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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Chooks!

 
For years we have been talking about getting chooks
 
 The husband could just never find the time to build a chook coop
 
 So the boys and I bought a kit one from the hardware store,
it was finally put together by the boys, then it sat for a while longer.
Then we bought some chooks, and built a yard around it,
so they could stretch their legs.
 
We had no idea of the entertainment these chooks would give the boys.
 The chooks like to play on the swing
 
 and in the sand pit and roam around the yard.
 
 Pa came and helped the boys build the yard,
we purchased some wire and poles from a local tennis club
that were replacing their courts after flood damage
 
everyone joined in,
and everyone has had fun getting to know the girls.

They have a lovely shady spot under the grape vines

We have been getting a steady supply of buttnuts too.
 


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Naracoorte Swimming Lake


Firstly - We Love This Place!
An hour and a half drive from us is the town of Naracoorte, just over the border in SA.

Last summer, on a stinking hot day, during a heat wave,
the boys and I could not stand to be cooped up inside with each other
for one more day - we needed to get out - desperately!
We decided on a day trip to the Naracoorte Caves, it would be nice and cool underground.
We asked Mrs Google about Naracoorte Swimming Pool, 
as we planned to pack a picnic lunch and check out their pool too.

An image came up of a beautiful lake, apparently, this was the town pool,
we expected mud, reeds, maybe a yabby nip on the toe and to look out for broken glass.
Boy - did we get a surprise

 This lake has a cement bottom, is chlorinated, the water is a lovely temperature,
it has a sandy beach, 2 pontoons, a safety fence,
lush green grass under shady gum tree's for picnics
Is right next to a caravan park, and walking distance to the CBD.

There is even a kiosk and clean change rooms.
AND ITS FREE - crazy I know
We loved our day there so much,
we packed up the next week too and took the husband over for a swim.

 About a week ago, I took the boys over for 3 nights.
We stayed in the caravan park with another family from here.
The caravan park is very well run, has a big new camp kitchen
(that has a bbq inside which is ridiculous
as it makes the lovely room fill with stinky bbq smoke and fumes),
 mini train rides, a basic mini golf a games room
and a great grassy area for a game of cricket
and its right next door to the lake,
 and the CBD is a 2 minute walk from the caravan park.
the weather was not as warm, but the kids did'nt care

It was not warm enough for me to go in this time,
very lucky to have a friend that went swimming with the boys each day :-)

We had a trip out to the Naracoorte Caves one morning

We flew the kite on the oval next door

We went on a 1 1/2 hour trail ride at Limestone Coast Horse Riding,
the boys really, really, really loved this activity,
(our groups seven years old did not ride)
the staff were great and very thorough in their pre ride lessons,
and the horses and equipment were in great condition
and looked to be very well looked after.
(I do know a thing or 2 about horses)
We will definitely be back

Last year when we went over on our day trips,
we spent the day at the pool, then had an early meal at the pub before driving home

This was the sunset as we were coming back into town
from one our our Naracoorte trips last year - a lovely way to end a great day

This is not a sponsored post for any of the above business's,
it's just going to be bloody hot this week in The Wimmera,
so wanted to share this great spot to spend a 40+ deg day!
Because, it seems not many locals know about it.
Let me know if you visit the lake this summer, might even see you there

Have a great week
Jacqueline.




Thursday, November 28, 2013

Santa Sacks


 
 
Santa orders for 2013 are well under way,
They are available in natural or denim
you can purchase them in my
or
 
Orders will be closing next Friday December 6th
 
Jacqueline
 
 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

I Made a Pencil Case


I sew a lot for my little shop,
but don't often get to make goodies for my boys.
When the firstborn's school pencil case burst at the seams
I decided to make a new one for him.
 
The back...
 
Has an extra pocket.
 
And the front.
He loves it, he's grade 5 this year,
so I always a worry about if he would still like things made by his mum.
No need to worry at this stage, he "gets" handmade,
and so far, is not fussed about the whole brand thing.
I'm very glad that he has the confidence to not have to
have/wear and be like everyone else.
He picked out his fabrics and watched it take shape,
then off to school it went.
 
Happy Boy
Happy Mum
 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Snack Container Lids


Like most mum's, I pack a lot of school lunches.
I send rubbish free lunch boxes,
I peel and core the fruit as our compost benefits from all those scraps,
rather than binning them at school   
 
 And, I wash a lot of school lunch containers.
The boys are very good at not leaving their containers at school,
but, somehow, the lids of the smash snack tubes do go missing.
I was going to buy some more, then wondered if I could just get the lid's,
rather than buying more containers.
 
I found them online at Bonzoo.
The lids were 50c each and even with postage, it was cheaper than buying new containers
 
The only thing was that the lids arrived in this huge box!
How can that be, it's just bloody ridiculous.
Anyway, I have my extra lids now, all ready for next term.
 
This is not a sponsored post,
just sharing the info in case you may have some missing lids too :)
 
Have a great weekend
Jacqueline


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A Guest Post By Mr 8, How To Make A Snail

 
Mitchell has been making these little snails out of Easter Egg wrappers,
he made them up himself and suggested he could put them on my blog
so other kids could make them.
This morning I took some pics, showed him how to use pic monkey
and let him go for it.
So, here is his little tutorial.....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A big thankyou to Mitchell
for my guest post.
You've done a great job :)
 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter Gift Bag Tutorial

I found a tutorial on how to make
and had the urge to make one today.
I printed off the template, and as I was cutting it out,
thought I might try making it out of brown paper
rather than the denim I had in mind.
So here is my paper version.
(The original in the above link on Merrilee's Blog is made of felt)
 
Trace the template onto a double thickness of brown paper,
but do not cut it out.

Sew along the traced line, stitching both pieces of paper together, 
but do not sew between the ears,
this is where you will put the goodies in.
 
Trim around the edge of the stitching, about 1/4 inch
You can see from this pic,
you could also just use a paper bag and cut out the ears at the top.

Add some fabric onto the ears,
I used heat n bond to adhere the fabric to the paper,
or you could use pretty paper or even washi tape
 
Find some treasure to put inside,
pop them in through the opening between the ears 
 
Flex the ears, so the curve towards the front,
gather up the paper and tie with some pretty twine
 
This project was easy and nice and quick,
the gift bag would also look great
made from coloured paper or baking paper
 
Have a great Easter
Jacqueline

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