Saturday, 4 July 2015

a heads up


yesterday when I was driving thru town with my mama after having a tasty bite to eat at Topkapis (our fav place for chips, garlic pizza bread and Turkish Lemonade in Edinburgh) we saw a wonderful sight!

the Kelpie maquettes are in Shandwick Place!  oh wow!!!


I immediately parked my car and kindly asked my mama to take some snaps with her phone, which she very obligingly did!
I still don't have an iPhone (yet!), but hopefully I will get my act in gear and get one!

Here is one of the kelpies wearing a church crown :) Nice how it turned out I reckon. You can just see Edinburgh castle in the background.


This is them both together. They are only a few metres high. Impressive!


Just over a year ago I saw an article about the huge ones which live in Falkirk and made it my intention to go visit them. Which I did earlier this year with my papa.
Beautiful art makes my heart beat faster! And in every city I have visited and lived in I have my favourite buildings or statues.
They are truly out of this world - well, nearly! considering that they reach the clouds!


Here's the real ones! Huge eh?

And the first time I saw those wee maquettes was a fair few years ago at Edinburgh airport. I was driving in to pick up my papa, and oh my god! there at the main entrance was these two incredibly beautiful horses! I nearly didn't make it round the round-a-bout, my eyes were transfixed on them, such is their beauty.

So I was delighted for sure yesterday when I saw them again, back in Edinburgh! They had been having a sojourn in Chicago I do believe?

I am sure it won't take long for the horses to be graced by the usual traffic cone, or two. There's nearly a full moon tonight and the town is packed!


Besides, Glasgow set the standard for horses wearing cones and the Duke of Wellington and Copenhagen (which he rode at Waterloo) are always adorned! Bless them :)



It's always a pleasure to drive in to Edinburgh airport because I get to see my favourite fighter plane - the Spitfire!
Spitfires make my heart beat faster! ha ha

This is the Spitfire Memorial of the RAF 603 Squadron and during the war was a RAF base. 

Isn't it just incredible that men, brave men, flew these beautiful machines in WWII. 
That pic above is copyright Simon Johnstone and there is a nice write up about the plane too.

And interesting to know that this Spitfire is being cared by Merlin ERD whose Managing Director also flies them, and the Chief Operating Officer of Edinburgh Airport was a member of the Paras!

Nothing better than putting your heart into what you do and where you work!

Just came across this ace clip on facebook - the Paras doing their stuff




yeah - same old, same old - it makes my heart beat faster!

Follow their link if that made your heart beat fast too, and you think it'd be rewarding to be a Para.

I totally love anything challenging and physical, and Army ofcourse. 
And I live for my training too. Add free weights into the mix, and not to mention tabbing and my heart rate shoots right up, haha. 
My head is in the clouds!  um, that's where the endorphins are ;)

Amongst the skygods :)

Such totally brave men eh? I have so much respect for those soldiers. Past and present.

One of the first war books I ever read was A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan about Operation Market Garden and the Allied airborne operation of NorthWest Europe. I was riveted from first to last page.
All I know is that I feel a huge appreciation for all those who fought for this country during the Second World War. 
The planes may have been cutting edge then, but oh my god, to even think about flying in them, surely takes a fearless person! Let alone those who choose to jump out of them. Fearlessness comes from the heart!



and here's a heads up - some of these wee hares, up there on cloud 9 at the moment, will be going down into my etsy shop sometime 


sometimes things take a while for me to get round to them
but there's no rush



I just take every day as it comes and appreciate all I have. I'm happy to have my feet on the ground and my head in the clouds :)

So happy to know these horses are here! Will be nice if they come to live permanently in Edinburgh. Here's that beautiful one again, this time with a nice looking warrior-style nose-guard! ha ha


thank you xxx

Friday, 12 June 2015

sea stars

I've been super busy with my life that my shop had taken a back seat and it'd been a while since a hare or two had been born
and a story or two had been written


last xmas Papa Hare StarEinviger came into the world.

