Bits and bobs – The Schnooks Edition

sa-schnooks-4bobs-schnooks-showerbobs-schnooks-shower-1schnooks-sa-outsidebobs-schnooks-iphoneschnooks-compyvscocam57-schnooksschnooks2As usual, this week has been super busy (when has it ever not been?), especially having to sort out loads of things before the big move to Broome in February. Couple that with a full-on work roster, and suddenly it’s just two short weeks until I move. Our favourite housemate Schnooks has had a pretty big week himself. We hereby present a special edition of Bits and bobs – The Schnooks Edition!

1. My little Mr Orange. He loves a good snuggle. And we all love snuggling him!

2 +3. Even the cutest of dudes has to keep clean. I’d heard that cats often turn into little balls of fury when attempting to be bathed, so the very first time we tried this we covered ourselves from head to toe to protect us from any potential scratching. We should’ve known him better. He’s such a cool customer. He clearly doesn’t enjoy his showers, but seems to understand the necessity of it all and sits there, hunched in the corner, making a few sad mews occasionally when the water gets too cold. Then he gets released into the warm sunshine and proceeds to lick himself for hours until he’s satisfied with the result.

4. Sunny days.

5. He can’t stop playing Angry Birds Star Wars. He likes the Chewbacca bird the best.

6. Schnooks is incredibly vain. We had to run this photo by his editorial team to make sure he was happy with the angle of the lighting, the pose, the way his fur colour turned out, etc. So fussy.

7 + 8. Typical artistic nonsense. Such a poser.

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A very merry Christmas indeed!

water-2Summer finally decided to unleash its glorious but scorching self upon us on Christmas Day, and in full force! Christmas for me is a typically relaxed day spent with all the gorgeous people I love. The morning began with our annual ritual of present opening with my immediate family, and I have to say I scored…big time. Jinn was given the task of buying my present on behalf of the entire family and the poor thing was racking his brains so hard – I wasn’t exactly lacking in anything since only recently coming back from that very fruitful holiday in New York I keep mentioning! He’s also very bad at keeping secrets. So I thought I had it all figured out when I saw a shopping bag from one of my favourite stores (Atlas Divine in Leederville!) peeking out from under a chair when I got home one day. But honestly, nothing prepared me for the boom-bap-pow of those shiny gold Super Duper Strength sunglasses from Karen Walker’s latest Fantastique eyewear range that popped out from that unassuming little package with my name on it. All I can say is – Thank. you. I. Love. Them. And. I. LOVE. YOU. ALL. !.

What followed was a food dream filled with beautiful dishes definitely befitting the occasion (Jason served up five meats at his “little” Christmas barbecue, I certainly got my protein load for the next month or so). Thankfully there was time for a quick dip before Jason’s dinner to help get the digestive system going and burn off a few calories, and of course play with my cousin’s underwater camera! She usually uses it to photograph fish/turtles/rays/sharks when she goes scuba diving but we were more than happy to be the wildlife on this occasion. 🙂

There’s nothing quite like days like these that bring everyone together for the sole purpose of enjoying each other’s company and for sharing gifts, stories, hugs and laughs. I cherish every single moment and find that as I get older (wow, I’m not that geriatric!) they mean more and more to me.sarah presents opening-presents sa-sunnies food-2 garlic-bread food-1 tom rach-nat-hats nat-mouthmrs-cjeff gabs jinnwater water-1 water-3 water-4 jason-graeme-bone jasons-food jason-sab-graeme jason-tea

May your days be merry and bright!

merry-christmas-silver-liningHope you all have a lovely, fun-filled Christmas, full of all the things that are dear and precious to you – from amazing gifts under the Christmas tree, eating great food til you burst, and sharing valuable moments with your nearest and dearest.

As this year comes to a close, we’d like to thank everyone for supporting us and reading this blog! It’s been so much fun and you can rest assured that you’ll be hearing a lot more from us in the coming year.

