Monthly Archives: March 2015

Yes to Dominoes


Woolworths, the Australian supermarket behemoth, has devised myriad ways to get the buy-in from shoppers large and small in the last couple of years. We’ve had three instalments of Aussie Animal cards, complete with collectors’ albums and sound readers, Jamie Oliver’s garden stickers and now, the latest craze, Disney Pixar Dominoes.

The plastic tiles, stamped with Pixar characters, come individually wrapped in purple plastic sachets – one for every $20 spent in store or online. And only 44 to collect. Only. That’s a pretty tidy sum to pay for a deck, especially when you get a repeat domino! But handy for swapsies.P1020900

For Ickle, a lot of the enjoyment comes from opening the wrappers to discover which new dominoes we have received with our shopping. This weekend, there were squeals of delight as each new tile emerged and was proudly displayed to me. Her favourite character to-date: Hamm, the aptly-named piggy bank from Toy Story.P1020907

We don’t play dominoes as such. Ickle loves to carefully lay the tiles from her growing collection on the floor with the identical ones side by side (so maybe no swapsies for the moment, then). And together we build domino walls and knock them down again, or see how many tiles we can pile up in a single column before they topple.P1020916P1020917

Who knew that dominoes could be so versatile and such fun? Someone at Woolies, obviously. What’s next in store for us though: that’s the question.

Why Blog?

Fifty posts and still going strong! Yep, this blog reached a milestone earlier this year. When I sat down to write my first piece back in September 2013, I thought I’d see where it would take me. And I’ve loved every minute of the journey so far.My blog

People blog for all sorts of reasons. My main motivation is to tell a story for family, for friends, for random strangers, who might drop in occasionally. It’s my way of recording little episodes that would otherwise get lost over time; it’s a diary, a photo journal, a scrapbook, even, dare I say it, a round robin (and I never thought I’d write one of those). And it’s proved to be a wonderful way to keep in touch with nearest and dearest, both near and far.

I did set out with a slightly different mindset, I’ll admit. I looked at blogging as a potential money earner but the more I found out, the more I realised that the commercial aspect just didn’t gel with where I was heading. Not that I really had a huge sense of direction at that stage, or do now for that matter.

This blog is spontaneous, written on impulse. One minute, I’m folding the laundry, the next I’m planning a craft activity or a little excursion. My trusty camera comes along to record the event, and the words simply follow on from there. A lot of my earlier posts were composed sitting in a comfy leather chair in Ickle’s room as she drifted off to dreamland. Now, I write during the day, or at night, when both girls are asleep. These are special moments, quiet moments during and after the chaos of the day, when it’s just me piecing together a little story because I can.

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