Monday, 29 September 2014

Eagles - soaring above the rest

There is a house in Footscray which stands out.
It is a rather brash and possibly underneath it all, 
quite an ordinary house.
You cannot ignore it.

It always reminds me of my 
daughter's soccer team 
Boroondara Eagles FC.
BEFC is way over on the other side of town in the leafy suburbs.

The Women's team have been promoted each year 
since starting in the State League.
They are a young team the majority are U21.
In 2014 they made it to the dizzy heights of 
Women's Premier League.
That is one massive step up.

Now normally what happens is that players
take a while to adjust to the faster, more physical game.
They can feel quite over awed at playing against more experienced players
some who have played for their national teams,
or those who are returning from playing 
college soccer in America.

It can be a brutal introduction.
The sport is a brilliant one for girls
but if you are not up to it,
you will be punished.
Sadly many teams go back down 
as quickly as they arrive.
Not our girls!

With some clever recruitment, 
some serious training,
and a lot of heart
Boroondara Eagles FC have just ended the season 
in third place on the Women's Premier League ladder.
Not at all bad for a team whose main aim for the season 
was to be competitive and avoid relegation!

I rather like this mural 
I wonder what our Council would say 
if we painted this on the outside of our clubrooms?

Linking with the following thanks to the fabulous hosts!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Spring Grand Final weekend in Melbourne

Melbourne's Spring has arrived!
Bursting in unannounced. 
Leaving some of us scurrying to the back of the wardrobe 
in search of something half decent to wear.

Melbourne's Spring blossom
 With temperatures in the high 20's Celsius,
our garden bursts into bloom,
demands attention,
and my hayfever sneezes 
echo around.

Hello Spring - nice to see you!
It's a great time of year in Melbourne,
we have the lazy days of summer ahead of us.

Lillies in the garden
We also have a 
few big exams to get through, 
as the next few months
will see the end of High School life for our son
and a university degree completed for daughter number 2.

I say 'we' because as any parent will know, 
it does feel like you are actually sitting the exams.
Unfortunately, unlike the Year 1 project on natural disasters
this is now totally out of your hands,
and worryingly so...

Spring bursts forth - for Pink Saturday
Spring is the time to be seen out and about in Melbourne.
This is the season of the Spring Racing Carnival
and whilst we still technically have a hoof of a racehorse,
let's just say 
I do not need to fret at the moment
 about needing a hat for the races. (sob sob) 

Anyway, you've guessed it 
Melbourne Cup weekend in November
is also exam time.
Yes our race might stop the nation,
but not the International Baccalaureate
 English Literature exam!

So it is not really the time for this Melbourne Mum
to be seen out and about in a gorgeous frock
sipping champagne.

My Melbourne Spring garden
Oh no, I will be at home
making smoothies with added 'Mind' or 'Energy' powder
The whole house wafting 
with my calming aromatherapy oils...

And this is just for me,
I really was hoping to find that inner
Zen Yoga Mum before Spring hit!

I love it when my Japanese Maple comes back to life!
This weekend is Footy Finals weekend,
a huge big deal in Melbourne.

All year you could be forgiven for thinking there
is nothing much else happening in the world 
other than our beloved 
Aussie Rules Football. 

Our Australian Football League is a game
played with an oval ball
on a round pitch
between a whole load of physical men 
(and a growing group of women, 
but not in the Grand Final.)
Our team Hawthorn are playing 
but we only get two tickets... 

I've been abandoned.
I'm Home Alone.
Just me, a huge pile of ironing 
and the Crazy Poodle 'I'm Pet of the Week' you know.
It appears everyone else is having the afternoon off from studies.

Melbourne Cricket Ground - Hawthorn Vs Sydney Swans Grand Final 
Mr Wren times his flight back from a week working in Asia perfectly.
With just enough time to dump the suitcase of washing
 and hand me back my diamond wedding ring.
With slightly less of a ta-ra 
than when he first gave it to me, I might add.

