Tuesday, April 26, 2011

On my holiday, I.....

... stayed in my unfashionable suburb and made Leonie's apple and sultana cake with apples from our non-stop-apple-producing tree. We drank cups of tea and ate cake under our enormous backyard lemon tree - the man, the child and me. Lovely.
There were successes and failures on the knitting machine.... lots of absolute absorption in the process... a few impolite words....
...and a fair bit of poncing about in long wraps.


A small part of Auntie Wilma's nylon ribbon stash* was fashioned into woven homewares (for the cat).*Plenty more nylon ribbon where that came from! If anyone would like a ball or 6 of it, feel free to call in and pick some up!!

This Easter/Anzac Day weekend, Melbourne turned on the best of its Autumn weather for us, and I soaked in the big, blue sky. I took the bike out for a ride and discovered a bike path that will take me nearly all the way to work.

I rode beside the creek behind my house, and smiled at the way the fruit trees, vegetable gardens and free-ranging chickens spill over back fences and onto crown land. As I neared the city, I saw the back fence landscape change to graffiti and jasmine... and noticed the bluestone lanes, fashionably dressed people, the smell of good coffee.... and thought how lucky I am to live in both of these worlds.

I saw a small red felt heart hanging from a tree branch, silhouetted against the brilliant blue sky. It made me smile.

Today I held my mother's soft, frail hands, and remembered how they were once strong and swarthy from years of clothes-washing, bread-kneading, chook-plucking, garden-digging ..how capable they once were.

I was reminded again to seize the day.

20 comments:

Gillian aka Silly Gilly said...

Such a beautiful day you painted with your words Nikki..... just gorgeous. You are indeed lucky to have found such a rich path to ride.

m.e (Cathie) said...

loving the wrap Nikki & the weaving. maybe another little girl could use some. feel free to put a ball or 2 aside for me, I'll see you on Saturday at the market.

seize the moment lovely, seize the smiles, the laughter, the love.

have a wonderful start to the school term.
many hugs to you & hope to chat on Saturday ♥

B said...

Beautiful post! <3

Bree said...

ox

Liam's Mummy said...

The bike ride sounds lovely, we had such lovely weather the last couple of days.

Is that a cardboard box loom? Ingenious!

Cathy {tinniegirl} said...

Gorgeous Nikki. Sounds like you really are seizing the moments.

Lara said...

Beautifully written Nikki. It sounds like just the holiday that you needed. Thanks for the reminder about seizing the day too. Take care and talk soon (NCB tomorrow night?)

Fiona said...

A beautiful post, Nikki. And I hope the cat appreciated all that effort!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

life.

You are very good at it.

Lola Nova said...

What a lovely post! Sounds like a wonderful holiday, and I am envious of your fruit trees and a bike lane by a creek...
Seize the day indeed!

trudi@maudeandme said...

Hi Nikki,
Found your blog recently through curly pops and your missing bag(at least good things did come out of it).I went back to read about your aunts stash. Brought a smile to my face. I also have very little self control when faced with such delights! The maude in maudeandme is indeed my great aunt who was Queen of all crafts, and everything thrifty.Enjoy your day!

yardage girl said...

Sounds lovely, and thanks for the reminder to seize the day. Have a great short week!

Nelly said...

Love that loom what a great idea I must make some for my grandies easy enough to do ??

Leonie said...

Oh...my cake!! Geezzz I hope you liked it. It looks fantastic in the round.

What a great post, I love the bits about your mum's hands. Mine are starting to show age and I must say I kinda like it.

xx

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

I love your wrap! That knitting machine is a little bit fabulous!
Sometimes it is easy to get lost in the days and they slip on by before we know it. It's good to have a reminder - thankyou.
I'm off to do some seizing (at the fabric shop)...

Handmade said...

ahh truer words never spoken!

Tanya said...

I am glad you got to hold your mothers hand today.
I am glad that I read 'holiday' in your blog post title.
and all the bits in between.

Fer said...

That sounds like the Nikki we know and love. ♥

Tania said...

That first pic made my mouth water. That last paragraph brought tears to my eyes.

Adele - A Lass from Downunder said...

The wee girl has made great progress on her weaving! I'm very impressed with how careful she has been to keep it even and close together!! Is it going to be a cat blanket?