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Home again Home again…

Jiggety jig.. Isn’t that how the childrens nursery rhyme goes? Well I’m not “jiggerty jigging” to be back home, I wish we were able to stay away or go further away for longer. Especially now we have Ursula Ultimate and the pack up is so easy, it makes my feet itch to travel more. The trouble is Australia is so big and lets face it we will probably never get to see it all… So each day at home is a day I wish I was travelling.

So lets have a look at the negatives..

The weather- its gotta be said it was miserable. God, or Jehovah or Yewah or Wankan Tankan whatever you chose to call our Creator, HE is the only one who can control the weather, so its no use whining about it, yes! I am a whiner, I try not to, but I really don’t do cold very well. Spring in Australia is typically our rainiest season, so we should probably have expected it, but my rose coloured glasses were firmly in place and denial had set in. 

The first 48 hours of Ursula’s exsistence were drenched, but like a professional she is, she kept us dry and while in NSW warm… Coming into Victoria on the final stretch home however was a different thing. It rained all the way to Lakes Entrance, and it continued to rain while we set up, miserable, I was almost tempted to tell The Bloke to keep driving 400 kilometers to home. Except, my Bestie was setting up with her family and they were already there and already wet, so we had to do it.

It was cold that first night, we all retired early just to keep warm. The next day was still fairly rainy, so we took a day trip to Buchan and went on the cave tours.

This is my bestie! Deanne and I have been friends for almost 28 years. We always have the best fun when we are camping!

Luckily for Deanne and I, our Blokes, Steve and Rob, get on well too, makes life so much easier! Photography credit to Star Son for this ripper pic! 

Saturday we had some nicer kind of weather so we spent the day exploring the streets of Lakes Entrance and then back at camp we did our usual things Deanne and I crocheted and the boys all went fishing! Jordan caught a salmon which was bbq’ed later! Oh and Deanne and I ventured to the beach briefly but in time to see a seal surfing the waves near the shore.

Then Sunday it was pack up time, we just made the pack up before the rain started and then it rained on and off most of the way home.

So the weather was a negative but for sure hands down, the positive of this trip was spending quality time with my bestie and her family. 

Now it’s only approximately 81 days until our Christmas break and we’re off for a month into outback New South Wales up to Queensland and then across to Cameron’s corner which is where NSW and QLD meet SA. Being that it will be early summer hopefully we will travel minus the rain! 

A- Z Blogging challenge is finished but….

Here are a few neat things I’ve discovered…

  • I miss it already!!
  • I visited 214 of the 1,516 blogs listed (I thought I was doing OK but I think I could have done better)
  • in the 30 days of April, I got myself 33 new blog followers.. fellow A-Z’ers I guess and thank you very much!!
  • I stuck to my predetermined theme and posts (pretty much)


  • I also discovered I suck at writing short blog posts. I think this is because during the day my “job” is as Grandma to two small people 17 and 16 months, and I don’t use up enough words so then I come to blog and they spill out to make up the quota for the day….
  • I guess this means I’ll never be doing a “challenge” where I have to count my words (or at least nothing under say 3,000 words anyways!
  • At the start I doubted myself, about going the distance.. (what’s new I do it ALL the time) but then I found myself loving this new routine and really enjoying introducing my family and super close friends to everyone.

Here is a list of my posts with links, in case you missed any and want to go back and read them…

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/z-is-for/ Z is for Zoo

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/y-is-for/  Y is for Yabbered and others

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/x-is-for/   X is for X-tra Best friend – Deanne

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/26/w-is-for/  W is for William AKA Star Son

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/v-is-for/  V is for Victoria our home state!

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/u-is-for/   U is for Update on my life.

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/t-is-for/    T is for today, Tomorrow and Tony

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/s-is-for/ S is for St.Leonards (our holiday place)

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/21/r-is-for/   R is for Rob (My Bloke)

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/19/q-is-for/  Q is for camping in Queensland

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/18/p-is-for/   P is for Penpalling (my other career)

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/17/o-is-for/   O is for Other family

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/16/n-is-for/  N is for Nieces and nephews

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/m-is-for-ooops-its-a-long-one/ M is for Memories (stories from others)

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/l-is-for/   L is for Lee (my cousin and friend and sister figure)

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/k-is-for/  K is for Kit, My son from another Mother

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/j-is-for-triple-treat/ J is for Jock, Jasmin and Jarrah (Father-in-law, Daughter and son)

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/i-is-for/  I is for I am…

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/h-is-for-lots-of-pics-in-this-post/ H is for Hine.. the day I became a Hine

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/g-is-for-warning-long-post-ha-ha/    G is for Grandmahood

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/f-is-for/  F is for Fran (my Mother in law)

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/e-is-for/  E is for Easter

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/d-is-for/  D is for Dad John Oliver Scarffe

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/03/c-is-for-triple-treat/  C is for Cousin, Crochet and caravan.

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/b-is-for/ B is for Babies, meet my Grand children

https://kimlhine.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/its-april-1st-you-know-what-that-means-right/  A is for Amber

I’ve really enjoyed following along with other people’s challenge topics, I learnt all the names for God from one blogger and from another she ate her way through the alphabet, one had a music theme so I learnt some new music. There were many varied and different themes and I’ve learnt something new at each blog, so it’s been a learning curve for me as well. I’ve loved sharing my family with you all and now I have to start thinking about 2016’s theme!!

M is for….. ooops.. it’s a long one!!