P.S. This will be our last daily post until we return in 2013. 🙂 See you all soon!

Christmas carols + camels!

nanson-st-jinn-camelEvery year the little church in our neighbourhood organises the most awesome street party for us all to enjoy! The promise of real camel rides draws many people, young and old, as well as the good ol’ sausage sizzle and Christmas carol sing-a-long. Our little section of street was completely closed off to traffic and the kids let loose upon the bouncy castles, face painting and very well behaved camels that good-naturedly carted bunches of clamouring children (myself included!) up and down. The experience is not quite like horse-riding – for one, they’re really really tall, and secondly their walking motion is a somewhat disconcerting swaying action! Not quite life-flashing-before-my-eyes material however, especially since one particular camel kept frequently stopping to sample the local foliage.

As the sun was going down, the appreciative and happy crowd gathered to listen and sing along to carols as the church band played. The day’s festivities ended with a resounding rendition of “Feliz Navidad” (I don’t know why but I love that song!) and my family and I settled down to a deliciously Mum-cooked meal of a Burmese chicken noodle dish called moke thee accompanied by my staple carrot salad. (Don’t worry, I got the recipe! And I promise to share it with you all soon!)

Do you have any Christmas traditions? Or any grand plans this year?

P.S. How cute is Nathanael? He’s my nephew and he turns five today! Happy birthday Nattynoonah!nanson-st-sa-benji nanson-jinn-nat nanson-jinn-nat-camel nansonst-camelnansonst-3 nanson-st-kids nanson-st-crowd2 nanson-crowdnansonst-schnooks-kids nansonst-1nansonst-2nanson-st-foodnanson-st-food3nanson-st-nat

Night markets at Illuminites!

illuminites-11Tis the season for street festivals it seems! We decided to ditch the usual fine dining dinner for our anniversary (plus we’d already blown a fair bit of money on some Michelin stars in NYC so we’ve been good to our wallets and gallbladders lately) to check out Illuminites Night Market at the Perth Cultural Centre. There were over 50 stalls – only three of them appeared to be food so I did impatiently have to wait about 45 minutes for some takoyaki (Japanese octopus balls – taste better than they sound). But I was finally let loose amongst the stalls, blood sugar and happy mood restored, and they did not disappoint. I have to say my favourites were The Bunny Shoppe and The White Square. There are a couple of pictures of my swag below – can’t wait to bust them out! Go here to find out more details about Illuminites and the stalls!illuminites-6 illuminites-1 illuminites-2 illuminites-3 illuminites-8illuminites-9illuminites-10illuminites-7illuminites-5illuminites-13illuminites-12illuminites-14 illuminites-loot-2

The swag – 1. neon yellow spike necklace from The Bunny, 2. wee black dinosaur brooch from The White Square, 3. cat ears ring also from The Bunny

Suitable carnival attire!

leederville-saIf you read yesterday’s post you would know that I wasn’t exactly feeling at the top of my fashion A-game over the weekend which meant I was looking for something uber-easy and uber-comfortable to wear (read loose-fitting dress, no constant sucking in of abs [what abs?] required, minimal accessories). So out comes the ever-faithful-never-out-of-fashion denim dress. Another thing to know is when I’m tired I tend to lose part of my brain that tells me that things I want to do are a bad idea (like, “no, you don’t actually want to buy that neon green lace polka dotted scallop edged puffer jacket!) – hence the bow tie! I don’t know about you – but I like it! (Lol…loser… :P) To be honest, I love bow ties and this won’t be the last time you see one on me…(I bought an awesome one for Jinn from the Brooklyn Flea but actually it was one of those covert actually-for-me presents…What? You know you do it too!)leederville-oufit-shoesleederville-outfit 2-2 leederville-outfitters

***What I’m wearing – vintage denim dress (ooh, I think I like this one…Bahaha, sorry Lanvin but not this one), bow tie by Urban Renewal via Urban Outfitters (try this continental style one), black patent loafers by Steve Madden

