From the age of two she showed an interest in horses. Whenever an opportunity to ride a pony arose she would plead for a go. She happily waited for an hour at some summer fairs for just a 10 minute walk on a pony. At the age of three, Sophie had a few favourite horse […]
Dear Charlotte, ‘Eight’ seems such a ‘milestone’ year. We’ve seen you blossom into such an independent, kind, caring, sensitive, creative character over the past eight years. Your love of art, music and dance touches every corner of our home. We are so proud of how far you’ve progressed in all that you do and the […]
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The longest night, many moons ago, Was bitter cold, with snow on distant ranges. I wrapped my arms around my swollen middle, Overly expectant. I gazed up at the blanket sky, Dazzled with star light, Wondering when my new life would begin. Stirring deep within my womb, Full of life against the winter gloom. As […]
Her ears are like little shells, Catching the whispers of sound. She dips them in the water, Where mermaid treasure is found. Flower stars, adorn her ears, Where once, her soft skin was bare. Turning eight, she shows no fear, But seeks her birthstone with care. __________________________________ My oldest daughter is turning eight and has […]
Alice is now 16 months and likes to help anyway she can (!). On Friday she passed us the empty bottles from the recycling saying, ‘Juice! Cheers!’. She would drink Daddy’s beer if she had half a chance! She certainly knows what Daddy’s favourite juice is. On Saturday she shared her ice-lolly with her Daddy […]
Today marks the Winter Solstice in New Zealand. As we see in the shortest day of the year we think of our friends and family in the Northern Hemisphere enjoying the longest day of the year. So this Sunday, 26 June, it would be wonderful if you’d join us with a poem that marks the […]
Charlotte set a tough theme for Lyrical Sunday this week – ‘Tongue Twisters’ (read her poem, which Sophie illustrated here). One of my favourite tongue twisters from my childhood and one that I say a lot living by the seashore with my little’uns is… She sells seashells by the seashore. The shells she sells are […]
Being temporarily hosted by ‘HerMelness Speaks… out‘, whilst Mocha Beanie Mummy kicks someone’s technical behind!
Thank you Dad for loving me, just the way I am. Thank you for the hours you spent teaching me to add and rhyme. I know it can’t have been easy, to deal with my crazy mind! Thank you for the time you always gave to listen to me ponder, on the big questions in life, and […]
Loving the unschooling journey we’re embarking on with Sophie. We’re just getting into our stride and learning is happening so naturally. She is such an active learner, constantly on the move physically and verbally (our affectionately named, ‘Chatter Box’). Learning in natural settings really does suit her personality best. Follow our discoveries at ‘Many Paths […]
over the age of 18 and in real life (as opposed to online) was a couple of weeks ago (for the first time in over a year!). Post inspired by Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop: Girls Night Out! Describe the last time you got to hang out with your friends? What stops you from doing this […]
Glorious weather, from the warmest Autumn on record, has rolled into Winter (though we’re warned to make the most of the sunshine whilst it lasts!). My daughters didn’t hold back when the sun came out in warm splendour yesterday. They had such fun frolicking in the surf at Lyall Bay, skipping seaweed and throwing a […]