A Little Late…

Published July 25, 2016 by Robyn

Hey Lovely People,

Hope you are safe and well. I had planned on doing this yesterday, but time has gotten away with me. I haven’t even caught up on reading the blogs I like to follow.

TAFE is chugging away nicely, although taking up quite a bit more time than expected, particularly in the subjects I like, I suppose they’re the ones I’m putting more time and effort into.


I’ve spotted these little guys twice now in this same spot on my way home from the bus stop. I wish they wouldn’t hang so close to the road, but they seem to know what they’re doing. I wonder if they are the same pair that were in the pool a few weeks back?

On the Reenactment front, I’m busy getting my kit ready for the St Ives Medieval Fair which is on in mid-September. I’m really looking forward to it although I have lots of things to make in preparation for it. I’ll be camping there over two nights and am lucky enough to be sharing space in a Viking style tent. Yay!!! Right now I’m working on my linen undertunic which is all handsewn. Soda has decided he loves the feel and smell of linen and loves to “help” lol.


“Let me help you with this.”

Progress is pretty slow due to handsewing, but I’m getting there. I’ll post a progress picture next week.


…he takes his “helping” very seriously.

One of the girls in my group is having a birthday party in a couple of weeks. She is in contact with a Medieval reenactment group who are making available their archery equipment and I’m assuming themselves for the day. It should be lots of fun. I’ve never tried archery before.

And one last update before I go. We’ll be moving in a few weeks! I’ve been staying with my daughter and her partner who are currently housesitting here. We’ve found a place to rent together for about a year while they save to buy a place of their own. It will give me a chance to save too for wherever I move to after that. It’s all quite exciting although I probably won’t be quite so excited when it comes to the nuts and bolts of the actual moving haha. It shouldn’t really be too bad though. I travel pretty light these days,

Well that’s it for now. Talk to you next time.

Love V ❤


Published July 17, 2016 by Robyn

Hello ☺,

That was a busy week. Well, from my perspective anyway.

I started my course on Monday. Travel is a bit tricky. It takes me an hour and a half one way, which is ok as long as I make the train and bus connections. On Friday it took me two and a half hours to get home 😕. I’m still settling in to the whole study/learning thing. It’s been awhile after all but it’s good, I’m especially enjoying the Human Rights class.


This is me at the bus stop on the second morning. I was a little too overwhelmed on the first day to take a photo. I was too busy having second thoughts lol.

Of course one of the first things I did there was join the library there. Apparently not too many people use it these days which is very sad. There was a cart with free books to keep on there. I picked up this gem. I can’t believe they were getting rid of it!


So outside of that, my week has mostly been trying to keep up and catch up. Homework, home stuff, trying to spend enough time with Soda…

Today was fun. It was a reenactment training and crafting afternoon. The weather gods weren’t on our side earlier in the day but by this afternoon the sun was out (mostly) and I had a lovely time crafting and watching fight training in the park.

I feel like this has been a boring post, but it’s as much as my poor brain can manage right now.

As always, I hope everything is well in your world. Talk to you again next week.

Love V ❤



Back To School!

Published July 10, 2016 by Robyn


(Practicing my Swedish there 😀). Hope all is well in your world.

Yes, it’s true. This ol’ gal is going back to school. Tomorrow I am starting the Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC) at TAFE – I think some other countries might call this type of college a Polytechnic. The TPC is aimed at mature students (well that’s definitely me lol) who wish to undertake some tertiary study. Some time ago I started doing Historical Reenactment and this rekindled my interest in History. Particularly Medieval History and within that, the Viking Age. So my plan is to attend University and do a History degree. The good thing about Academia is that it goes on merit rather than age and I’ve lots of plans for what I’ll do with that. I’m really excited and really nervous at the same time. Also just a little daunted by the prospect of having to wake up at 6:00 am and be out the door by 7:00 at the latest. Mornings are not my thing. I’m not a grumpy morning person, just a very vague one 😕.

Crafting is a big part of the Reenactment scene, and one of the crafts I’m learning is Nalbinding (Nålbindning in Swedish -practicing again 😉). I’m trying to finish off a hat I’m making to be able to wear out in the cold mornings. This is where I’m up to:


Nalbinding is the precursor to modern knitting. It is made using a single needle, usually made from bone or wood. I’m just a newbie at this craft so my stitches aren’t the best but it will do the job. The red bag underneath was my first completed nalbinding project. I’ll talk more at length about nalbinding in another post.


This little (big) guy is Soda. Excuse my foot in the photo. He’s been with me for about a year now when his original people moved and couldn’t take care of him. He keeps me sane and whole, considering his needs above my own is very good for me and also helps me make sure I take care of myself (so I can take care of him).

