Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wonderful World Wednesday - The Beach in Winter

Have you ever been to the beach in Winter?? It's not something that you would probably think of, isn't that a Summer activity? Well yes, you are right, but the beach in the Winter is an amazing place full of surprises, well that's what we found in these last school holidays!
Headed for Friendly beaches on the East coast of Tasmanian, we enjoyed an AMAZING time of sunshine, rain, rainbows, discovery and enjoyment of God's awesome creation!

We also ended up at Coles Bay (after all it was only another 25 minutes or so down the road) where I took my children to a beach that I played on when I was little! A place that I hold very dear, memories full of happiness, it was wonderful to share that with our precious children.

Can't wait for our next trip,
Smiles The Torrents'

Monday, July 13, 2015

Venezuela Theme night

With the holidays upon us we finished up the term with another theme night for our country study.
This month we were studying Venezuela! It was our brother in laws birthday so we surprised him by taking him to another country and treating him with their best and tastiest meals!
Mum joined in on the preparation and altogether we had a great night!
We made a HUGE flag and wrote on it Happy Birthday in Spanish (that's the language they speak there) and also Welcome to Venezuela. The girls loved the Venezuelan costumes with big flowers and long, full skirts.
Food was yummy and company wonderful, it was another great country night!
Smiles The Torrents'

Saturday, July 4, 2015

History of Launceston for Kids - Prince's Square

Tuesday's are our History learning days. We are having a ball getting out and about in the crisp Winter air and discovering the wonder of the History of Launceston.

Prince's Square, once called St John's Square is a remarkable place of interest! Whether it be the stories about the amazing fountain in the center, of the fact that convicts used to make bricks there or even that the Duke of Edinburgh himself planted two Oak trees (that are still standing.) There is PLENTY to learn about this square!!
Like why is there a statue of Dr William Russ Pugh on the steps of the park??? Well you will need to read on HERE to find that out.....
Here is the old hospital building that he worked at... the plaque tells all about it. Hannah is reading it out to everyone.
See the awesome old sign in the footpath...... sooo very cool!!
WE are loving this,
Smiles The Torrents'

Monday, June 15, 2015

History of Launceston for Kids - {Chalmers}

 We have started to do some local History, right here in Launceston! There are some wonderful places of interest just oozing with historic goodness! For our first outing we went to
"Chalmers" which is now Walker Designs. We had the very groovy Matt give us a tour of the old building and showed us all of what Chalmers has to offer!
You can read more about the history of the place HERE.
 Looking through the small window that used to be the old keepers house, 
which looks out to the Chalmers Hall across the road.
 Up in the Bell tower, note the large ropes to the right! 
The stain glass windows are all original, built over 150 years old.
 The view from up stairs, with it's amazing old wooden flourishes.
Matt explained that the patterns look a little like small ghosts! 
He mentioned that they even had a "spirit/ghost" expert come in to see if the place was haunted,
 The Good news was that it wasn't!!
 The colour of the ceiling is the exact colour that was painted when the church first opened, it was said that the reason they chose that colour was so it looked like the sky! (pretty grey day I think!)
 Display of old goodies and explanations of the church's history.
 The tour by Matt was soooo interesting, even after a full hour the children were wanting more! It certainly was a HUGE highlight for us all and a great way to start our local, Tasmanian History!
Smiles The Torrents'

Thursday, June 4, 2015

German themed night

We study a country each month that is randomly picked out of our Brain Box All around the World. We have just finished Germany and celebrated with our countries theme night! It was such a success, we all LOVED the goodies from Germany!!
Schnitzel, fried cabbage,  Black forest Cake, Apple strudel...... YUMMY!!!
 Zeke making the Black Forest Cake
 Beautiful German girls
 Yum, yum Main course
 More yum, yum ... apple strudel and Black Forest cake
Then afterwards there was a German dance show!
One of my FAVOURITE parts of these nights is when Allan (my super man) finds some traditional music from that country. (German dance  HERE.) Oh this time around it was completely wonderful! The GIRLS LOVED EVERY MINUTE of the music and joy of dancing the steps!!

