Friday, 31 January 2014

Fire engine fun

Each year, just before Christmas, the local volunteer fire brigade challenges the kids to a water fight along our little town's streets. Kids spend hours filling water balloons, building barricades, putting on swimwear, and getting hosepipes ready to battle Santa and his firefighting friends.


 Excitement was high as they turned down the road ...


And then the battle was on!


The kids didn't really stand a chance.


But part of the fun is getting soaking wet.


And Santa threw (waterproofed) bags of lollies out the truck on the way past ... an extra Christmas treat.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

We've been busy...

picking (Granny Smith apples from our tree) ...


harvesting (beans, cucumbers and baby toms)...


winning (at the local agricultural show)...


 painting (walls and doors) ...


sprouting (bean sprouts for Pad Thai) ...


fixing (the wooden verandah railings and steps) ...


building (an IKEA bench-box for the front door) ...


cooling down (with homemade banana honey ice treats) ...


welcoming (unexpected guests, as well as family and friends) ...


eating (snowpeas grown by Eric for his cub scouting gardening badge) ...


camping (in the garden, while the house paint dried) ...


enjoying (a row of golden sunflowers in the garden) ...


(and a Barbara Cartland-esque pink dahlia about the size of my hand).


horsing around (this is Moonshine, who lives next door and visits for treats) ...


and playing amidst a glory of snow-white petals.


Friday, 3 January 2014

Family New Year Get-together

Each year after Christmas the extended family gets together to share news, exclaim at how quickly children have grown, feast and chat.


This year we hosted the pot-luck on a glorious day sitting on the verandah, followed by a swim, copious cups of tea, dessert and long walks in the garden.


Friday, 27 December 2013

Christmas Day

The stockings are full ...


It's so early! But you can't keep these two in bed ...


The tree at Granny's house ...

Opening gifts ...


Adam's new pull-along dog, a gift from his brother ...


Axl and Nic ... we were so lucky to have them here on the day ...



... and Oliver, unmistakable with his big hair-do ...


A Christmas feast ...


Joy in shining eyes!


Wednesday, 18 December 2013

School Ends

Yesterday the students at Eric's school had an end-of-year picnic at the beach to celebrate. They played games with the Surf Lifesavers, ate sausage sandwiches, picnicked, paddled and buried each-other in the sand ...


As a last-day-of-school treat, this morning we ate breakfast at Grandma's house (bacon, waffles and maple syrup), then walked through town to school. The boys both carried little gifts for their teachers. Eric had spend a great deal of time sewing little felt Christmas tree ornaments, which we attached with pretty ribbon to a block of Lindt superfine chocolate.


We'd also homegrown pots of sweet Genovese basil, so each teacher received a tiny pot of seedlings, wrapped in brown paper and tied with tartan ribbon.



Adam hand-sewed around these pretty hearts (I think they're so darling I wanted to keep them!). He chose the fabric and I sewed the buttons on, then I used a skewer to poke holes around the edges, which he then sewed together with a plastic bodkin. He showed such concentration and pride in his work that it was a pleasure to do it with him.
Each of these little decorations was also attached to an exquisite block of chocolate, with a pot of basil and a handmade plant label in each pot.


The teachers were all delighted to have gifts that the children had put time and thought into.
This afternoon I'll take the last two gift in ... a huge bunch of kangaroo's paw for the principal, and a posy of roses and Peruvian lilies for the crossing lady, Helen.
Soon then, it's home for six weeks holiday!

Water lilies in morning light


Granny's Birthday

 Homemade cards to read in the morning ...


Carefully chosen gifts, paid for out of saved pocket-money, and keep secret for weeks ...


A chance for even the littlest to be generous, even if the gift is small and simple (a box of biscuits) ...


A heart-shaped marbled cake decorated with fresh roses ...


And all the love that hearts can share ...


 Happy Birthday to our darling Granny.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Best in Science



Well done my precious big boy! What a lovely way to end second grade.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Summer's Lease

 For us, summer means ...

A Christmas wreath on the door ...


Homemade tree decorations as gifts for teachers (Adam sewed these for his preschool teachers) ...

Hydrangea blooms ...


Face painting at the markets (Eric asked to be a penguin ... after a minute looking confused the face painter pulled out all the stops and did a fantastic job) ...


An end-of-year class party Fiesta!
Decorating the Christmas tree ...




Waterslides in the garden ...