I don’t often share my works in progress apart from with my NSW Writer’s Centre critique group, and my January Month of Poetry group. (Honestly, any serious writer should have a crit group.) But the lovely Katrina Germein tagged me to share lines 7-14 from a WIP, so I’m making an exception. Continue reading
It’s Bird Week! I don’t really need an excuse to take my kids birdwatching because it’s my favourite weekend activity – but I realise it’s not a usual outing for most families. If you like the idea of birding but don’t really know how to tackle it with kids, here are some tips to help you out. Continue reading
We have bamboo in our backyard that goes wild after good rain. Out of nowhere the spears shoot up, rising way past the top of our 6ft fence, before sprouting leaves. It provides great screening, but often needs serious pruning! The kids have used the pruned bamboo spears in their play in the past. Recently we tried something new. Continue reading
Here’s the thing about free play: it requires very, very little. Children who are good at free play know how to make their own fun. They don’t need an adult to provide them with toys. They don’t need an adult to outline the rules. They don’t need an adult to explain the process. They don’t need an adult at all really! Free play can happen any time, any where, with whatever is around. Continue reading
We have talked a lot about life and death in our home over the last week. It’s a heavy topic, but circumstances meant discussing death was unavoidable.
The first thing that happened was that a young mum from our church passed away. The kids understandably had some questions… Continue reading
As a keen birdwatcher, Miss 5 knows the scientific names of a few of her favourite species. The first one she learned was Trichoglossus haematodus – the scientific name for a Rainbow Lorikeet. The second was the closely related Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus, or Scaly-breasted Lorikeet. From this early introduction to scientific names, my daughter discovered that: Continue reading
Miss 5: MUM! You have to see this. It’s weird. And cool. M-U-M!
Me: I think that’s a cicada nymph. Can you see the shell underneath? We sometimes find empty cicada shells, don’t we? It looks like this little guy didn’t quite make it out. Continue reading