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    Launching My Online Database of Australian Books!

    I don’t recall ever a time I couldn’t read, a love of words led me naturally to a love of books. I grew up in a home full of books and as a pre-teen it seemed only natural to set up a my own library, pasting envelopes and borrowing cards on many of the books (this was the 80s) and handing out library cards to the neighbourhood children who were eager to join my lending library, at least that was my perception.   I was fortunate to be gifted that childhood library and have added onto it extensively. Many of our books are Australian books, a passion of mine since…

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    My Daybook: 22nd June, 2020

    Outside my window… it’s totally dark, it’s night time, last night was the longest night of the year, it was the Winter Solstice I am thankful… for our home and property, only months ago we were on standby for threatening bushfires and then we’ve spent the past few months isolated at home, I’m extremely thankful for our beautiful home, albeit unfinished, and our picturesque property. We’ve made many sacrifices and much effort to arrive here and I’m extremely appreciative I am thinking… about the distractions of social media, I control it pretty tightly, I mainly use facebook for book loving groups and I’m extremely spasmodic with my instagram use, both…

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    Preparing Younger Children for Confirmation

      In August 2018 Jem and Bass received the Sacrament of Confirmation, at the time the boys were 9 and 7 years old which made Bass the youngest child I’d prepared to receive this Sacrament. Previously Jelly Bean at 9 had been my youngest child for Confirmation and I’d already discovered the need to adjust previously used materials. With both boys being so young I found that some of our previous resources didn’t suit, and I found a couple of new resources I was far happier with. Preparing our children for the reception of their Sacraments is amongst the most precious responsibilities as Catholic parents entrusted to us.  This is…

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    My Daybook: 20th May, 2020

    Outside my window… it’s early morning, the dew is still wet on the grass, the sun is shining, the horse and foal graze in the paddock nearby, it’s going to be a beautiful day I am thankful… that our adult children have had seasonal work for these past couple of months. The work is physically demanding and the hours long, and with an hour travel both ways some days they leave before 6am and don’t return until 7pm. In only three more weeks all the ponds will be empty and the prawns all boxed and gone I am thinking… it’s time I wrote a fresh A Day in Our House…

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    Home Education Help For You

    The Australian Homeschooling Summit begins tomorrow 4th May through to the 15th. If you haven’t yet got your ticket now is the time!! Quick Recaps I will be talking about Creating your own Booklists for a Literature Based Education. I’ll be sharing my passion and knowledge about this topic and stepping you through on just how to create your own booklists for your topic choice of interest. I can’t wait.  That presentation will be on Friday May 8th at 1pm.   I will also be facilitating a second presentation Home Ed Graduates – What Do They Think? wherein my five home educated children and daughter-in-law will chat about some common questions they…

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    3 Indigenous Children’s Books for Anzac Day

    Tomorrow is ANZAC Day, an ANZAC Day that will be observed in an entirely different way around the Nation than is normal due to COVID19.  However observe it we shall as we commemorate our fallen, returned and current Service men and women, remembering their sacrifices past and present. Included in their number are thousands of our First Peoples. Did you know that: At least 50 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people served in the Boer War (1899-1902) Over 1000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people served in World War I (1914-1918) and around 70 fought at Gallipoli At least 3000 Aboriginal and 850 Torres Strait Islander people served in World…

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    My Daybook: 18th April, 2020

    Outside my window… the sky is lightening, the paddocks are covered in a faint mist, signs of colder Autumn mornings, I see a mob of kangaroos grazing I am thankful… for the swift calls that the Australian leadership has made to suppress Covid 19, that the curve is flattening, and mostly I’m thankful for my fellow Australians, they have on the whole responded well to the call for physical isolation, truthfully I’m also pleasantly surprised I am thinking…‘ about my little sister, today was to have been her Wedding Day and instead it’s indefinitely postponed. First she lost her job (beauty salon) then she had to postpone her Wedding until…

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    My Daybook: 15th March, 2020

    Outside my window…  as I begin writing this post it is dark outside, I’m the first up and all is quiet, though I can hear the horses breathing outside the window, I’m an early morning person so I’m most productive now I am thankful… for my new, super fast internet! Doing cartwheels here as it is an incredible difference. We were on an upload speed of 0.25mbps! 🙁 it truly was impossible, I reached a breaking point and we have ditched the Telstra ADSL1 after 27 years! and have now gone to the Optus 4G Tower and we are receiving on average upload speed around the 12mbps mark. That’s still…