Wednesday, September 30, 2015

2015 album: Weeks 10-13

What we did Week 10: The Little Girl swam in the Victorian All Schools Swimming Championship, finishing at 10pm and waking up the next morning with a full-blown sinus infection that sidelined her for 4 weeks. We went to Pt. Lonsdale for the Labour Day weekend joining mum and dad, my sisters and my brother with wife and kids. On the Sunday we went out for wine and nibbles at Noble Rot, then Hubby and I stayed on for our dinner date followed by a walk around the point.

The pages: I didn't have a lot of photos, so just one page. I really wanted to showcase the big photo but also include the photo of the two of us so this was my solution.


What we did Week 11: Monday was the labour day holiday. Saturday we went to visit Riley. The Big Girl played in the basketball semi-final ending in a loss.

The pages: Once again a single page.


What we did Week 12: The Boy started soccer training. The Big Girl had her basketball breakup and played in the GSV tennis finals at Melbourne Park. Hubby and I celebrated our wedding anniversary by going to The Boy's cricket end of season celebration.

The pages: I only had the one photo from Ethan's breakup so I combined it with the first page of week 13.

What we did Week 13: Hubby was in China. The Big Girl had mock interviews at school as part of the careers program. Both girls ran in the school house cross country. The Little girl came 3rd in the junior age group. I presented a seminar paper of Augustine's theodicy. We went to visit Riley.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Around here ...

Making ... decorating and eating lots of cupcakes. The Big Girl is practicing for her food technology practical exam and The Little Girl and The Boy were keen to get into the action too.


Shopping ... for summer wardrobes.

Introducing ...  Riley to the beach.


Rigging ... up the owl to be an eye flashing, noise making, motion sensor activated, solar powered possum deterrent.


Celebrating ...  The Little girl's 14th birthday. She's not so little anymore. We had our traditional pancake cake for breakfast, then mum and dad took us all out to Oakdene winery for lunch. Really great food and the gardens are full of little quirky details.


Watching ... the Scorch Trials. A little bit different to the book but the girls and I enjoyed it. I thought it was better than the Maze runner movie. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Rinda's 2015 Summertime Photo Scavengerhunt Wrap-Up

This is the first where I announce ... I'm finished Rinda's 2015 Hunt!

Well, I would have but there are still a few missing on my list, mainly because I just didn't think of taking a photo when I might have seen them. I got 17 items on the list and I'm pretty happy with that. You can see all my items here, here, here and here.

I did want to post one final photo ... #21.


And say thank-you to Rinda for hosting us all again this year.

Monday, September 21, 2015

2015 Album: Weeks 35 & 36

What we did Week 35: Riley, The Boy and I went across to the park to watch Hayley play a GSV soccer match. She scored the winning goal with less than a minute to go. SIL's dog Barney came to stay. The Big Girl played her last basketball match of the season Saturday and the tennis semi-finals Sunday. A can of whipped cream appeared in my fridge ... evidence of Hubby going to the supermarket. It was iced chocolates all round.

The pages: Two pages this week but for privacy reasons I'll only share one here because the other is The Big Girl's basketball and tennis photos.

What we did Week 36: The Boy had an open day for his extension tech group at school. The Little girl had her Grade 5 AMEB violin exam and played in the string orchestra at her school concerto concert. The Boy had his last soccer match for the season. We celebrated Father's Day.

The pages: Just one page as I didn't have many photos.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Rinda's Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt: The last from our trip and some from home.

Another post with finds from this year's Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt. First up some more finds from out trip to Central Australia.

#7 A turtle isn't something I expected to find in the Central Australian Desert but at the Alice springs Museum there was this turtle skeleton ... so I'm taking it.

#8 Someone plugged into social media. The someone is me, I set up then got The Big Girl to take this at Kings Canyon. This is at Kings Canyon where there is no mobile coverage even at the resort, although you could pay for patchy wifi internet connection at the resort. Here at the start of the Kings Canyon walks there was apparently free wifi internet that they encouraged you to use to check-in on social media and post your Kings Canyon photos. My attempt was unsuccessful.

and some from home, including #13 a merry-go-round or carousel. It's not summertime here so I took this on one freezing cold winter day which is why the park is deserted. Unfortunately my kids wouldn't cooperate with a trip down memory lane ... they're "too big" for that now.

#17 At least two people wearing matching outfits. This is the Little Girl's team for the Victorian All Schools Cross Country Championship. This was the first time The Little Girl ran a 4km race. They came 4th.

# 15 A flagpole with at least three flags was a bust. We saw plenty of groups of three flag poles with a flag each ... in Australia there will generally be the Australian, the Aboriginal and the State flag but I'm not sure that we even do multiple flags on one flagpole. For that reason I am  substituting someone holding an umbrella. This was on another cold blustery day on Victoria St Richmond.

and that leaves 5 more, that I may or may not get before times up.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt: Columns,

I'm attempting to do a better job than previous years with this year's scavenger hunt.

Some more finds from our trip ... #5 Architectural columns from day 4 at historic Quorn.


#11 The satellite dish at our accommodation in Coober Pedy.  The iron roof you can see is just the verandah. The host's house and our apartment our dug back into the hill, hence why the dish is sitting on the bare dirt which is also the roof. 

