Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hi Ginger, Hi Annie...

Dearest Ginger,

Well, again I find myself rekindling with this space. Every time I write here, I feel sad that I left it so long. I suppose like a good friend, you can go without speaking for a while and when you do see each other again it is still warm and toasty, and it is with these feelings that I once again reconnect with Rhubarb and Ginger.

I've found myself in a 'space' again- a space that makes me want to roll in a room full of home decor magazines, bake cupcakes till midnight in a handmade apron, or be lost in a field with only a camera. A space where I can wake up and see the strand of necklace that I fell asleep putting together the night before, be writing a book on the shore of the Amalfi or sat by a print press making organic tshirts for Milly.

In a home away from home, I am combining my resources. And it is this one resource in particular that I am currently focusing on that becomes the topic of this post.. my new adopted friend, Annie.

Annie (Leibovitz) and Tracey are going to be best of friends. See, I have been spending some time with my new friend, Trevor (It should be mentioned that Trev is a real person). He is a friend that I met through work and we get on great. He has been very kind and letting me spend time with Annie- his Canon EOS 550D. I am a huge fan and am going to make the purchase soon to get my own. So while I can't show you any pics of Annie yet because I am yet to buy her, I can show you some that I took the other week on an excursion to Leeds castle with Trevors own Annie. As a birder, I hope you will appreciate these!

You will also be proud to know that I have been published already. Yes, that's right, my phtography career is exploding before the puchase of my very own camera. On Saturday night I went to a gig of Trevs band and was official photographer. So should you like to buy one of the photos from their website, please pay your royalties direct to me..

Love you,

Rhubarb.. xx

Monday, November 29, 2010

I say, tomatoes?

No, this is not a hacker - it is I!!! Ginger! (I have to be her, because that makes me Ginger Rogers!)

Motivated by your refusal to let the blog die (and rightly so!), I have found the time and, indeed, the inspiration to post something. Actually, I have a few things I want to share with you, though some are projects-in-process, so you can look forward to a couple of 'before-and-afters' in the future.

First though, I want to introduce you to my new friend, Tracey.

Christmas came early for Clan Pryor-Rogers and Santa was generous enough to bring me Tracey (as in Moffatt!), a Canon EOS 1000D. He also brought me an ice-cream maker, Simon an iPad and Milly a dolls house, so it's a very quiet house at the moment, as we all play with our new toys.

Tracey's job will be to help me find the time and motivation to keep you updated with all domestic activities happening on this side of the pond. Though, of course, she will also help reunite us in just under a month's time, when she snaps us in the same frame!

Today, Tracey and I want to share with you my new kitchen garden.

It's early days, but the hanging tomato planters have already yielded a harvest.

The herbs are from top left, coriander, sage, oregano, thyme, rosemary and basil. The coriander didn't last a week, but it was an
ambitious thought to begin with. I'll replace it will something a bit hardier.

Feeling very good about getting something done outside of work!! And the fact it involved power tools made it all the greater!

Glad to hear you got home from Dublin despite the snow. I look forward to your pics. I wish I had some summery shots to contrast them, but the weather here is rubbish and as you can see from this photo from this morning, it looks more like July than November.

I think we chose a good December to come to the UK, as it seems Sydney will offer little more than rain and disappointment for most of summer!

Counting down the days.

All my love,
S. x

Thursday, November 25, 2010

My New Space!

When I typed 'My New Space' into the title, pre-emptive text showed me that I had already had a post called that. In fact, I potentially have 2 posts with that title on this blog, because this indeed is my 3rd 'new' space since we started this blog. And what chapters each have opened.

As you know, I am living in Tooting Broadway, SW179RB to be exact. I'm living with Nell, Sarah and Louie the French bulldog. My room is small but with only a suitcase on arrival, it is all I needed. The benefit of the small room means the rent is cheap and I get the pleasure of living in a gorgeous house, set up similar to the type of place I would set up- comfortable and with homely pleasures.

So you no longer have to imagine what my place looks like, I am attaching some pics of my current space. These pics were taken when I first got here in September- obviously. It is distinctly grey'er now...
My new home in seeley road and my baby bedroom below.

The back yard, a pic taken from a day when we had a Moroccan feast at our house and the bottom one is Louie catching some sunshine in the loungeroom...

Best of all, you will get to see it yourself soon! xxxsj

Monday, November 22, 2010

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3...

What are we like?

I say that for two reasons... because really, what are we like.. 9 months, no posts.

Secondly, cause it is my favourite thing that Londoners say. And as a Londoner now, I hear it a lot.

I am not going to try and fill in the gaps for the last 9 months right now- it is 9.42pm here and I am tiiiired, but this is like my notice of intention. Intent to fill the 9 month gap in, probably with some sort of a photo collage actually- everyone loves a photo collage. And I will update it right up to Saturdays activities- eating at Gordon Ramsay's 'The Narrows' for lunch and getting home 18 hours later.... wishing you were there eating, drinking wine, then dancing the night away with me.

