Academic Grading

I literally had no idea about the grading system in Australian schools until recently and we have been in Oz now for going on 5 years. To be honest, I had a partial idea from what my kids have told me, but never did any research on the topic. I am just not the type…

Lockdown #5 – Melbs

Today is day 1 of of our fifth lockdown here in Melbourne. We are just rolling with it, realising it really will be our new normal. We have done it before, we are clear in what we need to do now feeling very professional in lockdown mannerisms and we will continue to have these randomly…

Gravestone Rubbing

Taking a gravestone rubbing is commonly used by family history researchers for preserving a tombstone inscription. I remember doing this as a child with my primary school class at a local cemetery in Connecticut. It’s quite easy and fun and makes for a unique activity to do with kids. I did a quick search online…

Werribee Gorge – Mother’s Day Hike

My tribe took me to Werribee Gorge for a 10k hike to celebrate Mother’s Day. It’s a very popular day hike in the Melbourne area that’s been on my list since we moved here in 2019. I’m not really sure why it’s taken us so long to get out there but I suspect 8 months…

Spontaneity In Bristol

**I wrote this after visiting Bristol in September 2016. I’ve just come across it now and thought I’d share our experience – we had such a fun day out! We took the train from Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads, around a 90-minute journey, on a rainy Saturday morning. We had no agenda and decided that the day was…

Autumn in Melbourne

Today we went to our local IMAX theatre to watch the Great Barrier Reef movie with our homeschooling group followed by some park play time outside the Melbourne Museum. The movie was great – there was so much beauty to draw us in, some information about the bad stuff happening (coral bleaching and sea turtles…

Birthdays On The Road

What better way to celebrate another year on this planet than a holiday away? That’s what we thought anyway, so we packed up the car, the cake and the dog and we set out to Alpine National Park, to the village of Dinner Plain. This is our second time ordering a cake from Mille &…

Snow In Oz

What a treat we had this past weekend in Dinner Plain. Not only gorgeous mountains, sunshine and trail walking but also, snowfall. We’ve seen a dusting of snow twice since moving to Australia, once in the Snowy Mountains village of Thredbo and then once again in the Blue Mountains. Each time was exciting but what…

March 2021 Goings On

I’ve been to the hospital twice this week. Once for my J who fell at school and we thought he might have a wrist fracture. Thank goodness, the scans came back negative and the doc’s say it’s just a soft tissue injury. The second visit was for my girls who have head colds and we…

Victoria State Youth Bouldering Comp

Over the last weekend my kids competed in our local state bouldering climbing competition. It was held in a boulder jam format – the kids have 7 climbs to complete, over the course of two hours, with as many attempts as they needed to try to top. It was really fun for everyone to be…