For more info on this fun challenge.. click the above photo or check this out: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/


Today is brought to you by the letter “M” and since my blog is all about my family it seems like the obvious choice for “M” would be “Mother” but I refuse to do that! and then I thought I’d do “Me” but let’s face it, it’s my blog and everything written on her is from my perspective or about me in a way.. so then I went to Facebook and put the question out there…

“What can I blog about for the letter “M”?”

and I got some good insights and great suggestions and one of them was… “Memories

So who’s “Memories“? I could use mine but again most of this blog is about “MY” memories, like when you met my Dad and My babies, and all but one (so far) of my children, my wedding and my in-laws, so how would that be different? So I’ve decided that today is a Guess post kinda day.. So I went back to Facebook and asked if anyone wanted to write a “memory” of them and I to inbox me or email me and I would add their “memory” and a photo if I had one. I’ve got a few to share with you…


From my cousin who’s known me longest!

Lee and I at a Red hatter's event, we are under 50 so technically we are "pinkies"

Lee and I at a Red hatter’s event, we are under 50 so technically we are “pinkies”

I like the memory of me grilling Rob on his age when he first met you. I was in my Kcuzz protective mode and Rob was standing in your lounge at Marjorie St and I said “How old are. You? Aren’t you a bit old for her? LOL…. glad I didn’t scare him off xo
Another one of you offering a dirty old rag to cover the gash on my hand from karate chopping a broken window in that burnt out house LOL
My thoughts: Ha ha!! remember I told you all about my wedding and in there I added the start of how “The Bloke” (you’ll meet him soon, Letter “R”) and I met, and Lee was the chaperon.. seems it stood out for her also!!
As for the burnt out house.. we lived in Richmond growing up, and a house in the next street had caught fire and was a burnt out shell, we used to play in there and explore looking for anything that we might “souvenir” this one [articular day, Lee (I guess we were maybe 10 and 12) decided that she was into “Karate” like her brother Reg and would show me this karate chip she had learnt “it goes like this” says Lee and Bam, she karate chopped a window and sliced open the sie of her hand. We knew we were in trouble because A- we were not supposed to be in there and B- Lee was bleeding pretty bad, so I looked around for something to wipe away the blood or to stop i and I picked up a dirty old rag and wrapped her hand in it and took her home to my Parents, My Dad took one look at it and drove her to the DR, minus the dirty rag, she ended up with stitches and we ended up with a stiff lecture! Got her plenty of attention at school though..
Another school memory I have of Lee was one day we were in class, it was “wet day timetable” which meant we got to stay inside and do “quiet stuff” like drawing or art or reading, but Lee wanted to show me this scene in the TV show the night before “The Incredible Hulk” she of course was the “incredible Hulk” and (I am laughing even as I remember this!!) so she’s up on the table, because obviously the “Incredible hulk” is HUGE and Lee was not!! and she was doing her best impersonation and her hands were shaped like claws in an attempt to make them look bigger I guess and she was just about to rip her hands down the teachers poster board and doing that guttural sound that the “Incredible Hulk” used to make and I could see the teacher walking into the room behind her and I couldn’t get her attention she was so into “incredible hulk” mode, just as she was about to rip her hands down his poster display he yells “LEE MCGRATH!! WHAT THE BLOODY HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING” she was so into her role she spun around at him and “growled” her best growl at him,with her little clawed hands up at him and I was sitting there shrinking into my seat, everyone in the school was scared of him, I wanted to be anywhere but there.. and then her clawed hands came down by her side and her normal voice returned and she replied “oh just playing sir!” but even he couldn’t help but turn away and laugh!
From my bestie Deanne- 
Taken- Easter 2015 at St.Leonards “the Last Supper” while camping.

Ok what stands our for me in my memories of us is both our weddings


Deanne and Steve’s wedding January 30th 1993


Besties for always!! With Deanne.

Besties for always!! With Deanne.

And you being there for the birth of two of my children in all those times you were there holding my hand and giving me the love and support and strength that I needed to make it through the most life changing events of my life. I’m very grateful that God made sure we met.

My thoughts: Ahh yes Deanne and Steve’s wedding.. it was the first time I’d been in a wedding that was NOT my sisters. I was so nervous that day, more nervous than at my own wedding. We had to meet at the hair dresser with freshly washed hair, I have fine hair so it always looks crappy.. so I walked in and there was Sandra getting her hair done, she had masses of hair, and of course Deanne’s always had masses of hair, and the poor hair dresser looked at me and asked “What am I doing to her??” Deanne said “the same!” as everyone looked at Sandra and Deanne they were doubtful.. but in the end look at the head of hair I had!! Amazing.. I was scared to move too much in case it all came tumbling out of the very hair-sprayed tangle of curls. And these photos look so easy but Sandra and I had to take turns sitting on garbage bags so that out dresses would not get dirty and we had to dig the heels of our shoes into the side of the hill to stop from sliding down the hill!! What an amazing day it was!

And I was so proud to go with Deanne and Steve to the birth of their first two sons, with number one- Zachary I was pregnant with my son Jarrah and I remember holding him as a brand newbie and feeling Jarrah kicking from within. Deanne and I had huge hopes that our boys would be as close as we were, we were so lucky that our children grew up together as we were able to be as close as always.

From my Sister-in-law Leanne..


Leanne and I, March 2014 At Amber’s 21st birthday.

My memories….. I remember the first day we met you. You guys had waited all day for us at Carol’s but through mis-communication we weren’t coming till later. When we arrive you had already left but you came back. You had 2 gorgeous girls. It was such a tough time for Bill but you all made him feel so welcome. We discovered some similarities and coincidences. I still find it so amazing especially with Ben. Danielle was born the exact day as Murray’s daughter. Ben is also Murray’s sons name. Ben’s middle name is John and if he had been a girl he was going to be called Kim. All before we even knew of you guys. I remembered the day you guys came with us to Cowaar weir. I remember you going on the rope and swinging out into the water and the kids going in the canoe I remember cricket games in our back yard as we all tried to get to know each other. I remember the fun we had at Danielle’s engagement party. I remember how sick you got doing shots at my 50th with Bill. I remember Bills surprise Christmas present for you. A horse back ride for you and him. I remember that even though you weren’t confident you still did it and made a memory for you and your brother.


