Saturday, March 27, 2010

Making a tomb and waving palms!

 We started making our tomb today. We used an empty pottery pot and pebbles and rocks.

The boys made 3 crosses.

We had some potting mix already opened so we used that to cover the pot tomb.

It was messy work!

here it is before we sowed the seeds

You really had to press the wheat seeds into the earth mud to make them stay.
And with newly cleaned hands we put up our display on our family altar for Palm Sunday.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Northern Lights

The Northern lights were back by popular demand! We made a noght of it with the two youngest. Ate tea out but because it was a chilly evening voted to consume meal in the warmth of the car.

Friday, March 19, 2010

St Joseph

our altar set up for the feast of St Joseph

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Acids, Bases and Density of Gasses: an experiment

Ask your kids what will happen if you pour vinegar into the dish of baking soda. If they’ve done the acids and bases experiments before, they’ll know it “bubbles.”Now light the candle:

Ask “will anything happen to the candle when I add the vinegar to the baking soda? Do you have a hypothesis?” They guessed that the candle would go out, because (a) candles need oxygen to burn and (b) carbon dioxide is heavier than air.“OK, so let’s test the hypothesis that CO2 is heavier than air. If it is, the candle should go out, right?”Pour the vinegar:

The candle went out (note the wisps of smoke):

Yes, indeed, carbon dioxide (CO2) is heavier than air.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Mathilda Magic

St Patrick

Our Saint Patrick day celebrations were a mix of old and new. We have special things which we always put out on the altar. We re-read favorite stories.

And this year we did a lot of crafting and tried out some new recipies.
Irish Hand Pies:


Makes 8

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 head green cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 pound red potatoes, scrubbed and diced
  • 1 pound ground beef sirloin
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • All-purpose flour, for rolling
  • 2 piecrusts (9 inches each), homemade or store-bought


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium; add cabbage and potatoes. Cook until beginning to brown, 7 to 9 minutes. Add beef; cook, breaking

up meat with a spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, Worcestershire, thyme, and 1 cup water. Cover, and cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Lightly mash mixture with a fork. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool completely.

. On a lightly floured work surface, roll each crust into a 14-inch square; cut each into 4 equal squares. Place 1/2 cup filling on one half of each square, leaving a 1/2-inch b

order around the filling. Brush borders with water; fold dough over filling to enclose. Crimp edges with a fork to seal. With a paring knife or scissors, cut 3 small vents in each


3. Transfer pies to 2 foil-lined rimmed baking sheets; bake until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.

4. To Freeze:

Prepare through step 2. Arrange unbaked pies on a baking sheet (they should

not touch); freeze until firm, about 1 hour. Wrap each pie in foil. Place in a resealable plastic bag; freeze up to 2 months.

5. To Bake from Frozen: Proceed with step 3, in

creasing baking time to 28 to 30 minutes.

And a delicious soda bread for dessert!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

A certain brush-tail called "poss"

When the pictures tell it all why bother with words!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Jenny's horse concert

Our children's violin teacher organised a concert for the local branch of "riding for the disabled".It was a fun concert but also great to be able to use your skill to help others and not simply to entertain.Well done Jenny!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2 is the largest ocean liner ever built . Queen Mary 2's facilities include fifteen restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theatre, and the first planetarium at sea. There are also kennels on board, as well as a nursery.
We went with friends yesterday to take a look at her.