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My Daybook – May

This month of May has been so busy. I am only squeezing ‘My Daybook’ post just in time before winter begins tomorrow. The little three kids are in bed and I can sit and reflect on what has been a particularly crazy month of May.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW I SEE…. Nothing….it’s dark! But when the sun is shining our rose bushes look beautiful at the moment.

roses May 2016

I AM GIVING THANKS…..that I get to go out with my hubby Friday night. We are going to see one of our favourite bands “The Idea of North.” I can’t wait!!!!

I AM PRAYING FOR……..so many people at the moment. Mostly at the moment I am praying that this diet we are on will make our sick kids better.

I AM LISTENING TO…. Jay playing some Spanish music on his guitar. The heater is also whirring away trying to dry my bedding so I can get it back on my bed tonight.

I AM THINKING ABOUT…starting a journal to document how we are progressing each week on the diet. Each week there is new developments and I think I will never forget them, but I am sure I will  😉

I AM LEARNING….how to experiment with recipes to make them ketogenic/GAPS friendly. Prior to this diet I could only cook from a recipe. I am finding more and more that I can adapt recipes to suit our needs and even make up a few of my own.

I AM READING….’Gene Genius.’ It is a fascinating book about how our genes influence our health.

IN THE SCHOOLROOM….we are much more on track now after having a rough few weeks. Firstly, it was the adjustment to the diet, then we had our National testing, NAPLAN.

naplan

COOKING IN THE KITCHEN….coconut yoghurt, fermented apples, fermented carrots, kefir, lots of slow cooked meat and veggies, broth and a couple of fermented drinks. One yummy drink I made was a kefir beetroot and ginger juice – yum!

Here are some that I made with the kids on the weekend….

fermenting weekend

IN THE MORNING BASKET… On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness and lots of Zentangles.

 

morning basket May

 

I NEVER WANT TO FORGET….our trip to the hills last week. We went to Mundaring Weir. It was a beautiful autumn day and the scenery was lovely. The whinging 3 year old in the back of the car on the way there wasn’t so lovely (he was crying that his foot was ‘wobbly’ – we think he might have had pins and needles!). Nevertheless, we arrived after 50 minutes of driving. We had a lovely walk and then cooked a BBQ lunch. We then got back in the car and drove to the other side of the Weir, had a walk across the dam wall and then made ourselves comfortable and began some nature journalling. It was a day to remember. Even Dami keeps asking me if we can go back to the hills.

Mundaring Weir nature journalling

PLANNING FOR THE WEEK AHEAD….appointments, a coffee night with a dear friend, lots of school and no doubt lots of cooking!

Adventure, Parenting

Denmark – Day 4

On Monday we drove to one of the most beautiful places in WA, the Tree Top Walk. This walk was made to allow visitors to gain an enhanced experience of these beautiful tingle trees. The distinctive feature of these trees is their large, hollowed out base. The hollows have been caused over a long period of time by fire, fungal and insect attack. The construction of the walk consists of six 60-metre lightweight bridge spans on seven pylons. It reaches a maximum height of 40 metres.

These tingle trees only occur in this small area. The canopy ranges between 30 and 80 metres in height and it includes red tingle, yellow tingle, marri and karri trees.

Luckily for us, no one is afraid of heights. It was beautiful to be among the tree tops.

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tree top walkAfter the tree top walk there is an additional walk called ‘Empire Walk’. Although not in the tree tops we enjoyed this just as much. The tingle trees are amazing. The kids especially loved being able to walk inside them.

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The last picture is Grandma Tingle. Can you see a face?

After lunch at home and a little rest we headed out to Monkey Rock. This rock really does look like a monkey’s face! It was a pretty tiring climb up the hill. Dami had the most comfortable ride in Dad’s arms. We reached the side of the rock where there was a rope to help you climb to the top. Everyone, except Dami, each had a turn of climbing up enjoying the view. We then realised the track kept going and we could climb up behind the rock and there was a path to the back of the rock. The view was truly breathtaking.

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Adventure, Parenting

Denmark – Day 3

On Sunday we got the kiddies up early and got ready for Mass. In Denmark, Mass is on at alternate times with Mt Barker, a neighbouring town. We thought it was at 8am, but as we arrived we realised that no one was there! So this particular Sunday, Mass was on at 10:30am. Considering we were all out early we decided to explore the town a bit more. We found a little floating bridge which took us across to the inlet so we went for a little walk. I must admit though, I was a little scared walking through some of the scrub, as the three boys had seen a tiger snake the day before! I refused to go first (nothing like protecting my kids- eh?), and I stomped my feet pretty hard just to make sure any snakes would disappear if they were nearby…….I am a real scaredy cat when it comes to snakes.

floating bridge

You can see the floating bridge in the background.

floating bridge and inlet

Once past the scrub the view was beautiful.

We jumped back in the car and went exploring again. This time we drove through town. Kiddies tummies were rumbling so it was time to head home for morning tea, and then come back to town for Mass!

In the afternoon we headed out to Lights Beach. The wind was pretty cold so some of us needed parka jackets and beanies! We enjoyed climbing rocks and watching the waves.

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UPDATE: Yes, I know these were the pictures I originally posted for ‘Day 2’ but I realised they were actually from Lights Beach, not Ocean Beach. I have to now update the pictures from ‘Day 2’,  I just need to find some picture of Ocean beach…..