He was made for a warrior woman who lives on distant shores (my hares live all over the world! lucky them)


and as a nice touch in his photo shoot I laid my tiny Conan the Barbarian sword next to him
since he is for a warrior, and has warrior blood in him

though the sword never went with him, what with it being part of my collection of all things beautiful and exciting!
don't you know? i LOVE Conan!!!?! and that sword is exquisite plus+
*sigh*

er, what's that? you don't have a tiny Conan sword in your collection? goodness!



anyway, after StarEinviger left these shores I got an order for a sea-faring hare

preferably with a sea-themed coat

and so...


the trade winds blew in Mama Hare LoveJersey


and yes, this pretty hare also has the pleasure of living on distant shores!

though she travelled there by wings, not fins
thanks to the excellent services of Royal Mail

she went to her home sans story, one not needed

but StarEinviger has his -



Papa Hare StarEinviger

When StarEinviger was just a small baby he would go off for long treks by himself. The very first time he did this he got lost, and it wasn’t until hours later that he finally found his way back home, albeit rather disheveled, awfully hungry and very tired. 
To the relief of mama. 
Though there was a rather heated scene a few minutes after she had given him a big hug and checked him all over for alrightness Yeah that usual scene mamas usually make when they want to let their naïve offspring know about the dangers of wandering off by themselves for nearly the whole day and all the unfortunate and terrible things that could happen to them. Anyway, he shed a couple of tears and mama wiped them away then grasped him to her fluffy chest and hugged him again, saying it was all okay, and that she was just afraid, but everything is better now.

The second time StarEinviger wandered off on another long trek and got lost again and came back way, way later than the first time, mama was not so pleased to see him. Well she was, but you know how it is, first time relieved, second time angryish. She had been wringing her paws and tutting and peering into the night’s inky darkness looking for him. Instead of a big hug this time he got a not so cordial reception.

Not that he wasn’t too bothered though. He was still young and still learning about the complexities of body language so he merely shrugged his shoulders and scampered straight off to bed, ears pinned flat against his back as mama gave him a small barrage of helpful advice. But he did get a loving kiss on his forehead.

And the third time he wandered off and happened to come back the next morning, completely exhausted, soaked thru and starving, mama merely shook her head, tutted and tutted because she could now see a pattern to his behaviour, and gave him a small kiss on top. Not a single word was uttered, for she knew that they were all in vain.

StarEinviger soon became way better at navigating the countryside and mama got to see more of him in the evenings as he found his way home sooner. Plus he would bring back berries that he came across, and interesting looking plants and herbs for mama to try out and add to the dinner menu. And every now and again he would bring back some unusual surprises like beetles and slugs and small dead insects to adorn the dinner plates. He thought mama could give them a try out because on his treks he had spied on foxes eating the beetles and hedgehogs dining on the stranger textured slugs and blackbirds carefully selecting the insect bodies, so could mama do something nice with them for dinner perhaps? Um, it was just a thought. He cleaned out his knapsack and got it all ready for his next excursion and meanwhile mama prepared dinner. 
The smell from the kitchen was rather divine and yes, infact dead insect bodies crisp up well in the oven and go deliciously with freshly picked wild mountainside herbs. Mmmmm.

StarEinviger was excited to tell mama about his excursion over dinner and soon a lovely cheery pattern was established. He would go off for a few hours or even most of the day and explore some far off part of the countryside, collect interesting things for dinner that evening, have a few exciting experiences, come home happy then tell mama all about it over their tasty-new-things dinner-time. 
Mama was also pleased too and she thoroughly enjoyed his stories, though at times she had a few sharp intakes of breath and her heart stopped a couple times and then there was the occasional falling off her chair in shock and the falling off the chair in laughter, and every single time he told her about his adventures mama always, always, always pretended that he was talking about another baby hare. 
Because there is only so much shocking and scary and hair-raising stuff that a true loving mother can take before she freaks out completely and sees herself sitting at the dinner table completely alone, by herself, with plates covered in meadow herbs only.

StarEinviger is looking forward to resting comfortably on your armchair by the French windows with a view to your garden. Make sure and leave them open a bit thanks as ofcourse, he will be out every day off on his adventures. 
Not that your company is boring or anything it’s just that it’s in his nature. He is completely at one when he’s outside, under the big open sky and the eagles and hawks and um, okay, sorry he didn’t mean to mention the top predators that he encounters. 
But yes, he just loves trekking over the soft heathers and the time-worn grey moss covered granite by the wolves favourite rocks and the bear’s dens, oh eh, sorry again, he didn’t mean to mention them either, just that he sees a lot of them but he’s a really fast runner and an even better hider, so they never do get to him or manage to find him when he’s utterly exhausted and gasping for breath wedged in between 2 huge boulders on the vidder.

