Wednesday, June 15, 2011

"On holidays"

View of my garden in winter from the front door.

View in winter from the back door.

Pot of succulents on the back deck.

It's June already and winter has come to Melbourne. Crisp, dewy mornings and sometimes sunny days to follow, a few rainy times too - well it is winter! I am loving being at home wandering around the garden and just looking at it and picking and cooking home grown produce - a creative activity.

Pumpkins, Silverbeet, Parsley, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Rubarb, Rosemary, Chillies - in my winter garden.
I have done some casual work "freelance" as a teacher and have 5 more days coming up. One day as a University supervisor, and 4 days as a Library Assistant in a secondary school. Both much more 'grown up" than my previous primary school career! I am looking forward to it all - the challenge, the newness of each experience - and a chance to 'dress up' and put on the make-up!
Plenty of cosy indoor things to do too - knitting, painting, book making, card making too. Temperatures ranging from 4 - 19 degrees! I no longer have to go to work 3 days a week anymore as I resigned from my last school when the contract was up - long distances to drive, sometimes 1 1/2 hours each way because of traffic etc. So, I have been "exploring my options" as one friend suggested and I find I quite like the feeling of being on holidays!

Cards I've made...

Beanies I've knitted...
I have also been doing quite a bit of work in my travel journals (getting them up-to-date - ha!) and have been enjoying making small "Junk Journals" using collected papers from my travels, some hand painted papers, some vintage papers and plain papers too. I've given them as small gifts to the lovely friends I've met this year via Lawendula's Paper Swaps. Maybe I'll post instructions soon.


  1. The garden looks Fabulous Sue. Your craft work implies you certainly are enjoying being ‘on holidays’.

  2. Even during our "winter" we don't often get such low temps. Right now, we are 45 and above. :/ My summer holiday officially started today. 2 months to craft and play and wear pajamas most days. :) I taught kindergarten for 7 years and then did substitute teaching for 2 years. Loved the freedom of that. Now I am an assistant to the Superintendent of the school my kids attend -- same holidays as the boys which works out quite well. When you are open to opportunities, many things will come your way. Enjoy! Best wishes, Tammy

  3. It's a great feeling isn't it Sue, not having to travel every day. I'm sure you'll find plenty to keep you occupied.