Tis The Season To Be Jolly

Tis the season to be jolly. Every season should be jolly for that matter — Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn (or Fall). This season of jolliness, which has Christmas, is a time for family, fun and frivolity. The Christmas lights about the streets herald: It’s ‘Christmas time of year’. When visiting my Brisbane family recently,…

Cleverly Made Christmas Cards

Leading into the festive season, two semi-retired teachers who are talented card makers, held a Christmas card making workshop last year. I was one of the numerous enthusiastic ones and loved every minute of it. Our instructors, made it look so easy, which of course made me feel and look extremely clever. My original intention…

Gingerbread House

My niece and QCWA Charters have one thing in common. They both made gingerbread houses. QCWA Charters Towers, outback Queensland have been making and selling Gingerbread Houses. My sister-in-law bought another one this year. We were in awe of the detail and precision in making the houses look so fantastic. In 2016 they only cost…

Strip Jack Naked – Kids Card Game

My eyebrows raised a tad when I heard the name of this kids’ card game — Strip Jack Naked. However, I was curious to find out how this kids’ version was played. Particularly having had so much fun playing the other family card games with ‘My Ship Sails’ and ‘Snap’. Hence, I was keen to…

Children – Hug Them Tight

Take A Moment… To appreciate what photos reveal, focus your lense and wait. Train it on your subject. Hold on tight. That unexpected moment takes but one press to capture an image of those we hold dear.   A Poem to Our Children Our Children   Teach them, guide them, be there for them Talk to…

Fishing = Family Fun

My 11 and 13-year-old nieces were keen to write and share their family fishing experience. They’re mad keen outdoor girls. As a teacher, I love giving them the opportunity to see their work published. Photos by their Mother.   A family fishing trip is very fun. It’s special when we’re together as a family. We’re all sitting…

Family Snap Card Game

Fun family time is as simple as playing a ‘Snap’ card game. Hours of frivolity and laughter was had when the kids and their dad tried to outsmart each other ‘snapping’ and ‘fake-snapping’ at duplicate cards. A 52 playing-card pack was used to entertain these four cherubs, while other family members observed their antics. It was better…

Kids’ Card Game – My Ship Sails

I’ve never had so much fun watching kids play cards. The pure joy and fun-ness of their facial expressions had me totally captivated. I didn’t realise what was actually happening until about the fifth turn when their Dad started to protest. The girls totally loved that they were beating him at this card game. Dad…

Music to My Ears

I marvel at the talents of young musicians. How they commit to learning an instrument, then play to create such joyous music. I appreciate when a musically-minded person plays a piece, which uplifts  me. You know how many hours of practice, passion and commitment was dedicated to achieve such a high standard. It warms my…

Successful Succulents – Labour of Love

‘Succulents are a labour of love,’ according to a gardener from Oxley Nursery, Brisbane. ‘You need time and patience to grow them.’ We enjoyed a nursery outing where we were greeted with an extraordinary collection of succulents at its entrance. They may grow at a snail’s pace, but I was dazzled by the unique shapes…

Any Excuse For A Family BBQ

Roll out the BBQ! Listen to the sizzle and chatter. It’s like music. It can be heard for miles; a symphony of 25 voices. It includes, of course, the kids playing, laughing and running around the yard, while a couple of adults cook and the other adults look on, admire and cheer on their culinary skills. All…

Outdoor Games – Kids Love To Play

One of the things we learned, as kids growing up, was we had to ‘entertain ourselves’ when playing outdoors. No technology in our time during the 1960s. We always found something to do when we lived on the cane farm in Millaroo, 70km inland of Ayr. I regularly return to Townsville to see mum and…