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  • Merlin's voyage
    Merlin's voyage
    by Emmanuelle A Buecher-Hall

    in English

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    Le voyage de Merlin (French Edition)
    by Emmanuelle A Buecher-Hall

    en français

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Back online!

Yes, dear readers, we are still here and the blog is still alive!

Life got a little too busy and our ordinary-running-around-like-crazy-day-to-day-life didn't seem worth a post. We are trying our best to escape what could look like a suburban routine. However, we are sometimes just doing what a lot of families do: driving the kids around (to concerts, scouts, climbing), working too long hours, going to the movie, seeing some friends (not often enough though). We don't mow the lawn - but we clean the deck!

Did I mention hours of lesson preparation and marking for me? I was recently submerged by more than 250 copies, so focused reading stole few hours of my day.

Marking could be seen as an adventure but not exhilarating enough! So yes, we are all missing some adventure, maybe excitement, even small,  but we know it will cross our path again.

In the meantime, the river and its lights help us find some extraordinary little moments in our daily lifes where we all stop, watch, enjoy the surroundings and reflect: Life is going fast and is too busy, but, hey, life is good.

Victor came back a little taller but mostly very happy from his trip overseas. He was satisfied with his French (even learnt some new words), amazed by the snow and was very grateful to have spent quality time with his extended family. He found the weather is Paris very wet but loved the "Vieux campeur" (shop specialised in outdoor equipment).

He went skiing and loved it, even if the shoes feel really odd.

He spent few days in Swizerland and was in awe with the white, vast, alpine landscape.

Once back and before he started his new university course in Industrial Design, he went hiking for few days with some friends around Mt Barney. Nature is his element. If you want to see a huge smile, give him a hammock and a backpack.


Merlin is awaiting new owners

Victor is growing fast and is touching the celling. Clea would like a cat. Felix's clarinet practice could be a liitle loud for all. Emmanuelle would like a big desk. Gregory would prefer a boat that is not mostly docked but that sails fast and often.

So it seems time (logical?)  to find some news owners for Merlin. Follow the link and have a look at our new selling website (thanks Felix!).




Arty visit

Whe haven't reached the scary/crazy 47 degres that Sydney had last weekend but our temperatures have been above 30 degres for a while. The museums and their air con rooms are then a great way to spent some time.

Clea and myself went testing this theory this morning. We really liked the series of Australian maps by Noel McKenna at the Queensland Art Gallery. We then had some fun at GOMA, adding our colourful stickers of this lively exhibition illustrating the work of Yayoi Kusama


Balades au vert

Apres le bleu de la baie de Moreton, nous avons vires au vert pour quelques jours. Nous sommes alles explorer la parc national de Conondale et avons retrouves 2 familles d'amis qui y vont regulierement. Forets luxuriantes aux grands eucalyptus, chutes d'eau et cours d'eau clairs et frais, belles marches et de nombreux oiseaux bavards (et un peu trop matinaux!) etaient au programme de ces 4 jours de camping.

Riviere emeraude et bienvenue apres une longue marche dans la chaleur estivale

De beaux paysages ou la nature est reine

Eucalyptus, figuiers sauvages et vegetation dense

Belles balades, certaines avec un beau denivele (tout relatif tout de meme a la geographie locale)

Et bien sur, feu de camp traditionnel avec ses grillades de chamallows! Tout un art!

Ce court sejour fut apaisant, vivifiant et serein. Nos chausures sont brunes de poussieres mais nos batteries sont bien rechargees.


Electricity project (small scale)

Clea had a science project to do at school in December. She had to design a room with some lights. Clea built a bedroom in a box, added nice details and wired all by herself.

Full view of the bedroom

Side view - she loves the crododile clips!

Check the side switch on the wall lighting the buld on the side bed table.

Science logbook on the desk!