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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Its raining in Patagonia and my feet are feeling the cold

Today I am working from home. From the cabin and it is pretty cold. It is raining outside and the sound of the rain on the tin roof here in the cabin is quite calming. There is snow on the mountains around Esquel, finally snow! 

It is so cold that I have my ski jacket on and a grey cardigan plus two heaters on in the cabin, and the cabin is small mind you. My feet are cold :(
My phone "weather app" says it is 12 degrees C, but with the rain I feel it is colder! When it rains in Esquel, it snows on the mountains. Out the window I can not see the Nahuel Pan mountain as it is covered with fog and it is probably snowing on there!

I have so much work to do but I decided to do a small little blog entry because I felt like writing about how I feel right here and now.
That is what a blog is for me, a description of how we feel in the moment, ideas on what we want, what our children are doing, so we can look back and remember.
Since becoming a mother I have forgotten a lot of things.
I hope I have not forgotten how to be happy.

I am happy in the now. Why should I not be I am healthy, my family is healthy I am busy and working on something very interesting. Winter is coming, and I have enough food to feed my family. I am now the sole provider for my family. Saying that I have to get paid for this month and still have not gotten paid. It is a bit frustrating and I guess I need to organise my moneys a bit better. 
This month we had about 6 birthday parties to go to, and that means buying presents that are between $50 and $70 pesos.
Luckily I did not have to pay and medicines as we are all quite healthy, touch wood.

June is going to be cold and full of activity.
-Joaquin's birthday
-Organise Joaquin's birthday
-Organising flights
-Organising hotels
-Travelling to La Plata to do work
-Travelling to Buenos Aires
-Perhaps meeting up with my brother and his girlfriend in Buenos   
-Visit my grandfather in Buenos Aires
-Visit my uncles and aunty in Buenos Aires
-Travelling to Australia for the holidays
-Organise my talk to give in Australia
-Organise a catch up with friends in Sydney

June I want to:
-Play more with my kids
-Keep Swimming 2-3 times a week
-Keep Running 2-3 times a week
-Be happy and patient with my family

Saturday, May 25, 2013


"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Joaquin: He was really sad as we were meant to go swimming and the pool was closed being 25th May the anniversary of the Independence of Argentina. So we came home and he cried and cried and wanted to play with a friend. So even though it was 5.30pm I suggested to go to the park. He felt better after some warm cocoa milk and dressed up with winter woolies to go to the park. He is still my little five year old boy but will be 6 in 2 weeks time.

Zalia: Always ready for an adventure outside. Remains of chocolate milk on her face. Lovely wool jumper my mother (Abuela Lily) knitted for her last winter. 

Linking with Che and Fidel Blog

Some things that happened in May 2013 in Patagonia

May is here and nearly over.
I have not really blogged at all in May.
I can try to recreate the days that we had in May 2013 and blog about them.
Maybe I will with some photos.
I feel I need to document my life as I forget things when there is so much going on.
Well not so much but a lot.

This Month:
-It snowed in Esquel.

-It frosted for many mornings and Mr Frost was resilient and hard core, there was still thick ice crystals on the grass until 2pm.

-I began to get fit and now running a bit more regularly and swimming twice a week sometimes 3 times.

-We had a cold, not too bad and it left just as it came.

-I have been working and my computer currently has 1000s of tabs open with publications on marsupial pouch young
-My publication came out a few days ago on fossil bandicoots from Australia. I am first author yeahhh!

-I can see how much Zalia is changing and growing. She is starting to speak so much more. She can count to 15 in english and spanish. She knows her own name how to recognise it when it is spelled out. She loves Preschool. She is going on a growth spurt emotionally, physically and intellectually. She has eaten everything in the last few weeks and feels heavier when I carry her.

