Gosh, the weeks are just flying by.
I can’t believe it’s the holidays already!
This week, we spent a day with our favourite little people at Dreamworld.
(How do you get a 16 year old on a carousel?
Get a four year old to say ‘Pleeeeease’ in her sweet voice, with her head tilted to one side.)
Isn’t this wee one sweet?!
Okay, so the ‘look’ is because I turned her hat sideways to get a cute photo.
She has an opinion now that she’s 18 months old.
Yes, that’s a book that Aunty Tracey bought her.
I’m pretty sure that Aunty Tracey has filled an entire bookshelf of books for her sweet little nieces.
We did lots of things at Dreamworld that we hadn’t done before.
For the first time, we went to the shearing show. It was worth the visit.
I wish that Dreamworld invested more time and money in entertainment and experiences like the shearing show,
rather than the thrill rides that only a limited group of people enjoy.
We also saw the second tiger show.
We usually head to the morning session, where the tigers play in the pool.
But we heard that the afternoon show was different so we made a point of visiting.
It was different!
They demonstrated a number of skills that the tigers are trained to do that help with various things, like medical exams.
Oh and just in case you are ever chased by a tiger…
don’t climb a tree.
In the evenings this week, we’ve been watching the doco, “The War That Changed US”,
which was about Australia’s involvement in the first World War
and, in particular, how it affected the lives of several specific Australians.
The production was very well done.
Of course, we’ve also been reading.
Yes, this is a picture book, but I bought it because the topic caught my attention.
I hadn’t even thought that graphs were ‘invented’.
Of course, they had to have been but it’s just something I hadn’t given a thought to.
So, I had to buy the book and find out more.
After reading it and becoming curious, we went and hunted for further info about William Playfair.
(See, there’s nothing wrong with picture books for teens if they move them to appropriate action.)
We also read “The Language of Angels: A Story about the Reinvention of Hebrew”.
Yet another topic that startled me and forced me to buy it.
Why did they need to reinvent Hebrew?
I didn’t know that Hebrew had been virtually lost.
Because of this picture book, we now have a biography on Eliezer Ben Yehuda coming
and plans to watch several documentaries on him as well.
Never doubt the value of a good quality picture book.
We’re also reading this book called “Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat”;
another book that piqued my interest and simply had to be read.
Have you heard of Pellagra before? I hadn’t.
It’s a devastating disease of deficiency
and all the way through the first chapters of the book,
you are kept wondering, “What on earth causes it?”
Suffice it to say, if you are studying nutrition,
this would be a good book to add to your booklist.
Nope, I’m not going to tell you what causes Pellagra.
You’ll have to find out for yourself. 🙂
Oh and this darling book…
I bought “The Snatchabook” for my nieces
and it was almost a disaster.
When I started pre-reading it, I thought, “Oh boy, this is going to scare the girls half to death”,
but I kept reading and was simply delighted with the ending.
So I gave it to the girls with the warning that they can’t give up half way through,
they have to read to the end.
They did and they loved it.
Then, of course, since I loved the book so much, I had to go and buy another copy for myself to keep.
Yep, I’m weird like that. 🙂
In my own reading, I finished reading “Married to a Bedouin” this week.
It’s about a New Zealand tourist who falls in love with a Bedouin man, who lives in a cave in Petra,
and decides to marry him.
It was a GREAT read. I highly recommend it.
It caused me to put Petra, Jordan, on my dream list of places to visit.
Oh and my friend Sarah’s book just went live on Amazon recently.
She adapted Edmund Spencer’s “The Faerie Queene” into prose to make it more accessible.
But, at the same time, she kept true to the plot and language and created an adaptation that is well suited to teens.
I wasn’t actually expecting my boys to enjoy it.
I mean, a book with the words “fairy” and “queen” in the title isn’t usually high on a boy’s list of ‘must reads’.
But it was full of medieval battles, bold knights and evil to be defeated.
If you love Christian allegories, you’ll love “The Faerie Queene”.
My boys thoroughly enjoyed it…and so did I.
Having read Sarah’s adaptation, now I feel like I have the confidence to go forth and try reading Spencer’s original.
Yep, I definitely recommend Sarah’s adaptation of “The Faerie Queene”.
We also went to the movies this week.
We saw the Emoji movie.
What can I say?
Yes, the poo jokes were amusing.
Yes, the commentary about social media was spot on.
But, all up, this movie was pretty mediocre.
It reminded me of “Inside Out”, only the setting was inside a phone instead of inside a head.
I scored some great shopping bargains this week.
I’m not usually in the stores enough to stumble across bargains like these
but I was certainly lucky this day.
We found this huge Lego set on a clearance sale for 50% off!!
It’s being stashed away for Christmas for a certain Lego lover.
I also found an Usborne Picture Book Gift Set for 50% off an already bargain price.
My nieces will be getting these books.
Usborne books are great
and I always give the girls books for special events.
Okay, let’s be honest.
I don’t need an event to buy my nieces books
and they know who their literary fairy godmother is. 🙂
Yes, we did some schoolish stuff too.
The highlight would have to be our soldering lesson.
We’re working through Jaycar’s “Short Circuits” volumes
and we’ve come to the part where you need to learn to solder.
Thankfully, Grandad knows how so we, of course, went to Grandma and Grandad’s house for that lesson.
I got Dad to show me how to solder as well and I was simply terrible at it.
It’s not as easy as it looks.
You need steady hands to hold both items in the one small location until the solder has melted
and I do not have those steady hands.
This is how Brayden’s circuit board turned out.
You can see his shonky first attempts
and his improvement.
And what did all this soldering make?
Two alternating flashing lights.
Hey, we were thankful that it worked at all!
In the mail this week, I received the book, “Seven Myths About Education”.
You should check out some of her Daisy Christodoulou’s presentations.
This was one of my favourites as it gives a bit of an overview of what she believes.
She also gives the opposition a run for their money in this debate about whether facts should be taught in schools in this modern age.
Well, that was my week; a bit of a hodge podge.
I wonder what next week will hold.