Friday, December 29, 2006
These are some of Tony's photos of The Wedding! The first is my two sisters - Seren and Rachel. The next is my beautiful Eowyn sprinkling rose petals for Rachel and Dad to step on,and the last is a very happy Rachel and Victor, with Jim and Annie behind them!!
Sam and Becca left for London this morning. It was wonderful for having Becca and Sam around to feel 'normal' and 'everyday-ish' - their absence leaves an ache in my heart, along with my ache for Bens. Wherever I am, the ache is there, for we are never all together at once, and even should we be, the goodbyes would be lingering just around the corner...
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
The farm was beautiful, and filled with childhood memories. For me, it was moving to be in a place which I've known all my life. This richness and depth of topography is unusual for me, living as I do in a faraway land!
The last picture is a cousins' photo (minus Ben Mc) - I am very thankful for my marvellous cousins and siblings, and for this time with them! And with my parents, and friends.
Becca and I just went for a delightful, refreshing swim in the cool ocean. We both caught lots of waves!! I wish my dear Bens were here. It's hard for the girls being far from him, and for me, and for him. Yet I'm thankful to be here for this chapter in our lives!
And who knows what land our feet will next wend their way to - but with Bens' feet intermingled.
I've just read Elie Wiesel's speech to Clinton & co. on April 12 1999 - he said: "Of course, indifference can be tempting - more than that, seductive. It is so much easier to look away from victims. It is so much easier to avoid such rude interruptions to our work, our dreams, our hopes. It is, after all, awkward, troublesome, to be involved in another person's pain and despair. Yet, for the person who is indifferent, his or her neighbours are of no consequence. And therefore, their lives are meaningless. Their hidden or even visible anguish is of no interest. Indifference reduces the other to abstraction."
May we ne'er be seduced by indifference...
Sunday, December 10, 2006
It's so very wonderful being surrounded by family and friends, celebrating Rachel and Victor's love. They are SO in love! Victor's family from Northern Thailand are here, and absolutely delightful, particularly Ranee, his Mum, who is teaching me the Karen language. Their singing is heavenly, and their faces and smiles radiant. And RACHEL was the most beautiful bride I have ever seen in my life! Victor was SO proud of her, and overjoyed she's now his wife! And having the whole Jones family together, as well as our extended family and lots of old friends is fabulous. And the Pacific Ocean to dive into every day. Yet I miss my dear, lovely, wonderful, amazing Bens. Victor today gave me a beautiful shirt for Bens which his sister had made especially for the wedding, so that Bens could be part of the celebration even though he is such a very long way away...
The picture of Rachel giving Victor a kiss is a Thai kiss - it's a little like an Argentine glide landing kiss, except that you actually put your nose against the person's cheek, and sniff!!
That's my Coco leading the flower-girls up the aisle! I was so very proud! Eowyn was adorable, carefully ensuring each spot of floor was covered with rose petals upon which Rachel's sacred souls could wend their way!
Dad sang a song at the wedding. He has a voice like an opera singer - I had no idea!!
Seren was the most beautiful bridesmaid I have ever seen!!
Sam and Becca are the most relaxed, fun pair to be around!!
Mum looked like a society lady at the horse races, and her organising of The Day was incredible!
Tom is on a 'plane back to his Anita and Eddie in London - now their new baby is allowed to arrive!!!!
I am very proud of all my Jones family and all my Ady family, and I love them all very much.
Tomorrow we're arising at 5am, to drive 13 hours to 'Aberystwyth', our family farm - the girls' first time!!!
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Hello! I'm in Australia!! That's Mount St. Helens just there!! Our bags are lost, which is highly irritating. In Portland, I sprinted across the enormous airport, Eowyn and Coco in the stroller, back-packs and cameras and purses and 'Coco's-own-blanket' bouncing around on my person, huffing and puffing like an aged dragon, seeing gate D10 in the far-off distance, feeling the race to be impossible, giving one last desperate burst of energy and making it onto our flight in the nick of time!! Phew!!!
My bags DIDN'T make that connection...
And I'm here in the sun, with my fam, and we swam in the Pacific today, and walked on the beach, with that lovely squeaky sand between my toes...
We're all awakening at5.30 every morning - I think without Dad's delicious cappucino at lunch time I'd be utterly exhausted by now.
Tomorrow is Rachel's Hen's/Bachelorette party - we're wine tasting - oh yum!!
And Victor and his Karen (Northern Thailand) family are here, and simply marvellous! The smilingest, happiest folk I've ever beheld, to be sure!
I'm missing my beloved Bens, though we've had mulifarous telephone conversations already. He is snuggled by the roaring fire, reading a book, in a house which he's cleaned utterly, and, much to his surprise, in our absence IT STAYS CLEAN!
Friday, December 01, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
red wine (generous splosh)
lemon juice (dash)
fresh ground tellicherry pepper
fresh ground sea salt
mix and pack it in!
yum! our thanksgiving was most festive, thanks to my stuffing! (OK, i'm taking just a LITTLE too much credit...)
