Sooo many good recipes on the SBS Feast site.
Because his father abused him, and he told me about it in the smallest, smallest voice in the dark at night. And I imagined that tiny, scared boy. I imagined his small, frightened face and sandy hair and tiny hands. And I felt so sad for him. And here he was doing it to me, and women before me, and he didn’t realise. He couldn’t put those two things together. How sad is that? Please, please, let there be a way to go back and find the tiny, scared boy and love him and protect him. I left and came back and left and came back and then left.
The Australian native blue fairy wren, whose proper name is “superb fairy wren”, because obviously.
thegirlwithcrayons said: Hi there! You have a lovely blog! I've only just moved to Sydney and my boyfriend and I are just in the planning stages of our soon to be native/veggie garden. We hope to attract/create habitat for small native birds and are really interested in native bees too! You're garden is beautiful. Do you have any tips?
Hello! Hmmm - I think all the stuff I know, you probably know too?
Native bees like purple and blue flowers - so lavender, borage, eggplant flowers, rosemary flowers etc. If they can’t get purple, they’ll also go for white and yellow. They LOVE basil flowers and tomato flowers. And building a little bee house won’t hurt.
Attracting small native birds like blue fairy wrens (my favourite, because how can they not be? They are literally the most adorable creatures on the planet) can be hard in an urban yard (it looks like you’re in the inner west?) I love them soooo much, I wish I could get them to visit. We get a lot of birds but nearly all are medium sized or larger predatory birds. The thing is they really need a dense, protective sort of scrub area that’s low to the ground, and it can be hard if you’re short on space to create the kind of habitat they like. They’re going to look for a large patch of wild-ish, dense bush where they can hide and be protected from larger birds and predators. And large doesn’t have to mean your whole garden, but they need a few bushes together, in a clump. They live low to the ground, so maybe choose natives that grow to around your height? They also tend not to like “manicured” spaces so let it go a bit wild. That’s generally what they like, but then I’ve seen them living on University of Sydney grounds in these super manicured tennis court hedges, so who knows.
But it looks like you’ve got heaps of good native seedlings and you probably already know all of this. Hurrah for wee little birds and bees!
So much good stuff in the garden at the moment. Early morning broccolini, carrot thinnings, and a climbing tower of sugar snap & snow peas.
A really outstanding article that sums up a lot of current debate on “good” bacteria and antibiotics. A lot of research connects the increasing use of antibiotics to obesity, asthma, coeliac’s disease, allergies, diabetes etc. No one’s arguing that antibiotics weren’t a total game changer for health and life expectancy, but they nuke a lot of the good stuff that we need, and more and more research is finding that the long term effects are pretty devastating.
On my to-do list for spring - build a bee house. It’s for native bees, who are solitary and don’t live in hives. They like hanging out alone in little holes.
Movies I’ve been watching, lately.
source - Common Struggle, http://csau.org
Going to have a giant homemade rocky road ice cream cake for our wedding. Dreams, you guys.
Currently reading a book of antique quilt patterns & stories. The quilt on the right is from Indiana around 1850. Almost all of the quilts in this book are marked with maker as “unknown”, because, you know, the historical devaluing of women’s work/labor/art as “domestic craft”. Imagine the woman who made this quilt. What her life was like, what her heart wanted. Did she find this quilt hard to make? Where did she get the fabric? How did she arrive at her colour choices? How long did it take her to finish this piece? What would it have meant to her, to see people 150 years later, admiring her work in a fine, big, glossy book?
Sunday loaf & the last day of winter. 100% whole wheat with sunflower & pumpkin seeds. Fridge fermentation & a long, slow rise.
Aug. 21 2014
Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, has once again blocked all computers from the U.S. House of Representatives in order to stop malicious edits to popular pages on the site.
According to The Hill, Wikipedia instituted the ban on Wednesday night after users operating from the House IP address made a series of anti-trans edits to the page for Netflix series Orange is the New Black.
Anonymous users operating from the Republican-led House were persistently re-editing the page to slur trans actress Laverne Cox by mis-gendering her mentions on the show’s page. For instance, they changed Cox’s description from “real transgender woman” to “real man pretending to be a woman.”
One user in particular went on an anti-trans editing spree this week, changing entries on multiple pages related to transgenderism until Wikipedia administrators were forced to step in.
“An obvious transphobe is using this IP to edit the article on transphobia,” the Hill quoted one Wikipedia user as saying.
“I have no problem with Congressional staffers editing Wikipedia,” said another user to the anti-trans editor. “I have a problem only with YOU vandalizing Wikipedia.”
The person using the IP address responded — without revealing their identity — that the malicious edits were in fact “official business” endorsed by a member of the House. Their changes, they said, were intended to bring “fairness” to the discussion.
and these are the fucking children that run our country. this is despicable.
"The edits were brought to the attention of Wikipedia administrators by the pro-transparency Twitter account @CongressEdits, which tracks alterations made to Wiki pages by users of computers operating from the House domain.” - take a look through this twitter, so many edits on trans stuff, religion, abortion, gun control etc.
For our wedding invitations, have asked guests to “imagine a dress code below casual”. I was like “imagine you’re hanging out on your couch watching TV. Imagine what you’re wearing. Just wear that.” Which is honestly the wedding invitation I’ve always wanted to receive.
And then he never saw the very funny Fat Lady again, but spent the next three episodes in a courtship with a pleasant, thin woman who could not speak English. So, you know, it’s better to be with a pleasant, thin lady who he basically can’t even talk to (or have talk back) than spend any more time with the very nice, very funny Fat Lady.
If you told me that this past season Louie would overtake Hannibal as the most seriously, troublingly flawed show that we still watched, I’d have been shocked (and assumed that the latter would improve to get us there, rather than nosediving like it did).
seriously. eff this. props to all the comments that are like “she is too hot/funny/awesome for him”.
I just, guys, I feel so lucky. This whole week has just been a giant lovefest. I try not to say things like this because comparatively to most other...
- The only time I have considered posting an underwear selfie on the internet.
I was just standing in front of the mirror in this house down the shore...