Weekly Photo Challenge: Monumental…


Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance

With Anzac Day next week, I could think of nothing better to photograph for the weekly photo challenge than Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance and eternal flame.

The eternal flame

The eternal flame

I’ve wanted to take photos of this place for so long and the opportunity popped up yesterday and I just had to take it. Preparations were already being made for next Fridays’ Anzac Day ceremony, with soon to be tens of thousands of people swarming the site for the dawn service. The kids seemed to have some idea of the buildings’ significance, though they still ran and shouted about, so ‘sacred building etiquette’ is clearly a lesson still to be learnt!

The battle continues…


Tonight we found more mouse droppings in the pantry so obviously patching up the front door didn’t stop them coming in. (Read here for how the battle began!)

For the life of me, I can’t work out how they’re getting into the house. They must be sneaking in through washing machine pipes or something like that.

No matter. We are fighting back and two mouse traps are set. I’m usually a ‘catch and release’ kind of person, but since these blighters have made me clean out whole pantry twice, I’m showing no mercy!

We’ll see who wins this round!!

Home Grown…

We are lucky to live on a reasonably sized suburban block. Our backyard has been changed and redesigned many times over the 9yrs we’ve lived here.

The space down the very back of the block was always going to be left as grass so the kids (and Mike) could have a sporting field to play on. However, thick clay soil and Australian Summers with water restrictions soon put an end to dreams of lush grass and the kids rarely played there. So what else could we use it for?

Vegetable gardens and a mini orchard, of course!

Our plan is to plant a few fruit trees behind the veggie garden beds and also have some espaliered along the fence, but the veggie patch was the priority at this stage.

We’ve tried vegetable gardens in many forms in the past, but we’ve never had the gardens big enough to produce any more than token amounts of food. So the free space and (hopefully enough) sunshine was inspiration for these rustic looking raised veggie beds.

Since our budget didn’t stretch to the $300 per bed kits we’d seen at Bunnings, we decided to scrounge and build our own. It’s taken a few months to get them done, as we have used spare, unwanted materials lying around various family members backyards.


We were also given a watering system as a wedding present (8yrs ago!!) but we’ve never been able to use it as we have dogs who like to chew plastic… Grrr ;( I’m hoping that the raised beds will be high enough to deter gnawing this time around!

Watering system in, just waiting to be hooked up

Watering system in, just waiting to be hooked up

We spent the day yesterday mixing horse poo into soil and filling up the garden beds. Needless to say the soil will be rich with nutrients and quite a bit of stinky pong too!

I think we’ve missed the boat to plant pumpkins for this year, but I think we’ll be ok for other winter crops. I can’t wait to see little green shoots popping up and then lots of fabulous vegetables that we can pick and eat from our own garden!














Project 52: A photograph of my children every week, for the whole year.

We have been looking after my Mum and Dad’s chickens while they are on holidays. The kids have become chicken experts and happily explain the what’s and how’s of ‘chicken care’!


Fresh eggs every day!



Cleaning out the hen house…


The Movie Hat…

With school (and Kinder) holidays here and dreary Melbourne weather restricting our ability to go outside, we’ve had many requests to watch a movie lately. To stop having to sit through the same movies again and again, hubby and I decided to introduce The Movie Hat.



Brought back from SeaWorld on Mike’s last school camp, I think it looks a bit “Dr Seuss”-ish!


Simply, we put the names of all the kids’ movies we have into the hat and pull one out at a time. Once we’ve seen the movie, it goes into a different container so we don’t pull it out again. End of repetitive movies, start of seeing different things!

Side note: it’s almost shameful just how many kids’ movies we’ve acquired over the past few years!



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