The Advent Calendar

This year I was determined to use some of the trillions of branches we have lying around here to make some Christmas niceties. I have seen some lovely trees made from timber in the past, so I created our Advent Calendar with things I had in the cupboard and branches connected with string, which is a little messy I must admit, but hopefully it strong enough.
Now we wait until December 1.

Emu Art

When Dad told us he saw some Emus on the side of the road I thought it would be nice to
do some Emu Art with chalk pastels.
I saw this art lesson and loved it and it is quick and lots of fun, even the nanny enjoyed it!
(Clockwise from top left H, Me, Nanny, J)

2013 Christmas Puddings

Just a little taste test! I need to check if the new recipe is ok. Yep definitely yummy.

Every year it is extremely humid on the pudding making day and this year was no exception.

Mixing and making breadcrumbs and steaming sounds crazy for this time of the year, however it is definitely worth it.

This year I made the puddings with a good quality Gluten free bread, gluten free flour, organic fruits (including my candied orange peel), organic eggs and butter and replaced the treacle with agave syrup and we think it tastes as good as any previous ones.

Two more to make along with some homemade french style custard, mmmmm.

Have you met Giggles?

 This is our friend Giggles who comes down at afternoon tea time to feast on grub gateaux and earthworm sandwiches.
Mustard and Giggles are becoming friends, probable because Mustard is not in the least bit interested in joining Giggles for afternoon tea.
I think we have two Giggles actually!

Entomyzon Cyanotis - The Blue Faced Honeyeater... and why we like them

These two honeyeaters were perched on the tree waiting for the magpie to move away from their food source. The Blue eyed one above is the adult and the green eyed one is the juvenile (about 6 months old we think), getting a lesson in how to take on a James the Magpie.
This bird liked our banana plant when it was fruiting, it is also known as the Banana bird but eats all sorts of insects that would normally feast in our vegetable garden, therefore we really like sharing our home with this bird!

Our New Photographer

This blog pictorial post is brought to you by J (10).

 J has discovered he likes taking photos and thanks to a new easy to use camera from Nanny and Poppy he can now be snap happy. 100's of photos later, we have just a small selection here. I think they are pretty good for his first snaps.

And of course the younger brother wants to take photos as well...

By H.

Watercolour Masking Tape Trees

By H.
This is a view of our backyard (lots of tall trees) using watercolour paints.
After placing strips of masking tape on the watercolour paper, the leaves were painted in and then the tape removed and given a grey wash.


The Pilot

J has become very interested in aircraft and he likes to sit and read under his clock plane, toolbox and vintage aircraft model.

Special Topic Studies

 Some more special topics, free choice Australian animals and a Plant from the backyard.
H chose the Pumpkin because it is taking over the garden and the Ringtail Possum because we have a friend who looks after rescued ones.

J chose the Potoroo simply because we didn't know much about it.