Saturday, October 25, 2014

This week's links ...

1. Another book list ... 100 Books to Read Before You Die. A good mix of books. I've read 46.

2. I'm refashioning my mornings at the moment, I won't be doing everything in this post but some good ideas in 6 small changes to your morning routine the will transform your entire day.

3. Warren Buffett's 2 list Strategy. Pick the 5 most important things on your list and then avoid at all costs the other 20 until those are completed. Good advice for those of us that may procrastinate on them oust important things by doing other "useful" stuff ... that would be me.

4. I'm wondering what this no churn cheesecake ice cream would be like.

5. The Official Week in the Life starts next week. I've completed this once and I'm thinking about joining in this year, although it's quite likely that i'll get partway through Tuesday, see someone's WITL post and remember that I was supposed to be doing it. Maybe I'll set an alarm Monday to remind me?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

List #7: What we did on a two week holiday to Pt. Lonsdale in September


1. Day trip to Pt. Addis
2. Lizard hunting.

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3. Have a slice bake off.
4. A manic game of backyard basketball.
5. Card games.
6. Play Forbidden Island.
7. Climb the trees at the front beach.
8. Find a geocache.

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9. Make apple muffins.
10. Play a life size version of Forbidden Island ... also known as make it round the point at low tide. We had one abortive attempt and made it on the second try.

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11. Lunch at Charlie Noble.
12. Practice Golf with Grandma.
13. Eat ice creams at Queenscliff Harbour.

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14. Visit Grandpa at Vinnie's where he volunteers.
15. Hide and seek at the Uncle's.
16. Lunch at Driftwood.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

This week's links ...

1. I just planted my tomato seeds in toilet rolls that are sitting in my laundry but looking ahead this might be useful ... Trellising tomatoes.

2. I really like the idea of this alphabetic/numeric photo-a-day list.

3. I'm more of a visual person, so I've been experimenting with my note taking and journaling to incorporate more visual interest. Sketchnoting Tips ... and here.

4. Good questions to wrap up your day in this journal.

5. 31 Days to a Meaningful Morning. I found this series during the week and am following along.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Film???

Film???

Narrated iMovies seem to be the foreign language project of choice this year ... we had my house (in Mandarin), my fashion show (Italian) and the Chinese teacher noticing all the cute pets in the house movies has now set a pet assignment.

Photos needed to be found of Harry so I directed her to my old mac that has all our photos prior to 2013. That was all good but she wondered where the older photos were ... she couldn't find any of him as a puppy.

"Oh, those are all on film"
"What do you mean"
"Film"
"What like video"
"No, I mean film, you know with negatives."
"No."
"How can you not know what film is. We didn't have a digital camera until you were 5."

So today I rummaged through the boxes to find the right photo album and while I was there pulled out an old film cassette.

"See, you stick this in the camera, take 40 photos, then take it out and down to the store to be developed. You pick your photos up after a couple days to see what you got."
"What do you mean"
"There was no screen to check your photos."
"What? That's silly. What if you took all blurry photos."
"You did your best not to."


Saturday, October 11, 2014

This week's links ...

Crazy, crazy week here getting back into school routine, plus with training duty for basketball and a team managers meeting on the nights that The Boy and The Little Girl also needed to be at swimming ... luckily Hubby is in the country this week. It's a lovely day here today. I spent some time watching The Boy at his first cricket match and planting some seeds in the vege garden.

Now on to some links ...

1. The ultimate Beginner's Guide to Street Photography.

2. Guide to the Easiest Indoor Plants.

3. How to make English Muffins.

4. We had this Beef Kofta last Saturday. It was yum.

5. Daylight savings also started this week, so getting up has been extra fun. I should take this advice ... A Gentle Guide to Help you wake up earlier.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

This week's links ...

It's a beautiful day here today, it would have been perfect for the beach but we are back in Melbourne so it's gardening day and then later I'll take The Little Girl to her long distance swim meet. First 400m freestyle race for her so that will be interesting. The Big Girl is painting the fence and The Boy is helping Hubby put mesh up behind the fruit trees. I have already completed my job (pruning) but I may head out again later to plant some summer vegetable seeds. Anyway ... the links ...

1. Stepables - plants for paths and walkways ... if the mondo grass between our steppers doesn't take, I'll need this.

2. Day in the Life Process. (with ideas for expanding it to WIL).

3. A collection of beautiful free PL cards.

4. Emergency Ingredient Substitutions. If you're anything like me you often start making something (or can't be bothered making a run to the shops for one ingredient) and find you don't have everything you need. Here's a list of substitutions. It could also come in handy for allergies I guess.

5. Free day planner downloads (registration required)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Exploring Pt. Addis

While down at the beach we went on a day trip to Pt. Addis which is just past Bell's Beach on the Great Ocean Rd. We found the information in the Best Walks of Geelong, the Bellarine and the Brisbane Ranges and decided to do the Koori Cultural Walk and add on the Ironbark Basin and Jarosite Headland. We picked a gorgeous day and headed off in two cars. The kids made sure that we would be coming back to the beach before they started up the bush track. The Koori Cultural walk has signs along the track with information on how the indigenous people lived and used the plants in the bush.

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It was a good time of year for wildflowers.

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The track wound up and down through varying habitats.

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Every now and then we'd break out of the bush and be treated to stunning views.

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 The cliffs are unstable so these viewing platforms come in handy for a place to rest and enjoy the view in safety.

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We completed the Cultural Walk quickly and decided to continue on, we were a little unsure which direction to take until mum spotted the Tiger Snake Breeding Area Sign.

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 Our directions were to turn left. We set off and wound our way along the coast and up the headland. At one point the vegetation was encroaching heavily on the path and going up the headland the path was badly washed away.

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We missed the top viewing area but luckily I snapped this...

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before we found ourselves heading downhill through bushland. We hit the major path at a T-intersection as described in the book. There was sign on the track we had just emerged out of ... track closed. OOPS! We are quite sure that there was no sign on the other end though. The next part of the track was fairly steep uphill but well maintained before it flattened out to run behind houses back to the Ironside carpark. We left the kids and uncle eating lunch at the picnic tables and walked the 2km back to the beach carpark to pickup up the cars. I think the kids may have mutinied otherwise. Since we were in the cars we drove up to the Point and had a look

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then stopped at the toilets (drop toilets and not nice, but luckily mum had some hand sanitiser) before parking back in our original carpark so the kids could have their swim and play on the beach. We stayed near the stairs end where clothing is not optional.

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