Friday, 30 May 2008
What I do want to do is to dedicate this post to Peter who is responsible from bringing me out of my technological Luddite-ness, giving me some Internet savvy and providing the hardware/software (and unlimited download broadband). In honour of Peter I will post what is one of my absolutely favourite music videos........look out for a cameo appearance by Donny Osmond!
(disclaimer: Peter's favourite song is not "Happy Days"........)
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Monday, 26 May 2008
From the left: The absorbent "stuff" from inside nappies, biodegradable carrier bags mixed with warm water, Rainsaver crystals, PVA and lastly psyllium husks (or "silly yum" as per Doodlebug's label). We live in a world of slime.....
The boys had a great time and can't wait until the next Mindquest comes around in 6 months.
Friday, 23 May 2008
Saturday, 17 May 2008
I bought a big art book for me to browse through paintings with the children as well as some fiction for bedtime reading. E Nesbit's "Five children and It", "Tom's Midnight Garden" (Philippa Pearce) , "Peter Pan" (the original JM Barrie novel) and the first in the series of Enid Blyton's Famous Five.
As if this wasn't exciting enough, I made a new discovery! After reading "Nicholas" (by Rene Goscinny - him of Asterix fame), and "Pippi Longstocking" (by Astrid Lindgren - we read the version gloriously illustrated by Lauren Child) LP and I needed something new.
We found Henrietta - written by Martine Murray (Australian author!) -
The pink cover featuring an illustration of a girl with underpants on her head caught my attention. Then I turned the book around to read:
The story is rambling using really creative wordplay and different fonts making it fun to read. The illustrations are whimsical and childlike. Reading it is like listening to LP talk (in that continuous stream of consciousness way....), they both have wonderful make believe experiences..... so Henrietta and LP have found each other and formed a lasting relationship. So far there are 3 books, and I am hoping there will be many more.
Here's a clip of the author introducing the third book:
Thursday, 15 May 2008
Sunday, 11 May 2008
Thursday, 8 May 2008
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
I am grateful to have known you Tash and to have been even a very small part of your life!
Saturday, 3 May 2008
For Turtle it was also a big day as he was the recipient of his very first brand-new big boy bike with gears. He's had a bit of a growth spurt and was no longer safe on his little bike as he barrels down the pavement. Instead of having to wait for a birthday or Christmas, he got a surprise instead as Peter brought him to the bike shop after soccer. No photo of The Turbo-charged Turtle yet as he is a little camera shy. I'll get him though........
Oh, by the way...... this obviously means I found the missing camera again!!!!!
Friday, 2 May 2008
For the last 2 days I have been at home with a bad cold. My own remedy for a cold was quite simple - retire to bed with a good book, a nice cup of relaxing tisane and.... a huge bar of Dairy Milk chocolate (thanks to the YW/YM fundraiser). I read Kelly Denley's "Almost Perfect" on the first day, and continued my reading of "A matter of conscience" on the second day. Bad timing had it that I was in one of the chapters of High Court rulings. Having most of my grey matter replaced by snot I was struggling with the Legalese, but I am pleased to say that I conquered Mabo (1). It has been a very educational book for me as I have learned a lot about recent Australian political and judicial history, with the latter half of the book emphasising Ron Wilson's work for Human Rights/Aboriginal Rights. Very topical in this year of "sorry".
Anyway, and this is where the confession comes in, I needed an outing today. Besides milk and bread shopping I thought a visit to "Recycled Reading" might be nice so I called Tina to join me.
I love book exchanges, it is so much easier to make a new book discovery in them. I feel more inclined to make adventurous choices when I am not paying full price for a book. There is also the rather satisfying aspect of coming out with an armful of books. I bought a couple of books I have always wanted to read, but haven't got around to yet: "A short history of Tractors in Ukrainian" and "The Shipping News". Then there were books that have been recommended to me eg "A long way gone, memoirs of a boy soldier" . I also found another Barbara Kingsolver book and a Muriel Spark. But, I was really excited to find Spike Milligan's "Silly Verse for Children" that I have been on the look out for, as well as another poetry book for children. A couple of old dr Seuss books also decided to come home with me.. I would take a photo of the complete stash, but my camera is still missing.... besides, I'd hate to incriminate myself any further :)
My name is Mari, and I am a book-a-holic.......
(btw, when I walked out of the door of the book-shop I came face-to-face with "LollyWorld". I had to indulge in a pack of Penguin biscuits.... all around a terrible experience!)