Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Wonderful World Wednesday - Huntsman and Wasps


The strangest thing happened the other day after it rained, I noticed 3 dead huntsman around the place, one inside and 2 out in the backyard! It was something I'd not seen before.
Then as the sun warmed up (and so must have the spiders) the dead spider next to the steps had attracted some wasps. YUMMY for them, the two of them were enjoying a tasty lunch!!

 A black ant joined in while the
Wasps were fighting.

We notice some fighting between the wasps on and off during the course of the meal but then they would forget about each other and simply eat again! Sapphire and I found it very interesting indeed!
Smiles The Torrents'

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wonderful World Wednesday - Peacock feathers

After our Wetlands walk last week we headed to The Gorge. I had noticed that the Peacock's had been moulting and most of their tail feathers were gone and growing new ones. I thought perhaps, just perhaps we might find a tail feather in the bushes so the look was one to see what we could see!!

Little did I know that we would come home with SOOOO many wonderful samples of Peacock feathers!! I did end up finding a tail feather, the one with the eye on it and with the help of my beautiful girls we found feathers from all over the Peacock's body!!

We had such a great time that after Sapphire's sleep we ended up going back and that's when Hannah found 2 MORE eye tail feathers!! She was over the moon with her find!!
They are sooo amazing to look at and study, each one with it's delicate details.
Smiles The Torrents'

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Happy Birthday sweet Sophia

Our beautiful sweet Sophia Mae is turning 9 today!!
WOW what a wonderful year of growth and learning it has been....
what an exciting time ahead it will be as she gets closer to DOUBLE DIGITS!!
We Love you sooo much precious treasure,
Happy Birthday
Love Daddy, Mummy, Hannah, Zeke, Esther and Sapphire 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wonderful World Wednesday - Little black beetles

It's a new year and a new look at our Wonderful World Wednesday!! This week we are looking at these amazing little black beetles. Who knows what they are??? We tried to search "Google" but couldn't find anything that looked like them.... Do you know what they could be??
They were hanging out on the blackberry bush with the amazing little cone looking thing! It was like they had hatched from there, notice the brownish, shriveled looking insects there?? Were they food or little black beetles that didn't make it??
When we first saw them they were all together in one huge group but they sensed the movement from around them and scattered! They did join up once more but after another disturbance didn't huddle again. It certainly gave the children something to look at and study throughout the day (and me too!)
Smiles The Torrents'

Monday, February 2, 2015

Planning our homeschooling year 2015 (and a painted snail)

It's the last days of the holidays and the last days of planning to get done too! I've been busy getting journals organized, calendars written on and charts completed.
This year I'm going back to Five in A Row with my little ones (this way Sapphire can enjoy the family read time too!) and focusing on Tasmanian History for our main unit study for the older ones. Sophia has chosen horses to study about and we will be looking at A Year on our Farm picture book by Penny Matthews and Andrew Mclean each month learning about what happens on a farm throughout a year.
We're starting a new Maths program and introducing walks as part of our daily learning and exercise.
I'm looking forward to seeing how the coming weeks unfold as we get into the groove of it all.
 Sophia found this snail after some wet weather we had, 
she happened to be painting at the time and so decided to give the snail a renovation on his home!!
Hope he didn't mind!!
Smiles The Torrents'

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wonderful World Wednesday - Stick Insect



When you're out in the garden and you find a stick insect it's all pretty exciting! How truly wonderful are these guys.. I mean really!! God is sooo super duper creative!!
Hannah found this one near the wood shed, she happily showed it around to us all before returning Him/her back to find a new hide-away place!
Nature really is full of learning and wonderment and awe, hope you find some soon to WOW at!
Smiles The Torrents'

Friday, January 16, 2015

The wonderful holidays

I'm not sure about you but if Thea our sweet cat is anything to go by here in the Torrent's household we are having an absolute blast relaxing and resting and hanging and well... doing nothing!!!
How are you spending your holidays??
Smiles The Torrents' :)