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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Selling the House

Yesterday we sold Mum and Dad's house at auction. It was a beautiful bright spring day and there were a lot of people interested in viewing the property. The house was finally bought by a middle aged couple on behalf of their 20-something daughter and they seemed to be very happy with their purchase.

Interestingly, the daughter had been to one of the open house days with the original owner who suggested that they have a 'scone date' should she be the successful bidder. So while I am sad that yet another tangible link with Mum and Dad is about be lost I am, as always, comforted by the circular nature of history which will allow the original owner the opportunity of re-living some happy memories while giving the new owner the opportunity to make her own history in the house.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Bella the Witch

Bella the Witch & Henry the Monster

Last Saturday I went 'trick or treating' for the first time ever! We were inspired by a note dropped in our letter box stating that 'seven families' from our street would be participating and that if we would like to join in the fun we should leave our outside light on. The kids were very excited about the idea so we quickly rustled up some costumes and when the night finally came around we ventured out shyly into the street. We went to a few houses before we ran into our American neighbour Brian who gleefully admitted that there were no 'other families' just him and his wish for his kids not to miss out on a lovely American tradition - so now we were two families! At the first house we went to together we picked up little Amelia and her mother and then Eva at a house a little further down. By this stage we were a 'posse' and the kids were really getting the hang of yelling out 'trick or treat' at each house.

It was a lovely warm night but there was thunder and lightning in the background - very atmospheric. After 13 houses we were ready to call it a night and parted ways but I feel quite differently about the street now (and so do the kids) having met so many lovely people. We must do it again next year.


Sunday, November 1, 2009


Originally uploaded to Flickr on December 29, 2008by San Diego Shooter

Welcome to 'Bird With The Golden Seed' my new blog! The name comes from a beautiful drawing Bella did for me which I plan to use as my header once I work out how to do that!Although I have never kept a diary, I often write and edit diary entries in my head and there have been times in recent months when I wish that I had written them down. All the funny little things the kids do, all the reflecting you do on your own life once you pass the mythical 40 mark, just the stuff of life really.

So this blog is for me and for my wonderful friends and family. I flirted with Facebook but quickly realised that Facebook is for people with a social life and blogs are really much better for people who like to write and reflect like me!

More soon