Monday, February 22, 2016




Summer continues to fly swiftly by with all it's warmth and beauty.  Our gardens continue to produce prolifically & we are just abundantly blessed by the bounty given to us.  Our corn reached up to the heavens & since Miss Ellie is 5'3" & is standing on the garden bed, you get an idea of the height of it in the first photo. This was taken a few weeks ago & we have since harvested all the corn & frozen some of it.  I wondered what the frozen corn would be like, but we tried some the other night & it was very sweet & tasty.  I told Dave that at the rate we are eating it, we will have to plant three times that amount of corn next year.  We've never had garden fresh corn before & we are using it far more often than I predicted.

School is back into the swing of things & it is lovely to get into routine again.  I do struggle with juggling it & the ripening gardens as I attempt to can some of the produce though.  I am freezing far more than I should be.  This is fine now, but at butchering time when I am wanting every spare inch of my freezer space, I am going to be regretting my laziness. 

We journeyed to Ikea in late January to get school desks for our newly painted ( & with a new ceiling) school room. Ikea opened a shop in Canberra in November last year,  So far we have only gone twice (ummm... yes, that is rather often for people who live this far away).  We do love Ikea! As for the schoolroom, it is awaiting carpet & in the meantime these humbling 70's tiles that I am EAGER to cover are still very dominant.  The carpet will come hopefully by the end of the year.  
On our first trip we purchased desks for all the children.  We got them to put their own desk together.  Dave & I helped the twins, but Zai & Ellie did their own completely independently (well, with a few questions answered if needed).  In the photo is Jud & myself working out how to construct this thing from the diagrams they give.  I always wonder why Ikea can't include words in their instructions.  I know that it makes them able to be used for many countries, but it would be easier when you are trying to work out which piece is what.   Jud & I did put the top on back to front (we fixed it when we realised our mistake), but otherwise we worked it out.  Ellie was the only one who did it without any mistakes ( oh & Dave, but that doesn't count as putting things together is his thing). It seems Ellie is our practical child!

I grew calendula for the first time this year & I am drying it on my kitchen bench. It's intended use is calendula oil as  I've heard it has fantastic health properties. I do love the calendula plant as well.  It is always covered in blossoms & just makes you smile every time you walk past it. 

Zai & Ellie have begun Textile studies as part of their Technology subject  this year.   I am enjoying pulling out my old sewing machine & introducing them to it's proper use.  They have made a basic pillow so far (which I knew they would both do easily as they have both had instruction in sewing previously).  Ellie decided to 'dress up' with fabric so scare her Daddy when he arrived home from work.  I'm not sure how 'scared' he was, but I am thankful he has such a strong back as she jumped right on him.  With the twins added as well, it was quite a weight!

And so I must conclude as our washing machine has just beeped & I'm sure I have a little boy who I must remind to focus back on his maths :)
Have a wonderful week friends


Warbirds Downunder 2015 & a short update

Monday, February 15, 2016

I've missed this little place on the website.  I've missed the writing of posts & the sharing of photos.  I'm trying to work out how to fit all the pieces of this puzzle of life into the 24 hours I've got.  This blog is my little place to share.  It relies on the 'me' time that is so elusive for homeschooling mothers. Our children love looking back through the pages & seeing what has been going on in life.  It's for them that I continue to click away here.  That, and I would be lost without a place to write.
These photos are all from the airshow 'Warbirds Downunder' that was held in November last year.  I'm slow in getting these up, I know, but I have had them loaded here for months now and these are the types of photos that my 'aeroplane crazy' family LOVE to look back on.  We are blessed to get free tickets to the airshow through Dave's work so we were able to enjoy it. The displays were amazing and the numerous variety of warbird planes shown were astonishing.  While the twilight show on the Friday night was a little sad due to the terrible weather conditions, the all day Saturday show was excellent and made up for any disappointment of the evening before.

Dave's Dad as able to attend with us.  it was lovely catching up with him & spending that time.  The children enjoyed having Grandpa visiting.  It is wonderful that this love of aeroplanes is a multi-generational interest!

The day was rather warm & seeing the engineers cooling off under the wing of the plane made me smile.

Today, I'm in the middle of schooling the children.  I keep on jumping up & then forgetting my train of thought. If this is a rather jumpy post , that would explain that.  The twins are working on their maths.  They work quite independently, but I do still have to be here to explain concepts. The other two are doing their IEW lessons.  I had wondered for years about whether that program was worth the money, but it has proven to be excellent so far.  I am very happy with this year's curriculum choices so far & will endeavour to share what we are using as I know many of my fellow aussie  homeschooling mothers enjoy these posts. 
I'd better go as the washing machine is calling me to go & hang out the clothes & Jud needs some help.
I tend to be much better at updating on Instagram if you happen to like that social media platform (it is my favourite after blogs).  I hope you all have a wonderful day. 

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