Tuesday, January 18, 2011

It's free.

My good friend Mel was talking about doing holiday stuff for free with the kids and it gave me an idea!!

Slippery slide in the backyard!!!!

$5 for black plastic from hardware store
$2 cheap shampoo to make the slide extra slippery
FUN FUN FUN costs nothing.

NB) make sure you are not in an area of council water restrictions. Doing it on the grass, waters the lawn too!!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

It may have broken our hearts but it will not break our will

It may have broken our hearts but it will not break our will - these words were spoken by Qld Premier Anna Bligh as the floods unfolded across Queensland. Rain is like life. You think it may be pouring in your own backyard............

but its worse, much worse in someone else's.

(This photo care of Toni's blog)
The following images are various ones I found by googling Qld flood photos

I love the way Australians are banding together, showing that grim determination, that Aussie spirit of helping each other despite their own houses being inundated by water.

Shops are sandbagged in Brisbane's Eagle Street in the CBD.

And from here in Tassie, my husband's cousin Toni is doing her bit to help out. And we can too by clicking on the button on the top right of my blog (you can add this button to your blog too and get the word out, just like this other blog) and participating in one of the auctions she is organising with all the money going to help the flood victims. I can't wait to start bidding.

Lets dust off our emergency 72 hr packs and review our own preparedness.

Friday, January 7, 2011

WHY HAVE A DUMMY.............


Both the boys do this when they are tired or relaxed.
Yes and that is Oliver with a finger up his nose at the same time. He alternates between nostrils and the girls tease him mercilessly, calling him 'booger boy'.

The only problem is you can't throw a finger in the bin, like you can a dummy.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Our last Christmas on New Year's Day

On New Year's Eve we headed to Burnie to celebrate Christmas with the Triffitts. Because everyone was so busy around Christmas Day, we thought we would leave it a week and have Christmas Day on New Year's Day instead. That way Simon wasn't working and everyone was available to enjoy more good food and good company.

When we got to Kay and Dion's, we headed down to the waterfront at Burnie to watch the fireworks. The atmosphere was great and there was not a breath a wind. There were fire dancers right on the beach

and it was lovely to stand on the beach near the waves and watch the fireworks explode in the night.

We left soon after the fireworks because we knew the night was only young for the revellers and that soon the partying would really begin.

The next morning on New Year's Day, Oma and Pop and the Rowlings arrived for our day together. Dion skyped Penny in Georgia on the laptop so we could all say hi. Their fifth baby was due on the 29th of December and they are still waiting.

We had a lovely day tucking into ham, turkey and chicken, along with salads and desserts and nibbles. The kids loved opening their presents. It seemed like Christmas was lasting a whole week and not just one day.

Al the boy cousins playing the playstation..............

And as a post script - thankyou to Mum, Collette, Lisa and Tammy who gave us $ for Christmas to put toward my very first sewing machine. It has been purchased!!

It only took 36yrs to own my very own machine. Now where's that instruction manual!!!