Monday, January 31, 2011

On our weekend ...

We went to the Gleadell St market in Richmond and got 20kg of apricots, 10kg peaches, some potatoes and pots of basil, parsley and mint (I'm missing my herb garden).


After lunch we started bottling.



We had a break to go help at Dinner Tonite. Then I came back and finished the rest of the apricots.

After church on Sunday we were having friends over for a BBQ. I got everyone to pitch in and help get ready.


It was hot so after lunch we had a swim. I think Hubby won the bombing competition but our friends thought I punched above my weight. The kids enjoyed the double bombing.


Late afternoon I bottled peaches in between more swims ... it was pretty hot.


The total bottles were: 20 medium and 5 large of apricots and 11 medium bottles of peaches.

Things we do in the summer holidays #11

The Boy went back to school today so I figured it's time today to catch up and wrap up our summer holiday posts.

I take the girls to the beach for what turns out to be their last trip for these holidays.


Meanwhile The Boy stays home to help Grandad do some work.


We have fun with a pinata Tan found at the shed. Luckily we started with the two youngest. The Boy lined it up and went to town absolutely smashing it. The girls well and truly finished it off.


We have fish and chips.


We celebrate our final afternoon at Pt Lonsdale.


As soon as I took these pics I put the camera down and joined in.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Timeline of a demolition

Jan 25th 7:03am - We stepped out of the car to hear a crash and quickly rushed up the road to see what was happening.


7:04am - First hit through the roof.


7:06am - The Boy fascinated, Big Girl interested, Little Girl not so happy.


7:16am - the lounge room is gone


7:26am - best not to look as he gets stuck into the tree.


7:45am - dumping the wood and floor from the lounge into the dumpster.


We left at this point to go do some work.

On a side note, you should see the skill these operators have. He would knock the roof straight down into the middle of each room, then carefully knock the walls outwards. This left the bricks largely separated from the rest of the rubbish so they could be taken back to the yard for salvage. Talking to him later he said if it was brick veneer it would have taken him 20mins to knock down but being double brick and having all internal brick walls as well took a lot longer.

2:19pm - We stopped back later in the afternoon with some friends. LIttle Girl had perked up a bit and was telling her friend all about it.


The workmen were on a break ... notice the shed still standing behind the digger.


2:24pm - Notice the shed is gone. One push on the roof and it was flattened. I think the digger is actually on top of it in this shot.


2:45pm - Knock-off time ... all the big trees are down and just the laundry and toilet are still standing.


They had a break for Australia Day then ...

Jan 27th 11:52am - the house is down. Now to dig up the the foundations.


Jan 28th 3:31pm - Clear site.


Friday, January 28, 2011

Back to school ...

a time when the supermums shine and the rest of us well ... let's just say it's a perfect storm of opportunities to display our mediocrity.

I could have gone to the shoe shop earlier but finally dragged the three of them over there yesterday.  One hour later, two experienced shoe fitters working simultaneously, and numerous comments of "ooh, we have some difficult feet to fit here" ... I'm blaming that on Hubby ... and we walk out with three pairs of new sneakers and three pairs of shoes on order.  They hope to get the school shoes in by Monday, which is fine for the girls but The Boy will be wearing his too small shoes from last year.


The Boy was back at speech therapy today. The dreaded question was asked: "Who's your teacher this year?" He didn't know and I stayed silent hoping she would assume I was just giving The Boy a chance to answer, but no, I soon had to admit that I'd forgotten his teachers name as well. We got home and there was a letter in the mail from the teacher. I just need to make sure we don't lose it before Monday so we can check the name before we go into class.

The kids have had haircuts ... one tick for me ... and I just got an email saying the girls books are ready to be picked up. I'll pick them up Monday. Since I refuse to contact that's fine and it means that there's less time for things to go missing out of the bags. I also let the hems down on the girls dresses these holidays so they won't be failing any uniform checks and they'll be respectable for photos which are usually taken in the first week back.