My Handsome brother Bill and I. At Amber’s 21st!

My Thoughts: Oh Leanne made me cry!!

Little bit of back history.. when my Mother had my brother Bill she didn’t think she could cope with 5 children on her own, she was separated from my father at that stage and the elder siblings have a different father (our family tree is VERY tangled) So she gave my only full-blooded brother up for adoption she gave him to my Paternal Aunt’s, husband’s cousin (told ya it was tangled… stay with me.. there’s a happy ending!)  Anyways, there was this photo in the family album, dated 1965 and it was a baby sitting in a white wicker basket, so many times I’d asked “Who is this baby?” and always been told it’s you… but I wasn’t born till 1967 so couldn’t have been me.. then I happened to ask one of my sister and her reaction gave the story away, it wasn’t me and all she would say was “ask Mum” well my family have a policy of not telling things they don’t want to face so I went along the premise that something bad had happened, maybe that baby had died, I didn’t know and I didn’t ask. I was currently pregnant with my first daughter and so I let it go until one day my Mother confronted me about asking my sister questions and did I want to know the truth? part of me was scared of the answer but I agreed I wanted to know and so she made me swear I would never talk to my Dad about it.. I will always regret that decision, she went on to tell me that I had a full-blooded brother his name was “Wayne” (that’s what she called him at birth) but then she mixed up the details for the rest of his life apart from the one truth “he’s got a good life better than I could give him so leave him alone” Even if I wanted to find him, with that information back them before I knew what “internet” was I couldn’t have found him. I had no access to my Dad’s sister since they had a falling out many years before.. so I went on knowing that somewhere in the world was a boy who shared my DNA, one all of my own, instead of always being “half sisters or brothers”  In April 1994 my Dad died, and it began a horrible year, in October that year I turned 25.. quarter of a century, and I refused to celebrate it because it took two of them to make me one was gone, that would be my last birthday celebration.. but I agreed to go to my sister’s for dinner only! My mother was living with her. After dinner as we ate cake, the phone rang and my sister answered it and said “Oh MY GOD, I’ll put Mum on”

Mum was on the phone for ages, I had no idea my whole life was about to change and I still believe that my father sent him to me on that day to stop me from pining for my Dad! Apparently “Wayne” had found out about being adopted and had gone to my Aunt who he also called “Aunty Shirley” and she had told him everything and  (Thankfully I have thanked her many times since!) gave him Mum’s contact details… he was calling to ask if he could meet her. My Mother on her end, obviously in shock went on to tell him “You have brothers and sisters,” and named the all except ME!! his only REAL sister. When she got off the phone I asked her “Why didn’t you tell him about me?” and her reply as it had been in the past was “oh I forgot about you” Gee thanks and here it is my 25th birthday! That was the beginning of the end for my Mother and I.

She had made elaborate plans for him and his family to come next Friday which was getting close to her birthday to meet us all, So my husband arranged to have the day off work, arrangements were made (wrongly) to meet at a certain time, we brought food and photos and waited, and waited and waited, she had no contact details for him and after 5 hours we guessed he wasn’t coming so we left and went to visit some friends. As we were leaving hr friends house, we had to go home almost past my sisters so I thought I’d just check if there was any news.. and she said “he’s here, he’s waiting for you Hurry up!” as though it was MY fault that I was late. We got there and I was nervous, this was my Blood, the only one who had MY blood, what if he didn’t like me? would he be like me? or Mum or Dad?” so many questions. I walked in the door and he stood up, and he was the image of my father.. I knew it! Dad had sent him to console me! My father had beautiful black hair and “Bill” had almost gingery, he got that from Mum’s side. My Mother looked up and aid “oh this is your sister Kim, she’s the bitch of the family” Bam!! there it was first impressions made! I hated her right there.

Then My Mother and two sisters went on to tell him and his family every bad things I had ever done in my life.. as if I had done so many bad things, not a single nice thing. I wanted to die right there, I wanted to be anywhere but there. This sure wasn’t what I had imagined our first meeting to be. I still cringe when I think of that day!


 Bill and I at Leanne’s 50th Birthday


Doing those dreaded shots with my Evil daughter Jasmin and my Brother Bill.

And then doing shots with my brother Bill at Leanne’s 50th birthday, Leanne and Bill had just come home from an extended American trip and he was telling us about this new drink he’d discovered “yagermeister” and would I do a shot with him, I’m still looking for approval and acceptance so I said “yeah why not?” STUPID!! I am not a big drinker I am even LESS of one now… that night was a blank for me I’ve got photos but that’s about all.. I spent the next day comatose in bed or vomiting up my stomach lining, and vowing NEVER TO DRINK AGAIN!!

For the Christmas present that was classic and I still laugh but I wasn’t laughing then! My Brother gave me a box of Chocolate Mint thins and a note saying “This entitles you to a day of fun and adventure with Bill” sounded intriguing, so we planned to go to stay with Bill and Leanne and spend the day with my Brother,,, OH MY GOSH!! he took me horse riding, now horses and I do not mix, but I wasn’t about to let my brother down and besides that I had the worst toothache, it ended up turning into an abscess and I was taking pain killers like M & M’s. I got on the horse did 3/4’s of the ride OKish and then as we headed back the horse started to bolt.. Bill’s yelling at me to pull the reins and the more everyone yelled the less in control I was and then he started to laugh and laugh and he almost fell off his horse laughing at me! Finally a lady came out of the stables and grabbed the horse’s bridle as I was leaning over the edge about to do a creative dismount!! as my “loving brother” called it.. he laughed all the way home and re told the story all day! Disaster.. I think basically I suck at being his sister!!