Well I’m going to get back to my nalbinding now. I look forward to catching up on some of your posts.

Have a great rest of your weekend and a great week! Until next time, as always, take care,


V ❤


It’s Been Awhile…

Published July 4, 2016 by Robyn


Back yet again. Let’s try and keep it going this time shall we? I did already write a post tonight but it seems to have disappeared into the ether 😕.

My posts seem to follow the currents of my life. I have so much to tell you about the past few years but that can all wait. I really just wanted to post tonight to say hello, to reconnect.

I’ve just moved in with my daughter and her partner. Still in Sydney, just a different part – a greener, slightly less frantic part of Sydney. I’m making lots of changes in my life. Not easy, but slowly finding my feet again after the dust storm that has been my life over the past few years. I’ll probably skip backwards and forwards in time in my posts as I document and try to make sense of it all.

I have lots of plans which I’m already starting to implement and I’m finally ready to get back on that ol’ horse called life, yee ha!!!

Now if I can manage to add an image (always been a problem for me here)…. I hope this makes you smile.


These little guys were in the pool this morning having a lovely time. As you can see by the leaves and twigs it isn’t being used by us humans right now and there’s not much salt in the water.

Well I will leave it here for now. I wanted to say hello, to reintroduce myself and let you know (and myself as well) that I’m here to stay 😀

Until next time, take care and lots of love,

V x



Published November 26, 2015 by Robyn


I never thought I’d be back here writing. Back in the same room, same boarding house but minus the scary boyfriend. Why I left Sydney for awhile in the first place.

So where am I in my life? Not sure. Still searching – for what? Some sign to show me I am on the right path. Well I guess for that to happen one needs to actually be on the path in the first place, not hiding in the bushes on the side, too scared to come out till the time is right. Well time’s a-wastin’ and I better get myself walking down that road before it’s too late.

Hmmm, maybe a cheerful post next time?


V x

Greetings mes amis!

I have recently been fortunate enough to have had some creative opportunities pretty much fall into my lap. I take this as a sign I am on the right track. Finally. I won’t go into detail yet as from experience I have learned that this is a surefire way to shoot myself in the foot!

What I will say though, is that great opportunities don’t always come cheap. So to this end I have decided to reanimate Paperdoll Cabaret, my Etsy shop (It Lives!). It will be a little different this time than before since my focus has shifted (as far as my need to make stuff goes) from making jewellery to painting. I am currently in the midst of a little flurry of activity designing what I hope will become cool items to put up. I’ll let y’all know when I’m up and running again. I’m going away on Friday for a few days and while this won’t really interrupt the design process, it will definitely cause a bit of a delay in actual production. But hopefully it won’t be too long…. to be honest I can’t afford it to be. I’m not going to miss the boat this time😉

On a different note, we had great fun last Wednesday (our 31st) dressing up and giving out candy to the local trick or treaters. In Australia (being in the Southern Hemisphere), and in the context it’s celebrated here, it is not a serious celebration. That, I believe would be the 2nd May here. However kids these days are really getting into it and it was so much fun to watch their little faces (and not so little, there were quite a few older kids in the mix) light up when I opened the door in my pointy hat with my “pet spider” dangling from my finger. It was though the chocolate bars I handed them were priceless. It was wonderful! And it’s all harmless, healthy fun. However, and there always seems to be a however, there are a lot of people around here who don’t agree and get quite upset about the whole thing. Even some people who work in shops that sell Halloween-related stuff. They can get quite snotty when you buy fake spiders etc. Go figure! I was told by some of the parents who were walking around with their children that they had received a frosty reception and worse from “Halloween Haters”. To all those people I blow a big, fat RASPBERRY! Don’t take it all so seriously! We put a spider on the gate to show that we were “Halloween friendly” and will continue to do something along these lines each year. Viva Halloween Australian style!!!

I am still unable to post any of my own photos here. I think there must be something wrong with my account settings. I can’t believe I am quite this hopeless. Then again…..:) I will contact support through the week and see if they can help me sort this out. I’m not a great photographer but there have been a few photos I would’ve liked to share with you.

Oh yeah. A few days ago I purchased my first piece of jewellery from Shalottlilly. It’s currently away being photographed and it has to travel all the way from Texas so I’m not sure when it will arrive, but I can’t wait! This lady’s work is beautiful. Check out the Shalottlilly Facebook page to see for yourself.

And last, but certainly not least I hope anyone who has been affected by hurricane Sandy is ok now. I really hope you all stayed safe.

Take care.

Until next time


Reflections On My Week

Published October 26, 2012 by Robyn

Still no eloquent words tumbling from my brain. But I’m happy to be doing things I love-choir, painting, radio, music discussion group.

I hope the words come back soon.

Love V❤


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