5 things I love

The extremely lovely Sarah of billy boy and mia nominated me for this sweet Circle of Friends Award which is one of the fun little memes that float around the blogosphere.  Sarah makes the sweetest things from vintage and reclaimed fabric and also has a lovely blog which I love reading.

To participate in this one you have to list 5 things you love and then link to 5 others you would like to nominate for the award.

So you all know I love my kids, handsome husband, Rome and olives. So here are a 5 things I love that are somewhat lesser known:

1. The sound that clam shells make when they tinkle against each other in a plate of spaghetti alle vongole.

2. All things Indonesian. I did honours in Indonesian at university which has left me with an undying and indelible love for anything that has even the faintest whiff of a clove cigarette about it.

Photo by Marc-Andre’ Jung

3. Bon Jovi.  There. I’ve said it. Out and proud.

Photo by edgarkls

4. Kids with props.  What’s not to love.  Hilarious.  For the parents, anyway.

5. Nostalgia.

I am extremely nostalgic and love it when I see or hear something that transports me back to a cherished place or time in the past. I took this photo in Warrandyte, a small town in the bush outside Melbourne where I grew up,  a few months ago because it reminded me so much of my childhood; an amazing childhood spent in a mud brick house near a sparkling river surrounded by gum trees that always smelled amazing but especially after rain. These tiny droplets on this beautifully coloured gum leaf encapsulated my childhood and sent an enormous wave of nostalgia over me.

And here are the 5 people I would like to pass this award on to.  They are a diverse bunch but each and every one provides lots of lovely inspiration. In no particular order:

Moose and Bird

Mon Ami

Two Cheese Please

Hey Bernice