Monday, 26 September 2016

20 more Questions

Favourite smell?
There are way too many things I enjoy to have a single favourite of anything but asked about smells, the first thing I think of is that our front lawn used to be full of freesias, naturalised over many years from a single garden bed. Many of them have been mown down never to return but in the peak of their flowering season our house sat in a cloud of freesia scented air. I always found it miraculous that I could smell freesias without even enclosing them and of course I associated the scent with the first warm breezes of spring. It was magical.


Favourite sport to watch?
I don't regularly watch sport at all. When the Olympics are on I enjoy gymnastics and I can get caught up in the excitement of athletics or swimming. If there is a very close game I have been known to watch the last few overs of a cricket game or keep an eye on the football but I would never voluntarily put the TV on to watch sport.

Who did you last talk to?
I asked Keaghan if he wanted a coffee. The last conversation of interest was when two of the kids described last nights dreams to me. It's uni holidays at the moment, our usual morning conversation would be how many sandwiches do you want and are you going to make your train.

Real hair colour?
Grey.

Do you wear contacts?
No. I wear a pair of +1 glasses I got in Target for reading but otherwise I have good sight

Favourite food?
If it's decent food, I like it.

Scary movies or happy endings?
Happy endings. I'm unsophisticated like that.

Last movie you watched?
Chef was playing on TV last week, I loved it when we watched it as a new release so I watched it again. I still loved it

What colour shirt are you wearing?
Red

Summer or winter?
Winter might win by a very small margin. Mostly I love the changing seasons so my favourite is what we just moved into or what we are about to move into.

Hugs or kisses?
Who doesn't love an amazing kiss?

Favourite sweet food?
All of them.

What book are you currently reading?
My son brought home a book about missional Christianity. I can't remember the name but I flipped through it. It's a very small book but the ideas are solid.

What is on your mouse pad?
Star Wars. Pretty sure it came in a show bag when the kids were still primary schoolers.

What did you last watch on TV?
Louis Theroux talking to Westboro baptist families.

Rolling Stones or Beatles?
I know the Beatles better

Favourite sound?
Anything that means my kids are having fun. I also love the sound of a school playground full of happy, playing littles, I think that sound embodies life.

What is the farthest you have travelled?
The farthest I have been from home was when I stopped in Atlanta en route to Arkansas.

Do you have a special talent?
I'm good at a few things but not exceptional at anything.

Where were you born?
The Royal Women's Hospital, Sydney


















The Royal Womens has moved from this site but as far as I can tell, this is the building I was born in.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

20 Questions

Joey posted his answers to 40 questions and I thought I would borrow the first 20, I couldn't be bothered to type out the whole 40 and copy & paste screws with the formatting. I possibly the untidiest person in the world but I get fanatical about formatting...and emails, I cannot stand inbox clutter..... but I digress.

I haven't done one of these things since my early blogging days way back and they are a bit of fun.


Are you named after anyone? 

My name was inspired by Kylie Tennant, an Australian author.

When was the last time you cried?
Just today. There was a bit of a stuff up with laundry and by the reaction, you would think I had lost a wad of cash.

Do you like your handwriting?
It's ok. I stopped worrying about that when I left girlhood behind.

What is your favourite lunch meat?
Eggs? or sardines

Do you have any kids?
Four. But you knew that.

Do you use sarcasm?
Not often, it's not a good look

If you were another person, would you be friends?
Who knows? Most of us can't stand our own faults. Also, I seem to attract anxious people but I am in no way anxious. On balance, maybe not.

Do you still have tonsils?
No, They were removed to help my hearing. It didn't help and I had grommets a couple of years later.

Would you bungee jump?
No. Heights are so very much not my thing. 

What is your favourite cereal?
Most of them are junk and dont like them. I do eat muesli or porridge and Weet Bix when I want a change. If muesli is a cereal, thats my favourite.

Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
Mostly

Do you think you are strong?
Nah

Whats your favourite ice cream flavour?
Whats on offer? coffee, ginger, rum & raisin, old English toffee, chocolate......

What is the first thing you notice about people?
I have no clue

Red or pink?
Pink

What do you least like about yourself?
Depends what day it is but mostly I think I am likable

What colour pants and shoes are you wearing?
Camo pants in grey and blue. My daughters think they should never see light of day but they are comfy and I like the pattern

What was the last thing you ate?
Bak Kut Teh. It's a Chinese herb soup with pork bones. My husband made it




















What are you listening to right now?
Survivor is on in the background. Apart from household noise I'm not much of a "listening to" person

If you were a crayon, what colour would you be?
Who thinks up questions like that? I guess I'd be something dependable like a mid-blue or a grey

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Birthday at the Zoo

Sydney's zoo, Taronga, turns 100 this year and have a promotion going where anyone can go to the zoo on their birthday for only a dollar. My boy Keaghan turned 20 a few weeks ago and his greatest wish was to go to the zoo. Fortunately it was a day when he doesn't have to attend uni and his sister thought she could squeeze in a few hours before attending her one lecture for the day.

I mentioned a while back that I'm not taking photos these days because I have no way to move photos from camera to computer. And yes, I could fix that but I haven't got around to it and by getting photos from the young ones we get to see their Snap chat incarnations. It's a bonus!

Tree kangaroos


View of the harbour from the Bird Show


One of our favourites. As we left the zoo the sun was getting low in the sky and most zoo visitors had left so there were a number of feral rabbits sharing the giraffes' hay. In the busier part of the day they were hidden away.


A peacock was a decorative addition to the kiosk.


The zoo is a great mix of the new and the old, I have to assume the giraffe shelter is pre-decimal with height markings in feet.


The last time I went to the zoo I was a kindergarten child. I think the building was painted white in those days. The newer paint job in heritage colours is rather beautiful.