Monday, July 6, 2015

School Holiday Fun - Juggling Balls

School holidays are officially upon us, and unfortunately the weather isn't looking to good. Lucky I have been stocking up my crafting cupboard and have a few activities up my shelve.

I remember making these juggling balls with my brother and sister when I was little, sometimes we would make a huge bunch and sell them at our local market on the weekend. 

Today we made just enough for everyone to have a play. Poppy (Six), was the perfect age but the twins (three), were a bit little for some of the trickier tasks like stuffing the filled stocking into the balloons.

They've all been playing with them ever since we made them and I plan to add some extra activities to go with them in the next few days.

You will need some rice, old stockings, balloons, rubber bands and scissors.

Cut out the feet of the stockings and fill with just enough rice to suit the size ball you want. 
Tie with a rubber band and cut off any excess stocking.

Stuff the stocking ball into a balloon (this can be tricky but it does go in), Cut off the neck of the balloon just to the base of the ball. With another balloon make tiny holes (they will stretch as it goes on) then stretch over the ball, you can do this as many times and with as many colors as you like. Cut off the neck of the balloon to make an extra hole.

Squish, throw, roll, juggle, stack, and enjoy!!

Happy School Holidays! x

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Saturday

Winter Saturdays are for getting things done. Sewing, cooking, working on cars, cleaning or like yesterday gathering wood.


We rugged up, because even though the morning sun was out, the fresh snow air coming from the mountains behind where we live was freezing. We packed some snacks and BBQ food and headed off.


The children made their own little fire while we organised the big bonfire that had been growing for months, with rubbish that needed cleaning up from the farm, dead limbs, tree stumps and other bits and bobs.




Alexis decided she loves lizards and witchetty grubs and didn't even flinch when this one crawled up her sleeve. (Eek!!)

We filled the trailer and Ute full of beautiful wood that will keep us warm for the next few months.






After our lunch we couldn't go past cooking a few marshmallows on the fires.

 And finished off with some hot chocolates to warm our bellies. 
What a great way to enjoy a fresh Winters day.

As for today? Poppy is in the garden with Pop, Rory is asleep on the couch, Alexis is watching Tangled and Tommy is working on his car.

Me? I'm taking a break from editing some photos, A very Happy Sunday indeed. 


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Creamy Broccoli Soup

I was a bit skeptical at the sound of Broccoli soup, but was very happy with the finished product. A creamy, delicious, healthy dinner, that the whole family enjoyed. 


What you'll need:

1 kg broccoli
1 onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 tps olive oil
5 cups vegetable stock

What to do:

Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. 
Add onion and broccoli, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes or until soft. 
Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds or until fragrant.

Add stock to pot. 

Increase heat to high and bring to the boil. 
Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook for 20 minutes or until tender. 

 Use a stick blender to blend until smooth.

Serve with hot croutons for a yummy crunch.


Enjoy. x

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Stills

A little catch u with whats been going on with us lately.
We set lanterns off to mark Winter Solstice.

We spent time with family from out of town.


They dressed as pirates for a fundraiser at their daycare.

We played in the rain.

We went motorbike riding in the glorious mud.

She wore jeans, and liked it! Thanks Target!

We bounced at Airtime, where the 'big kids' had way more fun than the little ones.

We made our own jar lanterns.

We visited the pool.

I have been doing some photography sessions for more people, I can't wait to share with you soon!

What have you been up to lately?

xx

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Winter solstice lanterns

Today is Winter solstice, which marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. It has been cold around here lately, we've been lucky enough to have beautiful sunny days but the mornings are covered with the thickest of frosts, that often don't lift until after lunch.

This afternoon we made some simple jar lanterns, some washi tape, old jars and tea light candles are all that's needed. The little activity gave us the chance to talk about what Winter solstice is and the changing seasons.

We talked about the fun things we still have lined up for the rest of Winter, a bon-fire night, a trip to the snow, and perhaps some motorbike riding in the mud.

We also talked about looking forward to some warmer weather and for the flowers to be blooming again.



We lit our candles and sat them outside. They look lovely in the dark and tomorrow I will add some wire around the top and hang them around the deck.

Now we're all rugged up in front of the fire. I'm going to go find a bag of marshmallows and toast a few before it's bed time.

Happy Winter Solstice. x 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Share Australia

Tasmania is amazing, we can be on the beach in the morning and in a couple of hours we can be playing in the snow, hiking some of the oldest forests in the world, sailing with friends, fishing for trout, exploring some beautiful falls or eating some of the freshest ingredients from world class restaurants. The possibilities really are endless.

Today I'm sharing my top three family friendly places to visit in Tasmania.


First on my list is The Bay Of Fires on the East Coast of Tasmania.

With it's white sand, crystal blue water and orange-hued granite rocks it's not hard to see why.

I grew up around these beaches and there were plenty of summer days spent camping, boating, snorkeling, shell collecting, bird watching, hiking, surfing, and fishing around this beautiful area.

We now enjoy taking our children to this stunning part of the world and I love seeing the beauty through their eyes, helping them rock climb, explore rock pools and enjoy an ice cream from the near by Binalong Bay shop like I once did, many years ago.


The Bay Of Fires is a two and a half hour drive from Launceston and when looking for accommodation in the area I couldn't recommend Belle Vue at Binalong Bay highly enough.

Any time of the year would be perfect for visiting, but you can't beat a swim in the crystal blue waters on a hot Summers day.


Secondly I love taking my family to The Great Lakes in the central highlands of Tasmania. 

The conditions from Summer to Winter are hugely different, and our favorite time to go is Winter, when there is snow.

To get to The Great Lake it is an hour and a half drive from Launceston, when taking the family we pack our portable gas BBQ, a huge thermos with hot chocolate, toboggans, carrots for our snow mans noses, and lots of warm wet weather gear as well as a change of dry clothes, as you will get wet.


We head up in the morning, find a good spot to play in the snow, try our hand at walking on the frozen lakes, light a fire, enjoy a BBQ lunch, have toboggan races and always end with a good old snow ball fight. The conditions up here aren't good enough for skiing or snowboarding, but are perfect for a play in the snow with little ones. If you're looking for some slopes, the closest place to head would be Ben Lomand.


We then drive over the mountain and head home via the small town of Deloraine, for a bit of a scenic change.

I'm not sure who enjoys these days more, the little kids experiencing snow for maybe the first time, or the adults who have been year after year but still get plenty of joy from this gorgeous day out.

If you're looking to stay a night or two, The Great Lake Hotel has accommodation, as well as a lovely bar and restaurant with a large menu to suit the whole family and a huge open fire to warm little hands after a day in the snow.






My third place in Tasmania for a family day out would be 'The Gorge' in Launceston. 

It's easy to spend a full day here with plenty of walks and hikes, the longest single span chairlift in the world, free BBQ facilities, a pool, the ever present wild life including colorful peacocks, suspension bridge, beautiful gardens, play equipment, award winning restaurant and cafe, and panoramic lookouts with spectacular views.


We often go for walks around the The Gorge, and always spot kangaroos, wallabys, peacocks and more. It's a popular spot in Summer with the free swimming pool and the large lawns are spotted with picnic blankets and families.

On New Years Day, The Gorge comes alive with the annual 'Basin Concert' being held in this natural velodrome and acts from all over the world come and play to this family friendly crowd. 


With this natural beauty being only a 15 minute walk from the center of Launceston, it's easy to see why it's a local favorite. 


As you can see, I love our little corner of Australia and have only scrapped the surface with my three favorite family days out.