Sunday, August 28, 2016

Quick Update

I know I've not posted here for awhile, but I just wanted to reach out to anyone still reading and let you know the best news this year .., Miss nearly-15 has been awarded a full scholarship to go to Japan next year as an exchange student.  She is so excited.

She'll fly out in March and fly back in Feb 2018!!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Visit to the Outback

On the 14th of April, the family, plus our Japanese Exchange Student and Shootin Buddy headed up to the Outback.  Our destination was a Sheep Station at Gabyon.  This is their webpage and is worth checking out.

It's a 6 or so hour drive from Perth.  And on the whole the roads are very good.  There had been some recent rains and one of the bridges was half washed out, and there were a few bumpy creek crossings but it certainly was achievable and 4x4 wasn't needed.

Passed the sign and prior to the station there were a few creeks that ran down to the road which would be worth exploring in the future.  This time however, we just went straight to the Station.

The turn off from the main road was well signposted, however when we got into the station itself we were a bit unsure of where we actually were to go.  Luckily the station owners had seen us arrive (they had been out mustering but had returned earlier than expected) and were able to point us in the right direction.

The owners, Mike, Helen & their daughter Gemma, are wonderful and friendly people.  Over the course of our stay they could not have done more to make us feel welcome.

They have two options for accommodation (and you can also camp / park a caravan), and we chose the "homestead" option.  This is a wing near the main house (separated by a fence), with three rooms each with a queen bed and a single bed, a kitchen, bathroom, outdoor dining table, outdoor fire pit, and BBQ all with power.  As there were 6 of us, this worked out nicely.

The property is a working sheep station on 271, 500 hectares and we were able to see them mustering sheep from one of the paddocks using quads and a small plane.  

During our time there, Miss 12 got to help out with the horses, our Japanese Exchange Student got to bottle feed kangaroos, Miss 14 learnt how to vacuum a pool and then got to enjoy the pool (except it was too cold to stay in the water for long) and we all got to go on a hike and do some exploring.

Here are some more of our photos

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

January Wrap

Wow, another year flying by!!!

January was very quiet on the work front :(  BUT very busy in every other way.  Being school holidays meant that most of my time was taken up with the girls.

Miss 12 had an operation on her ingrowing toenail which meant that she couldn't spent all her time with horses so she was around pretty much full time for most of January.

Miss 14 had swimming lessons for her Bronze Medallion re-certification.  Due to her illness last year she hasn't done much sport at all for a long time, but thankfully she was still fit enough to cope with the swimming requirement of the Bronze Medallion and still remembered all of her first aid and resuscitation information necessary to pass.  (Well she did a Senior First Aid / CPR certificate in November so I would have been surprised if she hadn't of passed!).

After all of this was out of the way, we went down to Dunsborough for a week.  Really love it down there.  We visited all of our favourite spots - Millars Ice-Creamery; the Candy Cow in Cowaramup; Bootleg Brewery; and Treeton Estate.  For those who know the area and haven't been to any of these, they're all highly recommended.

In addition we discovered a new bakery - mmm, can't find it on Google and Google Maps has an old photo when it was a fruit shop (it's at Boodjidup Rd if anyone is looking for it, right next to the second hand place); went to a distillery, visited Boranup Cafe and Gallery,  and drove through Boranup Forest.

We returned to Perth on Friday the 29th,  a couple of hours before our Exchange Student from Japan was to arrive.  Her plane was late, so that gave us another hour to get sorted and pick her up.

The last couple of days of January were spent sorting out school uniforms, finding a Kangaroo and generally getting her and the other two ready for school on the Monday.

Miss 12 starts High School at a new school, Miss 14 goes into Year 9 and our Exchange Student is mainly doing the Year 9 classes with Miss 14, which a couple of changes.

I will let you know how they're all doing in my next post :)

I hope everyone else's years got off to a good start :)

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year - Welcome to 2016

Hi All

Thought I would get in early and say Happy New Year to all of you :)

This year promises to be challenging - we're going to have a Japanese Exchange Student live with us for a year; Miss 12 starts High School (a different High School to Miss 14); and I have my business to get off the ground.  Along with the normal stuff that happens.

I am planning to write more in the blog this year.  No promises, but I will try :)

Wishing you all a FANTASTIC 2016 - especially for you all who didn't have the best year last year.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Posting for a friend

Dan Zimmerman, widely held to be a longtime intellectual property thief and, I am given to understand, founder of _Dead Hooker Magazine_, has stolenTamara Keel's "Fun Show Song" and posted the lovely video made as a Christmas present for Tam by Ambulance Driver and Squeaky and posted it over at TTAG, the other sink of iniquity and inequity with which he is associated, utterly without attribution to anyone but himself.
Other than polite reminders (already issued) and the distant possibility of lawyering up -- Tam's a writer and her stock in trade is the unique groupings of words she creates -- there's not a whole lot that can be done.
But there is one thing. Cato famously ended every speech he made in the Roman Senate with "Carthage must be destroyed," even if all he was talking about was proclaiming Junior Vestal Day. The phrase I'd like you to remember and to post all over the Internet is "Dan Zimmerman. Intellectual property thief. Dead Hooker Magazine." And good morning, search engines!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

It's that time of year again ...

When school starts to wind up and we have Awards Night.

Miss 14 has had a tough year, she's been sick since May - initial diagnosis was Glandular Fever but they're now in the "don't know" camp.  Anyway it means that she has missed lots of school and really struggled to keep up.

However, she has worked hard (when she could) and kept up with assignments and tests and here she is reaping the rewards:

She got the Learning Area Award for Mathematics; Subject Awards in Japanese and Music Specialist.  Three of these also means that she was one of two recipients for the Principal's List Award for her year (which has a prize of $25), and she also received the Community Service Award (also $25).

Very proud of her.  She has worked hard and deserves this.

Monday, November 2, 2015

It's only been a short time ...

since I last wrote a blog post and things have changed.

My last post started off with the search for a high school for Miss now-12.  We are over the moon to report that she has been accepted into the Specialist Agricultural Program that she had applied for.

Then I mentioned that Miss now-14 had nearly fully recovered from her bout of Glandual Fever - well unfortunately she's had another three attacks since then.  She is however working hard to keep up with her school work, cello and part-time job.

AND I mention that I was going well at work - um, well, I was made redundant at the beginning of October.  As I said, short period of time lots of changes.

I have decided to build up my own business focusing on computer training and work.  So far so good, but I do need a few more clients.

For those without Facebook here are some recent (Halloween) pictures of the girls:

AND here are some other random pictures of them:
Miss 14 on her Birthday

Miss 12 doing what she loves best