Eowyn JUST fitted into her winter party dress for Thanksgiving today! As we're going to Australia in nine sleeps time, this could be the last time she ever wears it! Coco's still has lots of party-time left in it! They LOVE dressing up. Our dress-up box is rather exotic, with items from all around the world.
I'm listening to U2, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - one of my favourite albums - It's on Miracle Drug - one of my very favourite songs. I've been feeling a disparity between my ideals around social justice, and my actions. Sure, we're into World Vision child sponsorship, and volunteering at a homeless youth drop in centre, but these things seem SO token - I'll sit here basking in luxury and unjustly cosy surroundings, while you suffer and die in the Third World, and I'll send my token monthly cheque to appease my guilt, and think of you no further. I feel angry with myself regarding this disparity. Bens and I both have a sense of calling into social justice work of some sort.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
so what am i thankful for?
this year, i am particularly thankful for opportunities to travel, which i love, and connect with people (YOU!), striking nature, etc. - our roadtrip around the states, australia in ten sleeps, and australia at the start of this year are all big THANK YOUs!
i'm ever so thankful for my bens, my eowyn and my coco. and that we all get to spend lots of time together.
i'm thankful for laughter.
i'm thankful for my body and its strength and beauty
i'm thankful for my friend susan, who is caring for eowyn and coco overnight this weekend for our SIXTH wedding anniversary! (happy birthday Mum!)
i'm thankful for books, for brian mclaren, whom i'm reading now, for new paradigms and freedom of thought
i'm thankful for the grace and acceptance and love of god. ((i never know whether to put god or jesus, as i was brought up with an emphasis on mentioning jesus whenever one can, and now i've deconstructed that i tend to say god, but don't want my deconstructing to be devaluing or even dismissing an important friendship, namely mine with jesus, for which i am thankful!!))
ahhh, back on track! i'm thankful that i get to see my whole family of origin in two weeks time! seren, sam, becca, rachel, victor, tom, mum, dad
i'm thankful for stephen
i'm thankful for all the newer people in mylittle family - anita, eddie, bump, becca and now victor
i'm thankful for rachel and victor's wedding, and all the people from different parts of my life i'll get to see (i feel a little worried, because there'll be SO many people i want to connect with, and i still haven't got any where near perfecting the social skill of conversation termination. in fact, i either am so caught up in the conversation i'm in i forget about all the other people i want to talk to as well, or i'm so self conscious about the fact that i want to terminate the conversation but can't think of how to, politely, that i stay in the conversation much too long)
HAVE YOU GOT ANY TIPS ON CONVERSATION TERMINATION? THEY COULD COME IN VERY HANDY!!!
Monday, November 20, 2006
Seattle is gray, gloomy and dull today, so I wanted to brighten my blog with some colour! ... sentence interrupted by eager children running out of their room laughing when i put them to bed an hour ago...is this the common plight of parents, or just us? are other children, as i sometimes suppose, acquiescently and obediently lying peacefully in their beds, whilst mine run riot? They are being cats now. (actually, they're not - i just pasted this from an hour-old email, to convey the bedtime battle ... but needn't have - Eowyn's calling 'MAMA! Coco wants you! Coco needs you! Coco's crying!' Coco is doing her fake baby cry ... They really do have a delightful relationship, but ... they exhaust me ... or I am exhausted by them! What is your favourite colour on this spectrum wheel? Mine are the carker orange and the lighter green, because they're such jolly colours. Hope my little pic brings some brightness into your e-day!
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
This pic is of Coco, during our weekend excursion (back when we had a car!) to REI to buy warm socks.
I am so chuffed, Round Table Women, that you enjoyed the pavlova so very much!! In my family growing up, pavlova was a regular treat. My Mum gave me the recipe when Bens and I got married!
3 egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla (I use kahlua in its stead when I'm out of vanilla)
1 teaspoon vinegar
Beat 3 egg whites until stiff. Add sugar, beat for 3 minutes. Add vanilla and vinegar. Beat to mix in. Shape into a mound onto silver foil paper, and bake in a very slow oven (250*F) for one hour.
When its cool, pour on lashings of whipped cream, or lemon cream (recipe below!) garnish that with sliced fruit (kiwi fruit and passion fruit both work really nicely!) or (as I did today!) grated dark chocolate (OH YUM!)
3 heaped tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup water
juice of a large lemon
half the rind, grated
2 eggs, separated
1 1/2 teaspoons gelatin
300 mls cream
Whisk egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy. Sprinkle gelatine over water and dissolve by heating for 30 seconds in the microwave and stirring well. Add lemon juice, rind, gelatine and water to egg mixture. Whip egg whites and add. Whip cream and fold into the mixture.
Pavlova is unique to Australia, so by eating it, you are celebrating the diversity and unity of the world!!!!!! Enjoy!!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
The Ady family's form of transport for the next chapter of our lives shall be our bikes, and bike chariot, which the girls ride in, snug and dry! Seattle is hilly (and rainy), so we shall be fit (and wet!!) Her public transport system is nothing like that of Sydney, or London, or New York City, but there are buses handy, and the girls LOVE riding the bus!!!! It's often a bigger treat than the supposedly exciting destination!!!