Thoughts from my daughter Amber-


Amber and I at my nephews wedding January 3rd 2015

Some may say my mother and I are like to peas in a pod we have always had a strong connection like any mother and daughter we have our ups and downs there’s laughter and tears screaming and yelling happiness and sadness but we have always but just a step away from each other there are many memories mum and I share and it’s hard to pick my favourites there are days when we go to the local shops and just buy junkfood which normally is pineapple donuts and a chocolate bar for a snack and then a kebab or a chicken focaccia for lunch then we go home watch Dr Phil or a movie and pig out!
Another favourite memory I share with my mum was when I gave birth to my daughter Scarlett having mum in the delivery room with me and seeing the smile on her face once Scarlett arrived iv never seen such happiness before.
I could go on forever but everyday memories are made and I have everyday to look forward to sharing more with my Mum.


Amber and I at her Baby Shower October 2014, I was so sick with a kidney infection


“Selfies” Amber with Star Son and I.

My thoughts: Amber and I have a Love/Hate relationship, we love to hate each other some days! Amber’s moved out of home three times and three times she’s come back, she knows that this is her soft place to fall I am always her Mother I will never lead her wrong and both girls know that they can tell me anything with out judgement only advice given when asked for it, support 24/7, that’s always been a given.

And I left the best till last- Thoughts from my husband-

Bruce the bag piper went to school with my f-I-Law.

Bruce the bag piper went to school with my f-I-Law.

So many family memories from our Sunday “family day” outings to places like the Lerderderg Gorge, Kyneton botanic gardens, fish and chips on the beach at Williamstown but one of my favourites is when we did our first campIng trip. We have a tradition of going to a different town to celebrate ANZAC day.

I suggested one year that we go camping… Shock horror…. Kim had not much luck with camping in the past and reluctantly agreed to give it a try. This particular year, there was a locust plague so we put mesh over the radiator, bought a new second-hand tent and headed off to Swan Hill for a long weekend. We drove for 4 1-2 hours in torrential rain, pulled up at the little Murray River where the rain promptly stopped. it was a sign as it was really heavy rain for the whole trip. Needless to say that there was no more rain until we were 5 minutes away from completing our pack up after 3 days. Since then, we had toured half of Australia with our tents and camping gear and I now have a very keen camper. To spend 8 weeks on our half lap of Australia driving over 10,000 km’s and setting and packing up a couple of tents every 2 or 3 days with every day fantastic is a memory that will stay forever.


Our first ever camping trip,Swan Hill 2008

My thoughts;Ahh my Bloke, had been raving about camping trips and had all these cool photos to show me, when we had five children living at home I was not keen at all, knowing Jarrah had ADHD and ODD, camping in the wilds out of his routine would have been hellish! So it wasn’t until 2008 that I gave in and said “OK let’s do it.” we used to go camping when I was a little girl I had happy memories of that but in my early 20’s we (my new husband and some friends) went camping to Lakes entrance, all was going well so we went out on a day trip and left the windows of the tent up to let some air in, it rained the tent was flooded and we spent a cold wet, sleepless night, I swore never again, Motel only for me.. until 2008.. I feared another episode of wet camping with the torrential rain but miraculously it stopped.. and we had the best time, we aim to go camping 4 times a year at least. My most favourite camping trip was 2012, we did the half lap of Australia 3 months it was amazing and later this year we are doing the second half!!


September 2012, Family wedding


April 2012 A different family wedding.


About to become Grand parents- Mother’s Day 2013

Ahhh too happy memories.. and for those of you who don’t like long posts I sincerely apologize in advance!!

E is for…..


More info here: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/what-is-blogging-from-to-z.html


Today is brought to you by the Letter “E” ( I feel like the voice over on the Sesame Street TV show… blame the Grand-babies, we LOVE Sesame street!)

E… that could be considered one of the harder letters, but look at the date… its “Easter”

We’ve just gotten home from an amazing four-day weekend with family and my Bestest best friend and her family.. technically not “blood” family, I class her as more of a sister than anyone who shares my blood.

What’s that quote “Friends are the family you give yourself” I am so thankful to ME that I gave myself Deanne…. you’ll meet her later on it the Alphabet!!

So on Thursday my Cousin Lee (again, another one that classifies as a “sister” but with diluted blood,you’ll meet her at letter “L”) and her daughter and Star Son and I got into the car with Polly the dog and set off for our “Easter Escape at St Leonards” Lee was towing the camper trailer that my Bestie and her family were staying in because our Caravan ark doesn’t allow tents! weird I know!


And here we all are, although only half of Polly!

We got down there at about 2.00 pm and Lee’s partner (which sounds kind of clinical.. so I’m upgrading his to “Cousin-in-law” ) Craig arrived not long after so we three set up the Camper trailer and had it almost finished when Deanne and Steve and the boys 17 yr old B and 13 yr old J. Let the fun begin!!

That night marked the official opening season of “footy” (In Australian it’s AFL, and here’s a link to see what I’m on about: http://www.afl.com.au/ while you are there check out Richmond or Tigers… then in future posts you’ll know who I’m on about that’s the only team we all follow) So we sat around and watched TV and caught up on all the gossip, let the marathon crochet begin tomorrow!

“Good Friday”

Deanne was up early she didn’t sleep well and so we had an early start, Lee came over and did some art and Deanne and I started crocheting our “Hooded Scarf” Link… http://crochetncrafts.com/beginner-hooded-scarf/ needless to say mine was once again an utter failure… and I had to pull about 3/4’s of it out and re start it… I am not so good with the fancier stuff and I cannot read patterns but once I have the pattern in my head I’m totally fine!  Lunch was tuna sandwiches (it’s GOOD FRIDAY no meat!) for dinner that night we have prawn and scallops  skewers cooked on the BBQ with satay sauce and rice. Yummy!! and did more crochet… that was when Craig decided that tomorrow we should ALL get together and cook a huge meal (Last Supper??) and announced he was cooking Roast Lamb.. ok, anyone who has had Craig’s roast lamb never, ever, says no a second or subsequent times.. so we were in..

