Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Monday, 28 April 2008


Colour Week begins today care of Curious Bird.

Today is of course, green.

Found in my cupboard, Wasabi peas. The low fat, healthy snack that the kids won't come and pinch off me. A win-win situation really.

I really don't have that many green things in my house I have decided.

Saturday, 26 April 2008


Jonty had been begging us all week to go and watch the Anzac Day March in the city, we were not that keen, but relented. (He really loves anything to do with the army, and often begs us to send him to 'Military School'...)

We are so glad we did, it was a great experience and the kids were mesmerised by all the marching bands and 'diggers'. They watched and waved their Aussie flags for 2 1/2 hours!

We finished up the day by going to Yum Cha in Chinatown.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008


I may have found a reason for my huge collection of Children's Books, and my uncontrollable urge to buy more.

While researching my great-grandfather CH Bertie who was a well known historian, author and librarian at the Mitchell Library, I discovered that he actually established the first public lending library for children in Australia in 1918.

See, my darling husband, it's genetic, and I can't help it.

Here is what I bought earlier in the week from my favourite bookshop.

And Sarah and I had our sewing machines out today. I made a cammo hanky for Jonty (at his request), and this blanket for Matt to snuggle under while watching TV downstairs when he wakes up long before the rest of us. Polar fleece backed with flannelette.

We also had a go at this 200 piece puzzle, but didn't quite finish it. They were not really getting into it, I never really liked puzzles as a child either, must be those genes again.

(Yes, Jonty does have an orange face. It is a leftover tiger face from the fun day he went to yesterday. )

Saturday, 19 April 2008

The previously mentioned oranges....

The previously mentioned cubby...

The entry is not a very lady-like affair.

It seems I have nothing to blog about other than my children's holiday fun.

This may be because I am ignoring the other parts of my life.
Dave left for Melbourne this morning for 5 nights!.
I have an essay to write on Sonnet 55, current word count, zero.

On a brighter note, my SIL and I are hosting a dinner party tonight. I am making Nigella's Chocolate Orange Cake for dessert. At the moment I have whole oranges boiling on the stove and the house smells divine................

Thursday, 17 April 2008

More school holiday fun...

A beaded ring kit from Nana Jan.

A Puppet Theatre which they made with no help or input from me.

Imaginations are running wild here at the moment.

Matt and Sarah came to me today and asked in all seriousness whether they could cut a hole in the wall to make a secret passage.

Um... no.

They have settled with making a cubby in Sarah's room. I can hear the 3 of them upstairs having a great time 'decorating' it.

Jonty has been doing a lot of song-writing lately too. I am hoping he will let me 'film' one.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

School Holidays.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love the school holidays?

No, really I do.

I love not having to rush in the mornings.

I love how the kids hardly ever fight.

I love how we get to relax and just "hang", as my friend Katie would say.

Sarah has taken up finger knitting in a big way.

We learnt how to do it from this youtube video.

She made this for me yesterday and I love it!!

Sunday, 6 April 2008

All settled.

I have a week long Res school for Uni this week. I flew up to Armidale this morning. There is something about Armidale skies, they are always full of turbulence, (and I always close my eyes and think I am going to die.) There was a sweet old lady next to me who was very comforting, but I prefer to have Dave's arm to dig my nails into.

I am looking forward to this week of English and hoping the pieces of the puzzle will come together a bit for me.

Dave and Nana Jan have the kids well taken care of so I don't need to worry about the home front.

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Congratulations Nana Jan!

A BIG congratulations to my mum who handed in her PhD Thesis today!!!!!!!!!!!!

She has worked so hard over the past few years on it, and is an inspiration to my sister and I , and her 11 grandchildren. (No, my sister does not have 8 kids, some of them are step-granchildren, although 8 kids would be nice.......)

So, well done Mum. We will have the champagne on ice for when you arrive on Saturday!!!!!!!! You should be so proud of yourself.