Easter Succulents

My $1 succulent in my old teacup and some $2 baby mint in Nannys teacup below.

Putting some more things together for a fresh Easter celebration table.

Crochet Today

These just developed from a few stitches. I was wanting to make some larger baskets, but the inspiration took me elsewhere.

Our Local Eumundi Markets

This is the main street of Eumundi and it is busy today, it is Saturday and of course the markets are on, which means this little and otherwise very quiet town, comes alive with people.
There are quite a few nice shops to check out in the main street when the markets are not on (then you can get a park), we like Berkelouw books and the organic butcher.
The markets have some original clothing stores and lots of handmade things, some local fresh produce, but there are some "touristy" stands as well, which is going to happen with any long standing large and successful market like this one in Eumundi. 
We don't mind just having a walk around now and again and grabbing a coffee, sometimes you might just find that something you are looking for.

Reptile Investigating in the Backyard

 This is the second time we spotted this lace monitor and now we know where he likes to hide, we can keep an eye on him...or is he keeping an eye on us?
 Lizard impression.
 Hunting for reptiles and starting off small. H caught the lizard and then it didn't want to leave him.
At the Pet shop the other day the boys saw baby turtles and really,really wanted some, but we don't have a license to keep them.

Our Trip to Underwater World

It doesn't matter how many times we go to a zoo or aquarium, the boys are excited to see all the amazing creatures. We definitely come away fulfilled and more knowledgable.

We were fascinated by the otters and how clever (sneaky) they are.

The reef fish are so amazingly beautiful and so many new species we have not seen before.

 The seal show was funny.

Our birthday trip to Mooloolaba Underwater World was lots of fun (and educational).

Sixth Birthday

 H turned 6 today!
We all decided to go somewhere fun this year, so we went to Underwater World. When we returned home I made a flourless chocolate birthday cake to have with ice cream after dinner.

 A beautiful card from his brother.
Some new games we played...

Sherlock is a memory game with a twist and don't be fooled, it is difficult (yes for adults!).
 The boys made some clay figures and read some of H's new books.

What wonderful journeys lie ahead for you this year?
We wish you a spectacular 6th year H. With love.

The Stick Lizard

"Why is the dog so fascinated with that stick?"
"That is no stick, it is a lizard pretending to be a stick"
Fascinating creatures all around us. I wonder what his name is?

Easter Craft-Stained Glass

Well it is fake stained glass, but we are delighted with how this turned out.
The sun is rising from the Earth and underneath the cross is sprouting and new life in the eggs is waiting.

How to do...
I started with black card and white pencil and asked H what design he had in mind in the theme of Easter, New Life etc. He said a sun, baby chick eggs and a cross. So once he had drawn the basic outlines, with my help he marked on the paper the areas he wanted colour on and those that were to be black. This is not such an easy thing to do, as all the black must stay connected to the outside edge frame (so younger ones will need guidance).I used a paper cutting scalpel to cut out the shape, much quicker and keeps things moving along. H cut out cellophane with scissors.
Then the colour scheme was decided upon and cellophane paper was glued on the back.

You can make these with tissue paper and colour in wax paper with sharpies to look like glass. Check out the internet and Pinterest for some more stained glass ideas.

I like the shape of the sun and the creative cross which looks like a sprout or vine and the eggs at the bottom in a tomb like shape. 

Next it is J's turn and I may just do one myself to fill up our windows with Easter colour.
By J.


The grass is green and the weather is lovely.

This Old Chair

 I am searching for old chairs, odd ones, ones that will eventually sit around the timber table we will be making.
This one was found at a second hand shop in Montville.
After a bit of cleaning and a little oil, it has come up ok. 
I wondered who might have sat on this chair. 
What interesting stories these chairs will tell at the dinner table (if only they could speak).

Fascinating Fungi

 They just pop up! There they are on the side of the track or growing on a stump or up a tree.
So pretty.

Photos taken at Mapleton Falls National Park.

Sunshine Coast Montville Drive

Today we went for a drive up to the lovely town of Montville.
On the way we stopped at Mapleton Falls National Park to do a loop walk in the Rainforest. Plenty of fresh air and birdsong.

 We then stopped in Montville for a walk up the main street, which has plenty of interesting shops,cafes and a lovely view across to the Ocean.

 We also stopped at Kondillila Falls National Park and just walked to the first little waterfall.

 In Montville we found this lovely Toy Shop, which had some interesting and different games and puzzles. I found this lovely wind up plane for H's birthday and Margaret I thought of the girls when I spotted this adorable Tea party setting out the front...you will have to make the trip up for that!

After Montville we drove to Maleny and found three bookshops, so we had to stop of course.
A lovely Saturday drive in the Hills.