Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Day to day: Canberra Trip

I decided to take the kids to Canberra for the October long weekend (I know, I'm behind on my posts!)

We had seen many an ad on TV advertising Mephisto at the Australian War Memorial. I thought it would be a good opportunity to see it as well as see Floriade.

We headed to the city centre to catch a bus to Floriade, but we had just missed it and we had to wait 25 minutes for the next one, so we decided to hop back in the car and head to the war memorial.


It was super busy. But we found what we were looking for:



I haven't been inside the memorial for many years so I was surprised with how much it has changed. They have an interactive area for the kids taking them through each war. The kids got to check out a helicopter so they were happy.


And of course, we placed our poppy as close as we could reach to my great-uncle who died in the Vietnam War.


Then we headed on over to the city centre again and realised we were close enough to walk to Floriade and we didn't need the bus after all!

So, what can I say about Floriade? There were lots of flowers.


Some props to take strange photos:


I don't ask, I just click. And then, there were some more flowers, this time with water.


And there were even fake flowers coupled with powerful messages:


And just for good measure.... some more flowers!


Ok, so I was a little underwhelmed for an event that people rave about. Maybe if we hadn't gone on such a busy day, we may have been able to go on the Ferris wheel and appreciate the flowers a little more. I don't know. But, I do know that I never need to go again. Unless they bring out something new and shiny, and I'm not talking about another mirrored Reflection wall.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Scrapbooking: Love You

This month's challenge over at Scrap the Girls is a sketch challenge. Make sure you pop over to check it out.


I'll admit, sometimes these sketches stump me when they have flowers and things on them, even though I know I don't have to use flowers. Forest through the trees and all that.

Anyway, after much procrastinating, I finally came up with this:


My little baby Amy. So sweet.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Craft: Pallet Chicken Coop Part 3

It seems I hadn't taken as many photos of the coop being built as I thought I had.

We had a couple of bits of tin left over from building our shed, so we had roofing material. As you can see, we just straight boarded the back wall. We added boards across the top. The gaps are for ventilation (just kidding, we were being lazy builders). Although coops do need good ventilation. ;)


We hoisted the coop up onto a couple of besser blocks to give the chickens some protection from the sun and rain. I painted it using an exterior paint that matches the colour of the house and shed roof. I wrecked my favourite jumper too, by getting paint on myself.



There is absolutely nothing fancy about this coop at all, despite all my grand plans. But, it's functional and the hens don't seem to mind it.


We tried to dig the fence down into the ground, not very successfully, but have since been told that it's better to dig out horizontally anyway as critters will dig close to the fence line and just get chicken wire. I'm sure that between the dogs and locking them away each night, we should be safe enough anyway.

There's a hatchery close to us, so I went out after work and bought our new Isa Brown hens.


There's Gimpy, she's the one sitting down. She has a funny turned in leg, so of course we love her the most. The other two are identical and I can't tell them apart so they are called Chookies.

The floor has a layer of straw down now. I was finding too many cracked eggs and it's actually easier to keep clean as they crap on the straw. I then use the straw around the fruit trees.

And the very next day we had an egg. Success.


And then that weekend I had breakfast.


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Scrapbooking: Amazing

October's challenge for Scrap the Girls (I know, I'm a month late) was based on a mood board. I really liked the variegated wooden wall and decided to use that as the basis for my layout.

Lucky I keep all those little scraps of paper that normal people would throw away, so it was quite easy to find bits of cardstock that would work.

I had bought a set of Stampin' Write markers from Stampin' Up as my 10 year old Zigs are starting to give up the ghost. I did not know you could stamp with those suckers! I can now stamp in mulitple colours without effort! Awesome.


So, I really liked this layout and the Illabo Show was approaching, so I decided to enter my quilt that I had recently finished (blog post to come) and a couple of layouts. My quilt bombed, but my layout won the Crafts with Paper section!


Mine were the only layouts entered. There were some cards and even a paper mache giraffe.
The show was only quite small but we stayed most of the day. Luke participated in the footy throwing comp and he won! A blue ribbon and $10!


We also watched a lot of dogs running around, both in the working categories and the show categories. We, of course, had to stay to watch the corgis. We also got to see the tractor pulls and check out some of the old tractors.


Then we stayed to watch the miniature horse trots, because we are now the owners of a miniature horse, but that's another story for another day.


It was just a great day getting out in the sunshine and spending time together.
And getting to eat a dagwood dog.