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Our Weekend…

This has been one of the busiest weekends for us, ever… Last night was the opening show of our city’s production of Mary Poppins, oh my, it was excellent!!! I loved it!!! The cast were amazing! Jenna and Erin have been rehearsing for over four months, three times a week and I am one very proud mama:) They will be performing for the rest of the weekend, two shows today, one tomorrow and again the following weekend and the next too. They love it so and have met many wonderful new friends and have learned so much. It really is a lovely experience for them and I am sure they will take part for many years to come… Thank you so much to Protea Stage Productions, you are all so amazing!

Jen is wearing the white shirt at the back looking down, she is an urchin.

Erin is wearing the blue and white skirt, she is an urchin too.
Just wanted to include here what I posted off to my pincushion swap partner, I really have been enjoying all the swaps so much:) Those are little pottery stitch markers in the grass.

On the spinning wheel, some superwash BFL sparkly yarn, it will be in the shop soon.

I will leave you with this last photo of Sandy and Caiden. Whenever the children swim on their boards in the pool, Sandy feels that she must rescue them and take them to the steps…

Have a wonderful weekend,


Making Butter on Solstice…

I don’t know about you, but I have been trying to upload photos on Blogger for most of the day with little success… and so I went to Tweet about this frustration on Twitter to find that I was not the only one who couldn’t upload pics. Then something amazing happened! You probably ALL know this already… but I will tell you here anyway. Someone Tweeted that if you upload your photos in HTML mode when you are writing a blog post, your photos will upload. AND guess what! They were right, oh my goodness, amazing!!! Thank you, thank you! 🙂 If you are wondering where HTML mode is, just look to the right of where you compose your post, just above the menu bar, and you will see ‘Edit HTML’ and ‘Compose’ tabs, click on Edit HTML and load your photos, a whole lot of writing will come up, but when you are finished loading, click on Compose and, like MAGIC, your photos will appear… Ok, sorry about the Tiny rant, but how nice of people to share their knowledge and help someone as technologically challenged as myself, Yay:)
Just to mention here as well, that Kye is so much better today, his fever is gone, he is running around like there is no tomorrow and is almost back to his 5 year old happy little self. Thank you all so much for the get well wishes, I appreciate you all so much:) xo
Yesterday while our smallest was ill, the older children wanted something to keep them busy, so I thought that being the winter solstice down here in the south, it would be grand if we made soup, homemade bread and homemade butter. They were very excited and while Kye slept, Caiden made some honey bread, we popped it into the oven and made some butter from cream and amazingly everything was ready at the same time, just in time for lunch.
This is how we made our butter, it was quite nice to tie this in with a history lesson about the first people who landed here in South Africa at the Cape all those hundreds of years ago who had to make everything from scratch, butter, bread etc…
This is what you need:
Glass jar from your recycling with a lid
Glass marble to help speed up the creaming process
Put the marble in the jar.
Pour in the cream and a little salt (salt optional)
Start to shake like crazy!
Even on the trampoline… (just so you know Sandy AKA ‘Baa’ (our Labrador) really tried to get a hold of one of those cream jars, she was successful just one time, by swiftly grabbing it away from Erin, but we managed to retrieve the jar safely and intact from her, much to her disgust (Sandy’s)… (It could have been disastrous, glass jar and all, I know, but thankfully, it wasn’t!).
***(This is what we learned, do not let your glass jars out of your sight while making butter, especially when your beloved Labrador is in the vicinity, they will think it is a chew toy and will Never allow you to have it back, unless bribed with a yummy dog treat and then just maby they will give it up… which is exactly what happened in this instance…)***
Our beloved Labrador is safe and so is the glass jar.
Lovely yellow butter…

Just remember to take out the marble, mould the butter into a sweet shape and pop it into the fridge until firm and them smear thickly on hot, scrumptious homemade bread and enjoy…

Love to all


The Weekend…

We have had a great weekend, I managed to do quite a lot of tidying up and recycling of things we no longer need. We seem to have so many piles of things all over the house and as soon as you have found the places where they belong, they seem to find their way back again! Do you also have this problem with stuff? Sunday was a warm day so Jenna and Caiden swam, Sandy LOVES the water and jumps in to fetch her ball over and over, it really is amazing to watch her. She runs furiously up to the pool and without hesitation, seems to elevate upwards, on all fours and land with a belly-flop in the water.
Kye was ill on Sunday and stayed in bed for most of the day, outside our bedroom window is a birdfeeder that was full of fruit and seed. Two Black Collared Barbets have started visiting everyday and they were there on Sunday. They are young and have just learned to fly from the looks of it. But how sweet to witness them feeding and ‘speaking’ to eachother in their raucous but beautiful banter. We just sat and watched them for hours, it was amazing!
I don’t know if your little ones, or not so little ones are Lego fans, but our boys and girls definately are. After seeing the post over on Jenni’s blog about what makes her happy and her photo of their Lego figures, my little ones went racing off to find all of theirs and lined them up for a photo. Legos are the only plastic toys that we have in our home, they have been passed down and gifted to us by friends and family and some have even been bought. They do love them so and even though I really go out of my way to avoid platsic at all costs, this is one I cannot say no to right now. I do know that they will treasure these little items and will pass them on when the time is right and perhaps even give them to their children one day… Kye wants me to knit him some lego figures but I have only been able to find crochet patterns for them, my crochet skills are so new at the moment, I really don’t know if I will be able to crochet an entire figure. Anyone know of any knitting patterns out there?

Aaaah, this is one of my favourite birds, the Rameron Pigeon. He stopped by for a visit near our little pond, to me he is so beautiful! They are large and have the most amazing YELLOW features and spots! They usually appear in flocks, but this was just one lone one….

Other than that, that was our weekend, we have also been having a look at which curriculum we will be moving on to. Our Waldorf homeschooling curriculum that we have only goes up to Grade 8 at the moment and Jen is already in grade 8. I am not sure if there are any others out there that go beyond this point, I would love to hear from anyone if they have any information, I would be most grateful:)

Happy Monday to everyone:)


Our Fluffy Loved Ones’…

Cherished members of our family… The joy they bring us is such a blessing…
Happy Wednesday

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