About us

We are a hard working, family of eight. Swimming in the sea when we aren't busy on our small holding. Daddy dragon has to work away a lot, so this blog is to let him keep up with our adventures at home.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Sunny day out

Getting ready.

To go to the park.

Little bit of swinging.


And climbing.

Happy sunny day.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Is it easter yet?

Is it Easter yet?

How 'bout now?

How many more minutes?

How about now?

I've been waiting for - ev - er!

Hatchlings do not like to wait for holidays.

Remind you of anyone?

Not wanting to wait for the good stuff.

Today they made chocolate birds nests.

Somehow the chocolate fix wasn't enough.

At bedtime tonight...

'Is it Easter yet?'


At the end of a long day

a rainbow.

After this long day,

I am simply going to be thankful.

Thankful for the good health of my family.

Thankful for the future being full of opportunities.


Very thankful for such a generous community,

who rally around and go to great lengths to help

when life goes pear shaped and upside down.

We are very blessed.

Saturday, 12 April 2014


Buttons are under rated.

The joy they bring to a hatchling when you pour out a beautiful treasure trove.

Great for crafts, math counters, game pieces, and more.

Such a great learning tool too.

From find this colour button, or can you find a matching button to this one?

We lay out patterns of buttons blue... red..  green... blue...

What comes next?

Look at this big black button.

Can you find a smaller one?

Look this button has four holes.

Can you find one with only two holes?

And so on.

The hatchlings love buttons

and on a rainy day,

buttons keep him amused 


he's learning at the same time.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Mini egg rocky road bars

500g Melted dark chocolate

3 tbs butter, melted

8 malterser bunnies, chopped

150g chocolate digestive biscuits, chopped

200g mini marshmallows

400g Cadbury mini eggs

Melt chocolate and butter in a bowl over a pot of water.

Stir in remaing ingredients, saving half the mini eggs for decoration.

Then place in the fridge to set for one hour.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Always more to go around

The hatchlings had a birthday party to attend today.

At which I was asked if I didn't worry about not having enough to go around.

How am I going to have enough time and attention to give a 6th child.

It is funny how blunt and rude people are happy to be.

(Same person asked me if they were ALL my husband's children too.)

And yes, they are.

The humorous part is that, I have worried each and every time we decide to have another child. 

That I won't have enough, be enough, to meet their every need, whim and want.

Then reality kicks in.

I'm not in this alone.

There are big sisters who can't wait to read stories while I help a two year old to the potty.

(This is home education.)

Songs are not solely sung in my voice alone.

This baby girl practically has her very own devoted choir.

Secrets and kisses are shared in abundance.

And there is plenty of love to go around.

The best part of this ever growing family is that with every new person that comes into our family there is more to go around.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Sunshine and daffodils

Not every day is easy.

Though some are easier than others.

Our drive is lined with daffodils,

and in the sunshine,

it is easy to forget,

your worries.


when one beautiful boy picks you bunches of flowers.

Hope your day is sunny where ever you are.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Just a little out of reach

When you are young, I use young very figuratively, you assume, at some point, you will suddenly have everything figured out. 

When the heck is this going to happen? 

Seriously, it's infuriating.

The more I know, the more I find out just how little I know.

Anyways, so we got this new little person.

and she is a blessing beyond words.

And in the back ground, we have been hunting around for a long term, forever and a day sort of family home.

And it just continues to elude us.

I always thought the paying down student debt, waiting on having a deposit, hoping to find some bank manager dozy enough to maybe take a chance on us would be the hard, probably never going to happen bit of life.

Then again, I thought that about marriage, children, and having a book published.

And they only went and happened.

But surely the easy part is finding a house right? 

I mean there are millions of them listed online.

One gorgeous pile of stone sitting beach front and looking like everything a girl could dream of, doesn't have right of way, or a septic tank, or like anything else to define it as a house.

Turns out banks don't like that very much.

Regardless of my bitty heart's desire.

The next place is everything we could ever want in a working farm and more. 

The catch, we came all the way out here, to wind up with a house stuck between two hills, no view of anything but the neighbours house so close you can sit in the front room and spit on them. Oh, and a ridiculously busy road, mere feet from your front door. 

Well, busy by local standards.

There are properties in abundance but they are all either dirt cheap and need a lotta lotta work, like cheers for the damp mould infested grovel, at least the view is grand. 

Or you end up paying your heart and soul, for something that you just know you don't know enough about houses, to recognise expensive style problems. 

Problems that you aren't simply alerted to by an olfactory response.


Ah, first world problems.

I am thankful.

Oh, and for daddy dragon.

Turns out she likes the swing.


Not that, I've tried to get work done yet....

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Hatchling no6

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and wished us well when I announced our pregnancy.

I would very much like to introduce our newest hatchling.

Eight and half pounds of cuteness.

She came into the world on the 22nd of March,

and has changed our family completely.

We are over joyed and very blessed.