One + Four = Life: happy things

Hello lovelies. How are we all going? I was a bit flat last Sunday. My planned ‘expected and unexpected’ post took on its own unexpected gravity with the events that unfolded in Paris, and my learning of some distressing ‘life has just been turned upside down’ news for a local family. Anyway, I’ve had a couple of days to digest all of that and now I’d like to share some of the nice things from last week.

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Finished my knitting! These two little guys are now with kogo for distribution as part of its Christmas Angel project. This year the goodies are being given to children of women living in women’s refuges. I hope they bring a smile to the faces of two little people.

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Last Tuesday night one of my friends texted me ‘I have two tickets to Stephen Fry for tomorrow night that I can’t use. Would you like them?’ YES, YES, YES PLEASE! I met my man in the city after he’d finished work and we had a quick bite to eat at Teatro overlooking the Yarra before heading up to Hamer Hall. Well, Stephen Fry was excellent. He spoke about his childhood and multiple expulsions from school, serving time in prison, his love for Oscar Wilde and his collaborations with his Cambridge friends. I find it quite remarkable that someone can speak on stage for just under two hours, no notes, no interval and keep an audience completely entertained.

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Friday was movie day. My buddy and I headed off to see The Dressmaker. It was pretty good. It reminded me a bit of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert with its fantastic, glamorous costumes set against the dry and dusty Australian outback, and its collection of quirky characters. Judy Davis was excellent. She had some great lines and her use of voice and facial expression was spot on. Our only quibble was that we thought Liam Hemsworth looked too young to play a contemporary of Kate Winslet’s character. Seemed a bit ridiculous to hear him uttering the line ‘Tilly Dunnage. I haven’t seen her since she was a girl!’ Anyway, Kate was very fortunate to have him cast as her love interest!

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I was out and about on Saturday when I spied this newly opened vintage shop on the main road near home. Did a quick loop around, grabbed a park and popped inside. Had a lovely time looking at the collection of Enid Blyton books, vintage cameras, fuzzy felt and some rather groovy strap on roller skates just like the ones I received from Santa when I was 8 or 9! I may have walked out with a lovely plate and bowl…

So there we have it! The nice things that happened. I hope you have nice things happen to you this week too. Maybe you will see a movie? Or perhaps there’ll be a new shop discovery for you?

If you want to see what others have been up to, head over to Isabel’s blog.

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2 thoughts on “One + Four = Life: happy things

  1. Those bears are so sweet, Carolyn. What a wonderful thing to do. I’m sure they will make some little people extremely happy. And whoo for Stephen Fry! I would love to hear him talk unaided for two hours straight. I think he’s certainly had his fair share of interesting life experiences. That vintage shop looks ADORABLE. Where is it, exactly? Somewhere in Camberwell? Their website doesn’t seem to provide a whole lot of info!

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    1. The shop is in Canterbury Road near the corner of Wattle Valley Rd. An excellent collection of vintage linen, Jacquie. You should definitely make the trip over! Yes, Stephen Fry was so good. he spoke really beautifully about mental illness and his marriage, too.

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