Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Useless Telecommunications Companies

As baby number two is on it's way, it's time to make some changes around the house. The office has moved to the guest room and the office is being converted to the babies room. This meant that we needed a new telephone connection in the guest room and the Internet to be moved from the office to the guest room. We also decided that since the Optus pay TV service was providing some poor quality viewing and having seen the same show repeated for about the fourth time in the last six months we thought that there was some money we could save to go to better uses.
My husband called Optus to have all these changes made and although all these services are provided by Optus, they we going to send three different technicians out to do the work that one technician could do on their own, rather easily. In the end, one guy came out and moved the Internet and connected a new phone line, but didn't have all the parts, so left the job unfinished and has not since returned. Today I have spent the whole day waiting for a technician to collect the set top box for the pay TV. My husband had made an appointment for them to come this morning, but late this afternoon called to see where the technician was and found out that they did not have a booking to come to our house at all today.
Now, my whole day has been wasted and I will probably have to waste next Monday as well waiting for the technician to turn up at the new appointment time. I have half a mind to leave the set top box on the doorstep and go out for the day.
Shame on you Optus for treating your customers in such a way. No wonder customers choose to go to other telecommunications companies. After all this we should change our carrier completely and take all of our business away from Optus.

Monday, 28 April 2008


Once again this ANZAC Day I was unable to attend the dawn service, but it's a little much to expect a one year old to get up at 4am to stand in the cold, wet dawn. However, we had a great day. Aurelia, helped me make ANZAC biscuits, even though the chair, bench, floor and child were covered in oats, flour and sugar. We had great fun and she couldn't wait to eat her 'bickies'.

I would like to share the biscornu I made for the HoE recently. Yes, I know that it's very late, but I didn't get back into my sewing until just over a week ago. This is the first biscornu I have ever made, but I found it really fun and not too difficult to put together.

Design: Biscornu No. 7
Designer: Aurelle (Freebie found here)
Thread: DMC Colour Variations 4130 & gold seed beads in two different sizes
Fabric: 32ct linen - Antique Ivory
Finish: Biscornu

Sandra, I know you wanted to know how Aurelia is going. Well I am glad to say that after 4 months of persistence, Aurelia has moved out of our bed into her own bed and is sleeping through the whole night on most evenings. This is a blessed relief for everyone in our house. She is also saying a lot of words. She will only say one at a time, but she has quite a large vocabulary. She seems to come up with a new word almost every day. At the moment she is obsessed with rockets and the moon and the stars. We bought her a little rocket ship that has some astronauts, including a dog, moon buggy and martian. It's her favorite toy at the moment, she spends her time counting down the launch. Two, two, two.....

Here are a few photos of our day out at the Royal Easter Show. Aurelia had to pat, kiss and cuddle every sheep, goat, chicken etc in the pen. She was so excited, especially when the goats wiggled their tails.

This is a photo taken when we went walnut and chestnut picking. Aurelia became really good at deciding which were the right walnuts to pick up and which were the 'yucky' ones. She also tried to pick up the chestnut still in it's casing, which is really prickly. After that, she just walked along and pointed to the ones Mum and Dad had to pick off the ground for her. Each one had to pass through her hands before being thrown into the bucket. Someone had appointed herself the quality controller of the chestnuts.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Kind, generous bloggers!

A few weeks ago, when I was really feeling very miserable, I received a lovely email from Anne saying that she had been referred to my blog and had noticed that on my wish list was the Lavender & Lace Angel of Spring and would I like to have her copy. As this is the only angel from the seasonal angels that I was missing, I was quite excited and gladly accepted her offer. Well this afternoon in the mail was the beautiful pattern. I would like to say thank you to Anne, you really cheered me up when I needed it the most. You are a very kind and generous blogger and fellow stitcher.
PS. You may all know Anne from her blog Focus on Finishing.