Sunday, April 17, 2011

He's a hobbit

I slept in a bit this morning, as one does on a Sunday, especially in school holidays. Eventually I got out of bed, showered and dressed and began yelling at the kids to do the same. I then cooked egg and bacon rolls for the hordes, poured myself a glass of orange juice and set the kettle on to boil.

I finished my food and suggested to Adam that he might like to make the tea saying "I've boiled the kettle..." Only I hadn't. Because someone had unplugged it in order to plug in the sandwich press. And the only person who uses the sandwich press of a morning is Tom when he makes himself the egg version of toad in a hole. Tom, who with every sign of ravenous hunger had just eaten his egg and bacon roll.

"Tom," I called down the hall, "did I just feed you second breakfast?"

"Well," he replied, "I did have first breakfast earlier."

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Ironfest goes Steampunk

I've just received an email asking if I'd be willing to let all my lovely readers know about what's happening with the Lithgow Ironfest this year (though I suspect that those it's relevant for may well already know). We've had some fun times at Ironfest but, sadly, this year Adam, the kids and I won't be able to get there as Adam will be off being a crew member aboard The Endeavour replica the weekend that Ironfest is being held.

For those of you who will be on solid ground and who might happen to find yourself in the vicinity of Lithgow in mid-May here's all the info:

The 12th annual Lithgow District Ironfest 2011,
will be held at the Lithgow Showground
over the weekend of May 14 and 15,
Sat. 10.00am – 6.00pm
Sun. 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Please note that this is a significant change of date for us – because Easter and Anzac day will occur at the same time this year, we have decided to move back into the dark cold winter period of “Steampunk!”

Bring your coats!

For those people new to Ironfest, it is a cool arts festival with a metal edge, featuring art exhibitions, stalls, live music, street performance, historical re-enactments, (including St George’s Day Jousting and a Napoleonic battle re-enactment entitled ‘The Battle of Lithgow’ featuring infantry, cannons and cavalry!), blacksmithing demonstrations, workshops, busking competitions, automotive displays, educational, historical and technological displays and lots more of a particularly ‘steamy’ nature this Ironfest!

Keep tuned to our program page which will start to announce events as they evolve.
Program Information: (At time of posting this page is still "coming soon")
Ticket pricing and purchases:

Participant information:
Contact 02 63 531 638 or Email (preferred): or visit: for online applications (again, page is "coming soon").
There's an Ironfest group on Facebook and this year's festival has its own Facebook event listing so if you're planning on going head on over there sign up for updates and let them know you'll be there!