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Yesterday was my birthday! I received some lovely birthday presents and although it's not about the presents I really love these two gifts. Mum and dad replaced my broken tea flask and the girls gave me this Lottie Doll. The doll is one of theirs (that they no longer played with because it's got a gammy leg). It's perfect! My hip often hurts, especially when I've been in the garden all day, so it is a mini me. They bought new clothes for it, which just happens to be gardening clothes. She comes with no socks, just like my kids! Hair pulled back for some serious work... πŸ’“πŸ˜˜. My partner, kids, and mum and dad spent the day with me outside enjoying this beautiful winter weather - just perfectπŸ€— (Lottie clothes from @lightuplearning)

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My baby girl turned 7 today. Last year the night before she turned 6 she started to cry. She didn't want to get older, as getting older meant we were all one day closer to dying. Last night when she was going to sleep, snuggled up against me, she said, I don't won't to die before you and I don't want you to die before me, as we will be too sad without each other. My precious, such deep thoughts for a little one. Today she had a fantastic day and night. She fell asleep in my arms, snuggled against me. .
Cake decorated by the birthday girl.

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Fire + potatoes + damper = happy girls. πŸ˜„

#InvestigateExploreDiscover #NaturalLearning #HomeSchooled #HomeEducated #MySortOfCamping πŸ˜‚

Give the girl a saw and a "yeah sure, cut away!". As I was busy cutting small branches into little pieces, C cut all the big branches off the dying wattle tree. This gal might take after her mama.... πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰πŸ’ͺπŸ€”. No chickens were harmed when the branches were falling😌

Skills developed today we're estimation (where branches would fall) and patience.

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Today's parade in Bendigo was brilliant! To get our favourite spot, we got to the parade an hour and a half before it started. The parade went for about an hour and half and there were lots of floats and the two international bands were amazing! The parade always ends with Sun Loong, which he made a spectacular entrance as usual! Sun LoongΒ is believed to be the longest imperial dragon in the world measuring approximately 100 metres (330Β ft). Sun Loong replaced the retiring Loong dragon in 1970. Sun Loong has structural damage, so this year might be his last year. If he held up after today's parade, he will join the replacement dragon next year, which will then be his last parade πŸ˜”. I feel sad, as I have watched Sun Loong many, many times at our Easter parade. Swipe the photo to the left to see some pictures and video to see the length of Sun Loong.

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Easter in Bendigo is huge. There is something on everyday. Tonight there was a night-time parade and tomorrow there will be a day-time parade. If you ever get the chance to come to Bendigo over Easter, do come, you would enjoy it 😊

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C's latest obsession - identifying local frogs 🐸

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Well, this is how they sorted their problem out - sit and eat lunch all loaded up with their babies while I push them πŸ€”

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Today was huge for us. Having kids with sensitivies (and quirks) our family has never gone hiking and with my feet the way they were 12 months ago I would never have dreamed that we would be doing this today. It was only a short hike, but we did it!πŸ™‹ #InvestigateExploreDiscover #NaturalLearning #HomeEducatedKids #HikingAdventures #AustralianSummer

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This little Muppet is very sick. I got new chickens a few weeks back. I am such a fool and take people on their word.... She did the dodgy I'll meet you half way and when I got home with the new chickens one was sick. I was told this was "sales sickness". A few days later she came and picked up the sick hen. The other three seem fine she said. As I really don't know a lot about chickens and diseases to do with them and because my silkies were spending lots of time next to the quarantined hens pen I decided to let the new chickens out. Then one buy one, the new hens started to get sick. Anyway, the new hens have now infected our pet Silkies. This little one was hit hard. Hopefully she will improve tonight.....
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What I have learnt is that people who buy eggs from your local corner shop and think you're getting free range, healthy eggs you might not be. Knowing what I know now, I would only buy my eggs from someone I know, or the supermarket.
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What this breeder does:
She sells eggs, fertile eggs, chicks, and hens. Her flock has been infected with a respiratory illness that is contagious and once a hen has had it, they are a carrier of the disease. Hens can transmit the disease through to fertile eggs (which she sells). She treats her flock with antibiotics. I am not sure if she puts the affected laying hen in quarantine for 21 days. You are not supposed to eat eggs from a hen that has been treated with antibiotics. She also has chicks crumble and grower pellets in with laying hens, which they have got access to eat it. Again, you are not supposed to eat the eggs of hens that have eaten chick food. Can you see the problem here? It is recommended that if you buy and sell chickens (and eggs) that if your flock has had a respiratory illness that you cull your flock. If they are pets only, it is ok to treat them, but this is contentious.

