I Like Paddington Bear

I decided to sketch some of the pictures I found in the boys book.
I wonder what the movie is like?
We are looking forward to the Snoopy movie that is due at the end of 2015.

Games Review by Two Boys

No.1
Story Cubes.
A fun way to make up crazy, funny, detailed (or not) stories.
For 1 or more players.
Boys verdict - thumbs up!

No.2
Monopoly Deal Card Game
A new take on the old Monopoly, but fast and addictive, great family game.
For two or more players.
Boys verdict - two thumbs up.
 No.3
Penguins on Ice.
A maze game, with levels of varying hardship (not easy at all)
Boys verdict- thumbs up.
No.4
Phase 10
The cover says it all, we have only played a few times so far.
Boys verdict - thumbs up. 
 No.5
Scopa
We are still learning this game, but it has potential to be a good game
 (once we have had enough of Monopoly).
Boys verdict - thumbs up
 And those were the games we have been playing in the last few weeks.


Time to Say Goodbye...

 sadly, to the very tall, beautiful, but dead, trees.
 We decided to get the professionals in because we didn't have 
the right equipment and quite frankly didn't want any mishaps!
We now have timber ready for repurposing.
The boys enjoyed watching the techniques of the men climbing up the swaying trees 
and the "thud" when the timber hit the ground from hefty heights.

Butterfly Hwy

Our house is in the middle of a butterfly Hwy it seems.
They are all rushing on by,
we wonder where they are coming from or going to.
H was hoping to catch one...
didn't happen this time.
It is a pleasure to look up and see a fluttering of colour go by.

Pastel Monday

 H wanted to do Ayers Rock...pretty cool for a hot rock.

An elephant it was for me.

Cacao Papow Balls

 Otherwise known as a version of the bliss ball, or protein, coconut chocolate balls,
whatever you call them
H and I have been experimenting with them over the past few weeks, 
trying different combinations. 
You can make these completely sugar free, dairy free, gluten free, etc etc.
but we make them as an alternative to chocolate, biscuits or cakes.
We like using dates which have fructose of course so not sugar free, however we are reducing the amount each time. 
We also like pure cacao powder, cacao nibs, and cacao butter in our mix.
So what exactly went into the last batch?
Protein powder, macadamia meal, coconut, coconut paste, almond milk,
cacao nibs, powder and cacao butter (small amount), almond butter,
bukkinis, puffed brown rice, dates, rice malt syrup, pepitas, chia seeds,
and probably some other things...
then in the fridge.
Then in the mouth!
Cacao Papow!
(these are a treat)

Paper Collage Rainbow Lorikeet


 What do you do with a pile of Fishing magazines?
Cut them up of course and make a collage on canvas.

This took quite a few hours over a few days. 
For a first attempt I am quietly happy with the result and 
will hopefully get to do another in the future.

Experimenting With Watercolour

 Using some magazine/book images as a guide I am experimenting with brushes and colour mixing.
 Mango and Crush the goldfish.
My Fiddle Leaf Fig.

Blind Portraits in Watercolour

 by H (7)
By J (11)
Today we did blind sketching (no looking at the paper) 
of each other in an attempt to create some fun art.
I think they look cool.

2015 is Here


What have we been doing so far in 2015?
Reading,Movies, Parties, Friends over, Beach, Playing lots of card games and 
Lego Robotics of course!
(Mindstorms = A wonderful and detailed introduction to programming and building robots)

There are plenty of robots to build with set programs and when you have finished with those, well you create your own...endless opportunities to create.

 It has been raining and the tanks are full, the gardens growing and bubbles are blowing.



End of School Year Art

Some recent Art by the boys.
The salmon pencil drawing by H was copied freehand
 from a magazine picture in an attempt to practice drawing what we see.
These are some nature art mixed media examples.
 The wave was reworked from something H was not happy to put up in his room.

These are watercolour and ink blown trees, very effective finished results
we think..
Looking forward to more art in 2015.