Easter Saturday

The Shops are open again, so we headed out to do the shopping for “The Last Supper” the people over the road were doing vegetables, the people next door to Craig were doing desert, so we got to supply little things like onions, foil trays, cutlery and crockery and they put Deanne in charge of the washing up… now being a Good Bestie, that I aim to be,  I wasn’t about to let her suffer in agony, so I brought plastic plates and cutlery and table cloths and at the end of the night we rolled the whole lot up and threw it in the bin! YAY!! While we were out shopping for that stuff we had to do a detour to all the second-hand/ charity shops in the area.. we have certain things we look for in certain shops, and so I was ale to get some more wool in one shop, some books for my Grand babies in another shop and the final shop is where you usually hit payload!!


And today was no different, all these wonderful learning books yay!

So once we got the shopping and got back to camp it was after noon, Lee decided that we needed to walk along the beach, so I started collecting shells for my “Ocean Memory garden” I’m going to need a lot more!

The Dinner was “OMGosh to die for” we all sat around I think there ended up being 18 of us.Lots of laughter, lots of chatting and we blocked off the whole row, so no cars coming or going. Roast lamb, baked potatoes, pumpkin, broccoli, carrots, home-made gravy and plenty for seconds. Then for dessert there was Pavlova and cheese cake and the children had ice cream in waffle cones.. I didn’t have any dessert I was full after the main meal. Here is the photo Craig took of our “Last Supper”

 IMG_1482That night I wrote the blog about my “Dad” for letter D and started researching my family tree, so my mind was wide awake and I slept badly.

Easter Sunday

Deanne and I were both awake early so we decided to go for an early morning beach walk and wear off some energy. We ended up walking to Edwards point reserve and then all the way back to the Foreshore caravan park to see where The Bloke’s Sister Leigh and her partner Andrew were camping, so we had a quick chat with Leigh and headed home again. Breakfast tie, we had done almost 10,000 steps our daily goal in one walk! Today at 9.30am there was an Easter Egg hunt on for the Children at the front of the Caravan Park and so they all loved that and then it was time to do the raffle, we had brought 5 tickets for $8.00 and all money raised goes to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal we always support that hospital we’ve used it many times. We won a few little prizes and headed back to camp.

Steve and the boys had packed all Deanne’s camp up and so we sat around chatting, had lunch and Amber and Scarlett arrived for the night, they caught two trains and a bus! Then about 4.00 pm Daughter Number one and her partner Brett and Squishy arrived they were taking over Deanne and Steve’s camp site because over the Easter period you have to book a minimum of four nights, but Deanne had to go home for work so they could not stay, so Jasmin and Brett had their last night. Deanne and Steve and the boys went home at about 5.00 pm and we are meeting them again on Saturday to go and look at a camper trailer with them, if they buy it that means I’ll get to go camping with my Bestie more often!!

We cooked hamburgers and has browns for dinner and cleaned up and had a fairly early night.. in bed by 11.00 pm rare for us at St Leonards!

 Easter Monday

 Today was the big pack up and heading home, normally I would stay there longer but now I am baby sitting Squishy I need to be home, it’s school holidays for another week. We left our “home away from home” at about 11.00 am and headed to see my Mother in-law (you’ll meet her tomorrow for F) we had the “pugaliscious” painting that I did for her all wrapped and ready to go and an Easter egg.


I think she loved her Pug!!

IMG_1478“Pugaliscious” on Tanny’s wall!

So it’s been a great Easter weekend, it’s my first since I started learning about the Lord, and so I’ve been soaking as much about the actual events as I could, therefore, each day had a meaning and we even acknowledged Jesus at 3.00 pm when it says “his spirit left his body” I am currently reading a book called “24 hours that changed the world” by Adam Hamilton, which is really helpful also, and finished the Lent Bible study I was working on for the last 40 days. This is the first year that it’s been more than a “long weekend full of chocolate and nothingness”

So how was your Easter? did you have a nice time?

Sarah and Nick’s Rustic Wedding

Saturday 14th March 2015

Ceremony– Hanging Rock Reserve.

Reception– Macedon Jubilee Hall..

Your mission if you choose to accept it is to help with…

  1. Table decorations
  2. Table runners
  3. Wedding flowers
  4. Decorate the hall

None of this was asked by Sarah or Nick I happily put my hand up because Sarah is my niece and my hairdresser and a beautiful young lady, so I was happy to help, she works full-time as does Nick and so as I am home its easy for me to do these things.

So I’ve been decorating the jars, with burlap (AKA Hessian) and lace and raffia, once I got started they went quickly. I think we did about 50 jars. And then we did 10 fish bowls the same way but the burlap was slightly thinner.  Next up was the table runners, burlap with lace topper and they went over the top of crisp white table linens, the chairs had crisp white covers with gold chiffon bows.

On the Friday morning I made the wedding bouquets, that was a bit nerve-wracking because they would be on show for all to see. Sarah loved them, I was not totally in love with them but I was happy with them in general. I would have liked a few more white flowers to use in Sarah’s bouquet. I also made the “men pins” I thought that was such a cute name Sarah gave the boutonnieres. After the flowers were done 8:30 am till 11:30 am, we headed off to Macedon to help everyone set up the hall.

Sarah’s design brief was “Rustic and country” theme, so she went with the burlap, lace and gold. Very beautiful. Branches of gum trees were hung from the roof and they had been woven with fairy lights, which twinkled when the darkness fell. We set out the tables and dressed them,crisp white table linen, with the burlap and lace table runners on top, and the place cards and jars, two had sand and candles and the third (fish bowl) had branches and gum leaves in them really lovely. The table numbers were gold.

