Monday, August 31, 2009

A time to share.

This is just one part of "Kid o'clock". Kid o'clock is how I describe the time between leaving work, and giving the kids back to thier mum, to my friend Katie. Kid o'clock includes the pick up from daycare, getting home, making dinner, having baths, getting in our PJs, brushing teeth and the drop off. If you have kids, you'll be able to relate to Kid o'clock. My friend knows that during Kid o'clock, my attention is with them, so I may not always be available to her.

Lola is more than happy to pose for a happy snap!

Sunday morniong at the park. Life's good!

Lola Pearl's first ever trip to the footy.

Perfection! (Boogers and all!)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Do yourself a favour...

Read this,

Trust me on this.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Celebrity Shag...

So, you all know what a celebrity shag is, right?
Well, I have just transferred Celibrity Shag status to a new person.
My first ever official one was Melissa Doyle (yes, I know I'm wierd).
Today I am changing from my clebrity shag of the last couple of years - Sharelle McMahon, to Marieke Hardy.
My celebrity shags obviously aren't biased to looks, rather, these women (in my opinion) have a certain je ne sais quoi...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


"Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over." Gloria Naylor.

Bath time with AJ & Lola Pearl!

Pick me up...

Some of you may know I've been a bit flat lately.
Well, Mum and Dad bought me something that now resides on the wall of my bedroom, and cheers me up every time I look at it...

It's signed "To Simon, Best wishes, Gary Ablett JNR."

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Blood and Beer.

Michael and I. Opera Bar.



The Silver Fox, my cousin Ian, Brother Michael, Me.

A great day with real life blood relatives! And beers.
I wasn't sure about hanging out with my cousin Ian while we were in Sydney. Dad organised it, and I'm not sure if it was out of a sense of duty, or that he really wanted to meet him again after so long. My fears were unfounded. Ian was not at all 'English', which is, we know, often boring and miserable. Maybe that's why he moved from England.
We spent the whole afternoon at the Opera Bar on Circular Quay, with Ian, his wife Olivia and daughters Phoebe and Victoria. They were all lovely. None of it felt awkward or contrived, it was really natural.
Eventually we made it back to the hotel in Kings Cross, carrying the Silver Fox (Dad) most of the way back. He got a second wind and we went to a pub. Schooners were $3 each, a blessed relief after paying $6 all day. We stayed in the pub a couple of hours before Foxy took off home, blind drunk, Michael went wherever he was going, and I wandered around Kings Cross. I got back to the hotel after a while and crashed.
I'm typing this in Sydney airport as I wait for our flight home.
I feel terrible.


"As the Manly ferry cuts its way to Circular Quay"... I did that. I lived an Aussie Crawl song.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

My 'header'.

Hey folks,
It will be hard not to notice the new header to my blog. I don't want you to think I have put it there lightly, without thought. Before that picture it was the famous Robert Doisneau photo of the lovers kissing. The one now is just a reminder... bad things happen in this world, and as uncomfortable as it might make us, it doesn't hurt to remember that.
The world is a beautiful, beautiful place, but don't forget there are scars on its history.

Last month's header.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

This is about my relationship with Katie...

Hide And Seek

Flowering too quickly
A love
Bright like the sun hurting the eyes
And then gone like the autumn leaf
Gold then brown then fallen
Returning to the earth

And a winter that endures
Time and distance
Too long
Ranges vast and wide
Where time merely survives and waits
And waits
For a returning sun

Not like a slow breaking dawn
But a supernova of passion
The sun returns
From child like games
It hides and I seek
The ripe plump fruit the tree yields
Brought to life by a light once lost

Shifting across the boundless skies
A reckless moon covers a sun
Not yet strong enough to endure
A daytime quickly brought to night
Where winter returns too soon
Fruit and flowers and leaves and life
Fall to the sodden dirt
To once more begin a life
Borne from the womb of the mother earth.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Pablo Neruda

I wouldn't have thought this would help, but when I am down about love, reading this helps. There is some really beautiful poetry in this book, and I'm not really into poetry.

Monday, August 3, 2009

New (s)crap!

Okay sports fans, here's my new LO. Featuring the stunning Davies children. Proudly presented by Kaisercraft's Loire Valley paper range. I like this, hope you do too!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Our day (if you care)...

We had a really good day. Anzac, Lola and I went to 'The Big City', AKA Melbourne. We parked near the Shrine and walked into the CBD. I like to get the kids amongst people, crowds. They don't see much of that sort of 'busyness' in G-town.

I had never been to the Shrine. Disgraceful really. I have to go to a dawn service soon.

Notice Lola's shoe missing? I didn't. Realised a couple of blocks later... where could it be? Had to retrace our steps.

And there it was. Way back in Fed Square. What a pain in the bum!

Good advice for life, I think. (A wall in Chinatown).

Saturday, August 1, 2009


By the end of the day Monday I'll have posted my latest Layout. I love it. Can't wait to get a photo taken and show you all.
Watch this space!