• Blog,  Photography,  Photography - Link Ups

    31 Day Photography Challenge: Linkup Week Two

    We’re currently hosting a 31 Day Photography Challenge here on the blog and would love to have you join us 🙂 A great way to take your photography up a step, pick up your camera and practice, practice and practice.   To join us is simple, just share your post link below and we will pop on over for a visit, you may also share your photos on instagram using #31dayphotography.   Don’t forget to come back and join us next Wednesday 18th, sharing your photos for Days 11 – 17.   Day 4: Flowers   Day 5: Funny   Day 6: Hands   Day 7: Motion   Day 8: Eyes…

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    My Daybook: 10th May, 2016

    Outside my window… there is the most glorious sunrise, I’ve just spent several moments outside trying to capture the colours, I’ll try again tomorrow with the tripod I am thankful… so extremely thankful for my talented husband who has just finished creating the most incredible home library a book loving girl could have 🙂 Several times throughout the day I wander in just to gaze in amazement and appreciation, I’m blessed, so blessed I am thinking… about our eldest son’s birthday this week, he is turning twenty-one, where have the years gone!!! Excited as he’s talking about a visit home sometime this month, as we spent Christmas with our lads…

  • Blog,  Extensions,  Extensions - Flooring,  Extensions - Renovating,  In the Library

    Library Ready And Waiting

      Once our library floor had been laid it was time to turn our focus to sanding and polyurethane-ing the floor, therefore last weekend we hired a sander and began our first foray into finishing a floor. After PC ran the industrial sander over the floor a few times; Michelangelo, Princess and PC puttied all the nail holes. When we laid the floor we had secret nailed but as our timber was recycled it contained many previous holes. As our flooring was recycled it came complete with ready made ‘character’ in that they had been worn unevenly across their surface in their past life in a classroom.  To keep some of this character we…

  • Blog,  Photography,  Photography - Link Ups

    31 Days Photography Challenge: Linkup Week One

    Last week I invited you to join us for 31 Days of Photography, challenging and stretching ourselves to take our photography ‘up a notch’. Perhaps you’ve dived in and have been snapping away the last few days, or perhaps you have been frozen in indecision, wanting to join the fun but not quite sure how you can improve.   The beginning step is to pick up your camera and click, click, click as they say ‘practice makes perfect.’ Wishing just know how to make those shots even more dynamic? Read posts with camera tips, you may at first be overwhelmed but eventually you begin to become familiar with terms. Add photographer’s…

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    31 Day Photography Challenge: May 2016

      Improving our photography skills is something many of us long to do but for many it seems an impossible dream. I indeed relate as I was once a dreadful photographer, think headless, dark and blurry, thanks to the advent of the digital camera my family begun to retain their heads. More recently my skills continued to improve indeed jumped several notches thanks to; reading photography tips, undertaking a course and most importantly ‘practice, practice and practice’. I’m by no means a professional photographer but as someone who, only ‘moments ago’ was a total rank amateur I can completely relate to your bewilderment of all things camera, yet your keen desire to improve. I’d like to support and…

  • Blog,  Extensions,  Extensions - Flooring,  Extensions - Renovating,  In the Library

    Library Floor Has New Look

    Two weekends ago we began preparations for laying the flooring in our new library. As I’ve shared previously our timber is second hand timber, stored for several years from when we salvaged all the timber from a two storey Convent school prior to demolition. First task is to clean the floorboards from decades of dirt, accumulated as they sat under carpet being tramped over by hundreds of feet. PC set up a ‘cleaning station’, wherein each board was placed in a ‘slot’, the ‘criss-cross’ saws were run along the groove of each board pushing out the dirt, sometimes the tongues needed cleaning too. For two days the children worked tirelessly carrying the boards from the…

  • Blog,  Home Education,  Home Education - Planning,  Learning

    Our Reading Basket: Reminisces & Plans

      A constant of our home education journey is reading, over the years we’ve read, cried, laughed and devoured hundreds of books together, these ‘friends well met’ are now part of our family culture. Initially, when life was simpler we began our day with reading, as our dynamics changed this ‘time together’ shifted and continues to periodically as we seek the best way to meet our ever changing needs. It has also undergone name changes over the years, originally it was our ‘gather together time,’ eventually we called it our ‘reading basket time,’ another popular term for some is ‘morning basket.’ Regardless, we’re simply together; reading, discussing and memorising our way through…

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    My Daybook: 14th April, 2016

    Outside my window… it’s early morning, I love the soft light of the morning. Outside my window I see a mob of kangaroos grazing nearby, closer to the house chooks free range searching for bugs, swimming on the pool are several wild ducks, we’re having a running battle with the ducks to keep them off and the pool clean I am thankful… for the generosity of a sweet family friend who gifted us this week with ten patchwork quilts, yes ten!!!  A king sized one! a double, several singles and a cot quilt. Thousands of hours of love, effort and expense invested in these quilts, we’re rather stunned and honoured to receive…