Thank you so much for all of the recycled bits and pieces sent to me for the Recycled Robot workshop at Springwood Library – as you can see, your items were put to good use and provided a lot of fun for the kids!
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Here’s some pics from the recent ‘Totally Tubular’ school holiday craft workshops, in case you’re curious what we got up to. Big thanks to Maxine and Sue for helping me with this messy – but very fun – activity!
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And when you have time, these short Winter Wonderland films made in Springwood Library are worth a look!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Last Friday, the National Year of Reading was officially opened at Springwood Civic Centre by Aniko, Vicki and the Mayor – with face painting, balloon swords and animals, and a wonderful concert for kids by musical duo, Little Poppy. Thanks to Sue for the photos!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
As you will all see in these photos, Heidi and I were having a hugely strenuous experience tracking through the swamps this morning. Fortunately we are both FIT and energetic and passionate about our environment.
(Through the eyes of a kid)
We all met at Katoomba library at 10am. Our bus driver, Dusan, had a problem about counting the number of seats in his bus and we ended up having to take the Ranger’s car as well. Of course you can well imagine that part of a ‘secret’ is going on a bus and looking back as you speed off thinking, thank goodness my mother isn’t coming! Why does she always look weepy when I board a bus?
And it is even better to be sitting next to your BEST friend with a haversack full of food that you never get to eat at home! BUT I guess from a kid’s perspective, you do need to worry about these lady Librarians . . . they are not as stern as those who get left behind in the library telling you that you still own $5.50 on that book which was late, which you never really got to read anyway.
I got to sit next to the older one. She looked a bit hip in that ‘dry as a bones’ . . . didn’t anyone tell her that you don’t wear that type of gear when you go swamping! The other one with the blond hair was a bit of a cutey . . . It would be great to have a mum like her!
Anyway we headed off and did the normal carry one in a bus . . . windows up and down, trying out to see if the back door actually opened, giving the driver lots of noise . . . good job he didn’t go on about the usual tourist jargon on your route to your destination. And yes, we got there . . . Charles Darwin Walk . . . a creek full of yabbies, skinks, dragonflies, mud glorious mud, bush tucker food, waterfalls, fresh swamp water, hills that took for ever to climb, and yes you’ve got it we emerged with painted faces, gumboots full of water and two an half hours of ‘full on’ information overload on the best swamps in the world at our back yard.
That guy, Mike Hensen, knew more about swamps than I could have believed. He tried getting us to learn the Latin words for bush specimens but I thought it sounded like we were in some foreign country forgetting how to speak English!
Once everyone was settled I noticed this child’s mum and dad up the front of the room looking very very closely at the samples I had brought in. The wife explained to me that her husband only had 40% vision and that he found this technique really interesting. I don’t know what prompted me to do this but I insisted he sit down and try this out.