Meet our new dog Spoon. Yes, we now have dogs. As in two. Spoon, a kind of jack russell cross, has a colourful past and was bought from a dog rescue home by a neighbour's niece, who can no longer care for him. Desperate to find him a new home, our neighbour asked if we could take Spoon, and of course we obliged. He flew down from Sydney last week and already he's settled in well. He is very much a people dog, is very sweet and has become my little shadow. The complete opposite to Mabel, who lives her own life really.
He is a tiny little fellow, not quite the borzoi I always fancied as a child, but as my neighbour says, sometimes you don't choose your animals, they choose you. And what he lacks in height, he makes up with heart. And that is all you could want really.
Every day we've been taking the peeps riverside so they can practice riding their shiny new bikes. There is a gorgeous old road that runs along the river that is the closest bit of concrete around here. They're getting the hang of it pretty fast.
Lovin' the school holidays.
After a lost week I'm finally feeling more like myself and now it's time to hit the ground running. School breaks up today so this morning, amongst the usual flurry of lunches, lost shoes and missing school hats, were teachers' presents to wrap and a (vegan!) birthday cake to bring to school for a certain girl. Who is eight. Tomorrow. Oh my.
There is much present wrapping, excitement and celebrations around these parts. All surrounded by green and tinsel and joy. Special times.
We made a beautiful wedding cake on the weekend. A tier of 130 cupcakes with a cutting cake on top. We set up the cake in the most gorgeous venue that had been incredibly styled by this clever lady. Stunning flowers in glass jars, suspended white chinese parasols and white puffy things and lots of votives. Everything looked so lovely, I bet the couple had a beautiful day.
I'm pooped and have lost my voice. I'll be taking it easy for the next few days I think!
It's the first time I've ever put the advent calendar up by December 1. Yay me! This year, rather than treats every day, we're going to have 24 days of fun things. There are lots of ideas around blogland for advent activities and this year we're doing the same. Having fun, making and giving. That's how we'll be celebrating the countdown to Christmas this year.
Day one :: make ice cream sundaes for afternoon tea. With home made chocolate sauce and preserved cherries. And 100 and 1000s for an extra special treat.
The peeps are so very excited. They can't wait to see what fun thing will be on for tomorrow.