#18 An overloaded truck, car, bicycle or other vehicle. I actually saw two massively loaded bicycles but I was so preoccupied with wondering who on earth would bicycle alone through the Australian Outback (one of them was biking through the 256km long section of the Stuart Hwy that runs through the Woomera prohibited area that has zero amenities). Anyway we also passed an oversize truck that was carrying a massive mining truck that we had to pull off the highway to let pass as it was so wide, but I also didn't get a photo of that one. I was so glad we were travelling in the opposite direction as there would be no chance of passing. I did get a photo of an almost identical mining truck on a truck stopped at Kulgera.


#20 A natural body of water. A waterhole in the desert at Ormiston Gorge.

#3 Someone walking a dog ... in this case a dingo.

So I'm not sure whether I will in fact get a complete set but I have a few more to share before our time is up.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Melbourne to Alice Springs Roadtrip: Day 7 Alice Springs

This post continues the series on our two week roadtrip from Melbourne to Alice Springs and back during the July school holidays.

Today we spent the day close to Alice Springs. First up was the Alice Springs Desert Park. The park is divided into three habitats being desert rivers, sand country and woodlands. There is also a nature theatre where the bird shows are held and a nocturnal house. We saw the dingoes then listened to the emu talk before going to the bird show. During the birdshow a wild Wedgetail Eagle decided to get in on the act, making it's presence felt, intimidating the younger trained eagle. You can see it coming in over the top to dive down.

A perentie.

The kids begged to go see the dingoes one more time before we left and as we arrived the keepers were taking the dingoes for their walk.

We stayed most the morning and it was a highlight for the kids as they love animals so we booked to come back for the nocturnal tour that night.

In the afternoon we visited some iconic outback institutions. First the School of the Air. The largest classroom (by area) in Australia, it covers children over 1.3 million square kilometres in NT, South Australia and Western Australia. Originally all conducted by radio with work sent and submitted by mail, a lot is now done over the internet, allowing for more immediate feedback and interaction.

Next was the Royal Flying Doctor Service which provides medical services to remote areas of Australia. Each station would have a medical chest that the doctor can prescribe form over the phone. This is the old one.

After we stopped in at the Araluen Cultural Precinct which houses a collection of galleries and museums. Unfortunately they were on public holiday hours and we arrived 30mins before closing time so we only had time to visit the arts centre, but the ticket lasted three days so we could come back. Love Albert Namatjira's artwork.

After an early dinner we were back at the Desert Park for the nocturnal tour. There separate areas, fenced to keep out feral cats and other introduced predators that have virtually caused the extinction of numerous small marsupials in the region. The keepers put out food so that sightings are more likely as we go spotlighting with special red lights that do not scare the animals. We saw echidnas, quolls, bilbys, pig-footed bandicoots and greater stick-nest rats. As you can imagine it was very difficult to get photos but here are the echidnas.

Echidnas Alice Springs Desert Park

Saturday, September 12, 2015

This week's links ...

It's the first day of school holidays for The Boy and second for the girls. The Boy had a soccer presentation and The Little Girl was swimming at MSAC this morning ... now hubby is getting ready for a work trip, The Little girl is enjoying playing on her violin with new (Grade 6) pieces abd no pressure.

Here's those links:

1. Some words that my sister might enjoy ... if she's reading.

2. I made this easy lemon chicken and it was good.

3. A very neat journal layout.

4. Quitting as a Productivity Tactic

5. I've tried monthly family albums even though I've missed a few weeks that need to be caught with our weekly album this year I think I agree with Life Albums: The case for weekly documentation.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Around here ...

With no basketball game to go and watch Hubby and I could go out on Saturday for dinner at a reasonable hour with our friends.

I am reading Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home, King of Foxes and That Crumpled Paper was due last week. The last is in the hopes of finding some strategies to help The Boy get himself organised. I'm only a couple of chapters in but I've already worked out he is a Tech Master ... I almost laughed out loud at the description because it is him to a T!

For Father's Day Hubby asked us all to contribute 1 hour to weeding the garden. The front needed the most attention. Riley was disappointed not to be out there with us.


We had my parents and sister for lunch. Roast scotch fillet, potatoes and salad and an apple and rhubarb crumble. The Big Girl made caramel slice.

Father's Day

The Boy will be playing in the guitar ensemble on Tuesday night, which will be the fourth and final music concert that we will need to attend this term.

The Little Girl enjoyed having no nagging about music practice this weekend as she completed her violin exam on Thursday and the concerto evening was on Friday. After two music exams and three performances this term she deserves a bit of a break.

I'm trying to decide on the topic of my major essay for this semester.

We're all looking forward to the school holidays.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

This week's links ...

The Boy has his last soccer match of the season today and The Big Girl is finished basketball and tennis so this weekend will be less about the kids sporting activities and more about some friend and family time. Here's some links for your weekend.

1. How cool are these pen rolls. Such a great idea so you always have the right writing implement when yuo pull out your journal.

2. 75 after school snack ideas. Not just for kids.

3. Life Captured: September journaling prompts.

4. Why you should be tracking your habits.

5. Get those one off nagging tasks done ... the Powerhour.