Posted by: picanini | February 17, 2014

Hello, hello

I’m a couple of months late, but Happy 2014! Has it been a good year for you so far? Can you believe we’re already over 1/2 into February?!!!!! I’m feeling a little guilty, having disappeared for more than a couple of months. And where have I been?

opera house

Finn insisted we must re-visit the Sydney Opera House

We had a pretty busy summer holiday – we spent almost a month down south including the Christmas and New Year period, mostly in Sydney with my in laws. They have a lovely big house that they plan on selling some time soon now that they have no kids at home, so we decided to make the most of it while it’s there.


We did all sorts of exploring – we walked over the Harbour Bridge (the kids scootered) and over the Cahill expressway down to the Botanic Gardens and through to Mrs Macquaries Chair.

Middle head adventure

We parked at Mosman and walked/scootered to Middle Head.

exploring middle head

The kids really enjoyed exploring the historic abandoned military site.

squeezing out

We all had fun squeezing through the underground tunnels.

Banksia boy

We also visited my old stomping grounds of the South Coast of NSW.

Above pic is of Gannon hamming it up as a Banksia Boy (You remember the Banksia men from Snuggle Pot and Cuddle Pie?).  We don’t seem to have Banksia trees up here – I miss them, as they were all around the property where I grew up. And Warratahs too.



It’s so beautiful in that part of the world! We camped in Jervis Bay for a few nights.

QVB tree

We visited the Queen Victoria Building in the city and admired the huge tree,


as well as visiting DJ’s – of course we saw the window display. Ruby has a thing for nutcrackers after seeing the ballet.

lego elves

We also found some interesting things – this elf in the DJ’s Christmas cave is made from Lego.

vikings (2)

After Christmas we went to the Vikings exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour.


We wrote our name in Runes – the ancient script of the Vikings.


Kirsten Viking

And played dress ups.


We went right into the submarine, and under the decks of the old sailing ship. Neither are good for the claustraphobic.

Ruby and Kirri

We also took the kids horse-riding…and did LOADS more things.

I also took the kids down to the Sunshine Coast to catch up with my family and old friends, and suddenly, it was time to get serious about getting organised for school – and actually get back into the school groove.

There have also been some dramas in my extended family that have caused head and heartache since the new year – and they’re not over yet. Unfortunately, it’s somewhat dampened my enthusiasm for life in general and sapped the emotional energy right out of me – I just haven’t had it in me to get here. But, after hearing last week that a child in Finn’s class lost their dad over the holidays after a battle with cancer, you realise that you must make the most of what life’s dealt you and quit moping. And so I’ve been fired up to try and find my Joie de vivre again – so here I am!

I’ll be back to the usual crafty stuff in the next post!



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