I carelessly lost a diamond last month 
and he had it replaced by the original Hong Kong jeweller.

My fault I suppose
no time to do the full 'I love you' bit, 
there was a match to get to you know...

Got my diamond back!
I do get a gift of some perfume 
from the Duty Free in Singapore
and he takes me out to breakfast to catch up.
His week all corporate entertaining and budget meetings
mine all washing, cooking and the odd dog walk.
Before gathering up daughter No 2 after her soccer training 
and off they rush to watch Tom Jones and Ed Sheeran, 
the pre-match entertainment at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Super Dad! 

MCG - Pre-match excitement September 2014
So it's me, the Crazy Poodle and Olivia Newton John
singing the national anthem on the telly.
Advance Australia Fair!
My plan is to do the ironing during the match
and the gardening during the quarter breaks

By quarter time the Crazy Poodle 
is getting a tad bored of playing
dress-ups in the 2013 Hawks scarves...
and the ironing is still looking at me.
The phone goes.

Crazy Poodle - Top Footy dog!
There are 95,000 people crammed into the 'G
the rest of Melbourne are watching somewhere
and gotta love her, 
I have a friend who is not that interested.
'It's a lovely afternoon, do you fancy a dog walk?'
The Crazy Poodle wags his tail...
'Sure, why not?' I say!

Postscript: You'll be pleased to know that 
Hawthorn win 
back to back Premierships,
and the ironing is yet to be done!

'We're a happy team at Hawthorn,
We're the mighty, fighty Hawks!'

Linking with the following,
thanks to our lovely hosts.

Beverley at Pink Saturday

Denise at Today's Flowers

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Better together...

Phew that was a close call!
It looked at one point that the Vote Yes campaign 
might actually win. 

Better together I say, 
like this lovely family of swans I snapped on my last home visit to 
what it has appeared recently was the 
not-so-United Kingdom.

I am of course referring to the Scottish referendum
where this week 53% of Scots 
rejected independence from the UK.

Swan Family, Burford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Typical me, I am friends with the other 47%...
I do not know a single Scot who voted No,
so that is a tad awkward,
especially as I was leading the 
Down Under twitter #VoteNo #bettertogether campaign.
(Well, maybe I exaggerate, but three tweets is a lot from me.)
So it appears I may be off 
the haggis and Chrissy card lists this December.

Except I wanted them to stay,
They were the ones that wanted to go...
What am I talking about?
Maybe it's me that should be reviewing my Christmas card list? 
Ha Ha! Ermm, moving on...

United Kingdom bones - Harrods, London, United Kingdom
...with a seamless link
courtesy of an United Kingdom bone.
It was a shame that the Scottish referendum result overshadowed 
the big news story of the week in our house!
Bring out the bagpipes for a drumroll on this one please...

The Crazy Poodle has been picked as 
Pet of the Week 
for a Pet Food Company - whoo hoo!
Now bless him, I will save the full story for next week,
and we will of course have a full interview, 
 and a press release, once we have appointed his doggy Agent! 

Crazy Poodle - Melbourne, Australia
I hope he doesn't forget to say in his acceptance speech 
that he wouldn't have got to where he is today 
without the fullback up and support 
of our entire family.
He is definitely in the better together camp
he hates it when one of us is away...

To celebrate we took him to the Mornington Peninsula today.
 The Crazy Poodle loves nothing better 
than to chase flies on the beach.

Sorry can't stop, got flies to catch - Blairgowrie, Mornington Peninsula

The pet food company want to phone me 
before they send the prize, 
I can sense another awkward moment.
I'm sure they will ask
for details of the Crazy Poodle's favourite food?
So I am going to have to come up with something 
better than flies!
Linking with Blue Monday - thanks Sally

Linking with Alphabe Thursday - thanks to Jenny
R is for Referendum!