So a few hits and some misses ... are you generally super organised or a bit slap dash about back to school?

A new project - One Thousand Gifts

I finished my P365 on January 31st.  I've been thinking, wondering what to do next ... my thoughts turn to what it is about these photos and words that is so important to me.

I think of the way I so easily get weighed down by the daily grind ... the mess, the whining, the fights, the broken stuff, the repetition of a thousand mindless tasks ... it feels ... not dark but grey ... I'm blind to the constant blessings rained down from above.  Even then He clamours for my attention and gives me what I can't ignore ... beauty that takes your breath away ...


new life ...


renewed life ...

Day 330 - Baptism

Something happens as I lift the camera to capture these moments, I start to see what I didn't see before ... and even as I put down the camera I find myself looking for the light.

In the mess ...

Day 124 - Crazy Hair Day

... in moments of crazy joy.

Day 164 - At the Park

... reflected in their eyes


As I wrap these moments in words they're not so easily dislodged.  They sink in and rise up ... gratitude for my life ... joy in Him.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.   James 1:17

As these ideas float around I stumble across A Holy Experience and reading The Thousand Gifts I decide that is what I'll do ... do my own list.  Words definitely, photos often ... no time limits or deadlines ... just seeing what is in front of me ... my one thousand gifts.

(I'm using posterous because it is easy to email in my posts from my phone which I usually have with me.)

Drop over and be inspired too by the gratitude community over at Ann's blog.

holy experience

52 Photos Week 4: Shadow

On holidays and time runs away ... Thursday had come and gone before I remembered to post. We got to the beach relatively early this day so the shadows were long and I thought to quite funny that both girls were drawing in their shadows when I snapped this.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Things we do on the summer holidays #11

It was Australia Day yesterday and you MUST have a BBQ on Australia day ... we did ... then, in spite of the not so warm weather, the kids swam.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Things we do in the summer holidays #10

Celebrate dad's birthday. We went to 360 at the Queenscliff Port. We even got a quick glimpse of the resident stingray while we were there.


That's the five of us ... and I'm wearing my dress I bought before Christmas (#2 on my list)


and afterwards we went home and the kids all helped dad open his present.


We make sure we get to the front beach at low tide so the kids can enjoy the rockpools.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Things we do in the summer holidays #9

Go to the Australian Open.  Dad organises it each year early in the second week.  We have dinner then watch the night matches.  Last year we got to see Nadal pick his undies out of his bum all night too.  The tennis was a little bit lack lustre to be honest this year.


Take A Chance Challenge 3

My third year taking part in this challenge with varied success.

