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Hey there! Sorry to have been a stranger the past few months. I’ve been busy with work, wedding and whooping cough! All have been quite unrelenting.

But now our time has arrived – AA and I have a REALLY BIG WEEK —

THURSDAY we’re going to be on this week’s episode of one of my faaaavorite shows Costa’s Garden Odyssey. Check it out, here’s a short preview:

Excuse the closeup of the funny look I gave my housemate – when he said to me, before 10.00am ‘I’m dying for a drink’ – and he wasn’t talking coffee.

I just hope they don’t use any bits of me talking, I was particularly inarticulate that day!

FRIDAY – we’re going to the Old Treasury Building to ‘do the paperwork’ to make us married in the eyes of the law

SUNDAY – we’ll be in Olinda, The Dandenong Ranges to have a ceremony lead by a close friend, to be married in the eyes of our dearest family and friends!

See you on the other side
xo Moo

Happy New Year everybody!

Hoping 2010 is treating you all well. We had a lovely Xmas and NY break, heading back to Adelaide and spending time riding old bicycles around the leafy suburbs, going to the local pool, going on bushwalks and of course catching up with friends and family. Then we headed down the Limestone Coast and stuffed ourselves silly on crayfish, but were too scared to go swimming too far from shore after hearing scary stories of white pointers in the area. We went out for a paddle on my birthday (NYE) in Beachport, the town is so pretty, and the water was so blue – but then I saw something with a fin swim past and I refused to go in past my knees after that.

Anyway, here I am on my very lovely Christmas/ birthday present. How lucky am I?! I’ve never been one for new year’s resolutions, mainly I just don’t think you should have to wait for the start of a calendar year to decide to do something differently. BUT I have decided I want to have more physical activity in my regular days. I feel so much better when I am on holidays, and I am sure it’s because I’m not just sitting at a desk for 7 hours straight! So I’ve decided I have to consciously do something to change that.

So first up (and this is totally nanna, but anyone who knows me knows I’m rock-nanna so it’s hardly a revelation), when we were out Xmas shopping this year I picked myself up a pedometer. I have always heard people say it really worked for motivating them to walk more and you know what? It totally works for me! Instead of thinking “oh I can’t be bothered walking all that way” or wanting to park the car really close to where I’m going, everything’s an opportunity to get more steps on the pedometer to meet the 10,000 steps/ day target! Highly effective psychology, tick!

As a result our dog is getting much longer walks now, an hour a day and he loves it as do we. It’s a really nice way to come back together after a working day, and spend sometime with your partner. I’ll be really sad when daylight savings end.

And secondly, my beautiful bike. I have only ever had mountain bikes in my adult life. I don’t know why. Some old boyfriend must have told me it was the best one to get and I was too dumb to know otherwise. I had no idea what a huge difference there is to riding a mountain bike and a road bike. My mountain bike used to stick to the concrete like it was TAR!

My new bike (who I have named “Harriet”), which is beautifully vintage style, a step through with the cushiest brown leather seat EVER, has road tyres and it glides seamlessly over the road! It makes cycling a JOY! So easy. I can’t believe how smoothe the gears are! I am sounding like someone who knows something about cycling and believe me, I don’t. I have terrible balance and not very confident on the road. But this bike feels GOOD, and stable and I’m working out a route to ride to work so I can try and do so at least once a week.

Plus it’s good to have inspiration for looking stylish on your bike:

Anyway, it’s already a stupidly busy start to the year, but while it’s summer I’m still determined to make time to enjoy it!

Only thing is, I have this little thing called a wedding coming up in 3 months time. Can’t it just organise itself already? All I want to do it plan the honeymoon!

If you live in Melbourne, you may have heard astrologist Stella Woods on RRR or read one of her columns. I’m on her mailing list and she’s generously given her followers $50 gift vouchers to give to friends and family, to go towards either an astrology or tarot face to face reading or phone reading.

The phone readings are a lot cheaper than the face to face ones, so with the voucher you could get a half hour reading for $40. Perhaps you’d like to hear Stella’s take on what 2010 holds for you?

If you’d like one of the vouchers, please drop me a line with your email and postal address.

Let me know by Monday 15th Dec Melbourne time as she is only offering it for a limited time!

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I’ve long heard about the fantastic, colourful community gardens at St Kilda, ‘Veg Out’. They’re having an open day this Sunday so seems the perfect opportunity to check it out!

You can check out more about the gardens here.

