Archive for March, 2007

an impromptu lesson

How To Change A Tire On Your Bike


thanks for taking the time to teach us Dadda

we know it is quicker for you to do things on your own

but we love learning from you

camping out

today was the First Day of Rain

and so we celebrated by doing one of our favourite winter activites: making huts

Mama sewed and sewed and sewed T2‘s quilt for her birthday and we made huts all over the house. We even had lunch in one under the dining room table. If we are all quiet for Grandpa tonight we will be allowed to sleep in one tomorrow! K9 knows this is bribery!!

sweetie-pie surprise

This morning you came to me and said, “Mama could you take a photo of this for tomorrow’s blog? This is the best apron I’ve ever made and I really like it”.
Sweetie, I loved how you were so proud of your effort, your smile stretched across your face as you pointed out the special features, the double pocket, the small handsewn stitches. And so I thought I’d surprise you and sneak in a post for you….today!
Love ya lots darling….and I’m sure ER will love this first birthday present from you. She’ll be able to wear it when you teach her how to make salads or spaghetti!

*M*O*T*A*T*

We have an annual pass to get in to the
Museum of Transport and Technology this year
(what a wonderful Christmas present that was –
thanks Uncle John and Aunty Sandra!).
And we’ve been three times in the past two weeks!
The most exciting time was on Saturday
when they had a military open day.

L6: We had fun in the truck and using the remote-controlled tanks. I shot J11 and K9.
M4: We went on da steam train dere. Dat was fun. We saw a horse break da fence. And da steam train went very fast.
T2: In Motack. I had a face paint. We went on a swain. I sat wif Daddy and looked out da window for da swain to come and it was at da fwont and it was dwiving fast off now fast.
K8: There was a truck that you could have a ride on and there were very steep hills you went over and it felt like you were going to tip off your seat (T2 interjects :actually no you just hold on! And Daddy just hold me). There was a motorbike with a sidecar on it and we got a ride in the sidecar. There was a battle with guns and at the end we were given empty cartridges.
K9: My favourite part was having the ride on the truck. It was exciting going over all the bumps and down the steep steep hills. I liked watching the battle because the noise was loud and there were explosions with lots of smoke. ER(10mo) fell asleep in the middle of it and didn’t even get woken up!
J11: I liked doing the remote controlled tanks even though the batteries died and I had to wait a few seconds for it to charge up. The mock battle was also very interesting, espeically the noise and the big tank which came over the hill and fired some blank shots. The Nazis arrived on a train.
J12: My favourite part was the steam train ride. If you put your head out the window, the steam and smoke blew in your face. We waved at each other from the ends of the train. In the first class carriage the back of the seat could be moved so you could face whichever way you wanted.
There was a helicopter there and we all wanted a ride, but at $95 for one person for ten minutes we didn’t get one! Levi said “You could pay with your credit card Dadda and it wouldn’t cost you anything!”
We recognised the soldiers who were at the Howick Historic Village when we had a pass to go there a couple of years ago.

happy birthday to……

This is old news, but we need to put up a photo of it before the next birthday comes creeping up. (You see Mama is going to print all our posts out and make a book for us and we’ll want all the birthdays in it!)

K8 wanted a gingerbread house….with the three bears taking a stroll in the forest.

snip snip buzz buzz

the boys had haircuts…..and Mama’s gone for the SHORT bob

Pumpkin Paradise

We love soup…..any sort of soup….but our absolute favourite is pumpkin…..yes we all share the same favourite (well we don’t know about ER, but she sure liked this one).

Yesterday we picked our first pumpkin and Mama made Dadda’s favourite chewy crusty bread and we had a scrummy dinner.

Here’s the soup recipe:
2 onions, carefully chopped
as much garlic as you can manage, chopped as well as a 6 year old can
a good shake of cumin (2 teaspoons perhaps)
a little bit less coriander
about the same of turmeric
a pinch of ginger
a pinch of nutmeg
a few cracks of black pepper
as many mustard seeds as you feel like
fry together in a little olive oil and butter until nice-n-smelly

6 parsnips, chopped up
3/4 large pumpkin just picked from the garden(that’s all that would fit in the pot)
this one actually

a few cups of chicken stock left over from the other night
add and bring to the boil, boil for five minutes or so transfer the pot to the cooking bag and leave a few hours


a can of coconut cream
just before serving stir in and sprinkle fresh coriander on top – oh yeah, you need to whizz it up so it’s nice and smooth like this:


serve with Jim Lahey’s New York Times No Knead Bread