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06 December 2013

This week at home ed

This week has been a little less frantic and we are winding back a bit.

We didn't go to home ed group this week as the day changed and we had other commitments.  The weather this week has been spectacularly weird so our activities have been dependent on what is happening.

we have done a spot of swimming at Riverside Pool

Harvested some peas from the garden

went geocaching and had a play in the park at Perth, on the same day we went to Utsi cafe for a cuppa with my parents and then continued on to the Simmons Plains farm to catch up with another home ed family.  The kids had a great time exploring the large farm and shooting footage for a short film with their friend Isaac.

Plus, plenty of free time in the sun to just hang out together and play.

We also had our monitor visit from the gorgeous Sandra.  I do like this visit as it reminds we that we are on the right track, that we do plenty and the kids learn so much just from having the freedom to learn what, how and when.  We are truly blessed to live the life we have.

05 May 2012

Budget birthday bash

Five days before Nienna's eight birthday she asked if she could have a party, despite it being off party year and off pay week.  Since it was due to the fact that she has made two new friends through Girl Guides I gave in and agreed we could do a small afternoon tea.
We had already invited her best friend for the day so we ended up with a total of four girls and set the day for today.  It was a raging success and due to being dead broke economically challenged this week I think I did pretty well.  All up I spent $25.  This does not include the value of materials/food I had in the house, just the cost of extras I had to buy.

As a rule I always steer clear of those plastic gift bags and fillers for parties.  They are ugly, plastic, expensive, plastic and well I think you get the idea.  I like to use either paper bags decorated or similar.  Due to pinterest I have been finding lots of nifty things and particularly liked the idea of the newspaper carry bag.  I found this linked tutorial and had a go.  I think they came up really well.

Next were the fillers. I made some little flower brooches using scrap yarn and the i-cord method, added a choc frog, a small bead bracelet I got at the CWA market for $1 and a sugar cookie pinata.
More than enough for take home.  They also had a pen/pad gift from the pass the parcel game.

As we had done birthday cake twice already for the week I went with cupcakes and first party activity was for the girls to decorate them.  They loved it and it saved me a job!

I set the table up all fancy, with water glasses, wine glasses with frozen strawberries for the sugar free fizz and my nanna's table linen.                              
                                                                   High tea for four!

fairy bread pinwheels, marbled sugar cookies (left over from pinata dough), nutella sangers, deep dish cookie pie, mini scones, fruit plate and mini sausage rolls.

21 January 2012

visiting real life

I was laying in bed this morning thinking "OMG I must do some blog posts today!" Then I thought how absurd that was.  Why MUST I do some?  To prove that I am able to sit at my computer and write about the life I could be taking part in?

Blogging is weird isn't it.  So many people blog nowadays, actually make money from it.  And whether a writer or reader we become somewhat consumed by it.  I did go through that stage of trying to join ALL THE MEME themes and join the forums and do the reviews but not for long.  It became very much like a job that took far too much of me and my time.  I certainly wasn't and never could be part of the "IT' I.T crowd.  I admire those who can write well, are witty and entertaining.  Those who exploit for want of attention I like not so much.

Exploitation of family can often be seen in blogs.  As my kids get older I feel less and less inclined to blog about them or to show photos of them much.  I respect their wishes and my daughter certainly lets it be known if she doesn't want something to go on the internet!  My son doesn't give two hoots really but I feel that  it won't be long and they will probably read this blog and I don't want to be an embarrassment to them or to hurt their feelings in any way.

So, yes.  My blog posts are very spasmodic of late as I am enjoying our gorgeous weather, friends and family out there in real life.

off eating macaroons in the sunshine

10 November 2011

Getting Married

No, not me!

My good friend Charlotte is marrying her fella, Neil tomorrow.  I wish I could be there and even though I won't be there physically I have followed the preparations from a distance and my heart will be there with everyone tomorrow.

Charlotte, you deserve every happiness and I hope this will be it for you.  I love you xxxx

This song is for the two of you....

26 June 2011

When an overnighter takes three!

We went to Melbourne on Tuesday for the night with our friends Mrs P, Mr J and the divine Ms M!  As it turned out the ash clouds weren't smiling down on us and we ended up with two extra nights.  This was great as it meant more time to take the kids around the city and show them places they hadn't been too (despite having spent most of the life so far living in Melbourne). However, the downside was that it meant I was several hundred dollars over budget.