Anyway, you are more than welcome to come along with him, you know, accompany him, maybe even help collect some of that interesting stuff for our dinners. Besides he knows that you are a warrior woman and am really a very competent shield bearer by nature, so in any cases of imminent danger he will just scamper between your legs and you can take care of him and fend off the bears and eagles and wolves and extra big foxes and… Oh, that’s all in your past, and you’re trying to get back to nature now? 
C’mon he doesn’t believe that for a second! Once a warrior woman – always a warrior woman so you just go grab that big round thingy over there, that’ll do well as an improvised shield and he will grab the knapsack and, em on second thoughts, grab that sword too off the wall from your um, sword display, you know just in case. 
What, decoration only, yeah he’s heard that one before, ofcourse it’s not! It was obviously made by a company that only hires shield bearers. You know just cause he’s a hare doesn’t mean that he hasn’t got any knowledge or experience – you would be surprised you know, yes, very, very surprised. C’mon now, grab your weapons, let’s go…


...and now to rustle up some more hares 
much love
and thank you 
xxxxx

Friday, 24 April 2015

keeping TABs


I'm so in love with my life!
and my most ardent heartfelt dream came true and I'm a soldier now? a soldier again! and if you stop by my posts on here you also know that I so love my training!
I train free weights and run most days

and was real happy as the other day I did shrugs on 180kg! yup, I sure did! 
I did 2 sets of 4 decent reps, then back to sets and reps of 8, on 160kg. Not too bad eh? I've only ever done sets and reps on 170kg before, and that was a while ago so that was nice. 
And I did 97 push ups in 2 minutes at the gym the other week! Will be 100 soon! 
Not that I've been keeping tabs though ; )
(*wee update, June - got 105 rather decent ones last week)

I've been noticing that the harder I train the stronger I become. 
and now that I've got my kit I've been getting into my tabbing too

TABbing is British Army speak for Tactical Advance to Battle and is what the Aussie soldiers call forced marching - which is marching over rough ground with minimum kit on + rifle
that's a minimum weight of approximately 15kg+
so I have started my tabbing with a minimum of 12kg but since I don't have any scales and I add extra stuff in my pack like my weights belt and training gear and gym toons (Metallica etc - all that extra heavy metal!) I reckon it must add to another few kilos at least?

Here are the boys from 131 Independent Commando Squadron Royal Engineers doing their tabbing



they are pretty fast eh! 
and they make it look rather effortless!
I've got some way still to go in mine! 


the other morning I got my pack and met my papa and his bestie (is that what you call your good best friends now-a-days?) or is it BFF?
and I tabbed 2miles to meet up with them

They both declined the offer of a speedy walk with me and caught the bus to our RV point instead

I made it in a decent time (under 30minutes), not too bad considering - I still have a way to go though!
and then we all went for a nice relaxed 3miler along the coast



Here I am with my papa's bestie Bill.
Yeah I'm giving him a kiss - he said he would treat me to an ice-cream but refused to carry my bag. Manners eh?

I'm so very very happy!
I am following my heart and doing what I love!

and here's one thing I'd love to be doing - (yeah, those 131 boys again)



how exciting! an assault course!
omg! things like that make my heart beat faster : )

the 131 Independent Commando Squadron Royal Engineers are Army soldiers who have earned their green berets. 
The green beret is given to all those who complete the arduous Royal Marine Commando training.
~they are always looking for new eager recruits, stop by their fb page if that clip made your heart beat faster~

and ofcourse the Royal Marines sell my Drive Safe with Baby Hare Rear View Mirror Charms in their shop, and the ones sold in my etsy shop contributes to them as well

it's nice to give
it's what I do best : )


and aren't they just the most adorable tiny backseat drivers ever?

I've just sent a litter of babies down to them



really chuffed that these wee hares are so adored, I so love making them! totally love them all!

and they are all made from old service cams
I like to reuse and recylce


are you a serving soldier, or marine, and got an old set of current issue cams? all tears and holes welcome
just drop me a line and we can do a deal - Free cute hare for you - Free cams for me
(check out the etsy listing for best ways to get in touch with me)


which one will you choose?
I so love making these wee hares!
I so love writing my stories for my hares!
I so love making cute things!
I so love what I do!

so like I was sayin'
I am totally in love with my life!!
totally!!
absolutely!!!
completely!!!!

and I'm so excited to think that I will be taking up boxing too! Boxing is big in the Army.
before I joined the Australian Army I used to box. I loved it! And now I have the opportunity to box again

here's one of my fav boys - 50, doing his boxing thing
so love this song!



