Saturday, October 30, 2010

Said at least once a day in our house.............

"Please try and keep the vegemite out of the margarine"

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Master & the Apprentice

C had a follow up appointment with his surgeon today, we actually made great time on the drive in and were seen early. He will not require any further tissue expansion treatment but the doc does plan to do some follow-up smaller ops to fix/adjust/smooth out some areas that are still a work in progress. He asked me if we wanted to have some time off from surgeries or get back into it with an adjustment to his eyebrow first up. Given we were on the waiting list for over a year last time I figured might as well start waiting now so he added us to the waiting list.

C and I then headed over to my work. I set him up on my personal laptop with a few movies and TV shows over the partition from me and I think it’s fair to say he had a ball.

What's funny is that he is such a loud boisterous child except when he is around strangers then he is the opposite, quiet, softly spoken & shy.

He was lucky enough to also be spoilt by half a dozen members of staff with lollies and all sorts.

It tuckered him out, he slept the whole way home.

Until Next Time........

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A wonderful drive in the country

Sunday came around with blue skies and sunshine so I dragged the other members of the fam out of their slumber and broke the news that we would be going on a road trip.

The mission was simple: assess the road to Woods Point, a mining settlement in the vic alpine area with a population of just 94 (2006 census) for possible future bike ride

I neglected to do some in depth checks of the info surrounding the roads to and from this town. I knew that fuel would be a stretch but didn’t take note that the town was only accessible by dirt road.

Unfortunately to get to the dirt road was 45km of sweeping corners which saw my eldest son B and youngest son C complaining they felt sick early on in the journey.

By the time we reached gravel we had our second vomit to clean up, unfortunately this was the first of several, we are still unsure if this was ordinary car sickness or the fact that both boys had tuna sandwiches for breakfast, perhaps it was a combination of both as we all know Tuna is the 3rd most disgusting substance known to man after tofu and death metal music

After what seemed like hours we finally pulled in at the first real sign of settlement and paved roads. Mansfield, the gateway to the ski country. At this stage we were 5 hours into our journey and had only travelled 195km.

We fuelled up with plenty of greese and sugar and back tracked the highway route home, we arrived in at 7pm with aprox 375km on the trip meter and the best part of 8 hours of our lives that we would never get back.

It was still fun, we saw plenty of interesting scenery (I am so kayaking the Goulburn river one day) here are some of the shots

One of many "Dady stop the car i'm going to Bommet" stops
Crossing the great dividing range in Le Boos
One of only a few buildings in woods point
Goulburn river (unseen below the grass line is a family member going to the loo "Bush Style")

It was sooooo good to drive on tarmac

Mansfield visitors centre

5-6 hours in and still all smiles

View of the yarra glen

Its hard to see here but the arrow is actually pointing to a Deer that we came across on the route home.

A shot from the road of the mountain range we live on
Surprisingly still smiles

Its great to get in the car (or our case Le Boos) and just explore
Until next Time..........

Saturday, October 23, 2010

No Stereotypes Here

I dont really buy into that 50's housewife bollocks

I grew up in a house where the mum worked night shift so the dad cooked and cleaned.

My job is far from physically taxing so I make sure when i'm home the mrs doesn't have to do too much. Wrangling 6 children for 12 hours while i'm at work has got to be hardenough.

I've been able to take a 4 day weekend so Mamma bare trotted off to a friends blessingway today which let me get stuck into a few things around the house. We've had a busy 2 weeks so the washing (read) folding was a little out of hand. I also enjoy some housework, like vacuming, I love it, mainly because of our Dyson, but still.

This was todays pile of washing, just to give you an idea of what 8 people generate.

(It actually multiplie by 3 loads after I took that shot )

And folded........

You'll notice the blue tshirt on top is wet, miss p decided to tip her cup of water on the pile...........Thanks

So what housework have YOU done lately?

Until Next Time.......

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Where did the time go?

Married 10 Years tomorrow
I'm who I am today because of you

My best friend of 17 years

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Harking back to the times of Old

Yesterday we hit up the “Australian Blacksmithing Expo” The annual expo was held on one of the local farms that was one of the first to be established in the area. It wasn’t just for black smithing enthuisiasts there was also:
Fabric Felting
Steam and Traction Engines
Clay Art
Medieval Re-enactors
Pony Rides
Devonshire tea
Wood Turning
And much more ........

First order of business was the archery

Miss L wasn't overly interested in the archery and promptly stated she wanted a pony ride when it came to her turn with the bow and arrows, so off we went
T went for the biggest pony (Note mamma Bares excitment, I think she wanted a go more than the children)
L Opted for the white one
Little P went on the little black one
B on the large one

Miss P hanging on for dear life
C was rather shy about the whole thing.
Next up was felting, I for one had no idea this was how you made felt, the ladies running the stall were more than happy to teach the kids how to make felt.
The boys tried their hand at pottery, we will definitely be buying some clay for more of this at home
A view from the top
All in pottery action
Of course there was blacksmithing, this was one of about a dozen different stalls, the machine behind the fire is actually an automatic hammer and was very impressive to watch.

Nextup was the medieval re-enactors, this was a hit with the kids, I really admire the people who don the traditional gear in australian sun and fight it out, it looked very exhausting.
B was allowed to suit up
Noble Knight

T went next, I was amazed at the weight of the chain armour
A Sword battle ensued

The armour was divided

Next up little miss P was challenged to a battle

C had another go omn the horse, this time the bigger one, but was still very shy about it all

B continued to try on various pieces of armour

This was impressive. it weighed more than him
B also wanted a shot at felting
and thats about it.
A great day had by all, a first taste of the aussie summer sun to come too.
Until next time.......