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A Sunday Share

12 Oct

My husband is watching “Bathurst” today so I’ve been hanging out online this morning catching up on my blog reads (actually procrastinating because I should be going up to school  to do some work!) .

I’ve stumbled upon the My Little Sunshine House Sunday linky and I thought I would give it a go.

The prompt is to share what we are reading/inspired by/ looking at at the moment.

  1. Reading: I rarely read books during the school term – I am just too tired.  But last Saturday (school holidays) I did sit down on my lounge on the deck and read a whole book: The Farmers Wife by Rachael Treasure
  2. Inspired by: I am currently in the planning stage of my next BIG overseas holidays,  Next year my husband and I are off to America for 6 weeks,  So at the moment I am being inspired by my travel brochures 🙂IMG_5658
  3. Looking at: Yesterday I took my Mum to see the Lion King for her birthday.  So I’ve been looking at the program – amazed at the costumes and set design.IMG_5656

So there you go – I quick little Sunday post 🙂

My trip to Long Tan

25 Apr

Last ANZAC Day I wrote about my trip to Gallipoli in 2007  (you can read it here if interested).

In 2008 my Mum and I did a trip through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

While we were in Vietnam we visited Long Tan – the site of the Vietnam War.

Although over there they call it the American war.  It took me awhile to work out what they were talking about when they kept mentioning the American war. I suppose they wouldn’t call the Vietnam War over there!

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(This my crazy mother who jumped down a man hole. They would hide there waiting for the enemy)

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I may not have jumped down a man hole but I did crawl through a 20m tunnel – the first 10m were ok, the second 10m I just wanted to get out of there.  Even though they have doubled the size of the tunnels for tourists they were still very snug!

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This diagram (above) showed us how the tunnels were built.  I was amazed at how the soldiers worked out how far underground to build a kitchen area – so the smoke would rise to the ground in the morning – so it would be mistaken as morning mist!

If you are planning a trip to Vietnam, add a visit to Long Tan on your list. Well worth the visit.

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(another pic of my Mum next to a tank )

I am very lucky to have visited both Gallipoli and Long Tan.  Seeing the site of these historic battles has really made me realise how important it is that we keep the ANZAC stories and traditions alive.

So We Cruised!!

3 Jan

For Christmas this year my husband and I fled the country via boat.

A cruise boat that is! For 9 blissful days we sailed, ate, drank, ate, swam, ate, ate, and relaxed!

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We stopped at the Isle of Pines, Mystery Island, Villa and Noumea.

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There was always something to do on the boat! Our favourite was participating in the daily lessons: Martini Masters, Whisky tasting and Cocktail Mixing!

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We had no phone or internet connection while we were at sea………….so to all of you who we missed wishing a Merry Christmas we did think of you!

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and for Pato…….Yes, we loved the towel animals left in our room each night 🙂

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Chocolate Flowers

26 Nov

It’s that time of term where the small group activities in my classroom are coming to an end.  I always like to give my parent helpers a small gift to say thank you for helping (and to bribe them so they will come back again!).

This time I am making chocolate flowers for them.

To make these you need chocolate (in ball shape), tissue paper and a skewer)

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I then wrapped the flowers in some brown paper and a paper doily.

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I think they look pretty cute and I love how quick and easy they were to make!

Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia

19 Nov

I am doing a cooking class (yes KB, a cooking class!).

The Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food Cooking course to be exact.

The Jamie’s Ministry of Food mobile truck that has been located in Queen’s Park Toowoomba for the past 13 weeks.  It contains a purpose built, fully equipped kitchen classroom.

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The course goes for 5 weeks  (1 x 90 min lesson per week) and only costs $50 (the cost is subsidised by the government).  There are 12 participants per class.

It aims to give as many people as possible the tools and information they need to be able to make better food choices, to help  ensure healthier and happier communities.  The tagline for this course states “Anyone can learn to Cook” – so fingers crossed!!!

The Mobile Kitchen is headed to Nanago next. Check out the website to see if it’s coming your way next year.

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If you live in Ipswich or Geelong you don’t have to wait for the truck to visit, you have a permanent centre in your town!

http://www.jamieoliver.com/jamies-ministry-of-food-australia/

We Remember

12 Nov

Last year my husband and I took ourselves on a road trip from Toowoomba to Canberra – stopping at a few places along the way.

While we were in Canberra we visited the Australian War memorial.

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We were amazed with the place.  We didn’t expect the collection to be so big and detailed.

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We did one of the daily free tours and were truly amazed by the artefacts that were on display.

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Yesterday for Rememberance Day I tried to get my class to realise how lucky we are to live in Australia and how respectful we need to be to our serviceman.

We made poppies to wear.

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And had a prayer circle that incorporated our minutes silence and the playing of the last post.

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Lest we forget.

What we did in Singapore

8 Oct

Our main reason for going to Singapore was for the Grand Prix.

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We did however manage to fit in a few other things while we were there.  The first thing we did was the Hop on Hop of bus tour so we could orientate ourselves (and find out exactly where the Grand Prix track was!).

We also went on a cruise up the Singapore River and stopped to visit Merlion.

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We had breakfast at the Zoo (yes, that is a polar bear in the background).

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Went on the Singapore Flyer.

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Had High tea and a very expensive Singapore Sling at Raffles hotel.

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Went on the Tiger Brewery tour (and thoroughly enjoyed the 45mins of beer tasting at the end!).

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Spent a day at Sentosa Island.

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Visited China Town, Little India and the National Museum as well as 5 or 6 shopping centres.

A few people have asked me what the shopping was like.  Well I guess 5 pairs of shoes, 5 dresses and 7 tops will tell you that it wasn’t bad!