Friday, February 29, 2008




Your Irish Name Is...



Sinead O'Carroll


Thursday, February 28, 2008

Awwwww




Your Love Song Is



Thankyou by Dido



"And I want to thank you for giving me

The best day of my life

Oh, just to be with you is having

The best day of my life."



It's all good, as long as you're in love.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Rotorua Home Educators Group Tuesday

Today our home educators group went to a local blueberry farm, Mamaku Blue. It's just down the road from us so it was neat for our weekly activity to be so close.
We had a tour through the orchard and the grading/packing sheds. Everyone picked some berries and then we put them through the grader shown below. After that we could eat them. YUM!






My beautiful kids.


Another gorgeous close-up taken by me.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Sounds cool




Your Rockstar Name Is...



Midnite Vicious


Sunday, February 24, 2008

Isn't my hubby clever?

DH has been working on some routing for a friend of his and this is the end result.
He bought the router a while ago and hasn't used it so he was pleased to have a good excuse to get it out. The darker part of it is where he started oiling it.

The wood is
Tōtara.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

I love this one!





Your Life is 96% Green



Your life is totally green, and as far as your environmental beliefs go... your actions do speak louder than your words.

Your lifestyle totally serves as an inspiration to others. Whether you know it or not. So keep it up!

Friday, February 22, 2008




You Have Many Alpha Tendencies



You're not a total alpha female, but you certainly know how to - and like to - get your way.

You're forceful without being intimidating. You're confident without being vain. A perfect mix.

Thursday, February 21, 2008




Your Hillbilly Name Is...



Kissy Cissy Tucker


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Blackberries and zucchinis.



For dinner Hannah made a beautiful Zucchini slice. It's got bacon, onion and garlic (Hannah's addition). Here's the whole recipe for anyone that's interested.

Grate 375g of unpeeled zucchini coarsely.
Finely chop one large onion
and as many cloves of garlic as you like.
Chop three rashers of bacon.
Combine with one cup of grated cheese,
one cup of self-raising flour sifted,
half a cup of oil,
five eggs lightly beaten,
salt and pepper.
Pour into well greased baking tray and bake in moderate oven (180C) for 30-40 minutes.


After dinner we went blackberrying along the old railway lines and got all these. We could have gotten more but it was getting dark. We had so much fun.

Darcy bought his bike and the kids took turns riding along the bumpy track.

Darcy's smiling like that cos he's just about to run me over!!! : )


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Homeschooling group Tuesday














Your Vocabulary Score: A-




Congratulations on your multifarious vocabulary!

You must be quite an erudite person.


Monday, February 18, 2008




You are a New Age Girl!



You're bright, opinionated, and dedicated to changing the world.

Even if it's one hybrid car at a time, you do you part to make things better.

In fact, you may be so busy with your causes that you have little time for love.

Take an extra yoga class or two, and you just might meet New Age Guy!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Opshop - Maybe

Here's another of my fav Opshop songs.

OPSHOP- One Day

This is my favourite song at the moment. Kiwi music ROCKS!!!!

I can't seem to find a video of it but I will post another video of theirs cos I think the lead singer is so good-looking.




Absence make her heart grow fonder
While I'm conquering the last frontier
Lately I've found myself wonderin' out loud
Wonderin' what I was doin' here

[Chorus]
One day you'll understand how much you have me
One day you'll realise we have it easy
I can't offer you the future - I don't know it myself
All I can offer you is me
I'm all I can offer you right now

Patience make her heart grow stronger
Reassure her she's where I want to be
Never was the grass ever greener
I'm about ready as I'll ever be

And one day you'll understand how much you have me
One day you'll realise we have it easy
If an expression of love is what you need to believe
All I can offer you is me
I'm all I can offer you right now

[Music]

I'm all I am
All I am, yeah

One day you'll understand how much you have me
One day you'll realise we have it easy
I can't offer you the future - I don't know it myself
All I can offer you is me

One day you'll understand how much you have me
One day you'll realise we have it easy
If an expression of love is what you need to believe
All I can offer you is me
I'm all I can offer you right now

[Pause]

Absence make her heart grow fonder
While I'm conquering the last frontier

What we did this weekend

I had a huge tidy-up in our lounge yesterday and this is one corner that I'm really pleased with.
We have a tiny house and I'm always trying to get on top of the mess, so when I have a day like this it makes me really happy.


This morning while the boys were asleep I snuck out to take some photos of my garden - something I haven't done for ages. These daisies are so bright and cheery.


My cherished tomatoes are finally starting to ripen a bit faster than one every 3-4 days.
Tonight I actually picked 4 cherry ones to have with our salad. Yummy!!!!

The corn is starting to get ears and looks like the real deal.


Darcy helped me plant these Petunias a couple of days of days ago. They are all different colours.



These are blueberries that still need to ripen. Just have to keep the birds off them!



You can see baby beans here if you look carefully.


This is my newest garden. It's got broccoli, basil and calendula in it.


More tomatoes.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Huh!!! : )





Stacey Michele Barnett's Aliases



Your movie star name: Cheese Pat



Your fashion designer name is Stacey Brussels



Your socialite name is Fred Las Vegas



Your fly girl / guy name is S Bar



Your detective name is Cat Western Heights



Your barfly name is Biscuit Cider



Your soap opera name is Michele Tauranga Direct Road



Your rock star name is Chocolate Plane



Your Star Wars name is Stamou Barkin



Your punk rock band name is The Happy Toadstool

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Homeschooling group

Today was our second homeschooling group day. One of the Mums invited us all to her place for a sports day. It was raining when we got there so we all trooped into her house and the Mums chatted and drunk tea while the kids had a great time playing with lego.

Eventually it stopped raining and we went for a walk down to the tennis courts.



Darcy was having a great time cos there were lots more boys than last week. They played touch rugby and mucked around on the tennis court with different bats.


Hannah made another new friend (YAY!!!!) who is also horse mad so they were both really happy.

I got to meet 5 new homeschool Mums and 1 Dad which I'm so excited about.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Saturday, February 09, 2008

More tree felling

We had to have a Sycamore tree cut down today as it was starting to split.
I got some great photos of the progress.