{WW} Black Tie Winter Party

by Annaleis Topham (Teapots and Tractors) on July 29, 2014 · 11 comments

in Celebrate, Organise, Share, Teapots and Tractors

On Friday night a local Agricultural group held their annual Black Tie Dinner. As always it takes a team of volunteers to pull together to make it happen. Especially since it is held in a Shearing Shed. It had to be cleaned, made safe for the heels and tables set up for 87 people. I was in charge of the tables and set them up on Friday afternoon. Luckily a local Wildflower farm made some gorgeous table centres (which I was lucky enough to bring one home of). Wish bush placed around the outside and lots of happy people it was a great night out. Which in itself is very important in rural communities.

From this

Winter Party 3

to this

winter party 1

to this

Winter party 2

May have been distracted by all that wine to take any more photos.

When was the last time you attended a party in a shed or a black tie dinner?


Your Best Year Yet

by Annaleis Topham (Teapots and Tractors) on July 29, 2014 · 16 comments

in Learn, Share, Teapots and Tractors

{Book review}

We are already over half way through 2014 (I know can you believe it!) 2013 was personally quite challenging for me. The first half of 2014 has seen me clawing my way back but still struggling at times. So when Kelly Exeter offered a chance to read and review her book, “Your Best Year Yet” I raised my hand very high. I enjoy Kelly’s writing and find many of her messages and ideas in her blog posts very relevant to me personally. I thought I was ready for some guidance.

your best year yet

Your Best Year Yet is a short 7 simple ways to help you take charge of your life by shifting your thinking. I grabbed a cup of tea and took the book to bed the night after I received it. I took about an hour to read and take notes. It is a compact read and gets straight to the point. I loved that!

I came away thinking about the way I treat others, how I treat myself and loving the term “wobbly courage”. However it has taken me a couple of weeks to return to the text and start to make a plan for some little changes to help with the way I view myself and my goals. I had a lot to think about and consider once I had read the book from cover to end.

There are 7 simple steps but I am going to focus on Chapter 4 – Approaching bad habits in a different way. Page 29 is where Kelly talks about making new habits that are better for us than trying to break a bad habit. I am already doing this with my exercise and I want it to follow on with the way I eat. My relationship with food needs some work. I have a plan to update and change my workspace so that it is more functional and less distracting. (Not piled high with everyone else’s ‘stuff’.) There are some other personal areas I plan on making some new habits to replace some old ones.

I have set myself a reminder to revisit the book in a month as I want to think more about facing my fears. Baby steps work for me and focusing on one area is achievable. I believe there are so many thoughts in the compact book that would touch your life as it has mine.

You can purchase Your Best Year Yet by Kelly Exeter on Kindle or Paperback from Amazon. I honestly think it would be one of the best short reads if you are looking to have your best year yet.

Thank you to Kelly for sending the paperback copy of the book. Much easier to write notes in the margins. I hope that if you get a chance to read it you feel the bubbles of motivation and change that are starting to course through my ideas and thoughts.

Do you have any new habits you’d like to make happen in your life?

Disclosure – Kelly sent a copy of her book after I seriously put my hand up to read it. I was so disappointed when I thought I had missed out. As always the review is my own opinion and I recommend reading it if you get the chance.


Happy 7th Birthday Hayden

by Annaleis Topham (Teapots and Tractors) on July 24, 2014 · 2 comments

in Celebrate, Family, Share, Teapots and Tractors

Today my son turns 7 years old. Hayden has taught me more than I could have ever imagined. He is a bubbly, happy boy who loves his family and cousins more than anything. He is cheeky and loves to tell jokes – especially bad Knock Knock Jokes. He helps me to see things from angles I would never have. He cares about his sisters and manages to survive them looking (bossing) after him.

Hayden Aged 7 years

He never lets you leave without a hug or ten even still at school. He likes chocolate cake but loves Lemon cake. He has an obsession with biscuits which has evolved from shortbread creams to Delta Creams to his current favourite Nice biscuits. He LOVES salmon patties and asks for them for tea every other night.

He asks a million questions to make sure he knows how something works or he doesn’t understand. He can use the iPad better than we can and can lost in a Minecraft or Clash of Clans game.

He loves playing football and kicking goals. He loves the Fremantle Dockers.

I just think he is my special wonderful boy who I wouldn’t change for anything. He makes my day is so many ways.

Happy 7th Birthday gorgeous boy and I can’t wait to spend so many more celebrating with you.


{WW} Ice Skating in the City

by Annaleis Topham (Teapots and Tractors) on July 22, 2014 · 16 comments

in Explore, Family, Move, Share, Teapots and Tractors

Last week we went Ice Skating in the City and to see the 13 Storey TreeHouse Play at the State Theatre. It was a special day out for the kids. We started our day at a cafe for breakfast, then headed into the city and Hayden and Mikala had their first try at Ice Skating. honestly I haven’t improved at all over the years. But they had so much fun and want to do it all again.

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We then went to the play which was perfect for them. If you can share the books of the 13 or 26 or 39 Storey Treehouse books by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton with your children. Great books. The play was fantastic as well.

Mikala said it was her most favourite day ever!

Can you Ice Skate? What are the secrets?


People Watching – For Sale

by Annaleis Topham (Teapots and Tractors) on July 22, 2014 · 18 comments

in Share, Teapots and Tractors

for sale

I’m a member of a couple of local Buy and Sell pages. You know the ones where you can pick up other people’s junk stuff and make it your own, all in your own backyard (or town).

The only things I have bought have been chooks because who doesn’t like a local breeder. I have sold an old cabinet or rather I gave it away for free. Generally I just give to my family – I have 3 nieces that love Mikala’s hand-me-down shoes and clothes. My Mum also knows some people who appreciate any other clothes.

But I find it really interesting to follow people’s buying and selling journeys. It’s like people watching at your local cafe except I don’t have to get out of my pjs.

The sellers …

There are those that just want to get rid of their stuff. Charging next to nothing for well looked after used things. The type of people who make you excited when they give you hand me down clothes. They are generally just trying to move things on to the next home because they have too much clutter or have upgraded.

There are those that need money and it has to be sold and picked up today by 5pm. Sometimes these people just want to be rid of the stuff. Although sometimes I find these people can be heart breakers.

There are some that truly believe that their dress that cost $40 is worth $35 because they have only worn it twice. And it’s now un-ironed hanging in a picture of an untidy room. And they ‘bump’ it to the top day after day as others sell very similar things for much less. I really wonder if these people ever look at what is selling and the values others have on it.

Then there are the buyers…

The stalkers – who seem to get all the best buys (this includes admins who end up with the best deals)

The shoppers – who treat the buy and sell pages like a retail outlet. They are smart, know what they want and the value of it.

The lucky ones – who actually are online at the right times for once (never me)

The unlucky ones – who miss out on what they have been looking for by seconds.

Do you shop on Facebook Buy and Sell pages? I saw a birdcage on one the other day I would’ve loved if I was on at the right time.

What do you do with your unwanted goods?

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