December 7, 2012
Great stories of recent days!
First our lovely friends Pete and Leila are blessed by the adoption of Abram, and then my cousin Stuart and his wife Annie welcome two Kenyan boys Johnny and Wisdom into their fantastic family!
I can’t work out who is more blessed, the boys or the families that have welcomed them. What a great privilege it is to know both these fabulous Christian families and to rejoice with them in their new members.
My cousin’s story is a much more private one. The family moved to Kenya almost two years ago with the hope of training farmers. You can see what this looks like here on their blog They have an orphanage as neighbours. It was only a matter of time…..
November 23, 2012
Thanks Rory and Duncan.
November 16, 2012
A new friend of our family has been designing games for a while now.
Here is a great opportunity for you to help get the next game up and going….and get some awesome Christmas gifts along the way.
My endorsement: We have played Archeology and Dungeon Raiders and are fabulous family games which take up very little space! The video for this one looks excellent. Ally
Click on the Sushi and go straight through to how you can help. Thanks…… and stay tuned. I think a giveaway of Dungeon Raiders would go down nicely very soon.
November 14, 2012
As I mentioned in my last review, my book club read this a while ago….and I neglected to post a review….. so we will see how my memory serves me!
The Help by Kathryn Stockett was a great read. Fascinating and concerning, convicting and humourous.
Set in Jackson Mississippi in the 1960′s, the book falls into the category of historical fiction, but reads like the ‘book within a book’. This was a time of segregation, violence and the silencing of half the community.
The story swaps between three different narrators, two African American maids and the educated child of a well off white family.
It’s a story about telling your story. Speaking up for what is right and good, whatever the price. It’s also a story about love, genuine friendship and secrets.
We loved it.
I think it helped that Australia didn’t share in this type of oppression and segregation….although we have other issues! It would be hard to read as an American…I would imagine, especially if you grew up during this time and thoughtlessly went along with it!
We thought we were all capable of this same sort of ‘following along with the norm’.
We talked about what issues are with us that would cost to speak out about, but are compelled to.
We felt quite trapped in the ‘mind your own business’ mentality we live in.
Those of us that had seen the movie thought it had left out a pivotal experience, which resulted in the movie missing the gravitas the book achieved. Did anyone else experience this?
All in all a great read and a fabulous holiday read ….if you are looking for something this summer.
Next book: This Charming Man by Marian Keyes.
November 10, 2012
Well here it is…… How Pinteresting!
Meredith suggested a collection of images to satisfy here letter writing phase. I took the theme where-ever it choose to go in my mind….. so I hope I have fulfilled the brief
She also wrote a great post a little while back about using 20 minute time lots to put pen to paper, that might interest you here.
I just love this image of vintage packages.
So what’s next? You choose. Remember it’s interactive, and if no-one chooses I will have to bore you with my collections.
October 26, 2012
Some of you may have noticed that for a while now I have worn goggles on facebook in support of free swimming lessons, because for a while now I have felt quite passionate about kids learning to swim.
Swimming is the ONLY extra curricular activity we insist our girls do, because it’s about safety not about having elite athletes.
I’m not looking for gold medalists, I’m looking for them to be competent strong swimmers….and we have watched the fun follow.
Fortunately, we have been able to fund this desire, but many are not…. or don’t realise the importance until it is too late.
‘Royal Life Saving’s earlier estimates that 1 in 5 kids are unable to swim 50 metres may be overly optimistic and it is now believed that more than 1 in 5 may not be able to swim at all. Today, an estimated 600,000 young adults are at risk; tomorrow and in the next decade we fear this figure will double.
Royal Life Saving believes that the rapid increase in drowning in young adults aged 15-24 years is undeniably linked to a fall in the swimming and water safety skills of children in Australia over the past 10 years.’
from the petition site.
Here is the most alarming bit!
‘The National Drowning Report, released by the Royal Life Saving Society last month, found 45 drowning deaths in 2011-12 among 15- to 24-year-olds, a 25 per cent increase on the five-year average. More than 600,000 young adults in that age group are at ”extreme risk” of drowning, the society says.
September 22, 2012
Thanks Ali for this pinteresting idea.
Some of you will know I am not really a camper.….. but I used to imagine I could live in a trailer or caravan when I was little . Yes, big dreams indeed!
Here are some pretty ones.
I love the Rene Magritte painting as the colour palette in this one.
Now I need another idea! Anyone ……?
August 29, 2012
Yes ‘How Pinteresting?’ is still interactive. Please leave your ideas for pinning in the comment section below.
But….to continue with my extended book week posts, I have put together a group of images related to the book.
And don’t worry Ali….. I have pushed your idea for pinteresting caravans and airstreams until next time…… hope you don’t mind.
August 11, 2012
As there were no current takers for the interactive Pinteresting series I decided to pre-empt the upcoming book week celebrations, with a collection of 50+ ideas for costumes.
In the collection I have made sure there are lots of simple “last minute’ ones and many ‘no sew’ ideas.
I have tried to be fairly generic, and stuck to books over movies.
This years theme is “Champions read” and parades are approaching fast (August 18-24)
This ‘cut-out doll’ idea I love……. but I am not sure I will be able to persuade one of my two to do it.
We will see.
Lots of these costumes we still have and are happy to lend, if you live close.
We love a good dress up at our house!