08 November 2017

Our Months Ahead ~ Oct til Dec

Regular Blog posting is definitely a back-burner activity for me this year, yet I still keep an updated record, offline, of what we are hoping to achieve each week.
We are currently three weeks ahead with our proposed literature/Church History schedule for books to study/read and Daisy has completed one of her English courses, Essentials in Literature, for this year, and has a few weeks worth of work left to complete on the other one, Essentials in Writing.
Jay is taking a much slower pace with Te Kura (NCEA) based subjects than we had imagined at the beginning of the year due to other educational irons, of his own interest, he has in the fire.
I'm not going to talk much about Te Kura based NCEA courses until we've completed our journey; however, I will say we've been tempted to ditch the whole NCEA, credit collecting, process for Jay a time or two :-P

And as promised, in a previous post, a few pictures of our nosy cows.  Whatever we're doing they want to see or, worse, be involved in it.
Ringside seat.  The neighbours steers rush to the fence to see what we're doing
The electric fence is the only thing keeping our calves from getting VERY close.
L. Mozart,  R.Mocha
L. Beethoven,  R. Bach.  Yes, all our cattle have names.

Scheduled Learning (updating as time allows)
Family
Bible
The Book of Acts 

Book Basket for Oct-Dec
The Abolition of Man  ~ Lewis  (audio) 
The Misanthrope ~ Moliere   (1666)  (audio)
Stories ~ C.S Lewis
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Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques ~ The Great Course (audi0.  we purchased this from audible as one of their daily deal offers.)

Jay
Church, Literature, & Book Basket
Book Basket for Oct-Dec:  
The Church Ages
Book of Proverbs ~ KJV Life Application Study Bible
Leaders and Misleaders ~ Van Heerden  (business. NZ)
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Margin ~ Swenson  (business. Christian)
Three Men on The Bummel ~  Jerome  (humour)

Audio’s schedule to listen to Oct-Dec:
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Daisy
Church History & Geography    
Rose Book of Charts      p. 46  AD1900 

History, Literature, & Book Basket: 
Book Basket For Oct-Dec:
Bible study with mum, continue
The Church Ages
Three Men in a Boat ~ Jerome
The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn ~ Hoobler

Oct-Dec Free Reading/audios:
the following titles are all very light reading; as Daisy is neck deep in reading and fact compiling, for a research paper
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Journey Under Warning ~ Locke
Young Pioneers ~ Lane
Prisoner B-3087 ~ Alan Gratz   (available thru NZ  e.pukapuka)

Audio’s scheduled to listen to Oct -Dec:
The Three Musketeers ~ Dumas  1625+    switched book to audio.  Purchase $0.00 kindle first and get the audiobook read by John Lee for $0.99 
Mrs Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha ~ Gilman    continuation with our worldview study:  others may like to know this title includes psychics, Zen Buddhism, fame & multiple marriages, terrorists
Sherlock Holmes, unabridged, mysteries (various)  Daisy's sweet friend, Fleur, got Daisy interested in listening to Sherlock Holmes' (non-dramatised) stories again.  They've been card crafting while they listen.

etc...

04 November 2017

Critter Picture Post Oct 2017 ~ Cute Girl Lamb Included

I asked Rebekah if she could take some more pictures of her family's cute lamb for others to enjoy too:
Here is that adorable Girl Lamb a bit older and full of lamb styled mischief ♥
The belt that was holding her jumper on in these photos now fits as her collar (which is what it was designed for).
Too Cute!
Shrubs and rose leaves tastes SOOOO good
A kiss for the mower
Sadly, the Lamb cuteness ends there.  What follows are just pictures of a few of our pets n critters. 
Leroy, our Bichon, smiles for the camera
Chess, Seal Point Burmese. My human hops out, I jump in. Bliss

Our lambs love to play "king of the castle' on this dirt mound
Leroy waiting for his lick at the milk bowl.  Elsie purposely goes slow!

