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Science Fair

Dear Mum,

Deanne decided early on today that she wasn’t well enough to join us for any activities, so I tried to make her as comfortable as I could and then got Josh and I sorted for the day.

Our first outing was to view a house in Leeming, maybe a little over our ideal price but the estate agent told us that the market is slow and we can probably get away with low offers. The house was really nice, not dissimilar to our current place but much (much) closer to Joshy’s school. I’m looking at a couple more on Monday and will then decide what we’re going to do.

We headed home and I showed Deanne the video I made on my phone of the place, she just about managed to turn over in bed to look at it, the poor thing, and agreed that it looked a very good house.

Then Josh and I went shopping and bought some things to top up the cupboards, including some cartons of real orange juice with straws for Dee to drink while laying down, and a couple of jelly mixes, one of which you can add 200ml of a juice of your own to flavour it. Joshua decided he’d like to try one with apple juice. After which it was time for lunch, so we all had cheese sandwiches, Deanne and I toasted, Josh’s just bread.

After eating the two of us drove to the train station and went into Perth. It’s National Science Week over here at the moment and there was a science fair on in the cultural centre, which is near the museums. We saw the end of the Scitech show, which involved putting liquid nitrogen into a big tube of warm bubbly water which then shot a spout of foam in the air. When that was over there was about an hour before the next “act” so we went and looked around the WA Museum for a while, inspected the stuffed animals then looked at the fossils and the reproduction prehistoric fish.

We headed back to the stage area where Bizircus were just setting up. They were a science and magic act, if you can get your head round that. they did magic tricks and circus-type tricks, which they explained with physics and humour. It was very funny and Josh as absolutely transfixed after their first trick, which was the bloke making the woman hang in the air. I asked him if he could figure out how they did it and he said no, I agreed that I couldn’t either and it was pretty clever. The only thing that bothered me was that the guy looked and acted a lot like Glenn Robbins, who is the bloke that plays Kel in Kath and Kim, and Russell Coight in All Aussie Adventures that ToF and I used to watch, so I had trouble separating him from the characters I’ve seen on TV.

Josh had an ice cream before we left and we watched a bit of the Naked Scientist, who is an English bloke who just answers science questions posed by kids. The “naked” is because he doesn’t use any props or e.g. Google to get his facts, they are all in his head. However Joshua did say that he was expecting him not to be wearing any clothes!

I grabbed a Vanilla Diet Coke on the way back to the train station, then we went home to check on the patient. Deanne was okay, but still unable to do anything very much. Josh asked if he could do some of the Maths Seeds, which are the numeric version of the ABC Reading Eggs he has been doing. He seems much more proficient at the maths ones than the English ones, and he’s not too bad at the English ones! He continued doing those from when we got in at five until I had finished making soup for tea at about half six, he loves them.

This evening I watched the rest of a film I have been doing in shifts called Aeon Flux which, upon reaching the end, made no more sense than it had done at the start. Good effects but a loony story!

Tomorrow we have nothing planned, although there is another science and sustainability thing on, somewhere near Canning Bridge I think, so we might go to that. Deanne is Skyping Rich in the afternoon, as she has a few questions for him about an upcoming interview she has been invited to.

I liked the picture of the earring you sent, looks a little tarnished but practically good as new for 1,600 years old! Deanne likes the sound of the tea and we hope the finger isn’t hurting too much.

Sorry for the long mail but it’s been an exciting day.



Science Fair Ice Cream

Science Fair Ice Cream

Indian Ring Necked Parakeets

Dear Mum,

The only thing we had planned for today was heading to Bob’s this a’vo to see his ring necked parakeets, however after a late-ish start (we didn’t get out of bed until about eight) Deanne suggested I do a test run to the consultancy I’m going to on Monday morning for the chat about this job I’m trying out for.

I took public transport, which isn’t so bad, the only real problem being the waiting between the bus and the train, then the train and the bus, etc. etc. However it only took me about 45 minutes from Julie’s to the offices I need to go to, so that’s not too bad. Although not sure how comfortable it’ll be if I’m wearing a suit?!?!

We had cheese on toast for lunch then got in the car and went over to Pops’ house, we drank a lot of squash, Diet Coke and water because it was very hot. He has got himself a rug which has very long fibres on it and Bob showed Joshua how you could make patterns in it by rubbing your hands through it in different directions. We also spent a bit of time looking in the Attenborough First Life book that Bob owns, which Joshua thought was pretty good.

Came home, had sausage and mash for tea then put the boy to bed and have watched a little of the Olympics, speed skating and some kind of acrobatic snowboarding, going to bed soon as it’s been a tiring day all round.



Life’s A Beach

After doing loads of stuff the last week we found ourselves at a bit of a loose end today. Julie works on a Monday and Friday so she took the car which left us at home this morning. So we packed a picnic, put on sunscreen, hats, bathers, etc. and headed for the nearest bus stop.

The bus took us to the train station at the other end of Bull Creek, then we got on a train and went one stop to Esplanade, which is one of the bridges that goes over the river. We took our stuff down, put a towel on the ground under a tree and had a quick bite to eat and a drink. When we had finished we went down to the water and Joshua spent about half an hour digging in the sand, throwing things in the water and generally enjoying himself.

Then we walked across the bridge to the little bit of beach on the other side of the river. There were some relatively big fish and some enormous jellyfish floating around in the water. On the other side we did much the same as before, only the water was a bit cleaner and there wasn’t as much litter about for Joshy to pick up. He really enjoyed pouring water on his feet and ours. After a while we dug a big hole and he filled that up with water, then we set off for the other side to have lunch after which we came home again.

Joshua had been getting a bit tired, we could tell by the way he kept shouting “I’m not tired” when we asked him. He took a bit of convincing but we finally persuaded him that a nap would be a good idea. I read him the first two chapters of Winnie The Pooh which he thought was hilarious, he laughed out loud several times, it was the first time I have had a chance to read it as he hasn’t picked it until now but I suspect he’ll be wanting more quite soon 🙂

Deanne has gone for a bit of a lay down too and I’m just doing a couple of computing things. As we bought all day bus passes we might possibly head into Perth tonight after Josh has gone to sleep, but it depends a bit on how tired we are.