For now though, sleeping to try and recover some of the hours in sleep I lost over the weekend...

Love you, hope Coffs is wonderful. Give your Mum, Dad and of course Miss Milly a kiss for me.


Sunday, February 14, 2010

My new house - BEFORE

Can't wait to get in and make this space mine!!!

Love you like I love gluten-free beer and pavolva!!! xxx

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

My New Space!

Hi Ref!

I am so tired that I fear electrocuting myself by falling asleep and drooling on the keyboard so I won't go into much detail. I just wanted to post some pics of my room now! It is finally starting to get to the stage where I want it to be. With no budget and no possibility of painting it or doing any of those things you can't in rentals- i think it is coming together nicely. I like it. I am finally finding my individual style I think!

Love you to the moon and back


Thursday, October 1, 2009

ba da bee doo da ba dah...

Oh, Ref. So much good music around! And such wonderful variety! And while I realise you don't have the time to listen to it all, I think that by telling you which songs to listen too is going to eliminate the possibility of you having to waste time ilstening to bad music. It is with this in mind that I post this next song, 'Going up the Country' by Kitty Daisy and Lewis. It's great! I haven't listened to their other songs yet but will be sure to let you in on any good ones I hear. An album full of songs like this would be perfect for a poker night or a drunken scrabble night. Probably most appropriate for a movie... Wht scene do you think??? A girl leaving the city to visit her grandmother, looking out the train window, scenery passing quickly by- she is about to embark on a journey unbeknownst to her- she will certainly fall in love and perhaps fall in love with dance. Dirty Dancing meets louisiana..??


Another great track of the dub variety.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JIncRMkr00&feature=channel



Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Oh, Laura.

From beneath the depths of floral embroidery, dusty pink and porcelain nightlights, Laura Ashley has, for the first time ever for me, made me want to hug her and surround myself with all things L.A. When I get a house that has a wall that is in need of the most beautiful wallpaper in the world, I will be getting Laura on speed dial and calling her for 3metres of the blue and gold. And maybe 3 of the pink too....



Friday, September 18, 2009

What don't we want? Surgically implanted hormones! When don't we want them- now!

Ugh, today I had an overwhelming sense of sadness. I was looking through the photos of you and Milly at lunch and of those gorgeous ones of Milly and I missed you so terribly.

This is where I got to before the phone rang and out of all the people in the world, it was you.. calling to speak to a blubbering mess who was overwhelmed with a sense of sadness at missing her best friend. I would love to say that I feel 100% better after speaking to you but quite frankly, I still haven't seen you, have I? You're still not here and I am still not there. I am not giving you a cuddle and having a cup of tea on the lounge with you and cuddling Milly. I am not smelling your delicious cooking, stealing pieces of dark chocolate with you and watching Si patiently provide his fingers to Millys walking exploits, am I. You're not here having lunch with me and talking exitedly about our trip to the Jazz Club tonight. And so it is with this heavy heart and a barrage of eostrogen from the stupid implanon that has been surgically installed in my arm, that is once again leaving me puffy eyed and tear soaked, trying desperately to keep my sobbing to a minimum so i don't awake sleeping beauty lying next to me (a snoring Spencer).

I think the moral to the story here is, as we recognised on the phone, that if this is the worst thing in my life that I need to cry about, well.. while still fully justified, it could be worse. It still makes me sad but I am grateful as well that I will see you soon enough and that the world is still spinning nicely from where I stand (let's not get too philosophical here, sure there are things I would change- famine, disease, etc etc- this is not the time or the stage for that right now but I will endeavour to bring my philanthropist goals and successes to this table at some stage in the future).

This can also be a lesson and a reminder about the need to create and meet our goals ie. seeing each other once every 2 months; pashing Robbie Williams before we drop off this mortal coil; seeing our children playing happily together with a tennis ball and cement wall (sorry- I missed the boat on Milly- she will be the older sister watching the far littler kids do it while having a champers with her aunty SJ- oh my god, we will do that one day! aaarrrggghhh)- I think this leads to the ultimate goal, which is to enjoy EVERY day! There is plenty ahead but in the meantime, lets not waste time thinking about the time that has passed, lets spend it thinking about what we are doing! And enjoying it!

Ok, it is time to stop. Clearly this implanon has injected far more than contraceptive juices into my unassuming arm- it has also infused me with a philosophical, emotional and nonsensical potential path to literary destruction. See, even that doesn't make sense.

I am now going to go and indulge in some completely culturally void activity so that I can stop this silliness.

Love you more than the Jazz Club, and that is a LOT.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I don't like the name of the song or band, so I choose not to reference it here.

Ah, I had to share this song with you too- it's haunting, it's whimsical, it's perky and it's rain and sunshine, all wrapped into one. It's a cosy house with two windows- out of one window, there is sunshine, trees, swings and children. Out of the other there is freshly rained on suburbia, cosy couches with a cup of tea and the want of a rainbow. I love it. I hope you do too.

I love you too.

Find the time to listen to it.