14 October 2017

New Zealand Birds ~ Bird of the Year Competition

Forest and Bird are running their bird of the year competition; however, for those who would just like to have a browse through the lovely bird life we have in New Zealand you can view, listen to their calls, and read a little about them, here.
2016's winner was the KĊŒKAKO 
As a side note, I found some of the campaigners for certain birds put me off wanting to vote for 'their' bird.  One spiel reads like a promotion for a political party, not a write up to champion the cause for  birdlife  ;-p
Kea
2017's winner is the KEA

11 September 2017

Spring Time Cuteness In New Zealand ~ 2017

The sweet lamb in this picture is being raised by some young friends.  One of Girl Lamb's human mummas, Rebekah, took these gorgeous pictures.   Enjoy...
With it being so cold newly born Girl Lamb needed her jumper on, and because she was so little it had to be secured with a belt.

Rebekah sewed Girl Lamb some new pajamas ... though a few weeks older in this picture, she still needs that extra warmth for nighttime and really cold days.

31 July 2017

Our Month Ahead ~ Books to Read in August 2017

Winter time  =  start building a house:  It feels official - that we really are building a new home -  now that profiles for the house have been pegged out and the building team, which includes Dn & Jay (17),  have all the frames up for the work shed.  

Winter builds, that are accompanied by excessive rain and the resulting mud, are such fun  ;-P  
Adding to the fun is the irritating fact that our small herd of cows are determined to get into whichever paddock you are working in: and, they've managed to Houdini themselves through the fences a few time to get on to the building site.  Nosy & naughty.   
I may add some photos of them another day.

Needless to say the weeks feel like they have speed up a bit more for our family, but as we're on a one way trip we're electing to enjoy the journey.

Here is our month ahead and the items in our home educating book baskets; some of the titles still being read are from last month, along with any new books, listed in bold type, to be read in August.  
Beneath are our initial literary/book basket selections for  August  - I'll update with any extras as we go along.   
YLR stands for Younger Level Read: we figure not all books have to attain to the pinnacle of, college worthy, classically rich literature to be appreciated.  Daisy (15) and I enjoy reviewing new finds, to us, in children's literature.   The C which may appear beside any item, during this month, means completed:

 Daisy: 

    Jay:


    Family Book Basket:
    • Bible (KJV)      St. John   Ch: 19-22
    • Then Sings My Soul BK 3 ~ Morgan    Select songs
    • The Abolition of Man  ~ Lewis      Brit Lit
    • Just as I Am ~ Billy Graham  The children wanted to carry on listening to this with me after hearing a small portion one day, so we've switched it to a family book basket read.
    • The Misanthrope ~ Moliere    1666   
    • The Edwardian Farm   BBC   DvD

    09 July 2017

    Our Month Ahead ~ Books to Read in July 2017

    Welcome to July.    So good .... that means only 2 months until Spring!
    I'm trying to make the most of the winter months, so one of the indoors tasks we are working on is - trying to -  down scale the home educating items we've accumulated.
    I've managed to cull the math section,  many of the history texts,  and most of the spare copies of things just sitting in boxes.  
    Now it's time to thin out the educational Dvds and the homeschooling-helps-for-mum books.   Seems to be a lot of both ;-P
    We want to down scale as it's time to get rid of younger years 'stuff'  and we're hoping to move home before the end of the year;  the less I have to pack and then find a new home for will be win-win in the long run.

    Switching topics to our month ahead and the items in our home educating book baskets; some of the titles still being read are from last month, along with any new books, listed in bold type, to be read in July.  
    Beneath are our initial literary/book basket selections for  July  - I'll update with any extras as we go along.   
    YLR stands for Younger Level Read: not all books have to attain to the pinnacle of rich literature to be appreciated.  Daisy and I enjoy reviewing new finds, to us, in children's literature.   The C which may appear beside any item, during this month, means completed:

     Daisy: 

      Jay:

      Family Book Basket:
      Shorter listen at only 3hrs long.

      I'm going to see if I can encourage the family to listen to The Swoose ~ Dick King-Smith with me; I know it's for younger years but June Whitefield has crafted a laughter producing narration.