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上智大学文学部英文学科卒業。「子どもは海外で育てる」の夢実現のため、長男5歳の時に渡豪。Monash大学大学院(日本語応用言語学”バイリンガリズム”)修了後、永住権取得。現在はオーストラリア人弁護士と再婚し、上は23歳、下は7歳の男の子ママ。French PoodleのGiles(2017年10月永眠)、Cavoodleの茶々・小町と共に、17年を迎えたメルボルンで主婦暮らしを満喫中♬


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"Ok, little boy! Man to man shaking hands, right?" "......."
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"So, you had a bath, huh?" "......"
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"You smell nice, kid." "....Nooooo!"
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"Mama-, I don't want to shake hands but"
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"I just want my ball back."
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"...Ah, what can I say, Giles. You see, that's a ball I was playing with and I just... Ok, I'll shake hands then,"
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A little boy at a little loss

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Cello lesson....

It is so good and I am so grateful that he is so happy and chirpy after a full day at school.
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But the traffic.... A drive of only 7-8 minutes takes well over half an hour.

Getting there, waiting there, taking a lesson there, and coming home. It could be nearly a 2 hours process...

I must come up with a solution to organize the time after school till his bed time. Dear, dear

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I prepared a Marseille soap (75% olive oil soap) yesterday.

Above is when I woke up this morning. A little more to go.
Bottom is a few hours later. Perfect texture to mold.
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To add some colour, I used paprika today.
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It is very much like cooking, indeed
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Molded, secured with tapes and put in the box for over the night. Now I can just let it saponificate by itself.
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....But what happened to this one???
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After a long time, I made this Olive 100% soap a few days ago.
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It does take longer than Marseille but is supposed to be ready to be molded after around 24 hours....
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It is (very slowly) getting creamer. I am hoping that it will firm up over the next few days!

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I had a busy morning.

I attended a Monday assembly at school. Then I quickly went home first and came back to school for the lunch order roster. 8 bags to take to the local cafe today.
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Later in the morning I met up with my friend for a gift shopping
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We selected beautiful 2 aprons as gifts. I had not been to the shop for a while but Mozi is so Mozi!!! Vivid colours and modern designs are so non-Japanese that I think they would make perfect souvenirs from Australia (they are designed and manufactured in Melbourne!)

This is one of the aprons we chose from the new collection, "Black Swan". So elegant and so "kitsch (in a Japanese sense)"!
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The other was in this design but as an apron
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Happily content with our purchase, we went on for lunch in a popular cafe near the store afterwards.

"Green Machine" smoothie - my favorite here
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My friend had a roesti with smoked salmon, avocado and a poached egg (very similar to the one I had for my lunch yesterday!).
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I had my regular, vegie pide. Delicous!
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It had been such a long time since I went shopping with a girl friend last time. Lovely shopping and lovely lunch. I felt very "girly" today (though the topics we talked about were almost nothing but about children...)

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He must have been playing with friends at school as I do not know anything about cricket.
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Yesterday afternoon, he was enjoying playing cricket with his father. He surely knew the rules!
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Chatting away and giggling with his father in English, playing cricket.
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How lovely, and special, to have two languages and two cultures to grow up with.
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Feeling very grateful for the environment he lives in and we live in

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Cookie time!

While my husband was busy working on painting the window frames yesterday, I baked chocolate chip cookies
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Time for a break for my husband with freshly baked cookies
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"Afternoon tea time!"
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He surely enjoyed the cookies
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The window frame project, one more weekend or two to go! Thank you for the hard work!

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Because my son said to me that we haven't had milkshakes for a while, we went out for lunch at a cafe in our neighborhood today
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Kanpai! It's always nice to start a meal with a glass of wine
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I had roasti (my favorite dish here!),
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my son had a bun with cheese, egg and bacon,
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and my husband had simple omelette.
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We enjoyed a smoothie (me) and milkshakes after the meal as a dessert
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Tasting everyone's. "My vanilla milkshake is the best!" Glad to hear that
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I like eating out with my family very much as we can enjoy purely a meal and conversation without worrying about the domestic chores.
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A shufu (house wife) always gets recharged and refreshed after eating out

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A trick to have a pleasant Sunday afterwards - to get done with the piano practice first in the morning after breakfast.
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It is getting so much easier lately as he can practice on his own (though I still have to keep my ears out for him) once he is familiar with a piece. After probably two days or so with a new piece assigned, or a new "task" to attend to, I can be in a different room while he is practicing.

Wherever I am, there is, of course, Komachi-chan
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ChaCha-chan joined us this morning, too :-)
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Indeed, it makes my Sunday so much more relaxed, and less pressured, by having the piano practice done first in the morning!

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From the top, apricot, strawberry and plum. They are all our home made jams
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Simple toasts for a breakfast become very special with these special jams
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"Heavenly time" for my husband on the weekend to have breakfast in bed :-)
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Gooey painting

While breakfast was being prepared (by papa, thank-you!), he was busy painting (his hands...)
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"Breakfast is ready", papa called out.

Time to wash out the goooooey hands
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Just don't touch anything!

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