Friday, April 30, 2010

The Queen of Hearts
I spent most of the day today sewing a costume for Lauren.
She wore it to a dress up event this evening... and won a prize.

Of course she chose the more elaborate costume on her short list of characters, but was very sweet with her gratitude for me actually making it.
I recieved lots of hugs, and "I love you."s.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Jenolan Caves
During the last school holidays we visited the Jenolan Caves.

We decided join a tour through the Lucas Cave - the easiest with all the kids. There were still a lot of stairs to negotiate holding a small one (well done Tom!).

Although the stairs are easier than what used to be in place if you visited the caves.

It was such a great experience for the kids... ours had never been into an underground cave system before, and they learnt so much.

Coming out at the other end of the tour.
Some beautiful holly near Caves House.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Cake Decorating 101

While we were away Lou ran a cake decorating class for the kids.
Thanks Lou!!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Farm Holiday
Below are a small selection of photos of our farm holiday we have just returned from.

Approaching the farm - the driveway.

The farmhouse.

Early morning from the verandah.

Playing on the motorbike.

All of us!

Enjoying good wine and food.


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Mouse House

Mouse House

On our recent week away we briefly visited the town of Oberon to buy some groceries and petrol.
The kids had fun in a park while we were there, especially in the 'Mouse House'.

See my time capsule here.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

An Inspiring Story
A number of years ago I read The Hospital by the River, the story of Reg and Catherine's work in Ethiopia with fistula patients.
My mum gave me Catherine's Gift, by John Little, a follow-up to the first book, revisiting some of the patients and staff, and Catherine's continuing work now that Reg has passed away.

"Five per cent of all women in the world need some help to have a baby and it is these five per cent with no help in the countryside, that you get this fistula injuries, which cause untold sorrow," she said.

"A long labour, a still-born baby and then a hole in the birth passage between the bladder and often between the rectum as well so that all their body waste is passing down through the birth passage and they are ashamed of this injury.

"They are outcasts from their society, often deserted by their husbands and their life is one of poverty and misery."
(Dr Catherine Hamlin)

Dr Hamlin is now working on training midwives in Ethiopia, to prevent fistuals occuring in the first place.

I found this video on YouTube, following the journey of a number of young women who make their way to Addis Ababa, and the Fistula Hospital.
If you have the time to watch it is worth it - I cried many times throughout.
I cannot imagine the pain (physical and psychological) these women go through.
It is horrible enough to lose a child during childbirth, but then to have to deal with the state of the baby after days of labour, and the horrific injuries the prolonged labour causes, is beyond words.

Taking a photo of the grandkids for Nanna is a very difficult thing.

Of course there are the comedians who pull a silly face each time.
And then there are the uncooperative, who are only sitting there with the promise of chocolate when it is all over.
And then there are those who couldn't care less, and are not in the slightest bit interested in what is going on.

Grandkids at Easter

We hope you got one decent photo Nanna!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Toddlers and Tiaras
A show has come to the attention of our family (the joys of pay TV).
The girls and I record it each week, and it is some 'bonding' time for us. We love to laugh and scoff together.

The males refuse to watch... or so they say. They can be caught viewing from afar, sneers on faces.

I have heard it advertised as, "America at its worst."

Have you seen it?

101 things I love #4

Lindt gold bunnies. Yum!

Friday, April 09, 2010


The finches have begun to lay eggs. I was not prepared for this. I knew that they probably would start eventually, but it all happened too soon!                              
What I did know was that they needed more space. I bought a shelving unit on ebay for $30, and have been sawing and hammering over the past day.    

Settling them both into their new home, complete with nesting box, was an unsettling experience for both woman and beast.

They are now recovering, and I am having a wine.

I was going to leave them outside, but reneged and brought them in.