Linking with Saturday's Critters - thank you Eileen

Monday, 15 September 2014

Gold Coast Escape

Crazy Soccer Mum takes a well earned break...

Crazy Soccer Mum is staring down the barrel pitch
towards the end of the football season. 
I won’t know myself, 
and the washing machine will have to get used to 
spending a lot more time without me. 

This reminded me of my son and daughter!

At the peak of the season 
there is football every day, 
whether it was coaching, training or playing,
 Not me, I hasten to add. 
I’m just the unfit mother 
who’s trying to keep up with the washing 
and work out a vaguely reasonable time for dinner! 
Fuel is very important for performance you know!

Gold Coast September 2014
I think the Crazy Soccer Mum title is a tad unfair, 
it comes from the day when I was chasing sponsorship money 
for our community football team 
and the PA to some local bigwig 
forgot to press mute before she yelled:

‘Shane, we have some crazy soccer Mum on the phone, 
Wanna talk to her’?
‘No!’ he yelled back…

Of course my friends have never let me forget that one.
Thanks Shane!

So here we are, 
nearly at the end of our 2014 football season. 
Our family is involved with nine soccer teams at
 school, university, club and community. 
Club soccer kicked off with Men’s pre-season beach training in January
 and our Football Federation Victoria matches started in March
 for a twenty-two week season.
 Football is our life for ten months a year.

View from our room - boosted from Mandarin Orange Monday
It’s been a great season and a successful one. 
For me a great season is an injury free one 
and we are not yet there as we have 
Women’s Premier League finals 
and the Australian University Games in Sydney to get through, 
before we can claim to be home and dry on that one! 

Let's just say we all needed a holiday.
So we have taken three nights away in the Gold Coast
for some winter sun and much needed rest and recuperation.
Our flight was late on Saturday as you guessed it, 
we had to come after a soccer match!

It has been great to enjoy some fresh sea air
and some adrenalin thrills at DreamWorld.

Now we’re just off for some beach soccer, 
anyone want to play?!

Linking with Blue Monday  and Mandarin Orange Monday
Thank you Sally and Lori!


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Quietly remembering 9/11

In April this year we went to the 
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Liberty Street, New York City.

Thirteen years ago when terrorists took down the Twin Towers
we were newly arrived in Australia.

It didn't matter where you were in the world,
if you watched again and again, 
the sickening image of the plane flying into the World Trade Centre,
it will never leave you.

It felt important to go the 9/11 Memorial.
There are two massive pools within the original footprints of the Twin Towers
with 30 foot waterfalls cascading down the sides.
Today I am quietly remembering...

We remember the nearly three thousand people 
who lost their lives on the day the world was changed

They say we were all New Yorkers that day...

Linking with Alphabe Thursday
Thank you Jenny

Monday, 8 September 2014

Found in Footscray...

I love my fabulous Fridays working in Footscray
Footscray is one of those Melbourne suburbs
which let's just say has proudly enjoyed a colourful past.

There is always something interesting to look at in Footscray.
What about this bright blue house?
Is this a garden full of art
 - trash or treasure? 

Every time I walk by I see something else that captures my attention,
like the blue Australia hat on the top of the wooden post.
I reckon a fair amount of work has gone into this garden 
at one stage or another...
But I do wonder what the neighbours say?!

It does make you wonder how the Postie 
ever finds the post box?!

One thing I always stop to read are the quotes on the side fence:

'The greatest wealth in life is health and wisdom!'

Footscray promotes fabulous street art offering an annual Street Art prize
How about this one, it is a combinations of lots of other walls
that I find out and about on my wanderings!
Do you remember last weeks Footscray Bulldog?
Here he is again in miniature!

Finding Makatron's Street Art is a fun way of exploring Footscray!

Have a great week everyone!

