Thursday, September 18, 2014

Spring gardening!

It's that time of the year, the sun is warmer and we are getting out in the garden! We just bought our very own fruit trees so we're making space for planting them!

Esther is having the bestest time helping dig the hole!!
Smiles The Torrents'

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Gorge Launceston - Nature Study

We went to the Gorge a few weeks back for our regular Wonderful World Wednesday! There was soooo much to see and be inspired by, but mostly the outdoor time, the sunshine, the picnic lunch, my children happily playing was the total best bit of the week!!
 I'm in awe at how quickly each one is growing...... before we know it our little family will be celebrating 3 birthday's..... my super man, Zeke and precious Sapphire..... October is BIG for us!! At least I still have some time left to enjoy my one year old and her amazing siblings!!!
Smiles The Torrents

Friday, August 22, 2014

Cave Painting for kids (History craft)

With a new History curriculum that I've just started with the children (which by the way we are LOVING!!!) We've been looking at the Ice Age and Dinosaurs and Noah and more......
It came to me that for Art this Friday we would make a cave (like HERE) and do some cave paintings!! WOW the children were soooo excited!! That of course makes for a happy homeschooling Mummy!!
 I suggested that they could "draw" under the table, similar to how early man/woman would have done it! Zeke and Sophia jumped in for that..... as did Sapphire, well she jumped on Soph more to the point!!! hee he!
 Sophia's finished cave art
 Zeke's Wolly Rhino cave painting

Hannah went to drawing straight on the "cave" sides.......
A cave being drawn complete with family

To finish their art off I sprayed over their hands to mark it like a signature (saw that idea HERE) The cave is proving to be a HUGE hit, even our new kitten loves the russle of the paper cave walls!! Who would have thought History could be sooo fun!!!
Smiles The Torrents'

Friday, August 15, 2014

DIY Terrariums {perfect party favours for a woodland party!}


Gardening is a whole lot of fun!! There's dirt, there's learning, there's Nature!!
For my birthday back in May (see HERE) I wanted to make for each of my guests something special to take home after my party in the Forest! Terrariums was the perfect gift!! I searched the net for many a design and idea and in the end came up with wanting to make little mushrooms and filling the jar itself with moss and lichen covered sticks!
We went hunting for the moss locally and the sticks too and then with all our supplies gathered got to work on making 15 terrariums!!
The children LOVED it, and Sophia in particular had a real flare for details and adding just the right stick or moss!

We were all sooo excited about the process that we had to make more and so the extras now sit happily on our outdoor table.
I would have to recommend to anyone to give them a try, terrariums really are sooo simple to make and the end results are truly wonderful!
Smiles The Torrents'

Friday, August 8, 2014

South Africa theme night

About every month we have a little theme night to end the country the children have been studying. We have had 4 nights now (still need to share those) and the last one we had was a South African night!
We get dressed up, Allan finds some traditional music to play in the background over dinner and I cook some traditional meals from the region!! I LOVE Google!! All you need to do is type in "traditional .... insert country......meals" and you have a WONDERFUL list of recipes to view!!
Our menu consisted of
*Cabbage side dish
*Frikadelles (meat balls)
*assorted vegetables
*Melktert (Milk Tart)

We really enjoyed the food and have a wonderful evening in South Africa!!
Smiles The Torrents'

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Ice Age - Timeline Tuesday and History day!

We believe in the power of words, they can either speak life or death! SO when our family gets hit with constant amounts of colds and viruses we have a saying....
"we are sick and tired of being unwell and sleepy!!!"
It's a funny thing to say but its the truth as we hit another week of one of our treasures being unwell!
Last week it was Hannah, beginning this week it was Sophia and now as of today Zeke has the hot and colds!! OHhh dear it certainly is that time of year!!!!!

On an up side we looked at the Ice Age on Tuesday for History and timeline Tuesday!! It was wonderful, we all had heaps of fun and I've got some cool ideas of what we can do while people are getting their strength back......
Like making a cave painting
picture from HERE

or even a cave!!
picture from HERE

Drawing a Mammoth
Draw a Wooly Mammoth Intro.jpg
picture from HERE

or simply looking through a book and reading!
The Great Dinosaur Search
just got this from the library as it has pages on The Ice Ages!

Either way we are taking things easy and with the rain outside I think the Ice Age Movies will be rented very soon for some popcorn and movie time!!! Yippee to that!!
Smiles The Torrents'

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Our newest Addition!

We have a new addition to our little family!! She is of the fluffy kind and she is soft and sweet!

Welcome to Thea
6 months old
Tabby kitten
and LOVES cuddles!!

It's only been 8 days since Thea joined our family but we are all loving having her!! The children especially think it's wonderful, infact Sapphire is always wanting to know where the "meowff" is!! CUTE!!! She's well and truly made herself at home and I think it's made our Winter time much sunnier and warm!
Smiles The Torrents'