[image from flickr]

I must apologise to my stitching sisters out there, I have been letting the team down. I haven’t sewn anything in MONTHS. Don’t think it’s not weighing down on my conscious though. That massive fabric stash I have to guiltily walk by every time I enter the office/ sewing room. To my shame, I still have fabrics I purchased in Paris and Lisbon that I haven’t touch. Terrible!
Anyway, hoping to get back onto the bandwagon. And if ANYONE is going to be able to kick me into action it’s surely got to be the veritable Veronica Darling! The incredible lady is in Melbourne at the moment so we’re going to be able to meet up for the first time, after reading each other’s blogs the past year, and I’m most excited. Lady drinks ahoy!
VD has been steadily working her way towards a goal of MAKING 100 OUTFITS! Amazing huh. AND even more amazing – she’s up 97 outfits now!!!!! Mon dieu!
I particularly love the pieces that she has also blogged on my favourite Sew Retro group blog. There’s been some inspiring activity over on that site recently.
Well now that the temperature is heating up, I’m sure to need some new summer frocks so will have to make the time to fire up the freshly serviced Elna shortly!
In the meanwhile, go check out

[not my cat, one off flickr]

I am such a sad sap in winter. The thing with keeping a blog is you can look back to a year ago and realise the patterns of your behaviour! Oh gawd, I’m so predictable.

Another winter, another season of feeling like it’s too cold to do anything! Is this what they all the ‘winter blues’? It’s like energy levels just PLUMMET. Do any of you have tips to not turn into hibernation mode throughout winter? I feel like I need a winter coach or something! Winter support group, ha!

Still, this year was no where near as bad as last year. In 2008 the high of spending three weeks in the European summer was followed by the the extreme come down of a brutal Melbourne winter. This year whilst in Bali we made the decision we wouldn’t allow that to happen again when we got back.

But still, it’s so cold. I am sure it has to do with the wind here. It’s sooooo dry, you can feel it suck the moisture and life out of everything it passes over!

It’s so hard to get oneself moving which is terrible because it’s precisely what you need to do to survive the season. Instead, my body is so cold and stiff that I’ve started developing some worrying signs of RSI in my wrist and arms because I sit at my computer most of the day. Bah! And I don’t think it’s any coincidence that it’s been nigh on impossible to get a massage with anything less than a few day’s notice, if not a week. Seems everyone else has been just as bad.

Still, like I did last year, as winter comes to a close, I realise how bad I have been, and I am committing myself to come out guns blazing in the new season. To yoga myself out of this rut, garden til my soul’s defrosted and remind myself we’re not put on this earth to sit in front of a computer for 8 hours a day!

And as for the RSI, 30 years old is just much too young to start becoming a cripple. Though I did feel like one the other week. I ached, from my wrist right up through to my elbow. I saw my osteopath and she told me my forearm was so knotted it was like a rock and massaged my forearm, whilst exclaiming in frustration ‘I am going to get the blood flowing in this arm if it kills me!’ Scary. Anyway, I am sure that not doing yoga for months really has not helped this situation at all. Stoopid me.

But in the meantime I am doing everything I can to turn this situation around into something more manageable. A regime of regular osteopathy, remedial massage, acupuncture AND regular breaks whilst at the computer, muscle and nerve stretches my osteo has taught me AND bought a trackball seeing my ergonomic mouse really hasn’t made that much difference coz it still means using my right arm for hours on end. And worst come to worst – as it did a few nights ago, I’m supposed to use an icepack at night (or plunge my arm into ice cold water! avoiding that one at all costs!) if my tendons are swollen. I feel like 30 going on 70.

Saw my acupuncturist today too and I told him where I have been feeling the strain in my wrist and arms. He says what I have is called ‘golfer’s elbow‘ (different from tennis elbow I guess!) or medial epicondilytis.

He had a feel of my arms zapped me in all the knotty spots with the acupuncture laser. In fact it was the most amount of zaps I’ve received in one session, I felt a little woozy afterwards and with all that laser, I wouldn’t be surprised if I start glowing in the dark tonight!

And I found some great yoga exercises on Youtube that I have started doing throughout the day. I love Youtube! You really can find almost anything on there:

YOGATIC channel on youtube:

If we’re going to make the kids of today lug laptops around and make them type more rather than handwrite things, they really ought to start teaching proper ergonomics I say! My boss claims that every woman he knows who can speed type properly has developed some kind of carpal tunnel or RSI type of problem. Whilst those who type very slowly with the 2 finger technique don’t seem to have the same problems! Hm.

It really has made me realise just how little there is you can do without the use of your hands and arms too. So frustrating. Must learn to crochet with toes! There’s probably a video for that on youtube.

In the meantime, if anyone has some tip to help brainwash myself into incorporating physical activity into my daily life without it being such a huge motivational battle, please share!


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