Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Sunday, 9 November 2014
Saturday, 27 September 2014
Sunday, 14 September 2014
I like to bake loaves for friends, not expecting anything in return (though there is a bread fund at work to pay for the weekly work loaves) and am delighted and surprised to get something in return. A beautiful couple from Marrar love my grainy loaf (which contains sesame seeds, linseeds, pepitas, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds and pine nuts) and have given me a pot of honey from their bees (!!), handknitted slippers for the boys and recently a handmade wire basket crammed with home grown goodies. Lovely!
The bread by the way is coming along nicely. I make between eight and ten loaves a week and send Jack to school with homemade bread for his lunch. Very satisfying and makes the house smell so good. I have two starters now and usually make a white sourdough or a rye or a grainy one. Time to branch out?
Jack's school had a dance concert last week with a circus theme. Jack's class were tightrope walkers and the bits I saw (bad seats) were very cute. The whole school participates so it was fun to see the kids who were really into it and the others that were less enthusiastic. It was also quite short, which is always a good thing. I took a very bad photo of Jack's class before I had to rush back to my seat.
I have some clown 'issues' so Jack spoke to me beforehand letting me know that there would be clowns but that I shouldn't worry as they were all very friendly. Phew! And he was right, except for the one wearing the Pennywise the Clown Wig. Eeek!
Friday, 8 August 2014
Sunday, 3 August 2014
Depending on your viewpoint, indoor play centres can be heaven or hell. S thinks they are giant playground shaped petri dishes full of all sorts of germs. Funny, that's what Garn always said about the Manly fun pier and probably what made it so great when we finally got to go there. In theory I think they're great especially if you live somewhere where it rains a lot or for parties. I like the idea that adults can sit and relax whilst the kids bounce around inside the padded tubes & ball pits. The reality of course was that whilst Jack can now fend for himself, we spent most of the time chasing after Sam who was just the right size to dash through gaps & tunnels & take on the monster slide. Exhausting! Special mention to the little girl who told me her name is Jaxi. Then she spelt it for me. I'm guessing she does that a lot.
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Sunday, 20 July 2014
After our swim we caught a taxi into town for a look-see which involved shopping and eating, because we hadn't done nearly enough of that on our trip. Jack when faced with a huge choice of foods like sushi, yakitori, hainan chicken rice, mee goreng and more chose fish and chips (they were actually very good) and at least he didn't want pizza..
We found some amazing toy shops and checked out the bookshop Kinokuniya.
We got back to the Crowne, packed and re-entered Changi airport where we once more visited the butterflies and used the free wi-fi while we waited.
|Jack loves these feedback screens at Changi Airport. He usually said everything was excellent.|
Jack did this list on the way to Italy. I think we covered it all, though maybe not in quite that order.