Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
I discovered this title in our bookshelf this month. If you are a homeschooling family or bibliophiles you will know how easy it is to find new discoveries amongst your own shelves! Here is a quote from the second chapter just to wet your appetite.
Friday, May 29, 2009
The brewery is now a home to weavers!We were fortunate to be given a demonstration of one of the looms.The gallery had some beautiful works for sale
This was one of those "capture a memory moments"! Nothing to do with history...but history in the making!
A wonderful day was had by all!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Last Friday as part of our history week studies we went on an historical tour of Mount Lofty Botanic Park.
Usually we visit here for nature study(and indeed we saw some exciting nature(scroll down to bottom of post!)but this was a tour about the history behind the park.
It is a testament to men and women of
in the past that we have such places today.
Isabelle,our tour guide had a very personal story to tell about this weeping oak. It used to reside in her aunts garden at Stirling,
but when the freeway was being put through and many of those beautiful gardens had to be requisitioned it was moved to Mount Lofty Botanic park. It was at least twenty years old then yet like all the "freeway rhododendrons" that were moved at the same time it survived.(as a side-note to those trees: only two or three didn't make it through the summer(!!) of the move and the Ash Wednesday bush fires also missed them!)Isabelle's aunt ran Primrose Tearooms from her Stirling garden, I wonder if anyone reading this blog remembers them!
This was the highlight of our visit. There were two of them, and they were so tame they ended up feeding
out of ds's hand!
We have been reading this book and making some of these as part of our preparations for Pentecost this weekend.Ds turns 12 on Sunday too. he is actually more than reconciled(11) to
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
A very dear friend made this beautiful image of our lady. She says she wasn’t satisfied with it but I love it! I look through it to all the sweet humble virtues of that young Hebrew maid.I ponder as Pentecost approaches where Mary spent these few days after the Ascension and then the time after Pentecost.I love this quote:
"I am sure the whole baby Church was as much in our Lady's care as her own Baby had been and that for the twelve years or so she continued to live in Jerusalem, she spent nearly all her time between praying at home and praying in the Temple, and that only when the Apostles got to Heaven did they realize how much her prayers had had to do with their wonderful success." (from:"The First Christians: The Acts of the Apostles for Children".by Marigold Hunt)
Monday, May 25, 2009
Last week our nature trailing took us to Morialta Conservation Park.
We were amazed at how lush and green everything was after our spell of rain.
We observed amazing rock formations,noticed many different seed pods, discovered several insects(including this moth and some gigantic ants(from whom we kept our distance!).Many plants were in bloom, including two which unfortunately my camera couldn't take a close enough unblurred picture(but we can tell you they were tiny and that was one was bright pink and the other a startling red). We love the shapes of many of our Australian natives(who said God doesn't have a sense of humour!). The boys enjoyed climbing this tree when we returned from our 5km hike(note to Duncan if he is reading this(!) we went up the second falls gorge hike)and sharing their afternoon tea with several magpies. Finally just as we were leaving some fellow visitors drew our attention to the upper branches of the same tree where we spotted one of Blinkey Bill's clan!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
"Grandad Pickle’s Pickle Palace makes the best pickles in the world. There’s Plain Pickle, Popular Pickle, Particular Pickle, Perfect Picle, Princely Pickle…
…But best of all is Powerful Pickle. It is the choicest,tastiest, most original pickle ever known. All around Copper Creek Powerful Pickle is famous. Life at Copper Creek wouldn’t be the same without it.
But one day disaster strikes. Grandad Pickle falls off Bess the horse and bumps his head…and forgets the special, secret, ingredient for his powerful pickle recipie!
Now Grandad Pickle is grumpy as he has never been grumpy before, and even Granny Polly isn’t her usual cheerful self.Robert nd Anne must do something before it is too late.
Power Pickle…powerful problem!"
The Powerful Pickle Problem by Sally Farrell Odgers is a delightful picture of Australian country life in the early 1930’s. The illustrations by Lorraine Hannay compliment the exuberance of the script.The book is not long but at its close we are left with a good understanding of Australian country life in the 1930’s and a wistfulness for days gone by. We would recommend this book as part of any Australian studies unit.