The antidote to night shifts…a carnival!

leederville-bubblesI’ve been on night shifts this whole weekend (working 10pm to 8:30am) and I don’t know why but I tend to get really sad and moochy when I’m on nights…This weighty, sticky inertia just sets in and I need to muster up huge amounts of effort and enthusiasm to do anything – my hair remains unbrushed (why hello Helena Bonham Carter!), food that requires anything more than a one minute pirouette in the microwave is way too difficult, socialising is totally out of the question (unless you like to see my sad sad face and don’t mind receiving grunts to all your questions), and even my toothbrush feels heavier (don’t worry, I can assure you I somehow do find the will to brush my teeth!). I’m a pitiful sight to behold really.

I knew that the Leederville Carnival was coming up on Saturday but knew that I’d be in my catatonic, PJs-or-scrubs-all-day mode, so I’d pretty much written off going. I woke up in the afternoon around 3pm and proceeded to do my usual energy-conserving shuffle around the house, coffee in hand, when Jinn burst into the house so full of verve and zest for life that it almost hurt my bleary eyes, and demanded that I must take photos of him while planting some daisies (I tell you, this blog has made us even weirder than we were before). After much sighing, grimacing, and declaring that every part of my body was sore in a cephalocaudal order (read head to toe) I dragged my sorry pyjama-clad butt outside and very begrudgingly started taking photos of said daisies.

Bit by bit the warm afternoon sun, the quiet cheery calm of our garden, and the sight of Schnooks lolling about the grass showing off his contorting abilities started to work on me. Heck, even Jinn’s initially annoying enthusiasm started to rub off on me. And then (despite my greatest efforts to cling to my inner Grinch) – I was smiling. The Red Sea parted. Berlin Wall fell. We found life on another planet.

So with that we took ourselves off to the inaugural Leederville Carnival which was held along Oxford St, one of my favourite parts of the world, having spent many an afternoon or evening here enjoying a snag, checking out the new cafe (Foam!), or shopping at my favourite stores (Harry & Gretel, Urban Depot AND Atlas Divine – wallet beware!). Aside from the usual shops, there were stalls run by Bluebird Vintage, Miss Brown Vintage, and foodies plying Mexican food, doughnuts, and Japanese dumplings just to name a few! Go here for a closer look at the festival. I only intended to stay a couple of hours but the stalls upon stalls of vintage goodies and locally made craft wouldn’t let me leave and so we remained until the close of the festival around 8pm. But that’s when it got better…

There’d been a party bus parked in the middle of the carnival, DJ perched atop, that had been pumping out funk/reggae/soul tunes to the happy crowd all day. We were wandering past it when a mob of high-vis clad (read fluoro yellow vests) men started clearing people and pushing around bins to collect rubbish, signalling that the festival was over. Then suddenly, in a massive haha-fooled-you move, brass instruments and drums appeared in their hands from their bins, and even a sexy bass-playing girl spectacularly materialised out of a giant wheelie bin! Spontaneous crazy dancing from the crowd ensued, Santa paid a quick visit and caused the kids to go into a lolly-catching frenzy, and a soul-mama sang some fine tunes closing out a fantastic fun-filled day in the perfect fashion!

And then I went to work. But with a smile rather than a scowl, a swag containing my newly acquired vintage tooled leather handbag, and a belly full of burritos, popcorn and good coffee. 🙂leederville-road leederville-breakdancerleederville-pottery leederville-polaroids leederville-donutsleederville-crowd leederville-audience leederville-chalk-2 leederville-chalk-santa leederville-chalk-1This girl was aMAzing – her dad is an artist who focuses on abstract art and you can see she definitely inherited the talent! She was drawing and colouring with such confidence and what looked like practised ease, I felt I was in the presence of an established artist.leederville-dj leederville-fake garbos-junkadelic leederville-lion dance flame throwerleederville-lights and streamers

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