On arrival we caught the skybus into the city and then hotfooted it to Gopals for some of their scrummy food.  This is the bestest!  Great food and soooooo cheap!

Our initial plan was to see the Tutankhamen exhibit at the Melbourne Museum.  We had been studying ancient Egypt at the start of the year and thought this would complement what we had done.  Because it wasn't an interactive type of display I think the kids grew a little bored but their knowledge of what everything was and why was astounding!  I saw many adults raise their eyebrows when they heard what the kids were talking about. :)  I find it unreal that these pieces are in such pristine condition when they are 1000's of years old, it is amazing.  I also found it a bit sad to see them uncovered and being flown around the world.  These were buried with their owners for specific reasons and spiritual beliefs, it seems that because we see it as important history respect these beliefs goes out the window and this disturbs me a little.  Until I actually saw the pieces I hadn't really given it much thought.

We had planned on heading over to Fitzroy Gardens but the weather was a bit wet so we opted for an early dinner at the infamous Shanghai Village in China Town for their awesome dumplings!  We were not disappointed and shared a fabulous banquet between the six of us.  Don't be fooled by the decor, it ain't the prettiest place on the block but they sure can cook!

With full bellies we trammed it to our hotel.  We had scored a pretty good deal at Bay view on the Park.  A nice hotel and the kids were very impressed!  My only complaint was the concierge who didn't have the required local knowledge to be a good one.

On Wednesday we headed back into town with the ash cloud hanging over our heads.  We decided to wait until after lunch to find out what the situation was.
We started with a Macca's brekky (yeah, I know) and then went to Screen worlds at ACMI.  This is the best place to entertain children!  Not only is it free but it is also awesome.  We spent a couple of hours looking at all the exhibits documenting the history of film and tv in Australia.  The kids loved that it is soooooo interactive and I must admit I am a bit of a button presser LOL
We also wandered downstairs to take a look at the Shaun Cladwell exhibit.  I have to admit I am not an artist and therefore I do not think like one but let me say two things.  1] I am glad I didn't pay to see it and 2] I hope he wasn't given a government grant!
Up the street a bit and we were at the National Gallery of Victoria, we spent an hour or so in the kidlet section then hopped it up the road to a nearby food court for a quick lunch. Well that was the plan but it took us about two hours of trying to get through to Jetstar to find out what was or as the case may be wasn't happening with our flight.  We finally were re booked for Friday afternoon and then started stalking wotif for a cheap hotel for two nights.  Of course it would have been too easy to say we booked something straight up, Mrs P couldn't book on her (not so) smart phone so we bundled up the kidlets and backs and found ourselves in the city library in Flinders lane.  Finally managed to book a mystery deal and scored a jackpot!  Two nights at Sebel at Albert Park for $200 (half price).  A quick dinner and a stroll back to Federation Square to watch the lights on the Light Hearts installation,  and a taxi to the hotel.  Talk about crash out, we were all exhausted.

On Thursday we decided to do our own thing.  We were hoping to catch up with the kid's big sister but that didn't eventuate so we went to the visitor centre in Federation Square to find out what was on and where.  This is a great centre and has loads and loads of info, I really didn't know there was so much to be done in the CBD.  The weather was unpredictable so we opted for a quick look in St Paul's Cathedral opposite fed square.  This place is huge and has such beautiful architecture and lead light windows.
The rain started again so we caught the tram up to the Melbourne Library and took a peak at the artwork  from the book, The Waterhole by Graeme Base.  His artwork is so amazing, such detail and gorgeous to see the massive originals up close.  The library has a new kids section with interactive games, books and drawing space so we chilled there for an hour or so.
For lunch the kids begged me to take them to the Pancake Parlour, wow!  talk about overpriced, crap service and mediocre food! never again I say.  I am not linking to them as I don't want to promote them.
After lunch we made an executive decision to fore go the outdoor park activities due to the weather and opted to walk up to China Town and visit the Chinese Museum.  I cannot recommend this enough folks!  Well worth the very cheap entry price and for those with primary aged kids don't forget to grab a treasure map for $3.00 so they can do the quizzes as they go along.  We all loved this place and the kids have talked about it for days so that is saying something.  I am looking forward to going back again in August to see the embroidery of Sichuan exhibit.  We decided to call it an earlyish day (5pm) and grab some sushi to take back to the hotel for dinner.  The kids met up with Mr J and Ms M at the hotel pool and swam for over an hour while Mrs P and I compared days and sat back exhausted.
Friday morning we checked out and made our way into town for breakfast then to the skybus.  We finally arrived home at 1.30pm on Friday afternoon, exhausted but content with our rushed and unexpected short holiday.

