What a Whopper!!

Largest Squid ever caught!

Colossal squid / AAP

Big red … New Zealand fishermen have netted what appears to be the biggest squid ever caught, reportedly measuring 10m and 450kg, which would make it 150kg heavier than the next biggest specimen


Amazing Grace

I am really looking forward to seeing this movie when it comes out. It is the story of William Wilberforce it looks good from the above preview. It will be interesting to see how much ‘poetic’ licence is taken with the storyline.

33 more days of work

Well I have exactly 33 more days at work. To clarify, I’m obviously going to be working at home.  Anyone who thinks a stay at home Mum doesn’t work is nuts!           

But anyway the point is I have only got to get up and drive an hour and a half to work 33 more times! Yay! By the time I am back from adoption leave work will have moved closer to me. Again Yay!           

 I am seriously so completely over Sydney, the traffic and the crappy infrastructure of this city. I know improvements are being made daily to the roads and tunnels etc but I have been living with road works, jackhammers, cement mixers and blocked roads for too long.

I am looking forward to that first morning we are back from China with Miranda/Atticus and instead of running out the door at 6.30 with toast hanging from my mouth I can lay in bed with my wonderful husband and darling baby and just relax knowing it’s ok to have a cuddle. Then I can get up cook my family a breakfast (a real breakfast), send Albert on his way and Bubs and I can go out walking around the town soaking up the grass, the sky and the fresh air. And there is no pressure as there is no report due to hand into my boss. No deadline to meet, no meeting to attend. The most stressful part of my day will be deciding what to cook for dinner.

Chinese New Year begins in China on Friday the 16th of February. Historically the Chinese Centre for Adoption affairs always try’s to get a small batch of Referrals out before they close up shop for a week. So this is what everyone in the adoption community is waiting for at the moment.They last week referred up to the 13th October 05. Our date is the 26th October 05. So we are quite interested to see how many days of referrals they will get out. They may only do up to the 17th or 18th of October. Or they may go further. So in theory Albert and I could know about our child as early as Monday 19th Feb. However it will more likely be mid March which I can totally live with as that is only 4 weeks away. Wow how am I going to respond/cope when I am holding that referral photo in my hand and I can actually put features on my ‘dreamtime’ baby? 

 Rachel Waiting for Miranda/Atticus

My own Secret Garden

I need a tree change! Sitting in Sydney Traffic is Killing me!! Every part of me is crying out for blue skies, green grass and a bit of earth to dig in.

“Might I,” quavered Mary, “might I have a bit of earth?”In her eagerness she did not realize how queer the words would sound and that they were not the ones she had meant to say. Mr. Craven looked quite startled.“Earth!” he repeated. “What do you mean?”“To plant seeds in–to make things grow–to see them come alive,” Mary faltered.He gazed at her a moment and then passed his hand quickly over his eyes.“Do you–care about gardens so much,” he said slowly.“I didn’t know about them in India,” said Mary. “I was always ill and tired and it was too hot. I sometimes made littlebeds in the sand and stuck flowers in them. But here it is different.”Mr. Craven got up and began to walk slowly across the room.“A bit of earth,” he said to himself, and Mary thought that somehow she must have reminded him of something. When he stopped and spoke to her his dark eyes looked almost soft and kind.“You can have as much earth as you want,” he said. “You remind me of some one else who loved the earth and things that grow. When you see a bit of earth you want,” with something like a smile, “take it, child, and make it come alive.”“May I take it from anywhere–if it’s not wanted?”“Anywhere,” he answered. “There! You must go now, I am tired.” He touched the bell to call Mrs. Medlock. “Good-by. I shall be away all summer.”

Excerpt from The Secret Garden
By Frances Hodgson Burnett

Too Clever!


My beautiful partner in life


I honestly love this man to bits. He is so wonderful. Girls eat your hearts out! My big red headed man is awesome. How he has managed to put up with me for 18 years I will never know!

How to fold those T-Shirts

I have always loved this video. I have tried and tried to fold my t-shirts like this I just can’t do it.

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