Have I mentioned the obsessive nature of Son No. 1? Recently he went through an origami obsession. Our house is now filled with paper flowers (some of which he stuck on chopsticks and arranged in a vase) and all sorts of animals. We have a Japanese crane mobile hanging from the kitchen pot rack.
And then it somehow went from the sublime to the ridiculous and he made this.
I left the matchbox in the shot so you can see just how tiny this crane is. It defies imagination.
The matches, incidentally, remind me of a funny anecdote. Here in Australia there is a well-known entrepreneur, adventurer and philanthropist called Dick Smith. He is part of a big campaign to buy things made and owned in Australia. So ... the supermarket shelves here are filled with things like Dick Smith Canola Oil, and Dick Smith Tasty Cheese. And because redhead matches are not made by an Australian-owned company, he has launched a line of matches. Called Dickheads.
I noticed in the first shot that the dish that sits on my sink and holds scourer, sponge and plug, has a 'modbird-like' design on it so thought I'd offer a closer look. I have 3 dishes made by this particular artist - every time we go to Sydney (3 times, in 18 years of togetherness) we visit the famous Paddington Markets and buy a blue chicken dish. (They do fish too, but the chook design is more aesthetically pleasing).