Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Day 2308 - Did you know that for some children with dyslexia all maths symbols look the same?

Imagine if all math symbols were the same.

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Imagine if there was no divide, minus or multiply symbol, just a + + + used for everything.

Imagine if you were give a sheet of maths equations and you had to guess whether or not you were meant to plus, minus, divide or multiply.

Imagine if you loved maths and you were good at maths, but on test day all the symbols were removed from the test paper and you had to take a stab as to what was expected of you.

That would be like a very bad dream.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Day 2307 - Bungendore Wood Works Gallery Cafe

Do you love wood?

The Bungendore Wood Works Gallery

I am a very big appreciator of wood.  My house has wooden beams in a cathedral ceiling, we have wooden furniture, we have enormous pine trees in the back yard and our entertainment area is all wood, wood, wood.

So when we were in Bungendore on the weekend watching the buskers at the country muster I was delighted to come across the Bungendore Wood Works Gallery.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Day 2306 - How to get your children excited about reading

A few tips and tricks from a Deep Fried author.

My day was put into a spin when my desktop computer decided to have a hissy fit this morning and crash on me.  Something about its boots.

So my bloggy agenda was thrown out the window.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Day 2305 - Bungendore Country Muster

Who likes listening to buskers?

Busking on the streets of Bungendore - Ann Bell and her band.
There are buskers all over Bungendore this weekend with the 2016 Country Muster in full swing.

I actually knew nothing about it until 9.30 this morning and by 10.30 the teen and I were wandering the streets with my folks listening to the sounds of the country.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Day 2304 - Compliments of the Chef

When someone offers you free dessert, don't question it ... just roll with it.

Some sort of fabulous cheese cakey thing from Urban Bean Espresso Bar in Woden, ACT
So yesterday I ate cake.  It was how I paid the "rent" for taking up space in a cafe for a client session. Around 80% of my client sessions are done in coffee shops so I get around a bit. Usually it's just a cup of tea or a chai, but sometimes I'll eat (whether I'm hungry or not) because I feel I need to pay an appropriate amount of money for the space I'm taking up.

Anyway, yesterday I ate cake, which meant today I should not.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Day 2303 - IKEA Knives

This little fella is sharp!

IKEA Paring Knife - $1.99 AUD
Last week as I wandered through IKEA I came across this little paring knife.  It was only $1.99 so I figured I'd just try it to see if their kitchen knives were worth coming back for.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Day 2302 - Bush walking in Canberra

It's time to head off the beaten track ...

Canberra is known as "the bush capital".  That's because we're surrounded by paddocks and bush land.  At least we were, but with all the new 'burbs popping up the farmland around our great city is becoming less and less with every passing day. That's progress for ya. 

We do however still have a bunch of great nature reserves which allow us to go bush walking right in our own backyard.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Day 2301 - Preparing for a new school

Have you got kids heading off to a new school?

Both of my kids started new schools yesterday.

One started high school and the other started college (which is a fancy word Canberrans use for years 11 and 12).

Two kids. Two new schools.  Two big changes.  Two new methods of operation. Two sets of nerves. Two bundles of excitement.

Two milestone moments.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Day 2300 - Good Heart Health

How about come beetroot and green salad today?

According to Prevention Magazine Australia, February/March 2016 (page 23) studies suggest beetroot and leafy green vegetables are good for the heart.

Apparently it's due to their high nitrate content which is thought to be of benefit on blood flow to the heart.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Day 2299 - The National Portrait Gallery

Let's go and stare at some faces ...

Taking a wander through the National Portrait Gallery.
Yesterday my daughter and I were chatting about cities and how one of the attractions of living in a big city is the access to galleries and museums.  We were really talking about NYC and Sydney, but then it occurred to us that we had access to all of the national museums right here.