Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Yarn Along - Weaving Wall hanging

One of the things I like best in our homeschooling day is our Read-a-loud time! It makes me soo happy to see all the children gathered around attentively listening and, when finishing a chapter, shouting "MORE, MORE!"This is one of Esther's favourite reads! Who doesn't love Noddy!! We found a few Noddy books at the Op-shop, Esther is ALWAYS on the look out for more!

I've also been working on some Wall hangings with my new fav craft WEAVING!! I received a mini loom for my birthday and I'm having the best time creating different ART with it!!
I'm pretty excited to share this with you and the other clever crafty people at the Yarn Along, which the lovely Ginny heads up (well at least that is the only place I've seen it!) Her knitting is totally amazing and her wonderful family make her blog a MUST to follow!! I wonder if weaving is ok to join in on??? Hmmmmm...
at least it works with yarn!! That after all is the name of the linking fun!
Hope you are having a great week, filled with reading and craft and laughter with your treasures!
Smiles The Torrents'

Friday, June 3, 2016

Water study for Kids - in Poatina

For the last few weeks we have had the opportunity to look closely at WATER and all the ways it comes and goes in our Village! The first week we looked at where our water comes from. We drove up the mountain a little and then gathered round to listen to the lovely Hannah.
We looked at maps learning all about markings of valleys and mountains and contour lines! Then the children demonstrated what that's like with wonderful exercises from Amy!!
It was raining the whole time we were out but it was really quite fun to be out and about in it, learning about water! We found the reservoir and the creek and the Weir that helps sift out all the yuckies from our Mountain water!

The children all had a great time and certainly know a lot more about our water system after our field trip!
Smiles The Torrents'

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Promise with a Rainbow

This last week we have seen more than 4 rainbows!! There have been two in particular that have lasted for more than 30 mins and were a complete arch!! They have been totally amazing!!! Hannah and I were driving home from Evandale and there was one that stayed the whole drive! At one stage it looked like we were about to drive under it but as it turned out you actually can't do that, they aren't "permanent" in one spot due to light reflections.... probably already knew that!! (I actually did not!!)
This isn't the best picture of it, taken from the side of the road after we "almost" drove under it. Hannah and I were sooo blessed by this wonder and reminded us of all the promises that God has given us. I've never seen rainbows like the ones we have seen this week since living in Poatina, it's been spectacular!!
Smiles The Torrents'

Monday, May 9, 2016

Fossicking at Weld River, Tasmania

The other week our family and some dear friends went to Weld River, in Tasmania to go fossicking for Sapphires and Topaz!!! We camped for 2 nights in the area and had a wonderful time on an Autumn sunny day at the river. 
 Early morning sun rays over the trees
 Esther cooking some toast by the camp fire!
 Gorgeous Coral Lichen!! Sometimes called Snow Lichen due to the white colour! 
Read more HERE.

 There were loads of tiny black stones which Anita says is a good sign but 
sadly we didn't find anything... this trip!!
 Playing at the camp site in Blue Lake, Tasmania.
We did however have an amazing time out in nature and enjoying this Autumn season, excited to go out again and find some of God's precious treasures!
Smiles The Torrents'

Monday, May 2, 2016

Fossicking for Fossils (Poatina, Tasmania)

Recently the homeschool families went on a field trip down to the creek to fossick for some FOSSILS! There are some AMAZING finds in one particular spot and we certainly found some fantastic samples.
Hannah Cooper (from ROCKsalt Arts) lead the talk and showed the children different rocks and what to look for when searching in God's wonderful world!
 These are dolomite rocks and are very easy to find at the top, surface level of Poatina.

Wonderful example of smokey quartz lodged in the ground.
 Finding FOSSILS!!!
 Sea shells and what looks like a starfish! AMAZING!!!
 Sophia and Mrs Dougal extracting a rock from the side of the path.... what will be on it??
Now the rock is out, look what is in/on it.... Lots of delicate shell print fossils!
What a super cool time of discovery and wonder and learning and finding! I've taken some of the fossils we found to the Queen Victoria Museum (In Launceston) to have them assessed! Can't wait to find out exactly what we found. YAY for fossicking!
Smiles The Torrents'

Monday, April 18, 2016

Dancing Corn experiment (great for Harvest/Autumn)

With the cooler months here and some more fun to be had with corn, the children and I did a Dancing corn experiment! It was SOOOO successful, we all loved it! SO much so that we demonstrated it at the Children's Home school show and tell Morning tea here in Poatina!
All the directions and what to do are from the link.... give it a go it's a real WINNER!!!
 Everyone took it in turns to stir or add ingredients.
 Is it dancing yet???
 Now to add the vinegar.....
 Can you see the excitement in Sophia's face now that 
something unexpected has began to happen!!
 Now look at the joy! LOVE THIS!! We have clapping!
 We all watched it for ages, little corn kernels dancing around in the jar!
Gotta have more fun science days like this.... ROLL on the new term!
Smiles The Torrents'

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Wonderful World Wednesday - Deer spotting and a bush walk!

I am truly in my happy place when I'm out in nature! Since moving to Poatina there has been many an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors! This walk was full of wonder as we had a good friend come along with us and he is a keen deer spotter!!

He told us how deer rub their antlers on young trees to scratch themselves and also to remove the velvet coating that is on their antlers. He spotted quite a few trees that were totally DEER LOVED and could tell us if it was from this season or last when it was used!
He found some tracks, (though this pic doesn't really show them very well) where there was clear evidence that a doe and her young had been walking together!

As well as all the deer facts we also found some fossils! WOW these are sooo awesome to come across!! I get SUPER excited when discovering a fossil!! (which I've only ever done since moving here!)
 Sophia liked this rock in particular as it looks like Tassie or a love heart.

Lastly we found these HUGE animal burrows, they really were HUGE!!! Wombats we were thinking but no sign of "doings" near the entrance made it hard to know for sure.
Autumn mushrooms are also popping up!
 Heading back home and time for a selfie with Sophia, 

So that was our Wonderful World Wednesday, truly wonderful in every way!
Smiles The Torrents'