Saturday with the Hippit Family

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Kellie, Jackson, Jasmin and Zoe came over for a play, brining me a fabulous birthday present.

After some drawing and some other play which was rather more rowdy, we all walked down to AllbarNun for pizza and chips for lunch.

There was a fair bit of "Eye Spy" action while waiting for food, then much enthusiastic engorging of chips.

Afterwards we wandered home and the boys played in the trees, supervised by Jasmin, while Zoe got her lunch.

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Saturday morning occupations

The boys have been pursuing separate occuptations this morning…

Jude was drawing balloons…

Zac was pursuing his favourite occupation (which doesn't involve Nemo or Maisy) – playing with his train tracks…

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…and Sebastian was practising his kicking- aiming to kick as high as the roof (which apparently he did 40 times).

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Thesis update: Submission!

So, the day finally arrived when all the writing, editing, thinking and rethinking came to an end the thesis was submitted. I haven't had it hard bound yet – we'll do that once it is back from the examiners and the corrections (if any!) are made and it is all completely and truly over. But it has left my hands, and should be in the hands (or in the case of the US ones, on route to the hands) of the examiners by now. 90 000 words and over 650 footnotes and around 20 pages of bibliography, it is all done.

Big thanks to everyone who helped in one way or another – by proofreading, sharing conversations, hosting me while I researched and provided encouragement and support. Hopefully in 2-3 months, we'll know what the external examiners think!

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Prizewinners at Tarago Show

Sebastian and Jude, with the assistance of their Ga, entered into a number of categories at the Tarago Show. At home they prepared their lego creations, decided to enter some of their art works from Sculpture Garden Sunday and collected autumn leaves for collages.

At Ga's house, they cooked and iced up at storm.


There were decorated gingerbread men and arrowroot biscuits, packet cakes baked and pikelets made. That was Saturday.

Sunday was the day of judgement. Here are some of their works on display…


They returned home triumphant. Many prizes were won and much acclaim gathered. sebastian and Jude are now both prize winning pikelet makers, gingerbread icers, artists and constructors.

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And to top off a fantastic (and victorious) day, they had their faces painted (Jude's like Spiderman – wow) and got show bags full of knights.

What better way to spend a weekend?

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Zac decided to have a bit of a sulk at his grandmother's house on the weekend. He managed to resist lollies and cake to stay in this position for about 20 minutes. Note the distinctive head drop, shoulder slump, downturned mouth and jutting lower lip. One thing we have to give him credit for is his determination to maintain his pose of dissatifaction.

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Atlas: Mongolia

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Having looked at the range of recipes available for Mongolia, and learning from Wikipedia that Mongolian BBQ isn't, in fact, Mongolian, we had feared that it may not have been the culinary highlight of the year, and that it would definitely have been a let down after Cuba. However, as is often the case, the food surprised us and it all turned out extremely well.

We started with a variety of buuz – "steamed pockets" – one set filled with lamb and the others with beef. Rachel, being our resident dumpling expert had made some, as had James. We later had the deep fried version supplied by Bronwen. Then there was stirfry with appropriate Mongolian sauce, barbequed chicken, shulla – lamb and chick pea stew, a noodle and lamb dish and tofu and noodle soup. For once though there was no dessert – but we had all eaten enough that dessert wasn't really necessary. No one did go as far as the making of milk curds.

The children stuck with sausage and carrots and while the weather did choose this as the only day in 6 weeks to rain, it cleared up enough for us to spend some time standing on the deck. we all admired Burke's mid-life crisis hair cut and young Zoe's constant even temperedness, and at the end of the night Cat undertook some Maisy book repairs. So all in all, a very pleasant evening.

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Displaying one’s creations

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Once you have gone to the trouble of creating art, there is a need to display it. James took on the role of chief curator, ably assisted by Sebastian, as they tried to ensure that the boy's art from Sculpture Garden Sunday is displayed to best effect.

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