In the foyer was a table with a beautiful white candle burning, for the loved ones that were not present. There was a guest book to sign and also Nick had built a special table, from a huge log of fallen gumtree, and everyone got to sign the table which was going into their new home with a sheet of glass on top. Also my easel, spray painted gold to hide the paint drips, proudly held the table seating plan at the front door.

The table holding the wedding cake was a mini version of the rest of the tables, with the candle jars, gum branches and burlap and lace runner. The wedding cake had purple (to match the Bridesmaids) and an N & S on top in silver. Really sweet.

The Bridal table had larger letters N & S, which would not stand up nicely so Sarah’s Aunt had a brilliant flash of design we went outside and found a branch not too big but big enough to prop the letters up with, it worked a treat! Tea light candles, and a white tall candle in a black wrought iron cage either side, simple but just enough to continue the theme.

We had a lot of fun on Friday setting up the hall, putting the white covers on chairs and putting them all in place, the men, hung up the branches and all the fairy lights, and outside on the decking area where the pre wedding nibbles and drinks were held had beautiful purple and white paper lanterns in two sizes.

The actual wedding day was a beautiful day, we sat in the middle of a field, nick has constructed an aisle for Sarah and her bridal party to walk down, with hollowed out logs filled with gum branches and it was really perfect for the day. The bride and groom stood under an arch painted gold and dressed with gum branches and burlap with lace. All of which was underneath a HUGE old gnarled gum tree, perfect for Sarah’s design brief.

Sarah and her bridal party came in from behind us, across a bridge and across the field, beautiful. Nick’s nephews walked in front carrying a sign which read “Uncle Nick here comes your Bride” really cute.

Sarah and her proud father Peter seemed to glide down the aisle she looked amazing, and I got a bit misty eyed, thank goodness we were able to wear sunglasses. Both the Mother’s got to read part of a longer reading, which was a lovely touch.  The ceremony was not too long which was good because it was hot in the sun. Afterward there was a nearby place were we had the photos done.

Soon it was time to head back to the hall. the Bloke and I had one more important job to do. he had to climb up and turn on all the fairy lights in the branches hanging from the roof and the walls and I had to go and light all the candles.. It really made all the difference.  While everyone had pre dinner drinks and nibbles, and were encouraged to sign the guest book and table. It also gave the band time to set up.

Dinner was roasted meats and vegetables with salad sides, served to eat table buffet style, there was plenty of food, baked sweet potato, zucchini,mushrooms, pasta salad, rice salad, and green salad with bread rolls and for desert we had wedding cake, one layer was vanilla and cream and the second layer was chocolate and cream.

The speeches were done before the meal were served and the cake was cut after the main meal so it could be used for dessert. The band started after dinner and so there was plenty of dancing to be had.

We left fairly early because we had the girls and the babies, who were having fun dancing, Sweetpea danced with the groom, he started that tradition at their engagement party, and she loves it. Both of the babies loved the bright lights from the band. The bloke and I got to dance so in my book it was a successful night.

I am thankful that everything went smoothly and looked amazing, the Bride and Groom had a lovely day and I think that it was exactly as Sarah’s design brief wanted, so win win!!

Australia Day 2015



Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships atPort Jackson, New South Wales, and raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip. In present-day Australia, celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation, and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new immigrants into the Australian community.[2]

The meaning and significance of Australia Day has evolved over time. Unofficially, or historically, the date has also been variously named “Anniversary Day”, “Invasion Day”, “Foundation Day”, and “ANA Day”.[3] 26 January 1788 marked the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia (then known as New Holland).[4] Although it was not known as Australia Day until over a century later, records of celebrations on 26 January date back to 1808, with the first official celebration of the formation of New South Wales held in 1818.[5] On New Years Day 1901, the British colonies of Australia formed a Federation, marking the birth of modern Australia. A national day of unity and celebration was looked for. It was not until 1935 that all Australian states and territories had adopted use of the term “Australia Day” to mark the date, and not until 1994 that the date was consistently marked by a public holiday on that day by all states and territories.[6]

In contemporary Australia, the holiday is marked by the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards on Australia Day Eve, announcement of the Australia Day Honours list and addresses from the Governor-General and Prime Minister. It is an official public holiday in every state and territory of Australia, unless it falls on a weekend in which case the following Monday becomes a public holiday instead. With community festivals, concerts and citizenship ceremonies, the day is celebrated in large and small communities and cities around the nation. Australia Day has become the biggest annual civic event in Australia..


Today is Australia day, whether you like it or hate it or disagree with it, it happens every year. My thoughts are at the start it was an “invasion”  but I think that we need to get over it and move onward and upwards and work together to make Australia an even more amazing country.. OK, I know I am going to get complaints about this subject but I am entitled to MY opinion.. no one has to agree with me.

This year due to the fact that “Star Son” turned 13 and had a combined birthday party with a friend from school, we were unable to go away for the long weekend. Oh well he turns 13 a teenager but once… we have however made it VERY clear that going forward any parties being planned must be held the week before or the week after this weekend!

His was the first party that we have had out of the our house. I am the “Queen of parties” give me a theme I’ll run with it.. I have never until this weekend had a party for the kids out of our house, Number one daughter had one for her 17th at her Dad’s house and that was a bit of a disaster.

So we celebrated “Australia Day” at home this year, The Bloke cooked Roast Lamb, and baked potatoes, pumpkin and broccoli, and then for desert he home-made a pavlova!


The end of another year…goodbye 2014…


What a year it’s been! The first half of the year I had my number two daughter and Sweet pea living with us.

