Wednesday, February 3, 2016

January Wrap

Wow, another year flying by!!!

January was very quiet on the work front :(  BUT very busy in every other way.  Being school holidays meant that most of my time was taken up with the girls.

Miss 12 had an operation on her ingrowing toenail which meant that she couldn't spent all her time with horses so she was around pretty much full time for most of January.

Miss 14 had swimming lessons for her Bronze Medallion re-certification.  Due to her illness last year she hasn't done much sport at all for a long time, but thankfully she was still fit enough to cope with the swimming requirement of the Bronze Medallion and still remembered all of her first aid and resuscitation information necessary to pass.  (Well she did a Senior First Aid / CPR certificate in November so I would have been surprised if she hadn't of passed!).

After all of this was out of the way, we went down to Dunsborough for a week.  Really love it down there.  We visited all of our favourite spots - Millars Ice-Creamery; the Candy Cow in Cowaramup; Bootleg Brewery; and Treeton Estate.  For those who know the area and haven't been to any of these, they're all highly recommended.

In addition we discovered a new bakery - mmm, can't find it on Google and Google Maps has an old photo when it was a fruit shop (it's at Boodjidup Rd if anyone is looking for it, right next to the second hand place); went to a distillery, visited Boranup Cafe and Gallery,  and drove through Boranup Forest.

We returned to Perth on Friday the 29th,  a couple of hours before our Exchange Student from Japan was to arrive.  Her plane was late, so that gave us another hour to get sorted and pick her up.

The last couple of days of January were spent sorting out school uniforms, finding a Kangaroo and generally getting her and the other two ready for school on the Monday.

Miss 12 starts High School at a new school, Miss 14 goes into Year 9 and our Exchange Student is mainly doing the Year 9 classes with Miss 14, which a couple of changes.

I will let you know how they're all doing in my next post :)

I hope everyone else's years got off to a good start :)

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year - Welcome to 2016

Hi All

Thought I would get in early and say Happy New Year to all of you :)

This year promises to be challenging - we're going to have a Japanese Exchange Student live with us for a year; Miss 12 starts High School (a different High School to Miss 14); and I have my business to get off the ground.  Along with the normal stuff that happens.

I am planning to write more in the blog this year.  No promises, but I will try :)

Wishing you all a FANTASTIC 2016 - especially for you all who didn't have the best year last year.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Posting for a friend

Dan Zimmerman, widely held to be a longtime intellectual property thief and, I am given to understand, founder of _Dead Hooker Magazine_, has stolenTamara Keel's "Fun Show Song" and posted the lovely video made as a Christmas present for Tam by Ambulance Driver and Squeaky and posted it over at TTAG, the other sink of iniquity and inequity with which he is associated, utterly without attribution to anyone but himself.
Other than polite reminders (already issued) and the distant possibility of lawyering up -- Tam's a writer and her stock in trade is the unique groupings of words she creates -- there's not a whole lot that can be done.
But there is one thing. Cato famously ended every speech he made in the Roman Senate with "Carthage must be destroyed," even if all he was talking about was proclaiming Junior Vestal Day. The phrase I'd like you to remember and to post all over the Internet is "Dan Zimmerman. Intellectual property thief. Dead Hooker Magazine." And good morning, search engines!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

It's that time of year again ...

When school starts to wind up and we have Awards Night.

Miss 14 has had a tough year, she's been sick since May - initial diagnosis was Glandular Fever but they're now in the "don't know" camp.  Anyway it means that she has missed lots of school and really struggled to keep up.

However, she has worked hard (when she could) and kept up with assignments and tests and here she is reaping the rewards:

She got the Learning Area Award for Mathematics; Subject Awards in Japanese and Music Specialist.  Three of these also means that she was one of two recipients for the Principal's List Award for her year (which has a prize of $25), and she also received the Community Service Award (also $25).

Very proud of her.  She has worked hard and deserves this.

Monday, November 2, 2015

It's only been a short time ...

since I last wrote a blog post and things have changed.

My last post started off with the search for a high school for Miss now-12.  We are over the moon to report that she has been accepted into the Specialist Agricultural Program that she had applied for.

Then I mentioned that Miss now-14 had nearly fully recovered from her bout of Glandual Fever - well unfortunately she's had another three attacks since then.  She is however working hard to keep up with her school work, cello and part-time job.

AND I mention that I was going well at work - um, well, I was made redundant at the beginning of October.  As I said, short period of time lots of changes.

I have decided to build up my own business focusing on computer training and work.  So far so good, but I do need a few more clients.

For those without Facebook here are some recent (Halloween) pictures of the girls:

AND here are some other random pictures of them:
Miss 14 on her Birthday

Miss 12 doing what she loves best

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Update on Life :)

Just taking a few minutes out to update any of my readers who are still checking in here (thanks guys).

Things are going well, and busy.  Always busy.

I thought they would get less busy as the girls got older, but I was wrong.

The big challenge this year is for Miss Nearly-12 who needs to find a High School for next year.  For the past three years she has had her heart set on the Specialist Agricultural Program and a local (but "out of area") High School  To get into the program she had to submit a A4 page HANDWRITTEN letter as to why she wanted to do the program along with copies of her school reports, references etc. Then on the basis of this, they chose children to interview.  She had her interview yesterday.  I do think it is a big ask for these children to go through and interview like this on their own at this age. (Parents waited outside).  Anyway, by her account, the interview went well. So now we are just waiting for a letter (2-3 weeks) to let us know if she has been accepted or not.

The program itself sounds really good.  The school has a mini-farm on the premise and a larger farm in the vicinity.  In Year 7 they only get out to the big farm twice (apparently they only do this program twice a week in year 7, so they focus on the mini-farm), but as they go up through the years (4 year program) they spend more and more time out on the big one.

We do however, have a back up plan.  The local High School (walking distance), offers a specialist Technical, Engineering and Maths program and she has also been accepted for this.  But it's definitely her second choice (and the school is okay with that and are happy for her to put her offer on hold until she knows about the first program).

Meanwhile, Miss Nearly-14 (WHERE DID THE TIME GO) is almost fully recovered from her bout of Glandular Fever and is back into the swing of things.  This term she has a couple of competition performances with the Band to add into the mix.  Oh should mention that Miss Nearly-12 has a similar competition performance with the Choir she is in coming up soon too.

Other than that, she's focusing on her studies, Cello playing (did I tell you she started playing the Cello last year) and her part-time job (yep, she has one of those too - localish winery / cafe as waitress/general dogsbody).

Meanwhile, I'm still working at the same job (nearly 3.5years there now), although my role is supposed to change to focusing on Office 365 Adoptions rather than general training / consulting.  I'm not sure how this will work out long term, but for now I will just wait and see.

Hubby is going well and working hard.  No major news there to report.

I did manage to get up to the farm last weekend for a shoot.  The first night out wasn't too bad, got a couple of rabbits but didn't see much else and unfortunately a storm came through which meant we didn't get out the second night.  They have had a lot of rain up there over the last couple of weeks (which is good, the crops are loving it), however the ground is very boggy and you really have to be careful driving around.  I am going up with some people from my gun club in a couple of weeks again, so hopefully the goats will be around.

So that's it for now.  Hopefully catch you soon.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Cooking again

Hi All,

I know it's been awhile.  But I wanted to post this here so I could find it again. It's my new favourite recipe.

If you have some lemons laying around and want to impress people I suggest you try this.  Everyone who ate it today (I had a Postie Party) asked for the recipe.

I also did my impossible pie recipe (which I've posted before), along with my new favourite soup recipe (Leek, Potato, Corn & White Beans).  All were hits.

All in all a fun day :)