Saturday, 21 July 2012

Birthday wishes

To celebrate my friend Jaki's birthday I embraced her love of birds with this card and hook.

Supplies: PTI dies and stamps (borrowed from Jaki at Camp!!!); SU cardstock & Riverted stamp set

Kira's Art Studio

Kira has removed all the 'home corner' equipment from her cubby and renovated it into her own art studio.  The photo she is holding is her standing infront of the cubby as it was displayed at the shop before she received it for christmas 2010.




Winter Holiday Report

This is a huge blog - and very overdue.  I had plans of uploading photos via WiFi created from my phone connection while we were away, but alas the signal wasn't strong enough.  So I had to wait until I got home.  Two weeks later I have managed to catch some uninterrupted time to do it (I guess at 04:00 hours it's unlikely I'll be interrupted).

The whole family had the school holidays off together (23 June to 8 July). The first week was busy with Kira attending the Australian Youth Choir - Performing Arts School @ Anglican Church Grammer School. It rained all week, so the 35 km twice a day trip wasn't too onerous.  Kira really enjoyed the 3 days.

We packed and headed to the beach @ Coolangatta on Friday 29 July for a week at the Beachcomber International Resort.  We had a delightful change in the weather.  Here are a few snaps of what we got up to:

Friday 29 June - we arrived

The view from our 10th floor apartment

 Sunday, 1 July - Carrara markets

Kira on the free rock climbing wall 

 Lachlan's turn

 Back at the resort for a swim in the roof (heated) pool

 Monday, 2 July - Byron Bay


 Tuesday, 3 july - a visit from the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary folk


 . . . then a bike ride along the beach

 Wednesday, 4 July - the whole day @ Currumbin

Great fun feeding the lorikeets


 Prepared for the Green Challenge - first group



  Prepared for the Green Challenge - second group


close encounters with the Australian emblem mascots


 Thursday, 5 July - Putt Putt



down at Coolangatta beach

 Friday, 6 July - return to Putt Putt for a final round


. . . then it was back home for the weekend before we all went back to school / work on Monday 9 July.


Monday, 2 July 2012

Wildflower Hill


Author: Kimberley Freeman

In 1920s Glasgow, Beattie Blaxland falls pregnant to her married lover Henry just before her nineteenth birthday. Abandoned by her family, Beattie and Henry set sail for a new life in Australia. But life is not about to follow the plan that Beattie had hoped for and fate will play her a cruel hand... In 2009, London, prima ballerina Emma Blaxland-Hunter is also discovering that life can also have its ups and downs. Unable to dance again after a fall, Lydia returns home to Australia to recuperate. But on arrival she is presented with some surprising news - her recently deceased and much-loved grandmother Beattie Blaxland has left her Tasmanian property to Emma. Told through the eyes of a young Beattie Blaxland and a contemporary Emma Blaxland-Hunter, this is an emotionally charged, seductive tale of self-discovery, secrets and surprises.



It has been a long time since I have had time to read a novel.  Terri recommended this one (she lent it to me too!).  I have had some late nights and early mornings as a result.  I really enjoyed  much of it being set in Australia.