Our Agricultural Show

Phew! The Ag show is over for another year! It was  fantastic day and lots of fun but gosh it’s hard work.  Someone asked me to describe how an event like our local Ag show actually comes about after commenting about how busy we were in the show office on show day-

“Wow, an event like this is a lot of work, you’ve been busy at the heart of the show ‘eh?!”

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The busy season; 5 things I couldn’t do without

In my neck of the woods it’s bedlam.  My town explodes in a riot of absolutely exquisite flowers and greenery from late July- October and with it comes the hectic ag show and tourist season, plus the usual school, sports  and socialising. It’s a pretty exciting time of year but it’s also the when I have absolutely no spare time and need every daily life crutch I can get- here’s my 5 must haves in the whirlwind of school, dancing, footy, ag shows etc etc. Continue reading

Great books for young children

Jackie French (much loved and celebrated children’s author) once said;

“If you want a magic potion to make your kids brighter? Give them books.”

I’ve made a pretty big effort to instill a love of reading in my boys and even though they are only just on the cusp of being able to read themselves they will often chose to find a quiet spot to curl up with a book and flick through it.  H is gaining enough confidence to read some of the simpler books to his littlest brother (though Charlie rarely appreciates his efforts)

So it is with their help I thought I’d share our current favorite early childhood and young children’s books in honor of book week 2016.

  1. Possum Magic by Mem Fox & Julie Vivas
  2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle- isn’t this such a classic, it never gets old!  But I maintain the butterfly at the end is upside down!!
  3. Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox & Judy Horacek- my favorite- this is the book I try to keep a copy of in my gift cupboard to give as a gift to new babies
  4. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton (we also love The Enchanted Wood and The Folk of the Faraway Tree) This book we read in installments and brought back so many memories of reading it as a young girl, plus the boys absolutely adored it

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    Book week 2015- a Peter Rabbit and a Saucepan Man

  5. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell- this is one for younger kids, but my 6 year old loves to read it himself
  6. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
  7. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler – this pair have made some absolutely delightful children’s books, The Gruffalo is another of our top books
  8. The Very Itchy Bear by Nick Bland (or any of this series, which are laugh out loud funny)
  9. Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey- this book is a little rude but the boys love it and have read it over and over since they received it as a birthday present
  10. Wombat Stew by Marcia Vaughan & Pamela Lofts- another Aussie classic
  11. Oh the Places You’ll Go- Dr Seuss
  12. There’s a Hippopotamus On Our Roof Eating Cake by Hazel Edwards- I loved this as a child!
  13. The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith & Katz Cowley- this is another slightly rude book but as I have boys I had best get used to that!!
  14. That’s not my… by F. Watt & R. Wells, we have several in this series- currently in our rotation is ‘That’s not my dinosaur’, the textures are lots of fun for babies and the big boys love showing their brother the “feely bits”
  15. Duck, Duck,Goose by Michaela Blassnig- this is another funny rhyming book that the boys can now read themselves- it’s got the word ‘poo’ in it so is a winner with the boys.
  16. Ten Little Dinosaurs by Mile Brownlow Simon Rickerty- this comes in Princess and Pirate versions as well and is a fun rhyming book that helps with numbers and counting too.

So there you have it, that’s a pretty comprehensive list of the books that are on high rotation at our house!  What’s your favorite kids book, what did you love as a child?

Pregnancy- a review

Oh the glowing, and puking and swelling and baby flutters- isn’t it a wonderful time full of exciting, nerve-racking and sometimes embarrassing moments-  pregnancy sure is a rollercoaster of highs and lows!

I was having a chat to a couple of girlfriends the other day and they were talking about the fact that so few people really tell it like it is when it comes to pregnancy, birth and having kids, and I mentioned that one of my blog drafts was a series about exactly that- a review  Continue reading

What do you do when your child isn’t doing well at school?

Chatting to the teacher- check, notes home- check, talking to your child- check.  Please someone tell me, because I really want to know the answer.  I’m involved at school and we have really good communication between the school and home, but one of my kids is just not doing well and I feel like a bit of a failure as a parent.  Continue reading