-Joaquin will be 6 soon. Where has all the years gone. Why is he growing so fast. He is such a sensitive little boy, a bit lazy but very smart when he wants to be. He is doing very well at school even though he has had to learn a new language. He is a bit lazy when it comes to homework and he hates getting dressed each morning. I want to enjoy these next few weeks when he is still 5 and not growing so fast. I guess that is life and I should enjoy every moment every stage. He is looking forward to his birthday and wants a "Doki party". He is currently obsessed with Doki from Discovery Kids, a puppy who runs the show.

- Speaking of puppies that run the show, I found a little lost abandoned puppy last week outside the children's school. I took her home, Joaquin called her Escapita Morena Blue. What a name. She is brindle and very cute but after a week being at our house we decided we needed to find her owner. I could not find her owner but I found  a man who has another dog and loved her at first sight and wanted to adopt her. I took her to the vet and she has been vaccinated and given anti-parasite tablets. It was not very nice seeing large worms in her poos around the home. I also bathed her. The vet said she was a cross mastiff which obviously scared my mother as she imagined an aggressive dog. But I really do doubt this dog has mastiff and will be aggressive. She may be however Labrador cross with a brindle type of dog.
I am not sure if i did the right thing giving her away. Joaquin misses her so and I cried so much the night I gave her away.
Zalia was very much enamoured with her but held her in a headlock most of the time. She is sitting her now watching me type, on my lap and as she saw the photo she said "puppy, poor puppy"!
One of the reasons we decided at the moment it was not the right time to have a puppy is that we are busy, we are going away for a month and it really seems unfair to had her over to my parents to watch. Also maybe Zalia is too young to have her. The puppy needs to be of good character. We did not know how this one would go or how big she would grow. Though truthfully she was very sweet and patient with the kids and had settled in by the last day we had her. I am a bit sad about the decision to let her go. It was like as if I was giving away a child. I cried.

I have so much to do.
-Finish my presentation for Australia.
-Organise Joaquin's "6th Birthday party"
-Organise so I can spend a few days in Buenos Aires before I travel to Australia.
-Organise the house, I want to add shelves in the kitchen and get them a small table and chairs so they can draw and paint like we had in Howard street. But there is no Ikea here. I need to get it made by a carpenter. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013


"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Joaquin: He was so enamoured with the puppy and I had to go and give her away and try to find her owner. He named her Escapita Morena Blue!

Zalia: It took her a while to get to know the puppy but she was also in love. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Zalia's 3rd Birthday party in Patagonia

Zalia had her third birthday party in Esquel.
We hired a hall "La Jungla" it cost $700 pesos and included:
invitations, the venue, balloons, a kitchen, music, entertainment, piñata and lollies, a jumping castle, all cutlery, plates, and no cleaning.
It was great.
I really appreciated having the party here, there was little work on my behalf.
I did make the cupcakes the night before using the recipe in Donna Hay's Kids Issue. The cupcakes were vanilla and delicious. I covered them in vanilla marzipan in a shape of a heart and added either a star or heart sugar decoration (they cost 75 centavos each).
My parents made the sandwiches de miga. The bought fresh bread $15 for 12, and then ham and cheese!

We made some aussie sausage rolls, bought chips, had plates of fruit (apple and bananas) and soft drink.
I also got her cake made. It was a sweet little cake 2 kilos worth and it cost $160. It had hello Kitty on the front and Zalia's name in cursive.
I made some sweet Hello Kitty lolly bags with lollies, bangles and stickers for the girls and a pirate eyepatch and stickers for the boys!

vanilla cupcakes
(from Donna Hay Kids Issue magazines)
125g unsalted butter, softened
3/4 caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 1/4 self-raising flour, sifted
1/2 cup milk
Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Place the butter, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour and milk and mix until just combined. Spoon into 12 paper patty cases in a muffin tin. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool on wire racks before icing.

Here is Zalia the first one to arrive and already getting into the chips!

The piñata! Zalia was obsessed watching it all the time. The box was filled with hundreds of lollies.

Zalia was the last to leave, balloon in hand and handbag over her arm. She is now 3!