My sister Nat’s Exhibition….in the Laundromat!

On Saturday night we went down to the Laundromat….not to do washing or dry any clothes but to see my sister and her friends art exhibition!


All the art pieces were inspired by the common laundromat…hankerchiefs and washing basket sculpture…

Soap and water….

Beautiful Nat…

Soap and water love….

Soap and washing liquid love….

Noah loving the lollies and being out at an art exhibition!

Lint art…

More lollies please!

My beautiful sister Kim….

Byron slept through the whole thing wrapped in a picnic rug…

It was a great night and a wonderful exhibition – well done Nat!

Love Martine

A little bit…

A little bit of my week….
1. Saturday morning West End markets….

2. Hanging out by the river…

3. A special birthday party for a lovely friend complete with mulled wine…

4. Trying to perfect the cinnamon scroll… :)

5. A few hours by myself to enjoy some cafe treats, op shops….

6. …and book shops….

7. Dan: “Let’s go and celebrate!”
Me: “Great! What shall we celebrate?”
Noah: “That I have learnt half my letters and sounds!”
So we did, at a local Lebanese restaurant….

8. With an ice-cream for dessert! Well done Noah!

9. Byron turned 18 months this week and did his first painting!

I’m thankful for the many blessings of my present and am really looking forward to meeting our new little one in 4 weeks (give or take 2 weeks!)

Love Martine

From his perspective….

Photos taken by Noah :)
I love the things Noah says from his five year old perspective…

Here a few things he has said lately that have made me smile alot :)

When finding me ironing recently,
Noah asks, “Mum, what’s that machine called you are using?”
Me: “Its an iron Noah.”:)
Noah: “What does it do?”
Me: “It takes the wrinkles out of clothes”
Noah: “What are wrinkles?”
I love that at five years old Noah doesn’t know what an iron is as I rarely use it!

This afternoon while waiting at the window to see Dan jog home from work, Noah pipes up,
“Mum you know that crow…(the one outside the window)…it seems to know what I’m saying…and it comes here alot and I don’t chase it….its kind of like we’re friends….” :)

The photo above is of Noah cleaning the windows for me this afternoon…
“Mum, I’m going to do some cleaning!”

One of my favourites Noah has said lately was when he came out of the bathroom looking quite perplexed and I asked him, “Are you alright Noah?”
Noah: “Well…I’ve had an accident….”
Me: “What happened? Did you wet your pants?”
Noah: “No…I flushed my running sock down the toilet…”

I would love to know how his running sock got in the toilet and after seeing it in the toilet he said it was really dirty so he flushed it! :)

Love Martine

Weekends are for…

Family gatherings!

Dan’s Pa and brother Josh’s birthday!

A long awaited sleep-over with Noah’s beloved cousins…

Gathering by the fire….

and some quality viewing…

Love Martine

Winter is…viking curd cheese making


By the fire….

Put 2 litres of full cream milk in a pot and bring to warmth with small bubbles forming on the top…

Add salt (few good pinches), cider vinegar (I’m guessing here but I think it was a few tablespoons!)….allow to curdle and then pour into a cheese cloth….and allow whey to drip out…

Then add an egg, garlic and herbs…

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes and you will have some viking baked cheese!

 Love Martine

A day at the Abbey Medieval Festival…

Today our growing urban peasant family enjoyed the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the yearly Abbey Medieval Festival!

Unbeknown to Byron he had a crazed knight following him around!

Noah and Byron posing for a photo with their cousins!

Lovely to see friends in the pouring rain!

Maybe a cradle for junior?

My Dad’s stall, “John the Whittler”…

Time with my lovely mum…


We attended a gypsy wedding…the couple really did get married. It was a lovely ceremony!

Byron enjoying the jousting :)

We had such a great day. Dan, Noah and Byron loved the battles and combat fighting. I really enjoyed curd cheese making and bread making demonstrations around the viking camp fire. I’ll post about that soon!

Lots of medieval love,

Taking things seriously….Kids Medieval Fun Day! :)

Yesterday, Noah and I had a little date and spent the day at the Abbey Museum’s Kid’s Medieval Fun Day. For my medieval loving son and I it was a really special time and in Noah’s words, “Pretty much the best day ever!”

I wanted to perch myself in front of this fire for awhile but Noah was keen to get into the action and the first stop was….

…the pony ride…

Then onto the Tiny Tots Tournament! 
Noah loves a good sword fight and was very pleased he was knighted!

Apprentice Knight 2012

Then onto the castle….

Next stop was the weapons shop… for a battle axe…
Noah wanted to sleep with all his weapons last night but had to choose one….his battle axe. :)

Shield making…
Ice-cream time!
We are all looking forward to the Medieval Festival this weekend! 
I will keep you posted!

Love Martine

The everyday….

I was really encouraged by a little post about motherhood that is applicable to every area of life (thanks Dan for finding it for me!) …
Check it out if you need a dose of wisdom and encouragement….
The above photo is of my very large 31 week bubs! I’m wondering if I can grow any bigger! :)


Our God our hope….who brings redemption, restoration and freedom….

A little daily reminder….

My “pigs in mud”…

I have a sword fighting superman who loves to skateboard and Santa’s little helper.

My daily reminders that when I choose to sacrifice to serve my God in serving my family….what I sow I will reap…

Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 

Love Martine

Ascend the Hill….

A favourite song of mine performed by Ascend the Hill….

 What a Saviour….
Man of Sorrows! what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood
He sealed my pardon with His blood
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Guilty, vile, and helpless me;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
Full atonement! can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Lifted up was He to die;
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heaven exalted high
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew this song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Oh we sing Hallelujah to your name

Hallelujah to you Lord
Hallelujah to your wonderful name, Jesus
There’s no one like you, God
There’s no one like you, God

Love Martine