract myself from disturbing news re phone call from out of state college daughter. Damage is done, after the fact. I'll spend the day quilting which for me is quite soothing.

    If you do your job right, they all grow up to make their own decisions. They will not always be the ones we would make. I have to accept this & move on.

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  13. OMG I cannot believe you got up at 5.00am to garden! There are only two things in the whole world that I will willingly get up in the morning for, one of them being travel. Those who often leave comments saying you have boundless energy FF are understating it - you're like the energiser bunny on a caffeine high.

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  14. I think your garden looks pretty spectacular. Nothing's blooming chez moi, just settling in for winter's nap. At least we're getting some rain. Does Baby FF have the best hair or what?

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  15. Only you would have a 'Little Pink Book of Cocktails'!! Perfect!

    Yes, the Baby is taking after you in the colour department. Very impressive. Loved Mr. FF and his brother in their legal kit too even if it was mostly black. (Or is it judicial kit?)

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  16. I have just finished wrapping Santa presents. However I have to say I am impressed, seriously, and keen to know your tips on time management skills. I think you could make a mint if you wrote a book on it.

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  17. despite my constant work in the garden the thing that bugs me the most is that photographs never do it justice. it's like you just have to be there to really get it.

    i'm impressed with your ironing work. it's one of life's meditative tasks that allow you to shut the world out and just be.

    xo take care.

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  18. I'm amazed that you have the patience and skill to iron 5 loads of laundry. I don't even know where my iron is! You have inspired me to make cookies though. That's something I love doing but haven't felt inspired to do this year.

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  19. Ah! He took silk then? (Mr FF's brother). Big congratulations to him!

    On a lighter note: great gingerbread men! Yum.

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  20. Isn't it amazing how little boys' hair grows? My nearly three-year-old seemed to be bald one minute and then had a full thatch the next. I miss his baldy baby head. Love Mr FF's wig too;) xoxo

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  21. Such a happy Christmas tree. Just heading back home from London, went to the Wolseley, thought of the gang.

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  22. You are an over achiever FF - I could barely sleep for the to do list of jobs swirling round my head. Instead of actioning a few items on list I am reading blogs. Merry Christmas - will now go wrap/wash etc. It is the tablecloths that do my head in on the ironing front. You need Consuela to get them sorted.

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  23. Love The Baby's artwork. Impressive at his age. You should get it framed and place it where all can gaze on its' creativity.

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  24. lovely to be organised, i enjoy making gingerbread men as well the children love them Gailxx

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  25. Congrats all round in the Fuchiadome. You're such a talented lot! Do you think the baby will be following in the legal family tradition, or will he spread his creative wings and do something exciting?

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    1. Good question. I often wonder what he will do when he is older! I sort of hope it isn't the law. The gravy train days are over and the hours you have to put in at the bar are ridiculous. At this point I just hope he will do something he enjoys and is good at!

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  26. FF - do you drink loads of coffee??

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    1. No. I have about 4 cups a week in total.

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  27. The tree is safe! Love with how much appreciation and care your son examins the decorations. A very happy Christmas to you and your family! xx

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  28. FF, I have been somewhat absent from blog reading for a couple of weeks, so am loving catching up on FF posts. I have heard so many wonderful things about Il Centro's Sandcrab lasagne, but am yet to try. Gillian Hirst (who supposedly invented the dish decades ago) is meant to be cooking delicious food at Gillian's Garden Cafe at East Brisbane now. Have you been there?

    Congrats on the blog turning 3! I am loving all of the snaps of the tree and Mr B has put in a request for me to make him some gingerbread biscuits too.

    Hopefully catch up in the New Year. Have you watched Downton 3? Let me know if you haven't and are keen to watch it. The Christmas Special is meant to require tonnes of tissues. Fifi xxx

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  29. Oh gosh, I need to iron and wrap presents! There is much crinkling around here at present! And I might bake biscuits..... They look great! Mx

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  30. Hi FF
    With you on the gardening. Have spent days outside, and buckets of money, and the roses still have the worst case of black spot ever. Does anyone have any advice? I'm ready to pull them all out.

    On a lighter note-your tree is beautiful. xxx
    Christine in Perth

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    1. Hi Christine, am sure you've tried everything but we've found just a mix of soap/water in a spray bottle works on the roses? Good luck, they certainly can test your patience. FF, can feel your pain re: the garden. A friend told my husband this week that his garden is "uninspiring", which was very sad given the amount of effort he puts in when he's not working! Which is always. I love how restrained your Baby seems to be around the Tree and wrapped presents! You will have such a fun Christmas with him this year, has he had a Santa photo yet?

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    2. Thank you - will give soap/water a try. Christine xx

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  31. A friend of mine made the best gingerbread reindeers. Take your normal gingerbread man, turn him upside down. Do his face using the head and body, the arms become ears and the legs antlers. All it took was some royal icing and a couple of smarties for nose and eyes!

    I agree with you about the garden. We have such yo-yo weather at the moment down here, 30 one day, 20 the next and we even had an overnight temp of 1 degree the other day. The poor plants have no idea what to do. My fingers are crossed that it rains tonight.

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  32. Congrats to your BIL the luncheon looked delish. The artwork is wonderful! Watching Miracle on 34th street for the umpteenth time....

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  33. Hi there

    Starting to plan my Xmas Eve canpes menu.........Any thoughts?

    Only a small gathering and one small person in attendance :)

    Want things that can be actioned in advanced yet look impressive!!

    Thanks so much
    R xx

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  34. I am cooking again this weekend. One of the boys' teachers very kindly gave my gingerbread hearts a solid mark, so I feel encouraged to make more! Might try the reindeer trick.

    The garden is looking fab. I would say early morning is a great time to get stuck in before it's too hot.

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  35. This post was so reassuring. I love the feeling when the ironing basket is empty and all good garments are in their rightful places.

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