I have decided that I am happiest with my head in the clouds

but there you go, that's what comes from living on cloud 9!
I have set up residence there and I ain't coming back
never!


gonna get some postcards or prints with this watercolour/sketch I did ages ago
really love the shape of this hare
really love the subdued colours and texture and simplicity of the sketch



was filling my car up the other week at my favourite petrol station (Sainsburys ofcourse!) and I was delighted to see my favourite thing on the pumps - the Army!!
- adverts for the Army!

it's so cool how proactive the British Army are in their recruiting campaigns
I really love that they are so approachable and friendly
my recruitment was as smooth as a dream 
why ofcourse it was!
and as my Corporal said to me the other day - I recruited myself
hahaha!
um true story like!


and being the creative spark that I am, I had to make myself a name tag for my locker 
neat eh?
I put my name underneath it surrounded by little hearts cause I always follow my heart and do what I love




I'm not the only one with my head in the clouds though
that horse behind me and my darling papa is the the biggest horse sculpture in the world

my papa and I went to see the Kelpies a couple weeks ago



we had been up the road at the Falkirk wheel 
it was a really nice day out and we spent some time laughing our heads off at the kiddies who were paying money to get trapped inside a big huge plastic air bubble and be set free on a tiny lochan by the wheel
omg! I have never laughed so much. It was a really fun fun time!



these horses are beautiful and majestic!
this is my favourite one
- with his head in the clouds ofcourse


it's good to be happy
and good to do things that make you happy
and good to dream!
dreaming about all the things you love and want


when I first moved to Australia I stopped taking maths at school as I used to be in tears every night doing my homework
I just could not grasp the contexts at all
it was like language from the planet Zyborg
seriously, looking at all the number stuffs my brain would go into instant shutdown!
all my high school maths schooling came thru my Physics classes as I loved Physics! I could see the practical application of numbers that way, and that made sense to me

but now, I am pleased to say that I am learning maths! yup! I am taking lessons in all that stuff that used to flummox me
so I am taking it slowly, ofcourse
and feeling my way, as I go step by step

this stuff scribbled all over the place is factorisation
oh wow!  

and that working out below was my mis-reading of the equation given
because I thought it had said 
x.sq + 2x + 7 
but it was really an 8 instead of a 2 
x.sq + 8x + 7


oh well, there you go!

...I think I may have gotten it right? maybe not! hmmm?



alrighty, enuff maths for now!

remember, I follow my heart 
and I've got miles to cover and blood, sweat and tears to spill.....


xxxxx

Monday, 16 March 2015

I AM SOLDIER


I totally love war movies! and I've got a nice wee collection going. Saw this one not that long ago and I really loved it


I am Soldier with Tom Hughes in it. 
Um, he kinda makes the movie so divine. Funny how the lead actors in all the flicks I like just make me melt, ha ha!


and ofcourse it's a love story too! 
How could I watch a movie that's not a love story? 
Or a story I love?

It's about selection for the SAS and they have made a really good flick, especially if your SAS fodder consisted of Lewis Collins from Who Dares Wins and Andy McNab novels

Anyway, I'm not too fussed about all the specifics, I just love seeing soldiers enjoying themselves doing a job they love!

Here's the latest Army recruitment clip - 




pretty cool eh?
I'm always impressed by how the British Forces do their recruiting. The Army, the Marines,  they sure come up with some good footage and perfect compilations - always makes my heart miss a beat!
...but then again - don't take much to get me excited!



and besides, I gotta watch something exciting when I am mustering up baby Army drive safe hares!
these wee buns are off to the Royal Marines Commandos for their shop



I totally love what I do!
It's such a privilege to make things that other people appreciate
I put my whole heart into everything I do



here I am putting my whole heart into it and loving every single minute as a soldier in the Australian Regular Army
(green eyes = soldier, grey eyes = Airforce, blue eyes = Navy :  career choice sorted!)

- happy eh?! 
yeah I was living my dream, always wanted to be a soldier!



...and a few years later I'm proud to say that I am living my dream again!

yeah! true story - British Army now!
#prouuuuuud!!!


no matter what you are doing in life, down here on planet earth, just make sure that whatever it is, it makes you happy

cause life is all about being happy

that's what I've learnt! simple! - just be happy
(took me a while, and in a round-a-bout way, but I got there in the end)

KISS - Army jargon for Keep It Simple Stupid - follow that and you can't go wrong

- sometimes it takes a stray puppy to make you happy!
brilliant pic from Allison Baskerville of Ross Mills with Sharpie, his adopted doggy

next on my dream-come-true list is a rescue pup (will call him Troy) and 2 rescue buns (will call them Ven and Starbright)
and I'm excited about my GTR, my Maserati and my '78 Trans Am!



