Saturday, May 31, 2008

My Little Boy Grows (climbs) UpOliver tried something new today.
I was so proud.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Saturday Morning at Home

This morning I tried to be tricky with my pancakes like Emily. I tried her way with the squeezy bottle, and then with some cookie cutters.
The kids were impressed.

I cooked some brown rice and apple for the hens.

I used the Liquid Amber spiky balls and leaves that I collected yesterday at my sister's house.
The table now has an Autumn theme.

Lauren helped me plant some lettuce seedlings, that my neighbour brought over, in the vegetable garden.
As you can see, Madeleine's garden is growing well.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Being Human
It has been a hard couple of weeks... for us. A harder year for Sylvia, Andrew's mother.
Andrew's dad (John) has been unwell for quite some time. It began with a kidney issue, and the need to go on dialysis (which he didn't).
Two weeks ago he was diagnosed with secondary bone cancer. He was admitted to hospital yesterday, for a whole heap of tests and pain management. John has decided not to undergo any chemo etc. I can understand that.
It is hard at home because the kids don't understand how sick Grandfather is, and how that may effect Andrew.
Andrew still has to function at his job. And then come home to us - a rabble of noise and daily duties!
In a way, there is no time for us. Really. And I understand that.
Mmmmm. That is life.
I know that God has it under control, and that is life. We just need to weather the storm.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

I have spent the past two days squeezing in some sewing.

I used this pattern...and this is what I made.
The pink is some sort of vintage Japanese fabric that I bought on ebay ages ago - I can't remember who made it.

The blue/brown dress is made from Amy Butler fabrics, from her Belle range.

I love dresses you can wear over jeans or leggings.

Friday, May 16, 2008

The Good Wife
I received this via email yesterday.
My mum said that these sentiments were espoused back in the 50s.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Utah Saints, Kate Bush and MC Hammer... great fun
I loved this when it came out... and still do.

And now it has been remixed, with a bit of humour thrown in.

And just to remind you of the original MC Hammer moves...

Monday, May 12, 2008

Why did we go to Queensland?
About 18 months ago, Oliver saw an advert on TV for Buccaneer Bay. From that day on, he asked and asked and asked to go.

Eventually we said yes. (There is a biblical principle there.)
It was so much fun to watch the enjoyment on the faces of our children.
It lived up to all of Oliver's expectations, and they all had some great new experiences.
A very pleased boy!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Some Of My Favourite Images

Nambucca Heads in the evening.

The girls at Nambucca Heads early in the morning.

Looking across to Surfers Paradise from our balcony in the evening.

Warm sand between my toes.

Fern markings/fossils in some sandstone paving.

Farmland in northern New South Wales.

Polar Bears
I think my second favourite wild animal is the Polar Bear (my first is the giraffe).
I was thrilled to visit the Polar Bear enclosure at Sea World.
Retrieving a fish.

Huge paws!!!

Here is the blurb from the web site:

Come and see Australia's only Polar bears in their home at Sea World's Polar Bear Shores - one of the most technologically advanced exhibits for Polar bears in the world.
Sea World has adopted two orphaned Polar bear cubs, Hudson and Nelson, who were found in the wilds of Canada and have been taken into care at the naturalistic and enriching Polar Bear Shores. Guests can visit the cute and playful bear cubs along with their newest friend, Lia.
All bears are housed at Polar Bear Shores, featuring the tundra environment of the Arctic summer in a state-of-the-art display.
Visitors to Polar Bear Shores can observe the bear's graceful underwater swimming and playful behaviours through large underwater viewing windows and are able to learn about these massive marine mammals through detailed information boards and fascinating interpretive information.
With a cascading waterfall and a winding creek, a large main pool that is up to four metres deep to encourage deep and shallow diving, an array of climbing outcrops, fallen trees, shrubs and other structures and a strategically placed rock platform enabling long distance viewing across the exhibit and beyond, Polar Bear Shores is a naturalistic environment which aims to constantly stimulate the bears.
The inclusion of many different natural substrates such as loam, gravel, river stone, rocks and natural bedding are utilised throughout the exhibit to encourage the bears to dig, burrow and explore. While strategically placed wind generation fans direct a number of interesting smells and scents, to stimulate the bears' olfactory senses, and the exhibit also features rain simulation, and misting and fogging.
Polar Bear Shores is the only exhibit in Australia where you can see the world's largest land carnivore up close, and one that provides a unique educational experience that assists, through a wider public awareness, the conservation effort of this perfectly adapted marine mammal.

Home Again

We arrived home late last night, after deciding to push through and drive all the way home instead, of stopping overnight somewhere. Thirteen hours!

I'll post some photos later.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Temperature Converter
I have added a gadget to my sidebar, so that I can understand temperatures a little better. When you, my blogging friends, talk about your weather, I am not sure what it translates to.
Now I will know.
It has been cold here (in the mornings and evenings) the past week - even down to 10 degrees Celsius.
This week when we head to Queensland, the forecast is for 26 degrees Celsius.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Going Away... again
We have decided to seek warmer temperatures, and lots of fun.
We are going here... to slide...
and to see these...
I know that school holidays have just finished, but we really need another break.

We have never been to the Gold Coast, and the kids (and me!) are super excited about going to the theme parks.