Sunday, June 26, 2011

Cardboard cubby

Today Grumps (my dad) visited with his partner and a brand new computer table setup for us. The instructions were wonderfully complex and Tyger got in the way in his efforts to be helpful. Thankfully the girls next door were calling his name so he went outside for most of the time!

Made with the left over packaging from the new computer table we got.  Kalea is in it, chatting with one of the girls next door, and Tyger is in a box I thought was way too tiny for him but somehow he managed to fit in it and is perfectly happy! It is awesome how left over rubbish can become another person's treasure!

Saturday, June 25, 2011


My brother popped in today on his way down from Weipa with his partner and dog. The kids took to Sasha (the dog), especially Tyger who to walk the dog around the yard on a leash, and wanted to keep her!

After the visitors left, Tyger came to me and had a very lengthy discussion with me about why we can't have pets here and saying how he wanted a dog. It looks like a dog is on the books once we move again and end up in a pet-friendly residence!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Winter Solstice 2011

The shortest day of the year! Unfortunately the celebration at Sugarbag was cancelled this year ( but we have made the most of our solstice with food, winter gardening, altar building and other solstice rites.

Our solstice altar for winter + burning a effigy made from pine needles

Our midwinter gardening blitz

A woolly deadwood tree


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A snug night

We had the neighbours over. We had the most gorgeous quiche lorraine, a pumpkin pie, cioccolata calda and the kids had a good play while their mum and I shared a bottle of rich red berry wine. Yum!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A day with Nana

The older two kids spent the day with my mum. This is what she sent to me about their day...
We walked up the mountain and then down to the park for a play, then back home for food (Tyger eats lots!!) we had a picnic then and tried to spot planes flying into the airport, I think Kalea saw one. 
We coloured in and did alphabet letters, snakes and ladders, planted seedlings, tasted herbs, smelled herbs, pulled carrots and cucumbers, made bread, went back to the park (used a different pathway to get there the second time, confused Kalea but Tyger had a good sense of direction and found the park), made milkshakes (lots of ice little flavouring, Kalea likes strawberry and Tyger wanted chocolate), TV for a bit - one pick for Kalea one for Tyger, chalk drawings and shading mixing colours. 
Then we found James and it all stopped!!! ****
Tyger seemed happy listened and as long as I explained things in detail he was fine..... He was frustrated at the park as Kalea could climb using some flexible rope things to the platform but he couldnt, asked him if he would like me to help him and he overbalanced when he got to the top and slipped, I caught him, Kalea was on the platform it was first Kalea pushed him then me pulled him, calmed him down and explained to him he cant let go of his hands until he is fully on the platform, he cried a little, he did get a big fright but was happy for me to cuddle him better (first time ever). 
He climbed the ropes then again, but asked for my help when he needed it which was fine.... then 'Matilda" (little girl about 4) arrived and Kalea and her hooked up which is when the sand kicking started so timed him out on the grass and explained why he should not kick sand that is why he was sitting out...... eventually he said he would not kick the sand again.  pushed him on the swing for a bit (he likes to go high) then he joined in with Kalea and Matilda.
Kalea took a little time to get over her car sickness, and was quiet for about an hour which is when Tyger and I were making the bread.... then she was fine. She did not eat much, Kalea was the one who asked for a milkshake, grapes, hot chips, so catered for her requests as Tyger eats anything and everything!!!!

Kalea coloured in a picture for Ethan, showed her photos of Ethan and Olivia, and the fact that it was Ethan's birthday(hence the mower) and Kalea asked if she could give him a present so a picture was planned...

Kalea also told me a huge story of things that happen that were scary about a visit to the place where dead people were (cemetary) and the doors opened all by themselves and then they went home and they dont go there any more. Kalea also loved the garden and pulling carrots was a hit especially the different sizes of them.

*** James is the little 4 year old that Tyger found on the road, crying and lost. The police were called, but thankfully James father drove by and saw us all outside and stopped!

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Queen's Birthday

Kids - "Why are the shops CLOSED!?"
Me (for once I could answer this question thanks to someone else telling me on msn lol) "It's the Queen's birthday"
Kalea - "WE HAVE A QUEEN!?!?!??! (excited)
Me - "Yeah over in England. We have a Prime Minister here, to do the work. Anyway its rather boring and a bit silly that we all can't go to the shops just because its her birthday. She might want a croissant to go with her tea and bully for her shes got people to get that for her even though the shops are shut. Us little people dont get that."
Tyger - "What does she look like? Does she have a crown and all?"
Me (showed them google images of the Queen.)
Kalea - "Oh, thats BORING. She doesn't look like a queen, she looks like some old woman"
Kids - "Its not fair. We wanna go to the shops NOW!!"