yeah, so that's LOVE + HAPPY
 = best moments ever




got a new pair of ace shorts the other week (that made me real happy!)
they sorta fell from the sky, up where the skygods live
wore them on my 1.5mile timed run on Saturday and came in at 12 minutes 10 seconds!
yay!
when I was in Australia I did my 5km (3mile..) run in 23 minutes, so 12.10 is no too bad eh?
I reckon a few more sprints sessions and a couple longer runs and my time will come down to under 12 for sure. 
(um, those legs above areny mine, haha, mine ain't seen the sun in god knows how long)

Anyway I'm excited about that! Improving my run time. Always wanting to better myself (just one of those things - a burning desire to improve)

and by the way, I did 63 push ups in 2 minutes the other week! 
(would've been 65 but 2 were 'disallowed' haha)
rather proud of that, but then I checked what special forces do, and it's easily 100 in 2mins, so I wanna get to that for sure!

told one of the boys in the gym, to see if he wanted to match me 1 for 1, but he declined then he said he reckons I could do it in 4 weeks time
...we shall see! (game on!)




anyway, the trade winds are blowing steadily, that slipstream from my run is getting stronger and a new mama is in the making

so - just remember ~ hold onto your dreams ~ even the ones that seem impossible
cause if I've learnt anything else in life apart from being happy, it's that being happy makes miracles happen!

shall I play the shorts one more time?.....

~ ~being happy makes miracles happen~ ~ 


thank you, with all my heart, to everyone who helped me :) 
xxxxxxx love love love love love

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Son of a Gun !


well, Orange Wednesdays are coming to an end, so no more free Wednesday night flicks for me with my ma any more 
(but I've heard that another great movie deal will be coming)

so the countdown is on and I saw my 3rd last movie the other day - I had long awaited it's arrival...



why, ofcourse I did - check out the crush above!!!


Aussie made movie - Son of A Gun

with Ewan McGregor, Ex-Machina and a honey called Brenton Thwaites!




We both thoroughly enjoyed it!
It was fast paced, gritty, fun and ofcourse Australian, and since I'm a true-blue Aussie it was nice to see a bit of home again, even if it was just the gold and dirt from Kalgoorlie...



however, truth be told - the real reason I was riveted to the big screen was because of the spell binding allure of Aussie dish Brenton Thwaites!

omg!! what a handsome boy that one is!? and I must say, the director cast perfectly because he took up alot of screen time. 
Yup, Alot!
Thank Goodness! :)




this is one nice bad boy for sure!
-does a life of crime pay then?




I shall be getting this flick on dvd. Ofcourse. 
*drool*

and it was a touching love story too! 
a tough boy with heart, so that's twice as nice :)




it's always great to see a decent heist movie
the last brilliant one I watched was Ben Affleck's The Town
omg! not seen it yet?! 
well, if you love your movies fast paced and awesome - you gotta see that one for sure! infact it's a double heist flick!
and Ben is all muscled up in it 
*sigh* 





I reckon this lad Brenton will be going big places for sure
son of a gun! such drop dead gorgeous looks and perfect acting
~star material this one~
and his Aussie accent is heart melting, aaah


okay, here's another (loaded) gun....




likin' that song big time!  From a Gun

it's written and sung by my very talented gym mate Jack Rowberry

yup - he trains in the same gym as me and I've spotted for him - made him sweat real hard on the inclines ;) haha
(it's never holiday time when I spot for anyone!)



and as usual my xmas presents the other month were jsut the things I ordered from Santa 

- a huge stack of old Commando comics!  -with a gun-
yeah! 
one happy girl :)


been making my way thru them slowly
love the stories so much! so exciting!
omg! I'm in heaven!



and ofcourse more War stuffs - some not-new books of tanks and soldiers and all that military hardware that makes me drool and sigh and just totally bliss out
plus a book on the discovery of longitude!



last month I made my first baby Army hare with wings!

adorable or what?

yeah - adorable! :)


so here's some soldier boys with guns.....




gotta say that that is THE BEST Royal Marines Commando ad I have ever seen. As in like ever!

they got every single thing right in it
the tempo, the build up, the intensity, the pace, the 'job'
yup, totally excellent!
took me right back...

and em, was only joking about boys with guns - cause 'course you know that soldiers have rifles eh! 
and they are never referred to as guns...
as in like never

so one last time - another pic of Brenton 

this time showing off his big guns :)  lol  



*sigh* 
such a handsome boy!

xxx