The second half of the year I’ve had daughter number one and Squishy living with us.

I love my children and I especially love my Grandchildren, but I miss my art! I am so consumed with babies, and all that they entail that I have not done any art, not much of note, I have so much to do, to finish my “Art Instructors” course and I have just learnt Zentangle so that needs doing, and my penpalling fell off for a little while but happily that is back on track.

In January– We went away camping with long time friends, daughter number one and two grand babies. That was over the “Australia Day” weekend, fun times.

In February, My Husband took me away for a romantic weekend to Brisbane in Queensland, we got a mystery flight so we only found out where we were going a few days before hand, we have been there but we didn’t care it was us flying (I LOVE flying) away to be together. Had a great weekend.

In March– Heralded the Start of “Footy Season” and again I donned my hat as “football tragic mum”

In April– We had an engagement party for one of my nephews and the following weekend we had a roadt trip to Queensland to do some repairs on a friends house. Camping trip loved it.

In May– Nothing special but lots of football matches.

In June– Daughter number two and Sweetpea flew the nest.

In July– I discovered the Lord, we went out for dinner for a friends birthday. Had a date day at the Art Gallery and then lunch

In August– Number one daughter moved home with Squishy, Football Grand-final, we lost by one point!!

In September– My Nephew’s engagement party, great night out.

In October– My Niece had her engagement party, my birthday, Moved Mother-in-law into a nursing home and we went camping.

In November– Still camping for the first whole week.  Zentangle art class, Sweetpea turned one and said farewell to a long time friend. She Who Rambles Salad Challenge

In December– Christmas party at the Nursing home, Squishy turned one, huge birthday party, Christmas and quality time at our holiday place.

November, I started “The Daniel Plan” and to date I have lost 6 kilograms and 12 inches, I am happy about that!


Reading all that it’s been a busy year! Speaking of reading

IMG_0300This is the pile of books I finished,  along with the note books full of notes, and the second bible I brought so I could do bible art in it. This one has the two inch wide margins.



My first piece of Bible art Psalm 139;13 I need to add some colour to it, but I’m scared to ruin it. I since quit that group because it was making me nervous about ruining my beautiful new bible.

IMG_0304This is my “awaiting” to be read pile… sheesh it makes me tired just looking at it, The book about Luther belongs to Pastor Frank, he loans me his personal books, I find that very humbling that he trusts me with his books.

IMG_0306A 90 day devotional study that I want to do, I haven’t booked it in yet, I’m really busy in January. Maybe I’ll pencil it in for April, May and June.



Two more Studies that I just got in the mail, both have 12 lessons.

IMG_0302This is my Bible study folder, which I do my daily studies in with “The Good Morning Girls” group, I am in a Facebook group called “The Heart of Esther” and have just been made Assistant for the group, so already my “deeper” is working! I have different sections in this folder.. the books that concern Men go in one bit, the Books that concern women go in another and the general books which is most of them go into a separate section. This year Good Morning Girls is introducing a different hing we are going to start colour coordinating the scriptures. Monday 5th January “Good Morning Girls” starts back with the Book of Exodus.




So I have a feeling my morning study session is going to get a bit longer.. if I do this I haven’t actually decided yet.



This neat little pile lives by my bed. Each morning and each night, I read the daily devotional in each book and write in my journal. Basically my journal I write in any time, but I always start off with good intentions each morning and do a wrap up of each day before I go to bed, then I know my mind is clear and I am all set for my prayer.

Tonight I am ending the year as I started it, with Sweetpea while her Mum goes out for the night. We did that last year too.. except last year I didn’t feel as tired as I do this year!

Happy New Year to all my friends out there who take time to read my blog, thank- you for reading and I hope you all come back next year for more and I wish you all a very happy 2015!!





NaBloPoMo2014- Daniel Plan and detox…

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Today is day one of the Daniel Plan and its the first day of detox. Its proving hard.

I keep wanting bread (Not allowed to have it right now) and the no coffee deal has left me tired and with the worst headache.. But I have done detoxes before so I understand that this is all part of the process.. So here’s how my day went..

breakfast- smoothie made with Banana, strawberries (4) a cup of Almond milk, a few ice cubes, two tablespoons of chocolate protien powder and one of LSA (Linseed, Sunflower and Almond) it was yummie-ish..

lunch- salad with some ham

afternoon- slipped up my son made banana muffins at school and he wanted me to try it so I did.

dinner- salad with chicken burger.

plus my bloke who would normally make me an after dinner coffee, instead mademe Chinese red tea.. Yum!

but then he also made me a piece of cheese cake… So I have messed up day one, day two is looking better though!

Blogtoberfest 2014- Day 21 (caught up again) Daniel Plan recipes..





Monday: Mosaic Monday – make a photomasiac to show and write about
Tuesday: Talkative Tuesday – tell us about yourself
Wednesday: Wordless Wednesday – post a photo and no words
Thursday: Thankful Thursday – write about what you are thankful/grateful for, Throwback Thursday
Friday: Friends on Friday – write about another creative you admire, Flashback Friday
Saturday: Some/Six/Seven Thoughts on Saturday
Sunday: Sunday Snippets (started by {tinniegirl}) – My week in photos… A collection of photos from your week. No need for words. Let the pictures tell your story


Playing Catch up.. So now I am up to day 21… I was thinking about what else I could write about  and then I got an email from “The Daniel Plan” and the recipe sounded interesting but I just cleaned out my inbox today so what to do? Start a recipe  collection on my blog! HA HA! Who knows you might like to try something right?!

When I try these I’ll come back and review them and let you know what I think…. if anyone out there tries them first let me know please?!

