Schoolwork And Puppies

We’re galloping to the end of the first week of school…
Yesterday we went to a shared learning day, where Sweet Bean sat round a table with others in his age group, assiduously working through English lessons, discussing issues where needed, and getting more done than he would at home.


It was a lovely day, where we both met new friends… lessons were taught, both planned and incidental. We got to see a tiny puppy fed via a tube, and started the day sitting round a large table, with devotions taken by one of the teenagers, and each person praying – even the little ones. Hopefully it will be the first of many shared days…
Did I mention puppies? Sweet little babies, sleeping in front of a fan to keep cool, and squeaking every so often, presumably while dreaming 🙂 A cute soundtrack to the day…


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Back In The Swing

The school year has started, and everything seems a bit more focused now – no more lazy days reading and relaxing. It’s taken me a lot longer than I expected to get back in the swing of things.
Sweet Bean is doing well so far – two days in and all is calm.
The holidays have flown by so fast! It was good while it lasted, though.
Hubby and I went to the launch of a new ice-cream parlour last week. It was a sort of “goodbye” to holidays, as well as the chance to try out some gorgeous flavours. It’s called Ungermann Brothers Ice-Cream Parlour. The place is decorated like it’s the  50s – the servers wear lovely red and white polka dot dresses, and there’s black and white tile on the floor and a juke box in the corner.



The menu is interesting… I can’t see myself getting a cone of roasted garlic ice-cream, although I would like to try it.

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We chose a lavender and honeycomb in a gluten free cone for me, and a dark chocolate and mandarin cone for hubby. The flavours were quite strong, but good.


Yum! 🙂

In our previous forays into cafes during the holidays I came across a quote that seemed apposite for this year.


I don’t know what’s going to happen this year. I have deadlines that will only be met if I go out and make something happen… I have the good company already, and good food and coffee will follow.
Now to step out and appreciate this life!

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And The Sun Sets On Another Year…


In Memoriam (Ring Out, Wild Bells)
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809 – 1892)

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
   The flying cloud, the frosty light:
   The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
   Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
   The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind
   For those that here we see no more;
   Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
   And ancient forms of party strife;
   Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
   The faithless coldness of the times;
   Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
   The civic slander and the spite;
   Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
   Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
   Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
   The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
   Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

IMG_19401's time to walk in to the new year.
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And Still, Hope Shines…

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Last Minute Gift?

… or you could try these – Tear Fund, Compassion, Kiva or Good Gifts.

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A Blessed Heart

As a reminder of God’s blessings to me, I found this stone on my walk today…


… while listening to this song.

May you be richly blessed!

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A Doctor Puppet Christmas


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Getting There…

On the home stretch to Christmas, and stuff to do before I can sit back and chill for a week… there’s been a lot of end of year deadlines to complete. Sweetest Bean has finished the school year, and done so well – I’m so proud of him! ❤ We went to the art gallery last Friday before the awards for school. This was Sweet Bean’s Lego creation (it ran well, too)


Here he is receiving his awards –


He’s off camping with friends at the moment, having a great time.


Miss him, but glad he’s having fun!

Hubby is working now (yayy!!), which is wonderful, although he’ll be working over Christmas. We have had blessings coming already. One of those is a prize I won, which just came in the mail today. It’s a sample pack of natural perfumes – this is how it came, and the goodies inside…




They are supposed to evoke certain qualities – I was both beautiful and intuitive today 😀

I am very tired right now, but quietly hopeful of getting it all sorted by Christmas.
Let the countdown begin!


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Catching Up…

…with assignments, with my spirit, with other things…

Isn’t it a beautiful day today? It’s grey and gloomy and cool, and I have been revisiting songs that I love. There’s still a lot to do, but I’ll get there.

I do like rainy days. They’re quieter. And softer. If you’re feeling a bit too gloomy, though, here’s some colour 🙂


Yes, they’re real, although I don’t know how they got the colour in there – I would think it’s something to do with dye and split stems…

The end of the year is coming, and all the “have to” deadlines seem to be hammering on the door. I got some hours done last weekend for my course. It wasn’t as bad as I’d thought it might be, and I got to meet wonderful people – even had a cuppa together on the last day. One of the things I miss with online study is input and encouragement, given and received, in actual classrooms. I got some of that last weekend, and it was invigorating… hasn’t yet translated into actually finishing work (but there’s still time!) 😀
The Sunday was all about case-taking, which I felt I’d already done by the time I got in. I sat down on the train, which was mostly deserted, and inadvertently caught the eye of an old bloke sitting three seats away. He started talking and didn’t stop until we got to Roma Street. I could tell you his life story… He was on his way to Dreamworld last week, but seems to have had quite an interesting life. People are, on the whole, lovely. And quirky, surprising, and fun.

Yesterday I didn’t make it to church, but I watched some stuff on TV/DVD, and sat on the patio listening to God songs. Sometimes you just have to stop and breathe.
Went to the markets at church Saturday night. My regular chauffeur wasn’t available (he was in Brisbane with Sweet Bean for a seminar) so I took the bus – more walking than I’m used to, but fun. Got a stack of Christmas shopping done, and got to try gluten free doughnuts (yay!). Lovely, but why does gluten free often also mean extra sugar (and oil, in this case)? Glad I could try one, though – I had “Paris Time” flavour – lavender, pistachio and vanilla bean.

What else have I been up to? Went to a cafe a couple of weeks ago…


And it was in a book shop! What more could you want?

Went for a walk yesterday and came across a garage sale. There were two tables of freebies, and I got a stack of sale stuff for $5, including a body pillow and case. Took it home and put it through the wash, came out good as new.

Still grey outside. Here’s a sunny day flower…


…and a hopeful song.

Drawing In…

…the evening, at the moment. Also the event we went to today, near the Art Gallery. We went last year, where it was part of The Big Draw – not sure this was official, but the same concept.
We did some drawing – there were old-fashioned flip books for animation, so I did one of those. Sweet Bean was reluctant at first, but soon got into it. Biscuits (and a cup of coffee for me) certainly helped! It was good to give him the opportunity to try something different, and I can also add it to his school work for the year. Here’s his “Persian rug”, made with cut out paper “mosaic pieces” 🙂 .


Despite the rain, we were glad we went. Looking forward to next year’s!

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