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#SickHens #InfectiousDisease #TheseAreOurPets #HeartBroken

Who wants to see a sneak peek of what the girls and I have been working on? πŸ™‹. We've put in a natural pond filtration system. Design 1 failed as I didn't have the pond liner under the big rock at the back, the water dripped underneath the edge of the rock and manage to escape the pond liner (water can travel up a hill πŸ€”). Design 2 is a winner πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. I lifted the rock (ok, I asked for help from my partner and we lifted the rock) and put the pond liner under it. The pump is solar powered and it pumps the water from the main pond up over the rock at the back of the filtration pond. More photo's to come once we've finished painting the bridge. πŸ˜€. #ThisWasAHugeLearningCurveForAllOfUs

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This is how we roll - fire pit = lunch cooked by the girls βœ” Baked Potato, avocado, home made relish and cheese.πŸ˜‹ #InvestigateExploreDiscover #NaturalLearning #HomeEd #Unschooled #OurHomeschooledDay #LearningAsWeGo #FireSafety #HowToCookLunch

The girls and I are painting our little bridge and as I know nothing about painting I went to Bunnings to ask for help. I'm thinking I got sent to the ladies section when buying our paint brushes πŸ€”πŸ˜‚
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#YouCanDoIt #BunningsYouRock
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Four of the nine were trying to tell me something...... I'm thinking they'll open the back door soon and let themselves in πŸ€”. They were wanting to be fed early tonight. Usually when I go out there are 9 chooks and lots of birds..... I am known as the lady who gives out free food.... #InvestigateExploreDiscover #NaturalLearning #Chickens #ChickensAreSuchAbigTimeWasterForMe #LoveMyChickenGirls #BackyardGardener

It's the little things that make me smile and appreciate homeschooling even more..... Reuben pulling out his giant book on animals, reading through it and then pulling out the felt pens and starts drawing them while giving me a running commentary of what the animal is and what it does etc. He know a lot about animals! πŸ’πŸ―πŸπŸ’πŸ§πŸΈπŸ˜πŸ¦‚πŸžπŸ¬πŸ›
#homeschooling #unschooling #naturallearning #drawing #investigateexplorediscover #lifewithoutschool #learninginfreedom #learningthroughplay #

I walked past the girls playing and said I'm going outside. They replied "be there in a minute, our lions are just having breakfast". I turned to have a look, and this is what I found..... #InvestigateExploreDiscover #NaturalLearningAustralia #Unschooled #HomeSchooled #HomeEducated #PlayIsImportant4AllKids #WildAndFree #Schleich

Yesterday was my birthday! I received some lovely birthday presents and although it's not about the presents I really love these two gifts. Mum and dad replaced my broken tea flask and the girls gave me this Lottie Doll. The doll is one of theirs (that they no longer played with because it's got a gammy leg). It's perfect! My hip often hurts, especially when I've been in the garden all day, so it is a mini me. They bought new clothes for it, which just happens to be gardening clothes. She comes with no socks, just like my kids! Hair pulled back for some serious work... πŸ’“πŸ˜˜. My partner, kids, and mum and dad spent the day with me outside enjoying this beautiful winter weather - just perfectπŸ€— (Lottie clothes from @lightuplearning)

#InvestigateExploreDiscover #NaturalLearning #LottieDoll #MamaIsGettingOld #BirthdayGirl.

Today I had a plan - plant 5 fruit trees and 1 nut tree. Did I achieve? No. Why? To many helpers.... Chooks were lucky not to lose their head. I was keeping my focus, then the magpie came down to "help". All I could do was laugh. I only got 3 trees planted.... πŸ˜‚. Tomorrow is another day βœ”

#InvestigateExploreDiscover #NaturalLearning #KitchenGardener #PlantingFruitTrees #EatingOurGarden #ChooksInTheGarden

The girls and I have a problem.....we are addicted to our fire pit! πŸ”₯ Our fire pit wood is all stacked up - another job done βœ”. Coffee and wine consumed by me while relaxing near the fire after a good days work outside βœ”. #InvestigateExploreDiscover #NaturalLearning
#HomeSchooled #Unschooled #KidsOutsideAllDay #EnjoyingLife #WorkingHard #KitchenGardener #Permaculturebug

