July 31, 2010

Sleeping beauty

Sleeping beauty at its best. But it's not our favorite bedtime story.

Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty from Darragh O'Connell on Vimeo.

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Praise for Shiver: "A lyrical tale of alienated werewolves and first love... Stiefvater skillfully increases the tension throughout; her take on werewolves is interesting and original while her characters are refreshingly willing to use their brains to deal with the challenges they face."

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July 24, 2010


I've been delving into urban fantasy of late and love it. As a genre it would have to be my favourite. Before we left for Borneo I sneaked into Borders and purchased a couple of hundred dollars worth of books and tried hiding them in the bottom of my hybrid trolley but Michael found them (after my luggage weighed in at 30 kgs) and pulled them out. So I repacked them again but this time split them between three cases.

I read the Robin Hobb trilogy which was great but ended on a bit of a grim note IMO.

Latest great read has been Ilona Andrews.. she has kick ass heroines, great mystery and action.

Love it.

July 23, 2010

For something cute

Have been wanting to get Amelia one of these for a while now and they sell pretty quickly so haven't managed to get my hands on one.

They are Nooshka dolls and as cute as pie.

I'm looking for unique items for Amelia's birthday .. a year has gone past so quickly. So far she's asked for a science kit, girls lego and a pool (in the middle of winter!)

and my favourite

We'll have to see.

2 years later!

We are back from Borneo which was as hot as Hades but we had a great time.

It is a lovely place to live and I must post some pics soon of our garden which is growing well.

We ended up building sleepers up against the back fence (reinforced of course so the fence doesn't fall down) to create a layered effect in the backyard. We planted magnolias against the 15 metres of back fence so when they get big it should look beautiful. Most of the plants are living well and we haven't had many losses so I guess digging down and getting rid of most of the crappy soil worked for us after all.

The lawn is looking a bit yellow given its winter and one thing we do regret is laying couch instead of buffalo but you live and learn! Eventually we will pull up some more of the lawn and put in a pond but that is a way off yet.

The deck is a bit of a pain, especially where it gets hit by the elements. Even if we use the good stuff we have to oil it more than every 6 months or it begins to look tired. Some of the Malaysian timber boards are warping a bit so we wish we had gone with an aussie hard timber for the deck.

Neverthless the rest is holding up well. No major leaks or problems with the house now we've had the floors finished again. We don't use a lot of the space upstairs so it is interesting that we built a big house and ended up using 2/3 of it. But it is nice to have!