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Cait’s watercolour leaf 2011

Cait’s watercolour leaf 2011 Originally uploaded by northcoastjo Cait has had a great week at art classes learning all sorts of new techniques. The theme was bugs! I guess the grub would look better without my shadow in the background. … Continue reading

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We have had a recent outbreak of viking activity around here – no doubt inspired by our recent (repeat) watching of How To Train Your Dragon.  It hasn’t been too violent with the main focus of any raids being the … Continue reading

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birdcage beginnings

DSCF3089 Originally uploaded by northcoastjo Well it’s a start … even if it’s only a small one. There seem to be a lot of more pressing things to do during the holidays. We are already half way through which is … Continue reading

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Caramel Pie

caramel pie Originally uploaded by northcoastjo Another challenge down – the famous caramel pie. I think I was at a slight disadvantage here as I don’t really like caramel and have never actually eaten my mother-in-laws famous pie so I … Continue reading

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Eccles cakes

Super easy and very addictive Eccles cakes.  Perfect for a Sunday afternoon treat, and then again after dinner on Monday and what the heck … Tuesday morning tea as well. Caitie is perfecting her Eccles making skills and no one … Continue reading

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retro rules

Ever since we came across the ipod ‘cassette’ cover we have been looking out for other fun ideas.  And then we saw this at ipodcasesblog and couldn’t resist. The kids kind of remember the etch-a-sketch.  I think there was one … Continue reading

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and so we begin again

And so the year grows old, weary with what has been. It limps along slowly towards that final day, that final hour when numbers fill the air, glasses clink and voices raise in song. And so we begin again. Not … Continue reading

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