Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Hello Stranger!

The first of 52 portraits of them together, this year. 

My little duo. Fin is watching Claud's mouth moves, eager to learn how to sing the a, b,c song. They like to do duets, but Claud is over twinkle twinkle little star and let it go, which are the only songs Fin can sing so she is encouraging him expand his repertoire. It's all singing and dancing here, me included, freshly free from studies and night feeds and relentless gardening (the studies were horticultural). Wahoo!

I have kept up with your blogs, albeit in a read-only capacity over the last year, so I don't feel I've missed a thing not being in this space. However, since I don't keep a diary and never get around to printing photographs I expect I shall rue not recording our days here in the future.
And so here I am again, footloose and fancy free so to speak. I shall get around soon to setting up a new blog as blackbirdshaspspoken.com has been ripped off by the hosting company Google recommended (they want US $300 to give it back. Bastards). Feel free to continue to follow there if you are into cremations and golf clubs.

So how are you?

Happy New Year!

Max x

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Ghost of Kitchens Past : Op-Shop Show-Off; February 11th, 2014

Welcome back to the second-hand-gadget-of-cooking show-off.

Miniature toilet brush in appearance, miniature broomstick in gait; utilitarian, actually cleanable (the little metal cap retracts) and bristle retaining pastry brush, welcome to my humble implement drawer. You take me back little brush, to home-ec. (aka school cooking class). To the Madame Trelawny-like teacher who always gave me an irritating sympathy/doomed looks when she saw me (a once competitive excuse maker, my " I have reoccurring nightmares about drowning and I was too tired to get up this morning Miss" was a big mistake. To the A grade because even though I burned my cake I gave a marvellous (also confabulated) critique as to why. From the best school lunch of the week (a Friday morning class). From the spacious, sunny classroom of messy, tasty fun past, to the current tiny kitchen of messy, tasty fun present (Claud and I just made pies), for all of 20c.

Sunday, February 9, 2014


Fin-The serious business of having fun.

Claud-The long wait over; watching his wings dry.

See you on Tuesday for the Op-Shop Show-Off.

Week six of the 2014 Portrait Project at Practising Simplicity.

Saturday, February 8, 2014


Fin-Beseeching dad with his eyes to 'please push'!

Claud-New term, new shoes.

It's all go here. How is it with you?

Participating in the Portrait Project at Practising Simplicity.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Op-Shop Show_Off; January 28th, 2014

From my before-Christmas-$3-box-of-tricks. A small silver platter. Husband thinks it is silver plate though isn't hallmarked. In service, serving up Her Royal Claudness'es breakfast.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

4/52/14 Portraits Of My Children

Fin-Scrumptious and serious.

Claud-Laughter on legs.

Week 4 of the Portrait project at Practising Simplicity.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Darn It! Op-Shop Show-Off; January 21st, 2014

Haberdashery. Great vintage word, great vintage stuff. Notions, lisle. Also lovely words. Ahh.