Yesterday was one of our Extra curricular days with the homeschool group, and the first one with Mr. Merry in kindy.  Wow, having only as many kids as hands certainly made the day a lot more relaxed!   Merry is totally loving kindy (Aussie version of preschool, only totally play based) and has one of the same carers that Frodo & Sam had 3+yrs ago when THEY went to this kindy, so I know he's well looked after which makes me able to relax more.   Good thing too, because I'm sure I've posted how I hate driving into the city before?, and this meet up is right on the other side of downtown.   (this is Sam playing the drum at their music & creative movement class, he really enjoyed the instruments!)

Here's Frodo doing some streamer dancing.. they also had a dance class with a brilliant youngish male teacher that worked SO well with the kids (especially considering it was a group of kids from grades K-3 with a couple of rowdies.. including Frodo)

The boys (and me!) also had an introduction to Japanese class that one of the other mums put on.  Her husband is a native speaker and she speaks it very well herself.  The kids learned how to say 'my name is XXX' and the word for bubbles (dang, I've forgotten it!), plus some of their favorite foods.    Next fortnight she is planning some basic origami with the kids in addition to the language intro.   She did a great job of making it fun too so I'm looking forward to it!

About a week or so ago the boys & I planted some new seedlings in our little potted veggie patch and I'm pleased to say they are coming along great!   This pic is our peas.. there are several plants in there.  I took it from a few metres away so that I can compare it as time goes by and see how much of our 'trellis' they cover.  The trellis is just inexpensive plastic mesh from the garden centre nailed to the fence posts :)

Have a look at these little lovelies... They are.. or I should say WERE, Tigerella tomatoes.   I stepped out this morning and picked about 5.. then took the scissors to my lettuce & asian greens (see photos below :D) and we had a lovely salad for lunch.  What's really interesting about these?  When we moved in here about a month ago, they were nearly dead.. I was sure they'd never make it!  But something has caused them to really perk up and they have TONS of new growth (I have 4 plants of different varieties) and new flowers & fruit.  It's going into winter here, such as it is, and they show no signs of slowing down.

These are my asian greens, basil, spinach and some parsley.   The asian greens got a bit of a hair cut this morning as I mentioned earlier, so they are a little less bushy now :P  I think that basil is about done for.. it's getting a bit geriatric anyway, so I think I shall chop it back, along with some of my parsley and make a batch of pesto *drool*  The last pic has lettuces, pak choi and a few totally mad parsley plants that are destined to join that basil in the blender.  

After such a busy week, we are spending this weekend totally at home.   Then I think tuesday we have a free group workshop at the large garden/hardware store with some other homeschoolers, and thursday is our long awaited Reptile presentation from these guys!  Sam is going to be absolutely rivetted.. he LOVES lizards and critters.   You can be sure I'll post photos of the day!

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  1. Rambleman Says:

    Buay, huh? Cool that the kiddos are having fun learning and playing.