Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Advent Calendar 2014

We've been collecting toilet paper rolls for the whole year so we can create this cute advent calendar. This year, we had it made before December 1st. They are small containers, so less lollies fit into them, but there was more scope for creativity. Ella is the artist responsible for all the elves' different personalities.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Real tree

It's rather impractical in Australia to have real tree indoors at Xmas. With hot days, trees dry out quickly and can become fire hazards. Last year, we got a live Charlie Brown tree...  cute and spindly.

This year, we decided to go real, so we ventured out to the Dandenong Christmas Tree Farm and chose our tree. 

The guy cut it for us....even though Jackson was really keen to.

It got netted for the ride home. 

We put it up ( It doesn't matter who you are: the worst part is  putting the tree in the stand and making sure it is up straight.... and ours is not completely straight!) 
 Jackson and I proceeded to decorate it. All in time for Ella's Christmas themed slumber party. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

End of year madness

It's been a busy year at work. Lots of fun, often.... but now here is the last push before we finish for the Christmas/Summer  Holidays.
Whilst my senior students have sat their final exams and are finished for the year, I still have 5 classes of junior students for another 2 weeks of classes. That means 130 assessments to mark, 130 criteria sheets to type up and a couple hours of data entry to complete before I can sign off on these classes and start formalising the curriculum for next year's classes.
...but who's counting, right?

I am.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Rhodo is Alive!

The glorious bloom on this rhododendron has now faded and we've pruned it back hard for next year, but this was what it looked like earlier this Spring. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Beach walk

You can walk from Coogee Beach around the coastline to Bondi. Nadia took us from Clovelly Beach along the way to Bondi. We saw amaziing headlands and shiny beaches. The swell and the wind were right as well, so we saw heaps of city surfers in the waves.

You'll notice Scott is faithfully applying sunscreen! 

We had a tasty lunch at Bronte Beach alongside beautiful people wearing small yet stylish bathers. 

We motored past drunk British kids on Contiki tour, past careful German tourists in Teva sandals and cotton socks, and sometimes past fit and stylish Sydneysiders. 

And before we turned around to head back, I bought new bathers in Bondi. Altogether: amazing company, weather and scenery. 

 Oh, I beg to differ! 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Around Sydney

We had a cultural day in the CBD where we wandered around Circular Quay and in and out of galleries and shops.  Sydney is such a gorgeous city! We saw this stuff:


Super Yum!


She's a sexy town, Sydney.

Hey Nadia, there's a Rubik's Cube on your beach

So there's this cool thing on the beach at Maroubra! 
Enough said.