Basic Information
  • The concept of the challenge is to take chances with your reading by finding books to read in unusual or random ways. I’ve listed 10 different ways to find books below. Feel free to complete at many as you want. However, anyone completing all 10 challenges by December 31, 2011 will be entered in a prize drawing to win a book of their choice from Amazon.
  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2011 until December 31, 2011.
  • Crossover books from other challenges is fine. You can read books in any format.
  • On January 1, 2011, I will post pages for each of the 10 challenges so you can link up your completed posts.
The 2011 Challenges
1: Staff  Member’s Choice: Go to a bookstore or library that has a “Staff Picks” section. Read one of the picks from that section.
2: Loved One’s Choice: Ask a loved one to pick a book for you to read. (If you can convince them to buy it for you, that is even better!)
3: Blogger’s Choice: Find a “Best Books Read” post from a favorite blogger. Read a book from their list.
4: Critic’s Choice: Find a “Best of the Year” list from a magazine, newspaper or professional critic. Read a book from their Top 10 list.
5: Blurb Book: Find a book that has a blurb on it from another author. Read a book by the author that wrote the blurb.
6: Book Seer Pick: Go to The Book Seer and follow the instructions there. Read a book from the list it generates for you.
7: What Should I Read Next Pick : Go to What Should I Read Next and follow the instructions there. Read a book from the list it generates for you.
8: Which Book Pick: Go to Which Book and use the software to generate a list of books. Read a book from that list.
9: LibraryThing Pick: Go to LibraryThing’s Zeitgeist page. Look at the lists for 25 Most Reviewed Books or Top Books and pick a book you’ve never read. Read the book. (Yes … you can click on MORE if you have to.)
10: Pick A Method: Pick a method for finding a book from the choices listed below (used in previous versions of the challenge).
  • Random Book Selection. Go to the library. Position yourself in a section such as Fiction, Non-Fiction, Mystery, Children (whatever section you want). Then write down random directions for yourself (for example, third row, second shelf, fifth book from right). Follow your directions and see what book you find. Check that book out of the library, read it and then write about it. (If you prefer, you can do the same at a bookstore and buy the book!)
  • Public Spying. Find someone who is reading a book in public. Find out what book they are reading and then read the same book. Write about it.
  • Random Bestseller. Go to and, using the True Random Number Generator, enter the number 1950 for the min. and 2010 for the max. and then hit generate. Then go to this site and find the year that generated for you and click on it. Then find the bestseller list for the week that would contain your birthday for that year. Choose one of the bestsellers from the list that comes up, read it and write about it.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Things we do in the summer holidays #8

Hubby got back in the kitchen and made this yummy Caramel Cheesecake, with no problems at all.


We got the zoo keeper (Big Girl) to remove the stray wildlife from the kitchen.


Then we watched the rain pour down for a whole week while slowly being driven crazy by five kids cooped up inside.  A trip to the movies (at Geelong to see Tangled) or the supermarket and DVD shop provide opportunity to get soaked.


We started the world map puzzle (#39 on the list)


The clouds broke for a few hours and we decided to make the trip around the point. First we had to climb the sand dune. The girls decided to have a rest part way up.

Taking advantage of a break in the rain.

The others ran ahead and I arrived to find The Boy with his pants rolled up and his good sandles still on his feet standing knee deep in the waves. It was hotter than we expected.


Not long after this he fell on a rock and cut his leg.


We soldiered on and kept having to hurry Ruby up as the tide was coming in. We only just made it around, with a bit of help from some passing strangers. Gus managed to land himself in deep water ... literally ... he jumped off a rock and disappeared up to his chest in a rockpool. My sister and I just stood there in shock wondering if he really just did that. If we race the tide around the point again, I think we'll just take the older kids.

The second break in the weather came a few days later, so I took the kids for some exploring. There was plenty of water over the roads ... no you can't jump in that!!

No, you can't jump in there.

and mud as we explored the laneways around town.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Global reading challenge

Hosted by Dorte, the 2011 Global Challenge allows readers to choose from several levels of participation ... all which encourage reading from around the globe.

1. The Easy Challenge (Read one novel from each of these continents in the course of 2011):

North America
South America (please include Central America where it is most convenient for you)
The Seventh Continent (here you can either choose Antarctica or your own ´seventh´ setting, eg the sea, the space, a supernatural/paranormal world, history, the future – you name it).

*From your own continent: try to find a country, state or author that is new to you.

2. The Medium Challenge (Read two novels from each of these continents in the course of 2011):

North America
South America (please include Central America where it is most convenient for you)
The Seventh Continent (as above)

*Try to find novels from fourteen different countries or states.

3. The Expert Challenge (Read three novels from each of these continents in the course of 2011):

North America
South America (please include Central America where it is most convenient for you)
The Seventh Continent (as above)

*Select novels from twenty-one different countries or states if possible. (For Australasia, selecting a different state for your last book will be acceptable)

I'll be signing up for the easy challenge.

Christian Non-Fiction Challenge

The Christian Non-Fiction Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2011. The challenge is to read at least 10 Christian non-fiction books.  You can make your list ahead of time or list them as you go along. Books can be used for multiple challenges.