These recipes are from “The Daniel Plan” website you can read more here… http://www.danielplan.com/food/

By Mark Hyman, MD

Nutritional analysis per serving: calories 254, carbohydrates 7.3 g, fiber 3.6 g, protein 9.8 g, fat 22.8 g, cholesterol 0 mg, sodium 3 mg, calcium 118 mg.

  • YIELD: 4 Servings
  • PREP: 1 min
  • COOK: 10 mins
  • READY IN: 16 mins


  • 1/2 Cup Walnuts
  • 1/2 Cup Almonds
  • 1/4 Cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds


  • To roast the nuts: Heat oven to 350°f. (APPROX:  180 C for all my Aussie readers!)  Place the nuts on a dry baking sheet. Bake for approximately 8-9 minutes, checking often. The nuts are done when they start to change color and impart a nutty fragrance.
  • Remove from the hot baking pan and cool. Store in a sealed container in a cool, dry place, and the nuts will remain fresh for up to 2 weeks.
  • To roast the seeds: Heat a dry skillet to medium and add the seeds. Stir continuously until the seeds start to brown. Pumpkin seeds will even pop a little. Remove from heat immediately and cool before storing. The seeds will remain fresh for several weeks.
  • Combine and store in a sealed container in a cool, dry place.

AMAZING APPLE CINNAMON CHICKEN SALAD (Really excited to try this one!! Even the Bloke says he’ll have this one, minus the pecans he’s allergic)

Daniel Plan Wellness Advisor, Tana Amen

Serves 2


  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless skinless (4-6 oz) (APPROX- 115- 150 grms)
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons Vegenaise (or organic mayonnaise)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons pecans, chopped
  • 4 cups of lettuce


Preheat the grill to medium high. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken 7-10 minutes on each side or until the juices run clear. Let it cool. In a medium bowl mix Vegenaise, vinegar and cinnamon. Dice chicken into large chunks. Add chicken, apple and raisins to dressing mixture. Toss gently to coat. Season with salt and pepper if needed. Refrigerate for couple of hours. Serve on a bed of your favorite greens.


From the book “Man Can Cook” By Robert Sturm


  • 1 large Chicken Breast cut Skinny Chicken Style (medallions)
  • 2 TB Olive Oil
  • 1&1/2 tsp. All Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 Cup Asparagus, sliced very thin on a bias
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms, sliced very thin
  • TT Kosher Salt, ground
  • TT Ground Pepper, fresh


In a bowl combine olive oil and all purpose seasoning. Add chicken medallions and massage well coating the chicken evenly. In a “HOT” skillet, place chicken in pan, cover and let cook 2 minutes. Turn chicken over. Cover chicken with asparagus and mushrooms. Cove pan and cook 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve. Optional: Zucchini, onions, tomatoes and most easy to cook vegetables work well with this recipe.


Blogtoberfest 2014- day 17- #TheDanielPlan


Monday: Mosaic Monday – make a photomasiac to show and write about
Tuesday: Talkative Tuesday – tell us about yourself
Wednesday: Wordless Wednesday – post a photo and no words
Thursday: Thankful Thursday – write about what you are thankful/grateful for, Throwback Thursday
Friday: Friends on Friday – write about another creative you admire, Flashback Friday
Saturday: Some/Six/Seven Thoughts on Saturday
Sunday: Sunday Snippets (started by {tinniegirl}) – My week in photos… A collection of photos from your week. No need for words. Let the pictures tell your story


“Some thoughts on Saturday”…

  • I didn’t make my 10,000 step total again today, yeah sure I could use the excuse my leg is sore ( it is) but man up Sheila and put your big girl panties on and get walking!!
  • This morning on the way down here (St Leonards Victoria) to our holiday place, I felt something on my face, I “assumed” it was a loose hair and went to brush it away and “it” fell into my bra! So I looked down and there was a massive HUGE earwig in my cleavage! (Sorry too much information) I HATE EARWIGS, almost as much as Maggots and millipedes… I hate slimy things and I especially HATE them down my BRA!! So I did the girly thing and squealed to my husband “GET IT OUT!!” Thank Heavens we were on the side of the road, he had stopped to get something from the boot for Star Son, so he ever so swiftly reached into my bra grabbed the intruder and threw it out the door! phew! Thank Goodness for Husbands!!  Needless to say the rest of the hour-long trip, I spent checking my hair, my clothes and the car for more Earwigs!
  • I went on a nice little walk, trying to get Chase asleep, it failed and instead I did 1.7 kilometer gossip session with my cousin Lee who is also down here this weekend, this brings my yearly total up to 378 kms of 400, so I am well and truly on target.
  • Good thing for today is I have smashed my daily water total, which according to my “water your body” app, for my height and weight I need to drink 2.4 litres and 9 mils… Dont even ask me how they got that number, but I have round it up to 2.5 liters and I am almost finished it and its only 9:00pm.
  • The other good thing was, I have started a new book called “The Daniel Plan” 40 days to a healthier life by Rick Warren. I have been looking at it for a while and then read a few reviews and after the news on Tuesday about my cholesterol and Glucose maybe its time to start! I loved Rick Warren’s book “A Purpose Driven Life” so I am sure I will love this one too. Find out more about the plan here: http://rickwarren.org


One section on the back cover of the book reads: “The concepts in this book will encourage you to deepen your relationship with God and develop a community of supportive friends who will encourage you to make healthy choices each and every day, the results for you: gradual changes that transform your life inside and out.”


This book  is an appetizing approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle where people are encouraged to get healthier together by optimizing the key five essentials of faith, food, fitness, focus and friends.

So that is my goal, between now and November the 1st, I am going to get all my health checks done, get my blood work done and see exactly where I sit, and then come November 1st, I will start this 40 day program. I will even blog about it with #TheDanielPlan40days. In fact to keep me focused on this goal I will start a new category for all the #TheDanielPlan40days posts!!