Pi-ahh-no


Amelia started piano lessons on Wednesday. We hired an old bomb of an electric keyboard for $12 for the term – how can you go wrong with that?? Piano practice went swimmingly until we discovered the Hip-Hop button and then it dissolved into one of those slightly hysterical, over tired, pre-dinner dance parties where we all tried to out do each other with moves we’ve gleaned from Hi-5.

And we have a new plant which arrived in a cardboard box labled “Live Plants” from Diggers. It’s a “True Curry Tree” – which sounds pretty awesome when you read what Kurma has to say about it. I like the bit about all the groaning. Must be good. It’s just a wee little thing at the moment – about a foot tall – but it will grow to two metres and has lovely lush looking (groan inducing) foliage. We planted it outside the back door and fed it organic chook poo and lots of water. Now I hope it manages to avoid those pesky possums and we’ll be having curry for dinner in 2009!

19 Responses to “Pi-ahh-no”

  1. kristina

    Just Thursday I liberated from the freezer an ancient, unmarked packet of what I think were curry leaves once upon a time. Their flavor and aroma were uninspiring, and I might have given up on the whole venture if not for the groans described here….

  2. Amelia

    We bought a $23 keyboard for Grace when she started lessons last year and it’s still going strong. Plus, we have no room for a piano and she can stick this one under her bed when she’s not using it. She’s loving the lessons, I hope Amelia takes to it too!

  3. herhimnbryn

    What a wonderful tree. I shall go seek one now. Thankyou for the info.It’s good to see you back again:)

  4. Tiffany

    I have a curry leaf tree and it is gorgeous. It was a teeny weeny thing but is now about 5ft tall.

  5. ceels

    Friends are growing one of these in a pot on their balcony. It is tall and beautiful and the curries they have made with it are groan-worthy.It seems to really like Melbourne. Every time I see it it is a bit taller and leafier.

    ceels

  6. tamara

    Love Cooking with Kurma! And now I love the true Curry leaf tree. Do you think Diggers will now have a rush on them?*Rushing off to order online now*

    ps: love the accompanying illustrations. Such simple lines, yet so expressive.

  7. Daniel E. Friedman

    A rented keyboard and a new plant. I guess there will be plenty of oxygen in the keyboard room for those long piano practice sessions.

  8. Kirsty

    Black & white with a dash of red – my favourite. These are lovely.We used to get Ricky Martin until I “lent” the keyboard to a friend.

  9. farmgirl

    my little guy started piano lessons a few months ago, and he is going to perform his first recital this june. mary had a little lamb! i grew up in a musical family, and am so happy to be able to share that with my little one. congrats, and i hope she has lots o fun!

  10. Teresa

    Our Indian neighbours have a curry tree, and have told us how Indians are very proud of their curry trees, and that when they have gatherings the men folk always have a look at the host’s tree, and how it’s doing, and compare notes etc. I guess a little like how we can be with our lemon trees. Good luck with it Claire…mmmmmm, curry……

  11. Abby

    Beautiful drawings – as always! I wondered if you did them by hand and scanned them, or did you use a Wacom tablet? I’m thinking about getting one and was curious – if you use one – about a recommendation!Also, belated I know – but welcome back. So good to read your blog again!

  12. amanda

    Oh! Ezra just got a keyboard for his birthday – he’ll be so excited to hear that Amelia is doing the same (and the package arrived – just in time!!! Yay!! He was thrilled). Can’t wait to hear how lessons go (and man, I do wish I could turn that ‘demo’ feature off!!)

  13. R. from New York City

    I too am a huge fan of your art and words.Welcome back 😉

    We went though that phase playing with a electric piano. We eventually purchased a real piano and it was the best investment we made as a family.

    My daughter did not love taking lessons or playing, but my husband started taking classical lessons and he now plays beautifully.

  14. Marianne Wille

    It’s great fun to read your blog again after your break….Heather @dooce wrote a lovely post about you and your Etsy shop today…Congratulations!

  15. Lori

    jack is restarting lessons next week .. he stopped about a year ago when his teacher moved, and i .. never got around to getting him a new teacher. ::is consumed by guilt::last week he sat down at my sister’s piano and banged out a song from memory – ouch! – and now he’s all set to start again! (and i shall willingly withdraw from the mother-of-the-year competition…)

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