Friday, April 30, 2010

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A new dress

Checklist for new dress:
  • can be worn over jeans;
  • has no traces of pink or purple;
  • is pretty much the most fiddly and hard-to-read dress pattern ever so mother keeps up her sewing skills;
  • can be worn while running around the yard and finding interesting bits of grass and rocks;
  • has pockets to store the above mentioned items.
Check. Now to find some strawberry-type buttons to finish off the dress.... (and quickly throw out the pattern before I'm tempted to attempt it again...)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Motorbike riding at the farm

A couple of weekends ago we went to the farm (we say 'the farm', but it's my sister's in-law's farm) to celebrate a birthday and do some motorbike riding.

Happy birthday, matey!

Our boy would have ridden all day if allowed.

Eldest chicken had a blast too.

And littlest chicken was thrilled to have daddy ride her around the home paddock a few times.

The little girls had fun playing in the trailer with the big bike.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bagworm revisited

We have been given another bagworm to babysit this week. We'll have to put him out on the gum tree soon - he's quite an escape artist, and we keep finding him working his way along the lounge room floor.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Camping & Lessons learnt

We're just back from a week of camping in Gloucester. Lovely! I don't think you can have too much fresh air and greenery, can you?

We did learn a few things from our week of camping:
1. children, tummy upsets, camping don't mix
2. if it rains, the rain will eventually find a leak in your tent
3. if you think it's a stinging nettle, it probably is one (lavender oil works great for the sting, by the way!)

But those were minor asides, really. Here's where it really happened:

The obligatory shot of wildlife:

A nice bushwalk or two:

Of course I had to take photos of the fungi (and picked up a few fresh leaches each time, but I chose not to photograph them):

A nice view from Barrington Tops:

And a nice drive past our favourite little chapel on the way home. Good for acorn collecting.

Check out the colour of the leaves!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

A proud moment

Every mother's heart is warmed when they hear their child spelling out loud for the first time. Littlest chicken confidently announced today "p-o-o. It's a swear word." I had to hide my face rather quickly...

Oh, and Happy Easter! My bold statement about no chocolate this Easter turned out to be complete and utter rubbish. But you already knew that would happen, didn't you? You wise person, you. Never mind, those chocolate eggs are good for illustrating the new life we are celebrating today. And the empty tomb, and the stone that was rolled away... I didn't realise a simple egg could represent so many things!

And on another topic, I'm looking forward to snuggling up with a book as the weather gets cooler... with these babies on! How cool, eh? Thanks to my clever sister-in-law.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Chocolate & Easter

We're not having any chocolate this Easter, but if we were, this would make me choose my chocolate very carefully: Child slavery in West Africa (click on the link).