Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Curb-side-pick-up...the unofficial recycling program

 (photo sourced from here)
Do you have curb-side-pick-up where you live?  It happens here a couple of times a year when you receive a letter in the mail telling you a magic date which then gives you and everyone living in the designated suburb permission to put everything and anything that once was in your house/garden/shed/attic onto the side of the road.  It is so interesting as you drive around the streets to catch a small glimpse of peoples lives by the type of 'stuff' that gets thrown on the curb.  However, even more interesting/satisfying (and has actually been my entertainment for a few days) is watching all the 'enterprising' recyclers who come and pick up all the 'stuff' before council picks it up.    Ranging from  professionals with trucks to little kids with wagons everything that could be used, sold, broken down for copper and steel has been picked up in the light of day; or for the more self the dead of night.

24hrs is all it took for one of our chairs to was a bit like waiting for the tooth fairy, wondering when it would long it would take from when I put it on the curb.

Lets just hope it doesn't end up on the curb next pick up...

Friday, March 4, 2011

play time

I must admit that sometimes my 'play' time with baby boy isn't as imaginative as I would like.  We get so busy that sometimes I forget that instead of just pulling out some toys I need to actually sit down with him and play, and show him the diffrent ways he can play with his toys so he can then use his imagination to take it further. 

This week I bought the beautiful wooden castle above (and I will be honest and say that good wooden toys aren't cheap), but as soon as we bought it home and put it together I felt relieved that my expense was all worth it.  Baby boy sat down at his table and played with the castle for nearly an hour.  
 To set this off I first explained to him who all the characters were (the witch with the cauldron is called 'the cook' ;0) and showed him how they could be used, how they could go through the little doors and how we could make them talk and play with eachother.  He loved it!  

So now I just need to keep reminding him that playing with his castle is more exciting than watching tv (which is another area where I really need to improve).

I bought the castle from Oxfam which also helps me know it was made using fairtrade practices.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A little bit of nice

I saw this clip when I was watching tv with baby boy yesterday, it made me smile and it made me cry and it made me happy again.  It is just nice, in every sense of the word.
Lately I have realised I have no tollerance for people who aren't nice...none at all!  It is making my working life difficult, but then easy at the same time because I can see things really clearly.  Things in my personal life lately show that we are only here for such a short time, so being unkind is just a plain old waste of time.

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