Monday, January 31, 2011

its got me to thinking

Posted by Picasatime ticks away so quickly. already January is over, school holidays have almost finished. its the end of the long summer holidays and now school is due back bed times need to realign and the routine days start.
over the holidays Hugo and i read this book. there is a series of them and we will enjoy them together over the next few months.
its a story about a little boy of Greek heritage and his mum that buy a campervan and start to tour Australia, stopping along the way to find out all sorts of information and facts about lots of interesting places in Australia. the first one is Melbourne to Mildura.
Hugo loved the story and the fact that there was factual information and photos in the book, teaching about geography, local industry, history and culture within the book appealed to him
as we finished this story, Hugo asked if we could go to Mildura.
His question got me thinking that we should do more weekend trips, just us as a family to many different places around our state, Victoria.
there are so many towns and regions i would like to see. i started to list places and it was quite large.... Warrnambool, Wilson's prom, Otways, Mildura, Grampians etc..
and then i read this post and it really resonated with me...
time passes too quickly, Victoria is right what could be more important that spending time with the most important people. the chores can wait, family wont.
so here's to 2011 and lots of adventures.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

water fight

forts made, plans whispered... ready attack, the boys against daddy.
daddy 2 boys nil.
plans re whispered, forts drawn closer ready attack, this time with water squirters and noodles !!!
result:: daddy with drew from play. therefore 2 little boys won !!!
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Saturday, January 29, 2011

after years

after years of trying i have finally successfully grown tomatoes.
in my family we always had prolific vegetable gardens. there was always a healthy competition between mum and grandpa as to who had the first ripe tomato. Grandpa always had one by the 1st December !! so i have finally done it.
admittedly they are cherry ones, but at least they have ripened. i have picked them and am looking forward to using them in a salad tonight.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011


today's the last day of my holidays and we seem to have had the most productive day of the last 6 weeks !!!
we started off this morning with a science experiment... an erupting volcano with bicarb and vinegar.
the boys thought it was great fun and as Archie said "wow that's awesome"
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made by the boys for Australia Day from here.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011


this year i have taken on the role of secretary on the Kindergarten Committee.

over the holidays i have had to collect the mail from the post box. the boys have enjoyed this job and have been talking about letters, Posties and delivering mail.

this morning Hugo asked if we could write some letters. so we spent the morning creating a letter box, writing mail, creating letter boxes for the mail to be delivered in and then i decorated some calico bags for the "posties" to deliver the mail in.

we have had so much fun today, writing letters to each other, drawing pictures and role playing together.

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Monday, January 24, 2011


the year is underway, holidays are nearly over and i am back to work on Thursday.
its a balance to create time to relax, share and enjoy the company of my boys as well as get all the things done i need to during the week.
today we stopped and took the time to bake.
firstly a banana cake from this book i got for Christmas.
after a discussion in October with my cousin about the new trend of macaroons, i finally got round to making some. i think the mixture was a little thick, i achieved the "foot" that is the desired effect at the bottom, but the tops were too pointed.. i will try again, but we all gobbled them up.
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Sunday, January 23, 2011


a tunnel.
walking through in ankle deep water in the dark with torches. feeling like explorers.
finding little "shelves" and "nooks" in the rock walls of the tunnel.
marvelling at the coolness of underground.
finding an oasis at the other end.
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Saturday, January 22, 2011


over the weekend we went to a part of Sheepyard flat, called tunnel bend. the weather was beautiful and hot, perfect camping weather. we spent most of our days on the banks of the river.
::sitting quietly listening to the sound of the Howqua River
::braving the initial cold shock and enjoying the water
::taking the time to sit and watch the water
::feeling its calmness wash over us
::collecting rocks
::enjoying the company of like minded friends
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Friday, January 21, 2011

the great outdoors

camping at Sheepyard
::summer weather
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Thursday, January 20, 2011


a lazy day outside and in.
spending time "measuring"
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ideas Inspiration and Interests

taking a leaf out of Nics new blog she inspired me to finally collated some of my favourite archives into a Tumblr site. so now i have an online scrapbook of all the things that i find interesting, thought provoking, want to make, gain inspiration from and also want to remember for future reference.