Linking with Blue Monday 

Linking with Monday Murals at Oakland Daily Photos

Linking with Our World Tuesday and Rubbish Tuesday 

Thank you to all the wonderful hosts

My Sunday Photo

It's Australian Father's Day today
Which gets a tad complicated 
As my Dad is on another continent
when it is celebrated in June and...

Our kids have all be on different continents this year.
 At the moment we have two out of the three at home
which as the Meatloaf song says 'aint bad...'

 Even if they were all here, they don't do 
a Father's Day breakfast in bed because... 
 their Dad plays golf at 7am, every Sunday.
Teenagers aren't up early enough for that!

We also can't do a family Sunday lunch or dinner
with one away and all the various soccer commitments

So how about a photo for the men instead?
I found this car in the school car park yesterday!
Happy Australian Father's Day Dad 
Wren xx

Thursday, 4 September 2014

My blog birthday!

To Russia with love... 

Today is my two year Blogoversary!
Little Wandering Wren was born on September 4th 2012
as a good way for family and friends to keep in touch
during an extended trip visiting India and Europe.

Little did I know 
that my blog and blogging would turn into 
one of my favourite things!

I'm a bit reticent to show you my original effort,
but I do see some progress!
First Little Wandering Wren post 4th September 2012
Here is that original photo again
 I would not choose to use it these days...
but thanks to editing and Picmonkey I can at least 
dress it up a little!
Photo edited with Picmonkey, boost, border and blog watermark added
Blogging has given me the opportunity to learn new skills
both on the technical side of blogging
but also to develop my 'voice.'

It has also given me one of the nicest pleasures,
the ability to connect with other bloggers all over the world.
I love the comments that I receive and find the blogging community
to be encouraging and very supportive.

I enjoy reading about others lives
and learning about different parts of the world.

I share my wanderings ...
I have found through participating in some regular memes
that I have a subject (Blue Monday, Saturday Critters etc) , 
and/or a timescale (Our World Tuesday, Wordless Wednesday) to adhere to.

I try to post a couple of times each week.
Sometimes I write more regularly than others
it just depends on what I feel like!

I was surprised at how easy it was to write,
in terms of finding subject matter for my posts
which is based around my everyday life.
The hardest part can be finding the time...

My original photo - walking through leaves in Prague
I was initially excited by the thought that what I wrote 
could be read anywhere in the world,
that was a bit scary too.
But actually I flew under the radar for many months,
my blog was not widely read
and I quietly gained in confidence.

And somewhere along the line 
Russia got involved.
Quite why I have so many people reading LWW in Russia 
is a pleasure and a mystery.

 I love sending my posts off into cyberspace!

I share my Aussie life...
My life in Australia and our love of travel
might have taken me in the direction of being solely a travel blog
but life throws other things my way on my wanderings
and I like not being tied to a certain type of blog. 

I like the element of surprise for my readers and 
whilst I am told I need to find a niche
I want my niche to be "anything I fancy talking about!"

Sometime Aussie life sometimes elsewhere...!
Originally my blog was written on my Ipad and I used 
Iphone photos, both were new to me
and I look back on those early posts with a 
"Oh deary me...'

A year ago I added my Macbook Pro into the mix
yet more technology to learn... 

I enjoy learning the skills of blogging...
I attend One on One lessons with Apple
which help a lot.
I can also train with Apple where ever I am in the world
So far this year I have had lessons in London, New York, Hong Kong 
as well as in my home store Melbourne!

The technical aspect of managing the blog through Blogger
and then learning Google +
was another area that has involved a steep learning curve.

I don't like the choice of having comments as either Google+ or not
But once I had accepted Google+ there was no going back
without removing all my Google+ comments.

So I just had to take a chill pill and relax...
And I have some lovely non Google+ followers 
who I chat with by e-mail which is great.

Zen, yogic Wren is a work in progress!
There is still so much to learn 
and so much that I want to talk about,
that I hope to be blogging for many years to come.

I thank you for coming along for the ride!

Have a great weekend.