Sunday, 31 August 2008
While we never quite managed to halt the water, there was great satisfaction in building a bridge to cross from one side to the other.
The happiest days are those spent pottering about in nature.
Thursday, 28 August 2008
While I put together a bouquet for the dining table, Boo collected up the floral remnants and made his own arrangement in a colourful plastic cup. Once the masterpiece was complete, he proudly placed it on the table beside his bed.
He's just begun to make comments like: 'dolls are for girls' or 'flowers are for ladies', and I'm keen to show him that these pasttimes are actually for everyone. It just depends on what you, as a person, enjoy.
Although he still refuses to take flowers to his preschool teacher.
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
Tuesday, 26 August 2008
Together we picked three pure white daisies from the garden, then placed each in a glass of water coloured with plenty of food colouring. Within an hour the veins in each petal showed subtle colouring -- this morning the effect was marvellous, with the yellow and green coloured flowers really standing out.
Boo understands now that flowers carry water from their stems into their leaves and petals, which is a good start to basic biology!
We dined on strawberries and lamingtons and dip, and drank cup after cup of hot tea, while the children played as though they'd never been apart.
Sunday, 24 August 2008
We celebrated with a lavish family brunch at Maggie's house. The adults dined on mounds of croissants, bacon, sausages, frittata (made with our own freerange eggs) and bowls heaped high with strawberries and melon -- while the children had eyes for nothing but the birthday boys new toys.
Then it was time for the cake ... a beautiful lamington and jellybaby train.
After a lunch of hot chips and drinks we braved the freezing wind for a quick play in Tumbalong Park, which has a host of daring slides and climbing equipment.
Once we were thoroughly frozen we hurried through the cold to the Powerhouse Museum for tea and biscuits in the Members' lounge (which has a fantastic play area for the kids, while the adults can read papers and relax in comfy chairs upstairs).
Finally a last treat ... a visit to see Uncle Richard perform in the Science Show at the ABC Centre. The kids were delighted to see their uncle as the star of the show ... and rapt when he singled them out and invited them to sit behind the stage. The show was enormously entertaining, and the kids learned a lot, too.hen home for five sleepy children, and a chance for Mummy and Daddy to have dinner out with friends while Boo stayed with his cousins for the evening. A busy weekend, but a good one!
Thursday, 21 August 2008
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Cleaning up was easy ... once the excitement had worn off, Boo took the cars into the bath, where he spent a happy half hour playing 'car wash'.
Katy's newchallenge? A muffin tin breakfast. Now there's an interesting idea ...
Monday, 18 August 2008
1 c shredded coconut
1 c dates, chopped finely
½ c caster (superfine) sugar
1 t lemon zest
125g butter, melted
1 egg, lightly beaten
- Preheat the oven to 180 C. Line a slice tin with baking paper.
- Place the flour, coconut, dates, sugar and zest in a large mixing bowl. With a wooden spoon, blend in the melted butter and the egg. Mix well.
- Spread the slice mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the slice is firm and has a golden crust. Cool in pan.
- Meanwhile, combine ¾ c icing sugar, 2 t lemon juice and 15g of melted butter in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Once the slice is cool, spread the icing in a thick layer over it, and sprinkle with extra coconut.
- When the icing has set, cut the slice into generous sized squares. Enjoy with a cup of coffee, while sitting on the verandah sofa and basking in the late winter sunshine.
Sunday, 17 August 2008
He made fairy boats, turning the flowers upside down, arranged them into patterns, talked to them and scolded them ...
... and balanced the most beautiful on his head.
Saturday, 16 August 2008
We played 'dentist' at home beforehand, as a friend's child had recently been taken to an appointment and refused point-blank to even open her mouth while there. So I became the dentist and Boo was set back in a reclining chair, and asked to open his mouth while I prodded about inside with a popsicle stick.
When we arrived at the dentist Boo opened his mouth ... wide.
And wouldn't close it for the next 10 minutes, even when told he could.
His teeth look fine, thank goodness, so the first visit assured him that there's nothing to fear from the dentist. He behaved like a dear little man, and was rewarded with a new toothbrush and toothpaste with Tweety-bird on it, with which is is delighted.
Thursday, 14 August 2008
Thursday August 14, 2008 ...
Outside My Window... the sky is a crisp blue and cloudless, but the blustering wind is icy ...
I am thinking... of the pros and cons of various insulin pumps on the market, as I need to choose a replacement model this week ...
I am thankful for... the fact that I live in a safe, peaceful, wealthy country, where medical care is advanced and affordable ...
From the kitchen... Apricot Crumble Slice (see post below) ...
I am wearing... brown track-suit pants, a black long-sleeved shirt, knitted blue cardigan, red tartan scarf, and those comfy sheepskin slippers that I feel lost without ...
I am reading... The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett. I read it once before as a teenager, long before I visited the cathedrals of Europe, so now hope to appreciate the book in a new way. I also feel in the mood for a good, entertaining saga ...
I am hoping... to send several overdue gifts and birthday cards in the mail today ...
I am hearing... the car pull into the driveway as Jumps returns from installing a new television antenna on his Mum's television -- he's the kind of man who quietly solves practical problems for us all, with no fuss and no expectation of thanks ...
Around the house... are too many little bits and pieces that need to be put away! ...
One of my favorite things... is when Frodo comes to visit (see my picture thought below) ...
Here is picture thought I am sharing ...
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
90g butter, melted
1 c plain flour
1/3 c caster (superfine) sugar
1 2/3 c finely chopped dried apricots
¼ c caster (superfine) sugar
80g butter, melted
1/3 c dessicated coconut
¼ c shredded coconut
½ c plain flour
½ c firmly packed brown sugar
- Preheat oven to moderate. Line a slice baking pan.
- Combine butter, flour and sugar in a small bowl, then press mixture over base of prepared pan.
- Bake in a moderate oven for about 20 minutes, or until nicely browned.
- Meanwhile, place the apricots, water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes or until a thick jam is formed, stirring occasionally.
- Combine all the topping in a medium bowl and mix well.
- When the base is ready (and while it is still hot) spread the hot apricot filling over it, then sprinkle generously with the crumble topping.
- Bake in moderate oven for about 20 minutes or until browned. Cut into pieces while still warm, then leave to cool in the pan.
Sunday, 10 August 2008
Happily the local park boasts a small stand of trees with just the right kind of branches.
Up, up, up went Boo and Rory -- almost close enough to touch the sky.
Until Boo wanted to come down and couldn't find a foothold. He began to wail, and flung himself into Mummy's arms from quite a height.
I'm a little like that, too: sometimes the exhilaration of getting to the top makes me forget how difficult coming down can be. I am thankful that so often in my life strong arms have been there to catch me when I fell.
Saturday, 9 August 2008
Simply use a cookie cutter to cut two stars from wholemeal bread, pop a little grated cheddar in the middle, then poke a coloured popsicle stick inside. Then we simply put the whole lot into the microwave for about 30 seconds or until the cheese melted. After waiting a little for the sandwiches to cool I used a sharp knife to trim off the cheese that had seeped out, and they were ready to eat!
(And one more photo, just because I think he's beautiful ... )
Friday, 8 August 2008
I told Boo to watch the toaster and see what popped up -- he was thrilled when he saw the colourful toast pictures. He ate two-and-a-half slices this morning -- and delighted especially in nibbling off the sun's eyes, nose and rays.
Such fun -- this would be a great weekend treat to greet grumpy sleepy heads in the morning.(I can't remember where I first saw this idea -- it was on a crafty kiddie blog -- if it's yours let me know and I'll give you credit and include a link to your site.)