The girls and I are spending all day (just about) every day outside - winter is amazing this year. We stay outside until dark. Tonight, we didn't want to go inside, so the girls cooked dinner outside πŸ’“

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How did I not know this beautiful spot was on my doorstep? The kids made some new friends and enjoyed exploring the #OakForestHarcourt the other day. 😘. On that note, people go one about socialising and how they need to be out and about interacting. My two hadn't been around kids their own age in a very long time. When we turned up to a homeschooling catchup a boy my girls didn't know came across to say hi. My two girls took off, off exploring with all the kids πŸ’“

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This week I hope to show you what I've been up to over the past month.
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One project that I've nearly finished and fallen in love with is our veggie patch. I still need to make the netting fit better, install a watering system and finish the paths. .
The girls are even working on their own flower patch πŸ’“
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#InvestigateExploreDiscover #NaturalLearning #HomeGrown #EatingOurGarden #KitchenGardener #GrowingVeggies #TheGoodLife #KidsInTheGarden #HomeEd #Unschooled #UnschooledLife

A perfect example of unschooling, unschooling at its best. While eating dinner, R jumped off her seat and ran into her bedroom. Came running back with the world globe, paper and pencil. She drew Australia and asked me "if is was a good picture?" I said "yes". She burst out laughing, I don't know why πŸ€”. She then continued marking each Capital city. I'm thinking what on earth is she up to? Once she marked in Brisbane it clicked. Our girls get monthly money and they make purchases through our businesses (@craft4kidsau & @lightuplearning) wholesale accounts. When they make their purchase they love watching the tracking details. The goods come from Brisbane all the way to Bendigo. Unschooling at its best; in this self directed learning R covered money, understanding business, use of technology, geography, drawing, and communication.... πŸ˜Šβœ”πŸ’“ #InvestigateExploreDiscover #NaturalLearning #HomeSchooled #HomeEd #Unschooled #LearningAboutBusiness #LearningAboutGeography #LifeWithoutSchool #LifeSkills

Sometimes you just need to think outside the box. My kids spend all day every day outside and their dadda is an inside body. He at times struggles with unschooling...... So I came up with a plan, swipe through to see what happened, (I suggested why don't they all pick some books, and sit up the back and have dadda read them to you and the chooks). A win for everyone βœ”

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Today was a good day. The girls wanted to cook lunch.... I let them be.... And we ended up with sausages. Our new Friday tradition I think πŸ€”βœ”. Some days are hard, but more and more days are becoming easier. 😊. Oh, I think I πŸ’“ my new fire pit πŸ˜€

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#HomeEducation #Unschooled #FirePit #CookingSausages #BeingFree #LearningLifeSkills

Today started ordinary and progressively got worse. Then tonight something surreal happened. One child folded the laundry, one cleared the table and wiped it down. We don't do things by halves around here πŸ˜‚

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There's been post lately where people post a picture ever few hours describing their day. These posts often make my heart sink, because it is a reminder to me that our family "is a little bit different".
So here is a snippet of our day thus far - it's 10:15. I've been awake since 7, but I'm only getting to have breakfast now. When C woke at 7 she refused to be with her daddy, didn't want him, she needed me. I spent an hour cuddling her in bed, trying to get her in a good mood. I succeeded.
R woke at 8 and was about to burst into tears because I wasn't in my bed (she comes in every morning for a cuddle). I convinced R to go hop in my bed and wait for me, I then convinced C to have her shower.
I got into bed with R. She burst into tears. Why? Every day we get older, means she'll be an adult and she won't be able to have a mummy cuddle everyday. We cuddled and talked.
C got out the shower. I convinced R it's time we got up. C got dressed and cranked at R that she's going to let the chooks out. I'm sure R felt like she'd been hit with a bat. I tried to explain to C how she spoke (this information went straight over her head, welcome to #2e life). She's now yelling at me and R. I tried to stay calm. I ended up saying to her "go and let the (was going to use the f word, but I don't swear at or in front of my kids, so I used the word) stupid chooks out". The word stupid is a no go word, unless it is used properly. Both girls now crying, cuddling each other because I called our chooks stupid. Both girls now walking arm in arm to let chooks out. Me - I'm worn out and my day hasn't even started!
Our days aren't like this everyday, but there is a good chance it will be. For Mama's out there who have it difficult, pat yourself on the back, you're doing a fantastic job.

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