I have to say, though these nights take some huge amount of preparation they really are such a fun part of our Homeschooling journey! It stretches me to cook new things which is a good thing and helps us all learn some extra cool things about the country of the month.
This month we have Nigeria,
Smiles The Torrents'

Friday, May 22, 2015

Saying goodbye and saying hello!

 We had Thea for nearly a year..... she was our dear little pussy cat and we got her from the RSPCA at 6 months of age. She loved to be outside but we tried very hard to not let her out (for the toilet) after 6pm as she was tricky to get back in. On this particular afternoon it was about 5.30 and she was keen to get out. I made the call for her to be let out and that she would be fine, we had plenty of time to get her back in....... sadly we couldn't, even the next morning my super man couldn't find her... she hadn't come home!
By 9.15 I had a real urge to go and look again..... calling and shaking her little treat tin..... finally we saw her hobbling at the church next door, trying to get home but not being able to walk well with what looked like a broken front leg. Once we picked her up and carried her home she flaked it in the sun on the mat.... her breathing very laboured..... it didn't look good.
I rang the vet and we were there in the hour. Our amazing vet was totally brilliant, Thea had been hit in the head.... her eyes were of different sizes, she had lost her front main tooth, her front leg was fractured at the shoulder..... she was in a lot of pain..... we had to say Goodbye.......
It was a very hard time for us, especially for Sophia and I, we were hit that day too! There was a hole... a fluffy void that needed filling again...... Sapphire went over and over it, again and again
"Where's Thea?"
"She's gone, she's died!"
"What happened?"
"She was hit by a car!"
"What type of car?" (i love that question, as if there is a type of car that hits cats...
"A fast car" we would reply.

The next day I was chatting to Mum, she's an animal lover too so she got my sadness and emptiness. I told her that we were going to go to the RSPCA to just get a fluffy FIX! She said to me....
"Well you know what Sharn, there is no reason at all to think that the PERFECT cat is there for you all right now, just waiting for you!!!"
WOW Mum, that was pretty huge words but I held onto them, and was excited to see what we might find!
We were only looking at Kittens at my husbands request, he said that he wanted them to grow up with us from the start. Hannah was the first to find "the one" she was a little tortie and quite frankly wasn't the nicest looking.... I didn't feel to "PULL" we kept looking.... after a number of cuddles of sweet little fluffies we went to the final cage.
There was a whole family of kittens... 2 ginger, 1 tortoiseshell and one grey tabby! OH MY I've ALWAYS wanted a silver/grey cat ever since my Petshop days.... He was totally friendly and purry and I was loving him!! HE WAS THE ONE!!
 Introducing Cobweb

Hannah again wanted to tort but we said no, it's this one.... YAY! This was late on Friday afternoon, they were closed on Anzac day and so Sunday we were to pick him up!
So how did we end up with TWO??
Hannah really wanted the other kitten, she kept on about it and how lovely she was.... it was obviously a seed cause then Allan and I started talking about it, I asked friends their advice and by Tuesday afternoon Allan gave us the green light to bring her home! WE HAD FAMILY!! OH WOW SOOOO AMAZING!!!
Brother and Sister
Chokolait and Cobweb

The rest is all pure bliss! They are the most wonderful kittens we have ever had! Thea most certainly paved the way for our family, because of her Esther is now an animal lover, because of her we knew we needed to have another cat after her passing, because of her Sapphire knew how to be gentle and care for pets! It's been the best and we are ALL loving them both soooo much!
Smiles The Torrents'

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Wonderful World Wednesday - Praying Mantis

What do you do when the children find a Praying Mantis?? Gather round and look at it, oh and grab your camera too!
WOW this little guy was super amazing!! He/she (do you know how to tell the difference??) was sooo happy on my hand, and I was soo happy taking pictures of it! You can even see this little bug cleaning.... WOW AMAZING!!!
What cool insects do you like to watch??
Smiles The Torrents'