On the City Circle Tram

 Waiting to get in

 Screen Worlds

 watching the kid's short films and having a rest at Screen world

 The water wall at NGV

 Drawing at the gallery - what else would you do!

 The light installation, the frame work changed colour regularly

 some of the beautiful artwork in the cathedral

 One of the dragon heads at the Chinese Museum

Saying goodbye to the hotel

08 April 2011

ancient wisdom

Today I was fortunate enough to visit the river banks at Deloraine at the same time as the launch of a bark canoe.  
This was a joint project between the justice youth workers at Colony47 and Aboriginal youth at Ashley Detention Centre.  
We watched as a young man proudly paddled a canoe he helped make, cheered on by peers, teachers and strangers.  It was a beautiful moment to observe, an insight into ancient culture as it is handed down to another generation.  
I only wish I was fortunate enough to be part of such a timeless, wise and beautiful people.

It was a shame no media deemed this project important enough to attend (as promised) so others could share the moment and celebrate the positives manifested from such an event.  

We all learnt so much today, thank you to all concerned.

21 March 2011

Home ed camp weekend

We had our camp this weekend, from Friday afternoon til Sunday afternoon.  It was just awesome!!  We took along the divine Ms M and Master J with us so their mother could have some study time.  They were not disappointed and I think are quite envious of us home schoolers :)

We arrived around 8pm on Friday night and settled in then joined the others at the camp fire for toasted marshmallows and chatter.  The children were playing spotlight with some of the parents too.

The camp itself is a great spot.  Nestled in natural bushland it has a large hall, dining room and kitchen, bathroom block and then four bunkhouses of varying size.  Further down is a large grassy area for camping and play then a bonfire pit and a few metres from that is the beach.  The beach is beautiful and a great place for finding ocean treasures but is all rocks and oyster shells.  This means no bare feet unfortunately.  This didn't stop kids from swimming, wading and exploring though.  Some fishing was done too without much success though.

Rocks were collected and ground to make paint for body painting.  Thus the "Paper Beach Tribe" was born!

Later on Saturday night we had a bush dance with the added bonus of Nienna, Ms A and Ms J putting on a karaoke and interpretive dance performance.

Beren and I did a night time nature walk as there are many wallabies, bandicoot, possums and pademelon in the area to watch.  It was also a great spot to see the awesome full moon.

I don't think anyone left unsatisfied on Sunday.  I can't wait until the next camp and think we should do it more than once a year!

14 March 2011

Something had to give.

and it was uni.  I have come to realise now is not my time.  I cannot manage everything and I guess I don't have to manage everything.  I am so good at giving advise and placating those who feel overwhelmed or stressed but rarely do I heed my own words.
I am grieving, as weird as it sounds and feel like I have failed.  Even though I know I haven't and should give myself a good hard slap for thinking so!

Anyway, today I knew I shouldn't be alone and I also knew someone who should be having some time out so I called her and collected her and we had a gorgeous day at Evandale.  FOr those not in Tassie, Evandale is a historic little village south of Launceston.  It hosts the Pennyfarthing championships every year and also a major art exhibit/competition called The Glover Prize annually.  We went and checked out the paintings and were not disappointed, there was some seriously good stuff there!  At least half had sold (for large $$$$) and the rest I have no doubt will sell before the exhibit ends, well maybe not the $30k piece but you never know!   I voted for a gorgeous pencil drawing for my people's choice and I must admit I wasn't overly taken with the winner this year.

We had devonshire tea afterwards then took a stroll around the village.  Ooohing at the most expensive shop in the world, aaaahing at the antique place with an owner who would have made Prue n Trude proud (oim sure she goes to Noosaaaa every year!) and admiring all the gorgeous old houses.  I even took loads of photos for the first time in ages.

I came home feeling much calmer and replenished and ready to face another busy week.

21 January 2011


we are in Melbourne for a short break at the moment.  It is HOT!  so we did what any normal Aussie does