Art Class - High Chroma Acrylic Paintings

 Parrot by H.
Abstract Piano by J.

Art Class - Ink Blot Sketching

 A good idea for left over watercolour paint... ink blots. (by J)
Can you spot the cat in the blot?
Another good use for leftover paint... stained glass window patterns. (by H)

Robotics Club

 We have joined a new class, a robotics (or electronics) class.
So far so good, plenty of new ideas and terms, gadgets and 
gizmos to play with and make something out of.
We have learned symbols so that we can draw the circuits we make.
Next week we begin making our Mission Impossible laser alarm!

Art Lessons - The Great Wave

We studied The Great Wave woodblock print by Hokusai last week.
The boys could decide how they wanted to interpret and make it their own.
J made a sunset watercolour painting after tracing the original.
H decided on a tree and hill scene...
The Great wave is one of my favourite prints.

What is Cooking?

Thai salad and curry.
Back to making curry paste from scratch
(when we have the time of course)

Noosa National Park Walk


It must be said that we do not do enough walking in our own National Park,
and it is absolutely stunning!

Today we met our school for a ranger talk and then a walk on part of the coastal track
on a wonderfully warm winters day, calm ocean with plenty of waves for the 
surfers.

Some exploring time on the rocks...


 Then a quick hello to the koala resting and listening to ocean sounds.
(these koalas have the best location in the country)

 After the walk we had a picnic for lunch and headed home after a beautiful morning.
Now we need to do the rest of the track!

Textiles Assignment


 J learned how to sew a backpack this week.
It was a project for school.
Design a bag that Operation Christmas Child
could use if they wished to.
What a great reason to make a bag!
Plenty of criteria, plenty of ideas and in the end a backpack was the final design.
So off to the studio to learn how to use a sewing machine.
Learning how to cut, pin, measure and sew
A few hours later there was a backpack.
It was finished off with a printed logo.
Job well done.

Spirit House Cooking Class


Last week myself and two friends went along to a day of 
cooking Asian inspired meals at a
well known Sunshine Coast Restaurant
It has been something on my list of to dos since arriving here.
It was lovely to share the day with friends.
We made quite a few dishes
(as you can see from the extensive menu above)
however we did more learning, watching and testing, tasting, stirring and chopping
then making entire meals from scratch.
 Plenty of ideas and tips to take home from this lovely restaurant.
Then at the end we all sat down to enjoy a lovely (huge) meal
including duck, fillet beef, prawns and snapper.

 No dinner for me that night!
Then on the weekend I started my own master stock,
which I then used to make the same duck dish but 
substituted chicken in its place...yum.
Must take the family for lunch one day, the restaurant is set in lovely gardens
and has a modern Asian inspired menu.