• Blog,  Blogging - Daybook

    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…

  • Blog,  Book Reviews,  Books - Faith,  Faith,  Faith - Sacramental Preparation

    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…

  • Blog,  Book Reviews,  Books - Australia,  Books - History

    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: 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…

  • Blog,  Home Education,  Home Education - Language Arts,  Home Education - Leaping into Literature,  Learning

    Leaping into Literature: Six Years Strong

    A Tradition begun way back in 2013 is still beating strong. As with every 4th Term for the past six years we enjoyed reading our way through piles of picture books, a tradition we look forward to each year. Our Leaping into Literature immersion as per usual was accompanied by the children giving their opinions and star ratings. This year’s participating children shrunk to only four; 13, 11, 8 & 5 years.  Due to the growing ages of the children we also included short chapter books, as the interest of some in picture books is beginning to wane just a little, my heart begins to break. Short Chapter Mr Pettigrew’s…

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    My Daybook: 21st May, 2019

    Outside my window… it’s a dark night, all is still. The benefits of living in the country, no city lights nor noises I am thankful… for good health, for my own and a beloved family member. Mine was a scare, all good but concerning at the time. Our dear family member’s condition is still unknown but the worse case scenario has at least been ruled out. Good health is never something I take for granted, I grew up with an invalid parent and know first hand the far reaching implications for all involved, for the patient and their family I am thinking… about family. My youngest brother, his wife and two…

  • Blog,  Hearth & Health,  In the Home - Organisation

    DVD & BluRay Organisation

    We have finally found the perfect solution on how to tackle DVD & BluRay Organisation!! 🙂 Wrestling our ever expanding DVD & Blu Rays into some semblance of organisation has long been the bane of my existence. We have tried a few different solutions over the years, some with better success than others. When my friend Jenn over at Wildflowers and Marbles shared that she had THE solution to DVD & Blu-Ray Organisation you better believe I paid attention. Jenn is the Queen of organisation, furthermore she had trialed this for months before sharing.  We’ve now had this method in place for a year, so I can verify this is the solution…