Austin Powers lived here

Brunch in Carlton with blog friends old and new. Blogger gossip, blogger jokes and discussing blogging-boredom. Amelia was a very well behaved baby at the table, only threatening to spill a coffee once, squawking twice and mostly entertaining herself with a harmless but ongoing keen intent to chew on a menu. We will have to do that again – it was a lot of fun. Usually the weblog meetups happen at night which makes it near impossible for us to get to but these brunching alternatives are pretty nice. Perhaps we should organise a blog meet / thrift meet one Sunday at the flea markets?
Househunting resulted in more wild goose chases around the suburbs yesterday where we marveled at some of the scarier low-points of 70s home decorating including the house with “built-in” everything… yes, there was plenty of storage but the built-in bedbases, kitchen table and chairs and the room of cupboards were all a bit much… as was the really disgusting electric toothbrush built into the bathroom. All four houses we saw sucked for one or more reasons. I am really tired of walking into houses that have that deep yellow plush-yet-mouldy-looking 70s carpet.

I made some Martha Stewart Food Magazine cookies yesterday which are ok — but nowhere near as good as Princess Meg’s Birthday Cookies which will impress any mother’s group. Tried and true.

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11 Responses

  1. Ur making me hungry!

  2. adorable! best of luck w/ the work and the house…

  3. says:

    Dear Looby, This is my first visit to your website and I feel like I have found a new friend. Back soon!

  4. says:

    i love that illo by the way…all the best with the continued house hunting!

  5. My wife and I are househunting as well (albeit in Tucson, AZ). Here, the newer houses are all styrofoam-covered-by-drywall (too many noxious gasses). The older ones have character, and the ones from the 70-80’s are the worst–low ceilings, small windows, poor overall design. I’m going to start looking for a house with a built-in electric toothbrush! 😉

  6. I’m presuming the built-in electric toothbrush had changable bristles?

  7. says:

    Great old style illustration! Cute, cute, cute! You rule. Good luck on househunting!

  8. Darling illustration, Claire… loose and free spirited and, I’ll say it again, just darling! Sorry to hear that the house hunting is not going so well… persevere! It’s out there!

  9. Oh my! My husband and I are shopping for our first home (Calgary, Alberta), and we can totally relate to the 70’s time-warp. We’ve seen shag carpet on the walls, lots of built-in kitchen furniture, and one house had a washroom done in wall-to-ceiling brown tile, complete with brown fixtures (yucky yucky yucky!), but we’ve never seen anything like a built-in electric toothbrush!!! Wouldn’t that be enough to have the home condemned?

  10. I feel your pain about the 70s decor…I have such a situation. Yeck!
    Still, good luck with your house hunting!!!

  11. says:

    My mothers group liked Princess Megs Cookies so much. One of them said she thought the were those cookies in the blue box (Emporios – from Arnotts). I think that’s a complement since they are really yummy!